ELLA + ELLIOT188 Strachan 416-850-7890 www.ellaandelliot.com Rating: NNNNN
Nothing kills a new baby buzz like knowing you have to outfit your house with a collection of kitschy, pastel-coloured trinkets that will be at your curb as soon as junior turns two. Never fear, design-savvy moms and dads, Ella + Elliot covers every toddler angle with modern, functional and sustainable baby furniture and accessories.
Photo By Kathryn Gaitens
The Third Uncle -designed space features a set of super-wide steps stacked with club-chair rockers, Dwell sheet sets and counting-sheep mobiles hung over egg-shaped cribs. Stylish strollers by Bugaboo , Stokke and First Wheels are laid out car-dealership-style in the front window. Cubbyholes are stocked with pinstriped jumpers, waffle-weave sweater coats and diaper bags chic enough to rival any "it" purse.
Owner Christian Imler occasionally has to make the case for investing in higher-end kids' stuff, but the value, quality and design of his stock speak clearly to fashion-wise parents. Ella + Elliot picks : Seimi 's birch bassinet is made of sustainable Baltic hardwood and woven paper yarn, $649; three discs in red, blue, white, yellow or grey laminate make up the Rinki high chair stool, $310; the Splash bottle dryer's organic shape looks good on your counter while little one drinks his milk, $40.
Look for : The new line of Simple Kids clothing from Belgium, which adds a little cerebral Antwerp fashion flavour to the nursery school cloak room.
Hours : Tuesday and Wednesday 11 am to 6 pm, Thursday and Friday 11 am to 7 pm, Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm.