Thursday, November 20, 2008

Tis the Season .......

It's always fun for me decorating at this time of year. Here are a few photos of the store all decked out for Xmas. The color scheme this year is mainly white, silver and gold. Although I have done a small section of the store and a table setting in the traditional red and green but with a twist. I used lime green this year along with the darker green which I love.

Monday, November 10, 2008

"Whimsey Whites" /Eva Mundy's Beautiful Home

Now that I have my own store, I have been so fortunate to meet some really talented people. Eva Mundy is no exception. She is a local artist who does Mosaic work as well as other vintage inspired items such as Chandelier's, Candle Holders, Wall Plaques, Decorative Hooks and much more exclusively for resale in my store. But Eva is also an accomplished designer and decorator. She and her husband moved to Vancouver Island from Calgary, Alberta five years ago and settled in Duncan, B.C. a small city (about 1.5 hrs drive from Victoria). They purchased an old farm house which was in need of some real T.L.C.. This has been their passion for the past 5 years and what a fabulous job they have done (and are still doing). The last time I visited Eva I took some pictures as I wanted to post them on my blog so my readers could also see this beautiful inspirational home that really is the definition of (I hesitate to use the term "Shabby Chic" as I think this term is so over used) so I'm going to say "Elegant Chic". Enjoy!!!

Hello Bonjour....

Well this is my first attempt at blogging! It's been quite a year and a half for me. I retired from the Federal Government after 34 years and in October 2006, I started a new retail store called "French Vanilla Home and Garden". In July 2007 I launched my store's e-commerce website and now this....blogging! Who would have thought! Has it been challenging?....a bit, stressful?.... some days, rewarding?....most definitely! I love owning my own retail store, filling it with things I love and helping my customers find that perfect item or gift! I am enjoying this new phase of my life and look forward to learning new things, having new adventures and making new friends along the way!

Sheila
(established July/2008)