Archive for August, 2012

Recently I had the honour of being interviewed by Barbara Matson of the West Coast design blog, Hodge Podge.


Barbara does a really fascinating section called, So Canadian Eh?  where  she interviews Canadian designers, bloggers and the like.  She was kind enough to ask me a few questions about my journey and style and I’m happy to share my answers – and Barbara’s blog – with you here!

Enjoy and Happy Long Weekend everybody!



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Drink ’em in! Peonies!

Today, let’s just enjoy a little breathing space.

Something beautiful, ravishing actually to rest our eyes on.  It’s going to be a messy day of building shelves and opening boxes at Penney & Company.  I’ll imagine a vase of peonies on the shelf to keep me going…

emerson merrick

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Furniture Update

Sorry, the vintage faux bamboo dresser is now SOLD.  And I’m off to hunt for something new!

Vintage Faux Bamboo Dresser $425 SOLD

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LEGO Mania!

While in one of Seattle’s posh malls my brother-in-law and I found an all-Lego store (and were in heaven).  Let’s just say it’s a good thing I had a small suitcase.  I discovered the ultimate Michael Penney approved Lego genre that I didn’t even know about!  It’s a series of historic down town shops and apartments – exactly like I used to try to create as a child!

I mean, come on!  I. Must. Have. This.


Is it crazy that sometimes I just want to build something out of Lego???

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Furniture Update

UPDATE:  The vintage teak credenza and ticking stripe chairs are both SOLD.





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UPDATE:  Vintage Faux Bamboo Dresser is SOLD

Whatever you call it – vintage, used, antique – furniture that’s been ‘pre-loved’ is usually a good buy.  I love the look of vintage furniture and the character it brings to my home and the homes of my clients, but beyond the style-factor, vintage furniture is tremendous value for your money.  Here’s a good example…

Vintage bamboo furniture is hot, hot hot!

Interior Design by Meg Braff

Whether it be a headboard (like the black one above), a coffee table or chest of drawers, this is a beautiful and timeless style.  Popularized recently by the rebirth of Hollywood Regency style and designers like Kelly Wearstler, Jonathan Adler and Meg Braff, faux bamboo is on every designer’s wish list.    This new bamboo piece from Jonathan Adler costs $595 USD, which is more like $715 by the time it comes to Canadian stores.  For one faux bamboo chair.

$595 USD or $715 CAD

Now here’s a perfect example of vintage value.  A classic example of Hollywood Regency faux bamboo, it’s a storage-filled chest of drawers with on-trend brass hardware.  It’s here now at Penney & Company (just got it this weekend) and it costs $425.

Penney & Company 5-Drawer Faux Bamboo Chest $495

Penney & Company 5-Drawer Faux Bamboo Chest $425

Here’s what else you could buy if you want a white faux bamboo chest of drawers (Williams Sonoma Home $4313)…

Williams Sonoma Home Dresser $4313

And here’s what else you can get for under $500 if you’re looking to buy a new dresser…The Brick’s Highboy for $499.97!

The Brick Highboy Dresser $499.97

So you see, sometimes a quality vintage piece with loads of style is the same price or less than something from one of the big box retailers or Ikea! Yet they don’t cost nearly as much as the high end new pieces that are knocking off  the original vintage piece!

Besides the style factor (and you know me, that’s pretty important) vintage pieces have great value for your money.  Plus they look so darn good.

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NEW at Penney & Company!

Check out the gorgeous new items here at Penney & Company in Whitby!


UPDATE:  The Distressed Harvest Table has just SOLD.

First up, this handsome black painted and distressed dining table.  A perfect n0t-too-large table to gather family and friends for a delicious meal.  Pairs well with so many styles of chairs – wooden, painted, upholstered, industrial…$250!

Penney & Company Distressed Dining Table $250
36″ x 60″

Penney & Company Distressed Harvest Table

Or how about this gorgeous Ralph Lauren-like bamboo coffee table?  It’s got a thick glass top and woven shelf below for piles of magazines and books – or baskets with kids’ toys?  $425!

Penney & Company Bamboo and Glass Coffee Table $425
26″ x 48″ x 17″

Perfect as a bedside table or beside a sofa, this antique mahogany lamp table has a wood top and legs painted in Farrow & Ball’s Blue Gray.  Love the small brass knob too!  $265!

Penney & Company Mahogany Lamp Table $265
21.5″ x 21.75″ x 29″

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