Atlantic Canada is a place of rugged beauty, kind-hearted people and an undeniable strength of spirit. As a result, the furniture, artistry and crafts that emerge from the region tend to reflect all these admirable qualities and more. From Fredericton to Charlottetown, the Maritimes have much to offer in the way of art, home decor items and unique gifts. Here are just 10 gems to explore in Canada’s East Coast:
Located on a lush piece of land in Brackley Beach, Prince Edward Island, The Dunes Studio Gallery and Café is a must-visit destination for art lovers and home decor junkies everywhere. Featuring art, crafts, jewellery, gifts and furniture from over 50 artisans, the gallery is a one-stop-shop for anyone hoping to cultivate a more eclectic, worldly home aesthetic.
Independent Mercantile Co. is a charming shopping destination located in the North End of Halifax. Full of thoughtfully-curated gifts, barware, eco-friendly items, cards and home decor items, the shop is a true labour of love dedicated to bringing inspiration to the Halifax community.
As a locally-owned home decor boutique full of one-of-a-kind items, Cottage Industry is one of Prince Edward Island’s top destinations for home goods, furniture and gifts. The shop has been a mainstay on the island since 2010, offering interior design inspiration with a contemporary yet coastal vibe.
Thornbloom has been helping the Halifax community achieve affordable luxury for nearly three decades. The shop’s owners, Elaine Shortt and Debbie Morgan, believe in high-quality, timeless, yet accessible pieces, all infused with a laidback, East Coast feel.
Founded in 2015 by Mallory Lennon, Reimagine Designs is a Fredericton-based home decor destination specializing in modern furniture, home goods and lifestyle items. Also offering interior design services, Reimagine Designs sources its products from local Canadian suppliers and believes in prioritizing “function, aesthetics, and emotion”—first and foremost.
Entrepreneur and interiors expert Judith Mackin first started Tuck as a small studio space out of her home in 2012. Since then, the shop has grown into a full-blown design community in Saint John, New Brunswick, helping to create beautifully inspired and holistically designed spaces for homes and businesses.
After falling in love with the inspired artistry they found while travelling throughout the Maritimes in the 1970s, Mike and Jennifer Veres moved to Nova Scotia and later opened Jennifer’s of Nova Scotia in 1978. Today, the shop still thrives and supports over 200 local artisans from Atlantic Canada.
Having launched recently in January 2022, Tosh Co. Home Store is literally a dream come true for owner and interior designer Toshia Noye. With the mission of offering timeless, beautiful and intentional pieces that will elevate any space, the shop is a must-visit gem in Charlottetown, PEI.
Intending to create a shopping experience that feels like a treasure hunt, Wicker Emporium in Charlottetown, PEI is a mecca for lovers of coastal, eclectic and one-of-a-kind design. Shop their selection of wooden and rattan furniture, nautical art and outdoor decor to create a uniquely Atlantic Canadian space.
Offering a unique selection of handmade home goods, Attica Furnishings has been called the best furniture and home decor store in Halifax. Named after one of the cultural centres of Greece’s Early Iron Age, Attica offers everything from sofas to rugs and everything in between—all with a modern, clean-lined approach.
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