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.

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

Photo #1: Sheila Zeller

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

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Mark Your Calendar!

Mark your calendar for Sunday, February 27th.

WINNERS in Duncan is having their winter ‘Final Clearance’ event… which, according to the sales clerk I spoke with, only happens twice a year – once towards the end of the winter season,  and the other at the end of the summer season. The final clearance of items has already begun, but the serious price slashing is yet to come…

We already know WINNERS’ markdowns are amazing, but seriously, this event is full of unbelieveable discounts. On the 27th markdowns will happen 3x in the day; once at 9:00 AM, then Noon, and the third at 3:00 PM. Many clearance items will be on their 3rd or 4th markdown – just count up the overlapping red stickers on the price tag, and that will tell you how many times the item has been reduced!

A few things that I’ve read (customer comments), but not sure which, if either, are indeed fact:

  1. If you see a staff member walking around with a price scanner, ask them to scan your items, and if there has been a further price reduction you’ll have another red sticker printed on the spot.
  2. Conversely, staff will not reduce any items you are already carrying around, as clearance items must be on the rack to receive further markdowns.

As I said, I don’t know which, if either is true. But honestly, I think the best advice is if you see something you want, DON’T WAIT. It may be scooped up by someone else while you wait for a further price reduction! Be okay with the already great price the moment you find it, or be prepared to take a gamble. Just remember that there are no guarantees – the item may actually be at its lowest price already!

Also keep in mind the reality of the event. It is FINAL CLEARANCE, and apparently anything that doesn’t sell by the end of this event will be donated (see who WINNERS supports here). So take the time to sift through the markdown items while you can… who knows, you just might find a treasure lurking within!

Did you know…

All WINNERS and HOME SENSE outlets have begun their final clearance markdowns?

Wondering if the WINNERS near you is slashing their prices on the 27th, too? Contact WINNERS for more information.

Enjoy your weekend!

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

Photo 1: WINNERS website

Thumbnail Image & Photo 2: Sheila Zeller

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V is for Vicente!

Yesterday V was for Valentine’s… and today V is for Vicente!

I am so excited because my Hubby Valentine surprised me with Vicente Wolf’s newest book, ‘Lifting the Curtain on Design‘.

This book has been on my wish list since it hit the stands, so needless to say, I’m pretty happy! Especially because we don’t usually make a big event out of Valentine’s Day. Chocolate (always a little bit of chocolate!), and a card, a fun dinner, and then we kick back and relax for the evening.

In flipping through the pages, it’s everything I had hoped it would be. Now I can’t wait to actually read it!

In case you don’t have the titles of the first two books, they are:

Crossing Boundaries: A Global Vision of Design’

Learning to See: Bringing the World Around You into Your Home

Have you read any of these books? Which one is your favorite?

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

Photos from Vicente Wolf blog

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Just Say ‘Yes’

Just Say 'Yes'

When you hire an interior specialist (designer, stylist, decorator, redesigner, stager, organizer, etc.) chances are that you will hear ideas and suggestions you have not considered or even thought of. And that is why you hired the professional! Let your mantra for this journey be to say ‘yes’ first, and stay open for amazing results.

If you have done your homework prior to hiring Sheila Zeller Interiors, then you will know that we listen, create, and connect. In order for us to do this successfully, your part is to be as open, candid and clear as possible in the consultation. The more you are able to tell us about your hopes and desires for your space; your uses and needs for it; and the feeling you want created, the better informed we will be to help achieve your vision. A few things to keep in mind so that we can do our best work for you are:

1. Know your likes and dislikes

Before we can create a space that works for you, we need to have a sense of who you are, and what makes you, YOU. What colours and textures do you prefer? What kind of artwork do you tend toward? Do you like antiques or steer clear of them? What is your personal style and flair – jeans or suits or somewhere in between? Do you like nature, the city, landscapes, seascapes, or sky scrapers? What are your hobbies and interests? This is all about you, and the more we learn, the more your space will reflect YOU!

2. Understand how you plan to use the space

Is this a new space for you or an existing one? What kind of space is this? For example, are we styling a bedroom, an office or den, a living room, or are we doing a few rooms? Does the space need to be multi-functional or is it single purpose only? Does it need to be pet-friendly, child and/or teen-friendly? Will you be using it to entertain in, or is this your oasis?

3. Prioritize your existing furniture, artwork, and accessories

We will need to know which existing pieces must be, can be, and definitely won’t be incorporated in the fresh look (do you love it, like it, or really want to let it go?). We want to learn what things are meaningful to you, and which pieces hold a special sentimental value. We would love to know their stories so that we can better tell your story. We will ask if we can ‘shop your house’:  can we remove items from other rooms and incorporate them into the space we’re working on?  We need to be clear where the boundaries are: what is off-limits, what is negotiable, and what is fair game. And of course, we’ll want to know if adding any new pieces is an option, so shopping for and purchasing new items, and/or refurbishing existing ones… which leads next to the budget.

4. Be budget-conscious and budget-clear

All too often a project will begin with mutual enthusiasm and excitement, only to wane when the beast of the budget enters in. And this is why being budget-clear before we begin is critical: what is most important to accomplish (key areas of focus), what is the time line for completion (haste makes waste), and what is the $$$ allocation (a range between $ and $)? It’s our job to create a space that you connect with within these parameters; it’s up to all of us to be mutually clear on what these parameters are.

5. Enjoy the Journey: Just say ‘Yes’

Relax and trust the professional that you have hired. Expect the unexpected, and allow yourself to think outside of the box. By saying yes to new ideas and being clear about the process, you make it possible for us to create something remarkable for you!

 

It’s about coming home… If you want a remarkable space that tells your story, contact me to see how we can help!

 

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Off to NYC… Just A Little Inspiration!

If you’ve ever watched HGTV/Food Network’s ‘Restaurant Makeover’ and had the pleasure of seeing Chef Lynn [Lynn Crawford] in action, then you’ll understand why I watched her HGTV/Food Network mini series, ‘Pitching In’. Chef Lynn is pure soul; and her passion for creating exquisite meals is an understatement. But the reason I was so intrigued to watch ‘Pitchin’ In’ wasn’t for the cooking aspect (if you know me, then you’ll know the kitchen isn’t where I love to spend my time!!!), it was for the reason Chef Lynn opted into the journey of this  mini series. Lynn Crawford was the Executive Chef of the Four Seasons Manhattan in New York for years, preparing culinary delights for the ‘Rich and Famous’, but she says somewhere along the way she lost her passion, and so she wanted to go back to the roots of ‘food’ to try and find her passion again.

I believe we all have a passion for what we are meant to do, and if we are doing something other than what feeds our passion, we are on the wrong path.

So where am I going with all this? I am going to New York! What better place than New York to soak in colour, texture, scale (definitely scale!), and of course avant garde ‘anything and everything’ from historical to modern extraordinaire? I can’t wait for the osmosis of design inspiration to set in. I’m looking forward to sharing this journey with you when I return. And as for Chef Lynn… well, have you heard of Ruby Watchco?

Until then, here are a few images of the places I’ll be seeing, and some of the things I’ll be doing…

A colourful glimpse of ‘The city that never sleeps’.

New York City at Sunset

Uptown Minds

This just makes my heart race!

And ‘Les Halles’, Anthony Bourdain’s restaurant (he’s the chef that never sleeps!)

Anthony Bourdain Restaurant - Les Halles NYC

Virtual Tourist

After dining here, I bet we won’t want to sleep, either!

Of course, there’s Times Square, which is the area we will be staying in.

Times Square at Night - NYC

Top World Cities

I can’t wait to see Times Square at night. Did you know, Times Square is where the famous photograph, ‘The Kiss’ was taken?

Hhhh, so much to see in so little time…

Yellow Taxis in NYC

Scallywag and Vagabonds

Sitting in traffic is just not an option! We’ll be walking, walking, and taking the subway too!

And what’s a trip to New York without at stop at a deli? Like maybe, ‘KATZ, that’s all!’

KATZ Deli - Where Harry Met Sally

Enjoy Your Holiday

KATZ Deli is not just ‘any’ deli. It was established in 1888, and is famous for, ‘Send A Salami To Your Boy in The Army’. And yes, there is a story behind the catch phrase, ‘KATZ, that’s all!’

Do you remember the dessert scene in, ‘When Harry Met Sally’? Well, did you know, it was filmed at this deli?

When Harry Met Sally - I'll Have What She's Having Sign

Gastro Gazette

We’re SO off to ‘have what she had!’

But the biggest reason we’re headed to NYC at this time…

Green Day's American Idiot on Broadway, NYC

Favim

Is to take in the brand new musical, Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’! This is our main Broadway attraction, and we are super excited to see it!

If there’s a NYC heart, there’s a pulse!

I love NYC Art - The Suite World

The Suite World

Hhhhhhh, I think I heart New York already 🙂 Seriously, what’s not to love?

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How Colour Changed My Business Name

I’ve been following Maria Killam’s blog for the last year, eagerly awaiting each new post with anticipation and curiousity – what will Maria say today? Maria has a way of writing that simply resonates, and she shares her expertise as if she were sharing with a friend – well a friend that she has actually met.

So when Maria posted that  her True Colour Expert Training course was being offered in May, I was excited and quick to sign up. My thought, if Maria teaches the course the way she shares in her blog, this is the colour course for me! And… so it was. The course has come and gone, but the impact of it remains. With 14 of us participating, from as far away as New York to as close as Vancouver Island, there was an instant richness and depth to the tapestry of this learning experience that might otherwise have been missing (see in the picture below: that’s me 2nd from left, and Maria is in the centre, 6th from left. Funny thing, right beside me is Traci Zeller of Traci Zeller Designs – no relation, other than by profession… and the colour course of course!).

True Colour Expert Training Class – May 2010

So how did colour change my business name?

Well, Maria’s course provided a palette for focus – three solid days of everything colour with like-minded professionals. And it became transparently clear that what we do best for our clients is really about doing what we love to do, and leaving the rest for the true specialists in those other areas. And that clarity is why I am refocusing to create Sheila Zeller Interiors.

What are my specialties?   Listening – Creating – Connecting

  • Listening: hearing your wishes and needs, and interpreting them in your space
  • Creating: translating your style with a balance between beauty and function
  • Connecting: telling your story by working with your pieces to reflect who you are in your space

Why? Because I believe your space matters as much as you do, and in the end it’s all about you.

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Photograph source: sZinteriors