Get A Free Magazine! April 14 2012, 0 Comments

Be 0ur 100th 'Like' on Facebook at The Melon Patch Home and Garden  and get a free copy of this inspirational Magazine 150 pages of homes, ideas all in English with no advertising.

Until next time, Elizabeth


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














































Being Creative April 02 2012, 0 Comments

Putting together a unique and Stylish place to call home is isn't much about Bank Account, as it is about your creativity.

There are so many wonderful shows on home decor , beautiful magazines that you can look at on line and then there is the latest Pinrest, it will get the creative juices flowing .

Here is a bit of inspiration. We at the Melon Patch would love to see yours, please send us some photos







Until next time


Furniture Appliques March 27 2012, 0 Comments

The appliques arrived today and will be posted in the Melon Patch Blog store.

Here is a sample of a few...










 Until next time,  Elizabeth...

French Laundered Look March 24 2012, 0 Comments

Panel 27 x27 87 % Cotton 13% Poly $30.00

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 Correction June 27 2011, 0 Comments

Hi Everyone

I made a mistake and posted the wrong fabric, this is it here...

Hemp Twill

Content: 55% Hemp 45% Cotton  Width: 58 inches  Weight:10.50z Colours: Natural, Blue, Black, taupe, Olive and Army Green.

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.

A New Year! January 12 2011, 1 Comment

I know it’s a little late but it is still early January so it still counts!

Last year the Melon Patch was busy and exciting. It is hard to believe that at the end of January, it will be two years that we have been at our current location. How time flies when you are having fun.

We completed a number of projects both indoors and out, met some wonderful new faces and formed lasting friendships, I hope that your year was as eventful as ours.

Over the next few months, I will be posting some of the new design trends for 2011.

Some returning trends are bold and dramatic paint colours, navy blue and black for wall and trim among a few.

Little did I know that when I was planning my kitchen renovation in the early summer of 2010 that I would be a part of this year’s trend!?

I repainted my very bright and bold kitchen with calmer quieter Colour. The walls got a coat of Silver Screen from C2 # 8287, the cabinets on the prep wall a coat of Black low lustre Melanie paint form Para Paints. I love the colour black, for me it defines and anchors a room. The remaining cabinets Muslin from Benjamin Moore # CC110 in addition to the new paint colours in my kitchen, repainted all the trim and ceiling colours. The trim Phantom11-31 and the ceilings to Arrowroot 29-32 both are colours from Pratt & Lambert; it was a better blend with the new kitchen colour.  I am still on the hunt for a backsplash.

The previous year I replaced the island counter top from tile to black granite. The prep counter was replaced with stainless steel.  A new sink came with the counter top. A single 10” deep sink, with a drain hole at the back.

C-tech sink: the sink came with its own strainer, which catches all the nasty stuff that would normally go down the drain. No more plugged sinks.

Blanco Compost Bin: I also installed a counter mounted compost bin.

These can be installed in any counter top. Stone, tile, ceramic, providing you have you have room for the bin underneath. The bin lifts out, so you can dispose of the waste.

When you put it back it’s flush with the counter top, the lid goes on and it is sealed.

The finishing touches happened on Christmas Eve and all worked out beautifully since I was the hostess for this year for Christmas dinner.

My year starts with a fresh new look for a New Year. I really cherish my home and love to be there as much as possible as my surroundings make me content and relaxed.

I’m a flea market and antique junkie. I think is the thrill of the hunt and of course the odd bargain none of us can resist. Mixing old and new gives character to a room.

One of my bargains was a silver tray, sometimes you need to look beyond the tarnish.

Flea Market Silver Tray: I put in on the front hall table, to place my keys on, so there is no mad dash to find them in the morning.

I am starting my New Year with a new look.

If you would like a new look it can be as simple as some new accessories, a new paint colour, new coverings for your existing furniture or a room re-mix or perhaps a one-day make over!

Call 613-541-0231 or email and we'll help make your New Year exciting in your home!

This year we’ll working on bringing you an online store. So you can browse at our new finds new and vintage in the comforts of your home.

Her are few of our new finds...

Bainbridge Blues

I love fabric and these have a wonderful feel. I not only choose this company for their fabrics but for their Philosophy as well.

“buy classic, buy quality, buy less, live simply, live well….”

This been my mandate for years , but as small retailer in the chaos of China-made products it can be a challenge, so I seek companies and products that have a similar agenda.

In the coming year I’ll strive to find more products that meet that criteria.

If you are a fan of Sara’s Farmhouse (Sara Richardson from HGTV), then you will love this collection. Bainbridge Blues are Heirloom quality textiles that are designed in the USA on Bainbridge Island off the Coast of Washington State and woven in Italy.

This collection of fabrics is woven from 100% natural environmentally friendly fibres starting with Hemp. These textiles are simple and approachable with a fresh new look at the traditional colour pallet.

Wire Egg Basket (Vintage)

These are just a few of the new arrivals.

If you would like more information please e-mail

Have a great 2011!

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