January 7, 2015

Finding the Right Carpet

It’s a big purchase and it can stress some people out, so I often get the call to help Victoria area families in finding the right carpet for their home.  This week I have the great pleasure of finding a few carpets for a cool mid century reno of an older house in Oaklands.  I […]

June 10, 2014

Do You Tulu?

The original shag carpet from the middle east , known as a Tulu,  fits perfectly into the urban bohemian interiors that so many of my clients are loving right now. This picture from ABC carpet and home featuring rooftop Tulu rugs captures the bohemian girl trend perfectly. Antique Tulu carpets are known for their funky […]

January 7, 2014

Obsessed With Layered Rugs

It’s dangerous when I have lots of work to do and all I REALLY want to do is look at rugs online.  It’s true I am obsessed and this  time it is with layered rugs.  Over the holidays I spotted a little design goodness in the form of layering rugs…that is, laying out two similar […]

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 […]

September 25, 2013

Living Room Love

I wrapped up another project in Victoria recently which involved a living room for a young family.  I absolutely loved working with them… and because they were so willing to take my ideas and make them happen – the whole thing was done in no time at all!  You can see that bookcases were added […]

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 […]

July 23, 2013


This week on Used Victoria I spotted a unique item….one worth seeing…even if it is out of the average thrifter / upcycler’s budget. The seller says they bought it in Morocco…Click the Pic for the Link it is pretty awesome!

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 […]

June 4, 2013


This week on Used Victoria I spotted a huge rug with a small price…and they’re taking offers.  Negotiate a bit and get it cleaned – what a score! Pic is the link as usual

May 14, 2013


This week on — USED VICTORIA a pretty persian runner caught my eye.  I would definitely negotiate…but I think it’s lovely. Pic is the link as usual If you want some help making the place you live a place you love…contact me. I can help!

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 […]

January 29, 2013


I’m a little obsessed with rugs these days. In fact, at the moment my house is an eccentric…and I admit not all that attractive…. patchwork of various rugs and runners to aid our old man dog as he surveys his territory.  Tell me you wouldn’t do anything for this face!?! I’m a slave to that smile. […]

January 4, 2013

Rug Obsession

It’s a good thing I’m going away for a few days because my obsession with this rug is bordering on unhealthy…how many times a day is too many to look at a rug online? …..wait don’t answer that.

December 12, 2012

Trying Tribal – DIY Rug Idea

Like most design enthusiasts I have a mad crush on Moroccan everything and in particular a style of rug that originates from the Middle Atlas Mountains in Morocco; the Beni Ouarain. These wool carpets are named after the Beni Ouarain Berber tribe who make this distinctive diamond and geometric pattern on natural ivory sheep’s wool. […]

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 […]

January 8, 2012

Rugs on Time

On time is a big thing for me…I like to be on time (even early) and I certainly appreciate it from others. So when I recently had clients order their large Persian rug from Rugs On Time I crossed my fingers and toes. It worked! These folks have great (Canadian) Pricing, free shipping and free […]

January 3, 2012

Bet on Blue

                        Choosing a rug for a modern country interior is so fun.. You can go literal country and incorporate some red and green but for the house I’m shopping for I think Blue is the Best Bet.  These rugs are from the Dash and […]

August 8, 2011

Under Foot

This week I’m looking for a casual rug, flat weave, indoor/outdoor possibilities and about 8×10 in size.  I found a few options so far…if you’re interested take a look at what could be under foot. I am partial to a good old stripe…. but the chevron is a classic I cannot resist. Popttery Barn Dwell Studios […]

June 7, 2011

Magic Carpet

OK, so my kitchen is a labour of love. I should be finished by the time company arrives in August.  I did a final coat of paint and installed the hardware on the new glass doors this weekend and bum bum bada bum…I got a rug!!!!!  The search for the right rug has been a long […]

April 15, 2011

Second Chances

Who doesn’t want a second chance?  These old and sometimes damaged rugs are getting a second chance from Rug dealers who over dye, or sew together remnants to make what is old…new again. Check out these funky examples of recycling, or “up-cycling” antique carpets. I like this!  The rugs below are called “second life” rugs […]

March 16, 2011

Kelim Scene

Kelim or Kilim rugs are flat weave rugs or prayer mats that originate in central Asia and date back thousands of years. I am currently shopping for a Kelim rug and I thought I’d share some of what I’ve learned and, of course, some pretty pictures. These historical textiles are immensely popular today and although many […]