Vancouver is a breeding ground for hot Canadian talent, and at the Style at Home offices we often look west for design inspiration. Here are two of our favourite contemporary home decor destinations, plus one brand new spot in trendy Crosstown. Read more about our fave Vancouver shops in the March issue of Style at Home, on sale February 7.
3612 Main St., 604-568-3673; vanspecial.com
A range of contemporary furniture, accessories, and art and architecture books, Vancouver Special aims to make good design accessible. Owner Anne Pearson, a UBC architecture grad, also hosts various events, exhibitions and lectures in the space, which was designed to look like an art gallery.
Hee lounge chair
HAY Pinnochio rug
529 Beatty St., 604-632-0095; providehome.com
A destination for modern design, Provide stocks local and international wares. The Crosstown loft space is light and airy, mirroring the clean lines and organic forms of the products it sells.
Catherine Regehr Porcupine Loop cushion in silk
The Dirty Apron Cooking School & Delicatessen
540 Beatty St., 604-879-8588; dirtyapron.com
Relatively new to Crosstown, The Dirty Apron Cooking School & Delicatessen allows you to unleash your inner chef. Former Chambar chef de cuisine David Robertson leads students through hands-on classes, working with professional cookware and state-of-the-art appliances, teaching each step required in creating a complete meal (classes start from $145 per person for a four hour course).
After preparation and plating are finished, students gather in the stylish dining room to enjoy their three-course meal and a glass of wine. The best part? Cleanup is taken care of by The Dirty Apron staff.
Classroom at The Dirty Apron