September is just around the corner and that means London is awash with students moving into their new digs. Seeing the removal vans and the exhausted new residents brought back memories of when we first moved to London and were trying to figure out the best place to buy items for the interior of our home.
Husband’s face was blank when I asked where we could purchase furniture, lamps and picture frames so I had to figure it out for myself.
When it comes to designing the interior of your home London has some great options for a variety of budgets. There the usual big box home stores like Homesense, Bouclair and Structube, for reasonably priced modern furniture and those decor essentials that make a house or apartment feel like a home.
There’s no Ikea (yet! I hear there’s one on the way) but there is a collection point in London on Wonderland Road and they will deliver some items direct to your door. There are the other obvious online options like Amazon or Wayfair but I prefer to be able to see and feel home decor before I buy.
If flatpack or internet shopping are not really your thing then for something a little different, vintage or unique here are my top recommendations for setting up home in London, Ontario.
Splash is an independently owned home decor and lifestyle boutique on York Street. The window on Ridout displays just a small selection of the gorgeous treasures inside. I adore this shop. You could spend an hour browsing in here and still keep finding new gems.
Splash sells, amongst other things, candles and candleholders, rugs, furniture, mirrors, jewellery, paintings and prints, pillows, lights, vases, pots, napkins and ornaments. Last time I went into Splash I was looking for jewellery for my wedding and found some beautiful chandelier earrings that were perfect for my big day. The owner Jim was on hand to help in my search and was incredibly warm and friendly.
Splash also offer an interior design and interior decorating service so if you need a complete overhaul of your space or simply some accessorising to give a room a lift, they can help. Chat to them in store for details.
Like Splash on Facebook for updates. 57 York Street, London, ON
Room Service Vintage Gallery
Room Service is located in Old East Village in a cluster of shop fronts just east of Adelaide that is experiencing some regeneration. Room Service is in its infancy but the owner Ben has been trading vintage furniture and secondhand wares for years and has a great eye.
He explores all over Canada and the US for stock which is an eclectic collection of constantly changing one of a kind pieces. If you see something you love, get it before it’s gone because items do not hang around for long. We recently bought an old Moroccan cabinet for our entrance hall which we love and we regularly pop in to check out Ben’s latest finds.
Room Service Vintage, 634 Dundas Street, London, ON
Heist (UNFORTUNATELY HEIST HAS SHUT DOWN)
Heist, in Wortley Village, plays host to an assortment of vintage, retro, modern and industrial furniture, collectables and home ware. Recent purchases from Heist include a second hand Le Creuset saucepan for $10 (it’s a bit knackered but it does the job) and some gorgeous heavy bottomed glass tumblers which are now our favourites for gin and tonic on the balcony (with Cheetos – keeping it real).
In October, Heist organised a weekend warehouse sale at the Neighbourhood Laundromat Cafe on Hamilton Road. Packed full of awesome vintage finds, I bagged myself a gorgeous little orange cart that will be perfect as a side table. Glad I got there early as things seemed to be flying out the door. Follow Heist on Facebook for updates.
The owner Paul also established the annual Forest City Flea market which is held in June at Western Fair District in the Metroland Media Agriplex. Forest City Flea is an amazing event featuring many of London’s small artisan independent traders selling amongst other things, jewellery, cakes, kombucha, plants, handmade raw edge tables, new and vintage clothing and original art. Follow Forest City Flea on Facebook for details of the next event.
Heist, 249 Wortley Road, London, ON
Design House London
“Standing boldly inside a beautiful historic building, the Design House space sprawls four inspiring floors, each with loads of really flattering natural light”. What an amazing space! The ground and first floor are dedicated to retailing an assembly of pure interiors gorgeousness at every turn.
Awe inspiring beds, magenta velvet sofa’s, huge live edge tables, unique lamps, stylish nik naks for your kitchen and bathroom, wall hangings, clocks, flying pigs – they have it all. There is also a coffee / wine bar if you’re feeling overwhelmed and just want some time to take it all in.
The third floor is an entertaining space that can be rented for events and the fourth is the studio where the interior designers work their magic. Visit Design House London if you’re looking for a gift, something special for your home, full on interior design service or just to experience a special space and some of the history of downtown London.
designhouselondon.ca 186 York Street, London, ON