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November 22, 2015

Collected Cool – Oak Bay Living Room

Another recent project just wrapped! This time it was an Oak Bay living room with clients who have traveled extensively and collected some great mementos from their adventures. Needless to say I was stoked to decorate with all their stuff.  They were a dream to work with and the results are awesome. Check it out […]

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January 8, 2015

Indigo Pillow Covers – Hemp

Last year I ordered this cool vintage hemp fabric and I finally got around to making it into some lumbar style indigo pillow covers.  Such a beautiful blue is achieved through this indigo dye process and a cool geometric relief pattern too.  These will be in my shop by the end of the week but […]

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September 24, 2014

Design By Donation for the Hero Work Program

You may have heard by now that I’m knee deep in an amazing project for the Threshold Housing Society of Victoria that is being undertaken by The HeroWork Program.  Hundreds of Amazing organizers and volunteers all working toward a common goal – to provide safe housing for youth at Risk. I could not be more […]


August 7, 2014

Moss St. Basement Suite – Before and After

I’m happy to report that my project on Moss St. is almost finished.  This basement suite was a complete gut job and I was hired to make it comfortable, casual and durable enough to work as a rental property. When I first saw it , it looked like this… I knew I needed to lighten […]

November 13, 2013

Vintage Eclectic in Victoria

I’m super excited to share the new pics of a finished project in Victoria, BC.  This one is full of vintage treasures and has a modern eclectic vibe  that suits the young family who lives here perfectly.  I loved working on this place.  Many thanks to my amazing clients who totally got what I was […]

August 16, 2013

Bathroom Betterment

A quick  facelift for my en suite bathroom is underway and the vintage soap label I ordered from eBay arrived last week. I framed and matted it with some black behind it because it is a teeny weeny little thing. Looks very cool though and begs you to lean in and check it out.  More […]

July 26, 2013

Bathroom Wall Art

I’ve been working on my master bathroom …and just like you, I labour over decisions and slowly make choices for the shower curtain, lights, fixtures etc.  I spent some time on eBay and Etsy this week and wanted to share my picks for vintage wall art that is more than suitable for the often small […]

July 22, 2013

Another Weekend Flew By!

I’ve been so busy I hardly have any time to blog! This weekend I continued Rug hunting, attended a cool Vintage sale in a beautiful garden location and painted an en suite bathroom (walls and ceilings) applause :).  Next step is decor and lighting. What did you get up to this weekend? If you want […]

July 1, 2013

Weekend Update

Happy Canada Day!! It’s still holiday time in Canada land and although I made time for a few margarita’s it has been a busy working weekend:) Here’s what I’ve been up to… 1st. A Bench slipcover for Josee and Murray from the Housse 2nd. Sunday morning Swap n Shop in Langford to snag this great […]

June 19, 2013

Girl Room No. 2 – Projects and Products

Here’s a breakdown of the products and projects for the Girls Room No. 2.

June 4, 2013

Girls Room – Product Guide

Here’s some of the decorating projects and products used in this room… Products: Annie Sloan Chalk Paints from French Vanilla and French Touch on Oak Bay Ave;  Stool – IKEA; Pillow Inserts and Duvet – IKEA; Fabrics – contact me if you would like a colour story of fabrics developed for your project; Large clothes […]

May 22, 2013

King Kong Says ‘Sign Up Now’

OK Peeps, Last Chance to register for my Subway Sign class this Saturday at Trade Roots. Come join us and check out all the cool new things in the store! All the details here. Some of our participants are using street names from foreign countries they have visited, and some are using a meaningful mix […]

April 17, 2013

Little Girl Room No. 2

So I have finished my concepts for the two rooms and my fabric order has been placed. yay! One room is a little more bright, and the other a little more pink.  To save money I have used some of the same fabrics in both spaces, and we are using the same chalk paint but […]

March 27, 2013

Get the Look Local

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 […]

March 23, 2013

Crib Crush – Emily Henderson Does it Again

This weekend as I browsed some of my favorite blogs I came across one of the talented Emily Henderson’s latest projects. It’s a colourful, cheerful and collected space that I just adore. Take a look! What do you think? I would love to have a client that loves this as much as I do. Anyone […]

March 5, 2013


This week I was searching on Used Victoria for ALLOT of different things for clients.  But the one item I keep coming back to is for little old me. I am so drawn to this painting. I wonder if the Mister will give it the thumbs up? I do have a birthday coming up:)

February 19, 2013


I have a new project, a home office, so I’ve been trolling Used Victoria allot lately.  I saw this and had a flashback of making my pottery barn knockoff desk a couple years ago.  I can’t use it in my job…but maybe you can?  This one is really similar to what I used and since […]

February 18, 2013

Vintage Poster – Beaver Fever

I was browsing online this weekend and Emily A Clark featured a website that offers free Hi Res Vintage Posters. Yeah, you read it right!  Free!  I downloaded a couple cuz I’m thinking about re-jigging one of my gallery walls soon. You should check this out!  I think this ca 1918 WWI propaganda poster one […]

December 19, 2012

New Thrift Store in Victoria

OK, if you know me you know that  I’m a hound for a deal…lucky for me my good friends suffer from the same affliction and this week my amazing girlfriend Sandy escorted me to a newish thrift store downtown on Blanshard and Fisgard. It was pouring rain like nobody’s business….and since the world is busy […]

December 4, 2012

Pop Up Shop – Industrial Treasures

My dear readers, I know you’re wondering where’s tUSEDay VICTORIA? It’s here, just a little ways down,  mixed into all this vintage industrial chic. Stay with me. It’s cool. You’ve all heard about Pop-Up shops right? It’s a temporary shop that pops up to sell a discrete collection of goods for a short period of […]

September 19, 2012

Spruce Collective

A cool new store just opened in Abbotsford, BC and I had to tell you about it.  5 cool chicks who get their kicks from vintage finds have opened a collective called SPRUCE.  Their grand opening will be later this month so check back with them if your obsessed with finding treasures…like me….and apparently… like […]

August 15, 2012

Variations of Eclectic

I have found that many folks appreciate eclectic style decor but once we start talking about it I realize that we have very different ideas of what it means..Indeed, there is a broad meaning to the term, and similarly a great deal of styles that are genuinely eclectic.  So why not take some time and […]

August 14, 2012


Every Tuesday I feature a great piece for sale on USED VICTORIA. My pick this week is a versatile brass and glass coffee table that would work in many interiors. The price is sure right. Pic is the Link

August 7, 2012


Used Victoria is a great local resource for furniture and decor. Sometimes a piece needs a little TLC, and sometimes it’s great just as it is. Take this  bamboo occasional table for instance….. It’s an example of a piece that is ready to go to its forever home with no work required.  For sale now […]

July 15, 2012

Bad Dog – Good Market

  This weekend my husband and I took advantage of the lovely weather and sat outside on Saturday evening with the neighbors. Meanwhile the dog remained in the house having been walked, fed and watered.  We figured what could go wrong?…Apparently he thinks we have one of these (see hydrant) at the top of the […]

June 29, 2012

Vintage Market July 15th

Vancouver Island Mavins Handmade and Vintage Sale is July 15th! If you love vintage furniture, decor, and one of a kind accessories you should check it out! July 15th 10am – 4pm – Point Ellice House & Gardens 2616 Pleasant Street, Victoria BC $5 Entry or $3 with non-perishable donation to the food bank (pic […]

March 29, 2012

Vintage & Retro Show and Sale April 8

Hi Peeps, I’ve been called away to do some work so haven’t had time to post.  But I wanted to tell you about an upcoming vintage fair that might be interesting. Pic is the link as usual

October 24, 2011

Flea Market Finds

Example No. 3. Magnifying Wall Sconce This magnifying wall sconce is a throw back to the days before electricity. They look cool and actually throw enough light to fill a small room.  Imagine if the power went out or you were trying to create a “mood”…anyway this sconce was purchased at the Langford flea Market […]

October 13, 2011

Flea Market Finds

Example No. 2. Japanese Glass Float I picked up this Japanese float at the Langford Flea Market on Goldstream and Veterans for $15. It is in perfect condition and has the original rope netting affixed to it. I knew these collectables were gaining popularity last winter when I saw them on Nate Berkus’ show used […]