My husband kept telling me about a store that he passes on his way home from work every day. I had to check it out! I wasn’t sure what I would find, but I knew there was a reason I married him!
Niche Décor & Mode is an upscale consignment store, open for about a year now, located near the Atwater Market in St-Henri. For those of you who don’t know, a consignment store takes in only the best of their clients’ gently used clothing, accessories, shoes and furniture and pays you when they are sold.
When I think of the consignment stores I’ve seen and dealt with in the past, this is completely different! It is owned by Lori McGuigan, an interior designer for fifteen years. She takes care of the home décor aspect and her partner, Lynn Majdell, takes care of the clothing side and helps run the store. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to meet Lori, but I did speak to her on the phone. Both women seem utterly charmante and they definitely know what they’re doing. Lynn, a Westmounter, also owns another store in the Town of Mount Royal, The Hunt, and she has been picking up beautiful pieces for twenty years.
The home items are the first thing you see when you walk into the store and Lori’s shabby chic aesthetic and merchandising clearly reflect her years of experience. Here, you will find some real gems, including furniture, beautiful accent pillows, French Provincial linens, chandeliers, paintings, armoires, objets and much more. This store looks more like a home décor boutique when you see the quality of goods that they stock. There was a gorgeous tufted sofa in the front window, which I would happily have put on My Wishlist, but it was already sold. Not to mention the stunning tufted French Baroque wingback chair inside! Most of it looked brand new and I was thoroughly impressed!
Lynn also finds pieces at estate sales and flea markets on her travels, she clearly loves the “hunt”- no matter where she is! Of note, I spotted a pair of Frye boots in close to mint condition; a chic Fendi scarf, a black Juicy Couture blazer for $45.00; a colorblocked Escada jacket – très au courant, and there is a beautiful selection of vintage jewelry and dresses. I absolutely fell head over heels for “Hermie”, the stuffed horse by Hermès. I wanted to take him home with me!
Lynn and Lori love this neighborhood and truly believe in it. They have wine and cheese parties, les 5 à 7, where you might even see Lynn’s mother making Lebanese food, and sometimes they have artists come and perform in the store. They always invite their neighbors, friends and clients and feel that this area is about to explode!
With a Féraud suit for $75.00 and one by Anne Klein, also $75.00, this is one of the best places for women who can’t afford these things new to pick up great deals on designer suits for work, as well as one-of-a-kind accessories. It’s also terrific for older people who are downsizing, and want a loving home in which to leave their beloved items. What an amazing way to recycle! As Lynn says, there is something for everyone here, young or old, rich or poor. If you see something you love, you’d be well-advised to buy it as they have a very high turnover rate. I’ll definitely be back soon to see what amazing new pieces they’ve found!
My hubby loved the Harley-Davidson jacket, a pair of boots and a gorgeous snakeskin briefcase!
Thanks Lynn! ThanksLori!