Saturday, April 23, 2011

West Queen West

One of our investment properties is located in the West Queen West District, and naturally we go there from time to time to check on the area. It always amazes us to see the area has become so artsy and hip; new lifestyle and fashion boutiques are filling up both sides of the Queen Street West; and the shopping crowds are getting bigger and bigger each time we were there.

Another reason for us to go down there this weekend is to check out a few stores that I've always wanted to go but never got around to. One of them is Chatelet Home located at 717 Queen Street West. The store is small, but it's packed with tons of quality and elegant furnishing and decor items: French Provincial and English Country are the predominant styles offered.

This is the store front of the Chatelet Home. If I still owned a bachelorette pad, I would definitely haul these two chairs home.
 And this pink headboard too!
 Love the trellis/lattice pattern in the lamp shade.
 Take a guess of the use of these cute little ceramic mushrooms...salt and pepper shakers they are!
I didn't end up buying anything from Chatelet, but I did find this Mersman Mahogany End Table at Captain's Treasure on Bloor West. The store is cramped and untidy, and there are piles and piles of junk all of the place, but if you look really hard, you might just find something of value and to your liking. This was my second time at the store (I call it Craptain :-)), and I found this Mersman Mahogany End Table made in 1920s for $39. The table is in perfect condition, and it's valued at $250 at whole bunch of antique/collectible sites. So yet another super score to add to my "Design on a Dime" list.

And as if we didn't have enough excitement in one day, we also went to West Elm to check out the Essex Upholstered Ottoman I was going to buy. The real thing looks even better than the pictures from their web site, and I really really love the feather grey Ikat fabric pattern and the turned bun feet. Unfortunately the ottoman is too short relative to my sofa and all other major pieces of furniture in my living room so I had to let it go.
 Love love the azure Ikat fabric!
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