Budget Friendly Styling Guide
European (Inspired) Stores in Ontario
From time to time, I get asked where do I shop, so here is just a few of scandi, boho and modern stores beside IKEA. Common denominator: European influence. You probably know them, but these are my favourite.
1510-Unit C North Service Rd., Burlington, ON Proudly Canadian, and mostly made in Canada , this Winnipeg based company, have its heart actually in Europe (its founder grow up there). The furniture design pays tribute to classics like Muuto and clearly draws inspiration from Scandinavian design. EQ3+ also sources classics like Herman Miller, Alessi, Panton and more. Apart from these, affordable and modern.
230 Adelaide St E, Toronto ON If you, like me, are in a total love with Danish design, then this is your next destination. Only 3 stores in Canada, but the company is present in 50 countries all over the world and is wildly known for creating truly what Denmark is known for.
3521 Wyecroft Rd, Oakville ON Quebec based, this retail chain is present all over the country. It’s design resembles Danish Bloomingville and the prices are really great! Beloved by condo owners and condo home stagers.
200A-2500 Barton St E, Hamilton ON L8E 4A2 Surprised? Danish low-cost chain might not be the best quality, but some of the pieces might come handy when you’re staging and looking for a cheap and easy solutions. Hackers paradise.
3443 Fairview St, Burlington ON Good place to score some modern pieces on sale. Style? Mainly rough luxe and industrial, with pieces from Restoration Hardware. So that’s a place were you find these metal suitcase style coffee tables and punch bag, you can put on the shelf, aka conversation starters.
606-13850 Steeles Ave W, Halton Hills French industrial and luxurious, with store in downtown Toronto and Mississauga. I usually order online though. Nice place to find cute chairs in OK price during sale.
Source: Restoration Hardware
435 King St W, Toronto ON No need for introduction! If you’re looking for modern pieces, then this is the place. the place to buy iconic furniture, with price point from low to very high.
2959 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON Scandi Japanese style. Featured in many magazines now, with owners opening doors to their home and slow living lifestyle in Kinfolk Home book. The curator for artists and projects, with pieces of furniture, lighting and accessories that scream: art. Fresh and inspirational.
Beddings & Towels
3401, Dufferin St, Toronto, ON Not everyone knows Spanish Zara Home has a store in Canada. Most beautiful beddings, flatware, bathroom accessories, small rugs and etc. Boho style in its delicate essence! Check out their online store too!
Source: Zara Home
1 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON Newly opened In Eaton Center, this is the destination for affordable bed linens, bathroom accessories and kids room rugs. Like apparel, it’s a nice design, on trend and nice price too! Beware – it’s addictive! Bonus – great customer service.
Within Square One proximity (C&B), as per original idea – best places for home essentials, modern furniture and cute kids rooms. American Minimalistic style.
109 Atlantic Avenue, Toronto, ON Beloved by interior designers in America, if you haven’t been there, you have to see it. I am so in love with them, that even their monthly catalogue feels like Christmas to me. Too bad, their store is so far away – I would be living there.
Source: West Elm
3230 Fairview St., Burlington, Ontario You might find some items generic, but this Quebec based chain store has some European feel to it. And Atelier collection is just a success! You can find some pieces displayed in the store, but mostly offered online or over the phone.
Source: Bouclair Home
100 City Center Drive, Mississauga, ON Bohemian in it’s fullest! Every visit feels like you’re in California in 70s. Pair it with minimal pieces and you’re done! Best part, they are on Square One now.
Source: Urban Outfitters
159 Lakeshore Rd E, Oakville, ON Best place to get some Boho props for your next Instagram feed. Pick those cute kitchen towels, soup dishes and apron and call it a day. Definitely worth the trip to Oakville.
There are many inexpensive sources to get some cute art now, but this is just a quick one. Wait for the sale on frames and pick these Garance Dore prints ready to hang.
Paint and Wallpaper
Let me tell you, these paints are like no other. Moreover, they are like the best movies. You will see competition trying to crate similar to theirs, but then again you always fall back to them. The quality, the time spent to create these masterpieces and ingredients – it’s all in the details.
And just for dessert, one of my favourite actors, Mads Mikkelsen, for your viewing pleasure:), in an amazing ad for BoConcept. That’s what I call storytelling!