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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