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  1. Downtown Whitby Shop Late Shop Local 2015

    August 2, 2015 by michaelpenneystyle

    Yes it’s back!  Celebrate summer and rediscover Downtown Whitby at the second annual Shop Late Shop Local event Thursday August 20th!

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    Our beloved downtown core has been through many ups and downs over the years and is struggling to get back on it’s feet and become the dynamic place we all want it to be.

    Change is starting and we need your support to build a strong and vibrant community in the heart of old Whitby so come out Thursday August 20th from 6-9pm.  Up and down Brock and Dundas Streets you’ll find local independent vendors staying open late to welcome you!  There will be sales and prizes, music and goodies and lots of community spirit!

    So mark your calendars and we’ll see you then!

  2. Michael Penney – Marilyn Denis Segment: Farmhouse Style!

    July 27, 2015 by michaelpenneystyle

    Last week I had the pleasure of returning to CTV’s Marilyn Denis Show.

    As usual I had a blast chatting with Marilyn and this time we talked all about farmhouse style, which these days is a huge trend.  People are looking for easy, casual living and the rustic-meets-refined farmhouse look is just the ticket.  Ideal for busy families (because nothing’s too perfect or precious) and just so homey, the farmhouse look is something that’s got me excited – how about you?







    All of the decor you see above is available at both Penney & Company and Sweet Violet in Historic Downtown Whitby so come grab these beautiful finds if you love them like I do!  The gorgeous floral arrangement and ferns are from Mint Floral Co. in Downtown Whitby too – thanks Laurel!



    We also created these fun and rustic farmhouse style graphic signs on barn board using Fusion Mineral Paint and the Fusion Stencil line available at Fusion retailers everywhere!  The end result is rustic and chic and perfect for any home!  Give it a try or pick a finished one up at our shops, Penney & Company and Sweet Violet!

    And now for the whole segment on CTV’s Marilyn Denis Show!

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  3. Just a few updates…

    July 25, 2015 by michaelpenneystyle

    Boy was today a scorcher!  It was so hot and humid in beautiful Downtown Whitby and summer was in full swing.  We’ve got lots of pretty summer finds too at both Sweet Violet and Penney & Co so here’s what’s new in the shops these days…

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    Genuine Tin splatterware luncheon plates, dinner plates, platters, colanders and canisters.  Couldn’t be fresher or summerier!

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    Some new /old painted pieces with that perfect cottage chic flair – this pair of old night stands has lovely carving and storage to boot!  I don’t often come across a pair like this especially with the combination of open legs and storage so I’m sure they’ll not last long!

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    Canadiana lives here with these cute burlap maple leaf accent cushions.  They’re a great addition to a family room, on a deck chair or as a gift when you head to the cottage (only $35).  The buffalo plaid cushion in back is pretty Canadian-chic too don’t you think?

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    Summery bamboo in a rustic white wash – what could be better?  These Chinese chippendale chairs were a steal! I say were because they were snapped up today!  Sold!

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    And don’t forget to check out the summer clearance items – there are lots of stylish pieces and lots of deals!

  4. NEW! At Penney & Company and Sweet Violet

    July 19, 2015 by michaelpenneystyle

    Here are just a few updates from around Penney & Company and Sweet Violet in Downtown Whitby.  We’ve got new (and old) goodies to drool over and lots of projects on the go.  Enjoy!

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    It’s feeling like pure summer at Penney & Co with this painted antique chest of drawers (with my favourite moustache handles), a loose aqua striped runner, reclaimed wood mirror and French market baskets to load up at the farm stand or take to the beach.  And how about that shell wreath?  It’s a great way to spruce up a boring old mirror and a wall of bead board just sets it off don’t you think?

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    Over at Sweet Violet we’ve been planning some big changes.  One of the first steps was constructing a textured backdrop of white washed barn board to set off some of our new finds.  Whaddya think of the results?

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    Still at Sweet Violet we’re loving these vintage-inspired “Green Beans” ceramic jars and they’re even lovelier filled with straw flowers from the Oshawa farmer’s market!

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    One last little summer moment – a red and white gingham bathing suit is just what you need on your walls isn’t it?  Perfect for that cheeky fashion hit at home or for a nostalgic note at the cottage.  Love this piece (at Penney & Co)!

  5. Catriona’s Gelato Cafe Downtown Whitby

    July 9, 2015 by michaelpenneystyle

    Have you been to Catriona’s Gelato Cafe in Historic Downtown Whitby?  Its on Brock Street South just a few paces south of Sweet Violet and its the place for fresh Italian gelato and imported Italian coffees expressos and more!  Their hot sandwiches are a favourite among Penney & Co staff and their fresh baked goodies really hit the spot.  Catriona’s is family owned and run and is part of the Downtown Whitby renewal we’re all so excited about. Just another small local business we all need to patronize and support if we want to see things turn around in our town.

    Recently I surprised the owners of Catriona’s with a surprise ambush makeover!  I’d been threatening them for a while and this week I swooped in with a van load of furniture and accessories to make their cafe interior a little more cozy and welcoming.  Here’s what it looked like yesterday morning…



    Of course I had to do this makeover on a dime so I scoured our local thrift shop and found a pair of comfy velvet wing chairs in a handsome green jewel tone.


    They were just $30 each!  Next I scored this retro buffet with glass sliders for another whopping $30.


    Back at the shop, I decided to pull colours from a pair of oversized feather filled cushions from Sweet Violet.  Their colourful bohemian style would give us a relaxed coffeehouse vibe and incorporate our green chairs and red accents in the rest of the cafe while adding teal and chartreuse to avoid a Christmas look!


    Kathy set to work painting the retro buffet with Fusion Mineral Paint in Seaside from The Penney & Company collection and was done in no time!  She even had time to paint the wing chair legs in Fusion’s Picket Fence to spruce them up and take down the formality.  Both were thoroughly distressed for a casual, rustic look.

    I added vintage canisters full of coffee beans and baking supplies and vintage books to the glass portion of the buffet, orangey-red striped cushions to the green chairs, a sisal mat, some accessories and plants and a big rustic clock!  Ron from Rural Reclaiming in Downtown Whitby kindly provided a vintage accent table with barn board top too!  Et Voila! 


    Now there’s cozy grouping where people can face each other chatting over a good cup of espresso and munching a pastry or two!  The white legs on the chairs really update them and the buffet looks completely refreshed!  The plump cushions set the mood and add softness to the existing futon, don’t you think?



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    Catriona’s Gelato Cafe has such delicious food and a friendly, hard-working staff  and I thought they deserved a little Penney & Co magic!  I also created some cheerful red and white gingham oil cloth table cloths for the bistro tables and added white ceramic mason jars with colourful blooms.

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    You’ll love checking out the rotating gallery of local art at Catriona’s too!  Stop by and check out the ambush makeover and better yet get a cappuccino and slice of something scrumptious (and some gelato on the side)!

    Catriona’s Gelato Cafe

    224 Brock Street South Whitby (Brock and Dunlop) 905 493 1921

  6. Summer Loveliness 2015

    July 8, 2015 by michaelpenneystyle

    Isn’t summer the best?

     I mean really, it’s just got that magic quality you dream of when you’re a kid and waiting to be off school and free to do whatever the heck you want.  I’ve grabbed a collection of photos from my instagram friends that capture pure summer.

    What I love most about these photos is that they capture real life being lived right now by these people and they’re not from glossy magazines of photo shoots.  They’re real.  Of course everybody is doing a little selective shooting and art directing of their own these days, but you get my point.

    Here’s to really living the good life.  Ahhh summer…

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  7. Penney & Company Updates

    July 3, 2015 by michaelpenneystyle

    If you’re not following along with michaelpenneystyle on instagram, I don’t want you to feel left out!  Here are some recent moments from Penney & Company featuring new finds, new furniture and new inspiration!

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    Be sure to stop in to our beautiful new Downtown Whitby location soon to see what’s new!

  8. Summer Harvest

    July 3, 2015 by michaelpenneystyle

    Admittedly I’m not much of a foodie but this image of a summer meal fresh from the garden and casually but elegantly displayed has got my mouth watering.



    Here’s to slowing down, making leisure a priority and spending some quality time with those you love and laugh with.


  9. Emma Bridgewater At Penney & Co – yay or nay?

    June 30, 2015 by michaelpenneystyle

    Hello friends!  As Penney & Company grows and adapts to better serve you, our loyal customers, we are constantly on the look out for new items we think you’ll love.

    We like to think of our little shop as a place where you can find something special, something unique, something truly personal.  We know you have a distinctive sense of style that is just that – truly personal – and that you love to express yourself in your home through the choices you make and the items you add to your space.

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    And so with this in mind, I’d love your advice – how do you feel about Emma Bridgewater pottery?

    Is it something you know about, like, love even?  For those who haven’t heard of it Emma Bridgewater Pottery is made in the traditional way in Stoke-on-Trent, the original home of British pottery.  Each piece is made by a traditional potter and decorated by hand so each one is a little different.  It’s a family business still run by Emma Bridgewater and her husband and employs a great number of skilled potters in historic Stoke-on-Trent.

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    Black Toast is the name of the quintessentially British line full of English quirk and charm.   There are many other collections, but this is my personal favourite.


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    And I’m not alone, it seems Emma Bridgewater has a huge fan in Kate Middleton!  Here she is working in Emma’s workshop!

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    Now over to you friends – how do you feel about this line?  Is it something you could see yourself using in your home?  Is it something you think you’d collect or buy as a very special gift?  The pieces are not inexpensive (mugs are about $35 Canadian and tea pots are $135).  It’s up there with fine china but generously proportioned to be used and loved daily.  I’m considering adding Emma Bridgewater to our shop but would love your input as it’s not a small investment.  I know I’m sold but are you?  I appreciate any insights you can offer, so please leave a comment if you can!



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    Thank you! And cheerio!

  10. Mint Floral in Downtown Whitby

    June 24, 2015 by michaelpenneystyle

    Have you visited Mint Floral Co yet?  If not, what are you waiting for?  It’s an adorable shop that’s just relocated and expanded to Dundas Street West in Downtown Whitby like we have at Penney & Co.  In fact it’s just two doors down from us!  Proprietor Laurel Munro and her trusty sidekick Roy will be happy to greet you and give you the tour.

    A rotating crop of goodies at Mint Floral Co

    A rotating crop of goodies at Mint Floral Co

    They’ve worked their tails off to transform a former tattoo parlour into a light and airy flower atelier with exposed brick walls and tons of character.  You’ll find the charming checkerboard floor strewn with leaves and blossoms at any given time as these ladies work their magic.  It’s like one of those open-kitchen restaurants!


    And if the thrill of a new and stylish Downtown Whitby shop hasn’t grabbed you yet, just let some of Laurel’s latest creations do the talking…I mean c’mon!

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    Check out Mint Floral Co at 108 Dundas Street West in Historic Downtown Whitby 905.493.8122