The invitation to contribute to an article on personalizing a home by choosing decorative pieces that reflect one’s particular style, came at the perfect time for us since we are looking for a few décor items ourselves. After dealing with a few must-do home repairs over the summer which were necessary but didn’t alter the look of our place, we are now ready to add some visible details.
The area we were asked to check out is in the northern part of the city, so we got in the car and headed uptown. Our first stop was at Bayview Village, a shopping centre located at 2901 Bayview Avenue, where it intersects at Sheppard Avenue East.
Before I get into the shops we visited there, I must say that this is probably the nicest looking mall I’ve ever been to — the corridors were flooded with natural light streaming in through the skylights, and huge crystal chandeliers hung from the ceilings.
These are the home furnishing and decor places we looked at in the Bayview Village shopping centre:
A visit to Restoration Hardware could leave you with the desire to redecorate your entire home. Their curated collections of furnishings, bathware, lighting and décor have a clean and classic style that will appeal to both men and women. Items are displayed in an appealing way that will surely result in a long wishlist. The creative designs, some utilizing one-of-a-kind materials such as the coffee tables made with authentic vintage barn doors, will give your home a unique look that you’ll love.
^ We’re not looking for a new sofa at the moment, but were taken by this leather one. It and many of their other styles are available in a variety of lengths and widths, to fit spaces large and small. ^
^ Nick especially loved this chair. ^
Not only is Restoration Hardware a beautiful store filled with many well-thought-out displays, the people who work there are very friendly too. After being warmly greeted we were welcomed to take our time and explore the large space.
Dana Jordan is a great place to find a gift for yourself or a loved one — the hardest part will be choosing from their vast selection of attractive home accessories. There is something for everyone, from decadent soaps and candles to lovely glassware and ceramics. Their cool barware and serving platters will make for the hosting of memorable parties. Even the most practical things have a fun spin to them, like the reusable sandwich container that looks just like a sandwich itself.
^ Those pitchers shaped like fish are called “Gluggle Jugs” – based on an ancient design, they make a distinct and whimsical glugging sound as they’re set back upright after pouring ^.
^ Kate Spade Home Accessories ^
^ The iconic Kit-Cat Klock with the moving eyes and wagging tail! ^
David’s Fine Linens
David’s Fine Linens is the place to go if you’re looking for luxury textiles. Offering amazingly smooth, high thread count cotton bed sheets, duvet covers and pillow shams, they’ll set you up for the restful sleep of your dreams. For a very special treat, consider their Eiderdown duvet with a pure silk cover. Their eco-friendly bath towels come in 8 colours and combine the softness and moisture-wicking abilities of bamboo with the strength of Egyptian cotton. They also carry very nice linens for your kitchen.
If you enjoy cooking and baking, then a visit to the Le Creuset shop will make you feel like a kid in a candy store — a very colourful candy store, that is. Owning a single item from this company, which has been creating their trademark enamelled cast iron cooking and baking pieces since 1925, might make you a Le Creuset convert for life because that item was designed to last you a lifetime. In addition to their traditional line of cookware, they also offer stainless steel pots and pans, and cheerful tableware, all of the highest quality.
^ We have two pieces of the enamelled cast iron, in the orange colour. We’ve used them so much and they’re both still in great shape, so I can say with confidence that this stuff holds up. ^
Then we got back in the car and drove eastward for a few minutes, heading to …
IKEA – 15 Provost Drive
With 353 stores in 46 countries, IKEA needs no introduction. Started by a Swedish 17 year old, it began as a mail-order business in 1943, with the first stores opening 15 years later. Today it is the world’s largest furniture retailer, catering primarily to the budget conscious shopper who doesn’t mind self-service and assembling the pieces themselves. Aside from furniture with a Scandinavian modern style, at IKEA you’ll find a wide range of ever changing and reasonably priced accessories for your home.
^ We’re thinking of redoing our guest washroom and like the idea of this vanity top and sink that are all in one piece. ^
After an afternoon spent looking at all kinds of home decorating pieces, we certainly saw plenty that suited our personal style. Now we just have to decide what we’ll go back and get!
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