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March 30, 2012

No Words Required: Tablescapes {Dining Indoors}

I love imagery.  I love whimsy.  I love romance.  I love that fluttery feeling you get when you see something or someone you love.  Sometimes, no words are required.

From time to time I will post some pictures from my hoarded coveted collection of images... things that make me feel fluttery.   I hope you will find something you adore in their midst, too.

Tablescapes {Dining Indoors}


March 27, 2012

"Late Night on the Ave": April 5th

We just love Late Night on the Ave!  We always meet so many lovely people and are looking forward to another great evening on Thursday, April 5th.

This month we are very excited to be featuring Cravings Artisan Gelato.  If you haven't heard about this incredibly yummy treat yet, now is your chance to become addicted like the rest of us.

Owner Charlynn has taken gelato (Italian ice-cream), sorbetto's  and even alcohol based gelato to the next level.  She is fully mobile and offers up her delicious wares for weddings and events.


Not only can you select flavours and colours to compliment your big day, but the choices are made with fresh fruit and all-natural ingredients.

Stop in at the boutique for this month's Late Night on the Ave and get eggs-ellant discounts (couldn't help myself) on home decor and florals by Sugar Blossoms, and try Cravings Artisan Gelato... in Easter colours!

Then Hop, Skip and Jump along 112th for fantastic entertainment, wagon rides through historic Highlands (named by This Old House as one of Canada's 10 Best Neighbourhoods of Old Homes) along the river valley, plus not-to-be-missed deals being offered up by the local merchants:




















We're looking forward to seeing you on April 5th!

March 26, 2012

Reimagined Monday: Hartwood Roses' From China Cabinet to TV Cabinet


Sometimes a reimagining is just plain genius.  I loved this one so much I could hardly wait to share it!

Connie is a Master Gardener; a certified Rosarian who specializes in antique Roses. Her business, Hartwood Roses is what she refers to as a "small nursery"... they carry 800 varieties!  If I make another trip to Virginia, I am absolutely going to Hartwood Roses.

She is also a very handy gal, indeed who falls into an array of categories:  Carpenter, Remodeler, Dreamer and her blog is continuously inspiring.  This offering is one of my favorites because it updates an old 70's cabinet for new yet practical use in today's world and even more so for its creative and beautiful colour combination.

Describing the process in her own words, here is Connie's China Cabinet makeover:

I knew from the moment I saw this hutch sitting on the sidewalk at Goodwill that it would be perfect for a TV cabinet ... but it's classic, 1970s style wasn't part of the picture.


The doors were the first thing to go.  I installed trim to cover where the hinges had been.  New wood panels fill the sides where glass was originally.

With these modifications made, now what color should it be?  I knew that I wanted to use two colors of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, so I stared at my handy color chart for inspiration.  (seen in THIS post)  Initially, I was drawn to Chateau Grey and Duck Egg ... but my new can of Olive was the winner.  I am continually amazed at how much I love the way ASCP colors combine with each other.  (I don't think I've found a bad combination yet.)




The original door pulls look like door knockers from a medieval castle ... they're gone now, too.  In their place, I found knobs at Hobby Lobby that are perfect!  Look how well they coordinate with the Duck Egg.




Inside those doors are two drawers and LOTS of storage space.  Everything in this hutch shows quality materials and construction ... dovetailed drawers!




At the shop, The Husband and I rearranged a few things to make this baby fit.  As tall as it is (7 feet!) the footprint is surprisingly small ... four feet wide.  That's a lot of function in a relatively small space.  The TV space is wide enough to easily fit a 42" television.

Why settle for ordinary television furniture?



I am so excited about the look of these two colours together that I have already started digging through my studio for just the right piece to use it on!  

Don't you love it?






Here is how to share your reimagined paint project at On the Apple Box:

Send us a description of how you used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to get from your vision to the reimagined piece, before and after pictures, pictures of your project in progress or a couple of it in its finished state, and you may be highlighted on our blog!

March 24, 2012

Home & Garden Show Giveaway Winners - Part 2

Many thanks to everyone who entered the Edmonton Home and Garden Show Giveaway Contest.  We are happy to have you as friends and followers on our blog and Facebook page!

Also thank you to Tara Jamieson of Lauren Lane Decor for providing all of the HGS tickets.  Don't miss Tara's "Furniture Reinvention" appearance on the State Farm® Main Stage presented by HGTV.

Tara is presenting today at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM and Sunday at 1:00 PM.

WINNERS: We will be contacting you with the news this morning, but please email if you see this first!

Don't forget there is more to win...

Stop  in at the Lauren Lane Decor booth (Booth 1655 in Hall B) and enter to win a Private Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Class for you + your friends and family!

The Home Show hours this weekend are:

Saturday  10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

and it is located at:

Northlands, Edmonton Expo Centre 
7518 - 118 Avenue, Edmonton, AB (Just blocks from Apple Box Boutique!)

Click here to map your route using Google Maps

Announcement

In addition to our regular hours, this week we are
open on Sundayfrom 11:30 AM - 5:30 PM for a special
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint day
 Stop in for paint, wax and all the supplies you`ll need to get painting TODAY!

March 23, 2012

Edmonton Home & Garden Show Giveaway... Again!

Well, I love a good surprise and this one is such fun!  Tara Jameison, the Vintage Vixen of Home and Garden Show fame stopped in at the boutique and handed us a few more Edmonton Home and Garden Show tickets to share with our customers, friends and followers.

Those who entered the original contest are automatically entered, and new entries are being accepted all day today.  Here is how to enter:

  1. Like us on Facebook
  2. Follow us on our Blog
  3. Visit our Website and comment on our Facebook page or our Blog about your favourite item in our Gallery
Bonus Entry!
Visit the home page at Sugar-Blossoms.com and tell us on our Facebook page or our Blog how long Owner and Designer Leslie Ayers has been in the floral industry.

Winners will be announced tomorrow morning on our Blog and Facebook and tickets will be held at Apple Box Boutique for pick-up, just blocks from the Home and Garden Show venue!

Announcement

This week we are open on Sunday from 11:30 AM - 5:30 PM for a special
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint day
 Stop in for paint, wax and all the supplies you`ll need to get painting TODAY!

March 22, 2012

In April: The Works of Renowned Canadian Artist Joseph Cross

At the boutique, one of the very important self-imposed mandates... we like to call it our joy... is to highlight local and Canadian artists, musicians, designers and the like whenever we have the opportunity.  In this case we are overjoyed!

I have been a huge fan of artist Joseph Cross for years.  Working from his studio in Cranbrook, B.C., he manages to capture the imagination through his perspective on how we live and have lived.  His range is inspired, painting environments, people and depicting historic events in a way that makes one feel a part of the time and space they took place in.


Joseph is a "true red and white Canadian" with a love for his country and the people who inhabit it.  Everyday events and objects come to life through his paintbrush and we couldn`t be happier to share his vision.  We are very excited to announce that Apple Box Boutique will carry three limited edition prints that fit exceedingly well with our cottage-chic/shabby-chic decor options.











Each piece is signed and numbered, and has a story of its own.  Stop in at the boutique in April to view them first-hand, and learn more about their origins. Then make one your very own.

To see more of Joseph`s artwork, visit his website at JosephCrossArt.com.  Be prepared to be inspired!

March 21, 2012

And The Winner Is...

We would like to thank everyone who entered the Edmonton Home and Garden Show Giveaway Contest.  Welcome to our blog and Facebook page... we are happy to have you as friends and followers.

Also, a big thank you to Tara Jamieson of Lauren Lane Decor for providing the tickets.  Don't miss Tara's "Furniture Reinvention" appearance on the State Farm® Main Stage presented by HGTV.

And now for the winners...

You will be contacted today with the happy details!

More to win...

Stop  in at the Lauren Lane Decor booth and enter to win a Private Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Class for you + your friends and family!

The Home Show starts tomorrow at 4:00 PM...  Don't miss it!

March 18, 2012

Win a Private Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Class!

We have another great contest to announce!
 
As we mentioned in our blog this past Wednesday, the Edmonton Home and Garden Show is happening on March 22nd - 25th and there are three ways to enter the Ticket Giveaway contest.  Now we have more exciting news!

When you attend the Home show, be sure to stop in at the Lauren Lane Decor booth.  Tara is not only presenting on the Main Stage but she also has a great contest running:

Win a Private Annie Sloan Chalk Paint class
for you, your friends and family! 

Learn one-on-one the how-tos of applying layers and levels of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, different distressing techniques, and the proper application of Annie Sloan Soft Wax.  All supplies will be provided and the fun is built-in!

The HGS Ticket Giveaway Recap
Our partner-in-paint, Tara Jamieson of Lauren Lane Decor, is a guest expert presenting Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on the main stage.

Lucky for us she has provided Apple Box Boutique with complimentary tickets, and because we simply adore our customers, we`d like to share them with you!


We have three pairs of tickets and there are three ways to win:
  1. Become a follower of our blog "On the Apple Box" 
  2. Like us on Facebook 
  3. After completing the above: Visit our website and comment on our blog or on our Facebook page about which Boutique Peek item is your favourite
Just to make it even more exciting, each ticket also allows you to enter to win a $200
Gift Card.


The winner of the  Home and Garden Show Giveaway will be announced on our blog this Tuesday, March 21st.


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