Sunday, March 19, 2017

A beautiful Tuscan Villa, Happy Spring!

Have you ever fantasized about running away to Tuscany? Click here to see this stunning Home: This Home is truly an Inspiration! 

Live Trees in Napa Valley. Ca

Olive Trees ...these are in Napa Valley in California.

Blooms in Vases

 Tuscan interiors are filled with Vases of Flowers..and of course, beautiful Gardens filled with flowers. 

lavender bunches hanging in barn

Lavender bundles hanging to dry...some villas we have visited have large vases of Lavender buds, and when you walk into the room, the wonderful smell of Lavender is in the air, rising up to greet you. Here at #TheCamellia, we have Lavender bunches grown in #Sooke, on Vancouver Island. You can add Lavender essential Oil to your Vase of Lavender to get that wonderful aroma. If you crush the buds, that will bring forth that lovely aroma. 

view in Napa Valley of road, vineyard and olive trees.

The views in Tuscany are spectacular, a photo opportunity around every bend. 

tulips at Keukenhof Gardens

An today is the 1st. Day of Spring! Happy Spring! Visit The Camellia, for Spring Florals, Cottage Paint, and much more! We are Open Wednesday through Sunday,  (807)4753551,

spring floral at The Camellia

Happy Spring!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Top Pinterest Home Trends 2017

  Do you go on Pinterest to look up some DIY project, and then get lost for hours? Pinterest is a great place to save ideas for future projects. It makes most projects look easy and uncomplicated, However, sometimes this is not the case! Take a look at this article:

Chip & Joanna book cover
Image via Pinterest

The Farmhouse look is one of the most popular Decor styles, this look is most certainly driven by Chip & Joanna Gaines of Magnolia Home. Are you a Fixer-Upper fan?

Farm sign. the Camellia

Here at The Camellia, we have unique, Farmhouse style decor. For those of you who have no time or patience to DIY. 

Texas boho handbag, The Camellia

Our Boho-chic Texas styled Vintage Look Handbags - perfect for shopping trips. 

Barnboard Cottage Paint, the Camellia

And while you are in our store, check out our skinny #Shiplap wall, New wood made to look like old #Barnboard. How did we do it? This is a #CottagePaint Class, for current Classes at The Camellia, go to

Visit The Camellia in the lovely Slate River Valley, at 30, Hacquoil Rd. Open every day except Mon. and Tuesday. 11-5ish. most days. Be sure to visit during our upcoming Spring event!
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Monday, March 6, 2017

How a beautifully decorated Room or Office can uplift your Spirit and make you feel Happy!

Picture going into a space that's beautifully decorated, with calming colours such as blues, greys, and beiges. Comfy chairs are placed around the room, and the walls have interesting artwork, such as photos of Lake Superior. You immediately feel calm when walking into the room or office. You forget about rushing in traffic to get to your appointment on time, and as you take your coat off, you begin to relax.

The Camellia Slate River

The Bathroom is stylish, modern and inviting. 

black & white bath

Picture a second space. This space clearly needs repainting, furniture and Office supplies are well, all over the place. There are no windows in some of the rooms, and hardly anything of interest on the walls. There are some plants in the room, but they are so badly in need of repotting and pruning. Which room or Office would you rather be in? 

It takes so little to uplift a room and make it into an inviting, warm space. Paint is the quickest way to update a room. You can use Cottage/Chalky Paint to update outdated fixtures, with 55 colours to choose from, Cottage Paint is as far from boring as you can get.

Cottage paint

Before #Cottage Paint. 

#CottagePaint is MADE IN CANADA, you can purchase it in #ThunderBay at #TheCamellia. 

Cottage paint

After #CottagePaint. 

wall paint Farrow & Ball

#Farrow&Ball is the perfect choice for updating your walls, with 120+ colours to choose from. So what are you waiting for? Update you space easily with Paint, some new furniture and accessories. Get #CottagePaint and wall accessories from #TheCamellia at 30, Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, Ontario. 
Open Wed. 11-5. Thurs. 12-5. Fri. & Sat. 11-5. Sunday 12-5

The Camellia, Slate River, On

( Don't forget some beautifully designed Flower arrangements - you can order custom designs at #TheCamellia!)

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Decorating your Camp/Cottage or Home with salvaged shutters and windows

Sometimes we come across a stash of old wooden windows or shutters, and we wonder what can we do with these?  Click on the link below to see how some homeowners have repurposed old windows and shutters. 

wooden shutters, jalhousie Caribbean shutters

In the Caribbean, old-fashioned shutters like the ones in the photo above, were used a lot to allow the movement of breezes to pass through and cool the interior of the building. Hurricane shutters are used to protect the glass in windows and doors from smashing during high winds and rains. 

Antique Fair, wooden shutters

Here we are at an Antique Fair in upstate NYC, what a find!  A stash of really old wooden shutters, perfect for old signs. You can paint your own sign on these shutters, find out more about our classes at

original Cottage Paint

Cottage/Chalky Paint is perfect for repainting shutters, giving them that distressed look, and it comes in 55 colours. It's water-based and low voc's, making it a perfect project for right now. 

Chalky paint made in Canada- Serenity

Want to spruce up your Camp's interiors, maybe you have dark panelled walls,..... Paint right over with #Serenity Cottage Paint. We sell Cottage/Chalky Paint at The Camellia, at 30, Hacquoil Rd. 

Oak frame redo with Cottage Paint

Here is an Oak picture frame getting a Makeover with #CountryManor #CottagePaint. Look around you and see what you can makeover with Cottage Paint today! Then come see us here at The Camellia, we have most colours in stock, at 30, Hacquoil Rd.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

MOST loved Valentine's Day Gifts, Thunder Bay, On

It is often said that, most of the time,  we treat the ones we love quite badly, taking them for granted, not doing nice things for them, and sometimes we are just plain mean to them. That's why it's nice when Valentine's Day comes along, and we are reminded to do something nice for the ones we love. 

Valentine's Day sign The Camellia, Thunder Bay

send roses Valentine's day, The Camellia, Thunder Bay

Used to be that Red Roses were the traditional Valentine's Day gift, but in today's cheap-grocery-store-world roses have lost that I'm-giving-something-special appeal. Most Roses don't even smell anymore. 

So how would you finish this sentence ...Love is...?  If you are thinking about what to get for Valentine's Day, here are some Gift Ideas from The Camellia in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Goats' milk Beekman products at The Camellia

Gift Pick #1. FRESH AIR BEEKMAN 1802 GIFT SETS - from $49.50. Say hello to Beekman 1802, made from Goat's milk. Goat's milk delays signs of skin aging, due to its high content of alpha-hydroxy acids. It reduces skin inflammation, and is packed with vitamins like D,C,B1,B6,B12 and E. Goat's milk helps with treating acne. You can buy Beekman products at The Camellia. From $49.50,

Rocky Mountain Lavender , Neob Lavender, Lavender bunches, the Camellia


This Gift is perfect for those who never take care of them selves. Lavender helps relieve stress, relaxes, and helps you sleep. Choose from Neob Lavender Soap ( Niagara-on-the-lake), Rocky Mountain Lavender Body butter, and deodorant, essential Oil of Lavender, Neob Lavender Lotion, Napa Lavender soap, and farm-grown Lavender bunches. $75.00 and up. 

Mussels n more Pottery mug, a day at the Beach gift set, The Camellia

GIFT PICK: #3 - A Day at the Beach Gift set - A Day at the Beach Apron, in navy blue pinstripes, with a handmade Mussels 'n more Pottery mug. And a Napa Soap Beach bar. Add sailing- themed leggings, and a breezy scarf. $75. and up

Mais oui, Paris Gift set,  The Camellia

Mais oui, Paris themed Gift set - with Eiffel Tower scarf, & Apron with Napa Lavender soap, and French vintage cushion. From $95.00

a day at the beach class at The Camellia

A Class at The Camellia - all of our Classes for Spring and early Summer are up on our website, you can purchase classes online or call and sign up. have Spring burlap Wreath classes, DIY Floral crowns, A Day at the Beach workshops, DIY Barnboard classes, Cottage Paint classes, and Spring stencil workshops. classes are also listed online in events in the  Walleye magazine.

Napa Valley apron The Camellia

funny wine sayings The Camellia

Napa Valley gift set -  A lovely screen-printed Napa apron, with a bar of Napa Cabernet Soapignon soap, printed scarf, and wooden wine saying plaque,  $106.00  an up. 

WE are OPEN at our store, The Camellia at 30, Hacquoil Rd. Wed. 11-5. Thurs. 12-5. Fri. and Sat. 11-5. Sun. 12-5. Can't get to our store? You can call us at (807)475-3551, order, pay , and we can deliver. Delivery charges apply. We deliver in the Thunder Bay and Slate River areas. 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Calling all PINK Flower Lovers - Spring Flowers

Close-up photo of pink tulips just after a rain, taken at Keukenhof Gardens, Holland

Sometimes when your day is dark and dreary ( as it happens sometimes in January in Winter), it's nice to look at your Spring and Summer photos. It just makes you feel better, and the colour Pink is just so bright and perky. Just look at these Tulip beauties ...see that hint of green on their tips. 

Pink tulip flower blooms at Keukenhof Gardens, Lisse, holland

Here is the star-shaped Flower bed where the pink Tulips were planted. This is one of the many flower beds at Keukenhof Gardens. 

Cut Flower bundles at Dutch wholesaler

Red Tulip fields in Holland, just outside Keukenhof Gardens

Red is just a darker version of Pink - just look at these rows of Red Tulips, these are fields in Holland where the Tulips are grown for Bulb production. When you are in the plane, and nearing Holland, these are the bright bands of colour you see from the sky. Bright stripes of Tulip blooms. 

Faux botanical flowers at The Camellia, cushions & matching cutwork Tablecloth

Pinks go well with Greys, and mauves, and whites and creams. You can have so much fun with pink. You can decorate with our faux dahlia blooms ( upper right of photo). Or bring Spring into your home with our lovely cutwork embroidered tablecover in an Iris pattern.  

There are 55 colours in Cottage Paint - this photo shows various jars of paint.

Even though Pink has a sort of  feminine flair, it has now become a mainstream colour, adding softness to a neutral colour scheme. #CottagePaint pinks are popular, there is French Lavender, Dragonblood, Raspberry, & Perfect Pink.

Pink Camellia bloom in Springtime on Vancouver Island.

Pink Camellia bushes are beautiful...and filled with a profusion of Flowers in the Spring. 

Pink Begonia Bloom at The Camellia, grown in one of our Summer planters

Pink Begonia blooms from one of our Summer planters.

2 types of pink Garden peonies in vase from gardens at The Camellia

And last, but not least, Peony blooms from our Summer Garden - their smell is lovely, the blooms  only last a few days, however, just catching sight of a vase of fresh peonies makes a person happy. What do you have in your house that's Pink, share with us and leave a comment below!!

Visit The Camellia at 30, Hacquoil Rd. 
Open Wednesday through Sunday.

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

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
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