Elte has been a staple on the Toronto design scene since 1944. I can’t think of the number of times I have drooled over some stunning piece of furniture in that store. And now they’ve launched a younger, trendier sibling just down the road.
Elte Market appeals to the urban homeowner, who’s looking for design worthy furnishings that are easier on the budget. Jamie and Andrew Metrick, whose family has operated Elte for four generations, travel the globe sourcing materials and looking for inspiration. You’ll find everything from washed linen bedding to decorative cushions to gorgeous couches, beds, and dining tables.
And the rugs! Don’t get me started on the rugs. Their vast collection takes up the back half of the store, and ranges from $600 – $1200. Love vintage over-dyed kilims? Yup, they’ve got those. Rugs woven with scraps of sari silk? You’ll find those too. Patchwork cowhide? Oh, yeah. With over 2000 in stock, there’s something for everyone.
I dropped by Elte Market last week and I wanted to share some of my favourite finds with you. Let’s start in the accessories section at the front of the 50,000 square foot space. First up – gold! I can’t get enough of this warm metal, and I found some fun and fab accessories that would add the perfect trendy touch.
There were accessories in every other colour, too. Here are a few fun picks.
The lighting selection really stood out. You’ll find everything from desk and floor lamps, to hanging fixtures, to funky hanging bulbs that fit into a student’s budget. Here are some highlights:
There was furniture to fit every budget. I found my future family room couch, the large and comfy Berkely Sectional.
And I found a number of cleverly designed pieces that where versatile and affordable. I’ve shown some of them here. Just a few comments on these. There was a wall of colourful chairs – how fun is that? I fell hard for that soft gold metallic pouf, that was comfy too. The Boden coffe table below comes with a removable tray for the ultimate in versatility. And I really need to highlight the Drummond arm chairs – at only $495 they’re a steal. Finally, I fell in love with the sweet and sexy Oneda coffee table. There was so much there, I had a hard time narrowing down my favourites.
Elte Market fills a nice niche in the home decor market, somewhere between West Elm and the higher end design stores. With the size and selection, you can be sure you’ll fall in love with something there, and they’ll have it in stock for you to take home right away. Head over to the Castlefield area to check out this huge and hip design destination. And if you can’t get out that way, you’ll be happy to know you can shop online too!
Elte Market 1381 Castlefield Ave, Toronto, (416) 789-0800
This post was generously sponsored by Elte Market.