Friday, August 26, 2011


Mmmmm, this is nice! Doug took a picture of this vintage bird cage at Fan Tan Gallery (one of my fave stores) last week. I noticed the pictures on the camera yesterday and I was like - wait a minute, that was for sale and I didn't see it? Didn't you think I might want to buy it? Sheesh - men!

Inspiration - type

Guess what these are? Vintage outboard engine logos from the wonderful little maritime museum at Cowichan Bay. Fab vintage type from lots of different eras.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Good morning! How's everyone? We got back last night from a lovely trip to Vancouver Island. Had great fun - despite the flat tire on the Mini in the middle of nowhere! I'm looking forward to showing you a fab café today that we found in Victoria and a few fun vintage things over the next couple of days - read on . . . .

Boats at Cowichan Bay.

On a Mission.

I picked up this sweet little pennant at a little antique shop on our way back through BC yesterday - thought it was super sweet and I like it's mini size!

It's all in the details - and the coffee, of course!

I have a favourite new café in Victoria - The Union Pacific Coffee Co. Doug and I were so impressed with the style and decor in this place - we were convinced that a graphic designer must have built the interior because it seems to all revolve around the name, the logo and the theme. It has a great Pacific Northwest feel with giant vintage beams and lots of natural materials. I absolutely love the wall of old doors - can you see them? They go all the way behind the kitchen and then there are a couple of enormous ones on rollers that slide closed to hide some storage. There are lots of iron plumbing fixtures incorporated into the wall displays, the decor and the furniture and some wonderful vintage, cast iron table bases. The menu is built like a train station timetable and it feels like at any minute the numbers will al flip randomly! It's been a long time since I've been inspired by an interior like I am by this one and I hope these pictures do it justice. The Union Pacific Coffee Co. 537 Herald St, Victoria, BC.

Note the 'wall of doors' and the iron pipe seating.

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