Friday, October 14, 2016

Living in a throw-it-away-don't-fix-it-world, Cottage Paint to the rescue.

Those of us who live in poorer, Third World countries could never understand the throw-it-away-philosophy of First World countries. Ever watch the 1-800-got-junk crew at work? They break up all the furniture, and haul furniture and everything else to the landfill and it gets buried in the ground. The same earth that we grow our food in, get our water from. It makes far more sense to fix the broken, and re-use and repaint that old furniture with Cottage Paint. Check out this cabinet door...have dark wood, and want white? Just clean with our Clean 'N Prep, then paint. No sanding, stripping, or bad smells with #CottagePaint. Best of all, you save your Kitchen from being demolished, and save yourself money, a win-win all around. Get Cottage Paint at The Camellia, near Thunder Bay, Ontario. Choose from 55+ colours.

These are wooden, traditional end tables, being given a new life with URBAN Cottage Paint. We have 2 of these for sale.

Dining room chairs madeover with Cottage Paint Evening Sky, & grey linen. Restoration Hardware-style Table made by Brad. 

From this shabby beginning to something dramatic. Yes, you can use Cottage Paint over mdf board. 

Yes, this is the same nightstand from the last photo, with a stencilled saying, done in Black Cottage Paint. 

Here is an armoire before restoration, also not made from real wood. 

The same armoire, after, painted with Black Cottage Paint.

Next time you are tempted to throw away a piece of furniture, think about giving it a new life with  #CottagePaint from The Camellia. Take a class, or come into the store to see some of the pieces. 
Open Wednesday through Sunday. NOTE We will be closed from Oct.19 -26th.,  2016. 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Thanksgiving Dried Flowers, Wreaths and Gifts for delivery, Thunder Bay & Slate River, Ontario.

Grateful, Blessed, & Thankful. It's Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada. The leaves are changing, and the air is feeling Fall-ish with a chill in the air. Want to send a Gift to some special people in Thunder Bay or Slate River? Here are some long-lasting Gifts which we make here at The Camellia, and can deliver. Try to order asap as this is a busy weekend, with lots going on. 

We  have real Oak leaf & acorn wreaths ..perfect for Condo living. Small enough to send to someone in the hospital. $29.95 +hst. 

Our fields here in Slate River Valley are full of Hay bales. 

Send a Spa basket of Beekman 1802 Goat Milk products. $49.95 & up. 

Mini Oak leaf Wreath...$29.95. 

Beekman Pie & Shortbread mixes, perfect for the Pie-lover in your family

Rocky Mountain Soap for shaving the old-fashioned way. $5.99 and up. 

Beautiful dried bunches, all ready to place in a glass vase. $29.95, add a vase for $17.50. In washed greys, blues, and whites. Much better and longer-lasting than sending fresh mums. 

Lake cushions, a perfect Gift for that friend who has a Camp by Lake Superior.

For a very special Gift, we can deliver Mussels 'n More hand-made pottery, from Vancouver Island.

Dinnerware, salad/soup bowls, some are ovenproof, microwave safe, and dishwasher safe. 

Stunning Fish platter. 

Beautiful Pottery that looks like the Lake. Prices range from $24.95 to $265.00. 

If you're entertaining this weekend, and need some quick and easy decor ideas for your table, head to The Camellia! It's a great time to take a short drive out to see us. The changing leaves are spectacular here in Slate River Valley. 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. off Hwy. 61
We will be open LATE FROM 11am UNTIL 7pm on Thursday and Friday Oct. 7th. 
Sat. Oct. 8th. OPEN only 10-12 am. 
Sunday closed. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

I just want to sleep....! How to get a good night's sleep, The Camellia

We all know that're exhausted, you fall into bed, you wake up at the crack of 3.30 am and can't get back to sleep. The more you stay awake, that situation at work with Ms. know-it-all starts playing in your head, you think of some errands to run, then you think, I should just jot that down right now, I'll never remember in the morning. You may as well run to the bathroom, you're awake anyway, you trip over some clothes your spouse has left laying on the floor(AGAIN!!), by now you're angry and fully awake. Will you ever get a good night's sleep?

Image via Pinterest.

Well, let's take a good look at your bedroom   ....... is it a calm, serene, place to be or does it look like the photo above? It has been proven that making your Bed every day just makes you feel better, think about that feeling when you walk into a hotel room, and the bed is beautifully made, the room is spotless, and you instantly feel more Relaxed...... 

How hot is it in your room? Your room should be cool,( 65ish or so) and leave a window open for some fresh air. Ideally your bedroom is DARK, and has room-darkening blinds or drapes on the windows. Are your sheets soft and comfy...? 100% cotton sheets are lovely, this is our cotton-rich Collection which we sell at The Camellia. It feels like cotton, but is polyester. Our quilt sets  are a great price at $69.00, this includes 2 shams. 

Remember to wash your sheets and quilts separately, ( no mixing them with towels and fleece pj's). Why not? They'll get raised pills ( bumpies) all over.  Tablets, smart phones, laptops and TV's all emit blue light, which the brain interprets as sunlight, so get off your gadgets 1 hour before bed. 

Now that it's September and the days are getting shorter, it's harder than ever to drag yourself out of bed to head off to work. Head into The Camellia and treat yourself to an new quilt. 

Our Bamboo sheet sets, priced at $39.99 for a Queen 6pc. set. Why not paint your old furniture with Cottage Paint? Start on Friday night, finish up by Sunday night. Clean & paint, no sanding or stripping, just paint. Cottage Paint does not smell ( low voc's) so no need to move your pieces to the garage. 

Beautiful shades of pinks and burgundys. 

These quilts are printed, not pieced. Backing fabrics vary from the front.

This blue quilt has beautiful stiching, and pairs up nicely with #CottagePaint Naples blue, and Narvik blue. 

This printed plaid would look lovely in a Lakeside bedroom. 

Can Lavender Oil help with anxiety and  restlessness.......has this been scientifically proven?  Philip Rouchotas, Msc,  ND from the Bolton Naturopathic Clinic in Bolton says yes. 
Lavender oil affects serotonin communication in the brain, and appears to especially affect specific areas within the limbic system which is known for its role in emotional regulation. It also 
helps with ptsd and chronic fatigue. At The Camellia, we sell Lavender essential oil, and lavender buds which you can place under your pillow. Or attend one of our Lavender workshops, our classes are posted here

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Modern Fall floral decor

Does Fall decorating involve a lot of orange and home is neutral, and oranges just don't go with our home! Help!  Fall can be all neutrals, with touches of browns, with the addition of pieces of driftwood from the Lake, pine cones and other found treasures.

Neutrals don't have to be boring. Fall Floral designs add warmth and texture to your room. At #TheCamellia we have Ash rounds for sale, these are great as charger plates, decor pieces, and they serve as hot mats on your dining table. Add a bit of Olive oil to them to bring out the patterned wood rings. 

In this design, bits of cork and driftwood add interest & texture, and don't you just love the how the greys and browns and whitewashed pods blend seamlessly to provide a stunning accent for your Table. Stop in at #TheCamellia today to order your custom Floral for your Fall table.
What's involved in ordering a custom floral?  Measure your area in terms of height and width, bring in any paint or fabric swatches you have, come into The Camellia to choose your flowers and container, we get back to you with  a price, most custom orders will take about a week or so. 

Our popular flocked branches, a statement if you use them on your own, or as you see them here, with palm spears, pods, and wood flowers. 

Take your cue for Fall decor from the worn patina of this Brick exterior, on this stately Colonial home in upstate NY.  

Reds, rusts, burgundys and taupes look wonderful together. You can always punch up a neutral with a burst of RED!

Country Manor #CottagePaint shown here with Crimson Red #CottagePaint. 


Visit #TheCamellia to see our painted samples, and to get expert help in choosing the right colours. 

From left to right, #CottagePaint colours: Rust, Martini Olive, Golden Harvest. 

Just in! New #Quilts, in various colours. And 1 Vintage Chenille throw., in white. 

Add bunches of Drieds into a Vase, for a clean, simple look. 

White vases - great for all seasons. A bunch of German statice in one of them. 

And last , but not least, Fall means baking Pies with all that fruit from your Apple trees. Mmmmm...
Visit #TheCamellia, at 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. 
Slate River, On .
OPEN: Wed. 11-5, Thurs. 12-5, Fri. 11-5, Sat. 11-5, Sun. 12-5. See our September classes here: