BC Home Decor Guide: New Furniture and Decor Stores and Where to Recycle CFLs

The latest home decor store moves, expansions and programs

Metropolitan Home has moved to Vancouver’s West Side

Metropolitan Home Moves to Vancouver West Side

After 26 years in downtown Vancouver, Metropolitan Home has moved its mid-century modern furnishings store to Vancouver’s West Side, and co-owner Mary Watson is thrilled. “I absolutely love it, I can’t tell you how many ways I love it,” she says of the new location, citing a budding retail district and great neighbours as a couple of reasons for her enthusiasm. Watson says the store houses a mix of antiques and newer pieces, and currently reflects a Hollywood Regency design style. In store, find American modern pieces like Charles and Ray Eames and old classics like a pair of 1940s slipper chairs. Metropolitan Home, 102 -1626 West 2nd Ave., Vancouver, 604-681-2313

Montauk Sofa Makes Room for More

More space is needed for Montauk Sofa to showcase its stylish, comfortable sofas, says Erica James, interior design consultant at the store. That’s why the custom-design furniture store will be moving from Yaletown to Gastown this winter. “We needed more showroom space, and I think Gastown is more suited for what we sell,” James explains. Large, deep, luxurious sofas are what the store is best known for, like the sleigh-shaped, low-profile Margaret sofa. Choose from hundreds of fabrics and items that have little environmental impact. Montauk Sofa, 228 Abbott St., Vancouver, 604-331-2363.

Wow Interiors Expands in Kitsilano

Wow Interiors has an expanded space and fresh look in its new Kitsilano location. Owner Richard Domenco says the shop has a “spacious, New York SoHo vibe” that houses a mix of vintage and modern furnishings. Discover mid-century items like an early ’50s oak-and-teak dining set by Hans Wegner and new lines like Innovation, with sleek, convertible sofas and love seats from Denmark that transform into a bed, chaise or sectional. Wow Interiors, 1632 West 4th Ave., Vancouver, 604-801-6744.

LightRecycle Accepts CFLs

The LightRecycle program is now available throughout B.C. for residents to drop off their burnt-out compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). The program is managed by Product Care Association, an industry-sponsored, non-profit agency responsible for diverting leftover and end-of-life products like paint and pesticides from landfills, waterways and sewers. The program is funded by an eco fee paid by light bulb manufacturers and distributors. LightRecycle, 604-732-9253, ext. 208.

Bed Bath & Beyond Hits North Vancouver

North Vancouverites can now shop for a myriad of home items at the new Bed Bath & Beyond location. “There’s nothing like it on this side of the river,” says Gene Lee, operations manager. Need a storage solution? Find items like a bench-style ottoman covered in rich brown faux leather. Ready to recline in the tub? Check out the satin nickel aromatherapy caddy that keeps a book, scented candle and glass of wine all in place. Bed, Bath and Beyond, 845 Marine Dr., North Vancouver, 604-904-1118.

TJY Furniture Goes Big in Richmond

TJY Furniture has unveiled a new 50,000-square-foot showroom in Richmond, featuring an array of European-style furnishings. Whether your tastes lean toward post-modern or neoclassical, brands such as Limitless, Royal Life and Jehome Saga are sure to suit. TJY Furniture, 150 – 12551 Bridgeport Rd., Richmond, 604-278-2278.

Originally published in BC Home magazine. For monthly updates, subscribe to the free BC Home e-newsletter, or purchase a subscription to the bi-monthly magazine.