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!

December: The Busy Month! December 03 2010, 1 Comment

It’s hard to believe that it is already December; I always find this month hectic with so many things to do before the holidays, and Projects to finish for clients…it makes me tired just to think about it!

The new MP Blog is working out well and I’ll be posting more often – after a couple of lessons!

The last few years the holidays have been quiet at our house, this year in addition to trying to finish my house; our Cousin/Uncle Milosh is coming for two weeks!!!!!!  

He said he would do some of the cooking, so that means my kitchen has to be ready!

Renovations Continued…

Back in July, I started my own Renovation Project, by taking down the ceiling and having the roof fixed. We are finally back at it, in between jobs you might say, and Dave is painting and doing a multitude of things for me at the house and is doing a wonderful job with wallpapering, painting, removing the old counter so the new one can go on; and the list goes on and on! I’ll be posting the new look of my renovation in the New Year.

New MP Project!

We’ve been busy at the Melon Patch the last few months, and our latest Project, the ‘Little House in Napanee’ and it’s Before and After pics have been posted – be sure to check it out!

MP Store Update

The shop is full of new goodies for your home or gift giving!

I have been in love with Burlap for some time and we now have Burlap Cushions! (size 18.5 x 18.5)

Plus beautiful bamboo throws and a great collection of candles!

Make time for a visit and find that special present for your special someone!

Until next time!

From the Beginning... July 24 2010, 0 Comments

The new ceiling and the living room have been painted, but first I’m going to take you through the whole process of my house from the beginning to now.

(On the left) We purchased the property in 1998 and started the renovations in 1999 which were completed shortly after. My husband and I did all the work, he built the addition and we both tackled the interior work together.

Our son Nick helped out occasionally, he’s in the business and builds houses; in is his spare time he works on his own house.

His before and after pictures are as dramatic as ours were. Here are the before pictures of the front and back of the house prior to the renovation.


We had many comments as we took the family to have a look at it once we made the purchase.

My mother, “Just get a bomb and that will fix everything.”

Nick “What were you two smoking?” The boy has a sense of humor.

Jen the daughter, “You have totally lost it!”

Here is the view from the road as the house looks now.

We had a vision, the house was in a great spot, the view incredible, and once inside, very dated but had a good feeling. We bought six windows.

Even though we had a good vision of what we were going to do, we hired a professional to put the plans on paper. Save a few arguments and it is good to have another perspective.

This gave a good visual foundation of where we were going and it was much easier to make adjustments on paper, before we actually did the renovations, and in the long-run, saved money, because we did not make costly mistakes.


Renovation Saga July 18 2010, 0 Comments

This how the ceiling looked when they started taking it down. Quite the mess. But we are making progress and it time to pick the colours.

I used nature for part of my colour inspiration. Because I live in the country I wanted to bring the outdoors in.

Some time ago I was introduced to the perennial plant Alchemilla Mollis (Lady's Mantle) I used the flowers of the plant as my inspiration. This plan always looks fresh and clean even in the heat it always looks fresh!

I love it early in the spring when the dew is fresh on the serrated leaves.

If you are doubt in about your colour choices, from the colour chip you can purchase samples pots of paint.  Look at the sample in different light levels .

Painting takes a lot of energy, even if you are doing it yourself and will take a big chunk out of budget if you hire a professional.

Sometimes it is less expensive to hire a professional to put you in the right direction and avoid costly mistakes.

My colour choice for the living room is #206 Green Ground from Farrow & Ball.

This green is neutral, I think it is soft and beautiful, it does not dictate you can put anything with it.

My ceiling was white Cloud White from Benjamin Moore, because we changed the shape a little and made it wider and flatter making it look larger. To minimize the size I chose Phantom from Pratt & Lambert 11-31. It makes it a bit cozier.

I am also re-thinking the trim colour, right now it is Cloud White.        

Have a look at the Projects page Kathy's Bathroom  'After' Photos are up.

More Reno story to come!

Lovely Lavender! July 10 2010, 0 Comments

Lavender is an herb that everyone seems to know. It not only has a wonderful fragrance, but it tastes absolutely fantastic, lavender and strawberries, lavender lemonade (see recipe inside), lavender and white wine. 

I have lavender in my garden the smell is amazing, when you walk by the plants.

Lavender is derived from the Latin “lava re” which means “to wash” and that is what the Romans did with lavender.

Recent studies indicate that lavender will relive stress and headaches. I can relate to that I take a lavender bath nightly. A few drops of essential oil in the water not only make a nice fragrance but you feel refreshed and relaxed.

This week so far has been incredibly humid and hot here. So I left some of this wonderful Lemonade for the crew that arrived to work at my house this morning. There were a few funny faces, but it was all gone when I came home.

 Lavender Lemonade

- 5 cups water
- 12 stems of fresh lavender
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 2-1/4 cups lemon juice

Boil 2-1/2 cups of water with the sugar. Add the lavender stems and remove from heat.

Put a lid on and let it cool. When cool, add 2-1/2 cups of water and the lemon juice.

Strain out the lavender. Serve the lavender with crushed ice and garnish with a lavender Blossoms.

Serves 8.

I did manage to get a couple of hours by the water on the long weekend. This is the view from our dock.

The scaffolding has been set up and this will be my new furniture for a little while.

Stay tuned for the Reno updates!

Happy Long Weekend! July 01 2010, 0 Comments

I’m taking a few days to hopefully to relax!

My house has been very busy the last few weeks with packing and moving things around.

My roof has had a major leak. So it means that the whole front portion of my home and the kitchen have been moved to various parts of the house. (I have an open concept.)

My late husband and I purchased the property in 1998 and totally renovated it. We installed a metal roof, so that it would have a long life, but there have been a few problems along the way, and the end result is a major leak, and now the ceilings and various other things have to be replaced.

I will keep you posted, on my own renovations and how things are going and will share some photos with you.

When we purchased the home, we totally transformed the interior and exterior of the home.  The house built in the 70's was a Viceroy Home with six beautiful windows that face Lake Ontario set high up on the hill with an incredible view that changes daily.

These are the windows from the inside looking up. It is a two story living area, open to the second story in one portion, the other with a loft above it.

Here is the leak, actually one of the many.

Renovations can be stressful, even for me. I must admit I had a major meltdown when this happened (so when I am helping you with yours I totally understand the anxiety) to me.

I decided I could continue with the meltdown which was not very productive or I could look at it as an opportunity to repaint with a new colour scheme, edit my stuff.

It easier said then done, I have been through this with this house once before and really was not expecting to do it again, at least not to this extent. Also a little (lot) emotional, I guess because we put so much energy into it, and now I am doing it alone.

Renovations are emotional for all of us in one way or another , to some people it is just choosing paint colours, others it is overwhelming , the chaos the decisions, the time lines the unexpected surprises, which I am sure I will have when they tear down the ceiling. The contractors, there are so many factors, but it is the end result that you need to focus on, and stay positive through out the process, it is hard , but aren't all thing in life that are worth it.

If you are a parent you will know what I mean. Who ever thought when I was about to give the kids to a good home, and almost gave up they would turn out to be such nice people when they grew up.

I will be changing the colours and of course editing, which is hard for all of us, but when the walls are painted a fresh new colour the editing process will be easier.

So for this weekend I am sitting by the water if the weather behaves and if not I will be in my studio. In my studio I have a framed poster that greats me when I in there, I read each time I have one of those moments.

I will be editing my fabric stash; I cannot vacuum, so I am forced to sit at my sewing machine. I am making a few bags for the store.

Kathy's Bathroom is all done so you can see the photos, and Ruth's Kitchen is almost ready for the final photos.

I have stared another project which is a makeover of the kitchen. You will see before and after shots. This customer is Mrs. Cool; I will tell you more about her when you see her kitchen makeover.

Have a great Canada Day!