Mirror Inspiration April 14 2012, 0 Comments

I seem to have an obession with mirrors, all types and all sizes. I like them because decorating with mirros is a great way to bring style to any room.

Here are few of my reasons

1. in addition to providing and alterantive to wallart, mirrors offer the addtitional benefit of addint light to any room.

2. think big ! the bigger the mirror the more light in can reflect, not only will there be light refection but i can also make a room look much larger.

3. mirrors can also provide a focal point , and will help to anchor  all of the other decorative elements  of the room.

Think Spring April 03 2012, 0 Comments

Think Spring , think Antibes from Annie Sloan














































Old Hardware March 24 2012, 0 Comments

If you have hinges and hardware that you want to keep but they are covered in Paint have look at the  Urban Cottage blogspot, they have an article on how to do it without harsh chemicals.

Until next time, Elizabeth...

Inventory update on Annie Sloan Products July 24 2011, 0 Comments


We are currently out of Aubusson Blue, Old White and Provence.
Stock is low on Dark Wax and we are out of Clear Wax..

I will be placing another order for Old White, and clear wax if  would like these two products  send me a quick e-mail, and I will include it in my next order.


This is a desk painted  by Annie Sloan in Old Violet.

Sample Pots

Primer Red is available in a  4 oz sample pot. $9.95

I will be painting the front door of the Melon Patch in Graphite.

Before and after pictures coming soon.

Until next time  enjoy the beautiful sunny days of summer , it goes so quickly.



Hemp Fabric June 24 2011, 0 Comments


Hemp is one of my favourite fabrics to use. I have been using it since 1999  in various home decor projects, slip covers, draperies, just to name a few.

Hemp is one of the most eco-friendly fabrics. Hemp requires no pesticides to grow it is a renewable resource that can be culivated in as little as 100 days and is a very versatile fabric.

Hemp is a very strong fabric and is eight times that of cotton fiber. Hemp has long been long used in sails and rope for the British and American Navies.

It is also hypo-allergenic and non-irritating to the skin. Hemp has the look of linen and can also have the feel of linen ( depending on the blends). Hemp like linen will soften with age after each washing.

I am pleased to offer  two of my favorite  Hemp fabrics, both available by the metre. Both suitable for draperies, slipcovers ( great for the shabby chic look ) and upholstery.


Content: 55% hemp 45% cotton   Weight: 12.0 oz  Width: 59 inches   Colour: Natural

Hemp Linen

Content: 50% hemp 50% line Weight: 4.7 oz Width: 58 inches Colour:  variety such as natual, olive and many others.

If you have any questions or would like to order the product please email Samples are available, just send us a quick note with your mailing address.

The Sofa: Be Comfortable! October 25 2010, 1 Comment

The sofa is the main anchor in a living room/family room and draws a lot of visual attention and gets frequent use.

The sofa should be comfortable, solidly built, covered with good upholstery and a style that you will not tire of easily. I purchased my sofa in 1980, a classic tuxedo style, with slim arms and loose cushions on the seat and back; in those days the rage was chintz. You remember the English Country look, big floral? Mine was blue with beige flowers.

Eight years later when we moved to Kingston, it was re-covered to a two-tone solid, then 9 years later it was slip-covered with a textured beige/cream linen. This a long time in the sofa world. The initial investment was huge, (it cost me about $100. dollars a year even with re-covering over the years). If you buy quality and style it will last and I certainly won’t be buying a new sofa; I may or may not recover again it unless it gets worn. So far, 9 years later it still looks great.

Like most product’s, sofas come in a range of prices. From the basic second hand find to the luxury model. These days there are plenty of options available. My mission in life is to get rid of all the puffy furniture, one room at a time. These styles will overwhelm most rooms. They look comfy, yet in actual fact they aren’t, and it’s a huge surface area that dominates the room, not only in furniture but colour as well.

I suggest for longevity and budget, invest in a good fabric with high “wear and tear” levels, this is called “double rubs”. When you are having a sofa made or purchasing one ask about the double rubs, the greater they are the more “wear and tear” it will take. Most people wear jeans or some such hard fabric and the friction of those fabrics against the sofa fabric will slowly damage the fabric if it is not good quality. In short order your sofa will look like is has been around for quite some time.

Investing in a neutral colour with a good sturdy fabric is the best investment. You can easily make seasonal changes by adding colour and pattern with your throws and cushions.

Changing art work in the room also enhances the room and diverts attention. If your budget does not permit a major change, invest in some current accessories as those details will make the difference.

The Melon Patch can help you choose a new Fabric for your sofa, or have sofa custom made for you! The cost difference between having one made and purchasing a ready made is not that different, and having a custom made sofa, you can choose style, size, and covering design, all specific to your needs.

For more information and assistance with your sofa requirements give the Melon Patch a call at 613-541-0231