It’s no surprise that our favorite designers and brands also create some of the most stunning retail spaces. From classic to contemporary, these stores are often just as inspired as their offerings, with thoughtful displays that fire our imaginations. Take a peek inside some of the most striking spaces we’ve seen across North America, and see why these stores tempt us to linger a little longer.
Located in New York’s SoHo neighborhood, Dwell Studio’s flagship store is a destination for colorful textiles, modern furniture and sweet kids’ accessories. And while the space has a distinctly vintage vibe, thanks to antique candlesticks, accents and light fixtures, it feels charming — not twee.
77 Wooster St., New York, NY, dwellstudio.com.
Photographer: Courtesy of DwellStudio
Source: House & Home September 2012
A hub for Canadian shoppers, Hudson’s Bay’s flagship location is a sprawling 28,500-square-foot space with a wide range of items from brands like Barbara Barry, Smeg and Ralph Lauren Home, as well as a demonstration kitchen and coffee bar. “It’s a relaxed space with a market feel,” says Arren Williams, creative director of Home for Hudson’s Bay.
7th floor, 176 Yonge St., Toronto, thebay.com.
Source: House & Home October 2014
Step inside Livingspace’s light-filled Vancouver showroom and you can’t help but imagine the possibilities. With high-end pieces from European lines like Flos, Herman Miller, and Ligne Roset on display, the factory conversion is a homeowner — and designer’s — dream. “The Armoury district is a hub for architects and designers,” says owner Ross Bonetti.
120 1706 West 1st Ave., Vancouver, livingspace.com.
Photographer: Tracey Ayton
Source: House & Home February 2012
Roy Caro and Scott Yetman’s furniture store is a favorite among Montreal design-lovers thanks to its refined, traditional-meets-modern aesthetic. Shared with American retailer Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, their retail space is bright, white and open — the perfect backdrop for carefully displayed vignettes and elegant pieces from designers like Alfonso Marina and Julian Chichester.
170 rue Peel, Montreal, celadoncollection.com.
Photographer: André Rider
Source: House & Home December 2014
With one-of-a-kind furniture and glam period pieces around every corner, it’s no wonder that antique shop JF Chen has been a Los Angeles fixture for almost forty years. Expertly curated by celebrated dealer Joel Chen, the store recently relocated its massive collection to more spacious quarters (30,000 square feet of showroom, to be exact) meaning you’ll need plenty of time to discover all this shop has to offer.
1000 Highland Ave, Los Angeles, jfchen.com.
Designers Colin Blanchard and Kenneth McRobbie own this pair of charming stores that bring timeless furniture and vintage finds to East Coast shoppers. 31 Westgate, their Halifax shop, has a traditional look, while 31 Westgate Seaside channels a more relaxed, cottagey vibe. “People tend to stay and hang out here,” says McRobbie of their Chester outpost. Find timeless brands like Ralph Lauren Home and McGuire at both locations.
2698 Agricola St., Halifax, N.S., and 41 Queen St., Chester, N.S., 31westgate.com.
Photographer: Janet Kimber
Source: House & Home May 2015 (left) & October 2013
Since EQ3’s flagship store in Toronto is set in a renovated heritage building, it has a cool, industrial feel that perfectly suits the brand’s contemporary wares. “It was hard to see at first, but the building had a lot of potential,” shares creative director Thom Fougere. The airy space now showcases EQ3’s affordable Winnipeg-made sofas and chairs, a colorful Marimekko store-in-store, and pieces from Herman Miller, Vitra and Eames.
3-51 Hanna Ave., Toronto, eq3.com.
Photographer: Ashley Capp
Source: House & Home December 2012
Designers, homeowners and magazine editors flock to this beautiful Chicago shop for a reason. For almost twenty years, Jayson Home has stocked an impressive variety of tableware, textiles, new and vintage furnishings, and even floral arrangements that feel at home in both classic and contemporary spaces. Love what you see but can’t get to the store? Check out their popular online shop.
1885 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago, jaysonhome.com.
Photographer: Jayson Home via Instagram
The Vancouver outpost of West Elm Market, the first of its kind in Canada, is a one-stop shop with a rustic and welcoming atmosphere. After picking up some essential kitchenware, tools, or gardening supplies, why not stick around and enjoy a cup of coffee under the skylight, or test out kitchen tools at an in-store class?
2915 Granville St., Vancouver, westelm.com.
Photographer: Kim Christie
Source: House & Home March 2013
ABC Carpet & Home is one of our editors’ top retailers to source from, thanks to its gorgeous — and extensive — collection of home goods, with many pieces sourced from artisans and makers from around the world. The brand’s Manhattan flagship store features much of this stock on its six floors of eye-popping displays, making it more than worth the trip to the city.
888 and 881 Broadway, New York, NY, abchome.com.
Photographer: ABC Carpet & Home via Instagram