Contributed by Steven Carver
Since my mother is overwhelmed with decorating the spare bedroom, I tell her I'll help her find an occasional chair for the room. She agrees. Her only criteria are that it can't be too big, and it can't be too expensive. With that in mind, I go through a list of design stores and come up with one that should fit the bill: Pavillion.
Located at 739 Queen Street West, Pavillion is known as a destination for condo-dwellers. Their selection of furniture is tailored, with clean lines and rich wood finishes - perfect for those with small spaces that don't have a square foot to spare.
Luckily, there are a variety of styles of chairs to choose from, many with names inspired by Hollywood actresses (the "Chloe" and the "Gwyneth" are just some of them). I walk past the chunkier chairs because they're more suitable for a living/family room. The slipper chair is a good choice because it doesn't have any arms, but the one I have my eye on has a rounded seat and a buttoned, tufted back. It's perfect.
Just like most of their upholstered pieces, there are endless fabric choices to choose from. Because the design of the chair is sophisticated and elegant, I look at the selection of woven linens.
When I'm finished finding something for my mother, I take a few moments to walk through the store to see what else they have to offer.
The series of sofas are long and lean, with several having the option of including a chaise lounge. The dining tables and chairs are done in darker woods (there are other stain choices available). Several beds come with padded headboards, and one is designed to eliminate the need for a box spring; the mattress lies on a raised platform.
There is a lot of sparkle with the accessories. Glass and mirrored surfaces are found throughout by the way of side tables and mirrors. Twinkling crystal chandeliers hang from the ceiling and there's even one with a drum shade wrapping around the fixture - a style found in every design magazine.
A series of Lucite lamps are scattered throughout the displays and I pick one up for the guestroom. It's a small touch of glamour. If my mother doesn't want it, then I'll keep it for myself.