I took advantage of the spring weather last weekend and headed west to The Junction, a Toronto neighbourhood named for its proximity to four rail-lines that meet at a single point. Not within my usual stomping grounds, I was excited to explore a community that was home to some great design shops and see if I could find any treasures for my apartment.
First up was a visit to Crema Coffee, a charming spot to grab a cup of java and a homegrown treat. I picked a savoury bacon cheddar scone (utterly heavenly) and a delicious mocha espresso beverage that wasn't too sweet and syrupy.
As I walked along Dundas West I weaved in and out of fun boutiques that caught my eye.
First up was Mjölk, a new design and housewares shop owned by the writers of Kitka Design Toronto. The bright and airy space specializes in Scandinavian design, and I definitely recommend paying it a visit if looking for spare, yet stylish, modern furniture and accessories.
Some of my favourites from Mjölk:
I love how the black hand pops against the white face and white numbers of this Lemnos Clock, $120.
This geometric AJ Floor Lamp $1085 is slim and edgy.
This decorative Pinocchio Rug by Hay, $398 is made out of pom-pom's!
A pair of The More The Merrier Candelabra's, $159 would be striking on a white lacquered parsons dining table.
The stunning colours in this Almedahls Linen Tea Towel, $24 make it totally irresistible.
I couldn't get over these funky sheep rockers, $210 for smaller size, $550 for larger size- I would love to put the smaller one on top of a dresser in a nursery!
Up next was a visit to True Blue Vintage, where I scored a men's Lacoste hunting jacket lined in red plaid flannel for $25. It has a drawstring at the waist so I don't get totally lost in it and I love the red lining which peeks out when I roll up my sleeves.
I then crossed the street to check out a new store that only opened a couple of weeks ago called As Is. Kind of like a brick and mortar version of overstock.com, the store carries a wide variety of pieces from various factories who have an abundance of that style, hence whatever you want is sold "as is."
I really like this white singer dresser, $390 and considered it for my front hallway to store hats and gloves, but I may have a better vintage piece lined up so I am abstaining for now...
Stay tuned for part 2 of my Junction expedition!