Happy Canada Day! Surroundings Celebrates 20 Years Today!

Time flies when your having fun. It truly does. Today Surroundings celebrates its 20th anniversary. Yes, I opened my doors on July 1st, 1993. It feels like it was just yesterday.

For all my regular and long standing customers, you have watched the store evolve and transform over the years. I have ripped out walls, false ceilings ( to expose our magnificent pressed tin ceiling), repaint too many times to mention, and of course move the cash desk.

My New - Old Stove, June Cleaver Would Be Proud

My new/old 1951 Syncrochime Moffat stove in my kitchen
When I was renovating 8 years ago I spent literally hours agonizing over appliances. Stainless steel was and still is all the rage, but it looked so out of place in a farmhand cottage. In the end I choose white. However, I wanted the stove to be a standout piece, easier said then done. Im not on a natural gas line, and placing a propane tank in the yard left me wanting. My dream would be to have an Aga, sadly I settled for Kenmore.

Hats Off And On Display

The entrance at Rennick Cottage
Last week, a young man asked me what I thought of hanging his collection of hats on the wall in the entrance of his condo. Fabulous idea! After all, I have done just that at my home. A collection of sun hats are on permanent display next to my old column ( there is an identical column on display in Surroundings).

The Other Louvre

This is the Louvre-lens
I just back from Europe and the question everyone asks, "what was your favorite part of the trip?" Well, we put 3000 kms on the car rental, so we covered a lot of ground. The two stand-outs are the new Louvre in Lens and the City of Berlin ( I loved Berlin).

The Equestrian Bergere Chairs

Everyone loves Bergere Chairs, they are classic, comfortable, and look great in both modern and traditional settings.

I just got these back from the upholsterer on Sunday. Done in Belgian linen, with upholstered tacks showing, and leather armrests, we are calling them the Equestrian Bergere.

I wanted a more masculine and relaxed look for this classic chair. The linen was pre-washed, therefore, allowing the seat cushion cover to be washed in the future, no dry cleaning required.


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