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5 Stores to Check Out in the East End Design District

Monday June 23rd 2014

Toronto’s East end is known for its wealth of interior design stores, ranging from vintage charm to the luxuriously modern. With the season’s weather at its peak, it’s the perfect time to get out and explore the St. Lawrence Market neighborhood as well as the surrounding East end enclaves. We’ve rounded up a selection of stores that are fixtures as well as recent additions to the design crowd and are all a comfortable walk from the St. Lawrence Market area.

This cute little shop in Cabbagetown has a strong focus on vintage items that are sourced from North America as well as local Toronto artists. In this former video store, you’ll find candles from small-batch perfumer Margot Elena, DIY cheese kits, pillows, vintage signage and textiles. Try your luck with their hidden diamond candles. For every fifty, there is one candle with a gem embedded in the wax. Those odds are better than winning the lottery, so why not.

Cabinet Furniture
This Distillery District staple’s industrial exposed brick walls are the perfect backdrop to the warm, hand-made wood pieces inside. Here is where you can find beautiful, solid wood beds, nightstands, coffee tables and dressers personally designed by owner Ron Briand. Have something more specific in mind? They will work with you to customize the piece to your specifications. These beautiful pieces are warm, yet have clean modern lines that are fit for cottage as well as city dwellers.

Though Klaus has been a fixture in the East end design scene for years, their inventory is in constant motion. The space itself is a former grocery store that was built in 1845 and purchased by Klaus Nienkamper in 1968, at which point this location became a hot spot for Toronto’s leading designers and architects to meet and mingle. It offers a blend of stylish, modern pieces from top European designers like Tom Dixon, Moooi and Morosi. It’s always a fun stop when in the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood.

Avenue Road
This cavernous building has over 15,000 square feet of space inside the former Consumers Gas Co. building. With three levels, there is no shortage of high quality furniture and home décor items to admire. The lower level houses a beautiful collection of rugs from The Rug Company, which features high-end designers such as Diane Von Furstenburg and Vivienne Westwood.

Fresh Home & Garden
Is your patio or balcony an extension of your home? Fresh Home & Garden is the place to trick it out. From items for larger backyards to smaller outdoor spaces for city dwellers, there are accessories, outdoor fabrics for pillows and upholstery, all weather-furniture options as well as everything you need to host the chicest patio parties. Light your balcony with modern hurricane lanterns or check out their covetable bar carts for your summer BBQ beverage station.

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