Sometimes asking the locals where their favourite shops are can lead to a new ‘go-to.’ Such was The Embarkiste’s case for the Vancouver and Yaletown based design and décor shop The Cross. Equivalent to a ladies Narnia and full of sparkly chandeliers shaped like pirate ships, pretty gift wraps, and dainty gem-stoned baubles to accent one’s collarbone— even Anthropologie looks a tad humdrum compared to this gold gilded and snow globed wonderland.
The Cross prides itself with a “sense of wonder and whimsy in everything from its hand-woven textiles to its original art to its custom furniture.” Co-owners Darci Ilich and Stephanie Vogler curates a space that is refined and relaxed, while more playful than polished. Freshly cut flowers, beaming sunshine, and the occasional pup are often found in this crystallized haven that celebrates all things lovely, feminine, and practical.
Not only is their Instagram an inspirational provenience for sprucing up her own space, but their stunning store displays, as well as Stephanie Vogler’s home, are no strangers to Pinterest parties. From Rifle Paper cards to Leah Alexandra jewelry and Astier de Villatte dishes, it proves no challenge to make any room a sight for sore eyes with such elegant trinkets lying about.
Though she is not fortunate enough to call Vancouver home, The Embarkiste once again bows before the e-commerce Saints and can easily access The Crosses treasure trove via online… though she must admit that the in-store experience is very much more absorbing (and lethal at that.) Thankfully a virtual tour via Google is enough to strike her fancy! Below she picks several darling finds that are currently available for purchase.