Tag Archives: BC

Wicked West Coast Style

Written by on 4th December 2013 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

It’s pretty cool to find something new and exciting right in your own backyard.  The Autonomous Furniture Collective is doing some great things with local reclaimed woods and acrylic that I thought you should see. I love this modern twist on west coast style. Check them out. Pic is the Link as Usual.

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Fab Finds in the Northern Wilderness of BC

Written by on 13th August 2013 in Blog POSTS with 3 Comments

I just got back from a super relaxing vacation in Northern BC. Getting there by car is no joke. A cool 1500+ km (or 932 miles) – Each mapWay -  is enough to make most of us shudder, but it is beautiful country and hey, who could pass up days on end without Starbucks stuffed in a closed vehicle with an old man dog (aka stinky) and a boy (also sometimes stinky). Not me, I guess.

One of the design highlights of my trip was a stop in Smithers, BC. It’s a small town 1200 km north from Victoria and home to the No. 1 Decor store in Northern British Columbia, so you know I had to stop :)   I bought some pillows (of course) and I saw some pretty fab stuff like these  rug covered ottomans, Indian painted furniture and these great cross back chairs – for really decent prices. They recently started their online shopping website and I thought I’d share them with all of you since I liked it so much. Check Out HeartStrings Home Decor and Furnishings. They’re on facebook too.


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Stinking Fish Artist and Studio Tour 2013

Written by on 29th June 2013 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Have you checked out his homegrown – right in our backyard – artist tour yet? Strange Name…Great Idea. Click the pic for the details.

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Local Love – The Frugals

Written by on 22nd June 2013 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments



Ever looked at the shipping rates for IKEA from Vancouver? Ouch!  I discovered a local business last year that makes living and shopping on Vancouver Island a breeze. You can order IKEA, Pottery Barn, West Elm etc through them and boy will they deliver.  For someone like me, who shops for others…this is an amazing service.  SOOO let me introduce you to my new pal Megan of the Frugals!!

I caught up with this busy mom of three and asked her about her business and even more important all about her! I wanted to know how this started and why she chose personal shopping as her business model.

Megan confessed that she is indeed a shopaholic and personal shopping is a great way to utilize her extensive knowledge of many stores inventories and her great instincts for finding deals.  Did you know that demand is so great that she goes over to Vancouver every Friday?! Yep, Have you placed your order yet?

I wondered how does she do it? I mean, That’s allot of stuff!  She told me her husband has a strong back :) and helps with the big stuff, and that they often rent a larger truck to accommodate the orders. The Frugals doesn’t have a formal partnership with IKEA in the corporate sense, but the staff at IKEA Vancouver sure know Megan and they work closely with her to fulfill and load up her customers orders each week.

Did you know that Megan is also an interior designer and she loves being able to help her customers make design choices frugals emailwhen they are selecting their purchases. This is a great added bonus to her services!!

I have personally used The Frugals to order from IKEA for myself and for clients and I have also done it the hard way by borrowing a friends truck and made the trip over…so I can tell you that the convenience of Megan’s company cannot be beat!!  I’m a total convert and plus she’s a sweetheart so that makes it an easy choice.  Call or email her and get your style fix…Victoria’s great…but sometimes you just want a little of the big city in your space!


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May 25th – Subway Sign Workshop

Written by on 9th May 2013 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Join me and the gang at Trade Roots on Herald Street downtown on Saturday May 25th 5-8pm for our Subway Sign Workshop.


This is a pic of one that I hung gallery style…I love the local flare – Next week I’ll post pics of a couple signs I made for two kids rooms. Really fun!

This workshop is a little different from the last…

  • 1st Select your street names – (approx 6) Choose your favourite local spots, your favourite vacation destinations, all the streets where you have lived? It is endless. Send me your choices before May 15th;
  • 2nd I’ll show you the technique and you set the text and paint it…don’t worry I’ll bring everything you need;
  • It’s up to you…it can be cute, pretty, rough or industrial…and I’ll be there to walk you through the steps so you go home with a one of a kind sign that you love!
  • Sign Up Here
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Local Etsy Shopping – fave shop No. 1

Written by on 18th April 2013 in Blog POSTS with 2 Comments

Big_Etsy_LogoLately I’ve been seeing some fantastic shops on Etsy that are located right here in Victoria, BC. So, I figured I would dedicate a few posts in the next week or so to showing you some of my favourite local Etsy shops and maybe you’ll see something you like too?! My first favourite is called 1001 Treasures.

The graphic artist behind these lovely posters and cards is Sabine who is originally from Germany and now lives right here on Vancouver Island.  She has been selling on Etsy since 2008 (wow!) and her selection of antique style prints is stunning. If you’ve ever watched Sarah Richardson and Tommy sift through botanicals and wanted some for yourself…this is the shop for you! Pics are the Links to her store


I love these antique coral and sea life prints…


And how about the botanicals…

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And, don’t go thinking that these are only for stuffy old traditional applications. Here’s a great contemporary example from Tobi Fairley which shows  how antique prints look fantastic in a casual eclectic interior.

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If you want some help making the place you live a place you love, contact me…I can help!

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Home Show This Weekend

Written by on 15th February 2013 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment



If you’re planning any Reno’s to your house this year, you should check out the builders show this weekend. It’s a great place to get some savings on decking, landscaping, windows, kitchens and bathrooms.  Find the details here.

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BC Wine Selections – Local Love

Written by on 17th December 2012 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

This week I asked my good friend Tracey, who is incidentally a Sommelier in training in the Okanagan, to hook us up with some great BC wines to carry us through the holidays and New Years!  Wine is a great hostess gift and a virtual necessity at dinner and appy parties so take a sec and read through her suggestions.  I appreciate her thoughtful approach to wine… and I thought you would too…I hope these options help you out during this holiday season!

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Isn’t she fantastic! Here are the links to her selections and some approximate prices. Email any questions for Tracey to me and I’ll put you in touch with her.


1. Summerhill Cipes Ariel 1998 – $85

2. Covert Farms Family Estate ‘Odie’ – $29

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3. Calona Vineyards Artist Series Pinot Noir 2011 – $16

4. Meyer Family Vineyards Pinot Noir 2010 – $25


5. Lang Vineyards Farm Reserve Riesling 2011 – $18

6. Wild Goose Vineyards Stoney Slope Riesling 2011 – $20

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

Remembrance – By Andy Everson

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IDSWest 2012 – That’s A Wrap

Written by on 1st October 2012 in Blog POSTS with 4 Comments

I headed to Vancouver this weekend to attend the Interior Design Show (IDS) and it was a super great time.  I checked out some exhibits…

 Noticed a trend in colourful bathroom fixtures. Lots of colourful tubs…

The One of a Kind side of the Show was Hands Down my favourite part of the show….I spotted a cool girl named Nicole who made pillows Vancouver Style…

And was impressed with local Victoria designer Steve Guan from Fine Line Creations…

As always the Live Edge display was terrific…

And Vancouver favorites ‘The Found and the Freed’ were there with some of their treasures…

Without a doubt, my favourite part of the trip was the BLEND 2012 after party where I got to mingle with the likes of Tommy Smyth, Suzanne Dimma, Mark Challen and all the Design and Lifestyle Bloggers from Western Canada. It was a great party and they did a wonderful job hosting all of us with their sponsor IKEA Canada. Super BAD picture, but it’s the only one I took. sorry.

I discovered some new friends & blogs and found many kindred spirits in this little blogging community. Loved it.  A new one I’m reading this week is called Garden Therapy. You should check it out too!

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