Top 5 Places in the Market to Buy Furniture and Home Décor

ByWard Market is Ottawa’s place to go when looking for variety, quality furnishing and decor stores devoted to stylish modern living. Leading international retailers and unique local shops offer the Byward shopper unending styles and price points to add class and sophistication, regardless of style. ArtHaus Condos has compiled our top 5 places to purchase furniture and home decor in the ever-trendy Byward Market.



In the historic district of the Byward Market, ZONE Maison is housed in a beautiful brick building, with impeccably-arranged window displays that beckon passers buyers  to enter. This Canadian store opened its first location in 1980 in a small former mechanical repair shop in Montreal. Their range of local and foreign furnishing and home decor are such a hit that they’ve expand to 6 stores, including the popular Sussex drive location. Unusual chandeliers and retro geometrical hanging lights, luxe throw pillows, quality hand-crafted candles, and pretty patterned dishes are organized in attractive arrangements throughout the store. Known for their quality, ZONE MAISON carries everything from higher investment pieces, to a frequently well-stocked sales section. At ZONE you can support a Canadian company, and have the cache of displaying a unique decor piece in your home that few others will have.

The Modern Shop


The Modern Shop is another 100% Canadian owned and operated store that should not be missed. It was founded in the summer of 2010 to address a need for a fine modern lighting & furniture store in the Ottawa / Gatineau area, as well as fulfill a need for an online modern design retailer in Canada. The Modern Shop prides itself on selling quality designs from some of the best brands in the world. In fact, they go so far a to travel the globe to find exciting new products to showcase in their Sussex location. A suspension chandelier composed by transparent globes made of polymethylmethacrylate is just one of the exquisite decor pieces by Spanish and Italian designers Foscarini Caboche. In a shade of white matte finish glass, with direct upward and downward light projection–it will diffuse beautifully throughout your space.



If you’re looking for substantial furniture pieces such as dining tables and chairs, beds and sofas, Urban Barn is your Byward go-to. When you have this much choice, it’s not so much a selection as it is a buffet. Bon appetite! This is the spot to indulge in a large collection of modern and contemporary dining tables displayed in their showroom. We all know every dining table needs a tasteful side of dining room chairs. The Oak Bay Host Chair is an elegant upholstered complement to any style of table–from antique to a clean-lined modern piece. Urban Barns offer a stunning array of home décor, and accessories that will look right at home in your chic new condo. Some of the pieces they carry are the result of long standing local relationships, while others have been discovered through extensive travel. Regardless of origin, you can always expect to find on-trend products combining great design, quality, value, and fun with a focus on environmental stewardship. Want to find the perfect set for your master suite? Their most dramatic collection, Mulberry Twilight, brings out all the rich, royal hues and glam textures inspired by the upcoming Fall runway–with raised patterns, French modern shapes, and dark, moody hues.


EQ3 specializes in modern design for everyday life with simple, clean and functional design for every room in your home. They strive to produce as much of their products in Canada as possible, with their factory in Winnipeg manufacturing their upholstery pieces. You can order a custom made sofa with fabric or leather, finishes and legs for a style all your own, and it will arrive in about 4 to 10 weeks. What makes EQ3 stand out is their partnership with a team of artisans in India which has allowed them to offer a wide variety of handmade rugs, including a made-to-order custom rug program. EQ3 works alongside the craftspeople who make their new line of rugs. The master talented individuals hand-make each rug with an intricate techniques, including hand looming, pit looming, hand tufting and hand weaving. The makers treat each rug as a tapestry – a piece of  art and as there is no mass production or batch runs,  there will be slight deviations from one to another.



This is not your typical ‘big box’ chain. The Montreal-based department store has now hit the newly transformed Rideau Centre. Not only does Simons carry a vast array of fashions across every price point, it’s home decor section is a highly anticipated addition to the selection of furniture and design shopping in the Byward. Take in the grand modern art pieces hanging from the ceiling as you ascend the escalator to the second floor Home Section. Before perusing the decor, don’t forget to grab a green hibiscus and fruit iced tea at Simon’s cafe, where you can take in the city views from the expansive glass windows overlooking the market streets below. From plush high-end area rugs to budget-friendly funky finds the selection is impressive.  A kitchen wares section offers unique items you would be hard pressed to find at your everyday department store. Over at the bedding section, the Simon’s house brand of products is well worth the purchase, with well-priced top-notch quality basics, from stylish patterned and solid sheets to bath linens. Simons’ Rideau arrival expands the selection of Byward’s home decor, with on-trend bohemian chic designs, rustic accents from around the world, and rich and vintage textures and palettes to punctuate any home’s design.

The Byward is known for its eclectic mix of modern and heritage culture. These top 5 spots in the heart of the market are sure to inspire design lovers to create stylish interiors that capture the art of living.

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