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Tonight’s the night!  Our first ever Penney & Company event is happening TONIGHT at 6pm-8pm with special guest Cobi Ladner.  She and I were emailing this morning and she’s gearing up for the trek out to Whitby this afternoon.  She even taunted me with the possibility of bringing me her back issues of Martha Stewart Living from the 1990’s (GOLD!).  We’ll see if that materializes, but either way Cobi will definitely materialize!

I’m a busy bee getting the shop ready with last minute touches like candle light, cupcakes and Cobi-approved colourful blooms!  Make sure you stop by!  Cobi will be happy to meet you!

Penney & Co

Penney & Company

Penney & Company

Penney & Company

Penney & Company

Penney & Company

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Okay I may be the only one who is excited about this, but I finally got new business cards for Penney & Company!  If you’ve been in the shop and I’ve scribbled my contact info on a post-it note, you’ll understand why this is such a big deal.  I apologize!

The cards look fantastic and were designed by the amazing team of Julie, Julia and Matt of Hustle&Bustle Inc.  If you ever need some graphic designing or branding done you should definitely call them!   Thanks guys – I’m in love with the results!

 

Don't you just love a box of new cards???

Don’t you just love a box of new cards???

Design by Hustle&Bustle Inc

Design by Hustle&Bustle Inc

Design by Hustle&Bustle Inc

Design by Hustle&Bustle Inc

 

 

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Stylish Scarves Are Here!

Sometimes all a stylish woman needs to perk up her wardrobe is a beautifully coloured scarf.  Especially on a cold gray day like today.  I mean, if this isn’t a good example, I don’t know what is!

Princess Kate knows the power of the scarf

Princess Kate knows the power of the scarf

Luckily I’ve got you covered at Penney  & Company.

You see, I don’t just want to add colour and personality to your home, I want to make sure you look good too!  These gorgeous scarves and pashminas come in a rainbow of saturated colours and patterns and will bring brightness to your face and perk up even the plainest of coats.  And the best part?  Each one costs $15!  Take your pick and do like Kate – scarf it up!

Penney & Co Scarves $15 each

Penney & Co Scarves $15 each

Penney & Co Scarves $15 each

Penney & Co Scarves $15 each

Penney & Co Scarves $15 each

Penney & Co Scarves $15 each

Penney & Co Scarves $15 each

Penney & Co Scarves $15 each

 

 

 

 

 

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For those of you who aren’t magazine junkies like I am and haven’t catalogues years and years of House & Home Magazine, memorizing the staff and playing detective with each prop or room set you see, I thought I’d let you know a little more about our esteemed guest Cobi Ladner, who is going to Penney & Co to meet YOU on Thursday.

Cobi's gorgeous designs all available through cobistyle.com

Cobi’s gorgeous designs all available through cobistyle.com

Cobi Ladner has worked at publishing institutions such as Chatelaine and Canadian Living but it was her move to Canadian House & Home in 1990 that would make the biggest impact on Canada’s design scene.  Under her leadership as editor in chief, House & Home’s readership exploded from 619, 000 to 2.5 MILLION readers!  Along with owner and publisher, Lynda Reeves, Cobi built House & Home into the brand it is today forging many amazing brand-extensions along the way including books, television and nation-wide product lines available at The Bay and Zellers.  I will always remember watching Cobi and Lynda chat on their daily HGTV program over the years and absorbing each tidbit!

Cobi's famous Editor's Letters in House & Home

Cobi’s famous Editor’s Letters in House & Home

 

Cobi may have accomplished a lot in terms of numbers and sales and prestige, but many people think of her as the heart and soul of House & Home and would flip eagerly to her editor’s letter at the beginning of each thick and glossy issue.  Cobi would warmly welcome us into her life – her real life – with it’s many decorating adventures, personal stories and the joy of raising her family.  She would put all of the glitz and glam of design into perspective and bring it down to earth for us all to enjoy together.

Cobi's own warm kitchen shared in the magazine

Cobi’s own warm kitchen shared in the magazine

Cobi's kitchen, which I have been privileged to stand in!  So gorgeous.

Cobi’s kitchen, which I have been privileged to stand in! So gorgeous.

Since her years at House & Home (where she was my first real boss!) Cobi has gone on to create a brand with heart and soul all it’s own called cobistyle.  It includes upholstered furniture, fabric, draperies, accessories, lighting and much more.  And she’s not done yet – Cobi is always coming out with something new and fresh to dazzle us!

Cobi with Steven & Chris on their show

Cobi with friends Steven & Chris on their show

Cobi and Lynda Reeves at the 20th anniversary of H&H

Cobi and Lynda Reeves at the 20th anniversary of H&H

Cobi with Marilyn on The Marilyn Denis Show

Cobi with Marilyn on The Marilyn Denis Show

I hope many of you will be able to join me at Penney & Company in welcoming Cobi and meeting this warm and wonderful decorating icon in person.  I saw her yesterday and I know she’s eager to meet you too!  So come on out to Penney & Co, this Thursday January 31st at 6 pm and say hello.  You won’t be sorry!

For more on Cobi’s impressive career click here.

For Cobi’s thoughts on decorating with pride click here.

For cobistyle products and details, click here.

 

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Happy Snowy Monday!

Well I guess it’s still January in Canada after all.  It’s been such a funny winter with warm patches and cold snaps and only one dumping of snow that I remember so far.  But this morning we’ve had a big blanket of white where I live.  Driving is a mess and I have to drive into the city in about 10 minutes, but I’m choosing to embrace the beauty of winter.

In that spirit, take a look at these gorgeous shots by Ben Pentreath of London this winter.  Breathtaking no?  Winter is full of beauty.  Now if I could just avoid the winter beauty that is highway 401…

benpentreath.com

benpentreath.com

benpentreath.com

benpentreath.com

benpentreath.com

benpentreath.com

benpentreath.com

benpentreath.com

 

 

 

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NEW! At Penney & Company!

Well it might be bloomin’ freezing out there, but it’s looking bright and fresh in Penney & Company with a crop of new items to make you smile!

Check out the newest shipments and head in soon to have your pick!

Penney & Co Graphic Cotton Kitchen Mats $32.99

Penney & Co Graphic Cotton Kitchen Mats $32.99 each

Penney & Co 100% Linen Tea Towels $

Penney & Co 100% Linen Tea Towels $13 each

Penney & Co Canisters $

Penney & Co Canisters $12.99 each

 

Penney & Co Painted Cabinet $

Penney & Co Painted Cabinet $1299  88″ H x 19″D x 44″W

Penney & Co 100% Linen Tea Towels $

Penney & Co 100% Linen Napkins $8.99 each

Penney & Co 100% Linen Tea Towels $

Penney & Co 100% Linen Tea Towels $13.99 each

Penney & Co Cotton Napkins $

Penney & Co Cotton Napkins $12.99/set of four

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Earlier this week the lovely and talented Jo-Anne Haley of Haley Photography in New Castle popped into Penney & Company to capture it for their beautiful blog.  I was of course very flattered and happy to work with other local entrepreneurs in the arts.  Jo-Anne, along with her photographer husband Ryan Haley have a fun, fresh style and got some great shots of the shop.

Penney & Co; Photography Jo-Anne Haley

Penney & Co; Photography Jo-Anne Haley

Check out their blog and photography here.  Thanks Jo-Anne!

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Penney & Co; Photography Jo-Anne Haley

Penney & Co; Photography Jo-Anne Haley

Penney & Co; Photography Jo-Anne Haley

Penney & Co; Photography Jo-Anne Haley

Penney & Co; Photography Jo-Anne Haley

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