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August, 2012

  1. Michael Penney + Barbara Matson of Hodge Podge Blog!

    August 31, 2012 by admin

    Recently I had the honour of being interviewed by Barbara Matson of the West Coast design blog, Hodge Podge.


    Barbara does a really fascinating section called, So Canadian Eh?  where  she interviews Canadian designers, bloggers and the like.  She was kind enough to ask me a few questions about my journey and style and I’m happy to share my answers – and Barbara’s blog – with you here!

    Enjoy and Happy Long Weekend everybody!


  2. Drink 'em in! Peonies!

    August 31, 2012 by admin

    Today, let’s just enjoy a little breathing space.

    Something beautiful, ravishing actually to rest our eyes on.  It’s going to be a messy day of building shelves and opening boxes at Penney & Company.  I’ll imagine a vase of peonies on the shelf to keep me going…

    emerson merrick

  3. Furniture Update

    August 30, 2012 by admin

    Sorry, the vintage faux bamboo dresser is now SOLD.  And I’m off to hunt for something new!

    Vintage Faux Bamboo Dresser $425 SOLD

  4. LEGO Mania!

    August 30, 2012 by admin

    While in one of Seattle’s posh malls my brother-in-law and I found an all-Lego store (and were in heaven).  Let’s just say it’s a good thing I had a small suitcase.  I discovered the ultimate Michael Penney approved Lego genre that I didn’t even know about!  It’s a series of historic down town shops and apartments – exactly like I used to try to create as a child!

    I mean, come on!  I. Must. Have. This.


    Is it crazy that sometimes I just want to build something out of Lego???

  5. Furniture Update

    August 29, 2012 by admin

    UPDATE:  The vintage teak credenza and ticking stripe chairs are both SOLD.





  6. A Lesson In Value from Penney & Company

    August 28, 2012 by admin

    UPDATE:  Vintage Faux Bamboo Dresser is SOLD

    Whatever you call it – vintage, used, antique – furniture that’s been ‘pre-loved’ is usually a good buy.  I love the look of vintage furniture and the character it brings to my home and the homes of my clients, but beyond the style-factor, vintage furniture is tremendous value for your money.  Here’s a good example…

    Vintage bamboo furniture is hot, hot hot!

    Interior Design by Meg Braff

    Whether it be a headboard (like the black one above), a coffee table or chest of drawers, this is a beautiful and timeless style.  Popularized recently by the rebirth of Hollywood Regency style and designers like Kelly Wearstler, Jonathan Adler and Meg Braff, faux bamboo is on every designer’s wish list.    This new bamboo piece from Jonathan Adler costs $595 USD, which is more like $715 by the time it comes to Canadian stores.  For one faux bamboo chair.

    $595 USD or $715 CAD

    Now here’s a perfect example of vintage value.  A classic example of Hollywood Regency faux bamboo, it’s a storage-filled chest of drawers with on-trend brass hardware.  It’s here now at Penney & Company (just got it this weekend) and it costs $425.

    Penney & Company 5-Drawer Faux Bamboo Chest $495

    Penney & Company 5-Drawer Faux Bamboo Chest $425

    Here’s what else you could buy if you want a white faux bamboo chest of drawers (Williams Sonoma Home $4313)…

    Williams Sonoma Home Dresser $4313

    And here’s what else you can get for under $500 if you’re looking to buy a new dresser…The Brick’s Highboy for $499.97!

    The Brick Highboy Dresser $499.97

    So you see, sometimes a quality vintage piece with loads of style is the same price or less than something from one of the big box retailers or Ikea! Yet they don’t cost nearly as much as the high end new pieces that are knocking off  the original vintage piece!

    Besides the style factor (and you know me, that’s pretty important) vintage pieces have great value for your money.  Plus they look so darn good.

  7. NEW at Penney & Company!

    August 28, 2012 by admin

    Check out the gorgeous new items here at Penney & Company in Whitby!


    UPDATE:  The Distressed Harvest Table has just SOLD.

    First up, this handsome black painted and distressed dining table.  A perfect n0t-too-large table to gather family and friends for a delicious meal.  Pairs well with so many styles of chairs – wooden, painted, upholstered, industrial…$250!

    Penney & Company Distressed Dining Table $250
    36″ x 60″

    Penney & Company Distressed Harvest Table

    Or how about this gorgeous Ralph Lauren-like bamboo coffee table?  It’s got a thick glass top and woven shelf below for piles of magazines and books – or baskets with kids’ toys?  $425!

    Penney & Company Bamboo and Glass Coffee Table $425
    26″ x 48″ x 17″

    Perfect as a bedside table or beside a sofa, this antique mahogany lamp table has a wood top and legs painted in Farrow & Ball’s Blue Gray.  Love the small brass knob too!  $265!

    Penney & Company Mahogany Lamp Table $265
    21.5″ x 21.75″ x 29″

  8. Turquoise Fiestaware

    August 28, 2012 by admin

    Usually I like to do a little vintage shopping when I’m in a new city, but because we were flying from Seattle, I couldn’t very well pick up a dresser or lamp!  I love to look around Macy’s when I’m in the States and I love that they carry the reissued Fiestaware.  In production since the 1930’s this American-made colourful pottery has always been a favourite of mine.

    How great do these various shades of green and turquoise Fiestaware look mixed together with lots of white?!

    I picked up just one turquoise Fiestaware serving bowl in Seattle, but trust me, if I could bring more home I would have!

  9. Beautiful Victoria British Columbia

    August 26, 2012 by admin

    While in Seattle, the family decided to take a day trip up to Victoria British Columbia!  I’d never been to B.C. at all so I was thrilled to see the sights!  We took a ferry from Seattle early in the morning and spent the day roaming around and taking in all of the culture, nature and fun Victoria is known for.

    The water comes right up the beautiful Parliament buildings, shops and restaurants and was full of business and life.

    Here’s a snap shot of Sara with her sister Allison and brother Matt in front of the beautiful Parliament buildings.  We took a tour and I was totally amazed with the restored beauty and all of the interesting materials and colour combinations inside.

    I couldn’t get over how many flowers and gardens and plants there were everywhere!  Every square inch seems to be planted with something and there are so many colours!

    The old architecture (including this Fairmont Hotel) was breath taking and set off by the lush grounds.

    Victoria was so gorgeous and it was so great to finally see.  Plus, we’ve now been to the east and west coast this summer!

  10. NEW at Penney & Company! Teak & Ticking!

    August 24, 2012 by admin

    Things are turning over fast here at Penney & Company, that’s for sure!  Just in, this gorgeous vintage teak credenza for only $295.

    Penney & Company Vintage Teak Unit $295

    Perfect as a server in a dining space, this midcentury piece has clean lines that could go anywhere!  Use it for storage in a hall, dress it’s top with a tray and bar items!  The best original use for this piece is as a media unit.  Place your flat screen tv on top and use the open cupboard space for all of your components.  The drawers are the perfect spot for DVDs too!

    Similar items can cost a pretty penny like this $3000 USD number from Design Within Reach…


    So you see that $295 is quite the bargain and there are so many ways to style up a piece like this!



    The rich wood tones and skinny legs make it, I think.  And the white genie bottle shaped lamp, also from Penney & Co is a great pairing.  So come check it out soon!  Oh and while you’re here, why not have a seat in these lovely vintage arm chairs upholstered in classic ticking?  Yummmmm….

    Penney & Company Arm Chairs $395 each