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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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Ret / July 24, 2013 at 11:54 am
the store is so charming! Beautiful photos
We'll see / July 24, 2013 at 01:11 pm
Tanking trend
Trends make money / July 24, 2013 at 02:13 pm
Trends make money on the short term. Classics win out for a reason. But, why not cash in on people with more money than brains.
Kevin / July 24, 2013 at 03:21 pm
Cute shop but I can't help but wonder... Have I seen so many of those things in other stores already?
Mikey / July 24, 2013 at 04:40 pm
great, more faux vintage! All the staples are here, except I can't see the ceramic phrenology busts or apothecary jars, what gives? Is that chinese supplier having labour troubles again?
KM / July 24, 2013 at 09:50 pm
LOVE those huge photographs!
BILL / July 25, 2013 at 08:32 am
Great shop!!! And there isn't a "chinese" antique in the place. Pull your head out of your ass, Mikey.
tisk tisk / September 7, 2013 at 12:52 pm
Actually Bill, that burlap chair is a direct import from China.

Its a nice store, but I'd rather the real thing, not something meant to look old
jen replying to a comment from tisk tisk / November 5, 2013 at 04:08 pm
actually tisk tisk.. the burlap chair is made from a vintage grain sack, all furniture in the store is made in canada.
sally / November 19, 2013 at 03:23 pm
jen - really all the furniture is made in canada? all the imports in this store look like anyother store on queen west, in the junction and throughout the city. All of us can see where her suppliers are from and hardly any of the store minus the art is canadian. Plus there is so much attitude in both the stores. good luck
susan replying to a comment from BILL / March 16, 2014 at 07:41 pm
Have not been to shop yet...but will definetly go...i never over look anyplace for a bargain or neat thing. Speaking of neat things...try going to the vintage vagabond co...603 1/2 parliament st. ....good bad and ugly...fantastic!!!!. designers and home owners dream. And great atmosphere and prices to boot!!!!!

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