Friday, September 30, 2016

Fall Store tour Part II.....

Good morning everyone.

It's Friday and since my last post the fall air has arrived. The craving for tartan and darker colours indoors has been matched by crisp cool air and even a little rain which just makes you want to snuggle up in those blankets even more.

As promised the rest of the shop tour post fall treatment.

the massive pipe shelf dressed in autumn, with a huge boatload of new custom pillows, vintage, gold, wheat, you name it. and the newly utilized pegboard wall of tartan finery. there are quite a few vintage right now as i am awaiting my order of new tartan from scotland. all ready to snuggle with and completely washable.
watch for our new smaller size blankets perfect for laps and hanging on the side of chairs without the bulk.

votive shelvery

have the blues? indigo isn't just for summer time. the dark rich tone mixes so well with the wheat and rust tones of the season.

oh rugs. i have hunted for some really great throw rugs in simple neutrals for some time and finally hit the mark with these lovelies. 

a simple thought for adding a bit more security to your burning candles (i.e. wagging tails and kiddo curiosity). fill a vase with rock in a colour that suits your home (in store we have black and gold for fall) and plop you candle in the middle. et voila

oh the lovely brass deer. they didn't stand on this shelf for longer than a day before they left for their new home but, i had to include the photo as they looked so perfect up here.

Have a fantastic day and weekend everyone.

We'll see some of you in store


Friday, September 23, 2016

Shop Tour: Fall 2016 at Oliver and Rust ....part I

So out with the summer and in with the fall.
The temperatures are still feeling a whole lot like summer here in the Niagara Region but we can dream of the cool fall days and coffee under warm blankets.

This past week the store got its seasonal makeover of everything coming off the shelves and completely starting over with a new face.

Like getting a new lipstick you fall in love with and have to wear everyday.

I was ecstatic with the turnout that Jill and I created so I went a little camera happy and this is going to be a two part post. More shop stalking for you guys.


the arrangement area still alive and kicking. we are switching into the fall tone succulents and plants. browns and dark greens instead of the blues and purples.
some fuzzy and cute, some dark and handsome

my darling man and I moved the big spinner up to the front of the store and changed it from a knob hardware spinner to a pot and caldrea product spinner instead.
the pots and garden portion of the store are a HUGE part of our customer interest and we really needed the extra real estate for pots.

this big guy is already working out wonderfully and i love the look of it at the front of the shop

this years obsession. BROOM CORN. seriously the colour, the texture, i can't get enough of it. for my american followers that see this stuff just everywhere, broom corn is not something that is just available everywhere up here and especially in cut lengths you can use in your home. either way i am obsessed this year and am sticking it everywhere.

who doesn't wear a skirt made of leaves?

Thanks for enjoying part one of my fall shop tour

**as a side note because it happens every time i post the shop. i do not currently have an online store, look for that in the new year. i unfortunately just do not have the manpower to manage a full online retail store at this point however if something catches your eye you can certainly email me at and jill or i can get back to you with pricing etc on an individual basis. keep in mind stock moves super fast here (yippee) so some things in photos may already be sold out**

Have a great day everyone


What I'm listening to:

On the Sly: The Bamboos
Pennies from Heaven: Frank Sinatra
Tearing me up: Bob Moses

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The 2016 Oliver and Rust house tour.......eclectic living at our house

Welcome to the Oliver and Rust house.

For my long time blog followers, this is a yearly occurrence. I get all the latest photos of our house up to date and pile them into one post and do a photo browsing tour of walking through our home.
For my new followers and shoppers, welcome to the home I share with my husband, crazy bulldog Franklin (the comedian) and 2 cats Oliver (the namesake) and Sammy (the ruler of the roost).

I always do a little blurb at that beginning about how things have changed etc but this year I am just going to mention a lesson that I try to live by and try to instil in the customers asking our advice in store, since we haven't been home enough to do those above changes.

Your home is the place you spend most of your time. You need to decorate or undecorate it in a way that makes you and your family happy. Forget what everyone else is doing, and the visual noise you see on Pinterest, instagram and in magazines and figure out what you want your home to feel like when you are living there. The inspirations are endless and free but if you let it rule how you live it can start to make you feel bad about the place that is supposed to bring you comfort. We all have our own ideas of home, budgets to work with, cleaning we are willing to deal with and that is ok. It doesn't need to be perfect, it just needs to be you. 

The home Trevor and I have created is a literal memory of the life we have been building since getting married almost 11 years ago. Most of the items in our home are from our many travels and build upon our probably too many interests. I love layering vignettes and ended up making a store out of the love. I change our house seasonally because it's what I love to do and am beyond fortunate to have a husband who enjoys it almost as much as me. Some see clutter, we see laughter and good times. This home is ours and there is no question who lives here if you know us at all.

So Enjoy, welcome, grab some wine and bring on the dusting questions!



wall colour: benjamin moore rockport gray


wall colour: benjamin moore baby fawn


wall colour: benjamin moore white dove


wall colour: benjamin moore white dove


wall colour: benjamin moore spanish olive
cupboards: benjamin moore white dove
counters: absolute black honed granite
islands: carrara marble honed
square island: ikea


paint colour: alexandria beige


paint colour: benjamin moore simply white


paint colour: benjamin moore dove wing
black ticking curtains: restoration hardware
end table colour: miss mustrard seed milk paint typewriter


paint colour: benjamin moore revere pewter


paint colour: benjamin moore baby fawn


wall colour: off the shelf white
trim: sherwin williams black magic
hallway walls: sherwin williams black magic


wall colour: out of the can white sherwin williams
ceiling: dark magic sherwin williams
wall mural: jp london design etsy


Thanks for joining us everyone,

As always