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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 customerservice@vintagehomeboutique.ca.
  • Exclusive, customizable, streetcar prints.
  • Hand blown glass sculptures by world renown Tsunami Glassworks. 

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Why buy vintage furniture?

03 February, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

I’m sure that many of you are like Maureen and I when it comes to your home — so enamored with it, that you are constantly looking for just the right item. Then you find one and still you want more. Why wouldn’t it be this way? Your home is your castle. The place where many of your cherished memories are made.  So why not choose furniture that is allows you to bring your home to life in a way that you are getting quality at an incredible price point? We'll let you in on our secret: Vintage furniture. Vintage furniture is — for the most part — very well constructed, with quality wood constructions, and with exciting designs. An enticing combination of solid wood construction and bold designs and/ or colours. Vintage furniture was built to last, which means a lot of it — especially case goods (pieces made of wood like dressers, hutches, desks, shelving and dining chairs) — are desirable because they are still in like-new condition today after 50 or more years of daily use. Even upholstered pieces like easy chairs and couches — which may need reupholstering — are still in demand due to their solid wood frame and steel spring construction! Plus the bold lines can seamlessly fit in with today's fabric styles.  Vintage furniture also tends to be far more affordable, compared to buying new. Vintage dining room sets in particular, can be spectacular deals. Do a quick search and compare quality and price for an equivalent quality vintage and new dining set. I bet you will find there to be at least a 50% difference.  Given the price point, this savings could be the equivalent of a family vacation! Saving the planet. I'm not going to get all preachy, but most of us want to reduce our impact on the environment. Vintage furniture is a easy way to do that! Saving something from filling up a landfill, while not buying something which off-gasses or is made thousands of miles away in substandard working conditions, is an easy way to feel like you have consciously made a difference in the world. As much as I would like to rescue every piece I come across, Maureen has decided that we will not buy any more vintage furniture for our home unless we have a designated place for it — which at this point for me means one piece in, one piece out. The good news is I talked her into opening this store:) But it has made me try to concentrate on permanently acquiring only the pieces that I really love and letting the rest go live at some other vintage furniture nut… errr, connoisseur’s… house.

What are your reasons for buying vintage?