Hardware, 883 Queen West, 416-364-2360 Rating: NNNNN
Only open since December 2004, this sister location of the popular Leslieville furniture haunt of the same name (760 Queen East) is already to lofts what the latter is to east-end Victorians. Offering super-sized furniture made of their trademark - far from country kitsch - recycled wood (from salvaged barns, doors, flooring), owners Murray Duncan and Jordan Tabachnik are now outfitting west-end lofters with custom-made kitchen islands, armoires, end tables, etc, to enhance their lotsa-square-footage spaces. Hardware, with its 18-colour paint line launching in June, its own line of table lamps and an expansion of the store to include a floral studio at the end of next month, is quickly staking its claim as West Queen West's one-stop shop for all things home-related. But be warned, this ain't no Depot. Due to the unique nature of the materials, most items are one-of-a kind, so the snooze-you-lose principle is always in effect.
Hardware's picks: Cowhide ottoman $1,350; large sculptural star light fixture, $360; wooden stool, $85; and wicker baskets, from $10.
Look for: The aged black, four-door sideboard; XXL-scale framed mirrors; and the new in-house line of turned-wood and antiqued metal table lamps.
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11 am to 6 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm.