Home Decor Shops

My Favorite Local Home Decor Shops

One thing I love to do is shop. It is part of my job, a hobby, a favorite pastime, an adventure of sorts. I have always been drawn to little out of the way shops that carry unique items, or antiques, or even better–a mix of both!  Before I was married, I’d head out to St. Jacobs, or Burlington or …

#shoplocalchristmas

#ShopLocalChristmas 2020 Gift Guide

This past year has really been eye-opening, shifted our focus, and made us realize how quickly things can change. It has also caused us to recognize the important people in our life and treasure the moments we have with an attitude of gratitude. Amidst the upheaval that 2020 has brought, one thing I know that is important to the masses …

Christmas Shopping

The Christmas Shopping Guide to #ShopLocalHamilton

Every year when it comes to buying gifts for Christmas, I always, always, think, “go to a small business” and try to support someone who is local, a maker, an entrepreneur etc. and find something unique for those on my list. And honestly, most years I have made  SOME  purchases  at boutiques and shops, but I eventually ended up doing …

Architectural Salvage

Using Architectural Salvage in your Home

Old things from old houses gets me excited–carved doors, swirly corbels,  metal signs, vintage iron grates, all that kind of thing—I just tingle with glee and my creative brain goes into overdrive thinking about all the possibilities!  I remember the first time I walked into Artefacts in St. Jacobs and looked at antique tiles, door handles, columns, fireplaces and stained-glass …

Spring: Colorful Florals

Maybe it’s because I was an 80’s teenager and I loved chintz, maybe it’s because roses are my favorite flower, maybe it’s because Spring is my favorite season, but I just LOVE a good floral pattern! Artwork, fabric, cushions, bedding…you name it…if it has blooming flowers I stop and take a look. I am loving that it is making a …

Store Spotlight: Graham & Brooks

Every once in a while, I come across a store that just gets my mind racing…with inspiration, with “LOVE this!”, with “This would be perfect for…”, and similar such feelings. I walk slowly through each aisle, my eyes taking in every little bit of retail-wonderfulness, and I just soak it in. I visited one such place this past weekend. Graham …

The Beauty of Painted Furniture

I am a really big fan of painted furniture…I love wood and all, but there is something inside me that just gets excited when I see COLOR on a piece of furniture (and yes, even white is a color that excites me too!) I have painted several pieces of furniture for myself, and it all started when I was just …