Welcome to Portobello

Portobello Home is a design destination store for modern furniture and goods for home or cottage. In Thunder Bay, our contemporary urban city, with wilderness and recreation at our doorstep, we dreamt of opening a store that embraces both. The Bay Algoma neighbourhood of Thunder Bay, much like our namesake Portobello Road, has a unique flavour and thus we decided it best reflected our values. Plans to open a design/furniture store began many years ago and since opening in 2012 has grown so that we can now source from classics to Scandi to rustic to modern. With an open minded worldly design vision that does not advocate just one look, we embrace a look that is timeless, personal and uniquely yours.


As far back as Laura can remember she has been designing rooms and homes, dreaming up beautiful homes not just for herself but for her “clients”. As a preteen she would while away hours drawing homes and floor plans to scale, pouring over design books and magazines, and clipping out favourite pieces for her portfolios. She possesses a skilled eye for design and scale, an unwavering passion for interiors, and strong core belief that every space, big or small, modest or otherwise, can be a dream space. With a blended family of five kids, a Shitzu, a Newfoundland and a cat, a house and a cottage and a husband with a sailing charter business, her life is always humming.

If you would like to touch base with Laura email laura@portobellohome.com

Laura Ponka

Kelsey has a passion for furniture and design and appreciates all things beautiful and quality, especially anything that is black and white. In her spare time you will find her cooking a homemade meal, a favourite is taco Tuesday, dining at Nook next door, rearranging her living room or walking around Boulevard Lake. Her partner is a house builder, but she has an obsession for tiny houses which sometimes causes debate! She has also recently adopted a love of indoor plants and is seriously running out of space for them. She is thrilled to be a part of the Portobello Home team as it allows her to connect with so many people and express her creativity. Stop by and say hello.

If you would like to touch base with Kelsey email kelsey@portobellohome.com

Kelsey Letowski