Toronto’s best stores for home accessories right now
1120 Yonge St., 416-926-1120
Mixing and matching is encouraged: shoppers can splurge on extravagant buys like an $1,800 Ralph Lauren candelabra, but also pick up simple, everyday products like $4 Duralex glass cups. Owners Andrea Hopson and Martha Grace McKimm have brought in quite a few products customers won’t find anywhere else in the city: handmade carbon steel knives from Corsica, for example. The boutique is for anyone who appreciates a well-set table (and maybe even some Game of Thrones fans, who’ll find a few things from Brit brand Abbeyhorn that have been used on the show).
Pimlico Design Gallery
643 Dupont St., 416-538-0909
Named for the Pimlico Road design district in London, this is the place for artsy home accessories like hand blown Italian glass tumblers from $9. The number one selling item: handmade African baskets in various sizes and colours ($99–$285). Highlights include Tahir Mahmood’s sculptural lamps ($450–$950) and Skultuna’s solid brass bowls, jewellery and candle holders, plus whimsical decor such as a trio of pears sculpted out of cement.
102 Yorkville Ave., 416-966-2227; 2901 Bayview Ave., 416-733-4447
The globe-trotting Teatro Verde co-owners Shawn Gibson and Michael Pellegrino specialize in extraordinary items that sparkle with personality—or literally sparkle, in the case of a glittering Baccarat crystal chandelier ($17,500). Their selection of designer cushions features interesting fabrics, like burnout velvet, and textures, like beading and quilting. The flowers, whether single bunches or custom arrangements, are stunners.
2959 Dundas St. W., 416-551-9853
The minimalist Scandinavian- and Japanese-focused Mjölk is more gallery than decor store—all the better to show off meticulously constructed furniture, like a sofa by Børge Mogensen, and hard-to-find housewares, like Oji Masanori’s handcrafted wooden Kami cups. Mjölk also sells luxe imported skin care, including cedar-scented bath salts from Japan and fragrances from cult Icelandic perfumer Andrea Maack.
798 Dundas St. W., 416-203-2549
Shoppers with an appreciation for fuss-free design will find plenty to admire at Bookhou. Owners Arounna Khounnoraj and John Booth use eco-friendly fabrics and local wood for many of their designs. Accessories, like a black-and-white triangle throw pillow ($51), are sustainable and charming; a made-to-order laminated maple mobile ($204) looks as good over a crib as the dining room table.
1132 Yonge St., 416-324-8351; 1236 Yonge St., 416-922-6784
Customers know to expect the unexpected at this pair of bijou shops, which are four blocks apart on the Rosedale strip. There’s no telling what might turn up: mid-century signed artwork, costume jewellery, fur pillows made from vintage fur coats or a gold leaf-plated cast iron sculpture of a hashtag, mounted on a marble base ($319).