Victoria has plenty of great shops tucked into nooks and crannies of town that have really unique and one-of-a-kind furniture pieces.
Often when I am looking for that standalone piece, I have a few favourite places I can count on to make my search more fun.
Oriental pieces are great as accents or in featured areas. It’s important not to go overboard – too much of a good thing can kill and saturate the look. One great armoire, sideboard, or hand-carved antique chair can be the icing on the cake that just finishes a room.
Design Source Warehouse, 553 Hillside Ave. is one such store that has many really eclectic and unique items from China. There, you can find a little of this, a little of that and lots of variety. They are a great source for outdoor steel gates, trellises, arbors, panels, planter boxes and garden accessories. They also have some fabulous Chinese antiques, both reconditioned and reproduced.
Not to be overlooked are more traditional wood pieces that have an Eastern Canadian feel. There are painted china cabinets, bedroom pieces, accent tables and dining tables. Price points are affordable and again, they have a good variety.
The other cool source for Oriental imports is Best of Both Worlds Imports & Design, 2713 Quadra St. near Hillside. This store is definitely an Asian import store with a beautiful selection of hand-painted sideboards, antiqued cabinets, carved chests in a huge splash of colourful hues. There are a variety of choices of reds, blues, yellows, black and natural woods, both antiqued and characterized.
I just love some of the indigo blue altar tables – they would be stunning in an entry with a bouquet of bright spring flowers displayed on top.
So take a Saturday afternoon and go on a scavenger hunt, you never know what you may find.
Sheri Peterson has been an interior designer for 22 years in Victoria. She designs for commercial, residential and hospitality clients.