Wow! It's the end of September already? We had a busy summer, so our Loving Local segment took a bit of a pause while we both moved and did other summery things!
But we were lucky enough to meet up with the lovely Melanie of Decor By Nature, a wonderful decor artisan of beautiful Victoria BC. We sat down for a chat at Starbucks in Langford on a beautiful summer evening in August to find out more about Melanie and her amazing hand made products.
Melanie is from Victoria; however before settling down and having a family in Westshore, she spent some time off the island, and the country, to explore. She spent some time going to school in Kamloops, lived in Ireland and Australia, and traveled around Europe and Asia.
Returning to Victoria, and starting her family, prompted her to start making her own west coast adventure inspired decorations when she was trying to find items to fill her first sons nursery with. She really wanted to capture her own sense of adventure and pass along her love for the great outdoors to her kids, so her home based side business "Decor by Nature" began to evolve.
Her hand made wooden signs began to take shape, learning calligraphy, and working on different art pieces, friends and family began to notice asking for pieces to be made. She had lots of time to develop products while on several stints of maternity leave (she has three beautiful boys now!)
In 2014 she decided to try her hand at selling at some markets, although it wasn't until this year (2017) that she really began to actively persue selling her signs. She's had some trial and error with markets, but had a very positive outlook and just started saying yes to everything that came her way! This year she took part in the Sidney Night Market, in the past she's been a part of The Owl Designer and the Little Kids Owl fairs in the fall and winter, and you may just find her there this year as well. She also took part in a collaborated pop up market put on by Modern Baby in the spring.
And this year her items have been out on store shelves, including Momease Baby Boutique on
Hillside in Victoria, Thistle & Wren in Fernwood, and R-Cubed in Parksville.
While her items have solely been home decor based, she dipped her toes in the wedding scene his year creating some beautiful wedding decorations, and hopes to expand into more of that in 2018.
We asked Melanie what her favourite pieces were; she loves her "Be Brave" bear sign which she graciously gave to us, her "Life Rules" sign she made with her boys in mind, and her dream catchers she began to create this year as well. We also got a few more signs from Melanie, which you can see down below!
So look out for Decor by Nature in Victoria at local shops and markets, and stock up on some amazing west coast inspired decorations for your home. And check her out online on Instagram (@decorbynaturemg) or her website (www.decorbynature.com).
Keep on loving local!