Here are our go-to spots for modern kids and teens furniture in the city
Yes, you really can find stylish kids furniture in Toronto. Before you pack up the buggy and go shopping, check out these fun and forgiving neutral-toned pieces that we found at a few of our favourite shops around town.
1 Little Peeps
Little Peeps, a homey Riverside boutique, is the ideal source for safe, environmentally friendly children’s wares. LP carries a fastidiously curated selection of goods, from clothing and accessories to books and toys. A hand-knitted donut rattle is among the many perfect gift options for tots, while a selection of simple jewellery and trendy diaper bags will keep parents happy. Also on display: beautiful Little Lovely night lights and trendy organic clothing by Denmark’s Small Rags.
2 Love Me Do Baby & Maternity
Kids – and new condo communities – grow up so fast, so how perfectly suited is this boutique for all things mom and baby to Liberty Village’s influx of young families? Design-conscious parents will appreciate the award-winning Ubbi diaper pail, the Danish-inspired Tuo Convertible High Chair from Skip Hop and Babymoov’s Hygro+ humidifier – complete with touchscreen, changing colours and an essential-oil diffuser. Little ones will enjoy play mats from Mister Fly, and simple Manhattan Toy’s Mio themed building block sets that can be turned into castles, carriages, even catapults.
3 Gautier Kids
Space-saving, eco-conscious furniture for kids and teens is the focus at Gautier’s new showroom. The modular bookcases, wall shelves and desk units of the Nuance collection can be combined to create homework stations in trendy grey tones and peppy colours. An optional fold-down bed drawer pulls out into a guest mattress for sleepovers, while Le Chat – a feline-shaped body pillow – is the purr-fect everyday companion. A second showroom for grown-ups will open this spring at 164 Davenport Rd.
4 BB Buggy
Find everything that stylish soon-to-be parents want and little ones need at BB Buggy, including cribs, rockers and bassinets, beds, bookshelves and changing tables. With its slim side rails, slender spindles and elegant turned legs, Oeuf’s Sparrow Crib will add a touch of Scandinavian warmth to any nursery, while the family of cotton elephants with colourful pom poms that stars in Tag’s mobile is a chic gift for any baby shower.
5 Kol Kid
Look no further than this kids-ware shop for clever, creative goods for youngsters. Let them express their inner designer with Djeco’s glow-in-the dark wall decals (easy to remove and reposition), or save their allowance in playfully chic Jeff Koons-inspired monkey banks from Made by Humans 2. Older kids will love the vintage cinema lightbox by Amped & Co., which comes with a set of 100 letters, numbers and characters for creating personalized messages, and mermaid- or firefighter-print bedding by Amsterdam’s Snurk.
This Leslieville emporium proves that great style isn’t just for adults. Based on its series of bedroom vignettes, it’s clear KAH’s furniture and accessories for babies, kids and teens cater to youngsters of all ages and personalities. Its youthful decor items showcase chic Dutailier dressers alongside playful inflatable sofas and beanbags from Fatboy. The Canadian designs that make up the bulk of the selection include upholstered beds from Quebec’s Beaudoin and lamps by Loic Bard.
7 Ella + Elliot
Parents can find slick designs catering to kids’ every need at E+E. Alongside cutting-edge strollers and cribs – including the stylish Linea crib with matching dresser and changing table – are the Elephant chair and table set by Marc Venot, mini animal chairs by Takeshi Sawada (available in Bambi, sheep or cow versions) and the grey wool and natural oak Iconic Cloud rocker. BudtzBendix now makes a tent that fits over the frame from its changing table, transforming it into a play space.
8 Advice from a Caterpillar
Susan Dryer and daughters Elizabeth and Emily make frequent trips to Paris to keep Advice from the Caterpillar stylish. Refined and cozy with a rustic edge, the Rosedale boutique carries everything that caters to the design-loving parent. Personalize your nursery with linens, rugs and throws from artist-turned-designer Caroline Z Hurley, and painted woven baskets with delicate leather straps from Finnish-Kenyan fair-trade collaboration Mifuko. Toddlers will love Anne-Claire Petit’s hand-crocheted cotton tea set, while the EZA collection of whimsical porcelain mugs and spoons capped with zoo animals is just as fun for adults.
10 Baby on the Hip
This eco-minded Leslieville shop has a great selection of toys, furniture, supplies and clothing for your mini-me. Kyte Baby sleep sacks in a range of adorable prints and Loulou Lollipop teethers made in the shape of cookies offer stylish twists on the necessities. Night lights and decor from Dutch brand A Little Lovely Company are the perfect addition to any nursery, while cloth diapers by Lil Helper and biodegradable alternatives from Bambo Nature are ideal for eco-conscious parents.