The top 10 online stores for home decor in Toronto
The top web sites in Toronto for home decor and furniture will help you spiff up your home with that perfect piece you've been searching for. We've got tons of fantastic brick and mortar furniture and design shops in Toronto, but taking your hunt online does have its advantages - you can check out what a store has in stock before you make a crosstown trek to snag it, for example, or you can just order and skip that step altogether.
On top of that, many of the names on this list have elected to skip the storefront altogether (the rent's always cheaper on the Internet), meaning you can shop for awesome products not available anywhere else while still supporting a local business.
Here are my picks for the top online stores for home decor and furniture in Toronto.
This little Canadian startup is taking over the home decor scene in a major way. Over the past year, they've built a roster of hundreds of handmade items, ranging from ceramics and textile goods to artwork and personal accessories. There's something for literally everyone - I'm partial to these diamond-shaped terrariums and the Object Enthusiast's gold-embellished vases. Bonus: Shipping is free over $75.
Even & Odd
Though Even & Odd have shut down their Corktown boutique, they're mercifully still dealing in home goods through their e-commerce store. Their aesthetic mixes a strong French-countryside influence - think Staub cookware, fussy floral mugs, and kitschy "C'est chaud!" trivets - with industrial touches like wood-slab tables and vintage pieces. (They soon plan to add an entire vintage section to the site.)
Far and Wide Collective
If your design style is less "reclaimed/salvage everything" and more "Oh, this? It's from a market in Marrakesh," then Far and Wide Collective is your first stop. The Toronto-based site wants to connect artisans and buyers around the world through its e-commerce platform, which features textiles, rugs and ceramics from as far away as Tanzania and Afghanistan. Additional cause for excitement: They stock beautiful animal-embroidered otomi blankets and pillows from Mexico, for those of us who still aren't over that headboard from Design Sponge.
In addition to running Queen West's favourite source for modern furniture and decor since time immemorial, Morba also offers a large portion of their inventory online. Sticklers for authenticity, take note: A lot of the furniture is reproduction, but they also carry a solid selection of Le Klint pendant lights, vintage Danish teak pieces, and tons of quirky accessories.
Mjolk's aesthetic: Stark, spare, and Scandinavian. The Junction shop's offerings, which features pieces from designers in Sweden, Denmark and Japan, trade whimsical design for functional elegance. Much of the stock focuses on beautifully-produced day-to-day essentials like elegantly-turned spoons and simple pottery, with a few glittering touches of copper and brass (like in these gorgeous sunburst-shaped bottle openers).
Located in a by-appointment-only studio hidden somewhere on the west side of Toronto, this webstore offers dozens of well-loved vintage curiosities. There's something for every price point and level of collecting intensity, from a pair of pretty ribbed vanity bottles from the '40s for $33 to a graphic-striped handmade wool rug from Bolivia ($340) to, at one point, a medical cot from the Civil War (it's since sold for $1,100). No matter what comes home with you, it's sure to have a hell of a story to tell.
Heather Shaw's home decor pieces, rendered mostly in black and off-white with storybook-like images and text, create a peaceful, comforting atmosphere. Shaw deals mostly in textiles, with a few deviations in the form of mobiles and holiday ornaments. (Word nerds, in particular, will love her collection of lined-paper print pieces, including pillowcases.)
Still got that futon from your college years? (It's OK - we know you do.) Transfer it into your adult years with a brand-new cover from Tonic Living. Their slipcovers are all made in Toronto with a variety of fabrics, including hardy tweeds and on-trend patterns. Top it all off with some cute throw pillows for a look that says "I buy all my ramen in restaurants now, thank you very much."
Dundas West's MADE builds its inventory around small Canadian creators looking to make their name in the design world. The wide variety of makers carried in the brick and mortar (and online) store means wonderfully mixed bag of lighting, furniture, tableware and floor coverings. Look here for your next big investment piece - you're making an investment in the biggest designers of tomorrow, too.
Black Rooster Decor
A semi-recent addition to Leslieville, Black Rooster offers a massive selection of home goods on its site: beds, storage furniture, lighting, rugs, tables and chairs, wall art, and a ton of accessories. The budget-conscious can score some small home updates, like these Danish-designed metallic votives for $26 - but as with most decor stores, the sky's the limit. (They'll also ship anywhere in Ontario for free.)
Did I miss any? Leave your favourite Toronto-based online decor shop in the comments.
Photo of Elizabeth Olwen "May Flowers" print via Brika.