Tag Archives: Accessories

Two is better than One – Coffee Tables

Written by on 2nd December 2014 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

When it comes to coffee tables and small spaces I really believe two is better than one. I’ve been wanting to do tandem coffee tables  for awhile…some of my past client’s reading this might even recall my valiant attempts to sway them:) Recently one of my client’s agreed and two little square glass lovelies arrived in the mail shortly thereafter. We got around to styling them today and I love the simple mix of some of her art books with some  accessories and a small, somewhat dodgy, arrangement of berries from her yard.


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You know me, I love stylish interiors AND getting a deal for less. So, as usual I sourced a table that looks almost exactly like it’s much more expensive cousin. Full disclosure: My client painted the “Steal” tables in a flat black paint because the distressing on them wasn’t exactly to our taste. I think they look fantastic and everyone is satisfied that we didn’t pay a premium for the same look. Go team!

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New Look for a Little Nook

Written by on 10th October 2014 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

I recently designed this little nook in a small vacation condo for a tween girl.  She knew she wanted it to be white on white with fluffy bedding and not too much colour. The nook is dark without any windows, or a door for that matter, so it was a tall order to make it both function and look like a cool tween girl bedroom. I bought the little desk online and added brass castors to the legs so it can be easily moved out of the way.  This was necessary, because that’s her Murphy bed along the back wall. The great guys at Murphy Wall Beds of Canada installed this double bed perfectly and let me tell you, it was tight! I simply styled the desk and walls with a slightly bohemian flavour and placed mis-matched antique hooks all over the other wall (because there is also no closet) for hanging clothes and bags. She can roll up jeans and T-shirts in the cubbies and most importantly she has a little corner of the place that is just hers.




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Go to Your Happy Place / Room

Written by on 3rd June 2013 in Blog POSTS with 3 Comments

Kids are Cool.  This weekend I had the pleasure of using my decorating skills to make a little girl very happy and guess what…it made me happy too! If you’ve been following along there is a second room too. But I’m not finished yet – so I’ll reveal that one in a week or so.  In the meantime here’s what I did (with mom’s help of course)

This Room is all about re-use and recycling of furniture and accessories and I made the pillows and bedding to get a custom colour combo and perfect patterns for less…









I’ll go over some of the products and techniques for the room throughout the week. If you have any questions – just drop me a line. Here’s what I did…


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Get the Look Local

Written by on 27th March 2013 in Blog POSTS with 3 Comments

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. So here’s a shop list for those of you #yyj mid century loving decoristas who want to create this Em Henderson look locally for…ehem…ALLOT less. See below for the thrifty shop list (cause that’s how I roll) and a single shot of the inspiration pic again cause it’s just that cool..

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Shop List

  1. Blue Couch – Full House Modern
  2. Gold Cocktail Table – West Elm
  3. Colourful Assortment of pillows – Etsy
  4. A La Plage, A La Piscine collection by – The House of Gray
  5. Antique Brass Bar Cart – Crate and Barrel
  6. Flying Pig – Urban Barn
  7. MCM Leather chair – Used Victoria
  8. MCM Dining chairs – Used Victoria
  9. Blue Lamp – Target (or a can of spray paint)
  10. Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree – Garden Centre
  11. Leather Pouff – The Cross
  12. Light Fixture - CB2
  13. Ben Ourain Rug – West Elm - or see my DIY tutorial here

 Inspiration: Emily Henderson’s recent LA Project.


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One Room Challenge – Finishing Touches

Written by on 13th March 2013 in Blog POSTS with 13 Comments

Is it really almost over? Yep, the most recent One Room Challenge Spring 2013 edition is almost complete.  What is it? The One Room Challenge is 20 rooms & 20 Design Bloggers kicking butt and taking names in 6 short weeks. This is week six so I’m showing you the final touches on the Girl Glam Apartment I’ve been working on in Downtown Victoria and next week is the big TA DA!  If you want to catch up with my project from the start it’s all here.

Here’s what I’ve been up to this week…

We ordered these awesome nesting tables from overstock.com (who now deliver to Canada)…..LOVE!


And I scored an antique brass floor lamp for $69 at Home Sense / Home Goods…Score!

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My client purchased a couple new pieces of art via Etsy during this whole process and we re-used and re-purposed several items she already had (as I love to do) in order to create this gallery wall behind the couch…SUPER AWESOME!

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Another Home Sense / Home Goods purchase was this handsome hammered little buddy…SO CUTE!


A few more details… I made her a pillow in the same fabric as the dining room chairs, and found a mercury glass bowl at winners and a crystal polar bear at the Da Vinci Flea Market for a little bling bling…Polar Bear is My FAVE!

050 - finalAnother update was a new lampshade. Old style to drum style shade…but obviously the base was already cool :)


I also did a small DIY project using some vintage postcards and some grass-cloth wallpaper.  The budget has run out, but my client had a few more gold frames that were unused and I had a few vintage postcards and a remnant roll of grass-cloth. We put our stuff and our heads together and simply cut the grass-cloth to size and stuck the postcards on top, cleaned the old glass and voila! Free and Fabulous. The postcards depict the Empress CP Hotel and the BC Provincial Legislature…the two most iconic buildings in our beautiful city of Victoria BC.

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So that’s it. I was creative and used what she had and made thoughtful classic purchases within a very tight budget. Check back next week to see my final photographs!

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I wonder how the other ladies are doing?? Click below to check them out!

Little Black Door
Matters of Style
My Crafty Home Life
Pacific Family Homes
Pawleys Island Posh
the Peak of Tres Chic
the Pink Pagoda
Powell Brower Home
Simple Details


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Cloche Encounters of the Design Kind

Written by on 17th January 2013 in Blog POSTS, Design & History with 2 Comments


I picked one up last summer…a cloche, that is.

I Didn’t know what to really do with the thing and since I’m not exactly the gardening type it sat pretty on a shelf until this past Christmas when I filled it with lights like this.

Not too terribly creative…but hey I was busy. So now the lights are packed away until next year and I am left asking..what do I do with this thing?    As with all conundrums I asked the internet and here’s what it told me…

cloche /klōSH/ Noun 1. A small translucent cover for protecting or forcing outdoor plants. Or 2. A woman’s close-fitting, bell-shaped hat.

As I suspected, it has its origins in science, botany to be exact, and I admit that there were a couple heated discussions around our holiday table this year as to whether it was a terrarium, or not, and what the hell its purpose was…mystery solved.


…The internet also showed me that you can put one thing in, or allot…(note how I am totally ignoring plant material as an option.)

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They are well suited to seasonal applications…
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And, incidentally I just saw a medium and large cloche at the vintage store on Goldstream near the cinema. I think they were $6 and $8 bucks if you’re in the market.  My pal Sheila wrote a great post on Cloche’s too. Check her out.

I loved the way the cloche looked  illuminated at Christmas so I think that is the direction for me. I should note though that without some venting you should not use regular light bulbs as it heats up quickly and would likely explode…so be smart if you’re DIY’ing it peeps. I’m totally smitten with some amazing examples of vintage cloche lamps and design darling cb2 has a lamp out now too!

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When I mentioned to my husband tonight that I was thinking about transforming it into a lamp he said two things….”so you’re basically thinking about building a bomb” and second….”in this instance, I think you should go buy one”
He’s on the record!
Do you have one? What’s in it? I’d love to know!:)
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Written by on 28th August 2012 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

This week I found an Inukshuk carving that would be a great accessory for anyone’s bookshelf.  Soapstone carvings by Inuit artists are usually very expensive. But this one, from a little known artist, is totally reasonable. Check it! (Pic is the link as usual)

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Luv Letters

Written by on 22nd August 2012 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

I’m still loving me some Industrial letters from my post last week on Industrial Eclectic.

Source – Apartment Therapy


Remember…not too many!  One will usually do the trick.  Complete your eclectic (ever so slightly industrial) interior with one of these lovelies…These ones below are from Watson & Co via fab.

Locally, I have found them at Trade Roots on Herald St. in Victoria  too! Check them out.

Some More Letter Love…

Diane Keaton Loves them – Architectural Digest

Desire to Inspire

Don’t forget Etsy as a great source for Vintage Letter Inspiration!

If you Love it Buy It!

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Smurf Worthy

Written by on 30th May 2012 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

It’s a box with lid from Chapters of all places…too cute!

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Handy Work

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

These hands are anything but idle. Check out these hard working objects that look good doing it. (pics are the links as usual)

Handy Bowl – The Cross

Handy Book Ends – Urban Barn

Handy Hooks – Chintz & Co

Handy Business Card Holder or iPhone Charger – Unknown


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