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Haveli Home (The Junction)

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on November 19, 2011

Haveli HomeHaveli Home is making a slow move from Liberty Village to the Junction. While the original location on East Liberty Street still remains open (for now), the new (and soon to be, only) Dundas West shop just revealed itself to its Junction neighbours last weekend.

I drop by the new spot just west of Keele, and am greeted at the door by black lab, Toby, who saunters over for a pat before quickly retreating back behind the cash. Is there ever a better way to begin a shopping excursion?

Haveli HomeDavid Anderson, Haveli Home's owner, is at the other shop, but I meet Kevin (who is Toby's owner) and he tells me it will be a couple more months until Haveli Home Liberty Village is boarded up. "We're thinking it will close sometime in February," he says.

Haveli HomeKevin tells me that the decision for the move has a lot to do with the saturation of condos in Liberty Village. "These pieces," he says, looking around the shop, "are more 'home' pieces."

Haveli HomeWhile many of the accessories and accent-type items at Haveli Home would surely work in a small space, I can see how a huge solid rosewood table ($1550) wouldn't exactly jive with a 500-square-foot Liberty Village one-bedroom.

Haveli HomeHaveli Home (the word "Haveli" is derived from the pre-Islamic Persian term for an enclosed space) offers all types of furniture, accessories, and textiles from India. Some are recycled or repurposed (such as the 100-year-old door made from old wooden cabinets), some are vintage, and some are new. But all of the items, it should be noted, have been hand selected by David himself. And we're not talking about flipping through catalogues here; David goes to India, meets with craftspeople, and brings their furniture and accessories (most of which is handcrafted) back to Toronto.

Haveli HomeThe same sort of aesthetic has been carried from Liberty Village to here in the Junction. Pieces are solid--made of materials such as mango wood, rosewood, and brass--intricately carved or detailed, and certainly unlike anything you'll find elsewhere in Toronto. The occasional furniture piece is wrought with obvious cultural signifiers, such as the wooden coffee table with elephants carved at each of the four ends ($640), while the origin of others is more ambiguous; take the distressed blue and white-painted wooden end table with brass details ($560) for example.

Haveli HomeFor those who want a little taste of India but are lacking the room (or dough) for a full-fledged showpiece, Haveli's silk pillows are an option, available in all sorts of bright colours and patterns. But my favourite budget-friendly option (being ever the writer) was a handmade camel leather notebook with recycled paper and fastened shut with a thin rope tie ($32). It may not be a hand-carved screen, but it's authentic just the same.

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Discussion

10 Comments

lola / November 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm
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Not seeing much difference between this place and Pier One.
TK replying to a comment from lola / November 20, 2011 at 05:16 pm
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Why don't you try going to see this place in person before making such an ignorant comment?
Em / November 21, 2011 at 03:43 pm
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This store is not like Pier 1 Imports. The only similarity is that their items are imported.
Alyssa / November 22, 2011 at 11:25 pm
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love this store, both locations. There are pillows in every colour and shade
lynn Daly / December 10, 2011 at 12:33 pm
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Nothing like pier one. awesome pieces that can fit in modern, ecletic world styles. Beautiful workmanship with many choices for different scale of room/apt/house/condo sizes. I am a big fan of this store and own 12 beautiful pieces in my home.
C replying to a comment from lola / May 27, 2012 at 11:31 pm
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The difference between this place and Pier One is huge. This place has beautiful, original wood carved pieces - many have no duplicates or are impossible to duplicate the workmanship! Much of this is not machine made imitations. I have travelled to a lot of Gujarat and Rajasthan and seen what's available on Queen West. Make no mistake, this man knows his stuff and he knows it well. The furniture is excellent and it is outstanding. Don't think it's second fiddle to any other retail place as of yet - trust me, i have a good sense of what is out there! Kudos to you Dave :D
Mel / July 8, 2012 at 04:05 pm
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I love love love this place! It is nothing like any other store I've seen. So many unique interesting pieces sourced from India . If you want to have different furniture pieces that look like antiques go here but if not, go to Pier 1 imports I guess.
Steph / August 2, 2012 at 09:46 am
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At least at Pier One, the employees make an effort to be polite.

I was treated with rude and snide under the breath comments. By the owner.

Totally unimpressed.

Now I really won't be back to buy that rug that he snarkily muttered "I'm sure you will" about.
Alyssa / February 26, 2013 at 12:16 am
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Lovely store, if you would like quality furniture made from really hard woods then go there plus the prices are right
Chris / November 25, 2013 at 10:32 am
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I had a great experience buying not only a dining room set but a T.V. unit as well. The employees were extremely polite and took care of me properly by recommending not just the most expensive furniture like they do at big box stores such as Pier One but the furniture that suited my needs. I can't imagine anyone here ever being rude to any of their customers. They discount well and sell quality products. I would recommend this store to anyone who is in need of quality wood furniture.

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