August 19, 2012

Vintage Styling For Playtime

The Spruce Collective team is made up of mommies in all stages of life. Between the five of us, we have ten children from "not born yet" to 23 years!

Being so in touch with that part of life has given us the wisdom to turn some of our potential storage space at the new store into a playroom for little people to enjoy themselves.
As we work hard to design a creative, inspiring atmosphere we want to cater to our young moms as well as their little ones. So, as I painted the floor today in that area of the store, I was daydreaming about how the finished area will look...
These are a few ideas in my mind and up for well as a few pictures that have inspired me this week.

Also, remember these? Weren't they the best?

What are your favorite toys from back in the day?

August 09, 2012


I have been hinting at my big announcement for a couple of weeks now and have probably kept you hanging for long enough! So, rather than continue to hint, let me present the next chapter of my life…a bricks and mortar storefront!

Spruce Collective
is the collaboration between;
Kevi of Twig Home
Monica of Red Wicker
Jessica from Trove Vintage Rentals and Handmade Affairs
 Lily from Birch and Bird 
and myself and we couldn’t be more excited!!!

A retail shop full of all things vintage and well loved, handmade goods from local artisans, our favourite new products, a certain line of paint (to be announced!) and creative classes for all!

We cannot wait to dig in and get started and have so many big plans that I am just itching to share with you. Spruce will open early this fall (eek!) in Downtown Abbotsford and we have a lot to do before then, although most of it is fun…once we get all of the boring but oh-so-necessary business bits behind us. I am beyond thrilled to partner up with these amazing ladies!

If I look at the about me section on my sidebar to the right I notice that I wrote "I am excited to share my decorating adventures with you and hope to do this as a full-time career some day! (how's that for optimistic?) !!"

That was less than a year ago!! I have had a lot of exciting opportunities since then - including several vintage markets, the development of many good friendships, and valuable contacts and mentors. So far this journey has been amazing and now it feels like this opportunity is the icing on the cake!

We are all just bursting at the seams with excitement and creative ideas. Can you tell I’m freaking out? The idea of working with that many creatives on a daily basis is a huge dream come true for me and although it’s happening crazy fast I know it was meant to be! The details have fallen into place in a most amazing way - even the way we found our new space in was unbelievable!! We will be located in the former Quilt Essentials building on Montrose Ave. in Abbotsford - right next to Serendipitea and up the street from Tracey Cakes....oh oh (must stay on my diet) lol.

Our logo and website are being “spruced” up (hehe) as we speak but for now you can stay tuned on our shiny new Facebook page…and I’ll be sharing lots here too, of course!

August 04, 2012

SIdeboard Love

Happy long weekend to all my BC friends! Our weather is beautiful here this weekend and I am taking full advantage of it by strolling around our local farmers market and lovely downtown area.

This is my best find of the week - and I'm so excited to transform it into something really special.
I'm quite excited to get started...and have been enjoying all the inspiring pictures online.


And a little sideboard inspiration..

Miss Mustard Seed

What's your favorite style?
Do you have a color of the month that you love working with?

Have a wonderful weekend and be sure to check back this week for a HUGE announcement! See you then!