Store we love: Dwell
G. Romano Drake chair in black and white $850, Hilary Cosgrove origami mobiles $75 each.
The inside scoop Located in one of Canada’s oldest cities and nestled in a historic limestone building, Dwell Boutique is the answer to all your contemporary-chic decor prayers. The shop’s 1,000 sq. ft. interior is chock full of hot homewares, like 18Karat glass or wood vases, from $30 each, and DwellStudio table linens, from $20. Like what you see but don’t have the design determination to put it all together? Owner Jen Storey is also an interior designer and offers a range of design services.
18Karat sofa in ginger $2,000, G. Romano 32" square walnut-and-stainless steel table $850, artwork by Lisa McLaughlin-LaRose.
Feels like home Apart from offering affordable cool and kitschy home accessories and furniture, Jen designed the store to be welcoming – like entering her home. “What stands out about Dwell Boutique is the personal experience we offer our customers,” she says. “It’s unique shopping. Anyone can have beautiful products, but what’s that worth if you don’t have a friendly atmosphere?”
Dwell owner, Jen Storey
Eco Dwell-ings While bringing big-city homewares to the area, Jen is planning an eco-lution for decor in Kingston. “Some of the furniture I sell is made from reclaimed hardwood – like pieces by G. Romano (from $400) – and many of the fabrics are earth friendly as well,” she says. “I’m also developing my own line of environmentally responsible furniture, integrating natural elements like wood and wool felt with industrial materials like raw steel. It’s important to try to preserve what we have left.”