Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A Vintage Christmas.....

Well it's that time of year again and the store is all decorated and ready for the holiday season. Below is a little peek at our front window display and some of the wonderful items we have available again this year to help get you into the holiday spirit!

We hope you make us one of your destination stops this holiday season! We'd love to assist you with all your decorating and gift giving needs!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Welcome Autumn.......

Fall is one of my most favorite times of the year! The leaves are turning, the crispness in the air and of course tis the season of pumpkins!  The store is all decorated for Autumn and Halloween and we have a lovely selection again this year. Here are some of the highlights........

 Wishing you a very happy fall!

Monday, August 31, 2015

How to update an old lamp........

Have an old lamp you would like to update? It's easy with Fusion Mineral Paint.

This old metal lamp was originally dark brown. Using Fusion Mineral Paint's "Casement" which is a nice warm white I repainted the body of the lamp with two coats. Once dried I lightly sanded the surface to smooth out the finish and also did a little distressing to give it a natural worn vintage look.

Because the shade was a faded beige color I decided to paint the shade with Fusion Mineral paint as well using the same colour "Casement".  Two coats inside and out cleaned up the shade nicely. 

I was very happy with final results. This was a fun and easy D.I.Y. project. If you have a tired old lamp that needs a lift then give "Fusion Mineral Paint" a try!    

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Jeanne d' Arc Living Magazine/ July 2015 Issue Teaser........

The July 2015 issue of this fabulous magazine from Denmark featuring the french nordic style of decorating will be arriving soon!

You can pre-order your copy on-line today via our website at!

Monday, May 4, 2015

New Limited Edition Fusion™ Mineral Paint Designer Colours....

Just released on April 25th are these 7 new limited edition designer colours from the "Michael Penney Collection"!  

Who is Michael Penney you ask? Michael Penney is well known for his talent and his eye for beautiful, colourful spaces! He wears many hats as a decorator, stylist, and former magazine editor at House & Home Magazine and Style at Home MagazineHe’s worked as a designer at Sarah Richardson Design, as a blogger at and in his own shops located in Ontario, Canada: Penney & Co, Pineapple Street and Sweet Violet. In addition, he is a regular contributor to Chatelaine Magazine and a regular guest expert on CTV’s Marilyn Denis Show. 

These beautiful new colours offer a mix of soft, vintage-inspired and trusty neutrals to help bring warmth and style to your home.

Lily Pond 






Picket Fence

All the colours in the "Michael Penney Collection" are now available at French Vanilla Home and Garden! 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

"Le Petit Studio".........

Very exciting news! "French Vanilla Home and Garden" now has a new studio space called "Le Petit Studio" located right next door to our store. We will be using this new space for workshops and classes. In addition to our "Fusion Mineral Paint 101" Workshops, each month we will be hosting a variety of other fun, creative and informative workshops and classes such as card making, creative writing and journals, sign making, creative stenciling, graphic transfers and more!

A list of our current workshops and classes will be posted on our blog, on our website and through our facebook page .

I hope you will join us for a bit of socializing, fun and creativity!

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)