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HBC Blankets – Points for Creativity

Written by on 17th October 2012 in Blog POSTS, Design & History with 2 Comments

The iconic HBC blanket is popping up for me lately. It must be the cooler weather.  I saw one at local decor store Trade Roots recently and thought about some cool ways you could use a piece like this…but not as a blanket…No toooo itchy for me!  I wondered if it might be breaking some rule among historians to even consider re-purposing a vintage bay blanket like this;  But the truth is that the blanket’s original purpose was to be re-imagined into something else. So I think I’m good.

The blankets were sold in exchange for furs and their primary use was in the creation of outerwear (coats).  The blankets were a popular alternative to garments made from bulky Buffalo skins or those of smaller animals and were sold according to their size which was measured in points.  So, if you’re shopping for one today and it is referred to as having points that means it should have a corresponding number of  lines or  ‘points’ woven into the side of the blanket. The Points ranged form 1 to 6 and represented the finished size of the blanket without having to unfold the whole thing and measure or weigh it. I guess fur traders had no time for additional folding. Smart though!

There are plenty of new blankets in the marketplace and many oldies but goodies to be found in vintage stores, on Etsy and Ebay.  Of course the Bay still sells their original blankets and accessories too…and while none of these are from the Fur Trade they are still cool and Canuck nonetheless.

Think about using your Bay blanket for something other than a blanket…you might get more use out of it!

I Loved this Headboard upholstered in a wool blanket from Apartment Therapy.

Notice the lines on the side. This one is a six point (the largest size). Nice touch!

This is a cool room and HBC inspired chair, from Design Sponge

Who doesn’t love a pillow from Etsy?

And for those brave enough, make blanket pillows. very cool! From Etsy

or, how about an ottoman?

Contact me if you need help re-purposing a wool blanket. I’d love to help!

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DIY Sign Workshop – One More Night Added!

Written by on 16th October 2012 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

Due to an overwhelming response TRADE ROOTS and I have agreed to host another SIGN workshop night!

So, if you missed out on the first one, don’t despair!

We will host a second evening DIY Sign Workshop at TRADE ROOTS on SUNDAY NOVEMBER 4th at 6PM. RSVP to Carla@trade-roots.ca to save your spot now!

 

See You There!

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tUSEDay VICTORIA

Written by on 16th October 2012 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

This little footstool has all the right curves and loads of potential in a glam interior… once she get’s a new upholstery fabric of course. Contact me if you want some ideas.  Check it out!

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Taste the Rainbow

Written by on 15th October 2012 in Blog POSTS with 2 Comments

Those skittles TV ads still have me shaking my head. But I DO Lov’em.  I’m still exploring rugs this week so let’s continue with these colourful carpets!  I’ve been looking at them applied in grown up spaces and I like what I found…

Specht Harpman via Houzz

Robert Kaner via Houzz

HMA Architechts via Houzz

1. Rugs on Time 2.Safavieh 3. Safavieh via Fab

4. Spectrum via The Rug Company

And for those of you who think I’m nuts, or colour blind, or both. Here’s a multi stripe rug in a cooler palette that I also liked!

Robbins Architechture via Houzz 5. Dash and Albert Rug Co.

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Raspberry Swirl

Written by on 12th October 2012 in Blog POSTS with 2 Comments

Hey, did you know I LOVE Tori Amos. Yep…love her long time and I would post her Raspberry Swirl video for your entertainment but let’s just say…it’s not everyone’s taste:)  Now, swirl patterns is something we can all agree on. I’ve been in love with this Paul Smith Swirl rug from the Rug Company for awhile now and thought I’d share some great pics of it used successfully in grown up rooms.  Obviously any of these bold bright beauties would work well in a children’s space but they’re not cheap and I’d shed a few tears if a Kool-aid accident happened so let’s look at them masterfully applied in real,…and yes cool, places with nary a child’s toy in sight!

Paul Smith Swirl

Jason Martin Interior Design

Budget Friendly Version from Overstcok.com

Another Swirl from Kravet…awesome

Koo de Kir via Houzz

 And if you can’t commit…which I totally understand …you can opt for a pillow. Pillows make everything better!

Or an ornament for the upcoming season!

Fa la la la LA!  Next Up, STRIPES!

 

 

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DIY Workshop at TRADE ROOTS Victoria

Written by on 10th October 2012 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

I’m happy to spread the word that I’ve teamed up with one of my favorite local stores TRADE ROOTS to bring you an interactive, hands on, vintage subway sign workshop on Sunday Oct 28th.  RSVP to carla@trade-roots.ca and save a spot today!

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Pillow Whisperer

Written by on 10th October 2012 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

I don’t do ‘Pillow Talk’, I’m a pillow whisperer. So, last week when a reader emailed me a question about her pillows I knew just what to do.  She wanted to incorporate one of my pillows into the mix (smart girl!) and she needed help with sizes, colours and patterns. She told me she wasn’t afraid of colour or pattern and loved orange especially.  COOL!  Her couch is an ivory herringbone and she already had an orange sunburst pillow to work into the scheme.  Here’s what I cam up with (click the pic to see bigger image).

I told you she’s smart right?! Yeah, because she went for it and over the next couple weeks we are putti’n those pillows into place.  Pier 1 has some really beautiful velvet pillows and of course Etsy continues to be an amazing resource for pillows like the Schumacher’s I have shown: Etsy sources (Ivory Hot House Floral / Aqua Chiang Mai Dragon). I hope she sends us an after shot! I’ll keep it a secret which one she chose until the reveal….which amazing Schumacher print do you favour?

 If you want help making the place you live a place you love Contact Me!

Of course I’ll help you, cause I’m nice like that.

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tUSEDay VICTORIA

Written by on 9th October 2012 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

This week I found a petite lamp that has sooo much potential. Love this little guy. Are you gonna get him, or am I?

Uses for this little guy include, on a console or hall table, childs room, desk side table. All it needs is a little shade (Hello Homesense) I love the vintage teak but you could get a can of spray paint and totally transform it too.  Unless I get it first :)

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Client Section – It’s New

Written by on 8th October 2012 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

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Crib Crush – Nate Berkus

Written by on 4th October 2012 in Blog POSTS with 2 Comments

I really couldn’t love it more.  I watched some of these details being built by Steve Fanuko’s crew last season. It is just incredible to see it decorated. I adore this style. Photos from Architectural Digest

I wonder if I should repaint my cabinets black??

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