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.