It's time for the very delayed part two of my exploration of Toronto's charming Junction neighbourhood…
Having driven by the storefront en route to a client's house in etobicoke and being totally intrigued by the busy windows, I was so excited to finally walk through Cornerstone.
The floor is overcrowded with different kinds of case goods and upholstery, with a smattering of accessories thrown in for good measure. The style leans from ultra modern to shabby chic, and there are some great colour options displayed for soft finishes so you're not stuck with boring beige. I don't know if I’m in love the quality of all the pieces but you can't deny it's a good place to shop for sofas and reproduction cabinetry when Hickory Chair or a fancy C.O.M. sofa isn't in your reach.
Here are my Cornerstone picks:
Green Stark Sofa, $1,175
Cream Hutch, $1250
Ceramic Bust, $25 each
Model sail boat, $225
Weatherd Oak Frame Mustard setee, $1375
Oak and Linen Sofa, $1200
Next up is SMASH, an edgier space that focuses on using mostly reclaimed and found items for a twisted industrial vibe that is seen everywhere right now.
The random collection of objects with an obvious past life is curated into interesting displays that demand closer inspection.
I loved this grande old mirror that was put on hold for another lucky customer.
And I the apocethary vibe of this Stacking Cabinet, $1650 was tempting.
In the end I walked away with 2 hand-printed posters that were technically in the reduced price reject pile (meaning they had imperfections during the printing process), but they simply added more charm and character to me :)
My outing ended with a visit to Forever Interiors, a lovely little shop with clever furniture made out of reclaimed materials – especially doors!
Message boards made of old window shutters, hooks made of old-door knobs and cutie little chalkboard-painted plaques add great character to any space.
This white chest of drawers, $299 would be a great piece to tuck away in an office.
This shelving unit, $900 could make for a funky pantry in a vintage-inspired kitchen.
Lastly the shapely legs of this side table, $145 makes for a nice contrast against the weathered wood top.
I highly recommend an afternoon in the Junction – as the weather warms up you have no excuse!