I Spy With My Little Eye…

If you had an opportunity to read yesterday’s post, Stylish Blogger Award, you will know from the 7 things I shared that I have a special attraction to something that’s displayed in this bookcase…

In this photo from Verdigris Vie ‘it’ is one of many proudly displayed objects.

Do you know what this object is? Have you spied it yet? Please leave a comment with your guess… I will identify the object of my affection in tomorrow’s post!

This space looks so inviting, and I love that the bookcase is full of interesting objects. I think they hint at the personalities behind the people who live here. What do you think?

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Photo: Verdigris Vie

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Stylish Blogger Award

WOW! I am so excited that Luciane from Home Bunch, blogger extraordinaire of beautiful homes and the very fun ‘Cool or Fool Friday’, awarded Sheila Zeller Interiors (SZInteriors) with the ‘Stylish Blogger Award’. This award means so much to me coming from Luciane because she has been a true source of inspiration, and always so full ofย  encouragement and support!

Thank you so much Luciane!

When you’ve been awarded the Stylish Blogger Award there are some rules:

Thank and link back to the person who awarded you.

Share 7 things about yourself.

Award 10 great bloggers you recently discovered.

Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award.

 

7 things about me… (I agree with Luciane, this is the hardest part!)

  1. I’d much rather we talk about you! Seriously. But here goes…
  2. My roots are very small town – I was born and raised on the Queen Charlotte Islands, (Haida Gwaii) BC, but my heart loves the city. Coming from a small town has definitely influenced my approach to styling spaces. I believe in starting with what you have, showcasing what’s meaningful to you, maybe a little repurposing or refinishing, and then adding something incredibly fun and fantastic that’s new… at least new to you, no matter where it comes from.
  3. I love the ocean. It is what grounds me, and where I go when I just need to think, and re-balance. I love to walk on the beach, and I’m fascinated with fossils and rocks. Growing up my family spent our Easters camping in a rustic cabin on the rugged West Coast of the Charlottes, and we scoured the shores for glass balls (Japanese glass fishing floats). To this day I am very attached to glass balls, and love it when they pop up unexpectedly in decor.
  4. My family means everything to me. I have an amazing 16-year old daughter who keeps me real, and makes me so proud, and I’m married to the love of my life , the biggest fan a girl could hope for…
  5. I worked in the public school system for 15 years before relocating to Vancouver Island where I live now. For most of those years I was a Special Education Assistant, and had the priviledge of working with a visually impaired student. This is when I learned to read Braille, and became very passionate about Braille Literacy… do you everย  notice the Braille in elevators, or at instant teller machines? I wish we could have Braille everywhere!
  6. This blog has become such a big part of my life. My husband and I joke that it’s what gets me out of bed in the morning, and keeps me up far too late at night! In part that’s true, but honestly, I love to check in to see what everyone else is up to. I love the blogging world because you really do meet so many people that you never would otherwise, and you make some great friends along the way. It’s just so amazing that with one click you can have your whole day light up by learning something new. The open sharing and caring from blogging friends is incredible, and I really do appreciate it when comments are left on my blog – I read them all, learn from them, and try to send a reply… I think it’s the comments that make a post so interesting – we all learn from what others have to say.
  7. If you were to spend a day or two with me you would learn that…
  • one of my favorite colours is green, but you’ll usually see me wearing something black (I know, I know… I just have a thing for black!)
  • I love dark chocolate, and chocolate mousse is my favorite dessert
  • I enjoy wine – red more than white
  • I’m not a fussy eater – trying new things is part of the fun… except for liver
  • My first movie pick is something ‘feel good’
  • Adele is my current sing along… LOVE her new CD

Favorite Quote: First I make up my bed, then I make up my mind… (Author Unknown… Do you know?)

Award 10 great bloggers you recently discovered.

1.ย  Colour Me Happy

 

2.ย  Young House Love

 

3.ย  Traci Zeller Designs

 

4.ย  Design Chic

 

5.ย  Little Green Notebook

 

6.ย  Pure Style Home

7.ย  La Dolce Vita

8.ย  Color Zen Blog

 

9.ย  Create Girl

 

10. I really have so many favorite stylish bloggers; please check out my blog roll for more!

 

Thank you again Luciane.

You have been such an inspiration to me, and I’m so happy we’ve connected.

This is truly an honour to be included in your list of 10!

Have a great week! xo Sheila

An Afternoon of Spring Delight

Recently I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with Pauline Dueck from Home Style Solutions, a Southern Vancouver Island home staging company. Pauline and I met at the Vancouver Island Stagers, Stylists & ReDesigners group (VISSR) that we both belong to. We had an enjoyable visit, mostly talking about the mix of social media and the world of design.

And speaking of design… Pauline arrived with these beautiful tulips in hand! What a nice surprise.

Don’t they look cheerful? They’re such a nice touch of Spring! Thank you for the lovely visit Pauline.

Are you wanting to bring the fresh feeling of Spring into your home? How about a cheery bouquet of flowers, and a visit with someone new…

If you want a remarkable space that tells your story, contact me to see how we can help!

Photograph: Sheila Zeller

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Flower Power!

I was in Vancouver this weekend and popped into Park Royal’s Home Sense on my way home. I didn’t come away empty-handed! In fact I was pretty excited to show my daughter the new pieces for her TV room…

A little tufted stool (which can multi-purpose as a small table when paired with a tray):

If you look closely you can see some bronze-coloured streaking running through the brown. That was one reason I thought this would work. Do you remember the chair purchased for this room not too long ago? Oops, I see some fibre dustings on one corner… pretend you don’t see those!

Here is the area rug that left the fibres on the stool!

I thought this rug was so much fun, and it picks up on some of the key colours going on in the room. It just seems so happy and cheerful to me, and it’s 100% wool to top it off.

So… when I asked my daughter what she thought, she said she really liked the stool, but she thought the rug was unnecessary! Poof. My little excitement swiftly brought under control… She did say she liked the rug (called it flower power!), and even if it was unnecessary, thought it would look good. I guess flower power is good?

So there you have it. A few more pieces for a teenager’s TV room. One of which is deemed ‘unnecessary’… of the pieces that is, not the teenager or the room! Do you like this unnecessary addition?

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Photos: Sheila Zeller

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Plywood: Shapely & Curvaceous

Shapely and Curvaceous. Really?

When you think of uses for plywood, generally framing and construction come to mind. But would you think of furniture?

One of the latest trends is really a revival of something from the past. Think Eames lounge chair, or molded plywood chairs.

Do these look familiar?

You may have seen this next chair showcased on the Lonny blog… it’s the Cherner chair armchair.

Isn’t the shape just stunning? Curvaceous and elegant. I would SO put this chair in my office!

I love the description tagged with this next shapely piece designed by Eric Pfeiffer

A truly chic magazine stand that’s molded and folded to keep your favorite magazines close at hand! What more needs to be said?

Or how about this ‘Big (O)Val’ย  table extraordinaire designed by Adam Fitzgerald?

Part of the Jackson Street collection, this table standing alone makes a statement. Can you imagine its impact once dressed and placed?

Then there’s the Ionic Bench designed by Laurie Beckerman. Truly, this is a masterpiece.

The lines are simply gorgeous. Would you dare to sit?

And with all great design, there’s always a piece to contemplate…

Minimalist and modern, I’ll leave you with the AP Stool designed by Shin Azumi for Lapalma to ponder…

Remember, all these pieces are made from plywood.

Plywood is a structural material that is made of layers of wood glued together, usually with the grains of adjoining layers at right angles to each other. As Popular Science puts it, think a layercake of lumber and glue! Hmmm, or is that Mmmmm?

Wouldn’t you say these molded pieces are simply amazing?

I would have to agree. They are all so incredible. And every incredible space that sets itself apart has something unique to share.

Would you feature a molded plywood piece in your space? Do you already own one? Care to share?

If you want a remarkable space that tells your story, contact me to see how we can help!

Photos:

Thumbnail Feature Image

Eames Moulded Plywood Chairs

Cherner Chair Armchair

Eric Pfeiffer Magazine Rack

Oval Table – Jackson Street Collection

Laurie Beckerman Ionic Bench

Shin Azumi AP Stool

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Little Splashes of… Spring?

Spring is just around the corner, but as I look out the window I see fresh snow very low on the mountains, and this morning there was slush outside. Hmmmm.

So I thought it would be fun to share some mini vases with you from CB2 online. They are cheerful little bud vases that will make any room feel like spring has sprung. Enjoy!

 

4-Some Bud Vase

I love the 4-some bud vase – it looks like the tulips are dancing! So lighthearted and fun…

 

Joyce Bud Vase

This Joyce bud vase will dress up any surface, whether filled with a single stem, or a small bouquet. The shape is perfect. How can this not bring a smile to your face?

 

Five Bottle Bud Vase

Notice how the five-bottle bud vase inverts its shape from one vase to the next. What a great centrepiece.

 

Mini Bud Vases

I think these mini bud vases are so playful. They have a ton of personality, and don’t ask me why, but they remind me of Dr. Seuss!

 

Links Vase

I can see this links vase brightening up any space… a windowsill, a bathroom… it would be perfect on a console table too. Also available in polished aluminum.

 

Three Ball Hanging Vase

I think this three-ball vase is very creative. Imagine your flowers just ‘hanging around‘!

 

How would you incorporate these vases into your decor? To see what other fun and funky things CB2 has to offer visit www.cb2.com.

Enjoy your weekend!

If you want a remarkable space that tells your story, contact me to see how we can help!

Photos: CB2 (Decor – Vases)

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A Collector or A Hoarder? See What Nate Says!

My passion is to work with what you already have before buying new… after you’ve decided what stays and what goes. See yesterday’s post on the ‘how’, ‘what’ and ‘why’ of your things to help you figure out what to keep and what to move on.

So the question has come up: why do I prefer to use what you already have if it’s a new look that’s desired?

Simply put, I believe in the story of your pieces… and everything you collect has a story. It’s these meaningful pieces that form the visual connection between you and your home. How and where they are integrated can make all the difference in creating a ‘new’ look.

If you think about it, your home is a collection of ‘things’, and the way you ‘collect’ is over time. But buying everything new all at once is purely a collection of new objects without any meaningful story behind them. That’s not wrong, it’s just a different approach than mine.

 

Then the question: if your home is a collection of things over time, how does this not become hoarding? What is the difference between a collector and a hoarder?

Rather than trying to answer this for you, click on the video to learn how Nate Berkus makes the distinction… and Nate is clear, he likes his ‘stuff’!

In the clip Nate also mentions Geralin Thomas. Geralin is a disorganization specialist and the founder of Metropolitan Organizing. Below Geralin describes some of the primary differences between a collector and a hoarder.

The Primary Differences Between Hoarders and Collectors

Collectors value and categorize their belongings, often showcasing them in display cases or archives. Hoarders often lump things together without the benefit of system or sequence.

Collectors often carry great pride in their treasures, and delight in exhibiting them to any interested party. Hoarders are often embarrassed and hide their belongings (home, car, etc.) from co-workers, neighbors and even repairmen.

Collectors are usually able to classify, quantify and articulate their exact knowledge of the various items in their collection. Hoarders will assign inflated values to arbitrary things based primarily on sentiment.

Collectors house their collectibles in specific environments, and often find joy or contentment in the company of their treasure. Hoarders harbor little rhyme or reason within the muddle of their mess. Exquisite jewels might be kept with worn socks, rare books in a dirty dog kennel, or cherished photographs among old and slowly decaying magazines.

To read the whole article, click here.

Collector or Hoarder?

 

You hold the key.

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Photos: Morgue File – Free Photos for Creatives by Creatives

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It’s Your Space: Tell Your Story

If you’ve been reading my blog posts you will see that I have been closing with…

If you want a remarkable space that tells your story, contact me to see how we can help!

So what does this mean, a remarkable space that tells your story?

To me, a remarkable space is visually appealing with interest and intrigue, it’s functional, feels good to be in, and most importantly it tells your story.

Everything you have in your home has come from ‘somewhere’ for ‘some reason’. Pay attention to ‘how’ things are acquired, ‘what’ they mean to you, and ‘why’ they remain.

Simply put, the story is all in the details.

When you understand the ‘how’, ‘what’ and ‘why’ for the pieces in your home, you are able to see each piece for what it is. And this is when you will know whether the ‘reason’ for the piece is ‘right’ for you.

No matter what, a story will unfold. It’s up to you how it’s told.

So why this post? I just read a great blog post by Jenny from A Little Green Notebook called ‘Are We Overexposed to Design?‘ I think Jenny has hit on something very real, and based on the endless comments from her readers, they think so too. I urge you to read Jenny’s post so you can weigh in with your own thoughts.

My thoughts…

As professionals in the very dynamic world of interior spaces, we help our clients tell their story in their space… piece by piece, room by room, chapter by chapter. How that story unfolds depends on our own ability to translate our client’s personality into their space. So make sure you surround yourself with things that are meaningful to you, and that make you feel good. If you keep things that grind at you, it’s time to ask yourself why. Gather together all the pieces that have a ‘right reason’ in answer to the ‘how’, ‘what’ and ‘why’ they’re in your space. Let the rest go. Who knows, what you let go today may become part of somebody else’s story tomorrow.

It’s our job to put memories in motion through the use of props (our client’s belongings), and create a motion picture (a visual story in a setting) starring our client. Anything added to enhance the setting or the scene is no different than an ‘extra’ on a set… nice to have for a finishing touch, but not the key feature.

Great spaces are not about great expenditures. They may or may not incorporate the latest trend, style, colour, or design, but ultimately a remarkable space is soulful and purposeful… for you. How we get there is built on the foundation of what matters to you.

 

If you want a remarkable space that tells your story, contact me to see how we can help!

 

Photos: Morgue File – Free Photos for Creatives by Creatives

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Did You Mark Your Calendar?

Did you remember to mark your calendar for February 27th?

If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, click here to read more…

And did you know…

final clearance event ends on Sunday, February 27th?

To find out more about what’s happening at Home Sense, click here.

Treat your home to some great deals this weekend. Every room is worth it! I’d love to hear about the bargains you find.

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Photo #1: Sheila Zeller

Home Sense logo & Final Clearance: Home Sense email-out

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Martini Lady

It’s a snowy day, totally unexpected, and I’m housebound with the flu :-(… Yes, I’m feeling pretty sorry for myself!

So I decided to share my ‘Martini Lady’ with you… For some reason her ‘sass’ makes me feel better! She was a gift from my hubby a while back, and I just love her attitude and abundant personality.

Isn’t she great?

Would you believe this work of art is painted on clay? The white background is actually the wall where this piece hangs.

Local Cobble Hill artist Harriet Hiemstra describes how she uses clay as canvas…

Clay is rolled into thin slabs. Images are carefully drawn and textures incised, stamped and rolled into the wet clay. Working in short series I use the playful imagery and fabulous textures inspired by the ‘Flapper era’ to showcase my eccentric imagination. Each piece is painted with underglaze and fired in an electric kiln several times to develop the rich detail.

This particular piece, my ‘Martini Lady’, has a stem vase moulded from clay that is attached at the back and forms part of the hanging mechanism. In keeping with the fabulous textures of the Flapper era that Harriet mentions I’m thinking I’d like to put peacock feathers in the vase…

Something like this.

What do you think?

There’s also a peacock feather wreath that’s kind of fun.

I really like the wreath, but I’m not sure how I would work it in…

So this is how the feathers would potentially look… you have to use your imagination to envision the feathers as an extension of Martini Lady’s own flapper cap.

Are you seeing it?

Okay, I think it’s time to have a nap! Clearly my conjested head is getting to me ๐Ÿ™‚

For more about the artist Harriet Hiemstra, and to see other examples of her work, click here. Or you can visit:

If I were to own another piece of Harriet’s work, I would love one of her vases. How about you? Would you like one of these pieces for yourself?

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Photo: Sheila Zeller

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