Friday, May 15, 2015

When something Old becomes New again....

I am sure you have noticed  the recent change in the What-is-HOT-and -what-is-not-colour-palette, a shift from beiges and browns to greys..and grey..and more grey. You  might think this is a new colour trend, however, it's something old that's new again. When we were building our house 27 or so years ago, it was all about grey, and black, and blues, and all those shades that went with grey. Remember all those peach and seafoam Living rooms? This season's hot colours are turquoise and aqua and every shade of blue and green and in-between. Well, we ripped out all that grey and black tile, repainted the blue walls, replaced it with browns and Tuscan colours....only to find out that sigh, yes, it's all ABOUT THE GREY NOW!! Paint rollers, where are you? 

Here is some of that grey tile leftover from some project 30 years being repurposed into a store display.

Are you in the same boat as I want to update but you don't want to blindly follow a trend that may be outdated in a few years... after all, who has the time and money to redo their decor every few years? It makes sense to try to do some research...check out
Here are some design sites for Inspiration:,

Pinterest is of course, a great source of Inspiration. 
Watch HGTV - Sweet Home Alabama with Shaunna. Another great show is Fixer-Upper with Joanna & Chip.

Speaking of something old becoming New again..take a look at our not-too-Shabby-Chic Table that was just redone with Cottage Paint - Dove Grey. This was a table that was thrown out, in really bad shape, and sat in our garage for 2 years ( at least). First step, glue and repair with wood filler.
Then some reconfiguring and TLC as the centre insert was missing, and wood detail on some of the legs was missing. A coat of Cottage Paint primer as this table is so old, there's no telling what is on it. If you are redoing a piece with Cottage Paint, be sure to read this first

Before - gluing and cleaning underway.

Filling the areas with Wood filler, sanding, then coating with clear Primer, 2 coats, allowing 2 hours between coats.

Leave overnight, then paint.

But look at that table now...

Chairs have been refinished with Cottage Paint - base colour is Evening Sky, followed by multiple layers of various colours. We have a set of 4 of these chairs for sale, solid wood, with grey linen seats.

We have Beginners classes in Cottage Paint...on today, Friday, May 15th. at 6.30. Keep checking our website for the next class, or email us.

Have  a great MAY long weekend   ... stay safe on the roads and stop by and see us at The Camellia, 30 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, On .
Open Wed. 11-5, Thurs. 12-6, Fri. Sat. 11-5. Sun. 12-5p.
p 807)475-3551

Thursday, May 7, 2015

P.s. I Love You, Mom

P.s.  I love you, Mom


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How many of us have really thought about what our Mom has done for us.....that is, not until we have our own babies. Then we start to appreciate all the joys and hard work and sleepless nights that go along with parenting. 

How many times have we yelled back at our Mom..Yes, Mom, I know...!! I'll wear a sweater because it's raining, it's still 85F out there, not cold at all. (My early childhood was in South America..)
Don't buy me any plants, she says, I can't take care of them anymore. Next time you visit, the Ficus Benjamina you gave her last time has grown at least 2 feet, and is now wearing her sweater out on the deck, and she's calling baby..and you get weekly progress reports on leaf drop.

What stories do you have about your mom?

This Mother's Day, visit The Camellia, and get Mom a special Gift. A Rocky Mountain Gift basket filled with vanilla & coconut products. How about a Beekman 1802 gift basket, natural product made from Goat's Milk. 

Gardening season is coming up, get her a hanging Plant basket, locally grown in Thunder Bay. Just in, fresh Spanish Lavender plants, in bloom. These are fast growers, and they bloom all Summer long. We deliver in Thunder Bay and surrounding area. Shop online at
Come shop in-store at 30, Hacquoil Rd. Open this Friday 11-5, Sat. 11-5 & Sunday 12-4. 

Are your feet sandal-ready? Use our pumice stone in the shower, and follow up with Rocky Mountain Foot Butter. Hydrate your winter-weary skin with Rocky Mountain Vanilla Coconut Body oil & Body Butter. These make great Mother's Day Gifts.

This Spring's hottest look...leggings paired with a nice top, and THE SCARF. Come in to see out great selection of scarves, in shades of blues, pinks, & aqua. 

So much excitement..we can barely contain ourselves..onwards with Spring !!

We have Beginner Cottage Paint classes coming up on Thursday, May 14th. ( some spaces left) from  6.30 - 9ish, and on Friday, May 15th. ( class is full at this time, unless someone cancels))  6.30 - 9ish. Same class runs both days, phone 475-3551 to register. There are other classes, such as our Lavender Gather, on our website. 
This week we are open, 

Wed. 11-5, Thurs. 12-5, Fri. 11-5, Sat. 11-5. and Sunday 12-4p.

Enjoy your weekend, see you soon at The Camellia!!

Visit our website for information at

Come Visit The Camellia.


How do I get there?   We are 10 mins. from the Thunder Bay Airport, heading south on Hwy. 61. Turn left onto Hacquoil Rd. We are 1.6km. on the left.    Phone 807) 475-3551


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Friday, May 1, 2015

Hello May!!

Happy May Day!!. 
Goodbye to putting on heavy Winter coats, and boots, and hats , and layers. Hello sandals..and Birks..and flip-flops. I was woken up this morning by chirpy Robins, and sung to sleep by frogs. There are some geese in the back 40 and a pair of ducks. 

Come visit #TheCamellia, try Rocky Mountain Soap wash - in yummy vanilla & coconut. 
The Camellia, 
30, Hacquoil Rd. (off Hwy. 61) 
p-(807)475-3551 for Mother's Day Gift delivery. Hanging baskets and Spa baskets available. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Lake Superior inspired decor.

It's almost May...and the start of  fishing season. Here in Thunder Bay we are blessed to live on the shores of Lake Superior. Why not decorate your Camp in Lake Superior style? 

At The Camellia, we sell all kinds of Lake related decor - signs, starfish, seashells, etc. LAKE is an easy decor theme to do - think canoe shelves, rocks, birch poles, and colours that echo the water, sky, rocks and trees. We have 1 Canoe shelf for sale. 

How about this birch log fabric, good for making a quick cover up on a tension rod to hide shleving. That's Turquoise Cottage Paint used on the Birdhouse. 

Stop by The Camellia and get one of our fabulously easy Tablecloths - water just beads up and rolls off, enabling you to wipe up a spill before it sets in. No more plastic on your table. Can you throw these babies in the wash? Yes, they are polyester. 
Sizes : rectangles that are 78" long, 94" long, 126" long.
            70" square for pub style tables
             70 " rounds
We stock most sizes, and can order in the 126" rectangle.

Here is a  70" round.

Need furniture for your Cottage? You can special order custom-made wooden furniture here.

For Lake Inspiration and lots more, Visit the Camellia, 
30 Hacquoil Rd. 
Slate River, On 
Open Wed. 11-5, Thurs. 12-5, Friday 12-5, Sat. 11-5, Sun. 12-5

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Gifts for Spring & Mother's Day at The Camellia

Hello everyone! It has been an incredibly busy week - a big Thank you to everyone who visited us at the Spring Home & Garden show 2015!
You know it's Springtime when you have this sudden urge to clean up and get rid of every trace of mess and Winter stuff. We have been reorganizing in the store - a tortuous, slow process, but well worth it. The geese are returning, the robins are back, and soon the miracle of new life begins. 
Visit us at the store for Rocky Mountain Soap products. These are all- natural, made in Canmore, B.C. 

This product works so well on cold sores, bug bites, and breakouts. In stock now at the Camellia.

Mother's Day is fast approaching - order Flowers for delivery , at 1-877-523-7444

Stop by to see our new painted furniture pieces for sale.

Metal Garden Art - Hand cut, and treated with heat to get that nice colour.

Set of 4 antique chairs for sale, see them in store.  

Stop by and visit The Camellia, at 30, Hacquoil Rd. Slate River. On
we look forward to seeing you! 
Open Wed. 11-5, Thurs. Noon-5, Fri. 11-5. Sat. 11-5. Sunday Noon-5p.
Go south on Hwy. 61, turn left on Hacquoil Rd ( 1st road after Little Norway Rd. Is Hacquoil )

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sarah Richardson new series : Rental Cottage

Sarah Richardson's new series: Rental Cottage made its debut this week. Check it out at Design Maze :
We were busy getting our booth ready for the Spring Home & Garden show, so I was unable to watch the actual show,  it's nice to have all the information on Design Maze. 
Why are Cottages so popular? I don't own one, as I already live in the Country and the thought of looking after another place sans staff makes me shudder. However, renting a Cottage for a week holds great appeal. 

Water always helps one de-stress.

If you have a garden at the Cottage, it's always fun to arrange flowers in a vase. 

And the best part is being awakened by happy bird chirping. 

Just having time to unwind, unplug, and just be. The cessation of rushing around, having to consult your to-do list , and looking at your watch every 10 minutes. 

It's nice to not have to rush through a meal, 

To discover new life. 

What do you love about Cottage Living? 
For hand-made accessories, cotton Bedding, & Mosquito nets, visit the Camellia, 30 Hacquoil Rd. 
Open Wed. through Sunday. p(807)475-3551

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Spring Home & Garden show 2015, the Camellia.

Yes! It's April and the start of Spring ! And the Spring Home & Garden show.
Come visit The Camellia in the Coliseum building at the CLE, Booths 2 & 3.

These are so not made in China - hand made in Thunder Bay, cut by hand from stainless, and heat etched. Perfect for your garden.

Antique chairs, originally from North Carolina, restored and painted with Cottage Paint. For sale as a set of 4, at the Spring Home & Garden show 2015. 

Antique end table, restored with Cottage Paint - colour Anchor Grey. 

Garden decor -- with metal Butterfly. Love this colour combo, this season it's all about Aqua and Turquoise. 

Signs for Garden & Cottage. 

Repaint your Kitchen Cabinets with Cottage Paint -sign up for classes at

Uncrating Spring - add a burst of instant colour with Kalanchoes, for sale at our booth. 

Handmade Bluejays. 

Beekman Boys 1802 Goat's Milk soap for a special Gift. We have lots more , so stop by and see The Camellia at the Spring show 2015, in the Coliseum . 
Friday, April 10, 4-9p.
Sat. April 11th. 10-6p.
Sunday, April 12, 11-4pm.
Note that our store on Hacquoil Rd. will be closed this Fri. Sat. and Sunday. 

For more information on the Spring Home & Garden show 2015, visit