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Stylish Blogger Award

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…

An Afternoon of Spring Delight

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…

Flower Power!

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

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…

Little Splashes of… Spring?

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…

A Collector or A Hoarder? See What Nate Says!

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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It’s Your Space: Tell Your Story

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…

Did You Mark Your Calendar?

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,…

Martini Lady

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 πŸ™‚

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

Peacock Feathers: Pier One Imports

Peacock Feather Wreath: Pier One Imports

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A Quilt of Many Colours

A Quilt of Many Colours

My grandmother was amazing when it came to reuse, recycle, repurpose, refinish… anything ‘RE’ and Gran was already on it. She lived through the Depression, had seven children, and knew better than most how to live frugally. Gran (I always called her Gran, but she…