Condos Photo Credit: Espace D., by Jason LaChance

Vancouver Home Decor and Furniture Shopping Guide

Through careful, totally selfless research we’ve compiled the ultimate list of stores to help outfit your home with everything from on-trend lighting to statement seating.

Inform Interiors

Downtown

Bustling with bankers, bike couriers and shoppers seven days a week, the downtown core is full of life (and is a prime location for people watching while you hit the shops).

Crate and Barrel’s condo-friendly cousin, CB2—only the second one in Canada—offers youthful, clever furnishings (lighting, rugs, furniture, dinnerware) that remind us of mod designer items, sans the steep price tag. 1277 Robson St., 604-669-9797, cb2.ca

Cookworks supplies much more than cookware: find brands—like All-Clad, KitchenAid and Nespresso—that run the gamut from bakeware and electronics to glassware and linens. While Le Creuset is an all-time favourite, do check out the equally colourful ceramic Silit products as well. 377 Howe St., 604-662-4918; also 1548 W Broadway, 604-731-1148; cookworks.ca

Pop into Coal Harbour’s Lloyd Bruce Home Collections for high-end lines such as Fendi Casa and Giorgio Collection. While you’re there, look for their own leather furniture collection, designed by owner Robert Bruce McKay. 150–510 Nicola St., 604-677-4411, lloydbrucehome.com

Find top-end traditional furniture lines, including Hickory Chair and Pearson, at McKellars in Coal Harbour. 1549 W Pender St., 604-734-1671, mckellarsinteriors.com

Resource Furniture specializes in space-efficient Italian systems that transform the function of a room at the click of a button—beds that unfold from the wall, desks that become sofas, and tables that expand and contract in a snap. 861 Richards St., 604-681-0104, resourcefurniture.com

In each piece, the illustrious French furniture retailer Roche Bobois fuses stylish minimalism with true comfort. Look for the sleek European modular sofas that resulted from the company’s highly successful collaboration with Missoni. 716 W Hastings St., 604-633-5005, roche-bobois.com

Room in Order celebrates the beauty of organization with storage solutions for every room—think clever closet systems, colourful boxes and bins and high-tech recycling units. 1055 Davie St., 604-684-8884, roominorder.com; also in South Cambie

The veteran design team at the Ultimate Kitchen guides customers through mod renos or new builds, working with leading brands like Miele, Gaggenau and Wolf. 1500 W Georgia St., 604-688-2020, theultimatekitchen.com

Room in Order
Room in Order. Photo by Heather Merenda.

Chinatown

Among the city’s best dumpling restaurants and the lush and beautiful Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden, decor and fashion boutiques are popping up to take advantage of the neighbourhood’s low rent and plentiful character.

The Board of Trade Co. serves up boho-chic house accessories like colourful earthenware sake cups and delicate rope coil baskets (plus hipster outfits) to Chinatown’s designer youths. 227 Union St., 778-318-9697, boardoftradeco.com; also in Gastown

Fontile is the exclusive provider of many European manufacturers of ceramic, porcelain, glass and stone tile—including Porcelanosa and Marazzi. Also: kitchen and bathroom cabinetry from Spain and Germany. 270 Terminal Ave., 604-683-9358, fontile.com

Visit the showroom of Future Living for reno inspiration (flooring, appliances, window coverings and cabinetry are all on view), then chat with the company’s on-hand designers—full-service renovation and construction services are available. 914 Main St., 604-801-5720, futureliving.ca

There’s no place in Vancouver quite like the Modern Bartender. In addition to bitters, syrups and mixers for a smart home bar, this shop offers tools, accessories and garnishes that cater to all drink enthusiasts. 28 E Pender St., 604-684-1747, themodernbartender.com

Find century-old altar tables and hand-carved architectural items salvaged from demolition sites alongside contemporary art, silks and linens at Peking Lounge. 83 E Pender St., 604-844-1559, pekinglounge.com

The showroom at Spencer Interiors houses leading luxury brands in furniture and lighting with an especially strong focus on Italian lines like Viteo, Frigerio and Cecchini. 708 Main St., 604-736-1378, spencerinteriors.ca

Gastown

Skip past the Steam Clock gawkers and discover the hidden gems that populate Vancouver’s oldest ’hood—once overrun with tacky tourist traps, Gastown is now home to fashion-forward shops and the most exciting restaurants and bars in the city.

The Board of Trade Co. See Chinatown listing. 206 Carrall St., 778-318-9697, boardoftradeco.com

Colourful, mid-century modern furniture abounds at Bloom: hot pink table lamps from Penta and neon yellow Pedrali chairs pair with modular seating and high-end furniture. 495 Railway St., 604-215-0051, bloomfurniturestudio.com

Kitchen dreams are born at Bulthaup, where some of the world’s finest (and most versatile) modern kitchen workspaces are on offer. 93 W Cordova St., 604-688-1881, vancouver.bulthaup.com

The Carriage House stocks consignment furniture of the William Switzer variety in its 12,000-square-foot warehouse. Find deals on what owner Cinde Stevens describes as this city’s “high-end cast-offs.” 505 Railway St., 604-215-0187, carriagehouseconsign.com

For the modernist newborn, Ella and Elliot offers a great selection of sophisticated kids’ products—Stokke chairs, Bugaboo strollers and a multitude of cool cribs, to name but a few. 126 W Hastings St., 604-563-1845, ellaandelliot.com

Those seeking heavyweight lines like B&B Italia, Eames and Aalto should proceed directly to the 30,000-square-foot multilevel showcase that is Inform Interiors. Owner Niels Bendtsen’s own furniture line, Bensen, is a highlight. 50 and 97 Water St., 604-682-3868, informinteriors.com

Find shabby-chic, beach-cottage and Parisian inspired pieces (new and vintage) at L’Atelier Home. The Evolve collection recycles previously loved items and materials into beautiful new treasures. 452 W Cordova St., 604-684-9933, latelierhome.com

Lightform is a mecca for the world’s finest lighting brands, like Flos and Foscarini, plus unusual designs like super-slim pendant lighting by acclaimed designer Jordi Vilardell. 2–425 Carrall St., 604-688-7022, lightform.ca

Newly opened Litchfield, presided over by owner (and former Martha Sturdy president) Jonathon Litchfield, is a high-ceilinged haven of meticulously curated products, from Japanese chef knives and Snow Peak outdoor gear to gender neutral, organic Fig and Yarrow skin care and bath products. 38 Water St., 604-428-5880, litchfieldtheshop.com

At Montauk Sofa, classic and modern furniture is made sustainably from reclaimed materials, though new materials can be used on request. Antique art objects are also available. 228 Abbott St., 604-331-2363, montauksofa.com

The charming Old Faithful, a modern-day version of a general store, features a wide selection of hand-crafted goods, including Staples and Sundries soaps, Faribault blankets and throws and Makr rucksacks. 320 W Cordova St., 778-327-9376, oldfaithfulshop.com

Source exquisite Sandberg Tyg and Tapet wallpaper at Gastown’s Örling and Wu. Also on hand: a charming selection of Mateus dishware, designed in Sweden and handcrafted in Portugal. 28 Water St., 604-568-6718, orlingandwu.com

Working from concept to completion, Paradigm Kitchen Design provides complete renovations and installations for kitchens and bathrooms from a smart new showroom. Environmentally responsible custom cabinetry also provided. 720 Alexander St., 604-326-3000, paradigmkitchendesign.com

Parliament Interiors is a contemporary design shop that sticks almost exclusively to a palette of whites and greys, with occasional (and affordable) ventures into flashy accessories. A breezy room with row on row of whimsical gifts. 115 Water St., 604-689-0800, parliamentinteriors.com

The designers at Penner and Associates have branched into the retail market with P and A Furniture, a boutique outlet. Their tightly curated selection of linens, furnishings and gifts is always design-forward and sweetly simple. 159 W Hastings St., 604-255-2089, pafurniture.ca

Robert Quinnell and David Keeler’s striking lifestyle store, Provide, features the finely curated creative products of many top-drawer design studios, including Loyal Loot, Missoni and Martha Sturdy. 529 Beatty St., 604-632-0095, providehome.com

Trendsetters take note: fine, limited-quantity items from Canadian and international designers pop up at the ever-evolving Secret Location. This boutique celebrates products (fashion and decor) where craftsmanship and ingenuity are king. Sip and nibble at their seriously chic café and bar. 1 Water St., 604-685-0090, secretlocation.ca

East Coast veterans Stylegarage have set up shop in Gastown, featuring custom modern furnishings along with with Canuck kitsch—including Douglas fir benches and Prairie-shaped coffee tables. 124 W Hastings St., 604-558-4343, stylegarage.com

Modern furniture, in particular leather furnishings, are always contemporary and handcrafted at the expansive Zientte. 18 Water St., 604-568-1722, zientte.ca

Zwada Home blends modern design with Old World pieces to create spaces that are contemporary and timeless. Ming-inspired Asian imports, for example, are offset by the gallery’s bespoke line of plush furnishings. Great florals, too. 336 W Pender St., 604-568-7677, zwadadesign.com

Yaletown

Brick warehouses in this former industrial zone have been converted to stylish lofts with glamorous shops and restaurants occupying former loading docks beneath.

Since 1944, Banner Carpets has been a leading Canadian distributor of flooring. Hardwood and vinyl as well as green-friendly cork and bamboo are on offer, along with a broad selection of rugs. Open to the trade only. 1770 W. 3rd Ave., 604-734-1136, bannercarpets.ca

Visit Blu Bathworks’s exclusive showroom to find high-quality, contemporary products from bathtubs to faucets. Look for their signature blu-stone collection—it’s eco-friendly. 188 Smithe St., 604-299-0122, blubathworks.com

An ode to Italian living, Calligaris offers great small-space solutions: glass-topped tables with hidden leaves and ottomans that do double duty as storage lockers and coffee tables. 1014 Homer St., 604-646-4833, calligarisstore.ca

A maximalist’s paradise, Chintz and Company is 24,000 square feet of sumptuous furniture, lighting, drapery, wallpaper, jewellery and gifts. Robert Abbey lamps, Designers Guild bedding and Astier de Villatte tableware are among its luxe offerings. 950 Homer St., 604-689-2022, chintz.com

The Cross Decor and Design pays homage to Paris with its pastel-hued inventory of idiosyncratic vintage finds, original artwork and home furnishings and accessories. Custom upholstery services create one-of-a-kind pieces. 1198 Homer St., 604-689-2900, thecrossdesign.com

Designhouse’s wide range of furniture, lighting and accessories—including brands like Alessi and Kartell as well as their own Designhouse collection—will appeal to anyone searching for sleek, modern pieces at reasonable prices. Also find iconic Finnish graphics at the Marimekko concept store inside—all in the form of bags, bath towels, clothes and fabrics cut to order. 851 Homer St., 604-681-2800, designhouse.ca; 604-609-2881, marimekkovancouver.com

Espace D is one of Yaletown’s smartest boutiques. Founded by French interior designer Pierre Derreumaux, the shop provides a global, luxe take on home furnishings, including Mumo pillows from the UK and candy-coloured Jielde table lamps. 1108 Richards St., 604-662-3008, espacedonline.com

Instant Bedrooms specializes in compact, wall-mounted beds in both chic urban styles and more traditional designs. 1080 Mainland St., 604-669-2337, wallbeds.com; also in Richmond

Pisolino Designs, a gorgeous linen store that’s home to incredibly soft sheets and luxe faux-fur pillows, is aptly named: “pisolino” means nap in Italian. All bedroom products are made locally from fabric sourced from around the world. 1068 Homer St., 604-682-1688, pisolino.com

Visit Moulé for housewares in keeping with the clothing store’s chic aesthetic (think lines like Jonathan Adler and Roost). 1062 Homer St., 604-685-1062, moulestores.com; also in South Granville

The Cross Decor and Design
The Cross Decor and Design. Photo by Christina Lehn.

The Armoury District

A concentrated collection of home decor storefronts has popped up around the historic Seaforth Armoury—it’s a stylish place to spend an afternoon shopping (or just dreaming).

Bradford Hardware carries a large variety of high quality, custom hardware products (Baldwin, Smedbo, Hager and Rocky Mountain, to name a few). Also a key source for exterior hardware like custom house numbers and LED doorbell buttons. 101–1626 W 2nd Ave., 604-569-0783, bradfordhardware.com

In its 15,000-square-foot space, which hosts a wide range of modern luxury furnishings, Brougham Interiors has the newest line from Dedon, in addition to well-crafted pieces from Dellarobbia. Be sure to visit its dedicated Baker Gallery. 1855 Fir St., 604-736-8822, broughaminteriors.com

Casa has a healthy stock of clean, contemporary furnishings, but the real draw is its bank of fine art prints (limited edition and open edition works). 1636 W 2nd Ave., 604-263-8525, casacollection.ca

For locally made contemporary wood furniture, built to order, pop into Creative Home Furnishings. Custom design services, light fixtures and accessories are also available. 1738 W 2nd Ave., 604-558-2625, creativehome.ca

E and M Interiors (that’s Exclusive and Modern, in case you were wondering) lives up to its name by providing home furnishings and accents that combine clean lines with original designs, like beautifully tufted leather occasional chairs and clever combination ottoman-coffee tables. 1913 Burrard St., 604-620-8227, em-interiors.ca

East India Carpets has been providing luxe, quality carpets in Vancouver for more than 60 years. Styles range from traditional colourful Jaipur silks to modern hand-knotted Missoni wool. 1606 W 2nd Ave., 604-736-5681, eastindiacarpets.com

Fullhouse Modern is one of the city’s strongest showrooms for vintage mid-century modern and Danish modern furnishings, with a focus on eras from the 1930s to 1970s. 1545 W 4th Ave., 604-733-7789, fullhousemodern.com

Livingspace’s showroom hits just the right note in showcasing contemporary European furniture. With a superb in-house kitchen design studio, modern classic Eames and the newest offerings from Alessi and Ligne Roset, the store’s offerings make it a must for modernists. 1706 W 1st Ave., 604-683-1116, livingspace.com

Nearly 100 lines of lighting are on offer at Luminosa Light Design, covering interior, exterior and landscape fixtures. 1840 Fir St., 604-734-0829, luminosalight.com

In Mary Watson and Dana Coburn’s little store, Metropolitan Home, you’ll find mid-century modern vintage furnishings—especially of North American, Italian and Scandinavian descent. Each piece sports a label stating its age and name, where it’s been and any damage it has suffered. 1626 W 2nd Ave., 604-681-2313, metropolitanhome.ca

The luxurious Mint store became even sweeter with the opening of a second location right across the street. The original Mint carries designer pieces from Jonathan Adler and Charlene Mullen (plus a hefty supply of truly luxurious wallpapers), while the second, larger location carries custom upholstered furniture, lighting and art. 1805 Fir St., 604-568-3430; 1880 Fir St., 604-568-0422; mintinteriors.ca

Exquisite Italian design is collected at Room 8, a must-visit for kitchen and bath inspiration. Be sure to check out its 100-percent wood products by Effeti, which employ a centuries-old millwork technique on chestnut logs from Provence. Look for luxurious leather seating by Baxter, too. 1706 W 1st Ave., 604-734-1323, room8.ca

Not only does Stone Tile’s spacious showroom carry one of the city’s most expansive selections of tiles (in limestone, sandstone, marble, granite, porcelain, ceramic and glass), its staff can also set you up with pro cleaners and installers. 1775 Pine St., 604-731-9948, stone-tile.com

Glimpse the past via Art Deco furniture, magnificent chandeliers and 18th-century paintings at William MacKinnon’s by-appointment-only antiques store, Three Centuries Shop. 1662 W 2nd Ave., 604-685-8808, fineantiquesstore.com

South Granville

Occupying prime real estate between Shaughnessy and downtown, South Granville is chockablock with elegant home-design stores, luxury clothing boutiques, private art galleries and some of the finest restaurants in town. An afternoon here is a date with the good life.

18Karat is a Vancouver-based enterprise specializing in contemporary and glamorous interior design accessories and furniture. The vases are a staple for local interior designers. 3039 Granville St., 604-742-1880, 18karatstore.com

The folk vibe at Anthropologie includes antique-inspired homeware and bohemian vintage dresses. Be sure to check out the latest Made in Kind collections, featuring exclusive pieces from indie designers. 2912 Granville St., 604-734-2529, anthropologie.com

French crystal from Baccarat, Lalique, Saint Louis and Daum fills the cabinets at Atkinson’s, where more than 300 patterns of china are also on display. Find silver from Ercuis and Puiforcat and luxurious Italian cotton linens from Pratesi. 1501 W 6th Ave., 604-736-3378, atkinsonsofvancouver.com

Find Morihata towels, Emma Bridgewater dishware, cutlery from Sabre and shaving essentials from Kala at Bacci’s at Home. 2788 Granville St., 604-733-4933, baccis.ca

The cutting-edge store turns electronics into art—Bang and Olufsen’s high design has even landed their products in the MoMA. We’ve got our eyes on the sleek and sculptural BeoVision 12 TV. 1565 W 7th Ave., 604-669-6011, bang-olufsen.ca

Danish furniture chain BoConcept puts modern pieces in reach with accessible price points and custom shapes and finishes. Home-furnishing software lets you map out your future space. 1275 W 6th Ave., 604-730-8111, boconcept.ca

Simple and affordable storage solutions are California Closets’s expertise. Find walk-in closet combinations, plus options for home offices, garage workspaces, media centres and pantries. 2421 Granville St., 604-320-6575, californiaclosets.com; also in Burnaby

For state-of-the-art home theatres (or an entire house controlled by a panel of buttons—including climate control, communications, video surveillance, security and fire integration) visit Commercial Electronics. 1565 W 7th Ave., 604-669-5525, commercialelectronics.ca

If you’re feeling lost in a sea of modernist design, Country Furniture provides a breather with classic leather sofas, iron-framed beds and rustic dining tables. Lots of great accessories, too, like Pendleton woolens and Compagnie de Provence body care—perfect for a last-minute gift. 3097 Granville St., 604-738-6411, countryfurniture.net; also in West Vancouver

The ever-expanding Winnipeg-based chain EQ3 stocks modern furnishings and accessories that are both on-trend and affordable. There are graphic bed linens, minimalist dishes and brightly coloured, square-armed sofas, alongside the EQ3+ line, which features modernist classics from Alessi and Herman Miller. 2301 Granville St., 604-681-5155, eq3.com

After relocating and relaunching as Heather Ross (Natural Eclectic), the art salon/boutique now houses contemporary and vintage home accessories, textiles and antique finds handpicked from around the world. The space also serves as a gallery for the owner’s abstract paintings and photography. 2170 Fir St., 604-738-4284, heatherrossnaturaleclectic.com

House of Knives operates at the cutting edge of all things sharp. Nine locations around town are stocked with ooh-and-ahh gift items like the bright-coloured Komachi knives, and also serious blades like the Shun carving series. 2655 Granville St., 604-737-3663, houseofknives.ca; also in various Greater Vancouver locations

Decorative, room-pleasing, contemporary Canadian art—from emerging and established artists—is on offer at the Ian Tan Gallery. 2202 Granville St., 604-738-1077, iantangallery.com

Hone your home design vision in Inspiration Furniture’s 40,000 square feet of contemporary furnishings, lighting, rugs and accessories. In-house interior designers lend a hand with computer modelling. 1275 W 6th Ave., 604-730-1275, inspirationfurniture.ca

Jordans offers a range of fine North American furniture, as well as services like drapery, reupholstery, floor covering and in-home interior design. It’s also the exclusive local retailer of the century-old Arts and Crafts legend Stickley. 1470 W Broadway, 604-733-1174, jordans.ca; also in Coquitlam

What happens to old-growth trees downed by coastal storms? The lucky ones become furniture by Kozai Modern. Plus, owners Ron Cromie and Hideki Shimizu sell Aperture and Robusta dining tables from Western Living Furniture Designer of the Year Brent Comber. 1515 W 6th Ave., 604-677-8166, kozaimodern.com

Lusso Verde (Italian for “green luxury”) is perfectly named: this family-run shop sells both gorgeous, European-inspired floral arrangements and decadent Italian culinary delights. (Their customizable baskets are a go-to gift.) 1523 W 8th Ave., 604-558-1411, lussoverde.com

While the traditional and contemporary lines at Mavyan Carpets are selected from the top producers in the carpet world, the shop’s greatest draw is probably its carefully chosen antique collection: a series of rare, 19th-century examples from the Asian continent. 2229 Granville St., 604-733-3285, mavyan.com

Moulé. See Yaletown listing. 2321 Granville St., 604-732-4066, moulestores.com

Custom wood and upholstered pieces to be handed down from generation to generation are the specialty of Once a Tree, who also stock selections from a variety of quality furniture makers, including American Leather and Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams. 750 SW Marine Dr., 604-324-2126, onceatreefurniture.com

Pottery Barn offers casual home furnishings along with all the basics for dining and entertaining. Just up the street, Pottery Barn Kids specializes in playful furniture, bedding and accessories for the 10 and under set. Pottery Barn, 2600 Granville St., 604-678-9897, potterybarn.ca; Pottery Barn Kids, 2935 Granville St., 604-638-7494, potterybarnkids.ca

The distressed-leather sofas and hand-knotted rugs at Restoration Hardware give a home instant vintage appeal. But it’s the bath collections that keep us coming back—especially the towels big enough for two. 2555 Granville St., 604-731-3918, restorationhardware.com

Scott Landon’s South Granville store, Scott Landon Antiques, reclaims 18th- and 19th-century Canadiana and Americana salvaged from points east: think doors with original brass, or working latches and glass from Chicago circa 1900. 2349 Granville St., 604-731-2576, scottlandonantiques.com

Not only does Uno Langmann Limited specialize in European and North American paintings from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, the gallery also features antique sculpture, lighting, textiles, furniture and ethnographic pieces. 2117 Granville St., 604-736-8825, langmann.com

A go-to for clean lines and furniture basics, Urban Barn has multiple options for mix and match. We like the Cinderella custom chair, a high-backed number upholstered in any of hundreds of fabrics. 2354 Granville St., 604-731-9047, urbanbarn.com

The kitchen classics are extensive (check out the Vitamix juicers), but it’s the high-quality marinades, spice rubs and baking mixes that set Williams-Sonoma apart. 2903 Granville St., 778-330-2581, williams-sonoma.com

From bentwood pendant lights to gold-plated flatware, West Elm is a shop for chic home decor at sane prices. West Elm Market is stocked with kitchen appliances and cookware, plus laundry room essentials—and even a coffee bar to keep you going. West Elm, 2947 Granville St., 604-733-6730; West Elm Market, 2915 Granville St., 604-734-9302, westelm.com

World Mosaic’s tiles aren’t limited to the kitchen and bathroom—there’s recycled glass tile for the hall and hexagonal teak tiles that patinate beautifully with age. Exclusive distributor of Walker Zanger tile. 1665 W 7th Ave., 604-736-8158, worldmosaictile.com

Lusso Verde
Lusso Verde. Photo by Heather Merenda.

Kitsilano

Ocean views and leafy residential streets make for a beautiful backdrop during shopping expeditions down busy Broadway or the boutique-lined Fourth Avenue.

Warning: thread count is a moot point when you’re talking cotton muslin, which is what they use at Bed. Anyone who’s used the hand-dyed sheets can attest to the store’s claim: these are luxury-hotel soft and get better with every wash. 2907 W Broadway, 604-736-3482, bed-online.com

The award-winning kitchen and bathroom specialists at Lonetree provide custom cabinetry and full project management. 2990 Arbutus St., 604-739-1110, lonetreekitchens.ca

Stepback is devoted to all things nostalgic. The inventory is a mix of vintage odds and sods (industrial furnishings, glassware, taxidermy, school maps) and unique new items with old-school flair. 2936 W Broadway, 604-731-7525, stepback.ca

West Side

Sprinkled throughout Point Grey’s lushly landscaped blocks of multi-million-dollar homes and Kerrisdale’s family-friendly spaces are shops and services to make life a little more beautiful.

Its handcrafted beds are designed in Sweden to support every point on the body. Duxiana is utopia for the sleep deprived. The cult-fave Dux beds use only cotton, natural latex, slow-growing pine and nearly 2.1 kilometres of steel in the coils. 4465 W 10th Ave., 604-222-2623, duxiana.us

Stock up on cheeky vases by Rosenthal or anything wonderful by Georg Jensen at Enflux, a temple to modern home decor. We love the Punkt alarm clocks (analogue has never looked so smart) and PP Mobler furniture from Denmark. 4385 W 10th Ave., 604-222-9009, enflux.ca

Far more than just a hardware store, Kerrisdale Lumber is stocked with home accessories and a seriously impressive “barbecue room” with all the latest grills. 6191 W Boulevard, 604-261-4274, kerrisdalelumber.com

Redecorating starts at Perry and Co., an official supplier of the well-loved Farrow and Ball paints and wallpapers. Its 100-plus colours represent the classic hues in deep flat tones that other brands can’t replicate. 6131 W Boulevard, 604-266-0022, perryandco.ca

South Cambie

After an interregnum brought on by the installation of the rapid transit Canada Line, South Cambie has settled back into its dozy ways. Or nearly. In-fill townhomes, a big-box zone and rumoured residential towers have added bustle to village life.

Known for its affordable and stylish furniture, housewares and home accessories, Crate and Barrel offers a vision of relaxed, easy living. Designer-made 50th anniversary teapots, charcoal bed collections and marble fruit bowls are just a few of this store’s must-have items. Oakridge Centre, 650 W 41st Ave., 604-269-4300, crateandbarrel.com

The refined selection at Edmonds Fine Appliances is a showcase of top performing brands—think Sub-Zero, Wolf, GE Monogram, Miele and the condo-sized 24.60 line—in a sleek and modern showroom. 459 W 2nd Ave., 604-874-0022, edmondsappliances.ca

Iron Accents carries durable and timeless wrought-iron home furnishings in a range of styles from ornate to minimalist. Included are bed frames, chairs and garden accents. 302 W 2nd Ave., 604-568-9355, ironaccents.ca

The massive Midland Appliance offers chic stovetops, fridges, barbecues—an entire range of appliances from 42 leading brands, including Brigade, Samsung, Gaggenau and GE Profile. 2015 Columbia St., 604-608-0600, midlandappliance.com; also in Richmond

Luxury home electronics solutions are covered by the industry leader, Millson. They deliver home cinemas, high-end sound systems and lighting control, plus security and communication systems. 2036 Columbia St., 604-707-0414, millson.net

Robinson Lighting and Bath is the contractor’s go-to resource for Grohe, Kohler, Moen, Duravit and Dornbracht. Also on hand: lighting that ranges from classic Schonbek chandeliers to more modern pieces from Hubbardton Forge. 2285 Cambie St., 604-879-2494, rlrbc.com; also in Coquitlam

Room in Order. See Downtown listing. 525 W 8th Ave., roominorder.com

From humble beginnings in Kenya, Rosewood Home and Condo has grown to offer Vancouver quality, hand-made furniture (both contemporary and antique) inspired by the craftsmanship of Rajasthani carpenters. 400 W Broadway, 604-336-4277, exoticrosewood.com

Sofa So Good stocks sectionals, sofas, chairs and more, often with space-saving or storage features built in. Ottomans and upholstered beds are also available, with their own space-saving features for happy condo management. 2331 Alberta St., 604-879-4878, sofasogood.ca

Walrus is no sterile boutique. Owners Caroline Boquist and Daniel Kozlowski smartly curate design pieces for the home, including Freud coffee and tea sets, and MoMA stacking votives. 3408 Cambie St., 604-874-9770, walrushome.com

South Main

The neighbourhood—still trendy, still gentrifying, still the heart of East Van’s hipster culture—offers a rare mix of independent cafés, eclectic antique stores and shops showcasing local designers and European labels.

The city’s ultimate reservoir of high-end bathroom design is Cantu. Find bathtubs carved from a single block of natural stone (by Stone Forest) and finest-grade stainless steel basins (by Julien). 8351 Ontario St., 604-688-1252, cantubathrooms.com

The ultimate bed-as-storage-unit solution is available at the CondoBed Company. Mattresses lift to reveal massive space for shoes, golf bags, containers and the like. 1898 Main St., 604-875-8898, condobed.com

Il Loft Vancouver is the only Canadian retailer of exclusive brands like Aston Martin, Mercedes and Lamborghini—furniture inspired by the envy-inducing vehicles. 2116 Main St., 604-620-8144, illoftvancouver.com

The Martha Sturdy showroom is open to the public by appointment and showcases Martha’s original artwork as well as the Sturdy collection of furniture and sculpture accents (available at retailers across North America). 12 W 5th Ave., 604-872-5205, sturdyliving.com

Much and Little boasts a plethora of oh-so-cute items ranging from the quirky Pigeon Toe ceramics to locally made wood watches. 2541 Main St., 604-709-9034, muchandlittle.com

With a name inspired by the first year of Coco Chanel’s success, Nineteen Ten Home Boutique sells a range of très chic home items—from pocket-sized gifts to reclaimed tabletops and vintage-modern lighting. 4366 Main St., 604-558-0210, nineteenten.ca

Art meets rug at Salari Fine Carpet Collections, where a sleek showroom makes browsing more like a gallery visit. Looking for a conversation piece? Don’t miss the Diurne Kimono collection inspired by vintage kimono prints. 140–285 E 1st Ave., 604-261-3555, salari.com

Main Street’s Vancouver Special stocks Danish sofas, stylish tabletop accessories and lots of our favourite art and architecture books. It’s also where we source colourful Hay cushions. 3612 Main St., 604-568-3673, vanspecial.com

Il Loft
Il Loft. Photo by Christina Lehn.

East Vancouver

Beneath the glowing, Ken Lum-designed East Van cross, you’ll find a colourful neighbourhood of artistic types and their community gardens. Grab a coffee from one of the plentiful local roasters and search out vintage finds and smartly designed furniture.

Browse mid-century furniture, rows of melamine dishes and funky light fixtures at Attic Treasures. Don’t miss the shelves of Russel Wright tableware. 944 Commercial Dr., 604-254-0220, attictreasuresvancouver.com

Quaint home furnishings have made their way to Commercial Drive. The city’s first Exposure Home (from the creators of the Exposure clothing shops) offers local and vintage furnishings, chic lighting and home accessories—check out the collection of birdcages, for starters. 1616 Commercial Dr., 604-253-5808, exposurehome.ca

At-home chefs browse a vast selection of cookbooks, cookware and artisan groceries, all competitively priced at the Gourmet Warehouse. 1340 E Hastings St., 604-253-3022, gourmetwarehouse.ca

Visit Moe’s Home Collection and choose from the Living by Moe’s collection. The series is a pioneer project exclusive to Vancouver, featuring unique home furnishings like blown glass vases and boldly coloured rugs acquired by Moe Samieian in exotic locations all over the world. 1728 Glen Dr., 604-687-5599, moeshome.ca; also in North Vancouver

For the ultimate outdoor firepit, stop in at the Solus showroom and inspect its broad concrete bowls, rigged to showcase a clean-burning flame. 1445 Powell St., 604-255-2472, solusdecor.com

More than 40 brands of appliances are represented at the massive showrooms of Trail Appliances, including Gaggenau, Maytag, Brigade, Sub-Zero and Weber. Also a smart source for parts and friendly service. 2876 Rupert St., 604-434-8711, trailappliances.com; also in Richmond, Coquitlam and Greater Vancouver

Moe's Home Collection. Photo by Heather Merenda.
Moe’s Home Collection. Photo by Heather Merenda.

West Vancouver

Gorgeous homes are nestled among greenery and rock, with a to-die view of twinkling downtown Vancouver—if you can draw yourself away from the natural eye candy, there are key decor shops awaiting.

At Home stocks paint and wallpaper by England’s Farrow and Ball, plus a well-chosen selection of refinished antique dressers and an array of choice Italian dishware. 1530 Marine Dr., 604-922-3282, athomewestvancouver.com

Once a small giftware store, now a dynamic decor and accessories boutique, Da Vinci’s Home offers traditional and contemporary styles with a touch of the exotic chic. Home decor consulting, elegant gift wrapping and custom framing is also available. 1461 Bellevue Ave., 604-921-3344, davincishome.ca

House of Knives. See South Granville listing. 2002 Park Royal South, 604-922-9901, houseofknives.ca

Sweeten your sleeping space with luxury bedding from brands like Bella Notte, Sferra and St. Geneve, all available at Rosehill Bed and Bath. 1447 Bellevue Ave., 604-913-2982, rosehillbedding.com

Serving B.C. homes since 1896, Y. Franks supplies luxury and appliances designed to complement the modern kitchen—like Miele, Sub-Zero and GE Monogram. 503 15th St., 604-926-0124, yfranks.ca

North Vancouver

Hop on the SeaBus and explore Lonsdale Quay, a charming collection of waterfront retailers and awesome views, before making your way through a list of North Van’s shopping hot spots.

Colony Appliances stocks top-of-the-line appliances—from Fisher and Paykel refrigerators to Liebherr ovens and Perlick beer dispensers—to give your kitchen an instant upgrade. 1075 Roosevelt Cr., 604-985-8738, colonywarehouse.com

Country Furniture. See South Granville listing. 1550 Marine Dr., 604-985-3359, countryfurniture.net

Ginger Jar Furniture is the largest showroom of fine and unique contemporary home furnishings in North Vancouver. The family-owned and -operated company has housed designers from around the world (think Calligaris, Dinec and Bonaldo) since 1979, giving you full access to the globally inspired looks for interior and outdoor decor. 1420 Fell Ave., 604-988-7328, gingerjarinteriors.com

House of Knives. See South Granville listing. 935 Marine Dr., 604-988-0303, houseofknives.ca

The Living Lab Furniture Co. offers customizable and locally made furniture that’s eco-friendly and stylish. 1121 W 15th St., 604-973-0263, thelivinglab.ca

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries show off much more than the recliners the name calls up. Find sofas and tables, too. 734 W 14th St., 604-985-9351, la-z-boy.com; also in Richmond, Coquitlam and Langley

Mid-century meets modern chic at The Mill, in the form of expertly designed home accessories and tasteful furniture: think limited-edition photographs and prints, warm textiles and teak armchairs. 163 E 1st St., 604-770-1338, themill.ca

Moe’s Home Collection. See East Vancouver listing. 125–1305 Welch St., North Vancouver, 778-340-6392, moeshome.ca

Make the most of your small spaces with the help of OMG It’s Small by Ginger Jar, a specialty showroom offering modern, urban-living inspired multi-purpose furniture for “space-starved” condos and apartments from brands like Gus Modern, Nicoletti Home and Fatboy. 1400 Marine Dr., 604-988 2789, omgitssmall.com

A favourite in North Vancouver for sleek, modern furnishings, the Other Room is known for offering truly personalized service. Classic pieces like the leather Eames lounger are mixed in with on-trend selections like upholstered, tufted headboards in modern hues. 1626 Lloyd Ave., 604-971-5336, theotherroom.ca

The Room 6 proprietor says her shop is full of “special things for nice people.” And you do feel charmed padding through the shop’s whimsical collection of jewellery, stationery and gifts. A smart place to grab a new outfit, too. (Look for work by Curator.) 4389 Gallant Ave., 778-340-0400, room6.com

Coquitlam

United Boulevard and its surrounding streets offer a high concentration of supersized furniture shops.

In a massive, 60,000-square-foot showroom, Home Couture displays stunning Barbara Barry sofas, chairs from Hickory and beds from Henredon, plus dining treasures courtesy of Drexel Heritage. Keep an eye out for the first Rolf Benz gallery in Canada. 1311 United Blvd., Coquitlam, 604-521-7727, homecouture.ca

Home Delight offers a mix of Asian- and European-made furnishings, including smart pieces from Calligaris and a whimsical twig coat hanger. 1348 United Blvd., 604-525-4831, homedelight.ca

House of Knives. See South Granville listing. 2929 Barnet Hwy., 604-464-4742, houseofknives.ca

Jordans. See South Granville listing. 1539 United Blvd., 604-522-9855, jordans.ca

They’ve got the basics at great price points, sure, but we’re keen on Ikea’s annual PS collection, which gives their designers a chance to experiment and create limited edition, Scandinavian-inspired pieces. 1000 Lougheed Hwy., 1-866-866-4532, ikea.ca; also in Richmond

Specializing in fashion-forward leather and fabric upholstered furniture, the family-owned and -operated Lalji carries dependable brands like Elite Leather Company and American Leather, as well as the Lalji Home Brand. 1555 United Blvd., 604-523-0100, laljihome.com

Lane Home Furnishings offers on-site consulting and handmade custom furniture options in addition to a 30,000 square-foot showroom displaying endless traditional and transitional furniture options for your home. 1455 United Blvd., 604-522-5144, lanestore.ca

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries. See North Vancouver listing. 1338 United Blvd., 604-521-0100, la-z-boy.com

MJM Furniture is stocked full of classic and contemporary sectionals, recliners and bedroom sets from brands like Ashley, Emerald Home and Mobital. 2–1315 United Blvd., 604-522-1388, mjmfurniture.com

Already known for its broad selection of casual, conservative styles, Muse and Merchant should also be known for its support of sustainable and reclaimed materials. Tables made from repurposed wood can be found throughout the impressive showroom. 1400 United Blvd., 604-524-3443, museandmerchant.com; also in Langley

Norwalk Furniture was established in 1902 to create and reupholster household furniture. Today, Norwalk continues to provide outstanding contemporary designs and customizable styles in over 850 fabrics and leathers. 1655 United Blvd., 604-540-4733, norwalkfurniture.com

Robinson Lighting and Bath. See South Cambie listing. 1338 United Blvd., 604-523-6555, rlrbc.com

Sandy’s Furniture has more than 30 years of experience—beginning in its original home in a barn on Vancouver’s Arbutus Street. The store features Canadian-made solid wood furniture alongside an exclusive Natuzzi Italia gallery within the store, which offers a dash of modern European design. 1335 United Blvd., 604-520-0800, sandysfurniture.ca

ScanDesigns has come a long way since opening in 1976 as a primarily Scandinavian teak and rosewood furniture store. Now it has one of the city’s largest selections of leather furniture, including the renowned Stressless chairs from Ekornes. 1400 United Blvd., 604-524-3444, scandesigns.com; also in Richmond and Langley

Trail Appliances. See East Vancouver listing. 2550 Barnet Hwy., 604-461-1598, trailappliances.com

Richmond

Richmond’s booming population and proximity to Vancouver make it a hotbed for decor shops. Make a day trip of it and stop by the charming seaside Steveston Village, or snack on some of the city’s excellent Asian-inspired dishes.

With complimentary professional design service and customizable options, Ethan Allen offers a creative selection of home furnishings, decor and accents for five signature lifestyles: elegant, modern, romantic, vintage or eclectic. 2633 Sweden Way, 604-821-1191, ethanallen.ca

Home Delight. See Coquitlam listing. 3331 Jacombs Rd., 604-270-4833, homedelight.ca

House of Knives. See South Granville listing. 6551 Number 3 Rd., 604-270-3035, houseofknives.ca

Instant Bedrooms. See Yaletown listing. 6–12331 Bridgeport Rd., 604-270-2337, wallbeds.com

Ikea. See Coquitlam listing. 3320 Jacombs Rd., 866-866-4532, ikea.ca

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries. See North Vancouver listing. 110–3100 St. Edwards Dr., 604-248-0330, la-z-boy.com

Midland Appliance. See South Cambie listing. 13651 Bridgeport Rd., 604-278-6131, midlandappliance.com

Stocked with Euro-style pieces, Möbler Furniture has budget and space in mind at its showroom. 3351 Sweden Way, 604-270-3535, moblerfurniture.com

Paramount Furniture is 50,000 square feet of showroom, covered with offerings from 100 top furniture manufacturers of classic and contemporary styles, including American Leather and Domitalia. 5520 Minoru Blvd., 604-273-0155, paramountfurniture.ca

Fusing Old World techniques with modern innovation, Ravi Design is Vancouver’s only full-service custom soft furnisher. They specialize in upholstery, carpets and curtains in either residential or commercial buildings. 9–11171 Horseshoe Way, 604-275-0511, ravidesign.ca

ScanDesigns. See Coquitlam listing. 120–12551 Bridgeport Rd., Richmond, 604-273-2971, scandesigns.com

Trail Appliances. See East Vancouver listing. 5400 Minoru Blvd., 604-278-6133, trailappliances.com

TJY Home Furniture, which came to Vancouver in 2010, is the exclusive distributor of several luxe contemporary and traditional brands, including Brianform and Limitless. 150–12551 Bridgeport Rd., 604-278-2278, tjyfurniture.com

WindowWorks provides custom draperies, shades, blinds, shutters and even room-darkening devices for your home theatre. 13331 Vulcan Way, 604-231-1433, windowworks.ca

Greater Vancouver

Burnaby, Langley, New Westminster and Surrey all have plenty to offer the discerning shopper—if you know where to look, a trip to the ’burbs is worth your while.

C and S Group has been providing slab and tile to industry pros since 1967. Massive galleries are staffed by interior designers in Surrey and Burnaby. 2820 Ingleton Ave., Burnaby, 604-435-4431, ceramstone.com

California Closets. See South Granville listing. 5049 Still Creek Ave., Burnaby, 604-320-6575, californiaclosets.com

Durante co-owner Karey Durante has implemented enviro-savvy processes in the creation of her Luxury Green furniture line. While most green furniture bows to the modern aesthetic, Durante offers Old World elegance with a conscience. 803 Dublin St., New Westminster, 604-515-0740, durantefurniture.com

Trail Appliances. See East Vancouver listing. 6750 King George Blvd., Surrey, 604-590-3377; 19888 Langley Bypass, Langley, 604-534-7461; trailappliances.com

House of Knives. See South Granville listing. 19705 Fraser Hwy., Langley, 604-533-4130; 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby, 604-433-3270; houseofknives.ca

Find smart kitchen gadgets and appliances like Jura Espresso machines at Kitchen Therapy. Cooking classes are offered on a weekly basis, with skilled chefs providing instruction and mouthwatering dishes. 10–2443 161A St., Surrey, 604-536-6005, kitchentherapy.ca

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries. See North Vancouver listing. 20670 Langley Bypass, Langley, 604-533-0060, la-z-boy.com

Vintage furniture has a second chance at Mid-Century Modern Home, where stylish furniture, lighting and housewares are restored, refreshed, reupholstered and refinished. It’s an endless sea of teak with quality crafted mid-century and Danish modern at every turn. 810 Quayside Dr., New Westminster, 604-515-1865, mcmhome.ca

The Murphy Wall-Beds showroom provides a wide variety of customization options, from finish to hardware. Create your own combination and have it delivered in less than six weeks. 19231 54th Ave., Surrey, 604-576-7880, murphybeds.com

Muse and Merchant. See Coquitlam listing. 20429 Langley Bypass, Langley, 604-530-9458, museandmerchant.com

ScanDesigns. See Coquitlam listing. 20429 Langley Bypass, Langley, 604-530-8248, scandesigns.com

You might have spotted Valley Direct Furniture’s collections in the dream home lotteries that pop up every year—they furnished the B.C. Children’s Lottery and Hometown Heroes houses. Design your own dream home from their house line and brands like Nuevo. 19853 Fraser Hwy., Langley, 604-53409129, valleydirectfurniture.com WL

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Great article and very comprehensive list but you forgot to add Shilo Living! Great store with amazing owners and they specialize in custom design!

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