Thank you for visiting www.GreatMortgageAdvice.com By Cecilia Ramos
One of my favorite design styles is an eclectic mixture of old and New, styles, cultures and lifestyles.
Some may feel this may be difficult to accomplish, as antique and contemporary are two very different styles. However, when researching and shopping for the pieces, you will realize that the clean simplicity of contemporary really helped to balance the curvilinear and ornate tendencies of antique pieces. Once I found a visual, harmonious blend of the two styles, they really complimented one another.
Here are some places in the GTA (Including Scarborough, North York, Etobicoke, Toronto) and surrounding areas you can try antique shopping:
507 Antiques (Toronto)
Overwhelming selection of furniture from dining tables to light fixtures. The majority of their pieces are brought in from France and range from 19th century French Country to Art Deco, which the company will restore for you. I found a 19th century draw leaf dining table and hutch for my client. The beauty of these pieces lie within their history and will make you feel like youâve purchased a piece of art, rather than a piece of furniture.
St. Jacobs Antique Market (Waterloo)
This is a bit of a distance from Toronto, however well worth the drive when looking for accessories and furniture. A smaller selection in furniture, but once you find a piece that will work for you, the prices are amazing. The selection of accessories range from glassware to old washing boards. I found a couple of tin milk cans about 24â high that I will be using in the front foyer of my clientâs house to hold antique walking sticks.
Elbers Antiques and Refinishing (Toronto)
This was a place I stumbled upon by accident in the east end of Toronto. I found an antique walnut console in their display window that had been re-finished in house. They can re-finish, restore and upholster any antique.
Queen West Antique Center (Toronto)
Here you will find one-of-a kind pieces that consist of a modern/vintage mix of Danish teak and Industrial. Metal and glass are accompanied by upholstered pieces and the warm look of naturally oiled wood. I found a retro metal sunburst clock that I will be hanging over the fireplace. Itâs amusing to look at and fits well within the eclectic interior.
Aside from these suggestions, the fun of antique shopping is exploring neighbourhoods and seeing what you will find. Mixing antiques with contemporary pieces is a great way to keep your interior looking modern yet classic. The advantage of this type of decor is the ability to change the look of your space by adding or replacing the antiques at a reasonable cost. This approach to decorating also makes for good conversation while entertaining. The options are endless â from dinnerware to furniture, you have the ability to create a timeless environment to be enjoyed by all.
Queen East (Riverdale)
You can also just take a walk down Queen St. In Riverdale or the Garden District in Toronto. You will notice that there are many affordable shops. When in those areas you could easily visit many shops just by walking down the street. This convenience will allow you to simply and quickly compare prices, designs, and condition.
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