Hansen & Lübbers
During the March art crawl we stopped in to check out Hansen & Lübbers, a new addition to the James Street North collection of shops. The street is continually evolving and the range of shops and services are bringing a lot of buzz to the neighborhood. We instantly felt like we made friends with owners Craig Hansen and Richard Lübbers. And since they live right around the corner from us, we plan on inviting ourselves to summer barbecues in their amazing backyard. With a shop established in downtown Oakville and a loyal Hamilton following, the recently married couple moved to the Durand neighbourhood two years ago. We're not going to lie, when we found out they lived so close to us, we totally creeped their house. Take a look here at their home feature in The Spec. It's dream worthy.
The shop itself is beautiful too. Originally part of Firth Brothers store, where Norman F. Firth began his clothing business, it later served as a holding house for the men's suiting located directly behind the shop. You really have to admire Gary Buttrum and Mike Kennedy for the craftsmanship they have put into restoring this building and space. Take a look at White Elephant's beautiful post on the rennovation work that was done. Hansen & Lübbers had a brief presence on Locke Street in a quaint and cozy space, but we were thrilled to learn they were changing directions and opening on James North. The new location offers ample space and clients will get a better sense of the range of furniture, accent pieces and accessories they offer. GUS* furniture makes our hearts skip a beat. We first discovered the Toronto based furniture line at the Interior Design Show last year. We love the simplicity and quality of the construction. Playing on mid century and modern styles, the sofas, sectionals and chairs bring a tailored, sophisitcated feel to any room. You'll too find coffee tables, dining tables and chairs, ottomans and storage. With Richard and Craig being great art enthusiasts (and owning a jaw dropping collection too), featuring the work of a local artist each month is a great way to connect themselves with the local art community. In these photos paintings by Julia Veenstra were showcased. On our visit we saw clients enthusiatically buying paintings right off the walls. April's artist is Beverly Jenkins.
Hansen & Lübbers proudly offers environmentally conscious paints and wallpapers made in England by Farrow & Ball. Offering great depths of colour, the selection is carefully edited to 132 shades with suggested finishes for interiors and exteriors. We often find the limitless options with other paint companies can make you go crazy when trying to choose. With all the beautiful colour choices, we can't help but be drawn to Manor House Gray, a traditional 18th century colour.
The lower level of the shop will feature a sewing workroom for drapery, slipcover and light upholstery services.
The shop offers a range of accessories from beautiful pillows to wine racks, magazine holders and handcrafted pestle and mortars made right here in Ontario.
Hansen & Lubbers
144 James Street North