Winter Is Coming

Lois Butler - Monday, October 28, 2013

The main topic of conversation is the store last week was the weather.  Everyone was grumbling about the cold, damp, grey weather because we know what's coming soon.  Most people seemed to have heard that the Farmer's Almanac is predicting a bitterly cold and storm filled winter.  It is said that they are 85% on the money, but this is one time I hope they got it wrong or that we are in a little protected pocket that escapes everything.

        

Usually this time of the year I am still selling fashion accessories more suitable for inside than outside i.e a nice little scarf to go with a denim jacket or lightweight blazer.  But not this year.  This year we have had a couple of shipments of warm and cozy scarves that have flown off the shelves in less than week and have had to re-order.  I guess we know we can't avoid winter (unless we go south) so we might as well get ready.

The scarf shown below comes in 4 colour-ways.  It is one of the ones flying out the door that was re-ordered.  It has arrived and is selling well again.  Unbelievably soft to the touch and wide enough for a small shawl, it would make a great gift paired with a matching wallet (yellow, blue and red pictured below) or matching cell phone wallet (golden yellow).  Yesterday I had a client add one of our crystal top pens in a matching colour to the scarf and wallet combo.  (Clients give me some of my best ideas.)

        

Here's a collection based on orange, a colour that has remained strong for fall and winter.   Warm up on a chilly late fall day by pairing a scarf with a coordinating knit headband.  The colour blends in the knit headbands are retro and fun.  They add a new take in accessories for this season.  Also included are other "Fab-u-Lois Finds" like the necklace, watch, wallet and Shelley Kyle products.  

Everybody can look great while staying warm.  Winter is coming!

Seriously Fab-u-Lois Tent Sale

Lois Butler - Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The weather co-operated on Saturday and made our first Tent Sale a huge success. A Tent Sale is a little different from a Sidewalk Sale in that clients are given an opportunity to purchase many regular priced items at discounted prices for one day only. Our Sidewalk Sales have wonderful buys for clients as well, but many items are smaller and are being discontinued or have small imperfections. Clients walked away with smiles on their faces carrying wall art, tables, chandeliers, mirrors, cushions and other great merchandise. If these items were still in the store with sale tags your eye would have a hard time seeing everything, which is why we put them outside under the tent. 



The other thing that is wonderful at our events is that they quite often feel like a cocktail party with the buzz and hum of excited conversations as people who haven't seen each other for a while start reconnecting, and friends who unexpectedly meet up, start laughing and have a great chat. They almost forget to shop! There is a Fab-u-Lois energy that just doesn't exist on regular days. I just LOVE IT. Thanks everyone for coming. 

 

Design Trend - Self-expression

Lois Butler - Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Having absorbed the design lessons of HGTV and all our favourite decor magazines most homes are now decorated in a  fabulous neutral palette.  Walls have been painted some tone of beige, taupe or grey.  Large open bright spaces such as high ceiling condos have been painted white.  Let's not forget the dark brown leather or taupe sofa.  There has become a sameness in almost every home.  

Recently, clients have started looking for decor items to interject personality into that fabulous neutral palette to make their space feel unique.  Many people don't realize that when looking in design magazines that it's often the smaller accessories or artwork that make us like the decor. These things give the room a personality.  We are seeing SELF-EXPRESSION as the big next trend in decor.  

People are gravitating towards items that evoke an emotion.  Sometimes when a client asks me what is the purpose of an object I answer, "It makes me smile," and some days there is not a lot that does that.  So why not surround yourself with colour and objects that evoke positive feelings.  "Your home" should be just that - "your home" and not a museum.  Don't be afraid to interject some colour  and whimsy.  EXPRESS YOURSELF. 

This elephant cushion from Cobistyle is subdued in its colours but it adds a touch of whimsy. For a collector of elephants it is also a subtle way to add to a collection.


One-of-a-kind objects definitely help to give a room personality.  We have been lucky at Boutique Lois Butler to acquire the works of a talented Quebec artisan.  These one-of-a-kind designs have added a new dimension to our boutique.   "It's a wonderful thing", as we would say in Newfoundland.  Using recycled wood (sometimes new when needed), salvaged items, and fantastic finds from nature,  this artisan's creativity knows no bounds.  One-of-a-kind objects like this will certainly up the SELF-EXPRESSION factor of your home.  


This versatile grey box with its unique from nature handle will see you through the seasons.  Picture it filled for entertaining with jars of olives, hummus and bread sticks, etc.  Add foliage, silk or real, to reflect the season.  How amazing would it look as a centerpiece with fairy lights?  Just one item and you can be very creative in its use.  Remember, without creativity we will only have the mundane.  

BE CREATIVE IN EXPRESSING YOURSELF AND HAVE FUN DOING IT.

Nature's Inspiration

Lois Butler - Thursday, September 05, 2013

Have you ever visited Kamouraska, Quebec?  I love it there.  Not only is it beautiful, but I feel quite calm and peaceful whenever I visit.  Part of this I put down to that the area reminds me of my native Newfoundland. 

On Monday nature gave us a very grey palette as it was a stormy, rainy day and this too added to my nostalgia.  I was struck by how dramatic the rocks on the shoreline looked at low tide because anything that had colour certainly popped against all that grey sky and water.

I quite often look to nature when considering a new colour palette for my home as nature gives me combinations that no designer would ever select.  Would you ever have considered putting a rusty brown sofa in a dark grey room and make your accents lime green and yellow?  This is what the seashore was like at low tide and became the inspiration for my blog.

My brother-in-law, Barry Mills, just sent me some pictures of fall foliage and the seashore on a sunny day in Newfoundland. This makes you aware of the importance of lighting as well.  Look around you when you are outside and let nature help you create a colour palette for yourself.  

Maybe this colour way is more to your taste.  The grasses echo the colour of dried driftwood.

Again, nature knows how to add a pop of pizazz to those comfortable neutrals.

Whatever way you decide to go, take your cue from what is all around you at this time of year. We'd like you to enjoy the best the fall season has to offer, so explore our improved  website areas to help create your own style. 

Fall arrives!   http://www.loisbutler.com/

Nature's Inspiration

Lois Butler - Thursday, September 05, 2013

Have you ever visited Kamouraska, Quebec?  I love it there.  Not only is it beautiful, but I feel quite calm and peaceful whenever I visit.  Part of this I put down to that the area reminds me of my native Newfoundland. 

 On Monday nature gave us a very grey palette as it was a stormy, rainy day and this too added to my nostalgia.  I was struck by how dramatic the rocks on the shoreline looked at low tide because anything that had colour certainly popped against all that grey sky and water.

I quite often look to nature when considering a new colour palette for my home as nature gives me combinations that no designer would ever select.  Would you ever have considered putting a rusty brown sofa in a dark grey room and make your accents lime green and yellow?  This is what the seashore was like at low tide and became the inspiration for my blog.

My brother-in-law, Barry Mills, just sent me some pictures of fall foliage and the seashore on a sunny day in Newfoundland. This makes you aware of the importance of lighting as well.  Look around you when you are outside and let nature help you create a colour palette for yourself.  

Maybe this colour way is more to your taste.  The grasses echo the colour of dried driftwood.

Again, nature knows how to add a pop of pizazz to those comfortable neutrals.

Whatever way you decide to go, take your cue from what is all around you at this time of year. We'd like you to enjoy the best the fall season has to offer, so explore our improved  website areas to help create your own style. Check out the most recent entries in our Photo Inspiration and New Arrivals menus.  These areas are being updated all the time. 

Fall arrives!   http://www.loisbutler.com/

One of a Kind Table Sets the Trend

Lois Butler - Monday, August 26, 2013
At Lois Butler's we have started to carry wonderful one-of-a-kind pieces made by a local artisan. He uses mostly reclaimed wood, but when necessary some new wood is used.  The table shown, with its rustic grey finish, is not only an example of his work, but it is right on trend in decor.  
When you purchase a one-of-a-kind piece you give your home a "look" different from your friends and neighbours while supporting 2 local businesses (the artisan and the small independent retailer). 

A lucky person  bought this table yesterday, so if you were considering it, so sorry, it's SOLD!.  However, we are always receiving new pieces.  Actually, we are presently restocking for the fall season so come on in and let us know what you think.  We are open today from 12 - 4:00pm. Hope to see you there.


Show Stopping Curtains

Lois Butler - Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Curtains have been core stock items in my store for approximately 15 years and yet, every week someone is happy to discover that I carry curtains.  Not just curtains, but curtains that give you a designer look, with prices based upon the quality of the fabric.  But the best surprise for customers is that we give 20% off catalogue prices everyday (its also the worse surprise if they have already bought the same curtains elsewhere).  Each season they add new fabrics or take away discontinued fabrics.  Come in and check them out.



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Colour Flow

Lois Butler - Thursday, June 27, 2013
If you are like me then a lot of your decor projects are continuous starts and stops. Our lives get so busy that we start to freshen up our homes and then life gets in the way. It can be a while before we get back to finishing it. In between the initial start and the restart quite often our plans change. A new trend emerges; there's a new colour we love. 

Yesterday I read an interesting tip on keeping the flow going from room to room in your home. Start in your living room and once you have completed this room the rest of the house takes its colours from what you have done there. Six months later when you have enough energy to tackle another part of the house take the paint chips you want to use and put them on your sofa leaving any cushions you have in place. If the colour you have chosen for the next space in your house would work as a cushion in your living room then your paint colours will have a sense of flow. 

Doesn't this make sense and remove a little stress?  Wish I could give credit for the tip but I was surfing the web yesterday and this little bit of info has stuck with. I have tried to back track but no luck.


Coming Together

Lois Butler - Monday, May 27, 2013
Isn't it great when something comes together as if it was planned? A client sent me this picture.  They already owned the chair but have just purchased the benches from my store.  Doesn't her front veranda look fabulous?  Thanks for sharing.