Next Market Date!


Honey B’s is so very pleased, excited and happy to be joining our favourite market
again this year with the Prairie Girls Vintage Market in Cochrane!
Can’t wait to see you all there sharing a fun day of shopping
with the best in Alberta!

Honey B’s Next Market Event!

Before the colder months take over, I am squeezing in another fabulous market event! This time in the wonderful town of Okotoks just a short drive south of Calgary. This market is hosted by All Thru The House and it’s my first participation with their outdoor country market. It’s outdoors in their giant parking lot with a tailgate style setup! Casual, fun, busy and tons of treasures including antiques, vintage, rustic, farmhouse, retro, upcycled, repurposed, furniture, salvage, great junk finds, architectural, lighting, home decor, linens and more! I’ll be clearing a lot of stock to empty the hive for winter! Grab a friend or spouse, a sweater, coffee to go and head on over! Going to be loads of fun!

The Prairie Girls Vintage Market

Honey B’s at Home is once again proud and excited to participate in the 2018 Prairie Girls Market at the Cochrane Ag Society Barn in Cochrane, Alberta! Due to growing popularity, the market has
expanded to include Friday evening!
Hosted by Leah and Tanya, this has become one of Alberta’s BEST and highly anticipated markets in Alberta. You’ll be thrilled with the selection of 50+ splendidly amazing vendors, talents, gorgeous booths, vintage finds, antiques, homemade goods, and friendly fun! The vibe is exciting and I’ll be busy getting ready with the best of my efforts to showcase eye-catching vintage and antique finds ready to beautify your home and enhance your space.
I will be accepting cash, cheque, Visa, MC and e-transfers
Tickets available at the door $4 per day or $6 for both days Children under 12 are free
This market is super busy so come early and be prepared to line up for best selection.
Follow these links to keep up with information!

Market Event Coming Soon!

I’m excitedly working on getting prepared for a new MARKET created by the lovely duo and visionaries Deborah and Brittney of Vintage Society Co. The Market Gathering is a Mother’s Day focused event bringing together a group of talented small business owners in the local Alberta area! Held at The Bar Wellness & Fitness in Olds, a unique and favourite local venue, we have a fabulous lineup of vendors including Vintage Society Co., Daizee’s Sweet Pickins, J.H.1895 Tribe, Meghan Unger Photography, Makeup by Ashleigh, Buttercream Clothing, Prairie Wood Design, Cedar and Sage Farm, Lofty Designs and Yours Truly!

Promising to be a fabulous day offering home decor🌷jewellery🌷handmade🌷vintage🌷fresh flowers🌷home goods🌷and much more! Also makeup application courtesy of Ashleigh and professional mom portraits by Meghan 🌸💚💓You’ll want to be a part of this fabulous event! Mark your calendar for May 12th 10am to 3pm at 5105 – 50 Ave Olds, Alta. There will be amazing prizes offered too! You can find info at any of the vendors instagram accounts or my events listing on Facebook as well.

Take care and we hope to see your smiles and excitement soon! ❤❤❤

Fabulous French Restoration

Some time ago, I picked up a set of five fantastic french chairs that just sang my name….took them home and eyed them over and over thinking of what fabulous things I could do with them. I love to live with items for awhile until one way or another they find a way to communicate what they are wanting me to do…These particular chairs at first glance looked pretty darn good but not 100% by any means. The seats were spring construction and by the way they were sagging I could tell they would need a total overhaul. I opened up the fabric and peaked in and had to laugh at what I saw….there were a total of three springs that were literally standing on end loosely in the cavity. They weren’t even sewn or tied down! So began the long process of tearing off every bit of fabric, removing and tossing the springs and pulling hundreds and hundreds of staples. Down to the bare bones and a couple of nasty blisters later I could start again to examine and think about my plan.

Firstly, a new plywood seat was in order. Unfortunately an easy removable seat was not going to happen…you know, the kind you can screw on and off? This kind of chair had to have the seat cushion connected and upholstered right to the frame. Too bad…my work is cut out for me! So my ever so helpful hubby cut a template using the existing foam inside (which by the way was also crumbling and unusable) and made the five seats lickity split and attached all of them. First I had to reinforce all the legs which were loose and wobbling. Glue, clamping and some good ole PL400 (a construction adhesive) worked like a charm.

Next, I sprayed with a chalk paint color called “driftwood” which I bought in B.C. I wish I could remember the name of the shop but I liked their custom color selection so I bought a jar to try. After two heavy coats and drying time, I applied a mix of clear and dark wax for a base finish look. Then I concentrated more heavily around the perimeter of the backrest of the chair with the dark wax to create a worn look. I almost always clearcoat for protection. Next came a three inch foam seat which all had to be cut out to fit. By now, I had been advertising the chairs and had a lovely lady from Saskatchewan buy all five. She was travelling to Calgary to visit family soon so they were put aside to await her arrival with fabric she wanted to use. It was a tricky order as she was visiting a few days and I had to complete the order for her to take back home on a deadline. The fabric she brought was a pre-washed drop cloth which just thrilled me to bits as for it’s heaviness and it’s fantastic worn french country look. It took me an additional 2 days to upholster all chairs. I sewed a matching trim and added the upholstery tacks. We also added a bit of gold gilding using gold wax on the floral carvings.

Pretty pleased I am with these as was my client! Now to say goodbye to another satisfying project of beauty!

This is how they started. At first glance not too shabby, even the fabric was pretty but they had some hidden surprises! 




This is the Fabulous Finish!







See You Next Project! Have a Great Week!

Winter Clearance

Hello friends! I’ve been sorely neglectful at keeping up with my blog again. I must get in the habit of paying more attention and I’m sorry about that…but we can all only do our best and today is a good day as any to jump in and just start! With the new year, I get an urge to purge old stuff that I’m not using and have been packing up and cleaning out those drawers and closets for donation…it’s a good feeling to get through it all and start fresh again. The beehive shop is also cleaning up and clearing out for the new year. Some has already gone but I am still offering several pieces in the store at fantastic bargains. These are some great buys with beautiful finishes I’ve invested in but are passing on at cost. These are just a few of the discounted items so it’s best to come down to the store to see everything!
Reserve your purchase by pressing on the item and then selecting the “Contact Us” button. Please note we cater to the local area only at this time but shipping may be arranged under special circumstances.
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me at or call 403-870-4694.
In addition to the sale, I have been filling my calendar with custom finishing orders. If you have an old tired piece in need of a makeover, contact me with some photos and an idea of what you are looking to change and I can give an estimate usually immediately.
Cheers and warm wishes through the winter months!

September Newsletter


A warm hello to my followers, friends and new customers!

It’s been a super summer! I hope you’ve all made the most of these beautiful days making memories with family and friends as well as visiting your favourite summer destinations!
I’ve had a fabulous summer launching the store, some home events, getting creative with new ideas, visiting with family, working on our home renovations and starting a veggie garden! Murray and I also renewed our wedding vows in Hawaii and adopted a bunny! Plans are being made for the fall season and you may want to know what’s going on at the bee hive!

Home Renovations
A common question to me is “how are the renovations going?” I haven’t posted or updated much in social media, but things are moving along! We had to slow down the process since August 2016 but with Fall around the corner we anticipate that we will be able to increase productivity again and work steadily to finish up this amazing project. All is going great and what we have so far has far exceeded my expectations in quality and appearance! As we move forward I will be updating the progress more regularly. The good news is that my shop space is complete and I have a fantastic workspace to enjoy and keep the projects going!
Shop News
I have decided for the time being that I will not set up regular shop hours, rather continue to have visitors by appointment. I am very flexible and you can find me most days working on projects at the house. You will likely find me in work clothes and tied back hair but you’re always welcome to stop in. Just notify me by text, phone, email, FB or instagram!
I am also pleased to give my followers an opportunity to see what items I’ve added to the shop before I pack up and load our trailer for The Prairie Girls Vintage Market on Saturday, September 9th. To view the entire collection, go to and check all the categories. I will be adding more pieces daily up until September 8th. There will also be additional pieces only available at the market. So some great surprises are in store! 
To inquire on an item, book an appointment and/or make a purchase email me at or use the link on the website. Noting the item stock number (HB number) would be most helpful! Items will not be marked sold until payment is received. See below for payment options.
Heartfelt thanks for your continued friendship, kindness and encouragement! I am so grateful to be part of creating your beautiful home! Below is the market information once again and please come by and say hello!
Payment Accepted By Visa, MasterCard, Cheque, Cash, E-Transfer

Shop Hours, Services and Events


Heartfelt gratitude to all those who attended my recent grand opening! It was a fantastic day with sunshine and smiling faces! I hope you all went home inspired and hopefully a prize in hand! It was so wonderful to share the day and I so look forward to seeing you again soon.

Hours of Business
Regular hours are currently being considered. For now, Honey B’s accepts appointments for visitors daily. Please call if you’d like to pop by (403)870-4694. It is most likely I am in or just out briefly for supplies. There’s always interesting things to see and not all items are on the website, you may get a chance to view a delightful piece not yet advertised!
Honey B’s provides beautiful antique and vintage items for the home, improving condition and visual interest with paint treatments or refinishing. Our 350 sf showroom is restocked on a weekly basis. New items are on the website for instant viewing. To see in person, simply call 403-870-4694 or email to book an appointment or place a hold on the item for 24 hours.
Have a dated, worn and tired piece of furniture? We also offer refinishing and painting services for a fee of $35 per hour plus cost of materials. We also buy antiques and vintage items! Please inquire.
An added service is upholstery on basic chair pads, with our without piping, benches and in some cases more elaborate chairs and loveseats for a fee of $35 per hour.
Upcoming Events
Honey B’s next market event will be  The Prairie Girls Vintage Market on Saturday, September 9, 2017 I am very excited to be participating in this market for the second time, it just gets better and better every year….over 50 vendors with farmhouse, vintage, antique and handmade goods! Mark your calendar, you won’t want to miss this one!

Location Map for Honey B’s

From the City:
Northbound Crowchild Trail to 12 Mile Coulee Road and turn left
2nd Street coming is Blueridge Rise (see sign on meridian) turn right
Follow road past ponds and the curve and keep going to the very end
We are a large brick colonial home on the left of the circle #215

Days Away from Opening

Good morning all my wonderful friends and followers! A quick note to remind you of Honey B’s opening on Saturday, June 17th! We have a crew here trying to install the deck as quick as we can so we have a place to visit and set out some items. Cutting it close I know! But the weather hasn’t exactly been cooperating 🙁 It will all work out though!

I booked the opening on the same day as The Vintage with Flair market in Bragg Creek which I know may be a difficulty for some of you to attend both, I was unaware at the time! Mine is in the late afternoon Saturday so it could make for a really fun day to go to Flair’s market and then zip over to mine! I hope so! I would certainly do that :))) Who would turn down an entire day of vintage shopping!?

I’m going to have a lot of furniture that I’ve just posted on the website and I’m preparing a “bargain” centre as well where there will be some great deals!

Hope the sun is out and your shopping mode is on! Here’s some pics of the shop to boost your enthusiasm! Also a map to find us!

Saturday, June 17th  1:00-5:00pm Free Admission

215 Blueridge Rise – private residence. Please park on the street above. Thankyou!!



Shop Opening

Good day everyone! I’ve been working on our shop space at our acreage and it’s almost completed! I couldn’t be more enthusiastic! It’s so wonderful to have a space at my home that I can be creative doing what I love to do and also offer a space for my friends and followers to come and enjoy at their leisure. I haven’t determined yet what kind of hours to keep…maybe some feedback on what would be suitable would be great! I was thinking a couple of Sundays per month, or maybe a weekday and a Sunday? I don’t get a lot of feedback on my blog, I have to say I don’t spend a lot of time on the blog and have considered putting it on the shelf for now. With instagram, Facebook, website and work it’s difficult to keep the blog going and maybe it’s just not for me…? Not sure but I’ll come up with a plan.

The real purpose of this note is to invite all my followers to my grand opening on June 17th to come on down to see what I have to offer, to share in some fun, and of course surround yourself with beautiful furnishings, vintage finds and like minded gals! Hope the day is sunny and warm 🙂 Looking forward to see you!!



Market this Saturday!

Hello friends and followers! Just a quick note to remind you of the Alberta Dames New and Vintage Market this Saturday, May 6th in Crossfield at the Crossfield Community Centre 10am – 4pm (early birds 9am-10am). I have been working diligently on several projects and I have to say I’m pretty pleased with the offerings I’ve got ready! I haven’t updated Honey B’s website with these new items as I want to unveil them at the show. However, having said that, what I plan to do is post them on the website the morning of Friday, May 5th so that anybody who wants a peak has an opportunity to do so. Please note I will not be accepting pre-sales or placing holds on pieces.

I will also place a post on the blog with photos of those items but you must go to the website for information, pricing and measurements.

Hope you all make the trip out, I think it’s going to be lots of fun and there’s going to be some really great things to see and buy! I believe my booth, Honey B’s at Home, is in the centre of the auditorium on the back wall.

Here’s information on the show once again but don’t hesitate to direct any questions to me! Thankyou! Barb

Event Announcement!

Honey B’s at Home has joined up with The Alberta Dames Modern Vintage Market to participate as a vendor in their upcoming sale in Crossfield on May 6, 2017! I am so excited to be part of this very talented group of ladies! Come down for a fun filled day of eye candy, shopping and hanging out with a super group!

Visit for additional information, a list of vendors and to purchase early bird tickets (allows entry one hour early)

Crossfield is a quick 45 minute drive north on highway 2A


Vintage Market is Here!

Hello all! We are on the set up day for the Prairie Girls Vintage Market today and I couldn’t be more excited. The trailer is loaded with all kinds of vintage and antique finds ready to find their way into your homes and hearts. This is the first market Honey B’s has taken part in with the Prairie Girls which we hear are absolutely fantastic. Looking forward to spending the day with all you lovely people who are as passionate about relics and treasures from the past as I am!

See below information or email me if you have questions at

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Renovation Progress

Well we’ve got some really exciting things going on now with the house with the installation of some stunning features. It seems like a long time between posts but the process of making each and every one of these features is time consuming. I really appreciate the team for putting all the effort in that they do…such artists! I love love love every thing about this house!

This is a maple live edge slab that we incorporated onto the counter in the basement. It’s on the side of the dining room and faces over into the family media room. I think I found some great stools to go with the look, they are simple polished nickel round stools that match the light fixture and table base. I haven’t pictured them until I decide for sure but there will be more photos to come.






This isn’t the actual furniture I’m putting in this room but because we sold our other house and are moving into the basement, we put our upstairs furniture in here to live with while the upstairs is completed. Should be another 60 days or so!


The other exciting addition was the install of these stunningly beautiful rustic beams put in the master bedroom. They are from a 100 year old building salvaged in Manitoba, all hand hewn with incredible personality, patina and complete with the worm holes. The crew does a treatment wherein they are cleaned with a spinning brush instrument. Then they were clearcoated to seal and bring out those wonderful colour tones. I can’t stop going upstairs just to admire them over and over.




That’s the current status! There’s lots going on though with tiling in the basement kitchen, installation of sound systems, satellite television and internet. The closets are being constructed and the carpet is going in on Monday next week. Officially July 8th will be our move in date and I can’t wait!






Thankyou! <3 <3 <3

I want to thank each and every one of my fantastic friends for coming out to the market this weekend! I was overwhelmed with the love and support! Seeing all the familiar faces and knowing that you made the time to stop in and say hello was so heartwarming….thankyou soooo much! It’s so great to be back doing what I love and having you all support me in that. We had a load of fun and great success! A special thanks to all the other vendors who participated and introduced themselves, it’s so great to make new friends with common interests. Here’s a few pictures of the booth we set up. A heartfelt thanks to Eric and Stuart and my loving husband Murray for helping with the set up and take down…I couldn’t have done it without you!


























Our grandkids came down to say hello and spread some cuteness!








Honey B’s Spring Sale 2016

Spring Sale June 17 & 18, 2016!

I am SO excited to invite you to Vintage with Flair’s Spring Sale in which Honey B’s at Home will have a large booth exhibiting some fantastic finds, antiques, painted pieces and pretty stuff!! It’s been awhile since I participated in a market so I’m particularly eager to get back into my creative space! There will be many more talents and beautiful spaces to see, so mark your calendar and come on down for a fun and exciting weekend with us!

Click Here to link to Vintage With Flair’s Facebook for more information and to enter to win two $100 Vintage with Flair’s Bucks to spend at the event!

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Renovation Update

Hello all! Things are coming along at the acreage….here’s an update on our progress!


First door hung! Just the casing along the perimeter needs to be added on.


Look at that wood detail!


Doors for the upper floor.


That’s a piece of drywall sitting in front of the barn door….should have moved it for the photo, but this is the finished barn door from the hallway to the sunroom.


Designed and made as a special surprise for us from Rick, he knew how much I wanted to bring some chevron into the house and went ahead and produced this stunning door. How nice is that? He’s now making a matching mini dutch door for the mudroom.


Ceiling work in the family room almost completed. There is a white trim that will cap the braces (shown in raw wood) going towards the middle. A square diamond shaped cap will be applied to the centre and then we have a ceiling fan to be mounted on top of it.


These babies are outer corner pieces for the family room ceiling (there’s a fourth one not shown). They remind me of waves of water….


Fireplace has been painted in a semi-gloss white. Window trims yet to be installed. This room will be our primary family space. I made some wonderful large carpet pillows to flank the hearth!


View from the family room into the kitchen area. A long counter with cabinetry will stretch across under the kitchen window with a farm sink in the middle. I’ve always dreamed of an old fashioned farm sink! So excited! There will be a live edge eating bar coming part way across the opening (on the left side) open into the family room with a couple of stools.


Down into the basement here. The metal support columns are now boxed in and awaiting the paint finish.


Basement laminate flooring looking good! I opted for a subtle modern look down here…some metallics such as the chrome light fixture picks up some sparkle. I want to use chrome in the kitchen adjacent to the dining area as well.


Dining area for the kitchen suite. I love the view…there’s often squirrels running about just outside the window.


Floor picks up some soft greys and taupes.


Our painters worked hard to do a complimentary match to the floor finish on the doors and casings. They look great!


Temporary stairs leading to the upper floor coming out next week to install floating stairs.


Heading upstairs to the bedroom level.


Light sconces from Restoration Hardware.


This is a smaller bedroom which has no closet. I have a large antique wardrobe I’m going to place in here, a lovely feminine style table desk with chair and make this room into a linen storage and sewing room.


LOVE the light pattern from this chandelier in the grandbabies room!


Still in the grandbabies room. Planning on a shoe closet on the left side, a girl’s dream come true! The right closet will have a slide in chest of drawers with upper hanging area.


Upstairs guest bath. I put this wardrobe storage piece in to consider whether it will be useful…not sure, it may interfere with the shower entrance…..decision yet to be made.


Master bathroom tiling now done. Awaiting vanities, mirrors and additional lighting.


Master bathroom walk in shower is ready for glass.


That wraps up this weeks progress and we are so looking forward to finishing up some of the details. The basement and upper floor is really coming along and once they are done we can section them off and focus on the main level. Still lots to tackle including the kitchen which is as always the hub of a house. I’m so glad we have been able to work with an astounding team that allows us to make decisions along the way. I find (for me anyways) that making decisions and seeing the outcome before moving to the next decision is so helpful. Until next time…god bless!

Blue Ridge Home Custom Door Production

Hello my friends! Just a little update on the progress of our renovation project. The doors for the main floor and upper level are almost complete. The finish on these particular doors is a match to the DuChateau hardwood that we’ve chosen. You can see the sample sitting on top of one of our doors in the picture. It took a 7 layer process to get this finish but we nailed it! There is still a french style trim to go along the inside framing of all the doors. I’ve picked the hardware as well which is an oval crystal knob on an oval satin nickel plate. It’s going to be stunning!
Here is a door with a piece of the baseboard laying on top of it plus the hardwood floor sample.
The inside edge will have a french moulding applied (which isn’t shown).
The wood grain shows so beautifully!
Door and window trim.
Oval crystal knob and satin nickel oval baseplate.

Adding Some Wooden Details

I just received an order I placed long ago for some wooden appliqués for the headers on the windows in the house! It was a long, long process as I accidentally sent to the wrong address and they were returned, rerouted and then remailed….omg I had to pay a fortune to get them here, but I’m so relieved they arrived.
The large one is going on the fireplace and the others over the windows in the living room and dining room. All the casings and trims are now ready….we painstakingly raised the grain, applied a combination of stain and paint finish and a clear topcoat and they look sooooo incredible! The appliqués will get the same finish and blend right in…at least that’s the plan 🙂 Will post photos of the finished areas once they are done which should be in a few weeks.

Memory Boards Magnifique!

Hello all! I had recently compiled a small collection of antique frames and thought it was time to get creative with some pretty memory boards, so I spent the last two weeks putting together some different looks! I’m quite pleased with the colour palette, they are so beautiful! I could just see these in a home office, or on the kitchen wall or maybe a mom or daughter’s personal space filled up with contacts, cards, photos and memories…it’s also time to start thinking of christmas gifts and I’m positive any girl would LOVE to receive one of these. I’ve made several custom orders as well so keep that in mind, we can shop for that perfect coordinating fabric for your home and I can work within a set budget. I had so much fun doing these and am always on the lookout for more frames to work with. You can find these and other inspirations here “Memory Boards.”



















Dining Chair Redeux

I found these dining chairs in the summer and have been working on them when I have the time out at the acreage. The nice thing is having the space to work on these projects without having to clean and up and put away every day, I can just leave as is until I next get to them without infringing on any space while we make a mess throughout the house. So I finally got them all finished up after a few months only to have fallen in love with them and trying to think of ways to use them in my home….maybe the craft room? However, with that beautiful white fabric, may be susceptible to dusty hands!  I decided to keep for now and see how the house comes together and if there’s a place for them. If not, they will go up onto the website or be included in a Spring sale. These were tough…lots ‘n lots of staples to pull, gluing and tightening, painting a few layers of cream with antique glazing, then the task of upholstering by myself in a nice heavy linen/cotton french fabric. It was well worth the effort as they’ve come out beautifully.











Sale and Openhouse Postponement

Hello All!
I had sent a newsletter earlier this Spring regarding a possible sale and open house I was going to hold this Fall. Unfortunately, my renovations are taking much longer than I anticipated and I have to postpone…I guess I shouldn’t be surprised as reno’s always go over budget and over scheduled! So, the bad news is it isn’t going to happen this Fall, the good news is there will be lots more to see in the Spring as I gather and work on more!! So please be patient with me and I will give you lots of notice when I am ready. Cheers everyone and have a fantastic Thanksgiving xoxo

Quality Control for Shabby Chic

Good day everyone! I wanted to talk about QUALITY for a moment regarding SHABBY CHIC furniture! I was shopping recently in the U.S. and brought back a number of items I found from the trip. I just love looking for new projects and sometimes I purchase stuff that is in relatively good shape but not quite up to the standards I put on myself and the pieces I refinish. Now sometimes the price reflects the quality of the item and there is a fair price on it. Other times, I notice that there are a lot of expensive items put out there that just fall short of what I would put in my house as far as quality goes.

I ALWAYS use one guideline for myself, and that is if I won’t put it in my house, why would you want to put it in yours? After refinishing this particular project I thought it would be good to reveal what exactly I do with my projects to have them qualify to the standards I set.

The item has to be CLEAN: no cobwebs, dust, grime, rust, cup rings or any kind of grit or dirt. The item is STURDY: no wobbles, weak spots, or shortcut fixes that will eventually weaken and break. If painted, I do a process that ensures that there will be NO CHIPPING. I sand all pieces thoroughly to assist the paint to adhere to the surface. In most cases it is PRIMED. I sand between each paint coat so you get a nice smooth finish. Plus I CLEARCOAT every painted piece with a satin finish to protect from scratching and powdering off. The UNDERSIDE of any one piece whether it’s a chair, vanity, sideboard, table, etc. is well done so that if you flip it over, the bottom surface doesn’t look like an unsightly mess. If the piece is UPHOLSTERED, I make a judgement as to the difficulty of the item and whether I can upholster it myself. This saves a lot of money as you know upholstery can be quite expensive! If I can’t do a particular project myself, I hire a professional. Again, I won’t put out anything that is a COMPROMISE to quality. I do not mark up any upholstery expenses (I do the drop off, pickup and fabric choice at no charge for my time). I truly believe in passing on every penny of savings onto the customer wherever possible.

Here is an example of a vanity I purchased that was already done in a shabby chic finish. Upon close inspection, I found it was lumpy (dirt had not been cleaned off), the paint was peeling (no primer was used), it smelled (like a barn!), the mirror was unusable (deteriorated), the underside had cobwebs and grime…so you can see it was not even close to a pristine piece of furniture…I took this piece and put it through a proper, detailed refinishing process so that it is now 100%, right down to replacing the mirror and painting the insides of the drawers.

I hope this post helps you understand the steps taken to bring you the best product possible! I take a lot of pride in my ability to always bring you the best of what I do, complete with a GUARANTEE of quality.

BEFORE refinishing (looks ok doesn’t it? But I guarantee when you get it home, all the issues I listed out above will rear their ugly heads!


AFTER refinishing:








Craft Room Progress

Today I made some progress on my craft room development by creating some new drawers for the storage area. We salvaged the vanities from the original house and placed them in the loft where the craft space exists, but the drawers were kind of boring and lifeless. The add some excitement, I put two coats of dark brown on the base of the drawers and then covered with a creamy topcoat, then sanded through. For a fun, slightly industrial look which I thought would be a nice departure, but complimentary to the interior shabby chic theme, I found these old faucet handles at a salvage shop and fashioned them into pulls for the drawers! They look really great! After the boxes are attached to the wall and the toe kick and side panels are installed, I can finish the entire piece. We also salvaged a 100 year old laminate beam from Vancouver to make the top surface which I will show when it’s finished! Stay tuned 🙂









K…I’m excited, but a tad bit sad to have finished these french chairs. I love, love, love them but I have no use or space or purpose for them (if I were to keep). Therefore I put them up “In the Store” so someone else can enjoy. The trouble is there is three of them! But then I was thinking that it isn’t so bad at all. Imagine a little tea table with yourself and two of your best gal pals sitting around sipping a glass of wine or lemonade. How often do you really have four people sitting around a table? So, I would say a set of three is simply perfect! Honestly…I do have a fourth chair that is almost exactly the same but has no floral crown on the backrest. I’m going to jazz it up after I repair it (the seat is ripped) just so you know a fourth lonely little chair is also waiting to be adopted!

This is what they looked like “before”



and after!








Here’s that fourth chair that wants to march to it’s own band…watch to see it’s transformation!



Chair Love

Did I mention I LOVE restoring chairs?! I do believe, sometimes….that antiques do need a dressing up to make them loveable again. I am always thrilled to get a new project to beautify. Styles and decor definitely change over the years, just as clothing and hairstyles. What was once a signature piece that we swooned over is now dated. Redressing old chairs to me is like getting a new dress! I hope you enjoy these pieces, their new suits and that they find a loving adoptive home!















Weekly Transformation

This is an old chair I found recently that showed a lot of potential. I rescued it from certain landfill garbage and am so glad I did. I love a high back and the bones were in 100% condition. It had strange large wooden blocks on the armrests which were taken off and replaced with a cushioned arm pad. The rest was painted with chalk paint, and recovered in muslin. I’m really into the french stripe lately so it was added with chalk paint. Doing chairs has become my favourite item to refurbish. It’s so satisfying to take a tired and dated (but once glorious chair) and renew it again for another lifetime. Now on the website for someone to enjoy!








Farmchicks 2015

Just got back from a 3 day weekend in Spokane at the annual Farmchicks Show! As always there was amazing, I mean AMAZING displays, goods, antiques, vintage, jewellery, junk…I was in heaven. Here are a few of my purchases, soon to be up for sale (though some that may be just too appealing to let go….). My incredible husband Murray and my BFF Kelly were along for the fun!











Sunroom Progress

I’m so excited….beyond words, to see the sunroom come together! We’ve had several people over and word is getting around about our project. Local designers, home builders and other business people have dropped in to see first hand what we are doing and how it is being done. The ceiling and beams in the loft and sunroom are the highlight right now. A collaboration between myself and Rick Rempel (our design/artist extraordinare) came up with a “recipe” for the treatment and finishing steps to make a truly beautiful old world finish. We have a winning team! Of course, shortly after we were like little kids because we couldn’t wait to put the lighting up and see the effect!










The Beams are Going Up!

It’s been quite the task to get these beams up in our house! But the wait has been totally worth it. They are absolutely fabulous! I can’t wait to get to the house every day so I can stare and admire them…when the sun starts to set and the light comes through the windows, the room just glows and the beams looking even more spectacular. I never thought I’d own such a place! Love them!! We next hung our three refurbished chandeliers which was quite a challenge but again, just finished off the room beautifully. With some extra beam material we plan to make some benches for the window seats….next finish off the metal railings and stairs for the upper office and do the flooring. Almost there!







A Romantic Weekend in Vancouver

Just before winter hits us on the prairies, my husband and I decided to make a little getaway to one of my favourite cities, Vancouver! It is absolutely gorgeous there this time of the year with all it’s majestic elm and oak trees in full yellow and orange fiery leaves….it rained a bit the first day, but such is Vancouver! The rest of the weekend was a glorious cool, crisp fall setting. Of course, the trip wouldn’t be complete without visiting some of my favourite stores, The Farmhouse, Country Furniture, The Cross and Heather Ross, a little shop we discovered near Granville Island. Along the way, cascades of shop flowers spilled over the streets.



Heather Ross’ shop is one of my favourite stops! It’s a small artsy little place, she is such a kind, bubbly personality and is always in her element surrounded by her personal artwork and creations. Right now her store is themed in a beautiful transparent sea haze green. Vintage pottery, glassware, personal soaps, candles and scented creams along with antique linens and eurostyle farmhouse antiques decorate the shop. It was dusk (already arriving at 4:30pm!) when we arrived and the sunlight streaming through the window and vintage glassware was stunning.






Another favourite stop is Farmhouse on S.W. Marine Drive. They had the cutest garden houses I’ve ever seen! Built from architectural salvage pieces, every one is unique…I’d love to try one of these sometime.




It was a lovely time…

Week 1 Renovation

Here we are week one into the opening of my renovation project posts!

This week we did a major cleanup to get ready to lay down a sub-floor. There were some major creaks, sagging and bouncing in some of the floor areas so an entire new sub-floor to rectify the problems and support the new hardwood has been installed. It looks so fresh in comparison with what it looked like before. Still lots of patchwork is yet to be done to drywall repairs and ceiling holes. It’s starting though to look like what will become a living space!

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FIREPLACES: One cute little freestanding cream painted gas stove is in the sunroom and will remain there for those colder winter days. One gas fireplace is in the family room. One gas fireplace is in the basement and lastly, one wood burning fireplace is in the livingroom. I haven’t had a wood burning fireplace in any of our homes so we’re really happy to have one.


• The brick fireplace will remain gas burning, however, with the modernization of the space and all the cream and gray colors I plan to do, I thought white would be a brightening feature to add.



• The downstairs fireplace was converted from an old brick fireplace (which was missing a mantle). We decided to close off the gas, seal the vent and instead place a group of battery operated candles. With the two fireplaces upstairs, the one in the basement will not be used as often. We also opted for a bit more modern look covering the brick with a sleek contemporary facade.




• The livingroom fireplace is in waiting for design plans but is in process of a facelift!


To update you on a couple of other upgrades, we replaced every window in the house. Considering the overall effect that the new windows would have on the beautiful light coming into the house, we felt the expense was justified. The results are amazing to say the least. The views into the yard are stunning!



I Am Back With a Renovation Project!

Wow…’s been three years since I closed up my Honey B’s shop. It seems much longer! It hasn’t slowed down life much, in fact, I’m busier with other things but at the same time it hasn’t been the same since….it really made me aware that everyone needs their “oxygen” in life (a passion or fulfilling hobby) and even though I’ve never entirely given up my passion for finding and refinishing unique furniture pieces and treasures, the pace has been slower and filled with sometimes mundane things. I think I do thrive better under a more active, pressure filled day! Strange how you are always discovering things about yourself!

Some people warned retirement can be a bit boring if you’re not careful. Two years ago, my husband and I decided we also wanted to sell our beautiful Parkdale home, downsizing, simplifying and minimizing our workload. We bought and relocated to a spec home in the new development. Here are a few photos of what our present abode looks like after doing some upgrades and applying my obsessive decorating personality traits. I’m really happy with it but I have to say it’s completely done, something I never thought would happen to my own home. Without the store, I haven’t the motivation to keep changing things…another strange discovery…

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Little Lou is getting on (12 years!) but he’s the same cutie pie as ever and is still hopping around like a puppy! I knew you’d appreciate seeing his sweet face here!

So back to my story!….Our “simple and complete life” plan recently got derailed because my husband drove by a real estate listing which caught his/our interest. We approached with kids gloves, after all our life was just where we wanted it? We organized a viewing that evening and within 24 hours we purchased a 2 acre property north of Calgary. Good grief….so much for sitting still! Along with that news, hubby retired in December 2013! Without a doubt something would have to happen in order for us to have the time, patience and resources to take on this monumental renovation and Murray’s retirement was just the key.

Built in 1981, the property is in need of a major boost. In 4 months, we’ve gutted the entire 7,000 square foot house and have embarked on an interesting and challenging route to restore it to the home of our dreams! It’s a perfect fit to accommodate our ever-growing family (as of 2014 we are now grandparents to 7 grandbabies).

This house reminds me of an old stone/brick european colonial, not something common in Calgary! How lucky are we to have found this place?! It has an expansive front yard and beautiful curb appeal that goes right through to the back where the perimeter is forested with giant spruce, elm and various other beautiful trees. There’s a nice little sitting platform and arbor adjacent to a children’s dream playground.

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I wanted to document our journey and start a new segment of my blog. There will be lots of posts and pictures to share, interior and out. We’ve already done so much but no time like the present to get going. Sharing with you all is not only fun but also gives us the opportunity to recognize all the hard work our team is putting in to make our dream a reality. This has so far been a fantastic experience in spite of the reputation renovations often hold! Please check in for the latest posts which may jump around a bit as I explore different areas of the house. Feel free to comment! Thanks and welcome back, I hope you enjoy reading about our experiences!

There are lots of furniture pieces I’m restoring for the new home as well which I will be showing and most likely some will be coming up for sale! xo thanks so much! I’ve missed my blog and so so happy to be back at it!

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All items on the website plus more will be available for sale at clearance prices!


Saturday, August 10th

9am – 3pm


92 Beny Sur Mer Road S.W. (Currie Barracks Area)

parking is limited because of construction

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Show Success

Vintage in the Village was a great success! The atmosphere was so fun and the day was beautifully sunny. Here are some pics of some of the amazing talent that displayed there! Thanks to Erin to organized the entire event, she did a great job!

Erin with my little baby!

Bonnie and Theresa with A Vintage Affair!

Debbie and her amazing store, Pretty Little Things!

These are deadly….we took a dozen home!

Fun sofa!

Bits and bobbles!

More talent!

Louie had his photo taken at least a 100 times by visitors! He played all day until he was absolutely pooped!

Murray…my extraordinary “do it all” and then more, support! Here he is holding me up after a hard day’s work. Now we get ready for the massive house sale coming this weekend. Following, off we go to Paris for a much needed holiday. We are so looking forward to it! I’m sure to bring back some treasures!





Show Set-Up! Vintage in the Village

We’ve had an amazing fun time setting up for the Vintage in The Village Show at East Village this week! It’s a spectacular venue in the Simmons Building! Beautiful century old brick with aged pine floors, open ceiling….gorgeous! It promises to be a brilliant, warm and sunny day…perfect for the show! AND warm, yummy cinnamon buns to be served!

There will be cash machine available on site…see map below for directions.


Don’t forget our next show is the following weekend at my home 2830 – 6th Avenue N.W.!! Come to one or both!!

See you soon! xoxo Barb


New Items Added To A Vintage Affair!

This week I’ve got some new stuff to show at A Vintage Affair. I’m finally starting to get a bit organized after a busy busy Spring and listing of the house, so I will be publishing photos of new pieces that I am taking to A Vintage Affair hopefully on a weekly basis (now I’m committing myself by saying so!!). Things are going quite well over there and they’ve really developed a lovely niche! They will also be participating in the Vintage Chicks Show in Priddis this June 8 & 9th at the Priddis Community Hall just west of Calgary (Hwy 22X). I would love to take part but the squeeze for time and energy is a teeny too hectic and I’m all about slowing life down and “smelling the flowers” so to speak. I will definitely be looking for funs sake though and I’ve got my show coming up in July which is going to arrive sooner than I think!

Check out all the details of these pieces on the website and they are all at the store right now. Hours are on the Events Tab!









Custom Refinishing

It’s been a very busy spring so far with the listing of our house, organizing the purchase of a lovely new home and preparations that it all brings! In between, it’s been a miracle I could squeeze in a couple of custom refinishing jobs!

Here are some of those pieces, though I have a couple still in the works! The little display table belonging to Lora was a cute but plain piece that needed some jazzing up. A coat of white paint and black velvet lining did the trick!

The bench (firstly shown in it’s prior condition) was listed in the “Drab to Fab” category of my website. A very sweet lady, Trish, spotted it and we collaborated on this beautiful fresh look. I love the blue and white fabric with the birds!

Lastly, a set of nesting tables needed new life for Toni! They came out really great!


We Are Selling Our Home!

My family and I recently returned from a visit my sister Sue who has a beautiful little place in Summerlin, Nevada. It was an amazing, restful holiday. One of those real awakenings where you realize life can be lived differently than what you are currently doing and if you are brave enough to make that step it can lead you to exciting and rewarding possibilities for the future. Afterall, we aren’t getting younger!!

Though we had considered a change before, this trip just gave us the push we needed! Winter in Calgary has become to us (like many others), something we don’t look so forward to!  The idea of having an alternate home in warmer climates has become a real dream. How do we make this happen?.. sell our  current home, free up our investments and pursue other life interests. Exploring possible winter destinations, owning a little cottage on the sea, or just travelling for the next year sounds perfectly appealing!

I will certainly miss some of the personal features and love we put into this home, and we’ve been so blessed to have almost 9 years here. We will always have great memories of it. Our new “Calgary” home has been selected and I have the exciting job of bringing it to it’s full potential. It is simpler which will fit into our new plan perfectly. I’ve emailed all my customers the details of our Parkdale home in case somebody is interested! But here are the photos again for the blog. These pics don’t show the fully finished basement which has a huge bright recreation room, bar with storage room, one bedroom, a full bath and laundry room.

If you or anybody you know is interested, call Murray Brown at 403-540-1841. Our home will be listed on MLS next Thursday, May 10th!



New Master Bedroom Reveal

Ironically, we just finished all our hard work on our master bedroom and we now decided to sell!! You never really know what curves your life is going to throw you! But…we made the decision carefully and we know it is the right one. Completing our bedroom has given us lots of fun, lots of work (my husband has become very skilled in mouldings!) and the rewards are this amazing, gorgeous oasis! I think the new owners will enjoy the custom work and appreciate the beauty of it. Darn right I’m taking the bed, the drapes…and bedding…and chandelier!! I think all those things can be brought over to our new home and will work wonderfully! Still…a little sadness lingers….here are some photos to enjoy. I haven’t hung pictures or put holes in the walls as the new owners would probably appreciate that!

All the materials in the room including the euro-pillows, ruffled shams, headboard, coverlet, and drapes were a collaborative effort with my good friend and a very talented designer, Kerri-Anne Thomas (KA Designs). She helped us enormously with selection of materials to achieve the look we wanted. I love the textures, soft tones of grey and the loose, relaxed atmosphere but still a sense of luxury. The white pillow on the top was made by another great friend, Lori Albertson. Again, she’s an amazing talent and generous, loving person. She made the pillow for my birthday with no input from me at all. What really surprised us is that I bought the duvet cover from Pottery Barn and the pillow Lori made matches perfectly with it’s ruched look!

I love the floppy end frill on these shams. All are filled with feather down…a must have for ultimate comfort.

Lori’s masterpiece! Stencilled silver design in the centre finishes it off perfectly!

Sidetables supplied by Antiques 2K (Antiques 2000)

Dedicated to M…

Reading and lounging…

Everything in this room came together with these custom made drapes (KA Design). I can’t describe how beautiful they are…the fabric, the pattern, the combination is stunning! Two materials were used…the floral portion with colors that pick up in the bedding, the headboard and carpet. Then a silk fabric was joined with wide piping made from the same velvet on the headboard. I love drapes that pool onto the floor and these do it perfectly.

Love these drapery pullbacks! Makes me feel so royal when I use them!

A little touch of rusted iron with an old chippy birdcage found on a trip.

I also added this soft, linen swag for the ensuite bathroom which was bare for many years.


That completes our remake of the master bedroom. I think at the very least, we learned what was possible if we put our minds to it. Thanks to my husband for the hours and hours he spent meticulously cutting and hanging the trims. He did a phenomenal job and of course, Kerri-Anne Thomas, my designer, who has become a good friend in the process! I highly recommend her! Inquire if you would like her contact details. Take care everyone! Thanks for looking!

A Moth to a Butterfly

This is my latest project. Sometimes I can’t believe the outcome until I look back at the pictures of “before.” Afterwards, I think how did I have the patience to do this!? I guess the challenge is just too tempting because I know it can be something very beautiful afterwards. So this is my “moth to a butterfly” transition for this month!

Good grief! This poor beauty has had some abuse over the years.

Stripped down…I must’ve pulled thousands of staples and tacks. My wrist is paying for it. Also removed all the springs, added the plywood base and  painted my favorite antique warm white with glaze.

Ta da! Lovely!

I’m really into these flower embellishments lately….so whimsical and pretty.

Now I’m on to more diamonds in the rough!  Have a great weekend everyone <3.


Inspirational Board Tutorial

This is my first tutorial! How to make an “inspiration” or “memory” board. I love this project…it’s creative, fun, enormously useful and beautiful! One afternoon can get it done. Also, it makes such a great gift, I’m trying to eventually gift one to every family member. I love that it’s handmade and personalized for each recipient. I wanted to share and help anyone who wants to try this themselves so here it goes!

Supplies:  Frame; 1/2 to 1″ foam; sheet of 3/8″ plywood; staple gun and staples; fabric; ribbon; small decorative objects; landscape fabric, picture hanger.

For this particular project, I am starting with a wonderful little antique frame I found, however you do not require a frame. Just follow the instructions and eliminate the frame step and size the board to whatever size suits you.

A 3/8″ inch of plywood is cut to fit into the frame. The plywood has to be a minimum 3/8″ so that staples don’t go through to the other side.

The plywood should fit slightly loose (1/8″ all around) to accommodate the depth of the fabric you are using. Tip: cut the corners off the plywood, it can be important later.

Foam is available at Fabricland by the foot. Use 1/2″ thickness for small boards and 1″ for large boards.

Cut a piece of the foam using a exacto knife with a nice sharp edge. Make the foam slightly larger (1/4″) all around so that the edges of your board will be softer when you handle it.

Pick the fabric of your choice. Tip: If it is a patterned fabric, make sure you consider the pattern repeat and buy enough to centre it on your project board appropriately!

Fabric is cut approximately 2″ to 2 1/2″ larger all around the perimeter than the plywood/foam to allow wrapping space.

It’s best to iron your fabric so there aren’t any wrinkles to contend with!

Align your three pieces together. Fabric bottom, followed by foam, followed by plywood.

This is my dream tool. For upholstery and projects invest in a pneumatic stapler! It will become your best friend …hmmm I guess you can still drink wine with it, but you’ll miss the conversation and you may screw up your project! You need a compressor to operate it, but if you have a hand controlled staple gun, that will work too. Just a little  harder on the hands and takes a bit longer.

Start on one side of the board, fold the fabric over to provide a double layer and some strength. Staple every inch all around. This is what your corner should look like when you get all sides stapled. Tip: apply some pressure on the entire piece as you staple. The foam will compress and provide some tightening when you let it all go. If it’s a really large inspiration board, I literally climb on top of my table and kneel on it! I look ridiculous but it works!

Corners can be tricky. Cut off any excess fabric you don’t need, otherwise it will be too bulky for the frame. Pull it back as flat as possible and put a couple of staples in it.

This is what it should be looking like at this point.

You can see the edges are soft and rounded from the extra foam hanging over the edge.

Next step. If you don’t align your ribbon properly it will appear crooked and the pattern of diamonds will not be consistent. I carefully lay it all out beforehand and measure to get it as close as possible. You can see a little head pin in the centre to guide me. The ribbons should hang over the edge at least 2″.

Earlier I mentioned trimming off the end of the plywood…this is why. Sometimes your pattern will require the ribbon to go over the corner. Trimming the corner off the plywood will keep the ribbon from sliding off. This particular project and the pattern of the grid did not require the corner, but you can never be sure until you get there!

Using short push pins, secure the ribbons in place at every crosspoint and end point.

The plan is in place!

Flip the board over and using the stapler, staple each ribbon in place. Pull the ribbon relatively snug but not too tight. The slope of the ribbon should hug the side of the board and lay naturally across in a diagonal.

I didn’t leave quite enough ribbon here! It’s barely hanging on, but just enough to get it on the back.

After attaching all the ribbon on the back side of the board, flip it over and put one staple at every crosspoint. This will provide that extra little tightening of the ribbon and give it a quilted effect.

This part is fun! Keeping in mind how to compliment my color scheme and sense of fun with the polka dots, I used little flower petals and gold/crystal accents on each ribbon cross point. Apply using a glue gun. Remember the staple underneath is holding everything in place and giving it that quilted look. I’m loving how it’s come together!

Pretty as can be!!

I think the underside of projects are quite important. I like to take the extra time to make sure that when something is flipped over, you’re not faced with a mess! I use landscape fabric in black to finish off my projects. It’s cheap, easy to work with and cut. But you can use something around your house like some sewing scrap, old sheet or cotton piece and just cut it to size, fold the edge over and staple it all around.

The frame is re-attached using mirror clips (sorry, I forgot the picture)…but I think you get it! This entire project took me about 3 hours. I did scrub down the antique frame to make sure it was clean and let it dry for 24 hours beforehand.

Lastly, install the picture hanger. Available at most hardware stores or Michael’s.

For boards that do not have a frame, I use trim on the edge.

The new memory board will be taken to A Vintage Affair this week along with several others! But you can view all measurements and styles on the website.

Thanks so much…this was fun! I hope it’s been enjoyable for you as it has been for me. Best of luck if you try out your own and call me if you need help. Have a great day and I love to hear from you always!

My Bedroom Reno’s

My home is now about 8 years old. We built new in the neighborhood of Parkdale northwest. We love it here…it’s close to the river paths for long walks and bike rides. Our master bedroom faces south so we get a lot of sun and a view of the playground across the street. In the spring, the children play t-ball in the park and it’s just a wonderful, quaint and enjoyable sight!

We didn’t do anything special with our bedroom as we were focused on other living areas of the house. Now, after all this time we decided it was time to go all out and make the room of our dreams! A few years ago we stayed at the famous Savoy Hotel in London, England and immediately fell in love with the formal, gorgeous high ceilings, mouldings, luxurious fabrics and small details. Our mission has been to duplicate the luxury hotel feel so that we can relax and enjoy the same “vacation” in our own home.

We moved entirely into the guest room so that the mess would not infringe on us. A good idea! Then we didn’t feel pressured to have a deadline. I wish I had taken photos of the “BEFORE” state of our room…but live and learn! Here are the first steps towards that dream!.

So the beginning involved moving each and every electrical outlet to accommodate the mouldings that we planned to do. That was a huge job in itself! I can’t take credit for any of that! I wasn’t about to be responsible for electrical work!

Then we painted out the entire room in primer tinted with halo paint color (Benjamin Moore) which is the color we used on the entire house trims, doors, windows. We decided to keep the theme in the bedroom so that the house wouldn’t be chopped up with different colors and therefore have a seamless transition.


This box was created to accommodate the folding arm of a wall television so that the t.v. would not protrude too much from the wall. We love movies and what better place to be totally relaxed and comfy than in our private retreat!

We then carefully planned out the design of the mouldings and where they would be placed on the walls. Murray then meticulously cut and installed all the mouldings and filled in the gaps.

Beautifully done!

Starting to come together and create our vision!

The ceiling was also painted. We wanted a clean palette to compliment the furnishings that we are putting in the room. So all was painted in the same color. We have a great graduated high ceiling that gives the room a formal feeling.

Inspired by a headboard I found on Pinterest, Murray templated the design using the photo and created the wooden frame. He did a phenomenal job.  Next, it was taken to the upholstery shop. Murray also built the framing for the mattress and boxspring (to be upholstered as well). This saved us a LOT of money! I’m so blessed to have such a talented husband…he has as much fun as I do creating these projects.

What can I say? Spectacular!

The fabric is a soft taupe/grey crushed velvet with lots of depth and sheen.

There are a total of 54 button tufts!

Silver upholstery tacks to compliment the sheen and the crystals.

These 5/8″ inch crystal buttons were a challenge for me…nothing in Calgary like this so I searched and searched online until I found the perfect design. Amazingly, they were relatively inexpensive but are real crystal!

New carpet installed. Color called “Sparrow” a soft taupe/grey with flecks of silk to add depth and color.

I had this antique chaise for a number of years and at one time was going to sell it! So glad I didn’t…it fits perfect in the bedroom. Now the search is on for a side table for my stack of decorating books!

A little bling on these pillows also fits perfect in the theme!

So far so great!! More to come….draperies, bedding and lighting! Will update as it comes along!






My Home

This is a collection of pictures I’ve taken of my home over the years. I tried to put the most recent at the top! It’s always a “work in progress.” I don’t think I’ll ever finish! Just when it’s perfect, my desires and ideas evolve…

We are working on a renovation in our master bedroom right now and it’s coming together amazingly. A couple more weeks and I’ll make the big reveal!

This Week’s Arrivals

The first week at A Vintage Affair has been a great success! I dropped in on Friday and the shop was buzzing with customers! Already several pieces were sold and some were on hold while patrons and designers measured and considered. I’m so pleased! It’s been like I’ve re-awakened after a long period of hibernation. I’m feeling inspired as the weather warms and decorating the house for spring fills my thoughts! The feedback and interactions with my customers are so rewarding. It’s nice to hear the joy when someone finds that special piece they’ve been searching for. I’m right back considering and wondering “What am I going to bring the following week!!”

Thinking about how the weeks roll around, I thought I would try to post all the new arrivals on the webite and blog on Saturdays. Those items going to A Vintage Affair will be delivered  on Sunday morning. Speaking of, A Vintage Affair has decided to open on Sundays from 12noon to 4pm starting this March 11th. This is a great thing! Not only is it free parking, but Sundays are good to do favorite laid back stuff….like shopping! Yay!

Here are this week’s arrivals. Prices and details on the website (click on “Go Treasure Hunting” at the top or The Honey B’s Logo in the lower right hand column).



Have a great week…I’ll be busy, busy getting more great furniture items prepared! Thanks for sharing and I love your comments!


Honey B’s Moving Day!

Good day everyone! Monday, March 5th is the day my shop, Honey B’s at Home launches for 2012! I’ve got great things happening….buying trips, new digs, new ideas, crafts, upholstering, painting projects and travel plans to Paris! All that is positive and fun! I think it’s going to be a great year!

I’m excited to have made a connection with “A Vintage Affair” a fabulous pop-up vintage clothing shop in the design district of Calgary! Honey B’s items are going to be available for purchase during regular business hours now. It’s been sometimes difficult to have the availability for some of my customers to come and see my showroom at home, so this is the perfect solution to solve all the complications that come with it. Come and see my stock at A Vintage Affair, you don’t want to miss a minute of this great shopping experience. Vintage clothing, jewellery & accessories are their specialty. They are located at 638 – 11th Avenue S.W. Calgary, Alberta (right on the corner) and the hours are: Monday thru Saturday 10am – 5:30pm. Telephone: (403) 835-6697

Sunday, March 4th was our official “move-in” day for Honey Bs and we had so much fun! I am really happy to be affiliated with Theresa and Bonnie, they are most gracious, kind, accommodating and friendly…I can’t say enough about how wonderful they are. The store is absolutely fabulous with quality clothing from the 50’s and 60’s. It’s a trip down nostalgic lane. The dresses, jewelry and accessories are to die for! Here are a few photos of our moving adventure!
A Vintage Affair shop owners, Theresa & Bonnie!
A girl’s dream party dress!
Theresa & Bonnie’s shop is unique in all it offers!
First arrivals of Honey B’s items

These are just a few of the pieces that have moved into A Vintage Affair. I’ve got oodles of other really, really nice finds that I can’t wait to get to and transform. I have to say, the years of doing this type of thing has really paid off in my skills…I’ve never enjoyed it as much as I do now! The quality, beauty and lasting finishes have stepped up a notch and I’m having more fun than ever!

Check the “Store” for a look see! Have a fantastic week and I’ll have more to post next week!  Barb


Catching up with Honey B’s

What’s been happening with Honey B’s these long winter months? I feel like I’ve been away forever. Some of you may be aware that I had a technical incident that put the site down. Unfortunately, complications resulted in losing all prior postings. It’s been like losing a treasured photo album or diary of memories!

Like any of life’s challenges, I persevered through and put it behind me with a new resolve to start a fresh page! I admit, its been a nice change of pace to have the winter to slow down, dabble in some new ideas and replenish my love and enthusiasm in the world of refinishing, junktiquing and crafting! Spending time with good friends, enjoying the small pleasures in life and starting a renovation project on our master bedroom were just a few of the things that have occupied my days. I’ve also worked on custom projects for clients that came out quite lovely.

In addition to furniture refinishing, I’ve tried out some paper crafts and sewing projects that were surprisingly easy and really fun.  Now I’ve got stuff draping all over the house and in every room to remind me of my adventures in crafting! Here’s a gathering of some of the stuff. Some of these are extraordinarily easy! Just ask if you want some instruction!

These paper cones were so fun to make! I completely lost a sense of time when I made these. Almost every one of them went to Christmas gifts to family members and they went over really well! Spending little money but putting more heart and time into these pieces was the best gift for me!

Paper from old books made into garland…

Coffee filter peony…

 My dear friend Lori has been showing me some sewing tips and I’ve now gone pillow crazy!