Sunday, January 1, 2017

Trying to hold onto your sanity when doing Bathroom home renos...Happy Jan 1st. 2017! The Camellia.







It's January 1st. of 2017!  A New Year...full of possibilities, new ideas, and dreaming about Home Renovations. 



We dream about a new Bathroom..a Sanctuary...our sanctuary...devoid of  Rubber duckies, dirty clothes strewn  on the floor, and worse yet, stinky toilets with seats left up. A place where we can relax, and restore ourselves and our sanity. 




Some of us have Ideabooks on Houzz, we have Pinterest boards on our Dream Bathroom, but never get beyond the dream-about-it-stage. Time to change all that, it's a New Year, and with the Holidays out of the way, this is the perfect time to plan your new Bathroom. 






Your Bathroom doesn't have to be as elaborate as this beauty in the above photo, it can be simple and basic, depending on your budget and time frame. It goes without saying that all ideas should be discussed with your partner before you start contacting a contractor and tradespeople. Some of us get stuck at this stage...we end us fighting..."The Bathroom is fine the way it is, why do we need double sinks, I don't care what the Property Brothers say, what do they know..? " Is it too soon to start finding a contractor? No, the best ones are booked way ahead of time, and you have to join the line. 




#BarnDoors are so in ...are you DIYing and want a more cost effective #BarnBoard? Come into The Camellia and ask about our #CottagePaint #Barnboard paint techniques. 





Bathroom at #WhitewaterGolfHomes condominium.. built by Di Gregorio Developments, and styled by #TheCamellia. This home was part of the Spring #ThunderBayArtGallery #HouseTour 2016. For more information on these Townhomes  visitwww.digregoriodevelopments.com











This is a Master Bath at Whitewater Town Homes, If you have an old cabinet which is Oak, and looking a bit tired, you can paint it with #CottagePaint. No stripping, and no mess, and no smell. And 55 colours to choose from. 





Here is a china cabinet which one of our clients painted. This is the Before. Where can you buy #CottagePaint? At The Camellia in Thunder Bay, On. 




Here is the AFTER. Beautiful Cottage Paint makeover! Getting back to the mess of renovations, how does one get through it? We start, and just want to fast-forward to the finish line! Most of us are bored with plumbing issues, and drains, and vents and the list goes on. We want everything to be done quickly, and work perfectly. We may obsess a bit ( or a lot) and drive our plumbers and other tradespeople crazy. Our tradespeople may drive us crazy by taking on too many jobs at the same time.

















And we forgot about the mess, and the dust, and the constant cleaning. And the stress of having to make decisions, and then waiting for stock to come in. We may have chosen some sinks purely for their looks, not their practicality.  Anyone ever used a Vessel sink with a tall spout, you turn on the tap, and water shoots out, hits the vessel sink, and sploosh onto your clothes...( now you look like you had a bathroom accident...sigh...) Not to mention all the stuff that was in your Bathroom, which is now homeless and strewn all over the rest of the house. This is also when you realize how much unused Hair products and make-up reside in your Bathroom. 





What is our advice to you? Expect Mess, cost overruns, and delays. In the end, you will have a fabulous bathroom, and it will all be worth it.
Come into The Camellia today to discuss your DIY Renos, and to get #CottagePaint and #FarrowandBall paint, along with custom Florals  & accessories for your bathroom. 
The Camellia, 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Thunder Bay, Slate River, On
p (807)475-3551

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Holiday & New Year Gift Delivery 2016, The Camellia, Thunder Bay, Slate River, On






It's a few days before Christmas and some of us are just starting your Christmas shopping. As we are buying gifts for the same people every year, it gets harder to figure out what to Gift them. Here are some suggestions from The Camellia, Thunder Bay, Slate River, On.





Flowering Wreaths are a good Gift for the entire Family,and these can be used year-round by changing out the ribbon bow. $145.00 + taxes and delivery.




This is a great foilage wreath which they can add to for each season, its neutral tomes go with everything. 




A wooden wall Winterbox..filled with faux greenery  and Pointsettias, with a Buffalo plaid bow. $120.00 + taxes + delivery .  




Gifts for those who love Water/Lake/Beach, Apron with hand-made Mussels n more Pottery Mug... Apron $27.00, Pottery mug $49.00, microwave & dishwasher safe.



We have Harley signs for those guys and gals that love #Harleys.




Great Gift for guys who love to cook - Masterchef types. 




All-cotton placemats & rugs in black & burgundy.  $ 20.00 and up.





Large fresh Wreaths made from local greens and B.C cedar, $75.00 + taxes + delivery. 








Antique wooden sock stretchers with Winter inserts - perfect for someone who lived in the days where these were used to dry woolen socks. Nice and flat and easy to store away, great for condo living. 




Left your Christmas wishes a bit too late? You can send a New Years' Gift pack - a Gift of relaxation, A Spa basket. 




Here at #theCamellia, we have #NapaValleySoap from St. Helena. $15.95 and up. 










#Lavender Spa baskets from #Neob Lavender in Niagara-on-the-Lake.  Call us for pricing, and to order Gifts for delivery in #ThunderBay and #SlateRiver. 
The Camellia, 30, Hacquoil Rd. Open Wed. 11-5, Thurs. 12-5. Fri. 11-5. Christmas Eve 11-4. 
p (807)475-3551
toll-free within Canada at 1-877-523-7444

Saturday, December 3, 2016

FA-la-la-la-la..It's DECEMBER ...... Time to decorate, The Camellia, Slate River, On.




Most of our customers are decor-obsessed..... not that there is anything wrong with this. All those lovely ideas we see on Pinterest.... only 1 slight problem, it's December 5th. and we may not have started Christmas Gift shopping. Or cleaned our house. Yesterday, the first Christmas card arrived in the mail, a small bit of panic ensues ( why are some people so organized? makes the rest of us feel inadequate).  
We love the Deer motif in Winter decor, just not the real Deer that eat cedar and some homeowners have said they will come right up to their front door and munch on fresh Christmas Wreaths. 





Here is one of those Pinterest type ideas...visions of a wonderful hand- painted sign on this pallet. Just who is going to do all the work? #CottagePaint to the rescue. Water-based, dries quickly, no smell. Love it! 55 colours to choose from .








#1 Favourite  is #CrimsonRed,  now back in stock at #TheCamellia. 


We have been busy doing Winter planters for Hotels and Homes. Such a dramatic transformation from an empty pot with frozen flowers to a Winter wonderland with fresh, local, evergreens., and imported Magnolia branches.




Here is a Magnolia tree in California, they also grow well in the Carolinas and Florida. If you are making a wreath in any of these places, just raid someone's Magnolia tree. ( Ask them first!).  

We've been asked... "how do you do Planters with evergreens? How do I know how much to put in?" You need lots of greens, some birch sticks, red osier dogwood. We use Spruce, Balsam, red pine, white pine, cedar, Magnolia, and Boxwood. Get double what  you think you need. This is not a case of Less is more. More is More. It should be packed nicely, with no dirt showing. But not packed so tightly that you risk cracking your container. 


Shallow windowboxes should be weighted down with a mixture of gravel and dirt. Otherwise the first wind that comes along will knock your planter over. Here the shape is defined by first inserting stems of red dogwood. 


Then the greens are added in layers, and B.C. cedar added as the last layer, as it has a nice, draping effect. 




Don't forget to add a bow into your planter. 



Here are 2 large planters which are part of a Hotel's decor in the front entrance. Soil is pretty dry so break it up with a spade, water will be added once planters are finished and in place ( less weight when lifting), the water will then freeze in place and hold all the stems in. Of course, if your dirt is frozen, then planters have to be brought indoors and left for a few days to defrost, sometimes this can take as long as a week.




Here is our bundles of greens which will be used in these Planters. We sell these in our store, The Camellia at 30, Hacquoil Rd. Phone (807) 475-3551 for current prices, as of now, bundles are $39.95 to $49,95 ea. and are all local evergreens from Northern Ontario. 



Start by placing Birch poles, then fill in with greens. There is no right or wrong way, everyone does their planters differently. 






The finishing touch is a 2 ribbon bow, with 16 to 20 loops. 





Voila! all ready to beautify the Hotel's entrance. 



You can embellish your Summer garden lanterns, adding battery pillar candles in the middle. 






Christmas is the time to bring out your cherished Teddy bears and porcelain dolls. and Santas.




Our #Paristhemed tree at #TheCamellia - black tin stars, Eiffel Towers, and checked ribbons.


Matching #Paris & Burlap wreath - a lovely, year-round Wreath for a Parisian-themed room, an order we made for a client.






For great Gift ideas and Winter decor, Visit The Camellia at 30, Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, Ontario.
Open Wed. 11-5. Thurs. 12-5. Fri. & Sat. 11-5. Sunday 12-5p.
p -807)475-3551 or toll-free in Canada 1-877-523-7444
We deliver in Thunder Bay, Slate River, and surrounds. 


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Merry and bright and the S-word as in HOLY SNOW at The Camellia, Thunder Bay, On.






Merry and Bright and Holy SNOW...! Here most of us  in #ThunderBay were thinking maybe the warm weather will continue indefinitely...giving us lots of time to find our snowbrushes, get our snowblowers going, etc. all those fun things that come along with the fluffywhite stuff. And then, wham! We got slammed with SO much snow in one day and night!





It is well kinda pretty and white and...why is the tractor misbehaving and refusing to start? The joys of the S-word. 



Especially since this is what the view was the day before the snow. 




Good thing we dug up our garden bulbs a while ago. 



We were happy to see so many of you at our booth at  #ArtisansNorthwest Show at the #ValhallaInn last weekend! Here is one of our custom-made Wreaths which can be used for all seasons by changing the insert. Great for small spaces, nothing much to store. 




Our all-season Magnolia Wreath...just change out the bow after Christmas. 




Oh Starry Night...this one is sold, but we are busy making up some new ones. After Christmas, simply pull off the wrap and use the star all year round. Maybe some small lavender tulips..





We've just unpacked some fabulous Holiday purses. Red for the festive season and Winter. 




Isn't this a fun clutch? 



Fresh and faux Urns for entranceways...we custom make these here at #TheCamellia.





Our new #LakeChristmas theme....all made with fresh, local greens. 








Not too many times that we are putting Wintergreens into our outdoor planters and the pansies are still growing! They are probably frozen today. 





#Magnolia branches look wonderful in outdoor planters, you can preorder #Magnoliatips here at #TheCamellia.




We have loads of great #Giftideas for everyone on your list, #Hockeypillow and Throw. 




Visit us here at #TheCamellia for unique, locally made Gifts, fresh wreaths, Cottage/chalk Paint and much more!
Open Wed. 11-5. Thurs. 12-5. Fri. & Sat. 11-5. Sun. 12-5
p(807)475-3551. Toll-free in Candad 1-877-523-7444.
www.thecamellia.com    Thunder Bay Flower & Gift shop