Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Conjunction Junction: Part 1

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, 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!


Sarah La Rose said...

I can't wait to check out As Is. Great post!

Kerry said...

Why have I never been to any of these shops??? I used to live 15 minutes away from there!

Nat in a Hat said...

Great post Jess! I would've ordered the exact same thing at Crema - sounds delicious! Can't wait for Junction Part 2! You should visit Delight, a chocolate shop at 3040 Dundas West. Their chocolate gelato is divine.

erica@ moth design+luxe life said...

I'm from Toronto (*sigh and single tear), this post made my day. So nice to see some shopping back where the shopping is good! Thanks and have a great weekend!

erica@ moth design+luxe life said...

ps... loving your blog. I'll be following. :)

Juli said...

Thanks for visiting us and writing about the Junction!