There is often a huge misconception around interior decorating that you need to spend a lot for quality designs. This notion is 100% false. It’s not about over-spending and changing everything, it’s about finding one or two pieces that help tie everything else together. In actuality, you’d be surprised what a couple accent pieces can do for a space. After all, your home is your retreat, and you should take the time to ensure that you’re happy with it. Like our design editor, Sidney Tsao says “think about what problem you are trying to resolve through your design and simplify your solution over and over until you have the most efficient design”.
To help ignite some inspiration, I’ve searched through some of my favourite Toronto stores to find classic pieces that can work for you.
What can I say about CB2. It’s AH-MAZING. But seriously, whether you are a student or a 9-to-5er, you are sure to find something that suites your personal lifestyle. Not only is the selection to die for, but they have tons of affordable pieces. I am really into greenery right now, so any excuse to invite plants into my room - I’m going to take.
These vases from CB2 are not only geometrically fabulous but they allow us to embrace the botanist in all of us. Start with a small cactus or aloe plant - remember low maintenance is key for beginners - and I promise you won’t regret it. Plants provide more than just colour and freshness, they can seriously elevate a room in seconds!
Who doesn’t love Ikea? I can just remember walking around as a kid, pretending I lived in each display (long before 500 Days Of Summer made it look cute). Long story short, Ikea pretty much invented the hunger for a perfectly designed house. What’s even better is everything is so cheap! You can take the simplest wooden nightstand and turn it into a minimally-chic storage system.
When decorating our homes we often focus on bedrooms and living areas and neglect the kitchen. I’ll let you in on a little secret… kitchens are the most important room in a house. Now that might just be the foodie in me talking, but kitchens can seriously make or break a house. I love browsing Urban Outfitter’s apartment section because they really do have the coolest kitchenware.
Brika is conveniently located on Queen West, though they also have an impressive online store. They support independent artisans, so there’s also a wide variety in the styles of pieces available. With affordable art, home decor, and accessories, Brika is the coolest spot for eclectic gifts (with online gift categories under $30 and $50). This recipe organizer includes a screen printed design (on birch plywood- finished with a local beeswax) which makes for a cute yet practical addition to any room.
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By: Sasha Downie-Ross & Stephanie Pereira