Toronto Guide

    Leslieville :

    Since moving to the city, Leslieville has been one of my favourite neighborhoods to explore and search for great furniture finds. With an abundance of mid-century modern options  (Ethel, Studio Pazo, GUFF) and unique contempory finds (Hardware), it's definitely a must visit before you begin decorating or simply a lovely way to spend an afternoon exploring all the possibilities.

    Studio Pazo
    729 Queen St. East

    With an array of pedigreed designer options to choose from, Studio Pazo offers authentic vintage pieces from familiar names such as Eames and Herman Miller and coveted accessories such as George Nelson clocks and Fornasetti plates and ceramics. Despite being vintage, a thrift store this is not, as its title would entail, this is a studio for higher end vintage pieces and pieces are priced accordingly.

    760 Queen Street East

    If rustic/industrial is your thing, this is your shop. A beautifully curated blend of handcrafted furniture and accessories that incorporate reclaimed, salvaged wood and metalwork. Owners Murray and Jordan (who are two of my favourite people on Queen Street!) go through alot of trouble, travelling and exploring vintage pieces to ensure that they are able to provide unique and exceptional pieces that are exclusive to HardwareAlso featured is selected original artwork by both established and emerging artists, including co-owner Murray, whose pieces beautifully compliment the industrial aesthetic. He has also incorportated his art into equisite, one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture (see buffet, pictured below left). With custom options available on a wide range of product from dining sets and buffets to exquisite chandeliers, you're bound to find the perfect piece.

    792 Queen St East

    An eclectic blend of new and vintage furniture and accessories from a wide range of style and periods, with canopied Louis chairs coexisting with sculptural mid-century modern lamps and teak pieces. Definitely worth a look during your visit to Leslieville, I'm often impressed with their fantastic light fixtures - showcased beautifully by their soaring ceilings.

    Machine Age Modern
    1000 Queen Street East

    Carefully curated by owner Jane Keck, this studio showcases exceptional vintage pieces from 'legendary masters as well as rare international finds'. Artfully presented in a gallery style to showcase each piece individually. Machine Age Modern is a must-see for collectors of vintage designer pieces and anyone with a strong appreciation for beautiful design.

    1091 Queen St. East

    Ethel is a mid-century-modern-lover's heaven. With an impressive array of beautiful furnitures finds and accessories from this 'golden era' in design at very achievable price points. Whether it's a pair of dramatic lamps, a colourful set of vintage glassware or a new dining set, you're bound to walk away with a new treasure (well, new to you at least :) ).

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    Simply Home
    1022 Queen Street East 

    With tastes that run from quaint and kitschy to rustic and industrial, Simply Home is an adorable mix of cottage charm with a modern, colourful kick. With carefully selected pieces, scouted and restored by owner Brenda Sexsmith, often with a punchy new twist. Whether you're looking for an original Ontario harvest table, a beautiful Victorian buffet or a bright colourful piece to liven up your space. Simply Home is simply worth the visit to their shop, or online.

     A traditional French armchair painted bright blue and upholstered with Heinz Tomato soup fabric. Just fun and playfully irreverent!

    1142 Queen St. East

    GUFF definitely lives up to its acronym Good Used Furniture Finds, with some of the best selection in town. With well-priced, great quality pieces, it's definitely worth checking out if you're still in search of that perfect vintage piece or before you start re-decorating. I purchased my own dining table here (a beautiful oval teak piece) for a steal of a deal (during a sale) and have been checking in ever since to scout out new finds. Always a go-to for vintage teak pieces, other notable finds include a vintage brass Barcelona coffee table and some lovely lucite pieces. Check out their new finds here.

    {Stay tuned - more to come!}

    {All photos taken by Shannon Echlin, please do not use without permission.}