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

Friday, April 3, 2015

Happy Easter

Seems like everyone is celebrating the 4 day long weekend. Easter seems to come way too early for me, I somehow expect warm weather, green grass, and fuzzy-wuzzy yellow chicks, RIGHT NOW. Not in 2 months.  Have lots of  memories of racing off to the seawall/ beach to go Kite flying, the vehicle loaded up with all my cousins and large containers of food. Reality here has been snow and ice, and mucky mess outside, and no sign of Mr. & Mrs. Robin.

I want to see Flowers, and green grass. How about you? 

Pansies are so cheerful 

We are now taking orders for Willow wreaths...all sold out at the moment. Call 475-3551 to put your name on a waiting list.

Cheer someone up this Easter with  some flowering Spring bulbs.

Can't wait until the Robin shenanigans...they build their nests in the most unsafe locations, then start clucking at you in annoyance because you need to use whatever it is that they have built their nest around. Of course there is that moment of sheer delight when you spot Robin babies in their nest. 

Come visit us at The Camellia -- we are Open Easter Saturday, April 4th.2015 from 11-5p. Sunday from 12-4p. phone (807)475-3551. 

Don't forget The Spring Home And Garden show is coming up next weekend - April 10, 11, 12th. 2015 at the CLE & Sportsdome. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Flower Power at Canada Blooms 2015, Part 1

A visit to Canada Blooms is a must for winter-weary Canadians. Flowers always  make you feel better. This show is held  every year  at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto. Orchids have such showy blooms, and the flowers last for a long time. You can purchase Potted plants, fresh flowers, spring & summer bulbs, and a huge variety of products related to the Backyard & Gardening. A love of Orchids was instilled in me by my father, who collected rare orchids in the interior of Guyana, on his expeditions into the Rainforest. Of course, as a kid you don't pay too much attention to plants and flowers, except maybe to use the blooms in a pretend Tea party. 

Colour is so welcome after the dreary whites and greys, Even if you have killed every plant, you should try these Primulas. And they smell really nice. 

I was pleased to see Canadian seed companies, carrying native seeds. It makes sense to plant varieties that thrive in our Canadian climate. 

Tall planters filled with green foilage welcome you to Canada Blooms. Don't you just love the way the designers used ribbon streamers?

Tulips and Rhodos. So exciting to think that Gardening season is coming soon. I can't wait. How about you? What are you thinking about planting this Summer? 

Beautiful Hellbores. These plants like full to part shade.

Some of the spectacular Floral designs. 

You could buy Plumeria from Hawaii, this is usually a plant that grows in the Tropics, also known as Frangipangi. 

I choose a blue variety. On the way home, I sat next to someone who lives in Hawaii who was working at the show. She told me that the plants will not bloom unless they are outside and can get pollinated. And when you bring them in for the Winter, they have to be in high humidity, and a bit cool. I have potted my Plumeria stick, and nothing is happening so far.

That's all for now, we will continue visiting Canada Blooms in another post.
Visit The Camellia at the upcoming Spring Home & Garden show, taking place April 10,11,12 at the C.L.E. and  Sportsdome

The Camellia, 30 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, On

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Hours at The Camellia, March Break week

It's March break and if you are wondering about our hours here at the Camellia, we are Open. 
Wed. 12-5, Thurs. 12-5, Fri. and Sat. 11-5. Sun. 12-5p .

Spring is just around the corner! Visit Canada Blooms in Toronto, on until March 22nd. at the Direct Energy Centre.

We are in love with this Kitchen, seen at the National Home Show 2015, in Toronto.


Happy March break, stop by The Camellia! 30, Hacquoil Rd. p -(807)475-3551

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Caribbean Beach style, Part 1, the Camellia, Thunder Bay

The Beach ..warm tropical breezes, sand crunching under your toes, sunshine, relaxation... 

The look this Spring is Beach ...water, blues, aquamarines, ivorys, sisal, jute, seashells, huge lanterns.
This was taken at Rick's Cafe, in Jamaica. 

The Palm tree more than anything symbolizes the Tropics. 

To achieve this look, you need lots of flowering planters, this is a bouganvillea vine. 

Caned furniture is a must, allowing ocean breezes to cool a person off. As seen at Iberostar Rose Hall Beach.

Colour is a must, perk up winter-weary rooms with punches of bold colour in cushions and accessories. 

Jamaican mangoes..... very sweet and juicy. 

Fresh fruit juices served at breakfast made from real fruit - at Iberostar Rose Hall Beach, Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Decorate with seashells - lots of them, these are mostly caught by fishermen out in the ocean. 

Sunrise in Montego Bay, in Jamaica 'mon.  

Come visit The Camellia, for Caribbean styled accessories, seashells, and other goodies. 
open Wed. 11-5, Thurs. 12-5, Fr. and Sat. 11-5, Sun. 12-5
During the week of March 9th - March 16th. hours are variable, call and listen to the recording

30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, Thunder Bay, On. Canada.