Exciting news!

Our dining room design, and specifically our use of the Ikea Maskros light has been picked by one of the writers for Houzz.com for an ideabook featured on the homepage of the site.

For theottomanempire’s complete Houzz profile, click on the Houzz button on the right hand side bar of our home page.



After the success of our last giveaway we are excited to announce the
next one here at The Empire! The lucky winner of this giveaway will receive an in-home
consultation on a room of their choice and post-consultation will receive a mood/inspiration board for the room. The consultation will be done by Christopher and Craig of The Ottoman Empire.

To enter our draw simply “Like” our FB page (a link to which can be found on the right side bar on this page under the title “follow us on the web or by clicking here) and leave a comment either there, or here saying which room in your house you would like to have us consult on. If you already do “Like” us (thank you!), simply leave a comment and your name will automatically be entered in the draw.

This contest will close January 23rd and the lucky winner will be
announced January 24th.

*Note: For obvious reasons this giveaway is open to residents of PEI only. However, at the risk of sounding like a pre-teen, we still want you to “like” us!

Reveal – Last Three Rooms

The guest room of many houses is often the forgotten room. People don’t always pay much attention to the way they are decorated and often become a storage closet or “catch all” room. Although ours has the potential to become either of those we do however try to make our guest rooms as welcoming and enjoyable as possible. After all, we do have to look at it every day!

This room is more rustic than the others in our house. The wall colour was already a lovely taupe so we left it and “worked with what we had”. The bed has a classic metal frame and is accented nicely by the quilt that was a gift from Craig’s mother, Jane. The throw pillows are former Today’s Treasure’s and they too are a nice complement. The piece above the bed is an organ topper. We found it at the back of an antique shop and thought it would make an excellent addition to almost any room! The green desk beside the bed was also a gift from mother Jane. It used to be in her house and was coveted by Craig.

We both LOVE the dresser! It is in excellent condition, has the perfect amount of detail on it and a gorgeous marble top. The sewing machine in this room belonged to Craig’s grandmother and it still works! The few wooden pieces on top and around we’ve picked up in various places. However, the “Edison lamp” at the very top was  gift from Santa and I believe he got it at Cottage Industry – of course. The wreath was hand made by florist and decorator to the local stars, Mike Robison.

This downstairs bathroom/laundry room is huge! It is a great addition to the main floor but given its prominence needed a little sprucing up. With the theme of fresh and light laundry a la fabric softener commercial we went with a sky blue for the walls (Behr’s Little Pond) and acid green accents. The curtain underneath the cabinets was made by us and adds a lovely decorative detail to the room.

Every house needs an appropriate entryway if only to avoid stepping in our sock feet in those incredibly annoying puddles our boot and shoes leave. When we moved into this house it didn’t have a dedicated entry so we turned this pantry (which had an exterior but was never used) into one. It is a small, but incredibly useful, space so we went with bead board on the walls to make it feel taller but, cozy. We used our go-to white paint, Behr’s Pot of Creme, on the bead board and accented the area with black, wrought iron hooks and a black bench. The wood on the light was painted black to match and is from a local antique shop.

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Today’s Treasure

The soup tureen formulates the perfect trifecta of a beautiful Scott Barnim pottery collection. The jug and platter were previously featured Today’s Treasures – the platter was a present from C for our manniversary and the jug was a gift to self after a long and busy summer. The tureen was a beautiful and unexpected gift from C. Beautiful because it is, and unexpected because he told me he was into the shop that had it on display only to find out it had been sold to a tourist. Surprise!

This collection has found a home in our bedroom so I can wake every morning to its beauty.

For Scott Barnim pottery in Charlottetown visit Details on Victoria Row.