May 22, 2016

Pillows – New In Store

This current crop of cushion fabrics I am loving are ALL Vintage.  I spent some time sewing this long weekend and here’s what I have to show for it. Shop Pillows: These beauties have all been added to my Etsy store. Check them out if you are looking for a little authenticity in your interior […]

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 […]

October 12, 2015

Picot – A Great Find in Fernwood

It has been awhile since I gushed over a store in Victoria so when a client recently mentioned a new spot in Fernwood that she thought I would like I jumped at the chance to check it out! I made it in last week … let me tell you what I found… First, the owner. […]

August 21, 2015

New Pillows in the Shop!!

I listed a whole new crop of pillows in the Etsy shop this week.  There is a whole whack of vintage and vibrant colours.  Click any pillow and check out what we have in store! If you want some help making the place you live a place you love…contact me, I can help!

August 9, 2015

Vintage Indigo Pillows

It’s kind of strange to admit that I’m passionate about pillows…but I am. I love’em. Big ones, little ones … you name it. I’m not content with just any old pillow fabric so I scour the internet looking for interesting and beautiful textiles to sew with.  I recently acquired some vintage indigo with embroidered motifs […]

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 […]

February 28, 2014


It’s been awhile since I had the time to make pillows. Sure, Ive taken some custom jobs here and there but those were for other people. I make pillows like my little pets and I love them and take care of them until they are adopted by a nice family:)  So, I’m happy to announce […]

February 5, 2014

Pretty Pillows

I’m obsessing over pretty pillows and little girl bedrooms at the moment. This weekend I’m doing another install of a little girl bedroom and I want the sheets and pillows to play nice together. This pic from John Robshaw’s line is pretty fantastic and totally something I would choose for a girls room… My client […]

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 19, 2013

Weekend Update

My weekends lately are filled with design appointments and shopping – pretty much a design nerds dream.  But it is starting to catch up to me a little..I’m pooped! Let’s see….I bought a rug at ecarpetgallery– the prices and selection are insane.  Ive been getting clients to buy rugs here for months and finally treated […]

June 26, 2013

Inspired by Pillows

Sometimes the world out there is a little harsh…take it easy out there peeps…treat others as you would like to be treated!! I am so glad I have all my fluffy welcoming pillows to come home to at the end of the day:) Lately I’ve been plotting my fall pillow lineup and was totally inspired […]

June 3, 2013

Go to Your Happy Place / Room

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.  […]

May 6, 2013

Pillow Puzzle for a Friend

A month ago one of my best blogging friends asked for some help with pillows for her living room. Her room was being featured because of a new light fixture she installed from Rejuvenation.  The challenge was to make everything around the new light look fab too.  I used her amazingly cool vintage poster art […]

May 4, 2013

New Project – Boys Room

Lately I’ve started a new project for a Boys room. I love the cool blues and relaxed feeling we are going to create by using casual industrial style pieces with art and accessories that are a nod to his interests. Stay tuned for updates on this project! Sources: 1. locker, 2. Painting, 3. Lamp, 4. […]

April 29, 2013

Chalk Paint Adventure – Girls Rooms

This weekend my client and I sanded the chalk painted furniture for the girls rooms that we painted last weekend. It was a messy business but when you have a small budget you gotta be prepared to work your butt off…and let me tell you this lady is a work horse! The whole process has […]

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 […]

April 12, 2013

Girls Room – One Down, One to Go

If you’re following along with my design of two girls rooms, I have an update.  Progress is being made on furniture purchases (Thank you Used Victoria!!) and we now have two wood frame beds, two french inspired desks and plans to paint them with chalk paint in the next couple weeks (Come On Sunshine!! We […]

April 11, 2013

New in My Etsy Shop

New & Blue for Spring and Summer. Indigo is IN!! Shop here

April 10, 2013

Little Girls Rooms = Lots of Fun!

If you’ve been thinking about decorating your little girls room you should stick with me this spring. I am just starting a project for the  two cutest sisters and I am SOOO excited!!  As usual I am sourcing inexpensive fabrics and preparing to take on some DIY projects that mom and I can work on […]

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 18, 2013

More Fabric on the Way

As an Interior decorator I am so inspired by fabric and lately Ive been searching for Red! I’ve been having trouble finding reds to balance my navy blue obsession so I’m thrilled to have found some that I like this week. Can’t wait to have time to sew some of these!  The pink and turquoise […]

March 15, 2013

New Pillows for Spring

What better way to beat the fog and rain here on the west coast than a round up of freshly made pillows in bright spring colours.  Here’s some pics of the new kids on the block in my Etsy Store.

March 11, 2013

I Spy – April 2013 Style at Home High / Low

I just flipped through my April 2013 issue of Style at Home Magazine and spotted an expensive designer pillow that I also sell in my Etsy store…for ALLOT less. Now, I only have one left because some other smart and stylish diva’s have already snapped them up. But here’s the photo evidence. Visit my Etsy […]

February 25, 2013

More Ikat for Spring

A new addition to my Etsy shop for Spring!    

February 20, 2013

One Room Challenge – Tufted Bench

Welcome back to week 3 of the One Room Challenge! 20 Bloggers, 20 Rooms and tonnes of creativity & fun!  This week I’m crossing the tufted bench off my list.  My client found it for $120 on Used Victoria and we selected a teal Chenille from Chintz & Co. to re-cover the damaged black velvet.  […]

February 19, 2013

Spring Ikat Pillows!

How Happy are the colours of this fabric? This pillow is called Roxanne…Available now  in my Etsy store.

February 13, 2013

One Room Challenge – Not Sew Easy

Hi Peeps thanks for coming back to check out my ORC project! I’m working on a girl glam apartment… This week the dining room is done, and I’m moving on to some other DIY projects in the living room. Here’s how it looked Saturday morning after I styled it a little…cute right!!! When the quote […]

February 5, 2013


This week on — USED VICTORIA I was admiring my very own pillows (Shameless Self Promotion) that are for sale at my favourite local furniture and decor store TRADE ROOTS.  The store has an exclusive line of my  feather filled pillows that you won’t find on my Etsy store or anywhere else.  Check them out […]

January 28, 2013

What in the World!

This weekend I finished two awesome pillows with some special fabric that arrived in the mail last week.  Check out these world map covers. They are Euro size (approx 24×24) and I wrapped the map around the side so there is no cut or seam through the map….so far they have had rave reviews. Now […]

January 10, 2013

Pillow – True

A New year and a New selection of pillows. Here’s my new years baby… I call it “True” I have two amazingly beautiful (new material) double sided kelim pillows each 20×20 available through my etsy store.  I made them while listening to 80’s radio in my studio, and in particular  “True” by Spandau Ballet.  I […]

December 10, 2012

Sneak Peek – 2013 Pillows

Did you know an exclusive line of my decorator pillows is available at Trade Roots in the Design District?  Give the gift of style this year with designer fabrics you wont find anywhere else…all my pillows are made, by yours truly, in my Victoria BC studio and are stuffed with feather inserts for that satisfying […]

November 23, 2012

Pillow Contest Winner!

There were 25 entries including multiples….Thanks everybody! and Congrats to Angela S! Your submission naming the pillow “500 hundred miles” was the winner! Send me a private message on Facebook with your address and I’ll mail it to you! Cool back story… Angela used to live next door to me when we were little…way back […]

November 13, 2012

NicName – The Pillow Fight You Can Win!

I hope you had a great long weekend and that you’re ready for my first ever free pillow giveaway contest! I’m calling it NicName…and here’s why.  If you’ve ever visited my Etsy pillow shop you may have noticed that all my pillows are named after an 80’s hit song that played on the radio while […]

November 5, 2012


My pillow repertoire just expanded with the arrival of my Missoni fabric this weekend! Stay tuned for the fabulousness. Oh, and welcome to November, Movember daylight savings and the like…it kind of sprung up on me! This month I’ll do a pillow giveaway here on the blog…more on that later in the week…we must all […]

October 31, 2012

New Fabrics Arriving

Fabrics are arriving! Very exciting!

October 10, 2012

Pillow Whisperer

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 […]

September 24, 2012

Attention Etsy Shoppers – Sold!

What a fantastic weekend! I got the Etsy shop running, had amazing support and feedback and even made my first sale!!  Sweet!   The Peppercorn pillow above will forever be my first:) But don’t worry I just made another one and I’ll list it on Tuesday when I’m back from Vancouver. Happy Monday Peeps. And Thank […]

September 22, 2012

E is for Etsy

Whoa! Today is the day. I’ve filled and fluffed and karate chopped some pillows and now it’s time to push them out of the nest.  I finally listed some pillows  Wooo hoo!  Here is the link to the shop. And, from now on you will find that little orange “E” in the follow me section […]

August 10, 2012

Fabric Finding

As the self imposed deadline for my pillow shop on Etsy looms ever closer I am making some final fabric choices.  My thinking is really that I want to sell what I cannot find here in Victoria. I want to capture my own eclectic and modern style with my choices, but ultimately I also want […]

July 26, 2012

Missoni Homewear

This Miss – Oni Need One of these to be over the moon happy!! Check them out from Provide in Vancouver     Did you know that Missoni’s first fashion collection appeared in Milan in 1958?   In 1981 Missoni collaborated on their first textile and home collection which was the beginnings of the Missoni […]

June 20, 2012

My Top Ten from New Robert Allen Collection

Here’s my top ten picks from the New Robert Allen Naturals Collection. Check out the Robert Allen Naturals Pinterest contest that starts today in which they are offering a spa prize for the best incorporation of these new fabrics in an interior. If you need some help…you know who to call! (pic is the link […]

March 14, 2012

Pillows as Procrastination

I’ll take any excuse to lurk around fabric sites dreaming about pillows and curtains I could make one day…you know with all that free time I have:)  With this proposal looming over me, I’m finding the fabric porn irresistable and tonight I actually pressed “purchase” on one of my favourite fabric sites…. Designer Fabrics Online. […]

March 1, 2012

Fabric Fanatics Rejoice

New John Robshaw fabrics for Duralee…check it out!

December 9, 2011


Last week I was watching an episode of Nate Berkus and he plugged the name of the bedding he used in a room design.  “Mary who?”  I said…wishing I was watching the downstairs TV with the DVR and rewind feature.  Well not to worry peeps here it is!!!  Not Mary, but Marimekko a hot new […]

November 25, 2011

Pattern Parlance Part II

Here’s a few more explanations of fabric Parlance. Some of my custom pillows make use of these beauties…now you’ll know what I’m talking about when they are for sale.   Ikat is a tribal patterned textile that is achieved by dipping the weaving threads into dye before the textile is woven on the loom.   […]

October 31, 2011

Pattern Parlance Part I

I’m knee deep in fabric and carpet research and I thought I’d share some of the pattern names with you.  Before I began really immersing myself in design I would just wing it in the stores when describing what it was I wanted.  “You know that squiggly line sorta thing intersected by the thing and […]

September 19, 2011

Sham Wow

I spent my Sunday morning lazily drinking coffee and sewing a pillow sample for my online shop.  I haven’t made an announcement yet….but I am planning on migrating this blog to my website (which I am working on) in a few months so that I can focus on my decorating business and incorporate my blogging […]

September 8, 2011

Fab Fabrics

You can always look to my sidebar on the right for fabric retailers and manufacturers I like, but I read about this one (designerfabrics.ca) in a magazine at the dentist today (blech!… I know) and decided to check them out.  I like some of their stuff, and while the site is beyond plain, they make […]

April 7, 2011

Day Tripping

I spent yesterday in Vancouver running some errands and picking up my favourite Indian Food along the way.  I checked out a fantastic home decor fabric store called Arlene’s.  Really nice, you should go ! My Canine companion and I enjoyed the sunny day and some down time as we waited for the ferry in […]

March 2, 2011

Reveling in John Robshaw

Uh oh, I know I know not another fabric post! but I can’t help it. My heart beats faster I fall in love with these textiles and I feel like it’s my duty to share them with you and to convince my husband that more pillows and duvet covers are needed because…. While I work on […]