Home James has a brand-new store located in Leslieville where Zenporium used to be. Owner, James Lane offers an eclectic mixture of new, vintage and upcycled decor and furniture while promising to have "something for everyone at every price point."
James specifically situated himself on Toronto's east side because of the sense of community. Lane warmly welcomes locals to come in with their dog or a coffee to peruse his pleasantly assorted stockpile of shabby chic, modern and vintage pieces.
Before switching coasts, James worked for the big box retailers and home staging business - a service he still offers today and utilizes regularly to arrange his steady flow of inventory purchased from Southern Ontario antique markets, barn markets, flea markets and online auctions.
Trusted small town boy, "Home James" was designated driver since the ripe young age of sixteen. He brought his nickname, along with his big city dream, and successfully opened his first store (with two floors!) in Toronto.
Custom made Sourced & Salvaged lighting goes for only $85 to $95. Framed Celadon Art starts at $45, and a restored 1940's Eaton's College Street chest of drawers is priced at $1,300.
Toronto based Theodore + Paper stationary, cards, tags and gift wrap are also sold in store. Buying for someone other than yourself? Gift wrapping services are available.
If you happened to see something you liked but it was gone before you could make the purchase, James will gladly keep an eye out for similar pieces for his interested buyers. I should also mention he does all of his up-cycling onsite in his back studio.
Photos by Morris Lum