About Us – The Châtelet Design Aesthetic
A fusion of Shabby Chic, French Country, Hollywood Glam and Paris Apartment Style, the Châtelet design aesthetic is eclectic, whimsical and unabashedly feminine. Specializing in white-painted furniture, mirrored furniture, beaded chandeliers and one-of-a-kind vintage finds, Châtelet invites you to put your own spin on a look that is inherently individualistic, yet fundamentally collective. A feeling of connection to your home environment, nostalgia for things that have stood the test of time and – above all – joie de vivre is central to the Châtelet aesthetic and ethos.
What we Offer
In addition to Châtelet’s assortment of vintage and vintage-inspired furniture, lighting and wall décor, not to mention our custom-made offerings of headboards, furniture, lampshades and draperies, Châtelet also carries amazing gifts, home accessories, decorative drawer pulls, quilts, bedding and other miscellaneous beautiful things that you never knew you totally needed.
The Châtelet Name
Loosely translated, “châtelet” is French for “little castle”. A châtelet is a “petite chateau”, a sort of mini-mansion. In the France of old, the owners of chateaus and grand homes would often build a mini version of their main house on the grounds as a folly. This “châtelet” could be used as a gatehouse, a stable or a sort of “play house” for adults. Owner Teresa Wiwchar came to the name Châtelet partly from her love of French Country, but mostly because she believes that, while not everyone can have a chateau, anyone can have a châtelet.
After operating her first store called Interior Excessories at 805 Queen St. West, Toronto, for seven years, Teresa sold that business, reinvented her brand as Châtelet and moved to the current flagship location at 717 Queen St. West in 2005. Three years later, the space adjacent to Queen West became available and Teresa jumped on the chance to launch a children’s version of Châtelet chic. Opportunity knocked again in 2009 with the chance to share a space with a similarly minded store called Nesters and Chatelet expanded into the Beaches, in Toronto’s east end.
And Her Story ( a.k.a.- About Teresa Wiwchar )
Teresa Wiwchar studied interior design at the International Academy of Merchandising and Design and is a self-proclaimed “flea-market junkie.” She followed her passion for nostalgia, sewing and home décor from an initial custom-sewing venture to the creation of one… then two… then three Châtelet stores all with her signature, one-of-a-kind Châtelet style.
Press On Châtelet
Read all the nice things journalists write about Toronto’s Teresa Wiwchar and Châtelet. Visit the Chatelet Press Page – HERE