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It All Started with a Couch: The Inspiration Behind Vintage Home Boutique

05 September, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

What motivated us to open a furniture store? There were a number of factors but it all really started with a couch; specifically, the couch we wanted but couldn’t find.


We were looking for something stylish, comfortable, environmentally-friendly, and locally made. It also had to be high-quality and built to last, which meant no big-box or assemble-it-yourself options.


We checked a wide range of retailers. The smaller stores we visited did not offer quality service or furnishings that matched our criteria. High-end shops had some beautiful furniture but were charging more than what it was worth. After a lot of searching we ended up settling for something less than what we wanted.


We were disappointed but also inspired. Surely other people had found themselves in a situation similar to ours: willing to pay for quality furniture but not willing to overpay.


Seeing a gap in the marketplace, we decided that we could fill it.


Vintage furniture was one answer, and one we had started to explore as we collected vintage pieces and refinished those in need of a little TLC. But we knew we could offer more.


We began researching local manufacturers who could complement our vintage and mid-century modern pieces. We found Brentwood Classics, who create couches like the Grant, Leonard and Midge, pictured here, that match all of our original criteria. We connected with a local carpenter who creates stunning live edge tables. We also started talking with local artists and craftspeople about showcasing their work in our store. The combined effect will be completely unique among furniture retailers: our store will evoke the elegance of a salvaged estate while also adding a touch of the whimsical with one-of-a-kind accessories and original art.

Unfortunately at the time we settled for less. Now you don’t have to. Our store offers the perfect balance of high quality and good value, unique pieces versatile enough to fit any décor, and exceptional service.


What You Will Find At Vintage Home Boutique


  • Vignettes that show how to mix pieces from different eras. We’ll surprise and inspire you with the combinations we choose for our in-store displays.
  • Custom, locally-made sofas and chairs.
  • Vintage teak furniture, mid-century modern pieces, and live edge tables.
  • Answers to your questions. If you see a piece you love but don’t think it will work in your space, talk to us. We can make suggestions and help you find exactly what you need. If we don’t have it, we can find it for you with our custom finding service.
  • A full eco-friendly refinishing shop. Whether a piece is in rough shape or just in need of a little updating, Maureen can help. We have a complete shop in the basement where she works her magic. We use only zero-VOC stains, paints, varnishes and strippers.
  • A gallery of local art. Many artists call our neighbourhood home. We want to help them promote their work by offering free display space. If you are interested in exhibiting your work in our store, contact us at
  • Exclusive, customizable, streetcar prints.
  • Hand blown glass sculptures by world renown Tsunami Glassworks. 

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Buy Local: Salvaged Wood and Live Edge Furniture

21 August, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

Buy local has become a mantra for many food shoppers concerned about what is in their food and the distance it may have traveled from farm to table. But what about that table? What is it made of and where did it come from? Shoppers are increasingly asking those questions too.

Buying furniture has many potential ramifications for the environment:
• Offshore products have to be shipped long distances, using fossil fuels.
• Pressed wood, used by many manufacturers to reduce costs, is less attractive than solid wood and uses formaldehyde which gasses off into a home for days or even weeks. Do you really want to breath in a product they use in preservation.
• Many assemble-it-yourself pieces sold at national retailers are like fast fashion—designed to look good when you first buy them, not built to last, and ending up as landfill.

Fortunately, there are eco-friendly alternatives when buying new furniture.

Salvaged Wood Furniture

Salvaged wood furniture offers both environmental benefits and one-of-a-kind looks. The wood used in this furniture is reclaimed from old buildings and re-purposed into something new. Barn beams are one example. Century-old barns were made entirely of wood and their large beams are the perfect size for side tables, benches, console tables, and coffee tables.
Barn beam furniture is striking and has proven durability. Plus it adds a rustic elegance to your room.

Live Edge:

Live edge furniture is experiencing a boom in popularity, and why not? In Ontario, live edge is a local industry and, as with reclaimed wood, the products are quite unlike anything you will find in a mass market furniture store. While the wood is not always reclaimed, it is sustainably harvested and usually sourced locally. Be
This type of furniture is immediately identifiable: the “live” edge follows the contours of the original tree and creates a truly unique look.

The “Fine Print”

If you want to ensure your salvaged or live edge product is truly eco-friendly, it pays to read labels and ask questions to learn where the wood came from, how it was harvested, where the artisan is based, and whether low-VOC finishes are used on the wood. Also be sure to verify if the finish will yellow and age over time. Lastly, see if the wood is FSC certified. FSC certification, while not perfect, allows you peace of mind that the process for obtaining your new furniture was sustainable.

As with the food that sustains you, it is important to consider the health and origins of the furniture that surrounds you. Shopping locally is a good place to start.