Find your personal style at these Vancouver home stores

The way you decorate your home is an immediate extension of your own personal style, equal to how you choose your own clothing fashions. From traditional to modern, functional to whimsical, here are some stores to help you outfit your home in style.

The Cross Décor & Design

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1198 Homer St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2X6

Walking into Yaletown’s The Cross is like entering a fairy tale — if your fairy tale fantasy is a mix of modern-vintage, French country and Hollywood glam. Sparkling light fixtures, an array of scented candles you could almost eat, beautiful hand-dyed linens, and white everything make a trip to this store your impetus to fully redecorate your home. From large pieces of furniture to the smallest perfect knickknack gift item to stationery and even jewellery, The Cross is every posh city girl’s favourite home store.

Cb2

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1277 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1C4

As the younger, hipper, more affordable sister to Crate & Barrel, CB2 should be your first stop after IKEA graduation. Rid your rental of the Swedish stuff and kit out your first home with the modern and fun furnishings available here. Just looking for a dinnerware update? New rug to inject a jolt of colour? A few throw pillows and some candle sticks? All are here to fit your budget and help you curate your new-found independent living in style.

Vancouver Special

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3612 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3N5

Named for the iconic Vancouver home constructed between 1965 and 1985 that, in our current real estate climate, is actually coming back into vogue, this hip furniture and home décor shop on trendy Main Street will easily and stylishly outfit your home. From Scandinavian-inspired tea and flatware sets to simple felt ottomans to funky trinkets ideal for gift-giving, the recently expanded space houses an excellently curated selection of modern pieces. Check out their impressive selection of design and architecture books and their various events hosted in-store.

Nineteen Ten Boutique

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4366 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P9

This quaint little shop up the road from Vancouver Special showcases its lovely collection of home décor items, stationery, lighting and gifts in carefully thought-out vignettes all with a style bent owners Amy Russell and Jennifer Kiel describe as “modern rustic.” Natural fibres like wool and linen are found in their throw pillows and blankets; their house-designed glass terrariums are constructed by a local stained glass artist. Everything in the store will add a welcome texture to your own home, warming and cozying up those glass towers so many Vancouverites calls home.

West Elm

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2947 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3J6

Preppy, modern, bright and functional, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without everything in this home décor store outfitted with gorgeous, high quality accessories. There’s a kind of modern bohemian vibe to many of the products, with organic shapes and fabrics seamlessly paired with lux materials like gold, white marble and crystal. Promoting this luxurious but relaxed comfort, you’ll envision your living room as a centre spread in Elle Interiors.

Anthropologie

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2912 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3J7

From stunning textiles in vibrant patterns to ceramic drawer pulls to cozy café au lait mugs, every item in Anthropologie’s House and Home section screams modern French country. Fresh and youthful, the designs evoke an entire mood — leisurely breakfasts of croissants and steaming coffee, French doors draped in billowing fabric opened onto lavender fields, indulgent yet healthful living. This appealing lifestyle is ripe for the taking in their gorgeous displays. And the perfect bohemian tunic to match is just in the next room.

Ten Thousand Villages

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1660 Duranleau St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3S4

If you’re looking to shop with a clear conscience, look no further than Ten Thousand Villages, the oldest Fair Trade organization in North America that imports artisan-made goods for the home from countries around the world. The design vibe here, then, is global, with lots of dark wood benches, stools, bowls and accessories as well as stunning fabrics used for throw pillows and table linens. Woven baskets, pleasingly shaped vases and mosaic tiles all will add a touch of the exotic to your personal home style.

Parliament Interiors

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115 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1A7

This modern furniture and home décor shop in the heart of Gastown specializes in items with pared-back contemporary design. Space-saving furniture, like modular sofas and storage beds, are ideal for Vancouver’s small-space condos and do not sacrifice style, taking cues from mid-century design but with a modern edge. The owl motif apparent in their name runs through the store with the nocturnal bird popping up in mugs, salt-and-pepper shakers and even a wine-stopper. Home accessories in of-the-moment metals add the perfect hit of glamour.

When it comes to cooking at home, it helps to have the right tools for the job. From the basics like a frying pan, wooden spoon, sharp knife and cutting board to the more obscure, like a cherry pitter, pizza peel or tortilla press, these stores have you covered. [Photo courtesy of Yellow Pages]
The art of chocolate making combines precision with true creativity and is on full display around Vancouver. Indulge in your favourite sweet treat — you know that dark chocolate is good for you, right? — at any one of these irresistible shops featuring chocolates that are as beautiful to look at as they are delicious to eat.
Rain or shine, Vancouver is an active city year-round. There’s no better way to get motivated than to look good while you’re working out. These stores — all but one Vancouver-founded — will get you in gear. Literally. [Photo credit: iStock.com/BraunS]
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