What do Sitting and Smoking Have in Common?

As a blogger…

I am sitting and working for long periods of time. Too long, in fact. I try to get up and make sure I move around, find reasons to go up and down the stairs throughout the day, pay attention to my posture, but in the end I’m still sitting for WAY.TOO.LONG. And yes, periodically go through bouts of lower back pain.

Sound familiar?

This image, shared on my friend Sarah Loewen’s facebook page, was my wake-up call.

Source: Sanders Says Blog

But it’s the caption that went with it that really snapped me to attention:


Seriously. Have you ever watched Mad Men? How can sitting be the new smoking? How does it even compare? I urge you to read the full article from My One Resolution Blog, or at least the quick recap by Sanders Says Blog. Short, but the message… not so sweet.

Blogging and Physical Fitness

It was in this moment that I stopped trying to figure the blogging and sitting vs. physical fitness, health and well-being ratio out on my own. I contacted Sarah without wasting another minute, and set up one-on-one sessions to build a fitness plan just for me. You see, Sarah is the owner of Loewen Behold, a full service fitness practice in Shawnigan Lake. Sarah has known me forever, and that includes our days in high school when sports were my life. So I trusted her to help me get my physical fitness back on the rails.

Yup, my name is Sheila, and I’m a blogger!

So why this post, and where am I going with it?

Well, I know many of you who read my blog are bloggers, too. And if you’re not a blogger, I bet many of you have a day job that requires extended periods of time spent sitting. And if you’re neither of these, I bet reading the short articles linked above will still come as a shock and surprise. I’m not kidding.

But what I’m really trying to do is bring an awareness, and present a partial solution to the greater whole.

A New Office Chair

Here’s what I just ordered for my office… the one on the lower left, but in blue – at least I hope it arrives in blue!

Source: Squidoo

The first time I ever used a stability ball for an office chair was about 6 years ago. I was a casual office assistant at the time, so this was not my permanent work station, and trust me, I wasn’t too keen to navigate the ball with a skirt on! And it was just the ball, no frame, so getting the ball to stop rolling while I tried to clamor on was yet another coordinating comedy in action. Can you picture it?

It was Sarah who told me these balls come with frames. Who knew? I had long forgotten about the ball dressed up as an office chair! And Sarah also advised that it’s good to switch up your chair throughout the day, including some time spent standing and working.

Ergonomics Matter

This all makes sense… and I think I can handle a ball in a frame!

Source: Amazon

I know it looks a little space age, and it’s not exactly the ‘pretty’ I’ve been imagining for the office, but ergonomics must factor into the equation. I’ll do what I can to give it a custom look that fits the rest of the space – you know, recover the back or something. And I do plan to swap between my current chair and this one throughout the day, so it won’t totally impose on the aesthetics of the office all of the time!

Why this chair?

Click here to read more on stability ball chairs. This is just part of the bigger plan to keep my body healthy and fit in this world of blogging.

How are you doing with your physical health? Are you sitting for way too long at a crack?

What Can You Do?

If you need a little personal support, why not get in touch with Sarah. Don’t let distance be the divide. Sarah offers one-on-one sessions via skype! Isn’t that convenient? And she’s amazing! She’ll get you started on a program that’s designed just for you!



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A Belated Reveal: Golf Course Staff Area

Way back in December I wrote about volunteering some of my time/services for the Ladysmith Golf Course clubhouse renovation (here).

The project is now complete, and I’m able to share the before/after photos specific to one area in particular where I was able to assist.

Here’s a look at the staff area before it all began.

The staff area is at the back of the room facing the front counter where customers are served… and this was the first impression impact!

The golf course is run by volunteers, and the budget for the overall inside renos was tight. The whole inside was basically gutted and redone, so it was important to be careful how money was spent.

Here’s a look at the reno in progress. The fridge was rerouted (to the left), and a new coffee service station was installed (to the right). The cash register doesn’t live on this counter, so just ignore that it’s there.

The open space between the fridge and coffee station is all that’s available for the new staff table and chairs. And this is where I came in.

Do you remember my very rough sketch of the space slated for the table and chairs? Oh, and that the building is round. So not only is the space very small, but it’s quirky to fit furniture into as well.

Well, quirks aside, here’s a look at the table and chairs finally set into place.

The fridge was shuffled as far left as it could go, but because of a newly installed baseboard heater, which was also fit as snugly into place as possible, it couldn’t go any further left. The new coffee service station is fixed in place, so there’s no room for movement there.

So the only option was to take good measurements, and be able to trust them when I was sourcing the table set. And trust me, it literally came down to the inch. On top of the physical limitations of the space, options were further limited once budget was factored into the equation.

But it all worked out perfectly in the end.

Here’s one more look at the before and after…

There’s enough room to push the inside chair back, and get in and out with ease, which was one of the things to consider.

And isn’t closed storage a great way to go? So much tidier for that first impression impact on the new customers who’ll be coming out to golf this year!

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Side Table Redo… What to Do?

I picked up a great little side table the other day, and plan to give it a makeover.

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But what to do?

Love this vintage 1920s table.

Source: 1st Dibs

The distressing you see is actually the original paint starting to chip and peel. No faux in this look, but it can be done!

Or I could go with a dark distressed top…

Source: Lilyfield Life Blog

And a fun colour on the bottom. I have been thinking about maybe a grayish-blue.

I like what Kate from Centsational Girl did here.

Source: Centsational Girl

Classic country chic, a look that never tires.

I could swap out the white for black…

Source: Remodelaholic / Choose to Thrive Blog

Black works well in our space, but I’m not sure.

Maybe a distressed black would be a better fit.

Source: Three Mango Seeds Blog

And in the end, I’m not even sure I want a stained top.

Maybe a distressed gray top and another colour on the bottom.


Source: Perfectly Imperfect Blog

I’m thinking I would paint the bottom in a darker colour though. Or maybe I’ll just paint the whole table out in one solid colour.

It’s fun trying to decide what to do. That’s what I love about DIY makeovers – you can do anything you want, and the possibilities are endless!

How about you? Got any projects brewing that are waiting on a direction, too?

Thanks for stopping by!

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Inspiration for a Bookcase Makeover…

Do you remember the bookcase I was painting a week ago?

Well, it all began here.

A boring pine bookcase caught up in yesterday’s look.

And so I decided to give it a makeover.

I used paint that was on hand, which you might remember from herehere, and here.

But I had inspiration to use this colour, other than the fact I had leftover paint to use up! When you piece the inspiration together you can see how the paint colour was a good fit. Besides, turquoise just makes me feel happy, so using it on an office piece makes sense to me!

Here’s a story board of the other pieces involved.

  • Fabric:  used on my bulletin board makeover (here)…
    • Do you remember that it’s hanging right outside the office door?
  • Ocean print:  we bought this print for the office in our last home…
    • And I bet you know by now, the ocean is my favorite place to be.
  • Sand dollar print, ‘Seashore’ by Sarah at Wooden Spoons Edition
    • My first win ever in a giveaway, and it couldn’t be more perfect. Sand dollars remind me of my life growing up on the Charlottes.
  • Woman and telephones print, ‘Postmodernity’ by Nancy Marcus of Marcus Design Inc. on Etsy…
    • My lucky win in another giveaway this past Christmas, and from a very special dlbWEST blogging friend! Don’t you think this is the perfect print to prettify an office space?
  • ‘Thank You’ card:  given to me by my friends, Chris & Leigh Davies of Mid-Island Ink Depot, also clients for a lighting redesign I helped them with…
    • I loved this card when I received it last year, and so it became the inspiration for the wallpaper I picked out.

I found the wallpaper at Home Depot, and it was exactly what I was looking for!

Here’s the bookcase after it was painted.

Now that the paint has dried, we’re ready for the wallpaper application.

And that’s a whole other story, but here’s a sneak peak!

What do you think so far?

For the fully styled bookcase reveal, click here!

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Affordable, Colourful, Creative Mid-Century Modern

I went searching for some affordable Mid-Century Modern and came across a little extra colourful twist.

It started with this MCM furniture clipart…

Source: Lushpad Blog

Isn’t it great? If you’re into Vector graphics, there are 4 different packages of furniture icons you can purchase for your own use.

And how about this Ali Douglass art print?

Source: Etsy

Can’t you just see this framed on a wall? Check out Ali’s Etsy shop for purchasing details, and for more of her work.

Do you consider chairs an accessory?

Source: Sunshine and Design

Bet you thought I meant ‘as in’ furniture pieces! But seriously, how cool are these necklaces? They are designed by Bruxe Design, and you can find more details and purchasing information over at Tiny Little Chairs.

Okay, I’ll be more traditional. How about chair pillows as an accessory?

Source: This Next

With these pillows, designed by Mike and Jennifer Tuttle, you can have a whole set of MCM chairs in your home! Visit This Next for more details and purchasing information.

Would you ever feature an Eames chair on your tabletop?

Source: Grass Roots Modern

I would if it looked like this! I think the set of four coasters is awesome, and would even hang them on my wall, too. Visit Medium Control Etsy Shop to see all four designs in the set, and for purchasing details.

If you’re more interested in wall art, you might prefer this wooden wall tile instead.

Source: Etsy

Here you see Saarinen’s tulip chair, but if you would like a different MCM chair or just want to purchase what you see, contact The Bees Knees Designs and they’ll make it happen for you.

Wondering what other MCM chairs there might be? Maybe this alphabet of design classics will help you out.

If you know the designer, it’ll be easier to name the chair! Visit Blue Art Studio for more incredible prints and for purchasing information.

Or you can opt for this alphabet print by Jen Renninger instead.

Source: Etsy

Notice, there are some different chairs in this one? Purchasing information and details, here.

But I in the end totally fell in love with this one by Jen.

Source: Etsy

What’s not to love about this print, the Eames Molded Plastic Armchair Rocker? For purchasing information on this print, click here. To see more of Jen’s work, visit here.

So you see, the options for owning a fab MCM piece are endless. It just depends on how you see it! Is there anything here that works for you? I hope you enjoyed this retail therapy with a twist 😉

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Mid-Century Modern Challenge – Answers Revealed!

On Friday I posted a fun little challenge to see if you could name the pieces in this photograph along with their designers.

Source: A Note on Design

Wouldn’t you love to be on the receiving end of a shipment like this?

Anyway, not to keep you in suspense any longer, here are the answers…

1.  Eames Walnut Stool designed by Charles and Ray Eames, 1960

Source: SZInteriors via Hive Modern

2.  Coconut Chair designed by George Nelson, 1955

Source: Herman Miller

3.  Eames Molded Plywood Lounge Chair (LCW – Lounge Chair with Legs), 1946

Source: Herman Miller

4.  Eames Aluminum Group Side Chair, 1958

Source: Herman Miller

5.  Eames Eiffel DSW Dining Chair (Molded Plastic with Wooden Legs), 1948


Source: Herman Miller

6.  Arne Jacobsen Series 7 Side Chair, 1955

Source: Hive Modern

7.  Eames Lounge Chair, 1956

Source: Herman Miller

8.  Sori Yanagi Butterfly Stool, 1954

Source: Hive Modern

When you see the dates of these designs, it just goes to show that great design is never out of style… no matter where the next trend takes us! I hope you find this a useful resource.

And a special congratulations to Tracey Ayton of Tracey Ayton Photography for naming 6 of the 8!

Thank you all for playing along 🙂

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Mid-Century Modern Challenge

I thought it would be fun to end this week with a little Mid-Century Modern challenge. Are you up for it?

If I showed you this photo…

Source: A Note on Design

How many pieces can you identify?

Do you know their names and designers?

Email your answers to: sheila@sheilazellerinteriors.com / Subject: MCM Challenge

… and leave a comment below 🙂

I hope you have a great weekend!

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A Rare MCM Plycraft Chair by George Mulhauser

When you hear the name George Mulhauser, there’s probably one or two very distinct chairs, maybe even three that come to mind. But I bet this chair I’m about to show you isn’t one of them!

When I saw this reference to a mystery chair in House Beautiful

Quirky Green Chair

The mystery chair: Frank saw it in an antiques store, fell in love with it, and has no idea who designed it.

I knew I had to write this piece! For that mystery chair was this one I pinned about 17 weeks ago! And at the time I didn’t know anything about it either.

Pinterest via Wool Acorn / From House Beautiful

And then I came across this page on the Suburban Pioneer website.
According to the item description the incredible designer behind this unique chair was George Mulhauser. Who knew? If I had to guess the designer I would have headed towards Norman Cherner.


Doesn’t the curve of the back and arms remind you of the Cherner armchair? Well the arms minus the artistic scroll!

I love the sassy position of the arms and their scroll. To me  it looks like the chair is standing with its hands on its hips!

Here are a few more of the Mulhauser chairs I was able to find.

I’m not loving the fabric on this one…


But back in 2008 it sold for $2160!

I don’t mind the striped fabric on this swivel desk chair, but I’m thinking the seat has been reupholstered.


Notice the seams and button detail? The other chairs don’t have this. Did you notice this chair is also without an upholstered back?

This next chair is not a desk chair, it’s the Mulhauser bentwood armchair.


See how the style has changed to a round base? This chair is also c. 1965, and in 2008 apparently it sold for $1320.

This armchair has been reupholstered in white vinyl, and it looks like the arm and seat base still need to be reattached.


Though it’s hard to see from this photo, the vintage ivory lacquer is most likely not original. Can  you see how it’s lightly distressed on the curve of the arms?

How fun is this set?


It’s a Mulhauser Sultana set, and according to the write-up on Ebay, it’s very rare. The asking price is $6100 US, if that’s any indication of just how rare this set is!

And here’s another set I came across on So Eclectic blog. I love the story that goes with it…

Mary writes:

Look at this patio set. It’s so awesome with it’s lime green chippy paint, unique curvy wood, and the white faux leather.

And then she posts this UPDATE:

I believe that these are George Mulhauser Plycraft Chairs. Which would make them a whole lot more than what they were listed for in the store. Awesome. Wish I would have been able to snag these!

Isn’t that the truth! Sometimes it helps to know what ‘exactly’ you’re looking at! But then you have to decide if it’s cool because you like it, or if it’s cool because you know the value of it. It’s subtle, but makes a difference.

And that’s why it’s so much fun to write these posts. I learn, and in turn try to share some of this with you! It makes thrifting and antiquing that much more interesting… you know, to have a little knowledge about some of the things you might stumble upon. And these Mulhauser bentwood pieces are a great example of that.

Did you know this chair was designed by George Mulhauser?  Have you seen it before?

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Scuffing About With Annie Sloan

Yesterday was a day I’ve been looking forward to since last year. Okay, since the beginning of December… but that’s last year, right?

Yesterday I attended a workshop where I finally got to hang out with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint… for a whole afternoon!

Do you remember my little mention of Annie’s paint here? Well I  have been dying to try it ever since. I mean, who can resist no sanding,  no priming, and getting by with one coat?

And look at all the colours we got to play with.

So hard to choose. Did you know the paints can be combined to create a palette of over 55 colours?

These are the colours I chose to work with…

Paint Colours: Source 

There’s also a clear wax and a dark wax that you can use to create different effects.

Soft Wax Brush & Can: Source / Wax Images: Source

We worked with pieces of moulding to practice layering paint colours, and trying different distressing and waxing techniques.

Here is what I did.

Based on the colours I chose to work with, can you guess what I did?

This one is my favorite.

Believe it or not, this is Paris Grey with clear and dark wax, and no distressing. It looks a little darker here than it actually is. But isn’t it amazing how the dark wax changes the colour?

I was trying out Paris Grey for a reason. You see, I have a project in mind that I think this colour might be perfect for. Do you remember these windows? I wrote about them here.

Well I’m thinking of painting out a piece to go with the windows.

Here’s a little glimpse of what I have in mind.

The moulding colour and finish shows truer in this picture. What do you think? I don’t think it’ll be too matchy-matchy in the end, because of the dark wax.

We also did a mini take-home project in the workshop, which I have to finish now that the paint is dry on mine. But you’ll get to see that in another post once I’ve got it done!

So in spite of what I’ve heard about how easy Annie Sloan chalk paint is to work with, I’m still glad I took this workshop instructed by Debra Boeyenga, owner of A French Touch. I learned so many tips and techniques that will make my life easier, and I’m sure my paint and wax will go a lot farther as a result!

So far I have only bought the clear wax, but once I decide on what project to tackle in which colour, the paint and dark wax will be next! And naturally that means the painting tools, too!

Do you have any projects you’re thinking of painting with Annie Sloan chalk paint? Any that you’ve already done? Would love to hear your thoughts!


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Illustrated Mid-Century Pieces at a Glance

When I came across James Provost’s illustrated collection of iconic Mid-Century Modern furniture I couldn’t wait to share it with you. After all, what MCM lover wouldn’t want to see Eames, Cherner, Bertoia, Jacobsen – to name a few – all at a glance?

These art prints are available with a neutral background…

Source: Imagekind

A retro warm…

Source: Imagekind

Or a retro cool.

Source: Imagekind

They are also available in a range of sizes and options. Click here for more details.

You might also enjoy visiting Trendland: Fashion & Trend Blog where a few of Provost’s illustrations from above are shown individually and in larger scale.

Can you identify all the pieces in this print? Wouldn’t it be fun to try?

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