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Toronto Design Districts: Antique Spotting on West Queen West

We think Toronto doesn’t get enough credit as a design mecca – which is shocking, because there are beautiful things to be had and inspiring people to talk to seemingly everywhere. As the city matures, several smaller design districts have blossomed, each with their own aesthetics and cornerstone establishments. We have our favourites around town and we’ll be sharing them with you – you can check out our favourite spots on the King East strip here.

We love clean, modern furniture as much as the next guy, but there’s something about a totally unique-to-you vintage piece that adds a certain something to any room. If King East is a modern design mecca, then cozy Queen West is its antithesis. You’ll find some of the best vintage and antique finds in the city, all in fascinating shops you can spend a whole day exploring. Here’s a few of our favourites.

1. Morba 

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Just west of Bathurst, you’ll find an eclectic mix of vintage furniture and lighting, vintage-inspired new pieces, one-of-a-kind samples, and curiosities of all kinds. Looking for petrified coral or taxidermy? Pick it up here, and get a mid-century pendant light, or Japanese glassware set while you’re at it. From couches and chairs, both vintage and reproduced, to odds and ends to spruce up your desk, you’ll find it here!

2. Cynthia Findlay Antiques

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We might be cheating by including this sparkly shop, as it’s located in King West’s theatre district, but if you’re a lover of fine details, it’ll be worth the detour. Though they specialize in vintage and estate jewellery – if you’re in the market for an engagement ring and the like, this is the place to be – their sculptures, pottery, diningware and trinkets are something special. You’ll always walk away with something beautiful and totally unique.

3. INabstracto 

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INabstracto has been a West Queen West staple since 2001, and their selection is sure to please any mid-century lover. Curated by owners Kate Eisen and Julie Jenkinson, they consistently stock rare, well-made pieces from Canada, Scandinavia, the States and Europe. You don’t need to dig at INabstracto – everything you find will be a sure bet. They’ve also recently opened a neighbouring gallery, VERSO, showcasing up-and-coming artists, so if you’re interested in Toronto’s art scene this space is a must-visit.

4. Mrs. Huizenga’s

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We’ll say it: this is the best antiques spot on the Roncy strip. Find furniture, housewares, vintage clothes, ads, prints, magazines – anything you’re looking for, from the 50s right up to the 90s, you might luck out and find here. Unlike so many shops in their area, the sprawling layout and ample space mean you never feel like a bull in a china shop. If you’re feeling competitive, stop by their live auction every third Thursday of the month, or scope out their well-maintained Instagram and call dibs.

5. Queen West Antiques Market 

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Doesn’t the name say it all? Right at Queen and Roncesvalles, this huge emporium has tons of great finds at a variety of pricepoints. Their space has an industrial feel, and the pieces aren’t quite as curated as some competing shops, but the huge space allows for a larger and more varied furniture selection. If you’re looking for bigger pieces, you have to check them out!

There are dozens more shops on West Queen West – do you know one we left off the list? Tell us on Twitter – we’re always looking for another hidden gem.

Click on images to visit their source. Title image from David Kaufman Photography.

 

Get The Look: Scandi Bedroom

Scandinavian style is all the rage right now, and for good reason. This Instagram-worthy style is all about pulling off an eclectic, laid-back vibe with attention to detail and design. Textures also play an important part of making these spaces feel warm and inviting, without being overbearing. Summer heat is in full swing here in Toronto, so we think there’s no better time to lighten up your style and create a space perfect for waking up – or sleeping in – while the sun streams through your window.

Whether you prefer monotone shades of grey, warm neutrals or pops of colour, there’s a Scandi bedroom style that will fit your palette. The best part of this look is that it comes together in the accessories, so you don’t need to invest in new furniture to pul it off! Check out our favourite Scandi rooms below, and some decor picks available right here in Canada.

 

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Shop this look:

Throw Pillow, $12.99, IKEA

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 Geniune Cowhide Rugs, $200+, eCowhides

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Terrariums, $50+, Crown Flora Studio

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Pendant Lights, Price Upon Request, Tom Dixon 

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 Washed Linen Curtain Panels, $80+, CB2

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Woven Blankets and Textiles, $100+, Cambie Design 

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Belgian Linen Duvet, $30+, West Elm 

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 Glass Bud Vases, $2+, CB2

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Wire Candle Holders, $15+, CB2

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Our last Get The Look was midcentury modern – click here to see it. 

Do you love Scandi style? Show us your design inspiration on Twitter!

June Construction Update: E Condos

Progress at the E Condos site is coming along faster than ever – it’s already time for another construction update! If you missed the previous one,  click here to catch up. We’ve made some major progress in the month of June and, while we’re still in early stages, the site is in great shape and moving on time.

The structural caissons in the E8 (South Tower) raft slab were completed. The shoring work at this slab is currently in progress. Excavation of the third underground floor at the South Tower is also resuming this week.

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The previous temporary hydro lines were also replaced with a permanent connection to better service the site. This connection will one day bring power to E Condos residents!

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In our last report, demolition at 31 Roehampton was still in progress. Now, that demolition is complete and shoring work is beginning! This is the future site of E15, the North Tower.

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Interested in learning more about E Condos? Follow us on Twitter for updates, or call us at 647-343-3377. 

Living Well @ Y&E: Surfset TO

Staying healthy and active in Toronto has never been easier – and we don’t think the privilege is limited to those in the downtown core. Yonge & Eglinton is developing fast, and with the growing population comes a huge selection of gyms, clean eats, and events to keep them all healthy. This is the second in a series guiding you to Yonge & Eg’s best healthy lifestyle destinations.

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