Industrial Decor October 07, 2015 15:13


Industrial Decor is a very popular trend right now - and whether you go all out and embrace everything

industrial or just want to introduce a piece here and there to compliment your current decor - there are so

many options available.  When choosing color for your space, warm neutrals (such as a warm gray) work

very well as they bring visual warmth to the coolness of the metals that are a central factor in the industrial

look.  Here are a few pieces that may inspire you....




Remember to add some color and texture with throw cushions and throws -  like this faux fur throw, or this soft ivory throw.













And of course some lighting....    













If  you have any questions about any of these pieces, let me know!



Popping up near you for all your Christmas shopping! September 30, 2015 13:45

I can hardly contain my excitement for all the pop-up shops booked for the fall!  Booked so far are:



Saturday, November 7th 10am - 4pm

Sports Landing Center, 45530 Spadina Avenue, Chilliwack





November 14 & 15 10am -4pm, Heritage Park, Chilliwack





Saturday, November 28th, 9am - 4pm








Outdoor Living Spaces March 04, 2015 18:30

The sun is shining, the robins are out, spring flowers are pushing their way through the earth - this is probably THE most exciting time of year for me!  I get inspired to decorate inside and out...


It seems that over the last few years we have all extended our living spaces by incorporating what would usually be considered indoor decor onto our patios and decks - and even adding heaters and covers so that we can enjoy the great outdoors for more than a few weeks in the summer.  I came across these accessories and although they can be used indoors - would make great additions to any patio or deck.  Mmmmm...what changes can I make to my outside space this year??


























Aquamarine – the trending color of Spring 2015 February 10, 2015 21:50

Every season a certain color in a range of tones is chosen as the “IT” color ….just take a stroll through the mall and you can’t miss it.  This coming season Pantone has chosen Aquamarine as the lead color

“The lead color for women for the Spring/Summer 2015 season, PANTONE 14-4313 Aquamarine is an airy blue with a dreamy feel. Cool and calming, ethereal Aquamarine is a shade with a wet and watery feel. Open and expansive, this restful blue also acts as a stress reducer.” 

Home Décor trends follow fashion…and I love the opportunity (and excuse) to bring in a few new pieces to refresh my space. And bonus if it helps reduce stress!  Who doesn't need a little of that?   Here are a few ideas that just may add that needed touch of Spring 2015 to your home.  











       1) Block Print Flower Frame - $23.00  2) Teal Flowers Floating Ball - $3.75  3) Ceramic Gardenia Flower - $26.00  4) Block Print Blue Floral Napkin - $9.00  5) Little Bears Cushion - $38.00  6) Wash Sign - $38.00









How to decorate with mirrors January 29, 2015 20:21

Mirrors can be used many ways in the home to achieve a variety of effects – it can show a bit of personality, change a view or open up a room.


You can easily make a room seem larger by propping up a large mirror (at least ¾ as tall as the wall) – this creates the instant look of more square footage – perfect for small spaces!




You can group several mirrors of assorted sizes and styles to make a “gallery” wall.




If you hang a mirror to reflect a window, it will give the illusion of another window in the room once again creating the illusion of a larger space – and if the sun is shining, a brighter space!




Hope you enjoy the pictures and get inspired to try some mirrors in different ways in your home.


Have a great weekend,








CLOCKS..they are not just for telling time January 15, 2015 14:43



Let’s face it; we certainly do not need a clock anymore to tell the time.  Every single appliance we are using at any time of the day has a clock...our computer, our phone, our cable box, our microwave...the list goes on and on.  We are probably not even consciously aware of how many clocks we have until there is a power outage.  Resetting all those clocks can be a real pain!


So why buy another clock?  Because there are some simply beautiful timepieces out there and the addition of any of these can create a new focal point in a room, or add that little bit of sparkle to a room that needs a touch of pizzazz. 


And as an extra added bonus....these don’t need resetting if there is a power outage :)


Here are a few of the options available in our store...



Marsala – the Pantone 2015 colour of the year January 09, 2015 14:16

Not sure how I feel about this one…I think it is all in how it is used.  I most definitely will not be rushing to my local paint store to buy a couple of gallons of this, but used in accent pieces it can look amazing.  When I first saw the colour I was thrown back to the “dusty rose” that I loved in the 80’s – my bedroom was painted with the colour for goodness sakes – what was I thinking? 

Pantone describes this as : “A naturally robust and earthy wine red, Marsala enriches our minds, bodies and souls.”


Sarah Richardson’s post on Facebook today had some fantastic pieces that would add the right touch to your home without having to make a major commitment. 

So while I ponder the pro’s and con’s of this year’s colour, I think I will plan on making a delicious dish of Chicken Marsala this weekend – maybe served with a glass of “naturally robust and earthy wine”!



Enjoy your weekend everyone!



A New Year - A Fresh Start January 04, 2015 20:56


I love the beginning of a New Year – there is something to be said about having that blank canvas in front of you - so many possibilities – that creates a sense of excitement.  Although we have many things planned for the year ahead, there will be many more times that are unscripted - that just may be some of the best time of our lives.

The first change of the year at our house usually coincides with the dismantling of Christmas.  I spent almost 5 hours yesterday taking down the trees, packing up all the baubles, putting away all the snowmen and Santa’s for another year.  It was exhausting and has to be at the top of my list of things I hate to do! gives me the first “Fresh Start” of the year.  In order to have the space to bring in my Christmas decor, I have to move furniture, move lots of knickknacks out – including some small pieces of furniture (okay maybe I do go a bit overboard with Christmas decorating).    Now that everything Christmas is gone I can make changes to how my furniture layout was, or what items I want to bring back into the room.   Some things never return - some get a new home in another room of the house while others are repurposed.  It is the perfect opportunity to change things up a bit – create something different out of what we already own and mix in a bit of new. 

So today I will clean, move things around, edit and declutter – I came across these great tips on how to make changes to your room...

Let’s face it....we are looking at a few months of dismal weather outside – our inside spaces should provide us with warmth, comfort and delight.....while we look forward to Spring!


Have a great week...




Looking forward to 2015... December 31, 2014 15:08


2014 was a great year with visits from out of town guests, good times spent with friends and a bit of travel thrown in.  Thank you to everyone who shared some time with us.


Like any year there were challenges but nothing too dramatic.  Life would be very boring if we didn’t have all sorts of ups and downs – don’t you agree?


2014 also gave me Orcadia Home and Gift – something that had always been in the back of my mind finally came to fruition.  I have had so much fun getting everything set up and searching for new vendors.  I have several trade shows to attend in the first 3 months of the year so 2015 promises to be a very busy and exciting time.  There is so much to learn and it sometimes can get a little crazy holding down a full-time job while starting a new business but I definitely feel up to the challenge – and hey it keeps me young!


Thank you so much for all your support!  I would like to take this time to wish everyone an extremely happy and prosperous 2015 – and I look forward to sharing the journey with you.



The finale! December 21, 2014 06:00


I honestly was never someone that ate cranberry sauce and even for the first few years I made this, I didn't even eat it myself.  I finally broke down and thought I would see what all the fuss was about. OMG - I am now a huge fan and can't imagine not having this with my turkey dinner.  I hope you enjoy this last recipe that I found in the The Vancouver Sun so many years ago.




Zest of medium orange

3 cups of fresh or frozen cranberries

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup water

1 TBSP red wine vinegar

1 piece cinnamon stick

2 TBSP port


Using vegetable peeler, remove zest from orange.  Cut zest into very thin shreds, about 1-inch long.  

Place zest in small saucepan.  Add cold water until about 1 1/2 inches deep.  Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for about 25 minutes or until zest is almost tender. Drain zest in strainer and set aside.


In large saucepan, combine cranberries, sugar, 1/2 cup water, vinegar, cinnamon and zest.  Place over medium high heat and bring to a boil, stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved.  Reduce heat and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes or until berries pop, stirring frequently.  Stir in port; cook for 2 minutes.  Discard cinnamon stick.


Just the right amount of tart and sweet!


Wishing everyone a very scrumptious Christmas dinner!





as promised....Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta December 20, 2014 06:00



As promised today I am sharing the delicious recipe for MAPLE GLAZED BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH PANCETTA - personally I love brussels sprouts but I know they are not a favourite of many people...this recipe that I got fromThe Vancouver Sun may just convert a few ;)


2 1/2 pounds of fresh brussels sprouts

1 TBSP olive oil

2 ounces of pancetta or 3 slices bacon

3 TBSP maple syrup

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

salt and pepper


Bring large pot of salted water to a boil.

Meanwhile, trim the ends from brussels sprouts.  Pull away and discard the outermost dark leaves.  Add sprouts to boiling water and simmer, uncovered, for 5 to 8 minutes or until tender-crisp; drain in colander.  Meanwhile, heat oil in large pot over medium heat; add pancetta and cook for 3 minutes or until just beginning to crisp, stirring frequently.Remove pot from heat; with slotted spoon, remove pancetta and reserve.  Drain off all but 1 tablespoon fat from pot.  Add maple syrup, lemon juice to pot; stir to mix.  Add sprouts; toss to coat.  Return pot to heat; cook for 1 minute or until heated through.  Sprinkle with reserved pancetta; toss.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Transfer sprouts to serving platter.


Hope you enjoy and tomorrow I will share the Cranberry Orange Sauce with Port...mmmm







One week to go! December 19, 2014 06:00


Can’t believe that the BIG day will be here in a only a week!  Time to start making those (grocery) lists and checking them twice to get ready for Christmas Dinner.


This year will be a fairly quiet one for us this Christmas as it will be only six of us for dinner, but it doesn’t matter if it is 6 or 16, you still have to make all the usual favorites!  Way back in 2001, The Vancouver Sun newspaper published some recipes that fast became family favorites.  Mashed Potatoes with Shallots and Garlic, Cranberry Orange Sauce with Port and Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta have become absolute must haves at our home for Christmas Dinner.  So in the spirit of giving...I thought I would share these with you over the next 3 days...starting with the yummy potatoes....




4 pounds medium Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and quartered

1/4 cup unsalted butter

1/2 cup chopped shallots (3 oz)

2 large garlic cloves

3/4 cup milk

1/3 cup light sour cream

chopped fresh chives or parsley (optional)


In a large saucepan, cover potatoes with salted cold water.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 25 minutes or until potatoes are tender but not falling apart.

While potatoes are simmering, heat butter in medium saucepan over medium-low heat.  Add shallots and garlic; saute for about 4 minutes or until shallots are tender but not browned, stirring frequently.  Add milk, 1 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper, heat until milk is warm.

Drain potatoes and mash.  Gradually stir in enough of the warm milk mixture until desired consistency is reached, adding additional milk if necessary.  Stir in sour cream.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Transfer to serving platter and sprinkle with chives.







Entertaining over the holidays December 10, 2014 20:34




We love to entertain at any time of the year but doing so over the holidays can have it's challenges.  Everyone is busy with decorating, parties, meeting up with friends for a drink, attending school concerts, getting Christmas cards done, shopping, wrapping, baking....the list goes on and on.   It can be exhausting!  On the other hand we want to see our friends, have them over for cocktails and appetizers - we want to squeeze as much festivity in as we can because it will be over so quickly and hey our house is all decorated!  Can't let that go to waste ;)










And so....we will pick a date or two, invite friends and family and scour the internet for great recipes. We might get a tad stressed but that's okay...because at the end of it all we have had the privilege of sharing time with our friends and family.

And there is nothing better than that!





Christmas Shopping and Gift Cards.... December 03, 2014 14:59


I love to shop – don’t get me wrong. It is one of my favourite pastimes.


And I love to shop for other people – however let’s face it, everyone ends up having to find a gift for someone who is SO HARD to buy for. This can be for a variety of reasons but it always ends up with the same are wandering around the mall aimlessly waiting for the perfect gift to jump out at you. Which rarely happens and then you end up grabbing your favourite Starbucks beverage, maybe buying yourself something to keep up your spirits...and going home without that person checked off your list. getting a gift card for that person caving in? Giving up? Taking the easy way out?


I love to receive Gift Cards! There is no better feeling once the holidays are over and you have this “mad money” sitting in your wallet waiting to be turned into something amazing. When someone gives me a gift card – I don’t think that they couldn’t be bothered to put the effort into buying me the perfect gift. I am thrilled! On the giving side I always add a little something extra in addition to the gift card – it could be chocolates or a Christmas ornament - just a little something to go with the gift card because we all like to have something to open.


Let’s face it we all have enough stress at the holidays without adding to some of your precious time and think about giving a gift card this year – without guilt. And use that saved time to meet up with a friend or loved one and give them the best gift of all – your time!






Jumping In November 15, 2014 20:53






Orcadia Home and Gift...established 2014


Well goes!


For as long as I can remember I have been obsessed with everything related to interior decorating and home decor.  I have played around with the idea of doing something related to my passion and never acted on it for one reason or another. Well no time like the present - I have decided to launch my online store Orcadia Home and Gift and look forward to bringing you lots of awesome, beautiful, elegant pieces for your home.

I also look forward to keeping you updated on the latest trends in decor and ideas you can use in your own home.

Aaaah - so excited ....stay tuned..