The best antique shops in Toronto

 

There is nothing wrong with furnishing your home with brand new, modern furniture and decor. But if you want your possessions to tell a story, go antique hunting. Antiques can add instant character to any space. Whether it’s a vintage sofa or that perfect little conversation piece in the corner, it’s worth spending some time searching for antique treasures. Here are some of the best antique shops in Toronto.

 

Eclectic Revival

Eclectic Revival Toronto antiques

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Eclectic Revival (3075 Dundas St. West) began as a traditional antique furniture shop back in 1985. In 1998, the light bulb went off and they got the bright idea to specialize in antique and period lighting exclusively. Today, they are a top source in Toronto for quality pieces from across North America and Europe, as well as custom pieces that incorporate reclaimed fixtures and materials, as well as a selection of shades and miscellaneous wonders. All the restoration work is done on site in the shop. The original fixtures, finishes and patinas are saved, and only new wiring and electrical components are replaced — with vintage parts whenever possible. If you’re in the market for one-of-a-kind lighting finds, it’s time to take a little trip to the Junction.

 

The shop is open to the public Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 11 am to 5 pm, Thursdays and Fridays, from 11 am to 6 pm, and Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment only.

 

Green’s Antiques

Green's Antiques Toronto

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Located in Toronto’s historic Cabbagetown neighbourhood, near Village Green, you’ll find Green’s Antiques (529 Parliament St.). This shop carries an array of antique furniture, mirrors, carpets, memorabilia, lighting, clocks, statues, figurines, and much more. Green’s specializes in jewellery — from resales to design, resizing, gem polishing and appraisals. Browse the shop and find the perfect piece for your home.

 

Pay them a visit on weekdays, from 12 pm to 6:30 pm, and weekends, from 12 pm to 5:30 pm.

 

Trianon

Trianon Toronto antiques and design

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Trianon (247 King St. East) is an elegant and all-encompassing interior decor and renovation firm. This is not your typical, musty antique shop. The store takes its name from a retreat on the estate of Versailles. If you want to liven up your living space with an authentic Louis XIV reupholstered chair or a re-imagined 1940’s buffet in bright yellow, this is the shop for you. The tag on each piece will tell you a bit about its story. If you don’t have a bundle to spend, a little window shopping certainly couldn’t hurt.

 

Trianon is open Tuesday to Friday, from 10 am until 6 pm, and Saturday, from 10 am until 5 pm.

 

Cynthia Findlay Antiques

Cynthia Findlay Antiques Toronto

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Cynthia Findlay Antiques (284 King St. West) specializes in the Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Mid-Century Modern periods. This antique store is perhaps best known for its selection of luxury decorative antiques and vintage jewellery. Their pieces are sourced primarily from England, Europe, Japan and China.

 

Come and have a look at their elegant displays. They’re open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 am until 6 pm.

 

Bernardi’s Antiques

Bernardi's Antiques Toronto

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For over 40 years, Bernardi’s Antiques has been a Midtown Toronto mainstay. They are located at 699 Mount Pleasant Road, just south of Eglinton and just around the corner from Davisville Village. The 2500 square foot shop is filled to the brim with beautiful antiques, decor, collectables and artwork. Their specialty is English and French furniture, as well as art, glass and silverware. Come and find what you didn’t even know you were missing. Bernardi’s Antiques is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 11 am to 5 pm.

 

Mrs. Huizenga

Mrs. Huizenga Toronto antiques

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Owner Catherine Huizenga has an eye for antiques, vintage pieces, and great junque that tells a story. Mrs. Huizenga (28 Roncesvalles Avenue) is jam-packed with amazing pieces at reasonable prices. From silverware and stoneware to vintage jewellery boxes and delightfully creepy porcelain clown dolls — there’s something for everyone here. The relatively low prices mean that the shop enjoys high turnover, so you never step into the same store twice, and you never know what you’ll find. Enjoy a treasure hunt in the shop Monday to Saturday, from 11 am until 6 pm.

 

Whether you’re ready to buy, or simply want to spend some time antiquing and soaking up some of the stories and history of hard-to-find and one-of-a-kind items, these antique shops are sure to add a little richness to your life.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves to connect you to all the valuable resources and hotspots that your city and community have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Decorate your balcony with Hauser

 

Your balcony is your personal outdoor sanctuary. How you choose to decorate it can make a world of difference. If you’re on the hunt for quality, outdoor furniture that was made to last, you may want to look to the experts at Hauser (218 Merton Street) in Davisville Village.

 

Hauser is a family-owned Canadian company. They believe in living life to the fullest, outdoors. This philosophy first came from the company’s founder, John Hauser, more than 60  years ago. John was a fifth-generation Austrian blacksmith who moved his family to Canada in 1949 and opened the John Hauser Ironworks, specializing in wrought-iron ornamental fixtures.

 

John Hauser and his family spent much of the warmer months entertaining family and friends outdoors. Hauser’s passion for outdoor living, family and craftsmanship made him a leader in the outdoor furniture industry.

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The second generation of Hausers run the company today, and continue to create quality outdoor furniture with the same philosophy and passion that was passed on from John. Hauser continues to manufacture the majority of what they sell, themselves, locally. You can choose from a variety of materials and styles, including cast, tubular and wrought aluminum, rattan, teak, as well as all-weather rattan. Since Hauser is the manufacturer, customers can also mix and match styles and technologies and have Hauser’s state-of-the-art welding, paint and fabric production line produce the perfect piece.

 

Hauser takes pride in being a leader in outdoor furniture options. They are open year round to serve you and their dedicated staff are experts in their field.

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Your balcony is the perfect place for some serious lounging. Hauser offers a selection of quality outdoor chaise lounges and outdoor lounge seating, including sofas, chairs and ottomans. Choose from a variety of finishes and fabrics to suit your personal style.

 

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If wood is what you love for the outdoors, have a look at Hauser’s line of quality teak benches. It’s like having your own elegantly-styled park bench. Perfect for relaxing and looking out at Davisville Village.

 

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If you prefer to use your balcony as a place to sit and sip a cold drink, or perhaps enjoy a card game with a few friends, have a look at their line of outdoor tables and chairs. You’ll never have to fight the crowds to try and find a spot on a local patio this summer! It doesn’t get more local than this.

 

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Perhaps you prefer to grow something green in your outdoor space. Have a look at their line of outdoor planters, pots and topiaries and get growing with a little help from Hauser.

 

No matter what you like to use your balcony for, the experts at Hauser can help you make it all that it can be, and more!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you make your home feel like home. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

DIY home office ideas for small spaces

 

Whether you’re a telecommuter, freelancer, student, or simply need a spot to sit down and pay the bills, you need a dedicated space in your home in order to be productive. Using the kitchen or dining room table can work for a little while, but it becomes cumbersome and cluttered if you’re working during meal times. Trying to be productive while sitting on the couch, crouched over the coffee table, or with your laptop balanced on your lap is no better (laptop is a bit of a misnomer). A dedicated workspace helps you to cut down on distractions and get down to business. Even in small spaces, there is usually a creative way to use the space more efficiently. If you need to carve out a corner, or find a bit of wall space to work at, we’re here to help optimize your options.

 

Designed carpet and grey pouf on glossy white floor. Home office design concept

 

Rethink and Rearrange

 

You may think that the placement of your furniture is just perfect. You may be right, or you may be depriving yourself of some prime, yet hidden, home office space. If you move the couch more toward the centre of the room, rather than against the wall, you can take advantage of the new found wall space. Place a small desk or narrow table there, and presto! You’re in business! The desk could face the wall for a distraction-free workspace, or face the back of the sofa. If the sofa is facing the TV, you can enjoy some entertainment while you work.

 

Cozy up to corners

 

A chair and small desk, table or shelving unit, tucked into a corner, can create a cozy spot to get productive in. Look for a small desk with built in storage, so you don’t have to have any extra shelves that could make the corner feel cramped. Separate the space with simple design tricks. A framed piece of art or even a motivational poster, or a change in tone or colour can make a big difference. The desk itself could provide the colour shift — paint it any colour you choose.

 

Up against the wall!

 

A section of wall in a hall, kitchen, next to furniture or between bookcases or shelving units, can be optimized for your workspace. To avoid having your creative centre clash with its surroundings, keep the colours uniform or complimentary for a continuous flow.

 

Fold it and forget it

 

If you’re really tight for space, and don’t require your workspace to take up any when you aren’t working, a wall mounted drop leaf table can work well. It folds almost flat when not in use, and you can use a kitchen chair, folding chair, or even your yoga ball to sit on. If you’d rather not mount anything to the wall, a folding TV tray can do the trick. When you’re not in work mode anymore, fold it up, put it in the closet and enjoy your free time!

 

Refashion your closet

 

If you’d rather not keep your office folded up in the closet as we suggested above, what about foregoing the fashions in your closet and fashioning an office space in the closet? If you can consolidate your clothes, you can create a spare space. All you need is a small desk, lamp  and chair. When you’re done with work, simply close the door. It’s a great way to keep your work life and home life separate, all in the same space.

 

With a little creativity, you can create a home workspace in any small space. Look around, use your imagination, and then get down to work!

 

For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

The top 5 home decor shops in Toronto

 

What makes your home, home? Without your personality and personal touches, an apartment is just empty space. Pure potential.  Every item you possess, use and display, says something about you. When it comes to finding new (or vintage) pieces to add to your home decor, you have many options. Rather than simply filling up space, it’s about expressing who you are and how you feel about your space. To help you connect with retailers who understand this, here are the top 5 home decor shops in Toronto.

 

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EQ3

 

EQ3 offers mid-century modern furniture suitable for stylish urban living. The clean lines and streamlined look may feel a little like Ikea at first glance. The aesthetics may be similar but there is a big difference in quality. EQ3 is in the middle of the market. That means quality pieces without the price tag trauma associated with some high end home decor stores.  All of EQ3’s upholstered furniture is made in Canada – Winnepeg to be exact. This allows for more quality control and full customization options that can still be delivered within a few weeks, for a reasonable price. In their overseas production facilities — whether it’s Indonesia, where their solid wood pieces are made, rugs from India, or lighting from China, there are teams and offices on the ground to ensure their standards of quality are met. You can create a stylish space, with pieces designed to last. There are 2 Toronto locations to choose, 3- 51 Hanna Avenue in Liberty Village, and 222 King Street East (at Sherbourne Street).

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Hopson Grace

 

Your home can be an extension of your personality. Hopson Grace (1120 Yonge Street) can help set the table and the tone for your space, with the perfect piece of decor that you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else in the city – or the world! Owners Andrea Hopson and Martha Grace McKimm have made it their mission to provide a retail space dedicated to originality and individuality. Their HG Originals line offers a wide range of items and a wide range of prices. Find anything from whimsical, decorative story tiles ($45), all the way up to handmade designer wood bowls ($1750) and everything in between.

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Urban Barn

 

You owe it to yourself and your home to make a trip to Urban Barn (610 Queen Street W). The store features a tasteful selection of pieces for every room in your home. From living room, dining room and bedroom furniture, to wall décor, accessories, rugs and drapery. Best of all, you can design and plan your room online. See how it looks before making any decisions with the Urban Barn Room Planner. Once you’ve created your new virtual space, you can save it, email it, or print it to use as a shopping list.

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Absolutely Inc.

 

Absolutely Inc. (1132 and 1236 Yonge Street) is a pair of boutique shops located four blocks apart from each other on the Rosedale strip of Yonge Street. Paying them a visit is like going on a treasure hunt. You never know what you’ll find, but you know it will be amazing. Find unique items that you just have to have, likeTibetan Lamb Pillows ($249), Coral Brain Specimens ($669) or a Peace Sign Ring Holder ($18). They also carry high end furniture, lighting and more.

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GUFF

 

Owner John Jakeman started out as a buyer for stores along the antique row of Queen Street East. He stepped up his game and opened his own shop called GUFFat 1 Davies Avenue in Leslieville. It stands for Great Used Furniture Finds and it lives up to its name. This is the home of all things vintage, with prices that are easily 10 to 30 percent less expensive than other stores in the city. With new items constantly coming in, it’s never the same store twice. If you need to make some room in your space before adding anything new, sell your stuff to GUFF. The shop is always on the lookout for interesting pieces so you don’t have to be. Just stop by and see their collection for yourself. Keep in mind, because it’s a vintage store, all sales are final.

 

Your personality can’t be summed up by the things that you purchase. However, the right items can help you transform your living space into a home.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to connect you with your community and all that it has to offer. For information on Greenrock Rental Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street55 Maitland Street), please visit our website. Welcome home.

How to make your apartment cozy this winter

How to make your apartment cozy this winter

Winter has definitely arrived and appears to be settling in for an extended stay. They say that roughing your way through a Canadian winter can build character. They might be right, but if you feel like you’ve built enough character, and are ready to be comfy and cozy, the blog team at Greenrock Property Management is with you! We’d like to share some tips for how to make your Village Green apartment cozy this winter.

 

Pillows and Blankets

 

What could possibly be more cozy than piles of pillows and soft, comfy blankets?  Accessorizing your space for a seasonal feel is a great way to keep things fresh without having to commit to redecorating. Some soft and comfy pillows will go a long way to make your Village Green home more inviting and comfy. Throw in a throw blanket for the living room and you’ll have a cozy couch to curl up on and watch winter from the window — while you stay warm.

 

Get A Headboard

 

You can create your own upholstered headboard and create a comfy, cozy and warm atmosphere for your bedroom. The only possible downside is that you will never want to get out of bed! An attractive headboard may make your bedroom your favourite spot to cozy up under the covers, while you lean back to enjoy a good book this winter.

 

Break Out the Books

 

Too many books, especially if they are haphazardly organized, can make your space feel cluttered and small. However, piling some books on end tables, or by the bed, or arranged on shelves, can make it feel cozy, rather than cluttered. And your favourite reads will be within easy reach while you curl up with a hot cup of cocoa.

 

Winter Throw Rugs

 

Keep your feet warm this winter with a throw rug that you can make yourself! It’s easy and  It’s a great way to instantly make your space feel more cozy without a commitment. When warmer weather comes our way (and it will), simply throw your throw rug in the closet until it’s needed next year.

 
The Greenrock blog team hopes that these suggestions help to make your home at Village Green a cozy refuge from the cold, dark days of winter. For more information on Greenrock Rental Communities, including the soothing oasis in the heart of the city that is Village Green (40 & 50 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street) — please see our website.

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3 Things to consider when rearranging furniture

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