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Love the Design (Summerhill)

Posted by Bianca Venerayan / Posted on July 24, 2013

Love the DesignLove the Design has up until now been a Leslieville staple for artist and designer Christine Flynn's coveted rough-luxe furnishings. Last month, the shop officially opened a second location in Summerhill, bringing its vintage flair to the well-recognized interior design neighbourhood.

A fan of the Leslieville shop, I was more than eager to see what the new Summerhill branch had in store. My visit didn't fall short of my expectations; I was welcomed well before setting foot into the homey space by eye-catching gold vinyl signage, dangling light bulbs, and an exotic taxidermy bird in the window.

Love the DesignA waltz through the doorway later, I found myself in my dream home, minus the semi-terrifying zebra head protruding from the back wall. "I've had quite a few customers come in crying 'oh my god, I want to live here!'" Flynn raved, assuring that I'm not the only one left starry-eyed by the beaten-up chic furniture, wallpaper made from book pages, and picturesque cross-cross doors by the cash.

Love the DesignThe pieces themselves are curated to perfection, littered around the room seeming to be more than just merchandise for sale. Antique birdcages ($75 - $125), hand-blown glass lampshades ($695), and a rather curious vintage Laura Secord sign ($750) are amongst my personal favourites. But, the real scene-stealers are Flynn's unique artworks, including graphically treated log stools and Canadian maps finished with resin.

Love the DesignSuffice it to say, it's immensely difficult to describe the warm atmosphere and lived-in luxe of Love the Design, even in pictures. Do yourself a favour and make a visit in real life - it's beyond a doubt worth it.

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