Friday, December 27, 2013

Happy New Year!


Wishing you all the best in 2014!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Christmas 2013

It's that time of year again....the holiday shopping season is now upon us. The store is all decked out in it's "Holiday Fineness". Once again we have a nice selection of affordable holiday gifts...there is something for everybody on your Christmas shopping list! Looking for unique vintage inspired items for your holiday decorating? We can help with that too!

This time of year can be very stressful! At French Vanilla we offer a friendly and less hectic shopping environment and look forward to assisting you with all your Holiday shopping needs! 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Sneak Peek.....

The Jeanne d'Arc Living Magazine November 2013 issue (release date November 1st) is available now for pre-order on-line at!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

New Fall Classes.....

We have two very fun and unique "Halloween" themed" classes lined up in October........

"Season of the Witch":

Create a lovely illuminated Art Assemblage for your Halloween home decorating. This sweet-tempered good witch is full of vintage charm and awaits your aid in fashioning a lovely frock containing a mysterious theatre.
A fun filled day of creativity awaits you as you are gently guided through the art assemblage process. You will go home with a unique work of art that will be enjoyed for many Halloweens to come!
Date: October 6th, 2013 (Sunday)

Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (break for lunch)

Cost: $44.95 pre-registration fee with an additional kit fee of $20.00 payable on the day of class

Where: 1850 Oak Bay Avenue. (next to French Vanilla Home and Garden)

"Vintage Halloween Boo Bunting":
A beautiful tradition of displaying holiday buntings (aka banners or garlands) is experiencing a revival. Join us for a workshop where you will create this lovely Halloween bunting. Three feet long and made in glittering black and traditional ivory with sweet vintage children dressed up for Halloween, this bunting will go with any decor!
Date: October 20th, 2013 (Sunday)
Time: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Cost: $34.95 pre-registration fee with a $10.00 kit fee payable on day of class
Where: 1850 Oak Bay Avenue. (next to French Vanilla Home and Garden)



To register call (250) 592-0422 or go in-person to French Vanilla Home and Garden 1848 Oak Bay Avenue Victoria, B.C. Limited spaces are available so register soon!



Tuesday, August 20, 2013


I love the fall! It is one of my most favorite seasons! I really enjoy smelling the fresh crispness in the air and seeing all the beautiful earth tone colors that nature provides. This year I have two more reasons to look forward to the fall! Two inspiring new books will be arriving this September. One is called "French Finesse...with a Nordic Twist" by Jeanne d'Arc Living.  

This newest book by Jeanne d'Arc Living is the long-awaited continuation in the series on interior design: "French Atmospheres"and the garden book: "French Sensations". 

This book will focus on the details, taking a closer look at what it takes to add finesse and sophistication in your decorating. Featuring new and exciting homes with an eye for the concepts and details and focus on decorating with both French and Nordic treasures. 

400+ beautiful photographs all shot in natural daylight! Measures 24x32 cm - 192 pages (Hardcover). 

The release date is early Sept/2013.  

The other book is "Vintage by Nina...among Vintage & Friends".  

This is the latest book by Nina Hartman. In this book Nina is once again sharing her epic collection of treasures and awe-inspiring vignettes and styling, but also includes the work and collections of a group of her friends who like her share the love of vintage and antiques.

This book is larger than her last book (12 1/4" x 9 1/4") 200 hundred pages featuring over 300 photographs of awe-inspiring vignettes of vintage and antique treasures. 

Release date is late September/2013.

Both of these books are available now for preorder on-line at!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Jeanne d'Arc Living Magazine-August 2013 Preview

Late Summer.........

You can pre-order your copy on-line at !

Monday, June 24, 2013

"Paris Subway Sign" Class.......

One of the most popular trends in decorating today are "Subway Signs".  These wonderful wall art signs are designed after black and white vintage subway and European transportation signs. They can show an area's major attractions such as names of cities, streets and popular landmarks or they can feature inspirational words and sayings on them. 

We thought it would be fun to offer a class on how to make your own "Subway Sign" based on the ever iconic city "Paris".  Our guest instructor for this class is Nicole of "Nicole Scott Designs"  You will have the option of choosing either black on white or white on black and between two different fonts!  

Option #1
Option #2
Here are the details:

Class Name: "Paris Subway Sign" Class

Dates:   July 13th (Saturday)  1:30 pm to 4:00 pm   or 
               July 24th (Wednesday) 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm 

Cost: $79.95 per person *all materials included (you will be taking home your very own Subway Sign made in class).  

Location: 1850 Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria, B.C.

*Register at French Vanilla Home and Garden-1848 Oak Bay Avenue either in person or by calling (250) 592-0422  

Please Note: We require 7 days cancellation notice for a "Workshop/Class Credit" to be issued.

As each workshop/class has a required number of participants, if this number is not met and the class is cancelled....a refund will be issued.

"Pardon our French" Workshops and Classes


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!

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