Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Spring Plants on Vancouver Island, Art Knapp Part 2

Spring comes a lot earlier to Vancouver Island, today we're continuing our photo tour of Flowering bushes and plants. Here in Thunder Bay, the buds on the Apple trees are just starting to show some colour. 

The Rhodos were in full bloom when we visited. Most of the bushes were loaded with blooms.

Climbing Clematis Vines. 

Of course, if we lived on the Island, I would definitely be at Art Knapp buying plants. 

White Dogwood trees are even growing in the wild.  

Do plan a Visit to The Camellia, we have no Rhodos, but our Flowering crabapple trees will soon be in bloom. We have Camp decor, Lake decor, Mosquito nets, No-see-um Nets, and much more! Cottage/chalky Paint , Serenity Paint for indoors and out. We are running Beginners' Cottage Paint classes on May 26, and May 27.

OPEN Wed. 11-5, Thurs. 12-5, Fri. & Sat. 11-5, and Sunday 12-5p 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Camellia is OPEN on May Long Weekend

Happy MAY long weekend!! The Camellia is open all weekend,  Barnboard class on today, and Friday, May 20th. ( same

class both days)


Happy dance - it's MAY long weekend!  
Our store on Hacquoil Rd. is OPEN  Wednesday through Sunday, and we are open MAY long , FRI.  11-5, Sat. 11-5, and Sunday 12-5. Barnboard classes are on  today, May 19th. and Friday, May 20th.  Our Beginners' Cottage Paint class on May 26th. is full, we are adding a class on  Friday, May. 27th. Do phone if you would like to come on May 27th. 
   Heading out to Camp this weekend?  Stop in at The Camellia first, to get Mosquito nets and No-see-um nets. Place them over your bed to stop you getting bitten, and to stop ticks from getting into bed with you. Sadly, the news is correct, the ticks are bad this year. 
We have NAPA Valley diffusers, and Beekman 1802 products to help get rid of that musty, locked up smell. of course, don't forget the faux flowers, these add beauty without the fuss and mess of fresh. And our favourite magic Tablecloths, which are a must out at Camp. We have the Cottage Life Bedding collection here at The Camellia, and lots of LAKE signs, and fishing-themed framed prints. The bedroom in the top right is in a B&B on Salt Spring Island, what a treat to wake up to the ocean and trees & blue skies! There were also magnolias in bloom ( bottom right photo). 
 Our classes & Workshops are  on the blog, click on this link

Happy  MAY long, see you this weekend at The Camellia!
 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 


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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Monday, May 16, 2016

A Visit to Art Knapp, Courtenay,Vancouver Island, Part 1

It's that time of the year when we are anxious to get into our Gardens, the weather here in Thunder Bay is a bit chilly, actually it's been cold, but plants do like cool, damp weather, so it's the perfect time to garden right now. Today we're sharing some photos from Art Knapp to get you inspired for Garden season! 

The Coastal/Seashore/Lakeshore theme is huge in Decor. Blues, Aquas, beiges, & turquoises. 

You can achieve this look with #CottagePaint which we sell at #TheCamellia. You will be amazed at how you can spruce up an old, outdated piece with Cottage Paint. 

Whites are classic, and always in style. 

We have all kinds of cool stuff for your Garden right here at The Camellia. You might have seen this Fairy statue at the Art In Design Spring Home Tour which we took part in this weekend. You can purchase her at The Camellia on Hacquoil Rd. 

Garden lanterns are so beautiful on the Porch. These can be purchased at Bloomers and the  Brownhouse on Archibald St. , a set of 2 for $75.00 +hst. 

Come visit The Camellia, at 30/32 Hacquoil Rd.
Thunder Bay, p (807)475-3551

Friday, May 6, 2016

ART IN DESIGN Spring Home Tour 2016

Thunder Bay Art Gallery presents a brand new event! Art in Design. It happens on Saturday, May 14th. 2016. from 10am to 4p. 

This Tour is a great opportunity for those of you who are renovating, who are contemplating a change of  Homes, or simply just want to change up your existing Home. 

We all now that Kitchens and Bathrooms Renos are Top for great ROI - return on investment. You will see different Kitchen Designs on this Tour, and be able to talk to the Designers. You will see the latest in Bathroom design, and you will fall in love with stylish Main floor Laundry rooms. You will be able to see Artwork and Photography in a Home setting, 

Here's a really unique gift opportunity for Mother's Day - tickets to our Art in Design Home Tour on May 14. 
We have added three new locations where you can buy tickets - in addition to the Gallery:

271 Bay Street (beside Nook Restaurant) p. 807 472 1197 
HOURS: 11am – 5 pm Mon- Sat

202 Red River Road (corner of Red River Road and Cumberland Street beside Tomlin Restaurant)
807 622 0300
HOURS: 10am – 6pm Tuesday – Friday and 1 – 5pm Saturday (closed Sunday & Monday)

THE CAMELLIA- 30, Hacquoil Rd. (off Hwy.61, left on HWy. 61, go 1.6 km. down Hacquoil Rd. )
Open Wed. 11-5, Thurs. 12-5, Fri.& Sat. 11-5, Sun. 12-5p. p (807)475-3551

For those of you who would rather keep your Oak cupboards, you will be able to see cupboards and other furniture painted with Cottage Paint, no sanding or stripping involved, just paint right over your existing finish. Get Cottage Paint at

The Camellia will be styling 2 of the Homes on this Tour. 

Portobello Home - the place for Modern will be styling one of the homes on this Tour. 

Bloomers and the Brownhouse will be styling 2 of the  Homes on this Tour.  

This is just a sneek peak, so grab your friends and head out for a fun day. Plan to lunch at Whitewater Golf Club, show your ticket and receive 10% off your bill. Thanks to participating businesses, builders, and stylists - Arcuo Interior Design Inc., Bloomers and the Brownhouse, The Camellia, Portobello Home, Susan Dykstra, Maria Matuszewska, Leslie Shaw, Patrick Doyle, Di Gregorio Developments, 11/17, and Vince Mirabelli. A special thanks to the homeowners who made this Tour possible.  For information, phone AG at 577-6427.