Vancouver’s Best Home & Houseware Shopping

China Chic home accents & furniture at Peking Lounge in Chinatown. Photo: Peking Lounge

January sales are the perfect time to shop for the home, and Vancouver has lots of options for unique, boutique home and housewares shopping. Whether you’re looking for furniture, home decor, housewares, or the perfect housewarming or wedding gift, you can find unusual local pieces or fantastic imports at Vancouver’s best home and houseware shopping districts.

Gastown: Modern Design & Home Decor Boutiques
Gastown’s wealth of cutting-edge and ultra-modern home stores is one of the Top 5 Reasons to Shop in Gastown. The biggest draw for modern furniture design is Inform Interiors, owned by internationally-acclaimed furniture designer Niels Bendtsen. For home decor and gifts, my favourites are Örling  & Wu and Parliment Interiors. Gastown also has an array of antique shops—better for home accessories than furniture—and several of the best First Nations art galleries.

South Granville: Big Brand Names, Home & Furniture Boutiques, Art
South Granville—the Granville St. shopping district that runs from 16th Ave to the Granville Street Bridge—is packed with art galleries and home stores that range from big, international brands, including Pottery Barn Kids and Williams-Sonoma, to smaller, local shops like the colourful Bacci’s and 18 Karat, which specializes in hand-made stone vases and innovative textiles. The area from Broadway to the Granville Street Bridge is loaded with home and furniture stores, antiques and art. For Canadian antiques, don’t miss Old Country Canada.

Chinatown: Chinese Antiques & Imports
Vancouver’s historic Chinatown is the perfect place to shop for home accents and, of course, Chinese furniture, antiques, art, and imports. Practically every block of Chinatown has shops dedicated to Chinese furnishings and dishware. For elegant “China Chic”—and one of the best home stores in all of Vancouver—visit Peking Lounge, a gorgeous combination of modern Chinese home accessories and high-quality antiques.

One up-and-coming Vancouver area that is being “branded” as a home and housewares destination is the Armoury District (loosely defined as the area between Granville Island and Burrard St.). Mint Interiors moved to 2nd and Fir in mid-2010 and Brougham Interiors is closing their North Vancouver shop to re-open at 3rd Ave and Fir sometime in early 2011. If you’ve shopped this area recently and recommend it, I’d love to hear from you!

Have any other picks for uniquely-Vancouver home and houseware shopping? Please leave your choices in the comments.

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