Shopping for your home staging can be a strenuous thing…especially if you’re planning to mix and match items from different stores rather than buying a complete set or hiring a designer. Here are our picks of best design havens to visit in Montreal, ranging from the high end to the budget stores. We recommend doing an hour or two of internet window-shopping on these business’ websites and compiling a list of your favourite items before heading over to the stores. It’ll make the process more efficient- you’ll walk in knowing exactly what’s available and what you’re likely to buy.
This store is sophisticated, unique and quite feminine. Expect a lot of pastel, novelty items, and textiles made from organic fibres. To shop in-store, head over to 5157 boulevard Saint-Laurent.
A little on the pricey side for furniture (especially if you’re decorating to rent or sell), but ITEM is worth a visit just for their amazing collection of knick-knacks, kitchenware and coffee table books. The store is HUGE, spread over two floors, and if you don’t end up buying anything you’ll certainly leave with a lot of inspiration regarding object placement and colour coordination.
Lambert et Fils Luminaires
If you’re looking to unique light fixtures, Lambert and Fils is your new BF. This small, custom boutique has the most amazing collections of modernist lamps, suspensions and shades. They don’t come cheap, but one of these floor/pendant lamps can completely transform an empty space, giving it a contemporary art gallery look. Located at 156 Rue Beaubien Est.
For a more youthful, funky look, pick up some hangy-geometric thingies at Urban Outfitters, or some of their bright coloured wall tapestries to position over your bed. UO has a very well defined style so it won’t be much of a hassle matching items up- chances are that any two things you buy there will look just fine together. Also, not everyone knows that they have an expansive online portfolio which offers many items that aren’t at the brick-and-mortar store- such as couches, bedding and storage units.
For Vintage/Thrift Shopping:
Style Labo (rightfully) describes itself as “Like a trend laboratory , our store propose an alchemy between industrial style, vintage pieces and new creations A magical potpourri to ignite or reveal the spirit of your loft.” Find high curated antiques, curiosities and second hand items without having to sift through piles and piles of junk. Located at 5767 St Laurent.
For blow-out deals on generally very pricey items, check out Meuble Liquidation- as the name implies it offers its products at pretty good prices. A good site to browse through if you’re looking for large wooden dining room tables for half the price they normally go for, or for cute vintage bedside tables.
And of course, the real thrift shopping:
- The Antique Strip between Griffintown and St Henri on Notre Dame street for more high end, quality antiques and for traditional Quebecois furniture.
- Eva-B at 2015 Boul St-Laurent for funky collectibles.
- The Saturday garage sales near the Atwater Market.
- If you’re feeling extra adventurous, the Sutton Flea Market every Saturday.
Maison Corbeil carries the big interior design brands like Cattelan and Ligne Roset, but you can also find a range of mid-price items which are worth a browse through. Expect a modern, sophisticated aesthetic- perfect for condos or lofts. To visit the store, make your way to 1215 Boulevard Cremazie Ouest.
Welcome to pastel heaven. For a minimalist, ‘designer’ look this is definitely our fave. You’ll find a whole bunch of modern Scandinavian furniture, as well as lights, decorative objects and fabrics. Simple yet elegant.
At midrange prices, Structube offers a range of different styles and options.