You know what they say- new year, new home decor. With the beginning of each new year, January encourages everybody to hit the reset button – make some resolutions, hit the gym, find a new mantra or start a new project. In the spirit of that trend comes the instinct to freshen up our home.
Once the Christmas decorations have come down, your interior can suddenly feel quite bare and unadorned. While January is a perfect time to declutter. It can also be a time to update your home with a few key pieces. No one has the budget to redo their home year after year to meet the current trends and colours. But, one of the easiest ways to make a change is to find a new unique accent piece for your table like a vase or sculpture.
We absolutely adore this funky sculpted vase that is handmade at Hillborn pottery in Cambridge Ontario and is available for purchase at Serenity Lavender Farm. This fashionable vase can hold water and is suitable for fresh or dry flowers…. like lavender. We of course love, love love the periwinkle colour and blue accents. It is a perfect statement piece to perk up a room in shades of grey, cream, beige or white.
Another cool piece or rather pieces for winter is this winter wonderland… you can keep a bit of the holiday season in your home all winter long and brighten up any space with it’s vibrant colours reminiscent of the northern lights in Northern Ontario. These pieces are again from our friends at Hilborn Pottery and available at Serenity Lavender.
Simplicity is sometimes best and after indulging over the holidays we are partial to this DIY idea. All you need is a metal tray. Spray paint it to suit your taste- pewter would be fantastic. Then find 3 glass vases even from Dollarama or mason jars and add some dried lavender – available at Serenity Lavender. You can even add some ribbon but we like the unadorned elegance of this centrepiece and so simple to make yourself.
There is plenty of inspiration around us to refresh your home decor. Check out our shop or some of the websites or instagram pages of some your favourite local shops. Support local and small business!
Serenity Lavender Farm welcomes you to our 8th Annual Lavender Festival! Come join us as we celebrate Lavender bloomand our 10th store anniversary!
Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23
130 County Road 50 East, Colchester, Ontario
This year’s festival will the the best yet, with over 30 artists and artisans, live music, tai chi demonstaration, yoga class, craft demos, a painting workshop, scavenger hunt, children’s activities, plant sale and lavender garden tours.
Here’s the line up so far and we invite you to come and celebrate our lavender bloom:
Max Marshall – Saturday, June 22, 11am – 2pm
Aaron and Joel Furlotte – Saturday, June 22, 2pm – 5pm
James Staley – Sunday, June 23, 11am – 2pm
Six Degrees – Sunday, June 23, 2pm – 5pm
Local artists, crafters and artisans make up our Artisan Alley, a place to admire and purchase hand-crafted original works and include:
Pawsitively a Dog Thing A Slice of Nature LRRR Designs
G-Pots Cary’s Cutting Boards Glen Eden Salsa
Bishop Artwork EVB Jewelry Stellas Works
Whispers of Wonder Handmade by Deb That’s Sew Sarah
Creations by Ann Mayz Birdhouses Whispering Willow Designs
Jewels by Jasper Transformed Treasures JWaters Design
Couture Art Terra Green Gardens Ayesha Drouillard
R.W Studios Garage Glass Art Dana Laferriere
Twisted to Life KandA Chalk Adventures Then n Now
Kap’s Collection Unconscious Reality Seaside Jewels
Silver by Wendy Jeff Perz Floyjoy Studio
Local artist Rico Dancel is offering two of his well-loved Paint ‘n Wine workshops. His theme, “Lavender Fields Forever.” No experience or materials are necessary! Enjoy a relaxing afternoon with Rico as he leads you and your friends through a guided painting workshop. You’ll take home your own original creation of a lovely lavender field. Tickets must be purchased in advance. $50 + HST. Call Serenity Lavender Farm at 519-984-2684
Every child is an artist and we have lots of children’s activities planned for Lavender Festival 2019! So bring your children and delight in the enchanting world of lavender where they can express their creativity in the chalk walk and colour station, be entertained by the whimsical story telling and readings of local children’s authors including Jane Buttery and Kara Koostra , explore the lavender labyrinth and experience the dance of the butterflies, go on a curiosity invoking adventure with our children’s scavenger hunt or simply write and tie a wish on the magical wishing tree.
Join us in the traditional art of decoupage! All supplies are provided to make a set of 3 beautiful eggs. Follow our lead or add your own artistic touches. Make the day extra special and book lunch prior to the workshop or afterward, in our own Bistro 42 (Meals are not included in the price of the workshop).
Renowned local artist/jewelry designer and craftsman Greg deHetre, brings the magic of R.W. Studios to North 42 Degrees Estate Winery in this hands-on workshop. You’ll learn the intricate design of his Helm bracelet and make your own in sterling silver, to cherish for yourself or give to someone you love.
This workshop also makes a fabulous “experience gift” to the jewelry-loving person in your life who loves to work with his/her hands and create something intricate!
Make the day extra special by booking lunch or dinner prior to or after the workshop. Please note that meals are not included in the price of the workshop. Call 519-738-6111 for table reservations.
Tickets: $70 + HST
Reservations are being taken now for dinner. Select a prix fixe complete meal with wine or order from our outstanding Bistro 42 menu.
Entertainment will be provided by the talented and sultry-voiced Tara Watts.
Call 519-984-2684 or 519-738-6111 to make reservations.
Happy New Year from all of us at North 42 Degrees Winery, Bistro 42 and Serenity Lavender Farm.
We’ve Decked our Halls with Christmas Cheer. Come experience the spirit of the Holiday season at Serenity Lavender! Our Holiday Open House is next weekend so save the date! Come taste our holiday teas and Christmas sweets. Learn how to cook with lavender and take home some of our favourite recipes, And be sure to check out our new men’s line and other great seasonal products! Hourly draws and lots of holiday cheer! We’d love to see you!
December 1st & 2nd
This time of year brings me back to my grandmother’s orchard with its wonderful fruit selection – plums, pears, peaches, and apples. My all time favourite were the wonderfully ripe peaches. They were so fragrant and succulent that the juices ran all over with just one bite. I can still smell the aromas just thinking about my childhood.
In days gone by we had many peach orchards in beautiful Essex County. We even celebrated peaches in our little town of Harrow with a festival and the crowning of the Peach Queen. The Harrow Research Station developed a number of peach varieties such as the Harrow Beauty and Harrow Diamond Peach. Today, you can still find fresh peaches at our neighbour’s Leslie and Doug of the Fruit Wagon and Maria’s on Ridge Road.
So today in celebration of the long weekend and fresh Essex County peaches I thought I’d share a lovely adult beverage recipe that incorporates my favourite herb- lavender and of course those luscious peaches.
Lavender Peach Bellini
2 ripe large peaches, peeled, halved and stone removed
1/4 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of water
1 teaspoon Serenity Lavender’s culinary lavender
Fresh lavender sprigs to garnish
Add water into a small pot. Bring to a boil add sugar stir until completely dissolved. Take off the heat and add 1 teaspoon of Serenity Lavender’s culinary lavender. Put the lid on the pot and steep for about 20 minutes. Strain the lavender and put the lavender simple syrup mixture into the fridge until cooled completely.
Blend the peaches in a blender until smooth. Place 1 tablespoon of peach puree into a glass add 1 tablespoon of lavender simple syrup and top with chilled sparkling wine.
Decorate each glass with a lavender sprig and serve straight away!
Use 1 parts puree to 4 parts sparkling wine. Good quality peach juice can be used as a substitute.
Why have a beautiful hand made wreath just for Christmas, when we can welcome in Spring with an Easter Wreath too. Come learn how to make an adorable wreath for your door to celebrate spring! We’ll use decorative mesh and ribbon, and lots of Easter extras.
All materials provided. The class is $45.00 plus hst for a couple of fun, relaxing and creative hours… just… for… YOU!!
The class size is limited to 10 participants. Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-wreath-workshop-tickets-43181274354