There’s something to be said about finding unique pieces for your home. Wish Home Accents owner Dianna Brant-Winkler is very intentional about which pieces find a place within (and on) the walls of her store, selecting unique items and rarely buying repeat pieces. After all, there’s something special (and urgent) about knowing that a piece you see at the store today might not be there tomorrow.
Dianna came across the store as a shopper herself when she moved here with her husband from the Toronto area. Upon hearing that the store was for sale, she reached for the proverbial baton and has continued to make Wish Home Accents a destination in downtown Trenton for interior design. Plush pillows in varying fabrics dot the couches throughout the store, wire baskets piled high with Turkish towels—my personal shopping weakness—tucked underneath beautiful wooden side tables.
Bringing the Store to You
Let me know if this sounds familiar: scrolling through an online home goods store, overwhelmed with the options and riddled with indecision. Or perhaps standing in front of a leather, mid-century love seat at a store, desperately trying to remember the exact shade of paint on your living room walls, wondering if it will match. (Just me?)
Dianna strives to tailor the experience at Wish Home Accents to the individual needs of each person that enters 27 Elgin Street–and even those who don’t. While shoppers are invited to bring photos of their home to show staff as a reference point, Dianna also makes home visits and will bring products so you can see how that brass duck foot-bowl looks on your coffee table.
Her passion for navigating style options and finding the perfect piece for her customers shines through: “It’s so personal, this is [someone’s] home. We want people to be as comfortable and proud of their home as possible, and we love working with them to accomplish that.”
Though furniture preferences can vary widely, Dianna finds that the most contentious decision between couples is which art will go on the wall. In that case, she tries to remain impartial and find something to appease both parties–easier said than done, in my opinion.
Quality Comes First
“Quality is number one for us. I search high and low for good, quality pieces. Sometimes you can get the style and uniqueness but not the quality, or vice versa,” said Dianna. She continually works to accomplish both by supporting a number of Canadian manufacturers—many of which are Toronto-based—making quality pieces with a strong aesthetic. This passion for quality extends to clothing as well with a curated selection of women’s wear in natural fibres.
The odds are good that after a visit to Wish Home Accents, you’ll be leaving with plenty of interior design inspiration (and maybe a thing or two for your wardrobe).