Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Jaunt to the Junction!

As some of you may know, I took a couple of days off last week, which resulted in an extra long Family Day weekend. It was equally lazy and productive, just the way I like it!

I saw some family and friends, watched an embarrassingly high number of BH 90210 re-runs, but also did some spring cleaning, went to Toronto Rock game and made my way up to the Junction!

Photography by Grant McDonald
I used to trek up that way a lot when I worked in production as an art department PA, but that was a while ago now and for months I've meant to revisit a few shops in the area.

For those of you not familiar with this neighbourhood, the Junction sits just northwest of Roncesvalles, above High Park. 

Starting around the area's main intersection of Dundas and Keele and going west, there's a well known strip of furniture and antique stores including SMASH, Cornerstone, Forever Interiors and many, many more.

Side Rack Wine Racks at Forever Interiors
Unfortunately, it was way too cold and blustery for window shopping that day, and it seemed I wasn't the only one who thought so because the place was like a ghost town.

Roughly an hour later, with no purchases to show for it, I was freezing and itching to get home to King West... but here are a few snaps I took before hopping on the TTC!

Everyone is wild about globes lately... how 'bout these lamp stands?

Damnit! Forgot the name of this store and the painter, but aren't these incredible?
I love card catalogues but I can never imagine what I'd use one for...
My fellow bloggers were quite enamoured with a few Union Jack pieces at IDS.
This Cornerstone piece wasn't too shabby either!

Loved these prints and posters at SMASH!
Made me wish I had a garage or workshop to decorate.
Intrigued? Click here for Design Lines Magazine's guide to the west end and map out all of the shops, restaurants and galleries you think you'd like to visit!

I'll be back myself... once it's 20 degrees and sunny :)

KLI | NofW


Mama K said...

Krista...I love your stroll around your old work digs...so much fun! If I feel the need for globe lamps, I now know where to find them!!!

Krista Illies said...

Haha thanks Mama K! Though something tells me you may have a hard time incorporating globe lamps into your home decor... ;) XOXO