Haveli Home is making a slow move from Liberty Village to the Junction . While the original location on East Liberty Street still remains open (for now), the new (and soon to be, only) Dundas West shop just revealed itself to its Junction neighbours last weekend.
I drop by the new spot just west of Keele, and am greeted at the door by black lab, Toby, who saunters over for a pat before quickly retreating back behind the cash. Is there ever a better way to begin a shopping excursion?
David Anderson, Haveli Home's owner, is at the other shop, but I meet Kevin (who is Toby's owner) and he tells me it will be a couple more months until Haveli Home Liberty Village is boarded up. "We're thinking it will close sometime in February," he says.
Kevin tells me that the decision for the move has a lot to do with the saturation of condos in Liberty Village. "These pieces," he says, looking around the shop, "are more 'home' pieces."
While many of the accessories and accent-type items at Haveli Home would surely work in a small space, I can see how a huge solid rosewood table ($1550) wouldn't exactly jive with a 500-square-foot Liberty Village one-bedroom.
Haveli Home (the word "Haveli" is derived from the pre-Islamic Persian term for an enclosed space) offers all types of furniture, accessories, and textiles from India. Some are recycled or repurposed (such as the 100-year-old door made from old wooden cabinets), some are vintage, and some are new. But all of the items, it should be noted, have been hand selected by David himself. And we're not talking about flipping through catalogues here; David goes to India, meets with craftspeople, and brings their furniture and accessories (most of which is handcrafted) back to Toronto.
The same sort of aesthetic has been carried from Liberty Village to here in the Junction. Pieces are solid--made of materials such as mango wood, rosewood, and brass--intricately carved or detailed, and certainly unlike anything you'll find elsewhere in Toronto. The occasional furniture piece is wrought with obvious cultural signifiers, such as the wooden coffee table with elephants carved at each of the four ends ($640), while the origin of others is more ambiguous; take the distressed blue and white-painted wooden end table with brass details ($560) for example.
For those who want a little taste of India but are lacking the room (or dough) for a full-fledged showpiece, Haveli's silk pillows are an option, available in all sorts of bright colours and patterns. But my favourite budget-friendly option (being ever the writer) was a handmade camel leather notebook with recycled paper and fastened shut with a thin rope tie ($32). It may not be a hand-carved screen, but it's authentic just the same.
Photos by Jesse Milns