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Shopping & Style

October 29 2014

Decorating your space for the holidays

Modern day general store, Old Faithful carries finely crafted tools for the home

For those who have a fine appreciation for European design, the lovely L’Atelier Home carries a wonderful mix of Parisian-inspired home décor and vintage furniture. Perhaps you own a sentimental piece that needs an update? This boutique provides an up-cycling service and can transform an old gem with painting and reupholstering. And if you have a specific piece in mind, L’Atelier offers custom handmade sofas, chairs, beds and everything in between.

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Orling & Wu is a wonderful boutique for home furnishings and urban luxuries. The decor shop offers design styling services to those who are in need of decorating assistance. The design team can work with both new and existing pieces to recreate new elements into a single space or an entire home. The selection inside is impeccable and includes a fresh mix of colourful wallpaper, housewares, dishes, linenwear and gifts with European sensibility.

When it comes to modern design, Inform Interiors carries some of the best. The retail and showroom displays innovative furniture, lighting, and décor created by world-renowned designers. Inform’s book section is a great place to find interesting reads that can also be used as stylish displays on your coffee table. If you’re looking to invest in a new sofa or sectional, Montauk has a superior selection of oversized chairs, chic ottomans, loveseats, and reclaimed furniture. Parliament is another inspiring store with a super-fresh and colourful collection of modern furniture and home décor. You can discover lots of unique items from space saving sofas to owl-themed décor – a beloved theme that is prominently embraced throughout the shop. 

Contemporary furniture shop, Zientte Interiors has a sophisticated collection of modern Columbian furniture and leather pieces including a range of unique coffee and dining tables, mirrors and chic sofas. In addition, they offer a unique ‘in-house production’ service through a team of trained interior designers that work with you to customize any Zientte piece to compliment your space. The world’s first Versace Home flagship has recently opened in Gastown carrying glamourous custom-made furniture from sleek embossed sofas to fine porcelain. The flagship features tree decorations, exquisite furnishings with gold accents, and products showcasing the iconic medusa head.

The holidays are about embracing the small moments, and sometimes you need tools to make ordinary activities more enjoyable. Litchfield sells an inspiring collection of everyday living items discovered during owner Jonathon Litchfield’s travels around the world. Come by and discover high quality housewares like Japanese-made Black Hasami porcelain tea sets and luxurious Alpaca wool throws. More finely crafted items are also available at Old Faithful. This shop is a modern day general store carrying well-built products for the home. If you like simplistic nostalgias, you can decorate your home with Old Faithful’s glass decanters and bell jar lamps.

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For a subtle look, keep your decor modern and add a touch of holiday spirit through floral centerpieces. For unconventional florals, visit Olla Flowers. The socially conscious shop carries fair trade bouquets and a rotation of season-specific designs and gifts including innovative living wreaths, available from November to December. Olla also offers terrariums, living containers, custom vase arrangements, and special-occasion floral designs.

More custom floral arrangements are offered at Heathers the Flowershop. Owner Heather MacKinnon’s specialty is creating elaborate custom floral creations (as seen at the Kit & Ace opening) at any budget, while incorporating a distinct European flare. If you’d like to create your own arrangement, Heathers also has a selection of locally grown botanicals and recycled product options.