Friday 19 August 2011

Yes, We’re Having Fun!!

Canadian Design & Lifestyle Bloggers WEST members always have fun!!

Take a look at Tara Lauren from Lauren Lane Decorshe just secured an old automotive shop. What’s so fun about an old oily shop you ask? Well, it’s beyond fun when you’re going to use it as a studio and shop to make and sell your fabulous repurposed treasures and other lovely things!!

shop office

Tara’s fun doesn’t stop there. She’s also the new distributor for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Tara writes of chalk paint: “This is THE paint to use for the painted French and Swedish look on furniture where the paintwork shows a patina of history.” You can learn more about Annie Sloan Chalk paint, and purchase some of your own at Tara’s Paint Boutique site!


Being a generous spirit and wanting to share in the fun, starting in September Tara will be offering classes in using chalk paint to create your own antiqued treasures. I may have to take a special trip to Calgary just to take part in a class… really!! I see a Members’ ROAD-TRIP opportunity: a Calgary-hosted Cdn.d&lbWEST Bloggers Party and furniture-painting-with-Annie-Sloan-Chalk Paint-classes anyone??!!

Just last week Nyla Free ~ Nyla Free Designs and Dabble Magazine ~ had loads of fun hanging out with Kimberley Seldon, Brian Gluckstein and Tracey Moore on the set of CityLine!

CityLine-e1313523269695 Nyla’s segment is all about custom rugs… and she was fabulous!!

The “Home Day” episode they were filming aired this past Thursday so it was fun for us to watch! If you haven’t yet seen the episode and you’d like to share in the fun, here’s a link: CityLine’s Home Day, August 18, 2011

Nyla wasn’t the only Cdn.d&lbWEST member having fun on TV

Jacqueline Corea from The Pink Chandelier and Corea Sotropa Interior Design was on Calgary’s CityTV Breakfast Television (August 8th) where she shared fantastic tips on hanging artwork. Yep! FUN!



This photo has nothing to do with hanging artwork or sharing all the fantastic stuff you know on television (WooHoo Jacqueline!)… but it IS the very first photo I’ve ever seen that shows exactly what I’ve been wanting to do with an occasional chair I have. Of course for me, that’s totally fun!

I love it!! I want this Ikat in a dark orange!!

Jacqueline… you have to tell me where you sourced this phenominal and fun fabric… please!


Okay… enough of what I want… back to the fun!!


Ashli's BedroomHow about this: Ashli Malinek of Maillardville Manor will have her principal bedroom’s FAB faux paneled wall, along with a detailed How-To, included in the September issue of “This Old House Magazine”!! Not only that, the same feature is currently on the This Old House website. Fantastically fun stuff!!


We have another FUN magazine photo spread to look forward to…

Tina's PlaceTina Barriscale from Half of What I Say is Meaningless… just spent a fun-filled-day with Erin McLaughlin, the Style at Home Editor, and photographer Virginia MacDonald. YES! Several rooms in her new home will be featured in an upcoming issue of Style at Home!!Tina's Kitchen

I hope hope hope that they showcase Tina’s kitchen with its absolutely wonderful Knoll Saarinen table and Eames DCW chairs by Herman Miller in walnut veneer!! {{Sigh!}}

Oh… or her bathroom. Wow!

Tina ~ be sure to tell us what issue of Style at Home magazine you’ll be featured in!!




Michelle Gadd (Elasticpantcity) is definitely having fun! Why? She just opened a new online store she calls Repo Wear.

How fun is this sweet dress?!

Michelle has written all about Repo War HERE

Be sure to drop in!!


We can all anticipate a fun filled day on Saturday, September 24th… that’s the day of the Fieldstone Vintage Market in Abbotsford!

Rachel & Lily from Birch + Bird are working in partnership with the Bakerview EcoDairy to host what should prove to be a fantastic market filled with local handmade and vintage items. I have to save up all my money!!!

fieldstone1 Barbara from hodge:podge and I (Victoria at Edin’s House) were very lucky to learn of the fun to come first hand… we were invited to sit on the Jury that determined who the invited vendors would be at the first Fieldstone Vintage Market!

Note the date in your calendar so you can have fun too!

Everything I’ve shared with you is not only fun, it’s absolutely fabulous! But I have one more totally terrific thing to share…

And it’s all about fun!

Today (Saturday morning) many of our lovely Cdn.d&lbWEST Network members are meeting for coffee and chit-chat at Colleen Sawatsky’s house!! I just want to HUG her for opening up her home. How wonderful, hey?!


On her blog Vintage Home today Colleen showed us how she’s getting ready for us! ;-)

I only hope her kitties will make room for us!! LOL!!IMG_1487 IMG_1501

There’s definitely an excitement amongst members to gather again, and we’re equally excited to meet Colleen (she’s new to many of us) and see all the well-loved and vintage items in her home (‘cause that’s what she does!).

Yes… for a FUN group, we’re a bit nosey! But in the best possible way ;-)

Photos and highlights of our fun meet-up will be shared very soon, I promise!!

So tell me… are YOU a blogger in Western Canada? Do you want to have fun with us? Click on the “Become a Member” page above, share some info about you and your blog then submit!

w/ Nancy, Karla and Barbara
cdn.d&lbWEST Organizers

P.S. We have major over-the-top fun planned for September 28, 29 & 30. Watch for the news!!!