Love the Design (Summerhill)
Love 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.
A 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.
The 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.
Suffice 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.
Photos by Hannah Jor