January 12, 2019

Cool Blue – Ultramarine

Most of us have heard of Ultramarine Blue. Maybe you’re a pantone nerd, an artist or perhaps it was just your favourite Laurentian pencil crayon in elementary school. Either way, it’s a beautiful blue that was historically achieved through grinding up a rare and very valuable pigment called lapis lazuli found only in a remote region […]

June 6, 2017

Unreal Unsplash

Free is not a word you hear often in design…in fact it’s more often “how much?”.  Recently one of my amazing clients turned me on to a free photography website that is too good not to share.  It’s what I call the Unreal Unsplash photo site and it’s a game changer.  For the drone beach […]

July 24, 2015

Langford BC Living Room

Who says that the suburbs have to be boring?  This builder home layout is repeated throughout the clients westshore development but changing up its tired palette and predictable layout has made this house totally unique.  I switched around the location of the living and dining areas and had an electrician add a junction box for […]

May 31, 2015

Prints – Charming

Most of us want original, or at least unique, art and items to decorate our spaces and show a bit of our personality…but the budget often demands creativity and resourcefulness so I have cultivated several go-to websites where I buy art prints for myself, and for you!  And, since I like to share… here’s my […]

May 10, 2015

A week of Etsy

You may be aware that I’m working hard developing creative and beautiful spaces around town for a crew of amazing and diverse clients. I almost always infuse colour & quirky into my work and this is usually achieved through art. Some of my clients have amazing collections that make it easy and others are just […]

March 17, 2015

Fireplace Wall Design

Wow Victoria, there is a real reno and real estate buzz in the air right now, and thanks to you my email and phone are busier than ever!  I’ve been getting allot of casual inquiries lately asking about how I work with clients, and for all of you who are on the fence and don’t […]

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 […]

April 18, 2014

Star Chart Goodness

My Constellation Star Chart is up and looking marvelous.  Don’t overlook maps and charts as art. They’re graphic, usually inexpensive and best of all…BIG! If you want some help making the place you live a place you love….contact me, I can help!

April 9, 2014

Art for the Guys Home Office

I’m working on a guys home office. He loves his dog, music, gaming and cycling….pretty well rounded activities that I can draw inspiration from…Sorry ladies he’s married:) I found these rock art posters while researching another project and I knew I had to get them for his space! Etsy never fails to inspire and impress […]

March 13, 2014

Artist Wes Lang

I don’t exactly have my finger on the pulse of the art scene in New York and LA, but I sure wish I did because I would have found Wes Lang allot sooner. I actually have a Grateful Dead T shirt that I love with this first image on it and I didn’t know who […]

February 24, 2014

t– USEDay VICTORIA – Pick of the Week from Used Victoria

This week on Used Victoria an oil painting caught my eye. I’m not an art aficionado – but I like what I like and and I liked this one.  It’s called Chilko Lake. Check back next week and see what else I can’t live without from Usedvictoria.com.  Pic is the link If you want some […]

November 21, 2013

Custom Colour Ball Ornaments

A couple of years ago I decorated a Christmas tree for a charity auction and I hand flocked a bunch of balls in order to get just the right colours.  Now that you have some background on just how far I will go to make a great tree you won’t be surprised to see that […]

November 20, 2013

Blue Printing Weekend Fun

Beautiful Blue Print Posters hanging to dry…these were made by our workshop participants Last weekend a collection of brave souls joined Carla (from Trade Roots) and myself  in a Blue Printing Workshop. Everyone made a killer blue printed poster and learned the method so they could make their own at home.  I promised to share […]

November 10, 2013

Choose a Picture and Join Us – Blue Printing November 17th

Next Sunday, November 17th, Trade Roots and I are hosting a fun Blue Printing Workshop.  Choose a picture (8×10) and if you need help sizing it just email me the picture by Friday and I’ll do it for you.  Once the picture is the correct size I turn it into a negative of itself and […]

October 29, 2013

Blue Printing

Had some fun yesterday with my pal Carla. We tried a blue printing project that uses the sun to develop the print …the result is the most incredible Prussian / Indigo Blue.  So what if my hands are kinda blue?!… it’s almost Halloween…is it still cool to be an Avatar character this year??

October 3, 2013

Original Art – The Skating Party

If you have been following along with my design of an adorable bedroom for twin girls I have an absolutely charming little update! Amidst the drywall dust and tools tonight we agreed on this small – but full of character – painting from the Etsy store The Litus Gallery.  Some people immediately assume that original […]

September 30, 2013

Wonderful Washroom

This week I made a trip up island to visit a client who had a sad dark kids/guest bathroom.  The goal was to add some light and vitality to the space by painting it and then simply decorating with some vintage and retro bathroom accessories and pillows (made by yours truly).  I even made the […]

August 22, 2013

DIY Wood Block Art

I was at the lumber yard the other day and as I wandered around waiting for my cuts I saw a scene similar to this and thought “how cool does that look!” These stacks are like art! and they reminded me of a great DIY project using spindles to create a cool piece of wood […]

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 25, 2013

Paris Sign Workshop at French Vanilla

What a great summer night at French Vanilla in Oak Bay with some lovely ladies and a little paint.  Last night we created subway style signs inspired by the city of lights and although the similar theme runs through each sign they are totally unique in the end! Everybody got to work right away… very […]

June 29, 2013

Stinking Fish Artist and Studio Tour 2013

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

June 25, 2013

Paris Sign Workshop – July 2013

For this workshop my partner is French Vanilla a popular french inspired Home, Garden and Gift store located in Oak Bay. We will be making Subway inspired signs using the streets, districts and popular attractions found in, and around, Paris.  Participants can choose between two fonts and the colour combo White on Black (shown) or […]

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 […]

May 9, 2013

May 25th – Subway Sign Workshop

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! […]

May 5, 2013

Inuit Art – Auction Monday May 6th

My love for Canadian First Nations and Inuit art goes on … and on Monday night an auction of the most significant Inuit graphics prints ever, The Cape Dorset Collection, goes on the block. The whole set is close to 80 prints and it is estimated at around 400 000k or more. Let me tell […]

April 18, 2013

Local Etsy Shopping – fave shop No. 1

Lately 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 […]

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 16, 2013

Wow! Wildlife

I am working on a gallery installation in my downstairs living room and so naturally I went looking for cool Buffalo art…as I do. (Buffalo has been my totem forever – it signifies abundance in my life) I was literally stopped in my tracks by a photo of a Bison the other day…it has totally […]

March 7, 2013

Inspiration in odd places

Every day me ‘n the dog hop in the car and go pick up the mister from work. He works in the vicinity of a huge recycling plant that crushes cars and other stuff….every couple weeks an empty barge shows up and over a period of two short days these guys on bulldozers Tetris these […]

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:)

November 25, 2012

Picking Pictures

My two worlds collided recently when one of my clients inquired about historical photos and whether we could find some for her place. (you may or may not know that I am both a professional historical researcher AND interior decorator extraordinaire) I said “Uhhh YEAH!”   So, I have been spending a little more time in […]

November 14, 2012

Subway Sign DIY

If you were one of the lucky peeps who joined us down at the Trade Roots Store in October to make Subway Signs…it was soooo nice to meet you! I had a blast and since my sample signs got hi-jacked by the store (just kidding – I let them have’em) I had to make another […]

November 9, 2012


Remembrance – By Andy Everson

September 7, 2012

Poster Perfect

I have two girls bedrooms on the horizon so I’ve been tucking away ideas. Loved these retro posters by Megan Romo from Logophilia. The Princess Bride is the older of the girls favorites! I love it too! The site even had a great Zombieland option for my husbands office re-decoration project that I plan to […]

August 31, 2012

Kid Stuff

One of my most exciting projects at the moment is the re-decoration of a newborn baby boys room and that of  his toddler sister.  As often happens, Baby Mamma and I started out talking about the boys room ,looking at some options and then we added the girls room to the project too. I love […]

August 28, 2012

Comfort Zone

Doing some art shopping for clients online tonight…saw this…kind of fitting for me at the moment! Hope you are having a great day at the end of your comfort zone:)

June 19, 2012


When things get challenging…I find it helpful to find a reminder like this!! Stylish too! (pic is the link as usual)  

February 1, 2012

Week 3 – One step forward…

This week I worked on my bedside tables…I feel like I busted out of the gates ready to get’er done and now it’s like I’m a bit stalled with this painting project.  As you all know things rarely go as you think they will and so I improvised with the painting and distressing, giving up […]

December 19, 2011

Size Doesn’t Matter

  The Christmas Small Art Exhibition is on now until Jan 2, 2012 at the Victoria Massey Gallery. Over 60 artists are displayed and the original pieces sell for between $100 to $150 dollars.  Find a Unique Local Christmas gift and support the arts!   I adore using small pieces to create a gallery wall […]

November 28, 2011

Jimmy Wright

My admiration for the work of artist Jimmy Wright brought me in touch with another private seller this week.  She has two small Polar Bear pieces one red and one navy blue. These could be a good deal, but need to be authenticated by a reputable gallery. I love these pieces and have suggested them […]

October 5, 2011

First Furniture

Last weekend I commented that was disappointed that I didn’t see any First Nations exhibitors at the Interior Design Show.  I saw a display by Sabina Hill, a Vancouver based designer who is inspired by First Nation motifs…and I certainly noticed this stunning chair… …but I didn’t write about it because I’d rather write about […]

July 29, 2011

Stroke of Genius

Last spring I challenged my husband to select a piece of art from 20×200 because I didnt want to dominate our walls with my own selections.  One of his choices was this one by artist Jorge Colombo, but the intersting part is that he painted it on his iphone using the Brushes App. The great […]

July 11, 2011

Bowl of Art

I saw these on facebook this morning (thanks YAM!!) and they really caught my eye.  The Winchester Gallery in Oak Bay is featuring the glass art of Mel Munsen…check it out.

July 6, 2011

Buffalo Roundup

You know how etsy does a roundup…well here’s my take resulting from my semi-regular searches of etsy for unusual and cool (to me) art pieces featuring my animal totem…the buffalo.  Be sure to check out etsy and your local art sales for affordable art pieces that mean something to you!

July 5, 2011

Heart of Gold

Neil Young’s Heart of Gold. It’s a favourite!! This weekend I took a sad looking large size canvas I bought on discount at Winners (Good tip: there’s no way you could get such a large canvas for so cheap at the art supply store) and decided to re-invent it.  I used mod podge all over it to […]

June 30, 2011

Pop Inspiration

These days many of us are looking for more than just design inspiration. Maybe it’s the job or the relationship…but sometimes we need a reminder of just how great we are. These wood block printed posters by englishman Anthony Burill are colorful and charming daily affirmations worthy of note. Simple honest design, simple honest message…I’m […]

June 28, 2011

Stinking Fish

I am always encouraging people to include local and First Nations Art and objects into their interiors.  I like that they make a room feel authentic and most often the piece has a story behind it / memories attached which elevate it to special status in a home. There is a great oppotunity this summer to acquire your […]

April 21, 2011

Where Have You Been?

I love these old transit style posters and I found a store on etsy that will customize them for you. So for example you could list all the places you have lived, or the places you want to viist…very cool. Check him out! (The pic is the link as usual) Contact me if you want […]

April 11, 2011

Creative Art

As I decorate and furnish this big old house I am always searching for inexpensive ideas and design solutions.  My most recent online hunt involved some art/photography or anything creative that was somewhat related to our life past/present/future.  I started with the obvious (Beautiful BC), and to be honest I didn’t range far from this […]