Top 5 Indie Furniture Stores in Mississauga

Although conventional wisdom posits that spring is for new beginnings, a great time of transition for most is fall. With school back in session and winter inching ever closer, you might be looking to maximize your time at home (especially if you'll be staying indoors more often). If you want to spice things up or reinvent your space, all you have to do is replace some old furniture with newer (or even older) pieces that are stylish, fun and produced by little gems you may not have known existed.

Here are the top five independent furniture stores in Mississauga.

5) Decor Studio Custom Upholstery

Decor Studio, located on Dixie Road, is a family-owned and operated business that offers buyers custom-made furniture that's good for private homes and commercial spaces (so it's a good place to go if you want a new sofa for your living room or a chair for your office). Since the store boasts a full woodworking shop, it can upholster, reupholster, restore and refinish products. If you're into buying local, it might also please you to know that this place only offers Canadian-made goods.

4) The Barn

If you're looking for vintage pieces, this Lakeshore Rd. W. store is perfect. Specializing in antiques and restorations, this place is old and carries almost as much history (maybe more) than its pieces. Originally an apple barn in 1820, the exquisitely old-school location now offers a plethora of North American and European antiques. The store also offers reproduction pine furniture, reclaimed wood pieces and locally made products. If you're in the market for an old school trunk, this is where you want to go.

Photo courtesy of www.thebarnmississauga.com 3) Casualife

This family-run outdoor furniture brand actually boasts two locations -- one in Markham and another more boutique store in Port Credit. Casualife works exclusively with smaller outdoor furniture manufacturers and offers buyers a plethora of fabric options. It also helps people choose pieces that will complement their space (big or small). If you show them the dimensions of your home and provide some images, they'll offer complimentary space planning with 3D sketch-ups. If you want to decorate your yard (or balcony) and are unsure how, this place offers experts who will walk you through it.

2) Splash of Charm

If you're looking for standout pieces with a true vintage flair, this quaint place is a good fit. Also located in Port Credit, this shop offers one-of-a-kind pieces that are rustic and, in some cases, uniquely coloured (such as the gorgeous -- and sold out -- turquoise piece below). This store will paint your old pieces to make them new (to you) again and it also offers workshops every first Saturday of the month from 1:00-3:30 p.m. So, if you want to paint your piece yourself, you can learn how to do it properly (and have fun while you're at it).

1) Contrast Living

This custom furniture store, located on Britannia, was created by a team of two and calls itself a "Modern Canadian Concept Store." The store offers a specially curated mix of home accessories, custom-built furniture and gifts. The pieces tend towards rustic and are sourced from all over the world, so you'll find Canadian-made furniture and more exotic Japanese pottery. If you're not super into the rustic look but still want solid wood pieces, you'll be happy to know that this place offers wooden tables with metal legs, fusing glamorous and natural looks in one piece.

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Top 5 Indie Furniture Stores in Mississauga

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