One of the questions we’re most frequently asked by clients is: “I love that! Where did you get it?”. Today we will be sharing with you our top 5 favourite go-to stores!
There are many design companies and manufacturers that sell to the design trade only, but we wanted to curate a list of stores that sell to the general public and are brands that you may also recognize. It can be a little daunting going out and shopping for furnishings so this is another reason why we wanted to make a concise list for you. And here’s one of our best shopping tips: When shopping anywhere, the Maison J&J team always looks for certain design qualities that are in keeping with our brand, such as timeless, elegant, fresh etc. We encourage you to do the same when you go shopping. Establish your style and stick to picking out items that fit your aesthetic. So, without further ado, here Maison J&J’s top 5 favourite stores (& in no specific order).
We’re starting this list with a boutique shop that is near and dear to our hearts. Based in Montreal (Greene Avenue in Westmount), Boutique Marie Dumas is where Julia began her design career. It is a gorgeous shop of wonders with an extensive collection of luxury décor and home accents. It is our go-to shop for gifts for any and all special occasions, offering exquisite items for weddings, babies, birthdays and more!
We can’t get enough of these two stores! CB2 and Crate&Barrel are sister companies, which showcase a modern and contemporary style. While CB2 is intended as the more affordable of the two, we have found that overall, they both carry great price points. Both companies feature an extensive catalogue of everything from large furniture items, to decorative accessories, lighting, and textiles. Both companies often partner with respected designers to launch unique and trend setting collections, innovating and taking the furniture design industry to new heights!
If you’re looking for something truly unique with a distinct designer flare then you will love both ELTE and Elte Mkt (Market). Like CB2 and Crate&Barrel, ELTE and Elte Mkt are sister companies. Based out of Toronto, the two offer a clean modern style, with ELTE also carrying an extensive area rug collection. Whenever we’re in search of statement pieces for our clients this is where we look first.
We’re so proud of this Canadian brand! EQ3 manufactures furniture and accessories with a midcentury modern, and Scandinavian style. The best part is that the majority of their products are manufactured right here in Canada. We love EQ3 for their unique approach to decorative objects, showcasing a minimalist style with intriguing shapes and colours. We love their extensive upholstery collection, their lighting collection, and side tables, and have often sourced their vases and baskets as perfect accent pieces for our client projects.
Urban Barn is a furniture and home accessories store that originated out of Vancouver, BC, and now has stores across Canada. Their name best describes their modern style with a rustic farmhouse edge, a unique style that we have found translates well across many different design aesthetics. One of the things we love most about Urban Barn is their upholstery collection of sofas, sectionals, and armchairs. They are manufactured to such high quality, and with their extensive fabric collection we are able to customize any piece for our clients.
We hope this list of our go-to stores helps you, and we wish you happy shopping!