Liberty Village is west Toronto’s answer to the city’s eastern jewel, The Distillery Historic District. An ex brown field and original site of a men’s prison — part of the 1870s military compound, Garrison Common — it is now a rehabilitated mixed use urban enclave, peppered with loft condominiums, design shops such as West Elm, restaurants like Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, sleek gyms, rooftop yoga and a Starbucks.
One of the first to have sprouted in this fertile urban ground, was Haveli Home & Decorative Arts. The store was fabulous, but the area’s foot traffic was still touch-and-go at the time, so I wasn’t sure as to how long this lovely decor resource was going to survive. Well, I should always trust in the goods, because if I loved everything upon first stepping foot in the door, chances are others would too.
And it’s clear that they do, because now a few years later the store has never looked better or fuller. Every corner and rafter of the ample warehouse space is bursting with owner David Anderson’s cherry picks of reclaimed, vintage and artisanal wares from the Indian subcontinent. Basically, Haveli Home has virtually every exotic accent piece suggested by your favourite decor magazines. If it’s in style, you’ll likely find it here; rough-hewn sideboards, Suzanni pillows, embroidered throws, intricate lanterns, solid slab wooden accent pieces like stools, coffee tables and benches, Moroccan-style stools and tea table sets, even incredible intricately carved doors salvaged from old Indian homes.
With prices ranging from $3.99 for a ceramic knob to $8,000.00 for a pair of salvaged Indian doors, Haveli, which refers to medieval Hindu courtyard homes, is itself a garden of decor delights. A mere peruse of the inventory will remind you of why you shouldn’t ignore your cravings for colour, texture and the call of the Rajasthani bazaar.
Have you been there? Got a similar store in your ‘hood?