If you’re looking to explore style ideas that are a bit edgier than Ikea or Bed Bath and Beyond, and you have the resources to kick it up a notch, here are seven of the best home and interior design stores in Toronto.
Located around Queen and Bathurst, DesignRepublic has been in operation since 2010. What started as a wholesale showroom has since evolved into a must-visit home design destination in the city. With the mantra of “Furniture for the People,” DesignRepublic specializes in pieces such as solid wood and steel tables, industrial designs, and vintage pieces.
DesignRepublic, 639 Queen St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 603 0007
Since 2000, Stylegarage has been designing and manufacturing modern custom furniture in the Greater Toronto Area. Their two-floor showroom opened on Ossington in 2015, and they are proud of being the original Gus* Modern retailer. With a focus on Canadian-made pieces, they offer made-to-order designs made of locally sourced sustainable materials.
Stylegarage, 78 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 534 4343
Sourced & Salvaged
Located in Cabbagetown, Sourced & Salvaged is a relative newcomer to the Toronto design scene. Since 2014, owner Darius Armstrong has been offering antiques, reclaimed and repurposed items, including custom designs, which are all entirely one of a kind. This one-man workshop will add an imaginative and unique twist to your interior design accents.
Sourced & Salvaged, 246 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 834 5337
Stroudfoot is a design and fabrication studio specializing in the development of custom designs for both the residential and hospitality industries. Calling themselves “anything but ordinary,” the Stroudfoot showroom is located in the trendy Liberty Village neighborhood.
Stroudfoot, 21 R Atlantic Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 618 7353
Elte is considered to be one of the leading high-end furniture retailers in Toronto. Founded in 1919 in Paris, Elte came to the city in 1944 with the vision of providing a range of unique home décor from around the world in one location. Elte MKT is a new spot located close to the original showroom in the Castlefield Design District in York. This 40,000-square-foot (3,716-square-meter) former factory is intended to cater to an urban, slightly younger demographic designing their first house—or condo.
Elte MKT, 1381 Castlefield Ave, York, ON, Canada, +1 416 789 0800
Lavish & Squalor
Lavish & Squalor is another home and design hot spot on Queen West, offering a wide range of vintage, industrial, and repurposed items. Beyond the décor component, all sorts of unique products can be found in the shop—from clothing and knick-knacks to beauty products and loose-leaf teas. You’ll want to spend hours just curiously browsing! Lavish & Squalor also houses a small café, the Merchant’s General—they’ve also got a café up in Port Severn, Ontario.
Lavish & Squalor, 253 Queen St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 530 0003