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Victoria Vintage Expo – Vancouver Island’s Hottest Vintage Event!

If you follow along then you know I’m planning and prepping Audrey Would!’s booth for the HOTTEST vintage event on Vancouver Island! You will find us at the Victoria Vintage Expo on Friday and Saturday, September 25-26. So excited!!

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This is the third year for the event, and we’re thrilled that it is also Audrey’s third year to participate. If you missed out last year, you can catch my wrap-up post here. Just a little taste of what to expect from Audrey Would!, top of the stairs in Booth #38! (Floor map of Booth locations here)

Find full EXPO details and more on Audrey Would! here.

Thanks for stopping by, can’t wait to see you there!

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A ‘Used Victoria’ Buy Made Me Pause and Reflect… Downsizing. What’s It All About?

As September kicks into high gear and the Victoria Vintage Expo draws near I have been shifting my focus to this year’s booth presentation. This has me clicking through the Used Victoria ads for potential DIY options.

And so I picked up this table… it caught my eye because of its lines and glass top.

Glass Top Table - Used Victoria Buy

It’s made of mahogany, and was crafted over 40 years ago.

My initial thought when I answered the ad was for a quick makeover, most likely my usual go-to black spray paint, maybe turquoise, gold or white, to become an Audrey Would! prop… and then I met the owner. If you’ve followed my blog over the years you will know how much the stories behind the pieces mean to me, and with this piece I inadvertently tripped upon a story about the journey of ‘life’.

You might want to sit with a cup of tea for this read.

An elderly gentleman answered my knock. Well, actually it was after I twice rang the doorbell and then looked for another door just in case. He apologized for not hearing the doorbell, said he and his wife didn’t hear so well anymore. He invited me in, and the home was clearly in the throes of being undone. I asked if he was moving, and “yes’ was his reply.

We made our way to this little table, which he showed to me with pride. I asked how old it was, and it was in this moment that I knew the little table was more than just a piece being moved on. The gentleman told me his son made the table in high school, and his son is now 58. He reflected that he thought his son had done a good job – the table was very solid and in good shape, you know. Then he shared how he and his wife have taken very good care of it over the years… all 40-plus years of its life… he said they kept plants on it and used doilies to protect it, and that they were very careful when they watered the plants not to get water on the wood… He said they had cleaned the glass, but I would probably have to clean it again.

And then he told me that he and his wife were moving into a Seniors’ home. They were downsizing and so things like this table their son had made had to go… I could see the struggle in his eyes, and I could hear it in his voice. Moving this table on was not easy to do, but it was just too big to fit this next phase of their life. He told me about when they first bought the house how they had added on and incorporated a crawl space. And that in this downsizing move he discovered old assorted scrap metal stored in the crawl space he’d forgotten all about… and how he took it to the scrap yard where they actually paid him to take it away! This made him chuckle. He marvelled at the huge weigh scale to weigh it all out, and how this big scale could weigh things right down to the size of a coffee can with precision… but he says, everything is electronic now-a-days. We laughed about how in the old days a scale used the slide and weights… 

We wrapped the table glass in a sheet I had brought, and he gently lifted it into my vehicle. I put the table in place, and he shifted my ‘in place’. Once he felt the table was a ‘secure’ load, we closed the hatch and money changed hands. He said again how his son had made the table and had done a good job, that the table had lasted all these years…

I promised him I would take very good care of the table, that I would give it a good home. And so… for now I will not be painting this table black or turquoise or white. I will not be adapting it for an Audrey prop at this year’s Vintage Expo. I will be giving it a light sanding and a fresh staining that brings out the mahogany red, and my Mr. and I have decided that we will be giving it pride of place in our home. Some things are meant to just be.

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Photograph courtesy of Used Victoria ad.

DIY Closet Touch-Ups. It’s In the Details!

If you follow me on Facebook, then you will have seen my post featuring this quick closet fix.DIY Closet Fix

Side note, ‘Before’ shot was taken during the day, ‘After’ was taken later in the evening – no flash was used in either shot. What a difference natural light makes to colour in photographs! The ‘Before’ shot is a lot more true to the actual colour, and a lot less grainy.

Back to the closet – I thought I could leave well enough alone once it was fixed, but I couldn’t. You see there were two spots randomly left unpainted – the edge of the deep, jut-out shelf, and the left inside panel where the closet rod hangs. I know me, these spots would drive me crazy, so that meant the painting had to be done.

The storage shed was full of touch-up paint when we arrived, and in my hunt this is the one that caught my eye.

Dried Up Paint

Well now!

Luckily I found more of this colour stashed in another spot – much newer and in great shape. Let the painting begin.

When I mentioned jut-out shelf, I wasn’t kidding. This is a pretty hazardous configuration and in anticipation of potential casualties, I added these felts to soften the blow corner. In a perfect world I would rip out this whole closet system and redesign it, but for now we are working with what is and tweaking where we can to get moved in and settled!

Master Closet - Shelf - Before

Master Closet - Shelf - After

I don’t have a ‘Before’ of the unpainted panel, but just picture raw plywood.

Another tweak I made was putting a white rod cover over the wooden rod. It’s something I do in all my closets whether the rods are metal or wood. I just find it brightens the closet up and helps the hangers slide. The same goes for shower bars. It’s amazing what a difference a rod cover can make, and for not a lot of money.

Here is the closet now, painted in full!

Closet Touch Up Tips

I also lined the floor where my bags are with a piece of plastic carpet protector. I had it on hand, it’s easy to cut to size and I was able to place the finished edge out.

My next mission is to replace all the plastic hangers with black velvet covered hangers. I’ve replaced half already, and I really like them. Clothes don’t slip off the hanger, and they take up a lot less room.

Tip: If you opt for these hangers just be careful where you buy them. There is definitely a difference in quality as the hanger hook tends to break off on the cheaper ones. In my experience, Costco’s are good, Wal-Mart’s are not!

How about you? Would you have done the painting, or would you have left it alone since it’s inside the closet? What kind of hangers do you like, and what makes or breaks a closet for you?

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Photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use!

Our Move… Soaking up New Moments One Sweet Spot at a Time!

We have so many new moments to soak up and enjoy… and we’re doing the best we can!

Umbrella-Deck View

In just a little over a week we have enjoyed taking in so many new delights, and are completely smitten with our new neighbourhood.

Secret Garden - Phyllis Street

We love its small town style, the casual energy and laid back pace.

Dahlia Bouquets

We are especially delighted with the local grocery store. Pepper’s Grocery is its name, established in 1962. Their selection of locally grown, locally made is crazy stellar – so much packed in a very small space, and quality at every turn.

Peppers Collage

You can one-stop-shop here from the deli to the bakery to the floral selections, and of course, fresh seafood, dairy and meats.

Fresh Flowers

I just learned that Pepper’s has been the Gold Medal Winner for Best Grocery Store in BC & in Canada 2 years in a row. Wow!!

We’ve enjoyed Smuggler’s Cove Pub – it was our saviour for dinner the first few nights after our move.

Smuggler's Cove Pub

The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, and the food a tasty mix of modern and classic pub.

By now you know about our love of classic cocktails and our martini Fridays…


So you can imagine how happy my Mr. was to see Smuggler’s Cove Liquor Store standing out in the middle of Cadboro Bay Village. Not only does it have a selection of great stuff, but they will order in anything you like! Lord help our liquor budget.

Smuggler's Cove Liquor Store

On Friday nights roasted peanuts go hand-in-hand with our martini. They’re even served up in this vintage peanut dispenser guy. He’s a 1950s Mid-Century piece from Germany, and he makes me smile every. single. time. :-)  Love him!

Peanut Guy

So, we picked up our Friday night peanuts from For Good Measure where this little store stocked with premium bulk foods actually fresh-roasts their peanuts right on site!

For Good Measure Collage

Oh my, oh my, Friday nights!

The feeling of community and sense of trust is evident when you look around. Like the honour system of this little stand that catches my eye every time we drive by. It’s so cute and the fresh dahlias seem to sell out fast!

Honor Flower Stand

There are little stands tucked here and there as you go, and it’s such a great feeling to be immersed in this slower pace when you know the pulse of the city is barely 12 minutes away!

Phyllis Street Stand

Heart Pharmacy is where I will be mailing Audrey Would! parcels, and in fact just sent out Audrey’s first order from here!

Heart Pharmacy Collage

It actually made me feel happy emotional to be shipping an order this soon after the move, especially since this item was temporarily missing-in-action at the time! You see, all Audrey’s wares, with the help of my good friend Christine MacDonald, are carefully wrapped and packed in itemized boxes for the moment… 50 boxes, 50 full boxes stacked high and deep. And somehow I missed itemizing a few things like this piece.

Tantalus Decanter Caddy

It was eventually located in the 47th box on the second thorough search. So much for being organized and best laid plans!

We have tons to explore, so many new things to see and do… and we can’t wait, but right now we’re still unpacking and finding places to put things in this ‘new’ vintage home.

Painted Rocks

How about you? What do you love about where you live?

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Photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use!




Empty Planters. What to Do?

We are in the middle of unpacking and box mayhem, but the urge to prettify spots of our outdoor living is tugging at me. Well actually it’s more like a pull, especially after reading Shauna’s post from Satori Design for Living featuring geraniums. I love geraniums – we understand each other, and so they grow! ;-)

Just yesterday I moved our empty planters around that made the cut for the move.

Planter Prep

You might remember my vintage milk crates turned planters that I put together last year. If not, here’s a photo to see what I did.

Vintage Milk Crate Planters

We’re half way through this year’s summer season, so I’m not really sure what to do. I would love to quickly pot up some bright, colourful geraniums for a splash of outdoor cheer, but that wasn’t really on my task list.

Moving is hard work. It’s tiring and there’s so much to do. I find the biggest hurdle is prioritizing what to do. I love the possibilities of a new space, I feel energized and inspired, and just want to get started on all the fun stuff at once… but that doesn’t really unpack the boxes now does it?

What would you do? Would you pot up a few geraniums for what’s left of our summer, or would you opt out for the unpacked boxes lurking in every corner waiting for you?

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Well Now… How About These Vintage Glass Door Knobs!

Yes, we are in the thick of our move. Boxes are being packed, shuttled south, and more are being packed as we go. The beauty of a progressive move is the new home has a chance to sink in before it even gets started. This works for me!

And so… since we are moving into a vintage home with its tell-tale character I mentioned here, you can only imagine how thrilled I was to discover 2 doors featuring these!

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Why yes, our new vintage home happens to have 2 doors with their original glass knobs! How did I miss them in the viewing, the second walk-through, AND our first trip after acquiring the keys? Really??

Vintage Glass Door Knobs

If you’ve followed along over the years then you know how much I adore these sparkly, glam beauties from days gone by! I looove vintage glass door knobs, and featured a collection of DIY ideas here.

You know what the best part of this discovery is? Well, the bedroom we will be calling ours just happens to be one of the two rooms with these beautiful glass knobs!

Vintage Glass Door Knob

I am now officially swooning and cannot wait to be touching this little piece of vintage art glass Every. Single. Day! :-)

How about you? Do you love vintage glass door knobs too?

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DIY: A Vase Gets A Hollywood Glam Touch

It’s been a while since I’ve rolled up my sleeves and tackled a DIY. This one was a quick and easy, but it had to be done!

I fell in love with this ceramic piece in my treasure hunting rounds, but passed it by a few times over. I loved the bamboo Hollywood Regency appeal, but I’m not a super fan of yellow in my home. Don’t convict me, my Grandmother was!

DIYing a Vase with a Hollywood Regency Look

Price wasn’t the factor. I think I paid $2 in the end, but I knew it would mean painting this pretty out. So I tried to leave it behind for someone else, but after a few more visits over weeks or even a few months, this vase was still tempting me!

I set up my trusty outdoor work station complete with a wine bottle prop and some old coffee cans…

DIYing a Vase to Hollywood Glam

The extra cans were to help stabilize the one the vase was propped on. I had some leftover spray primer and white spray paint, so no new supplies were required. In fact, last year I turned another vase into a 1960s Mid-Century Modernist knock off, and wrote about it here.

Priming was quick and easy, and didn’t take too long to dry.

DIYing a Vase to Hollywood Glam

I gave the vase 2 coats of Painter’s Touch White Gloss. Oh, and before I got started I quickly gave the surface a roughing up with sandpaper, just enough so the paint would stick. I also gave the inside a quick coat.

I bet you’re surprised I didn’t go all the way with the Hollywood Glam factor and paint this piece out in black instead! I’ll be honest, I thought about it, but I really like the details of the bamboo profile, and black would have shadowed the exact features I wanted to pop.

DIYing a Vase to Hollywood Glam

Now I really love this vase, and have it sitting next to my last year’s knock-off! But rather than give you a glimpse of the two side-by-side, you might remember this Bamboo Cocktail featured a few posts ago.

DIYing a Vase to Hollywood Glam

I like the pairing of the new glam vase with the Mid-Century bamboo coupe! Follow along to see how these pieces work their way into our next home.

Living Room

We’re thinking they have the right look!

Do you have DIY knock-offs in your mix? And how about yellow? How does that colour fit?

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Photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use.

Thank You! You have Lightened Our Load!

Our moving sale has come and gone, and we would like to thank everyone who came out in support, and of course who helped us lighten our moving load!


This snippet of items we no longer need or use had the task feeling a little daunting at first…

Moving Sale

But my good friend, Julie came to lend a hand – we priced and labeled on Friday afternoon, and early Saturday morning the Mr. and I laid everything out. Thankfully our weather cooperated, and we were able to pop-up shop in the yard… so glad everything was labeled ahead with a price as people started to arrive by 8:00 AM!

A huge big thank you to Julie and also to my Dad for all your help! We are happy to put a ‘check’ beside this ‘to do’ on our moving list!

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MOVING SALE! Vintage Items in the Mix!

Yes, we’re having a MOVING SALE!

Moving Sale Ad


There will be some vintage pieces and some bigger items in the mix… Pop over to our ad on Used Cowichan to have a peek at the list! Hope to see you, even if it’s just for a chat and a quick look!

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Canada Celebrates 148 Years


Audrey Would Vintage Home Celebrates Canada Day!

Enjoy your day!

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