Thursday, December 4, 2014

Joyeux Noel and Merry Christmas.........

Tis the Season! Christmas has once again come to French Vanilla and we have some wonderful vintage style decorations and ornaments to assist with your decorating and gift giving!

Wishing you and your family all the best for the Holiday Season......

Friday, November 7, 2014

Vintage by Nina..."a winters tale"

Coming soon to French Vanilla is "A Winter's Tale" Nina Hartmann's latest book. 

This is a truly beautiful book. Together with her husband, photographer Tore Sundgren, Nina has created a magical Christmas and winter book.  Readers are invited into a world of vintage and antiques ~ a world of cosy rooms, sparkling candles, Swedish tile stoves, a white winter with snowflakes, cherubs and angels, charming toys, tinsel and glitter, stunning flea market finds alongside special French and Scandinavian pieces in unique settings.  The major part of 'A Winter's Tale' is set in Nina and Tore's own inspiring home, together with five other beautiful homes.

This book would make a lovely Christmas gift. As limited copies are available you can pre-order your copy through my website at

Monday, October 13, 2014

What is FUSION™ Mineral Paint?........

I have been waiting patiently (not) for my Fusion™ Mineral Paint to arrive! The cabinet that will house my new paint line has been painted in Fusion™ 's "Champlain" with "Inglenook" on the inside and is all ready for my first delivery! I am really love'n this new paint! It goes on so smooth and easy, very little effort is required and it doesn't matter how much you play with it, the finish is nothing less than perfect!
Since announcing that I will be carrying Fusion™ everyone has been asking me "What's so different about Fusion™ Mineral Paint?" 

Well, Fusion™ is unlike any other paint on the market! It offers exceptional quality & durability. Is eco friendly and has very competitive pricing. But for me one of the best things about Fusion ™ is that it has a built in "top coat".....which means you don't have to "WAX" your finished project. The requirement of waxing is often the most challenging part of painting a piece of furniture. I find that people often use too little wax or way too much! With Fusion™ this step has been eliminated.

Oh – and it’s made in Canada I like that – a lot!

Each and every ingredient in the Fusion™ formulation is carefully selected, evaluated and tested to the strictest quality control measures to ensure a superior performing paint.

I am very excited to be retailing this great new paint line and can’t wait to share it all with if only my paint order would hurry up and get here! 

UPDATE....FUSION™ Mineral Paint has now arrived! All 24 beautiful colors are available for purchase at the store. On-line purchasing via the French Vanilla Home and Garden website will be coming soon! 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Coming Soon to French Vanilla.........

FUSION ™  Mineral Paint!

Built in Top Coat ~ Exceptional Quality & Durability ~ Eco Friendly ~ Competitive Pricing

FUSION ™’s results are nothing less than spectacular, providing furniture painters a best-in-class paint that features; an environmentally conscious formulation, low VOC’s, superior durability, easy one-step application and significantly improved strength. Delivering an exceptional matte finish, this 100% acrylic paint requires no priming, sanding or top coat!

Achievable by using only the best available ingredients on the market, this formulation is 100% uniquely FUSION™ & has been formulated from the ground up. You will not be able to find a duplicate on the market that compares! After 25 years of experience in the paint industry, Homestead House Paint Company has refined the best formulation a paint can offer. With excellent adhesion, coverage and durability, at a very competitive price point, you can’t go wrong! FUSION ™ comes in handy Tester Pots and Pint sizes. Most projects only require a pint, however having to buy a quart leaves you with wasted paint and money. FUSION ™ offers excellent quality and coverage, in sizes you will use, resulting in less environmental waste.

A pint covers approximately 75 sq ft (7m²)

I am very excited to have been selected as the Victoria area retailer of this wonderful new Canadian made paint by Homestead House Paint Co. along with all the great accompanying paint products such as brushes, beeswax blocks, stencils, embossing paste and gilding pastes. Oh....and I will soon be selling FUSION ™ Mineral Paint on-line and will also be hosting some fun workshops so watch for those in the near future. 

Once you have tried FUSION ™ I know you will love the quality and easiness of this new paint as much as I do!

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!

(established July/2008)