The new year is right around the corner, and it’s a great time to redecorate your home. Maybe some of your furniture got damaged during a winter bash you hosted, or perhaps you’ve got your eye out for some cozier furnishings now that the weather getting even colder. Either way, you’re in luck, because winter is a great time to shop for home furnishing. Lots of stores have plenty of new stock coming in the new year, but there’s also some great new years sales in Vancouver. Everyone knows about the big furniture chains like The Brick and Ikea, so we’ve decided to instead share some hidden gems in Greater Vancouver with awesome selections of home decor and furniture:
1. LQ Furniture (Richmond)
LQ Furniture is a hidden gem, and it’s definitely not your traditional furniture store. Located off the beaten path in Richmond, they don’t even look like a furniture store with their huge bay doors that open to provide an open and airy space for shoppers. LQ offers a mix of modern, whimsical, rustic, romantic and luxury designs. Their new Canadian-made and imported furniture is of great quality and they have plenty of selection, with options to customize colours and fabrics. This beautiful furniture shop has several great deals right now, as they’re clearing out floor models of sectionals, bed frames and more in order to make space for their new fall products. Some of these floor models are even being sold at cost. The furniture itself is stylish and on-trend, such as mirrored nightstands and modern upholstered bed frames, so it’s like shopping in Yaletown without the Yaletown price tag. The staff are young and fun – not stuffy salesmen – and they don’t hover, which is always appreciated. The store is also unique in that it has a friendly shop dog for the kids to play with, and even arcade games.
Address: 105 – 2771 Simpson Road, Richmond
2. The Found & The Freed (East Vancouver)
Have you ever been super frustrated because you wanted to find truly unique and vintage pieces to decorate your home with, but you wasted hours rifling through piles at thrift stores and yard sales, ultimately giving up before you found a treasure? Well, I have great news: The Found & The Freed does all that digging, hunting, exploring and dirty work for you. Then, after carefully selecting great finds from thrift shops, flea markets, yard sales, estate sales, auctions and antique sales – they clean the pieces up, work on them and sell the one-of-a-kind treasures to you. The passionate staff will find antique, vintage or unique used furniture and cool accessories, and before selling it to you, they might fix a few broken drawers or switch out the knobs, or give the piece a wax job, or refurbish it. This is upcycling at its finest and the best way to make sure your home furnishings are unique conversation-starters that stand out. This may be a used furniture store, but you’ll be the envy of everyone who comes to your home.
Address: 706 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
3. L’Atelier Home (Gastown)
L’Atelier Home is a gem in charming Gastown. At this boutique furniture shop, you’re sure to find interesting and one-of-a-kind pieces, both vintage and modern. L’Atelier sells new and refurbished pieces, and they offer their customers upcycling services to transform old furniture into something extra-unique and restored. They can refurbish your piece with the fabric, paint and materials of your choice. It’s rare to find a furniture store that offers a service like this which can completely personalize the look of your home. This is absolutely perfect for when you’re having trouble finding what you’re looking for, and you, therefore, need to customize something and design it yourself.
Address: 452 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
4. Parliament Interiors (Gastown)
Parliament Interiors in Gastown is an independent home furnishings shop that specializes in fashion-forward, modern furniture. Their fabulous assortment of stylish furniture and home decor items are affordable and always on-trend for the current season, and they’re known for having lots of owl-inspired decor. Parliament also specializes in space-saving furniture, perfect for decorating small spaces such as condos and apartments.
Address: 115 Water Street, Vancouver
5. Briers Home Furnishings (Kitsilano)
There’s only one location of Briers Home Furnishings, and it’s in the friendly neighborhood of Kitsilano. This exclusive furniture store has a massive selection ranging from beds and sofas to mirrors, wall art and decorative knick-knacks. They offer beautiful designs that are easy on the eyes yet practical, such as a chaise lounge that can be transformed into a chair or a bed (The Iso Swivel Sleeper Chair Bed.) What makes Briers most unique, though, is that each and every staff member is an experienced interior decorator. They are not just a team of sales staff, they’re all educated interior designers as well. Even if you just buy one item of furniture from them, they’ll offer you a home decorating session at no extra charge, to give you tips on how to furnish, lay out and decorate your space like a pro.
Address: 2070 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
6. Bed (Kitsilano)
If you’re redecorating your bedroom and looking to get cozy for fall, you can’t forget about new bedding. You’ll need a fun new colour scheme for your bedding when fall arrives, and you’ll want comfy, soft fabrics to comfort you during the colder weather. Bed in Kitsilano has extremely unique, locally-crafted bedding. Their well-made, quality bedding is soft, comfortable and gets softer with each wash. Not only that, but the patterns, colours and styles you’ll find are exceptionally beautiful, rare and special in design. There is only one location of Bed, so if you want bedding that nobody else has, that really stands out and pops in your bedroom, shop here.
Address: 2907 West Broadway, Vancouver
7. Vancouver Special (Main Street)
Vancouver Special is a trendy home design shop on Main Street, and it’s carefully selected contemporary furniture and home accessories are of some of the best selection in Vancouver. It’s a local, independent family business, owned and operated by architect and design advocate Anne Pearson. She is constantly researching and traveling in order to provide a fresh and fabulous mix of products to provide in-store. Anne is highly involved in the Vancouver design community: as an organizer of Vancouver Design Week and a founding member of Party for Architects, you can trust that the home furnishings products in her store are fantastic choices.
Address: 3612 Main Street (At East 22nd Avenue), Vancouver, BC
8. Exposure Home (Commercial Drive)
Many of you have heard of Exposure, the popular clothing store – but I bet you didn’t know about Exposure Home, their home furnishings only location on Commercial Drive. Here, you’ll find unique home decor accessories (such as colourful bird cage candle holders and owl-shaped jewelry boxes) as well as coffee tables and unique lamps. While there are many locations for Exposure’s clothing stores, there’s only one home furnishings location, so be sure to check it out.
Address: 1616 Commerical Drive, Vancouver
9. OMG It’s Small by Ginger Jar Furniture (North Vancouver)
Oftentimes, modern living is all about making it work in a small space. That’s why OMG It’s Small (by Ginger Jar Furniture) specializes in furniture for small spaces. Their main focus is modern living room and dining furniture that is both practical and visually appealing. They offer modern designs in clean, neutral colours as well as offering pops of colour to brighten up your space.
Address: 1400 Marine Drive, North Vancouver, BC
10. Moe’s Home (North Vancouver)
What’s awesome about Moe’s is how huge their showroom is, and how massive their variety and selection of home furnishings is. Moe’s specializes in modern, rustic, trendy and vintage-inspired pieces, and they sell everything from bed frames and nightstands to sofas and accent chairs. In addition to furniture, they have an impressive selection of home decor accessories. Moe’s changes and updates their inventory regularly, so there’s always something new to see when you visit them.
Address: 1305 Welch Street, North Vancouver, BC
11. Homesense (Fairview)
You’ve probably heard of Homesense – a fabulous store with plenty of home decor items and lots of trendy furniture – but what you might not have known is that they get new and different stock in each and every day. The best way to find a unique treasure for your home is to check back often. Sometimes they only get one or two of a particular item, and then it’ll never be seen in the store again. My giant white pineapple jar was a one-off, and I was lucky to have checked the store that day and quickly grabbed it. It sits atop my mirrored dresser, and looks fantastic. The Fairview location is one of my favourites, but they have other locations downtown, in Coquitlam and in Maple Ridge. Each location carries different pieces, so it’s smart to check out more than one store.
Address: 491 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver
Story Updated: Dec 27, 2016