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Time for furnaces, and furnishing

November, 2010

In the fall, nesting instincts make people want to refresh the places where they will be spending lots of time in the coming colder months. Some new stores have opened up selling modern and traditional furniture... for less.

Ordering furniture can be frustrating, since we usually have to wait months for it to arrive. Ikea changed the game by making furniture available on the spot. The stores I found recently try to get it to us quicker.

If you’ve ever yearned for an Eames chair or a Philippe Starck, Karim Rashid, Mies van de Rohe, Ronarad, or a Le Corbusier piece of furniture, but it was out of your price league, drop everything and run over to Barami, a 20,000 sq. ft. showroom in Old Montreal. Find high-end “interpretations” of their designer styles. You might find a classic chesterfield with a modern twist, studded with pink rhinestones, or an antique-chic Louis XVth chair upholstered with Warhol-esque insignia. Sixty per cent of what you see is available within two weeks; the other 40 per cent within six weeks. 404 St. Jacques W., 514-849-5000,

JYSK started in Denmark in 1979 and has almost 1,600 stores in 33 countries. Basic furniture and accesories will jazz up your home. Choose rattan baskets, duvets, curtains and rods, and candles. You might bump into a bag of guest slippers, travel pillows or pet clothing. Sometimes they have secret in-store sales, and you can get invited to evening sales where prices can be 20 per cent less than sale prices. 950 le Corbusier in Laval: 450-902-0314. Quartier Dix30 in Brossard: 450-443-6555,

At Prillo’s two large liquidation spaces, they sell off their traditional lines of couches, arm chairs, dining rooms sets, side tables, wall units and grandfather clocks. Follow the yellow stairs up to the bedrooms, bureaus and mattresses. 3400 Crémazie E.: 514-722-1890; 501 Harwood in Vaudreuil–Dorion: 450-455-9299,

When furniture leaves the regular Stacaro stores, it winds up at their outlet location at reduced prices. The lines are more traditional, new reproductions made in Europe, Holland, France, Spain, the U.S. and China. Constructed of oak or cherry with lots of leather pieces, there’s wall units, desks, sofas, tables and chairs, sideboards and dressers.

1604 Notre-Dame W. 514-904-2909,



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