The Ultimate Guide to Calgary’s Interior Design Shops
17 amazing stores to fulfill all of your homeware needs.
Calgary is a treasure trove of interior design stores. And while there’s nothing wrong with the classics—we’re looking at you, Ikea—there’s so much more than that to be seen and shopped. Consider this the ultimate guide to outfitting your home in the YYC (we’ve even gone ahead and alphabetized it for you).
Good value at affordable prices is the theme of Bouclair Home. Open in several locations, the shop stocks everything from bedding and window coverings to lighting, wall decor and accessories. They also carry chairs, sofas, ottomans and glass side tables.
Founded in the 1960s this Chicago icon opened its inaugural 34,000-square-foot mecca in Calgary’s Southcentre Mall and has quickly become the go-to store for contemporary affordable home furnishings.
Inspired by the Apartment in New York’s Soho district, co-owners Darcy Lundgren and Greg Fraser have repurposed their home into a retail space where everything is for sale: Calgary artist Barry Lorne’s works for the walls, Seletti Hybrid dishes for the cupboard and colourful Spanish linens by Zuzunaga for the bed.
This artisanal home store focuses on the natural, the non-toxic and the handmade. Merchandise includes everything from pottery by local ceramics studio White Owl, glassware by Bee Kingdom, Cisco Brothers furnishings and a mix of internationally sourced linens, towels, robes, and pajamas. And if you’re serious about buying a mattress they are the exclusive retailer of the Sweden-based Hästens line.
F2 Furnishings puts an emphasis on locally made products. Here, you’ll find something for every space in your home: designer sofas and gorgeous-yet-functional credenza’s for the living room, mid-century modern desks for the office and chic pendant lights for the kitchen—all made in Canada.
This local architecture and construction firm also carries furnishings and lighting; a new line of furniture, FAB, adapts to the homeowners’ changing needs. Consumers can also shop furnishings by Benson of Vancouver, Italy’s Arper dining chairs, lighting by Bocci as well as fabrics and pillows from New York.
Anyone with a yearn for Nordic-chic will welcome Kit Interior Objects’ roundup of classic modern furniture and sleek homewares, like iconic Finnish glassware from Iittala, boldly patterned tableware by Dutchman Tord Boontje and a brightly coloured range of floral pillows, flatware, placemats, and tea towels by Marimekko.
Limitless carries contemporary furnishings designed in Holland: modern sectional, the G-Sofa, seats 15; Eyre’s chaise lounge is comfortable but sturdy with its steel frame construction; the popular Spider Chair comes in a Phoebe and a Zoe version.
9. Maria Tomás
Recently consolidated and all under one roof, the new 7,000 square-foot location is stocked with luxe home furnishings, a selection of paint and wallpapers, lighting, and a great variety of outdoor furniture from Brown Jordan, Cabana and Coast. All pieces are highly customizable, from the fabrics to the wood stains and finishings.
Peridot mixes modern with pretty. Front doors open to a shop suspended with glittering chandeliers, charming in crystal or glass. Furnishings include antiques, mid-century, and some reproductions. The shop also carries artwork by Regina’s Kimberley Johnston.
Pomp and Circumstance caters to those who want classic contemporary furnishings to fit a range of budgets: sofas from Spain’s Sancal pair style with comfort, mirrors from Gubi, accessories from 18 Karat and a handful of quirky vintage finds picked up in Palm Springs. New lines include Bolia from Denmark and Rouge du Rhin Pillow from Paris.
12. Pottery Barn
A one stop shop for beds, sofas, tables, chairs, rugs, pillows, shelving, dishware and everything else you need to furnish your nest. Urban rustic decor with an emphasis on overstuffed, oversized sofas and chairs upholstered in comfy chenilles and twills.
Here you’ll find everything for the home: bed, bath, living, dining, accessories and furnishings for baby and child. A robust hardware selection includes pulls, knobs, curtain rods, house numbers and mailboxes. Hotel-chic bedding and lighting round out the selection.
14. Robert Sweep
Specializing in high-end luxury furnishings (chairs, sofas and lighting from Oly Studio and tables by Bonaldo), Sweep recently moved his business to Mt. Royal Village. An eclectic mix of accessories includes vases by Mooi, Alessi kettles, handcrafted pillows by Evalina Schmidtke and Alexandra Von Furstenberg vanity trays.
Known for his clean and sophisticated aesthetic, Shaun Ford’s spectacular showroom in Calgary’s design district is a haven of style. Featuring the best in contemporary products unique to Calgary—bath tubs and counter tops from Falper, rugs and sofas by Minotti, and closet systems by Poliform and Giorgetti—the busy designer has expanded his portfolio to include artwork from Paul Kuhn’s gallery, located just across the street.
Uniquities stocks one-of-a-kind salvaged architectural pieces from all over the world. Pieces run the gamut from Gothic Victorian to rustic farmhouse, including fireplaces, chimney pots, columns, reclaimed wood, bricks and tiles, furnishings, lighting and garden furniture.
17. West Elm
Part of the Williams Sonoma group, this popular shop carries affordable mid-century modern designs including sofas, chairs, office desks, bedding, lighting and dinnerware.