Flat-pack furniture and hand-me-down lamps were fine for your first apartment. But now that you're a (gulp) grown-up, you may prefer decor that reflects your style and maturity in ways that a futon just can't. If you're looking to elevate your style with some quality antiques, reclaimed furniture or quirky collectibles, it's time to pay a visit to these Vancouver antique stores.
Mother's Day is the one day of the year dedicated solely to Moms; it’s a day to show them exactly how much we love and appreciate them. Whether you choose to spoil your special lady with lavish gifts, tasty treats or an afternoon spent together, it's the thought that counts. We’ve come up with a list of lovely stores in Vancouver where you can find Mother’s Day gifts that are sure to be a hit. [Photo courtesy of The Cross]
Finding the perfect gift for a bride and groom can be difficult; you’ll want it to be unique, sweet, thoughtful and useful to their lifestyle. If you want to avoid shopping at big box stores and find something that’s unique, dare to go off the bridal registry and uncover beautiful treasures at these fantastic local and independent Vancouver gift shops. [Photo of Atkinson's]
Vancouver is a haven for musicians in more ways than one. Whether you play professional concerts on stage, busk on the street, or simply enjoy musical performances at home, you’ll find the instrument you need in these fine musical establishments. From guitars to pianos to violins, these shops have something for everyone. [Photo credit: iStock.com/AlexRodavlas]
Decorate your home in style – without breaking the bank. You can have gallery-quality artwork in your home for under $500, even as low as $100 in many cases. Check out the budget-friendly eclectic collections at these vibrant Vancouver shops and galleries to add a little artistic flair to your space. [Image courtesy of Lattimer Gallery]
The first day of school, the last day of school – or that day the tooth fairy had to leave $20 because she didn't have change – there are a lot of big days in a child's year, but none are as big as their birthday. Say "Happy Birthday" to the boys and girls on your shopping list with the perfect present from one of these kid-approved Vancouver retailers. [Photo courtesy of dandelion KIDS]
Let’s face it, weddings are expensive. Once you’ve paid for the dress, the photographer and the bar tab, you might not have a lot of cash left over for decorative mason jars and chalkboard signs. If you’re planning a Pinterest-inspired big day on a budget, check out these Vancouver shops for DIY wedding decor and accessories. [Photo credit: iStock.com/Lisa Thornberg]
For locals, it goes without saying that our Native art is a cultural treasure, and for tourists, it represents a resource for great discoveries. Vancouver is a hotspot for art collectors, with a wonderful range of options for purchasing. From Inuit to Northwest Coast, contemporary to classic, here are some key Native art galleries in the city. [Photo courtesy of Lattimer Gallery]
The right candle can turn a practical bathroom into a spa-like sanctuary or a plain bedroom into an intimate Goop-worthy oasis. If you’re looking for an easy and affordable decor update, why not add the finishing touch to any room and set the mood with a beautiful candle? These Vancouver shops offer options that are sure to make you wax poetic. [Photo courtesy of Vancouver Candle Co.]
What’s the best part of summer, you ask? Why, shopping for new warm weather gear, of course! Prepare for Vancouver’s rain-free days filled with beach visits, camping, parties and barbecues by visiting these local boutiques, which offer the latest in summer essentials including sandals, bathing suits, sunglasses, towels and more. [Photo credit: iStock.com/GOTO_TOKYO]
The holidays are always so much fun; festive gatherings, ugly Christmas sweaters, and glittering lights are just a few of the things that come to mind when I think of this season. I love finding the perfect gifts for family and friends. Nothing feels better than seeing that special someone’s face light up and knowing you bought just the right present. Visit these Vancouver shops to find a gift that your mom is sure to adore!
The holiday season is the time of year when we do most of our entertaining, so we all want our homes to be transformed into magical, festive spaces. Whatever your budget or style, you're sure to find the perfect holiday decorations at these local Vancouver shops.
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