New Life

Lois Butler - Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The leaves are changing and fall is well underway.  Does that mark the beginning of new life? Traditionally, I've always seen spring as a time for rebirth, but autumn initiates its own set of changes.  

We have been enjoying the greatest autumn, but this past weekend certainly was a wake-up call. Change is just around the corner!  The snow, sleet and hail on Saturday screamed that winter is closing in.  This also means we start cocooning, going back to our groups or clubs, and looking for new projects.  

If painting and refurbishing furniture sounds like a project that you would enjoy, we have received some great pieces that are well priced.  All of them are up for a "rebirth". 



Colour is one of the newest trends in decor and painted furniture is one of the best ways to achieve the look.  With the new paints available on the market, the process of applying colour could never be easier.  You might not be willing to pay big money for a hot pink piece of furniture, but if you focus on the renewal and buying of good used furniture, a lick of paint can give them new life.

Look for well-made pieces with good lines and because trends come and go, you may not wish to paint the furniture you consider your investment pieces.  

If you need some assistance in the painting department, we would be happy to transform your piece for you.  Here are a few of our completed paint transformations.


Related post: Paint: Just Sensational  Check it out here.

Pantone Colour of the Year: Marsala

Lois Butler - Monday, December 08, 2014

Pantone Colour of the Year: Marsala

According to Pantone, 2015 is the year of Marsala.

Vastly different from the selections of the past several years (2014 Radiant Orchid, 2013 Emerald, 2013 Tangerine Tango, 2011 Honeysuckle), Marsala is warm, earthy, and sophisticated - reminiscent of it's name sake, a bold Sicilian red wine. 

There has already been a lot of buzz on the internet, with many criticizing the shade as dated, somber and in the opinion of some - downright ugly. 

However, we think it's application in the worlds of fashion, beauty, and home decor has great potential (think of your favourite bordeaux-toned nail polish or an antique Persian rug). 

Below are 3 dazzling photoshoots from Pantone that really illustrate the depth and versatility of the hue.  

"A Unifying Element"

"The impactful, full-bodies qualities of Marsala make for an elegant, grounded statement colour when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colours" 

"A Tasteful Hue" 

"Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness." 

"A Hearty Yet Stylish Tone"

"Add elegance to any room by incorporating this rich and welcoming hue in accent pieces, acessories and paint. Marsala's plush characteristics are enhanced when the colour is applied to textured surfaces, making it an ideal choice for rugs and upholstered living room furniture."

Want to know more about how the colour of the year is picked?
Click on this link.  MARSALA

Going Green

Lois Butler - Tuesday, September 02, 2014

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.  


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!