Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Summer flower arranging - foilage bouquets are Easy! Design Classes at the Camellia

How many of you have an abundance of Foilage right outside your door but you are not sure how to create a beautiful foilage arrangement? This post is for you..click on this link and read on...

Ivy plants can be trimmed to provide long lengths of trailing greenery....or you can work the Ivy plant, pot and all, into your design. Arranging Flowers is a great stress reliever....creating something beautiful out of foliage in your backyard makes you feel so....well. like a Florist in Napa Valley creating something fabulous for an outdoor gathering! 

What can you use? Cut Hosta leaves from your Garden. 


Have Hops vines..? Use them to create a trailing effect in your design. 


Birch leaves, maple leaves, tamarac branches are all beautiful in a foilage bouquet. 

Farrow and Ball Thunder Bay

Here we are drawing Inspiration from potted greenery outside #FarrowandBall's Toronto showroom. Love #FarrowandBallPaint and want to buy it in #ThunderBay? We can order it in for you here at #TheCamellia. Come in to see the latest Farrow and Ball Designer colour deck, which shows you actual paint colours. 


Don't forget to use mosses gathered from your yard, in your Foilage Bouquet! Interested in learning more? Attend a Floral design class at #theCamellia. 
Check our website link for upcoming classes: http://www.thecamellia.com/classes-at-the-camelia.html

The Camellia, 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, On 
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Lavender Play dough: how to keep kids occupied on Summer holidays

Summer Holidays  ....kids love them, Parents fear them. Add days and months of non-stop Rain, and you wonder how you will keep your sanity until school reopens in September. Here is a link to a Lavender Play Dough recipe: 

Great play area for kids for hid-and-go-seek

Of course, if the Sun is shining and it's not raining, kids would love to play hide-and-go-seek in this Tree. Everything is better when the sun is shining. 

lavender at The Camellia

Lavender is well-known for its calming effects, this type is Spanish Lavender. It's the only type which will grow and bloom all Summer in Thunder Bay, it does not overwinter, but dies off in the Fall. 

Lavender Thunder Bay

Bees love Lavender. If you love Lavender, visit our store, The Camellia. We carry dried Lavender from Vancouver Island, and Lavender products from  Neob Lavender Farm in Niagara-on-the-Lake. 
Don't you just love the smell of Lavender? 
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Sunday, June 18, 2017

How to use Vintage/Yard sale finds in your Home: A peek into Bachmans Spring tour 2017

Hello You..! You know who you are,   HGTV and  DIY network are your favourite TV channels. You probably spend some time on Pinterest and come away with a million ideas of someday-I-would-like-to-do-that. It looks so easy! One of our favourite places for Ideas is the Bachman Idea house in Minneapolis, MN. Click on this link to see the Spring Tour 2017. 

vintage at The Camellia

We also have many ideas at our store, The Camellia, at 30, Hacquoil Rd. Slate River. Here is one of our yard sale finds, a metal chandy, it's waiting around to get fixed up and put to use as a store prop. You can see it being part of a Vintage Wedding photo shoot.

cottage paint project at The Camellia

A pair of wooden shutters waiting to get cleaned up and painted with Cottage Paint, which we sell here at The Camellia. It's going to be some shade from our water-based palette - blues, aqua, turquoise and driftwood. Going to add character to a Coastal look in a staircase.

Cottage Paint project

Finding an old brick wall in your building is like hitting a small gold mine, it adds so much patina to a room., or you can paint a brick wall with our Urban line of #CottagePaint. Head into our store, The Camellia to see our metallic sample chart. Click on this link for more information: http://www.cottagepaint.com/UrbanPaint.html

Cottage paint Urban at The Camellia

Cottage Paint project at The Camellia

vintage wedding at The Camellia

Old typewriters make a great addition to a study or Office area. We have this beauty for sale in our shop. It would be lovely in a Wedding ceremony on the signing table. 

painting mirror with Cottage Paint at The Camellia

Old frames add an antique touch to a modern Bathroom. Look at the mirror on the wall, this is the  before of the white mirror in the front, its original finish in an Antique Gold. The frame in the front has been painted with Cottage Paint, giving it a fresh, clean look.

Visit the Bachman's Idea House in Minneapolis, MN. http://www.bachmans.com/Ideas-House/store-locator.html?cnb=IdeasHouse&. Need help with using Vintage Finds in your Home or Cottage?
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Fifi O'Neill, Waterside, Coastal & Flea-Market Style.

Do you love Antiques, and Country, & Rustic...Then follow Fifi O'Neill. She mixes all of these styles in an effortless manner. For those of us who are afraid to follow our Style because it's not in vogue at the moment, maybe it's too shabby, or too ....or too...
Watch the video below....!

Garden flowers at The Camellia

Fresh flowers are a beautiful addition to any room in your Home...these are especially beautiful as they were just picked from the Garden -  French Lilacs, Iris, and Daylilies. What are you planning to grow in your Garden this Summer in your Garden? 

Farmhouse style at The Camellia

Rustic style over the years has seen Roosters, Pigs, Rabbits and other creatures come and go as decor items. Here at The Camellia we have various #Upholstery weight fabrics for your DIY projects, such as recovering the seats of vintage dining-room chairs. Make sure you save the old fabric you take off to use as a pattern to cut your new fabric. 

Cottage Paint

Here is the Before photo of these antique solid wood chairs which we picked up from a second-hand store. 

chair painted with Cottage Paint

Here is the same chair painted with Cottage Paint - colour evening sky. What a difference!

painted furniture Cottage Paint

A neutral Grey Linen on the seat completes the restoration. We used Anchor grey Cottage Paint on the drop-leaf table. 

turquoise cottage paint

This Turquoise Cottage Paint just yells out Coastal and Water and Lake. 

Look around you...anything can be repurposed, this paddle idea for a headboard would be so great in a Camp by the Lake. What have you got laying around that can be repurposed? Head to our store The Camellia for #Cottage/chalkyPaint to redo your old furniture pieces. 

cottage painted chair

Did you know that you can paint Upholstery with #CottagePaint?

Hawaii sea turtle

Get your Inspiration from Nature...like this beautiful  sea turtle...and we do have a lovely colour in Cottage paint called Sea Turtle. 

The Camellia

Here is a sign we are working on - using Cottage Paint colours : Beach letters done in NAPLES BLUE, Coral painted in DRIFTWOOD, Mermaid painted in SEA TURTLE, and the background is COTTAGE WHITE. If you are decorating in a Coastal theme, you cannot go wrong if you include these colours in your decor. 

Bouckville antique fair

Follow #FifiONeill on Facebook, and be sure to read her books also. Stop in and see us at The Camellia for Coastal style and Waterside decor.
The Camellia, 30, Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, On.
Open Wed. Thurs. Fri. Sat. and Sunday.
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

So Happy that it's May in Slate River, The Camellia.

The Camellia

So happy that it's May ! May is our favourite month! 

Is it true? Is the Winter finally over? Last week there was a horrendous Ice/Snow storm which was  very hard on the poor songbirds who had  returned thinking it was Spring - especially the Robins. Three days of cold, and ice and snow cover....some of our Robins did not make it. Today it 's a beautiful partly cloudy day with some Rain, and here's what it looked like on this evening's walk. It feels like we are the only place that's not Green yet.

Hacquoil Rd. spring flowers

The Marsh marigolds are starting to leaf out, as are the fuzzy Willows, and the birch and poplars are laden with pollen. Buds are puffing out on our trees, and we start to hope, to imagine not wearing Winter boots, or coats or hats. What's the weather like where you are? Is it nice and warm yet? Sandal weather? 

The Camellia

We have been busy making Willow Wreaths - these are a lot of work, you need to collect many branches to make just 1 wreath. A willow wreath makes a lovely #Mother's Day Gift. 

I sleep with Dogs pillow

Just arrived are these lovely Pillows   I sleep with Dogs!..   How many of you sleep with your doggie (s)  on the bed? 

The Camellia

This is a cute Inspirational Banner, also a great Mother's Day Gift. Visit The Camellia, at 30, Hacquoil Rd. for great #Mother's Day Gifts!  No time to visit? Shop on our website www.thecamellia.com , and we will deliver your item. ( delivery charges apply).  We are Open Wed. Thurs. Fri. Sat. and Sunday. 
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Spring Ice/snow storms in Thunder Bay, The Camellia

orange and white tulips, Vancouver Island

It's almost May here in #ThunderBay, and we have been enjoying warm weather and no snow, and some of us were so sure Winter was over. We took our winter tires off, and removed our snow blowers from tractors, bought clotheslines, and other spring-fever related things. Then wham! A big Ice storm and now Snowstorm. Back on the tractor goes the Snowblower...!  Flights in and out of #ThunderBay have been cancelled, and many Events are cancelled. What we really want to see are flowerbeds filled with Tulips, and we're fantasizing about walking outside in sandals...

We dream of open water, the May long weekend, the start of Fishing season. What about you? Is the Winter over for you? what are you planning for the month of May? 

Rhodo Spring blooms

Pink Camellia, Thunder Bay

Looking at your Summer photos from last year always helps. You know the snow will melt again, and Spring will come, at some point. Please let it be soon!!

Robin shivering

Shivering Robin

In the meantime, stay safe during the storm, our Burlap Wreath class is cancelled tonight, and our store is closed until the storm passes. We are busy filling our Bird feeders and rescuing frozen Robins. Poor Birds. 

#MothersDay is coming up on May 14th. 2017. We have a great array of #GiftsforMum, at 30, Hacquoil Rd. We deliver in #ThunderBay and #SlateRiver. 
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Saturday, April 1, 2017

A Visit to Magnolia Market via Little Vintage Nest

It's April! The robins are back, the weather is warm here in #ThunderBay and the snow is almost gone! How many of you love watching #FixerUpper with Chip & Joanna Gaines? Maybe you've entertained the thought of flying into Austin, Texas to visit Waco and the Silos. We found this great Blog where you can do just that..without leaving your Computer chair...! don't you just love blogs? 

farmhouse white fence

The #Fixer-Upper look is a standard palette of neutrals - whites, creams, blacks and greys. Your typical neutral palette, which is probably why it is so popular.

white Cottage/chalky paint, The Camellia

Twig rockers, country living, shabby chic

For those of you who don't follow Joanna Gaines and #FixerUpper, you would probably ask, "what is makes their look so special? " What is there not to like about their mix of modern industrial with Vintage Farmhouse?  Just take a look at the arbor above...it looks so peaceful. ( Photographed at #RachelAshwell's Prairie Ranch). 

metal wall pocket, The Camellia, peppermint plant

Our take on a #fixerupper Wall Envelope - this you can purchase at our store at 30,Hacquoil Rd. - The Camellia. Dress up your walls, change out the flowers each season, you win as you have less decor to store.

cushion, pot with geraniums, cereal bowl, The Camelia

A typical #FixerUpper vignette - all neutrals, whites, blacks and greys. All items here can be purchased at The Camellia. Cushion $26.00, white faux Geraniums  $ 13.95 ea. Black & white pot $14.95ea.

Visit #TheCamellia for #Magnolia and #FixerUpper inspired items for your Home.
30, Hacquoil Rd. Salte River, On
p (807) 475-2551