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Shops We Love: Gild & Co.

After leaving her job at a brokerage firm and becoming a decorator, Bonnie Wilson took her career change a step further in June when she opened her antique and vintage furnishings boutique in Vancouver’s West Point Grey area. The shop features well-designed classics with a fresh feel. “I buy pieces…

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Shops We Love: Sweet Violet

When former H&H style editor Michael Penney opened his first store, Penney & Co., in 2012, he never imagined it would spawn a spin-off within as many years. By late 2013, he had moved the store to a larger location, and later opened Sweet Violet, for bed, bath…

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Shops We Love: Hollace Cluny

Hollace Cluny first opened on Toronto’s Yonge Street 17 years ago and quickly became an oracle of style trends, beloved for its striking window displays and artisanal designs. Owner Susan Fowlie later moved the store to nearby Designer’s Walk. Bright, white and sprawling, the new bigger location showcases Fowlie’s…

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Shops We Love: Torp, A Colorful Danish Design Store

After Arne Nordtorp worked with the Art Gallery of Ontario to furnish a wing with Danish pieces, he was inspired to open a store dedicated to Danish design. His Toronto shop, Torp, brings out the colorful side of Danish style, with bright hues and modern lines. Items range from the industrial,…

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Shops We Love: Poppytalk

Named after the influential lifestyle and design blog that business and life partners Jan Halvarson and Earl Einarson founded in 2005, the brick-and-mortar venture invites customers to experience Poppytalk’s vision of “the beautiful, the decayed and the handmade” firsthand. Since opening as a store and workshop, Poppytalk…

Decorating & Design

Shops We Love: Litchfield

Litchfield, which opened in Vancouver’s historic Gastown last November, is owner Jonathon Litchfield’s first boutique, but he’s hardly a newcomer to the West Coast design scene. The former president of Sturdy Living, Litchfield struck out on his own to highlight “well-designed, well-intentioned items — things I’ve collected and use in my…