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Posted by James Buttivant / Posted on July 12, 2010

Cornerstone TorontoCornerstone Home Interiors is a furniture, decor and design store in the heart of the Junction. It's a good fit for people where space in not a concern because their large and overstuffed showroom is full of heavy and grand furniture that wouldn't even fit in my elevator, let alone my living room.

Cornerstone TorontoYou see, in my mind, I have an enormous house full of various living/family/media rooms, each in need of their own distinct, over-sized sofa and coffee table. But in real life I'm the proud renter of your average small condo where I can barely squeeze in a couple of side tables and storage cubes.

Cornerstone TorontoCornerstone's specialty is a mix of sophisticated vintage, art deco and Asian inspired contemporary furniture. The store is well-laid out and easy to shop with the dining tables set for imaginary dinners and the chairs, couches and cabinets filled with knick-knacks and figurines - making it easy to imagine how well they'd fit in your own (enormous) house.

Cornerstone TorontoOn the Saturday of my visit, the store advertised a "Rowe Fine Furniture" sale, with many of the new pieces throughout the store available at a discount. The only tricky part is the bright red "sale" tags didn't indicate the original price, so I can only assume that the Rowe "Crosby" chairs for $695 in any fabric is a good deal. There were also Rowe "Caren" chairs and ottomans for $1250. Both of these pieces are sharp, solid side chairs that would fit well with any decorating and design style, and the wide array of fabric choices would complement any pre-established colour palette.

Cornerstone TorontoI also saw a beautiful (but large) sectional sofa for $3495, another huge six-piece sectional for $3800 (marked down from $4500), and a really impressive round bistro table (66w x 47d x 37 h) for $750. Each would go great in my imaginary mansion, but sadly won't be making it anywhere near (or in) my condo.

Cornerstone TorontoI headed down to the basement at Cornerstone, where they offer more of the same as upstairs, a few less decorative touches and a strong smell of paint. Unless you have something specific in mind, the size of their selection might get a bit overwhelming with pieces that - after a while - all start to look the same: large.

Cornerstone TorontoCornerstone also offers some unique knick knacks, including a wide variety of terra cotta warrior busts for $500 (marked "as is"), a four foot tall wire Eiffel tower for $250 and a giant Jesus crucifix in the middle of the store (but, of course, Jesus was not priced). Either way, I don't have the wall space - or desire - for such a, literally, oversized wall-hanging.

Cornerstone TorontoThe staff seemed friendly, the store was busy, but the type of furniture available at Cornerstone just isn't for everyone. It's a lot of stuff that's fun to look at and pretend to own and use, plus the furniture, accents and bric-a-brac are a lot different than what you might find anywhere else, but it's tough to see the practicality of such large, oversized pieces.

Writing by James Buttivant. Photos by Dennis Marciniak.



Danielle Benning / August 14, 2010 at 04:27 pm
To keep up with the Toronto Condo buyer, Cornerstone has been bringing in a range of products suited to both large and small spaces. There is a greater variety of smaller scale furniture in the showroom and custom order pieces are always available for hard to fit spaces! Rest assured, there is in fact something for everyone!

The Toronto location is packed with great buys and new product is arriving weekly. For a real mind blowing shopping trip, visit the Cambridge location - 50,000 square feet of unique products.

There is something for everyone - even those with small spaces. CHECK IT OUT!!
Adam / July 11, 2011 at 01:48 pm
I bought a living room couch for my 750-square-foot condo here. There's plenty of suitable stuff here for smaller homes even if a lot of it is indeed too big for most BlogTO readers' places.
PG / May 15, 2012 at 11:36 pm
I can't comment on the Toronto store but after many lies and horrible lack of communication - my product was finally made available to me to be picked up from the alley beside their Cambridge store (even though I paid for shipping). A confrontational shipper (even with police presence) just topped off the absolutely worst transaction I have ever had the displeasure of dealing with.

I paid in full on the day I placed my order, didn't ask for anything in return but the truth and got nothing but false promises and disrespect from the manager/owner. Even when I finally tracked down the owner, I got no response to my inquiries. I was told he would meet with the manager and get the story and let me know but again, NOTHING. I had grown accustomed to no response but then to be told that a staff member had been physically threatened and the police were involved (to find out this was not true either) led me to get our own police "escort" to retrieve my paid for product from the alley. Completely unprofessional and absolutely disgusting service. This was not a difficult situation - I was simply following up on what I was told. Maybe need to review the staff situation as I have read many reviews online since that are remarkably similar.
PG replying to a comment from PG / May 15, 2012 at 11:42 pm
the unfortunate thing is that they have some nice looking product on display and it is a shame that the manufacturers are being represented by such poor service. Good experiences = tell 2 people, bad experiences = 10 x the people are made aware. Such a shame.
CJ / June 9, 2012 at 03:29 pm
I went here first today then continued to walk West and came across a store called Equilibrium. They had a few of the same chairs as Cornerstone, the only difference was that they were a lot cheaper and the customer service was a lot better.
CM / November 16, 2012 at 03:38 pm
I have been shopping at cornerstone for a while now, and my last 2 purchases have been a disaster. Both poor quality, broken and cracked. I was made felt as if it was my fault and the manager was quite rude to me. After this experience I have been asking around and apperently many others have had the same experience. BEWARE. They must get damaged goods!
Nancy / March 9, 2014 at 11:27 am
I've purchased several pieces from Cornerstone with no issues. Great delivery, (although they do charge) very careful with items. In store service could be improve; they take a laissez faire attitude towards customers (which I don't mind when I am browsing) but once you know what you want there great to deal with and will negotiate a cash purchase.
Norm Wright / August 23, 2015 at 09:09 am
I have shopped at cornerstone for quite some time now, the quality of the furniture has always been amazing, my design taste evolves at the speed of light, and cornerstone always keeps me excited about the next phase! I recently purchased the Manhattan sofa, the staff were very helpful, and the sofa quality is unbelievable! Delivery was swift, I live in a condo downtown, when they arrived we realized the sofa was too big to fit in the elevator, Will, a staffer at cornerstone then carries the sofa up the stairs!
We get to my front door and it doesn't fit!
Will then surveys my space and suggests we hoist it from the terrace. They were very careful, placed blankets on every surface to insure that nothing got damaged, then proceeded to hoist the sofa onto my terrace! They were done in less than 30 minutes, and didn't blink an eye, I'm so pleased with the length they went to to make sure their customer was happy, very rare commodity these days...I will recommend Cornerstone to all my friends, because from start to finish, I was made to feel special, I really felt like my business mattered to them!
thanks Cornerstone! I will definitely be back!

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