Thursday, May 21, 2020

We are OPEN at the Camellia, Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Summer waves on Lake Superior

Hello! We are happy to be allowed to be Open here at the Camellia, during Covid-19. 
Please wear a mask, we will have gloves here for you, and try to maintain a 6ft. distance from others while you are in our store. Our store windows all open, so you will have fresh air during the Spring/Summer. 

Looking forward to seeing you all again! We also offer contactless pick-up and Delivery, phone us at 

The Camellia, 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River. 
Open Wed. through Sunday, 11-5, or Noon-5.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Insane things people do in their designer Kitchens, The Camellia, Thunder Bay

Here's the scenario. A Kitchen has been looking tired and needs updating, 30 years ago already. Finally, a Kitchen remodel starts. There is a lot of squabbling and fighting over the Kitchen remodel... nothing is wrong with this Kitchen, the counter looks fine, you want to spend WHAT on quartz counters? We don't need that. are you crazy? 

Hanstone quartz counter Thunder Bay

One partner thinks about the insane things the other partner does in this kitchen. Like today, it's a +30C day, and a marble rolling pin is used on a bag of ice cubes, bashed onto the wooden floor of aforementioned Kitchen. A really nice maple floor from Torly's. 

In Northern Ontario, as soon as summer rolls around and Fishing season starts ( although this Summer of 2020, who knows if anyone will be fishing? ), then the battle of the Fish cleaning starts. People in Canada have to have fish deboned, i.e.made into fillets. This is a task, leaves a mess, and stinks on top of that. This is MY house, don't you tell me what to do in My own house!

Yes, people do insane things in their Designer Kitchens. which is why you may want to consider the alternative of painting your old kitchen cabinets with Cottage Paint Serenity. Here is a before and after of the same kitchen. 

old oak kitchen before painting

For more information, go to our website:  Colours used in this Kitchen is Asphalt on lowers, White on Uppers. 

Serenity Cottage Paint is the perfect choice for painting your Kitchen Cabinets. Here at The Camellia, we stock Cottage Paint, you can see the colour chart in our parking lot, and do curbside pick-up, at 30, Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, On. 
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Friday, April 24, 2020

How are you all doing? The Camellia, Thunder Bay.


Hello!  How is everyone doing? Here at The Camellia, we are SO HAPPY that it's Spring and the weather is getting warmer! This little lamb is part of the flock of Stalwart Farm, just outside Kakabeka Falls.  Spring is a time of Joy, renewal, and new life! 
We have now been quarantined for a while, and it seems like  ..... forever. All that togetherness with our family is nice, but no so nice after a while. Dads who don't usually look after kids are, well, very challenged,  shall we say. Those who aren't tech experts have had to quickly learn to embrace Zoom, and other apps. If you're a couple, little annoyances that the other person is doing, these are starting to drive you around the bend.
Schedules are disrupted, and have you found that you barely know what day it is?  Trying to stick to a routine when there is no routine is hard. It seems like we stay in our PJ's or leggings most days. Also we may be staying up too late watching Netflix. And stress eating is happening. 

Home is your safe place, a refuge in times like this. Now that you are spending more time at home, maybe the mess in your rooms is getting to you, or spaces that need updating are really starting to bother you.  We will be offering limited in-home Design consults, once things are open again. Spring is here so a quick change of cushion covers, Tablecloths,  Flower arrangements & Wreaths is in order. 


 We are all stocked up with Cottage Paint, so if you need any paint, phone your order in. Now is a good time to get your Painting projects done. Take a look around, and see if you have enough Cottage Paint for your Furniture or Cabinet projects. You can phone us to order at 807-475-3551, we can run your paint out to your car, or we can deliver to your Home. Painting is better than Therapy!
  This is our quarantine project: painting a cement floor. 

Mother's Day  is coming up soon... we will be getting some Gift ideas together so you can purchase on-line.
Below are some small Staghorn Ferns. Stay safe everyone!! 

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or phone us at 475-3551

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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Friday, April 3, 2020

The Value of soap and Water in fighting flus and viruses, The Camellia, Thunder Bay

It's Winter in Canada and most of us like to escape to a warmer climate. Usually, it's quite easy to escape with direct flights to the Caribbean from most major cities in Canada. I had started to draft this blog entry a while ago, and today, it's April 3rd.of 2020, and so much has changed in our entire world. It is hard to even begin to document all of this.

tropical beach with palm tree

Because of the spread of  a Virus, COVID-19, most countries have closed their borders, planes have stopped flying, people have been told to GO HOME and STAY HOME! In Canada, almost everyone ( except those working in essential services) is at Home, and we are allowed to go only to the grocery store and /or other essential services. Social distancing is the only chance we have of trying to slow down the spread of this horrible virus. Cruise ships have become breeding grounds for the virus, and at this point, it is hoped that all cruise ships will be grounded. 

water going into bathtub, The Camellia, Thunder Bay

This virus can be killed by hand-washing with soap, so we are doing a lot of hand-washing, and wiping down of grocery carts, doorknobs, etc. There are lineups at every grocery ( outside),  the number of people inside the grocery is limited to a certain number, and you must maintain 6 feet. between you and the next person. Toilet paper is in short supply. so are masks and protective equipment . 

Neob Lavender Soap The Camellia Thunder Bay

We recommend washing with our Lavender soap from Neob Niagara. This is an all-natural soap, which can also be used as a Body Wash, Shampoo and Bubble Bath. We also have to avoid touching our face, nose and eyes. Covid-19 attacks your lungs and respiratory system.

woman doing yoga

All of us dream of  Time's like a fantasy, when I have time off, I will do this, or that. Now that we all have time off, and we are waiting for this to be over, it is very difficult. We are almost going a bit nuts, when will our lives be normal again? The Government of Canada has announced financial help for Canadians during the Covid-19 crisis. For details of this plan, go to

cottage paint sign paint during covid 19,

Some of you are painting your Furniture pieces you have stored up for many years. This is a great idea, you get your projects done and feel a great sense of accomplishment. Bonus: you stop listening to the news, and try to get on with your life. If you need #CottagePaint, do phone us ahead of time. 
Stay safe, and together we can #flattenthecurve!
Shop online at
The Camellia, 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, On. 807-475-3551

Monday, March 23, 2020

Bathroom doubling as a home office, The Camellia, Thunder Bay

March 23, 2020. Some of you may be doing the above......with the social distancing rule during the current COVID-19 crisis, you may be trying to work from home. As all Daycare  and schools are closed at the moment, you may be working from your Bathroom.

building a home office in a corner

With everyone cooped up at home, (and it is still Winter in Thunder Bay), you may be starting to think about a dedicated office space in your Home. Today's open-concept floor plan is not conducive to getting any type of  work done where you need peace and quiet, and no interruptions. If you have to do video-conferencing, you really do need a dedicated office space.

I remember the time I was on a Skype call with a Health professional who was working from his home, and a household member walked by with her underwear on.
That's when you know you need a dedicated office Space!

It isn't necessary to have a big space for your office. A small corner will work. Your Office at home can look stylish and be comfortable. Here at #TheCamellia we have cozy cushions, and fabrics, along with beautiful Floral arrangements for your home  office.

painting a fabric chair with cottage paint, The Camellia

If you would like to repurpose some old Furniture for your Office, think about painting over an old fabric covered chair. Use Cottage Paint. See here for more information.

Cottage paint The Camellia thunder Bay

We are a stockist of Cottage Paint, at The Camellia. There are 60+ colours to choose from, many finishes, and excellent help and advice from a Cottage Paint consultant.

Ferns for home offices, the Camellia

Plants do wonders for air quality and your health, and make a great addition to your Home Office. We offer delivery in #ThunderBay and surrounds, ask about our seasonal specials. We have some large Fiddleleaf ficus at the moment.

 floral wreaths at The Camellia, Thunder Bay

Make your Home office a beautiful place to be inspired, with our hand-painted wooden signs, and custom floral wreaths.
Visit us at #TheCamellia, after this current COVID-19 crisis.
Phone 807-475-3551 for current hours.
At this time we are offering contactless delivery or pick-up.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Hello Spring 2020!! The Camellia, Thunder Bay, On

Thunder Bay Flower & Gift shop

white roses blooming in garden

Hello Spring! Normally we are jumping up and down in excitement, as #Spring is our favourite time of the year! It's a signal for the end of Winter, and a time to put out all our Spring decor, and get ready for Easter celebrations. Spring also means the Spring Home & Garden Show at the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition, sadly this event had to be cancelled due to COVID-19.  At this time, the Canadian Government has told us that it is imperative to practice social distance. 

moss baskets filled with begonia plants, The Camellia

We know a lot of you are looking forward to Planting your Summer garden with flowers and vegetables. This is still going to happen, so while it is important to get prepared for the virus, it is equally important to act as normal as possible, under these circumstances. Spring means starting your bulbs indoors, or starting seeds to plant outside in the Summer.

spring planters with pink impatiens for Thunder Bay delivery

What colour combinations are you planning on for your backyard Patio? Pink sunpatiens and grey Dusty Miller is always a winning combination for partial shade or full sun. Here at #TheCamellia, you can order planters for Gift delivery. The planters above will be available starting just before #MothersDay. Due to the Virus outbreak, you can phone in orders ( 807-475-3551) and we deliver in the Thunder Bay area, and Slate River valley. 

Spring at the Lake

If you suffer from anxiety, looking at beautiful scenes like this one above (photographed in British Columbia) can aid in calming, especially when used in conjunction with deep breathing techniques. 

handmade bunnies The Camellia Thunder Bay

Spring means Bunnies and Easter chocolate Bunnies and eggs. We have beautiful hand-made bunnies at The Camellia. Perfect for Gift giving to a special Grandchild!

willow cross sympathy gift The Camellia Thunder bay

Easter is almost here, and a new reality, no Church Masses due to the ban on public gatherings. Churches will be live streaming. Funeral homes will be doing the same. We have unique #SympathyGifts which you can order, and we can deliver to someone's Home. Shown above is a willow cross, with sign. We also have crosses with faux flowers. 

Tinting Cottage Paint at The Camellia, ThunderBay

For many of us, engaging in Painting is a way to stay grounded, and helps us focus on something other than the virus. Call ahead and place you order, we will tint, and have it ready for you to pick up, or we can deliver ( $). 
Click on this link to see #CottagePaint colours.
The Camellia is your CottagePaint stockist in Thunder Bay and surrounds. 
The Camellia, 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Thunder Bay, On. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Styling essentials - vases for Spring and Summer florals, The Camellia, Thunder Bay.

white flowers in vases,

Flowers have the ability to cheer us up, especially at this time when fears of COVID-19 and its spread around the World have led to feelings of alarm and anxiety. We need to stay calm, and Flowers can certainly help us do that. White, Cream and green are classic Spring and Summer colours. March is the perfect time to change out your Winter blooms to something lighter, like the Flowers in the above photo. 

tall white vase arrangements

There are so many different shapes and sizes of Vases. These tall ones showcase these sculptural branches with spring magnolia blooms. White vases go with everything, and can be moved into other rooms. 

fresh white and green urn floral

A great article to read is Heather Bullard's take on this topic of Vases:
Take a look around your home, what kind of vases do you have laying around, perhaps gathering dust in a forgotten corner? 

Serenity Cottage Paint The Camellia Thunder Bay

Maybe your accent colours changed, and your current vases no longer suit your space. You can repaint your vase with #CottagePaint, it's water based and has hardly any smell, and comes in 60 colours. We stock Cottage Paint here at The Camellia, and we can ship within Canada. 
Visit to see the colours. Then you can visit our store at 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. in Thunder Bay, or visit our website at

mechanics of floral vase design The Camellia

Once you've selected your vase, then you will need proper mechanics for anchoring your stems, such as twigs and branches, moss, water, floral foam, etc. Not sure where to start? Take a Floral Workshop here at The Camellia, where you will learn Creative Floral Design, incorporating Dutch Floral design techniques. 

fresh blooms in Dutch Floral shop

Here is a beautiful assortment of fresh blooms, at a Flower shop in Holland. Hydrangeas, Gerberas, Anthuriums, Stocks, snapdragons, Roses, Lilies, and so much more. 
Visit The Camellia, for Floral workshops, custom Wreaths and Floral Designs, and Cottage Paint.

Flowers add happiness to your Day!
The Camellia, 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, thunder Bay, On
Open Wed. through Sunday.