Designer, Designs By 2, Ottawa
Blueprint Ottawa, 1301 Wellington St. W., 613-761-1289;
Relish Ottawa, 17 Clarence St., 613-562-1555;
Rhubarb Ottawa, 279 Richmond Rd., 613-724-2100.
"This trio of urban decor stores owned by Jane Berry is the perfect place to find that kitschy oddity guaranteed to make your rooms truly unique. Relish (which Jane co-owns with Patrick Blanar) focuses on condo-size furniture, Blueprint has a more suburban aesthetic, and Rhubarb is the best for accessories."
Instile Tile & Design Centre Stittsville, Ont., 50 Iber Rd., 613-836-9500; instile.ca.
"Unsurpassed for finds like cascading mixed tiles. Plus, I love the service."
Katherine StoneAuthor of Loft Design: Solutions for Creating a Livable Space, Toronto
The Door Store Toronto, 1260 Castlefield Ave., 416-863-1590.
"Don't let the name fool you -- there's a lot more here than doors! Owner Sam Mirshak travels the world to find distinctive pieces of architectural salvage, making each visit a new adventure, full of inspiration."
South Hill Home Toronto, 200 Dupont St., 416-924-7224; southhillhome.com.
"They carry Bolier furniture -- a line I'm in love with. The pieces are perfectly transitional, with clean, classic lines wrapped up in an impeccable package. The collection works well in both modern and conventional homes."
W Studio 888-228-2467; Toronto, 146 Dupont St., 416-929-9290; wstudio.ca.
"W has a top-notch selection of area rugs and the most knowledgeable staff. Creative director Alan Pourvakil is a master of colour and style. He's developed new designs that are destined to become heirlooms, not trendy throwaways."
Host, Kitchen Equipped, St. Catharines, Ont.
Mokuba Toronto, 575 Queen St. W., 416-504-5358.
"The clean, white store makes the textures and colours of the thousands of ribbons just shine. It's therapeutic to pick out ribbons to decorate pillows and specialty foods."
STYLE AT HOME Assistant Design Editor, Toronto
Teatro Verde 888-483-2876; Toronto, 2901 Bayview Ave., 416-733-4447; 55 Avenue Rd., 416-966-2227; teatroverde.com.
"Teatro offers spring-fresh accessories, presented in breathtaking displays. Consider yourself warned -- you won't leave without buying something you had no idea you were craving."
William Ashley 800-268-1122; Toronto, 55 Bloor St. W., 416-964-2900; Mississauga, Ont., 100 City Centre Dr., 905-566-8500; williamashley.com.
"The mere thought of establishing a wedding registry at this tabletop mecca gives me the itch to walk down the aisle. With such a vast collection of flatware, dishes and stemware, it's easy to lose yourself in the labyrinthine showroom."
STYLE AT HOME Feature Writer, Shopping Etc. Columnist, Toronto
Boutique Par Par Toronto, 649 St. Clair Ave. W., 416-657-3333.
"Store owner Stephanie Benaich is my taste twin -- ultrafeminine picks for dishware, table linens and stationery."
Ziggy's at Home Toronto, 794 College St., 416-535-8728.
"My favourite decor store in Little Italy. Whether it's a Lampe Berger or funky magnets, I always leave with something I love."