Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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

We all know that feeling..you'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 http://www.thecamellia.com/classes-at-the-camelia.html

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Modern Fall floral decor

Does Fall decorating involve a lot of orange and rust...my 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: http://fromnaturetohome.blogspot.ca/2016/08/september-classes-at-camellia-thunder.html

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

September Classes at The Camellia, Thunder Bay

It's almost September, Harvest time. An abundance of grasses & grains, fruit branches, leaves of all colours, strawflowers in the Garden, and Sunflowers. Time to unleash your inner Florist and take a class at Camellia's. Here is our schedule, email us if you would like to take a class! 

Note that we will reopen at The Camellia on August 31st. If you need any product during this time, phone 475-3551 and leave a message. Someone will get back to you shortly. 

Pinterest-inspired Rustic Burlap Wreath.

Price of $107.35 includes Burlap, mesh, wire frame, Instruction fee and hst. Flowers and foilage are an extra cost. Date: Thurs. Sept. 15th. 2016, 7-9p. or Thurs. Sept. 22nd. 2016, 7-9p.

Drop-in with your container and Design your own Floral

Have a favourite container, and you can't figure out what to put in it? Take a photo of where it's going to be in your Home, head over to our Drop-in Class, and MAKE-IT-YOURSELF with expert help from Camille. Drop-in class fee of $28.25. Supplies & faux flowers are extra. Do bring swatches and/or Paint chips for colour matching. No container? No worries, we have lots for purchase here at the shop. DATES: September 22nd. 2016, 7-9p.

Make your own Lavender Gifts

In this Workshop, you will learn how to make scented Lavender sachets, bath salts and/or Tub teas. Supplies are included in your Class fee : 3 organza sachet bags, 2 (2oz. bags) of Lavender buds, & Lavender essential oil, bath salts, petals, etc.  We will have available for purchase Neob Niagara Grosso & Angustifolia Lavender products – Body Lotions, Soaps, Muscle & Joint Pain reliever, & Lavender Shea Butters. Learn how to use Lavender in your daily life to help reduce stress, and induce a good night’s Sleep. DATE:  September 29th. 2016. 7-8.30p.

Turn new wood into Barnboard with Cottage Paint

Learn how to turn new wood into old barnwood with Cottage paint.  Barnboard can be costly and hard to find. The techniques you learn in class will allow you to create wall coverings, window or door mouldings, furniture pieces , and feature walls. All supplies are included in the class fee, you will be going home with your piece of new barnboard.. Price of $50.85 includes hst. DATE: September 16th, 2016. 7.30-8.30p. Call 475-3551 to pre-register for this workshop.

Beginner Cottage Paint classes at the Camellia.  You can make your own time if you have 4 or more friends who would like to take this class.

You MUST email to register, phone (807)475-3551. Size of this class is limited. ( wear some clothes you can paint in)

You will get a cupboard door to practice on,  Cottage Paint, and other supplies like waxes, varnishes, crackle medium, & antiquing pastes will be shared.  We will cover one-colour Wet distressing, Two -colour wet distressing, Crackle medium, applying Varnish, applying waxes, antiquing pastes, applying glazes, and dry brushing techniques. Price of $62.15 includes hst
DATES: Fri. Sept. 23rd. 6.30-9.30 , and Fri. Sept. 30th, 6.30-9.30- choose 1 of these dates. 
Please note that dates are subject to change.

You can email us, or leave a message at (807)475-3551

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

DIY Barnboard craze - Fixer-Upper style

Have you noticed the recent obsession with Barnboard in home renos lately? A farmer recently woke up to find that someone had stolen 2 walls from his barn! http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/saguenay-man-has-barn-walls-stolen-are-design-trends-to-blame-1.3702001

Photo via Pinterest

Photo via Pinterest.

Love this wall in the above Photo? Come into The Camellia and ask about our #CottagePaint Barnboard paint technique, it's easy and no stealing is involved! 

Some of us love the Farmhouse look which is so in style at the moment. Peace & tranquility is part of this look - fields of cut and stacked grasses and grains. 

Canadian hand-made furniture, made from real wood. 

Farm eggs. 

Local Honey, delicious with home-made bread. 

 #Beekman1802 Fresh line of skincare made with Goat's milk, Here at The Camellia we sell #Beekman products.

Old, crumbling Brick walls are all the rage now. These are  quarter-inch-thick pre-engineered brick panels, they offer the aesthetic and durability of century-old sandblasted walls – at a fraction of the price and installation time. The sheets interlock in place and are sealed with real mortar for an authentic texture. Choose from eight unique styles, with a nice variety of colours, and there is a paintable brick as well. 

Here is a wall of this fabulous faux Brick, come into #TheCamellia to see our samples.

Love #Shiplap? Try using Cottage pine boards which are quite inexpensive at a hardware store, use the rough side to paint with #CottagePaint #Barnboard technique.  These boards are grooved to fit nicely into each other, so easy to use on a wall. 

Locally made #Farmhouse Tables ( Restoration Hardware style) made right here in Thunder Bay, ask at The Camellia for Brad's card.

Whites are an integral part of a Farmhouse, Fixer-Upper style, always have Flowers in your decor. 

New #CottagePaint charts, making it easier to choose the right colour for your project. Come into The Camellia today for Barnboard Cottage Paint, or sign up for one of our Fall classes. 

We are at 30, Hacquoil Rd. Off Hwy. 61, Open Wed. through Sunday.
Wed. 11-5. Thurs. 12-5. Fri. & Sat. 11-5. Sund. 12-5
During the weeks of Aug. 15 and Aug. 22nd. we will be on reduced hours.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Making guests feel Welcome in your Home, the Camellia.

Welcoming Summer Guests to your Home.

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Summer  brings  Visitors. Make them feel welcome with a lovely Guest room, with comfy 100% Cotton bedding (pattern shown here is Brad, with neutral strips of grey and taupe).  Outfit your Guest room with light-blocking drapery panels.Use clothespins to pin the pleats into place, leave them on for a few days, and  when you take the pins off, your drapes will hang nicely.  Use rods that project far enough away from the wall so that drapes will hang properly. Don't forget to leave a note with your Wi-Fi password, books & magazines, and Tourist Maps and brochures.The Handmade in Thunder Bay  Map is a great listing of all the speciality shops in and around the Thunder Bay area, Here at the Camellia we are proud to part of the Handmade Map.

Treat your guests to Beekman 1802  "Fresh air" collection. Josh & Brent won the Amazing Race in 2012 (They're from Sharon Springs, New York) , and when you stay at hotels in NYC and Boston, you'll find their Fresh Air products in your hotel room. Our fav is the Room Spray and the shower gel, and their Body Lotion is wonderfully moisturizing. Stop in at The Camellia, and try our testers of FRESH AIR BEEKMAN 1802. 
And due to popular demand, No-Crack hand cream is back in stock, in 4oz. jars, 8oz. jars, and 16oz. jars, NEW is an unscented version, prices starting at $6.95 a jar. 
 No-Crack hand creams are designed to soften, moisturize and protect dry, cracked, chapped hands, feet and elbows until natural oils return. Ideal for Healthcare professionals, Farmers, Construction workers, OCD , Gardeners & everyday use. 
If you been waiting on any Cottage Paint products, the shipment is in, and most items are back in stock. Have old framed prints or photo frames laying around? Revamp them with Cottage Paint, and create a Gallery wall. Need hangers and brads...go to the Framing Post on Camelot St., they have a framing workshop where you DIY, or they can do it for you. 
SHOPPING TIP: Before you visit The Camellia, if you are looking for something specific, measure first and leave that information in a folder in your vehicle. Take a pillow sham, or a plate from your china, or a fabric swatch. That way you'll save TIME, and we'll be able to find you exactly what you need. 

See you at The Camellia!!   We are OPEN Wed. 11-5, Thurs. 12-5, Friday 11-5, and Sat. 11-5, Sun. 12-5. If you need to come at other times, phone us at 475-3551.
 See you soon at The Camellia!!
HOURS :  Open every day except Monday and Tuesday.
Wed. 11-5, Thurs. 12-5, Fri. 11-5. Sat. 11-5. Sunday 12-5p.
Visit our website for information at http://www.thecamellia.com. 


Come Visit The Camellia.


How do I get there?   We are 10 mins. from the Thunder Bay Airport, heading south on Hwy. 61. Turn left onto Hacquoil Rd. We are 1.6km. on the left.    Phone 807) 475-3551


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