The Vintage Verandah

Natural Beauty

We have been busy bees around The Vintage Verandah lately. Whether it be out salvaging, picking or now harvesting for our newest adventure of wreath making! We definitely feel like we were meant to be out gathering beautiful, naturally existing elements to create beautiful art for you. Whether you are gifting them, dressing your front door or just needing to add some natural beauty and warmth to your space, wreaths are so versatile.  Not just for indoor use either, why not add them to your garden shed or fence post? Don’t let working with a larger outdoor space be intimidating, start with a small area or vignette and work from there. Incorporating height (like ladders or trellises)and variety just like you would in your indoor space.IMG_5993


We spent a day last week enjoying the amazing warmth of the sun, surrounded by the beauty of the Water Valley area & goats! Lots of Goats!! Our sidekicks (my daughter’s Megan & Samantha) were in heaven spending time with these week old babes, even getting to hold one that had just been born the day before.














It was very tempting to just bring a couple home & that may still happen because they were so fun to be around! In the meantime Caroline & I are busy enjoying our new pastime of wreath making. There will always be a supply of these handmade beauties in the store. Made with what is available seasonly…..from pussy willow & fall foliage to Christmas greenery. Your front door or fireplace can be dressed beautifully year round!




Our wreaths will be available in the store but also at our markets the first of which will be Vintage With Flair June 19th & 20th in Priddis and The Prairie Girls Vintage Market September 12th right here in Cochrane.




We are  set up and ready to go!

We are set up and ready to go!

Okay I just can resist sharing a few more photos of the goats……they are so darn cute!











Till next time!

Caroline & Tanya


New at The Vintage Verandah

Well this day is simply amazing! Not only is the sun shinning down warmly on us, causing dreams of spring & summer to become a reality, but I also have some exciting news to share with all of you!

As many of our ever so loyal customers know, The Vintage Verandah is a huge love in my life. This little business has brought so much joy to this girl over the last year and half & I cannot express how meaningful it is that you all have joined me on this journey.

A few months back as I was evaluating the growth of this business and the many exciting directions I wanted to take it, the reality was it was becoming too much for me to do on my own.  At first I thought of this as a failure…..but then the thoughts of how our journeys through other aspects of our lives are hardly ever alone. Whether it be our partners in love, friendship or our children, rarely as humans do we prefer to be alone.  So a decision was made that having a partner in my business would be an awesome way to share in this journey and continue to grow this little store the way it was intended. 

So please welcome Caroline!! She and I will now be running The Vintage Verandah together and we all know that two heads are better than one! Many of you will recognize her because she has worked at the store casually for a year. She is very familiar with the store already and over the moon excited to embark on this together! So look for some new & exciting changes and growth to our little shop.  Some of which have already happened with the expansion of our paint lines to include Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Fusion Mineral Paints and Country Chic Paints

Caroline brings an amazing artistic talent to the table that I am definitely inferior to. From her jewellery creations and beautiful photography to the art she can simply create freehand. Her eye for beautiful things is so complementary to my eye for junk!

Together we are committed to YOU…our customers! You will not be seeing less of me but more of both of us, as we know how important it is to connect with you all as we strive to serve you best.


So cheer’s to the “new” with our partnership and the “old” with our never ending commitment to infusing the time worn charm of  Vintage into our lives!!

Tanya & Caroline


Change is Good!

Sometimes on this road we call life we are faced with tough decisions, hard choices & changes. I am a firm believer, though, that change is good!  As our loyal customers, friends and fans it is important to assure you that this new and exciting news is for the benefit of YOU!! We have made an exciting switch in one of our paint lines.  We will now be carrying Country Chic Paint! Country Chic is a CANADIAN based company that offers a VOC FREE DIY paint with no harmful solvents. The same important qualities that you are accustom to finding in a paint at The Vintage Verandah are carried over with this brand with 2 very important exceptions………ready????……It will cost you LESS!!!…&….. It is BETTER paint!!! I know how important it is to provide a high quality paint but price is also important & now we can give you both. Look for our new brand to arrive later this week.  In the meantime ALL old stock is being cleared out at a very reasonable price!!!



Are you ready for more???? We all are in love with the addition of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint to the store! Well the same fabulous CANADIAN based company Homestead House has created a one step paint called FUSION MINERAL PAINT. Yes, you know where this is going! The Vintage Verandah will now be Cochrane & area’s exclusive retailer of FUSION. This paint will be our recommended “go to” for your kitchen cabinets as it has superior adhesion qualities and it does not require a finish. Not long after stock is received & organized we will be starting workshops with both of these new products!


10603430_710309709040876_8859048524663982818_nAs always! We are committed to providing you, our valued customers, with the best options out there for your painting needs. If you have any questions or concerns we are more than willing to talk with you during store hours.  If you have projects on the go with our current paint line, not to worry! We do still have plenty of stock & now is the time to get it because after it is gone, it is gone. Starting Tuesday all existing product will be available at a discount, call or visit the store for details!

We look forward to sharing these new & exciting times with you all!

Tanya xoxo

p.s. still some more exciting news on the horizon as well, that we can’t wait to share!!


2015 Workshops

A new year is upon us….time to start fresh, make more time for yourself maybe! How about learning how to express yourself artistically through paint? Did you know that painting your furniture can be a very therapeutic experience.  Taking away the sanding & stripping with both CeCe Caldwell’s Natural Chalk & Clay paints as well as Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paints make for a truly enjoyable experience that anybody can do! Yes really, that means YOU to!

So let’s step outside of our comfort zone or take your painting to the next level with an advanced class. Below you will find a description of the classes we will be offering in January & February.  They are also listed on our events page.  Space is limited in each class to ensure the personal attention each student will need. Please phone the store to register 403-932-7703.


Advanced CeCe Caldwell’s

Using Glaze to create A Barn Wood Look

Thursday January 15th



This class will run from 12:00 pm- 3:00 or 3:30. You will be provided with the wood to paint as well as all supplies needed to create your barn wood look. We will all be using the same colours but the glazing application that you will learn can be applied in your other painting projects at home. If you have taken a beginner class or have substantial experience in painting with Chalk & Clay paints then this class is for you! Your cost for this class is $125 and must be pre-paid prior to the class to hold your spot.



CeCe Caldwell’s Beginner Class

Saturday January 31st



In this beginner CeCe Caldwell’s class you will be introduced to the concept of painting, distressing and finishing a piece of furniture that you will bring from home. You will be introduced to all of CeCe Caldwell’s Paints colours by making a colour chart to keep. Wax will be used as a finish in this class but you will also be told about what the whole line has to offer for finishes & enhancements. This class runs from 10:00am-3:00pm. Your cost is $125 which includes lunch as well as a 10% discount on paint the day of the workshop


Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Workshop

Saturday February 28th


We are so excited to now be offering Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint classes. This made in Canada VOC free milk paint comes in 18 fabulous colours. You won’t be disappointed with whole line of paint, wax, antiquing wax, white wax & hemp oil. More details to come on the particulars of this class but we are pre-registering for February 28th! Photo courtesy of Miss Mustard Seed’s




The Dying Art of Shopping

I had a thought the other day as I read a post on Facebook saying ” I finished all my christmas shopping online this morning” that going out to shop has some stiff competition from the internet.

A memory instantly came to mind of my Mom taking me to The Bay in downtown Winnipeg, to Christmas shop. Just walking into that store evoked the feeling of Christmas in me. The huge garlands and trees & even toy trains that were a part of their Christmas decor made wondering about the store so comfortable.  There was never any hustle and bustle to those shopping days.  It was was quite simply enjoyable and as a child it helped teach me the simple joy of picking out that special gift for my family or friends. That joy of giving a gift that was carefully hand selected for the way it felt or smelt, not the way it looked on a computer screen.

Take a look at the beauty in the building itself, in the picture below… the building and the company is rich in history & tradition





















And the hallways….

bay downtown

















Certainly our society is a busy one, my life included. However I am determined to find the time to take my children shopping so that they can experience the same joy of choosing that special gift just from them. In addition we will shop the small businesses in Cochrane that work so hard to bring Christmas to their stores. Today I found my Mom a gift a Paisley Boutique and The Kitchen Boutique as well as some other gifts at Just for You…..I can’t say for who!!

Our lives are built on memories…..some are captured through photos & video’s, told through stories or evoked through conversation. For me the memory of shopping at The Bay is comforting & they were a part of our Christmas traditions growing up.

Just my thoughts today….thought I would share!  May the next few weeks leading up to Christmas provide you with some enjoyable, relaxing pre-Christmas Cheer!!

Tanya, xoxo