Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things.

  The Sound Of Music – My Favorite Things Lyrics | MetroLyrics

I visited one of my favourite stores today, French Vanilla Home and Garden, and had a delightful chat with the owner Sheila Stone. I adore this store and when I want inspiration or simply refreshment in vision I stop by and browse through the many displays that Sheila has so beautifully designed.


Sheila’s artistic eye favours Nordic and Farmhouse French; a casual look that can pair a crystal chandelier with grainsack cushions, mixing textiles of homespun fabric with velour and velvet.

French Vanilla carries the wonderful Belgium magazine, Jeanne d’Arc Living, which illustrates so beautifully Nordic French design.

Sheila introduced me to Fusion Mineral Paint. It has a built in top coat and you don’t have to wax it. She has been carrying it for four years and finds it to be easy to use with a lasting finish. This might be the ticket for the vintage mirror that I found on line.

Sheila has a passion for painting furniture. She holds workshops in How to Paint furniture, and How to use glaze and waxes and hopes to hold more classes in the new year. This is her petit studio where the workshops are held.

She carries Rub on Transfers…adding a French touch to furniture and mirrors…a number of the Rub on Transfers are made from old French graphics… gorgeous is this mirror!!

…and Sheila also carries Decorative Stamping.

Using ink or paint you can stamp onto fabric or furniture. How stunning is this chest!

Sheila stocks French soaps, Lavender, and locally made candles and cushions,

and handmade cards.

Sheila welcomes her customers to browse, chat and discuss ideas and questions they may have on decor and/or products. She was most helpful in helping me to decide on how to ‘freshen up’ my powder room. Before we leave let us take one more stroll around the shop.




A bientot!

French Vanilla Home and Garden

1848 Oak Bay Avenue

Victoria BC

250 592 0422

Check the website for workshop information and/or phone the store to put your name on the list for workshops.


“Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them” – Marc Jacob

I had a dread of consignment/second hand clothing stores. There would be a gazillion clothes squashed together on one long rod, several feet above my head that I would have to peruse through in order to find the one nugget of clothing that would be my find of the day. I would come out of the store with a headache and a dislocated shoulder, shaking the dust off of my feet and vowing to never enter one of those establishments again. And then my daughter in law recommended Pocket Clothing Store.

What an impressive store!

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La Rochere Glassware

“Elegance is timeless”Habeeb Akande

La Rochere Glass Collection


La Rochere glassware


Founded in 1475 (a few years before Columbus sailed the ocean blue) La Rochere is the oldest glass factory in France. The clear glass and sturdy construction is a mixture of sand, soda and lime. The glass is dishwasher safe and lead free. The collections include the Dragonfly, the Napoleon Bee, and the Fleur de Lys emblems.

La Rochere glassware
La Rochere glassware

I own the Napoleon Bee glassware and I love the elegant but sturdy stem and base. The glasses are casual enough for breakfast and lunch but will also look delightful on the dinner table.


I have discovered three stores that carry this delightful collection.

French Vanilla Home & Garden
1848 Oak Bay Avenue,
Victoria, BC

Bungalow Gift Shop
2525 Estevan Avenue,
Victoria, BC

Lilaberry Home Décor
2474 Beacon Avenue,
Sidney, BC

Good Things Consignments

“The home should be the treasure chest of living.”  — Le Corbusier

Love a great find?  Come to Good Things Consignments in a stroll-friendly part of Oak Bay Avenue.

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Three rooms of eclectic items — plus items outdoors on a pleasant day — make this a browsing treat!
Wares are well organized and include both vintage and  and nearly new items.  And LOTS of good finds!

There’s furniture, artwork, china & crystal, kitchen wares, jewellery, household appliances, carpets, toys……..really, it’s a treasure chest for living!


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The shelf with copper items caught Lili’s attention.

We noticed folks dropping off items for consignment.  We noticed people browsing and buying.
And we noticed a lot of intent looks — and smiles.
With the steady influx of items, we found that it’s worthwhile to browse the shelves every few weeks or so to catch any new additions.
Items are not dirt-cheap, but they’re priced fairly.  And things are in good shape and working order, where appropriate.

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Linda found a classic, useful silver serving plate.  One more person leaving with a parcel and a smile!
A sterling gem!

Good Things Consignments

1841 Oak Bay Avenue, #104
Mon – Sun 10 am – 5:30 pm

House of Savoy

“If you wear things you adore, you just look better.”  — Margherita Missoni

Walking into the House of Savoy consignment boutique, immediately our eyes were drawn upwards and all around, as there are eye-catching gowns presented everywhere, even high up on the walls.
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The boutique is well organized and offers good quality and name brand clothing, shoes & boots, jewellery, accessories and even vintage pieces.

Lili had to try these “sensible boots”, nearly brand-new.
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Linda found the perfect fit in a blue coat – and it’s reversible!  Completely unique and gorgeous!

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Great finds at amazing prices!  A definite gem!

House of Savoy
1869 Oak Bay Avenue

Mon – Sat 10 am – 5 pm.

French Vanilla Home & Garden

LA VIE EST BELLE – Life is Beautiful


What Do I Love About French Vanilla Home & Garden:

  • A small store with a heart for the rustic French look.
  • Beautiful soaps, candles, glassware……
  • Owner Sheila is friendly and gracious
  • The store is the supplier for Jeanne d’Arc Living magazine and books from Denmark.
  • Jeanne d’Arc magazines are STUNNING! This is French-Nordic country style of decorating at its best.
  • Yes the magazine is pricey…just over $18.00 but the content is substantial and the advertisements are at the back.

Jeanne d'Arc Magazine Jeanne d'Arc magazine

French Vanilla Home & Garden
1848 Oak Bay Ave.
Victoria, BC


T-Sat: 11:00-5:00

White Heather Tea Room

“Yes, that’s it! Said the Hatter with a sigh, it’s always tea time.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

 On a beautiful west coast summer day Lil and I visited the White Heather Tea Room. The tables were dressed in white linen cloths and adorned with china cups and saucers, sugar and creamer and white napkins. I yearned for a beautiful garden hat and white gloves to complete the setting.White Heather Tea Room


After perusing the menu we decided to go big and ordered The Big Muckle Giant Tea (for two). The highlights of the Big Muckle were the warm (freshly baked) scones, mini cheese scone with smoked salmon, a savoury surprise, tea sandwiches and the fresh baking. The tea was delicious and though we have hearty appetites we had to pack some of the baked items home.


White Heather Tea Room

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White Heather Tea Room
1885 Oak Bay Avenue
Victoria, BC


Tues-Sat. 10:00-5:00

Closed Sun & Mon