June 29, 2012

Our Canada "Two Day" Sale!

With yesterday's news that we will be open on Sunday came even happier news that we have an extra day to offer Canada Day deals.  Yes...

Our Canada Day Sale is now a Canada Two-Day Sale!

As an extra bonus, on Sunday we are now including 10% off all Barefoot Venus bath and body products and Whitewater Soy Candles! many great ways to celebrate Canada's birthday!

Apple Box Boutique
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June 28, 2012

Canada Day Sale -- One Day Only!

On Saturday, June 30th, we are holding a Canada Day Sale.
Hurry In 
It lasts just one day!

Apple Box Boutique
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June 27, 2012

20,000 Thank-yous!

After a couple of long days working like mad to sort out why our blog posts would not publish, the mystery has been solved.  Thank you to all those Blogger folks that made efforts to ensure we would be up and running for a day we absolutely did not want to miss. It is a special day...

Yes... it is thanks to you that we have reached 20,000 pageviews!!!

Some people may wonder why we think this is a big deal.  First, it is a huge deal because we have made great new friends and appreciate that our readers visit us.  Second, it is because when we started the blog, we had set 20,000 pageviews as a milestone for ourselves.  What makes this day even better is that we had hoped to meet this moment in a set time period, and we are excited to have reached here much earlier than expected.

And so we are VERY excited.  It is a warm, fuzzy feeling and we want to thank YOU for stopping in, for following and for sharing at On The Apple Box.

To show our appreciation, we would like to offer a V.I.P. discount to all of our blog followers and readers.  Just email us at with the subject line: I've been On The Apple Box, and we will send you a coupon worth 20% off in-store purchases* until the end of the week.

20,000... what a pretty number.  THANK YOU!

Apple Box Boutique

*Includes all home decor, bath & body and candles. Coupon valid until end of day on Friday, June 29th.
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June 25, 2012

Reimagined Monday: DIY Bench Makeover

Tausha at Sassy Style Design has been afflicted with the same condition that we have at Apple Box BoutiqueASCP-itis!  We have BIG love for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, and today's Reimagined Monday post is another fabulous example of why we adore it.

Check out Tausha's blog for an upbeat look at home decor, design and furniture make-overs or catch Tausha on Utah's Studio 5 television for lots of fun crafts and more.

But first... here is an excerpt from Tausha's entryway 'shabby chic' bench makeover:

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
DIY Bench Makeover

"If you have ever visited my blog before, you know that I LOVE Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!

We are talking, pretty sure it’s not healthy to love paint as much as I love this paint.

Why do I love Annie Sloan Chalk Paint so much?

my chalk paint pi

The versatility, hands down. You can paint anything with this paint. Anything! You can read more about my past Annie Sloan Chalk paint projects here. I give a lot of tips and ideas to help you love the paint as well. 
The reason I am talking about my love affair with the chalk paint is because of my Entryway Makeover.

 how to diy entryway to awesome 

I painted a sad, forgotten bench and now it takes the center stage it so deserves.
(Yes, I totally realize that I am talking about my bench like it is a person…)
Entryway bench after  

The bench is the perfect fit for my entryway. I don’t have a huge space and this bench measures 11” deep, so it fits perfectly. Plus, I love the cute curves.

My bench left a lot to be desired before...

bench before

I am totally over the whole honey oak look. It was great in the 90’s, but not so much now.  It had been a while since I had used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, I knew that it would be perfect for my bench DIY. 

I didn’t have enough of one color, so I mixed my own. That is one of the many reasons why I love Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I can mix colors  to my hearts desire. I wasn’t too worried about brush strokes, so I quickly slapped the paint on."

bench painted

"After the first coat was dry, I dry brushed some old white in some corners. I wanted the curves of the piece to really stand out, so I made sure that I gave the curves some extra attention..."

Entryway bench close3

Entryway bench close2

"After I dry brushed the white, I added the clear wax. I waxed the entire piece with the clear wax. I wiped the clear wax on and the buffed it off with the same rag. 

I then added some dark wax in some corners and on the edges of her fabulous curves.

Entryway bench pics 004
Entryway bench pics 005

Don’t worry if you get to much of the dark wax in one spot. Just put some clear wax over the spot and wipe it off. It acts like an eraser..sort of.

Then she was finished.  Sort of.

Entryway bench back

Yep, I didn’t paint the back of the bench. My arm was ready to fall off and I figured that nobody would see the back anyway. So, yes, I totally left it unpainted and I am totally ok with it.

Did I mention that I am little on the lazy painter side? When one paints for 3 days solid and has pins and needles in her wrist, she becomes a lazy painter.

And to keep it really real, what my entryway usually looks like...

Entryway bench irl

Well, almost. I did throw some papers away and some of my 12 yr. olds shoes earrings down the stairs. ( I choose to not go in her room, it just makes me swear).

I love my little bench & her fabulous curves!

PS-If you noticed that picture has a different pillow, you will also learn that I am a bit of changing pillows for the season freak.  Just keeping it real."

Entryway bench after

That's exactly why we love Tausha's blog.  She is REAL and more than happy to share project successes and challenges (we all have them!) as she makes her way to her lovely creations.

Happy Monday... Happy Painting!

Apple Box Boutique

Here is how to share your reimagined paint project at On the Apple Box:

Send us a description of how you used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to get from your vision to the reimagined piece, before and after pictures, pictures of your project in progress or a couple of it in its finished state, and you may be highlighted on our blog!

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June 22, 2012

Spotlight on Eco-friendly Products: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ (ASCP)

Today is the the last of our three-day series focusing on our eco-friendly and natural product lines. At the outset we mentioned that we are consciously making an effort to offer items that are kind to our planet and our customers' health.  We are happy to be sharing the stories of our three major eco lines: Whitewater Candles, Barefoot Venus Bath and Body, and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for Furniture, Walls and Floors.

Since other paints and coatings contain harmful levels of chemicals called VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), we are very excited to be the Central Alberta supplier of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint ™ for Furniture, Walls and Floors, today's highlighted eco-friendly product and the signature paint used in our Apple Box Boutique studio.

SpotlightAnnie Sloan Chalk Paint ™
Annie Sloan developed her now famous Chalk Paint™ to answer the need she had for a paint which would have many uses from acting like limewash to looking like old painted furniture, and that had a good range of colour that could be extended by the user. This paint is quick-drying and very easy to work with, allowing people to be creative as one doesn’t get involved with the technicalities of preparation and it also allows you to change your mind without hassle.


  • Best paint on the market for painting furniture
  • Paint can be use on any surface -- literally!
  • Use on walls for a soft matte effect or wax it for a polished plaster effect
  • Can even be used to paint floors
  • Paint can be applied to interior or exterior surfaces and furnishings
  • Yes, chalkboards, too -- imagine coordinating them with your decor!


  • Use one colour or layer colours
  • Distress and apply waxes to create an old world patina
  • Can be used as a wash -- dilute with water so when you apply paint it shows the wood grain
  • You can use it as an impasto (thickly) -- just leave the lid off to thicken
  • Two to three coats makes a highly durable chalkboard
  • Paint fabric -- holds up through washing.  Can wax to give a different look to the fabric finish.
  • Very little black pigment is used so the colours can be mixed in any combination

Ease of Use:

People, pet and eco-friendly and with virtually no odour, everything can be painted on-the-spot 
  • No messy sanding, stripping or priming
  • No more lugging furniture to a painting area
  • No more waiting for perfect painting weather
  • Easy clean-up
  • Paint is flexible so you can be creative and change your mind
Credit: Foampillowss, Annie Sloan & Savvy Southern Style


  • Because the paint is pre-mixed and easy to use, it is stress-free
  • You never waste paint because it is an aqueous product. Let it thicken to use as a fine art paint or a craft paint, or to get a 'chunky, farmhouse" feel to your furniture.  It doesn't 'skin over' like other paints.  Did it get too thick?  Just add water to lighten it up again or to use as a wash
  • Coordinate curtains, pillows, accessories, carpets and floors by stenciling or painting them
  • Annie Sloan shows her humour... she says this is a girls' paint, but boys can use it too!
  • The paint is so versatile and pure in colour that extending allows you to create to your heart's, and imagination's, desire

Thousands of Colours:

"Extending" the paint means that the 30 'core' colours can be mixed together without becoming murky or 'muddied' as can often happen with latex and oil paints.  It allows you to create personalized and custom colours and really be creative with it!

The Right Paint for the Job:

  • Originating in the UK, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint ™ was designed to allow walls to breathe, making it perfect for cottage walls in Europe which means it also works perfectly in North America and our varying climates
  • Paint indoor items, outdoor items, floors, walls, metal, glass, plastic laminate, smooth woods, rough woods, plastic, Ikea and Jysk style cabinets, kitchens, even fabric... the list goes on and on

Tried and True:

  • Annie Sloan has been making it since 1990 so it's tried and tested! 
  • True colour that transcends eras, styles, materials, climates and can keep up with your imagination
  • Search the internet, books and catalogs for examples of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ projects (often also referred to as ASCP), and you'll find thousands of examples and positive reviews!

Lots of Class:

ASCP is so popular that we have joined forces with Tara Jamieson, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Specialist to offer classes in Edmonton on a monthly basis.

All supplies are included, so all you have to do is --
just show up in your paint clothes

  • Take the Beginner's class to get hands-on experience with the paint and the tools, and learn aging and distressing techniques that will help you to with your own DIY projects
  • If your kitchen needs to be freshened up or completely updated, then the Kitchen Reinvention class is for you


Use the coupon code: APPLE to save $ each time you register for a class!

Go Green:

  • Best of all, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ is extremely low in VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) so it won’t harm you or the environment

Now available at Apple Box Boutique Inc. in Edmonton, Alberta.

6507 - 112 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
T5W 0P1
Apple Box Boutique
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June 21, 2012

Spotlight on Eco-friendly Products: Barefoot Venus

Today is day two of our focus on eco-friendly and natural products.   Yesterday we mentioned that we are consciously making an effort to offer items that are kind to our planet and our customers' health and want to share the stories of our three major eco lines: Whitewater Candles, Barefoot Venus Bath and Body, and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for Furniture, Walls and Floors.

We chose Barefoot Venus products for their enviro-smart approach to their business, the message they impart, and their aromatic product line... not to mention their cute vintagey packaging.  I mean after all, we are a female-run company!

SpotlightBarefoot Venus

Barefoot Venus is a family-owned bath-and-body care business founded in Edmonton, AB and now based in Kelowna, B.C.  The brand is natural, cruelty-free and the company takes eco-responsibility seriously by using minimal packaging and  environmentally-friendly printing.

Barefoot Venus’ guiding principle is "to support a lifestyle of beauty and wellness through the simple pleasures of our natural, aromatic bath and body experiences" and they do that in part by formulating their products without parabens, propylene glycol, mineral oil, synthetic colors or sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).

They share a message of personal empowerment beginning with taking care of yourself which they believe will lead to making a difference "out there".  One of the quotes you will find amidst their advertising is Mahatma Ghandi's "Be the change you want to see".  Another is "Feel good about yourself and your place in the world, allow your confidence and beauty to radiate and inspire."

Soaking in a calming sea of bubbles, moisturizing with mood inspiring lotion; cleansing with Mother Nature’s earth and sea substances... Barefoot Venus subscribes to the idea that their products will help you turn your everyday routine into an opportunity to indulge your spirit, letting beauty bloom, and wellness flourish.
With a mantra like that, the curious question now is... are the products any good?  We'd have to say no...
the products are GREAT! 

From therapeutic and moisturizing bath soaks to cleansers, creams, lotions and more, it is impossible to go wrong with any of their offerings, and that's not just our opinion.  Google Barefoot Venus and you will find two important distinctions:
  1. There is an international love-fest for all things BV, and
  2. The founders and company prefer to let their products do the talking
There are no huge-money campaigns to push the lines in commercials and you will not find reams of video footage or print articles about the owners, the founders or the developers. Instead there are refreshingly positive product reviews by magazines and real people, and humble community announcements written by local newspapers and business organizations about awards the company has had bestowed upon it.

What's not to love? 

Check out Barefoot Venus bath + body + footcare + lipcare and...

Now available at Apple Box Boutique Inc. in Edmonton, Alberta.

6507 - 112 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
T5W 0P1
Apple Box Boutique
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June 20, 2012

Spotlight on Eco-friendly Products: Whitewater Candles

Over the next few days, we will be highlighting our eco-friendly and natural products. We are consciously making an effort to offer items that are kind to our planet and our customer's health.

Our three major eco lines are Whitewater Candles, Barefoot Venus Bath and Body, and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for Furniture, Walls and Floors.

Today our focus is on Whitewater candles.  These have quickly become a favourite at the boutique and we can't say enough good things about them.  Not only are they eco-friendly -- they are beautiful, aromatic and easy on the pocket book.

SpotlightWhitewater Premium Candles

Whitewater Premium Candle Co. was founded during the spring of 2007 as a result of our search for a quality all natural candle for our retail boutique. We were looking for a candle that was simple yet stylish, earth-friendly, long lasting, fragrant and most importantly made in Canada. After much searching we decided to take matters into our own hands and produce exactly what we were looking for.

TestimonialsOur quest began in search of the cleanest burning pure soybean wax, and a quality all natural fibre wick that would deliver a beautiful even flame and full fragrance throw without any wasted wax. The heart of our candle needed to have clean and natural aromatic attributes, which lead us to earth friendly vegetable oil based fragrances and essential oils to ensure a full bodied fragrance throughout the life of the candle. This was clearly our greatest challenge and achievement, and ultimately became the defining element of all Whitewater Premium Candles – our signature fragrances. No matter when or how often our candles are burned, our fragrances truly remain as pure as the day they were crafted.

We believe strongly in the use of renewable, biodegradable resources like soybean wax and oil, and we create environmentally friendly candles which produce minimal waste, and are an eco alternative to petroleum based products. Our reproduction antique enamel containers are stylish, re-useable and clean easily with soap and water, and we re-pour all empty containers which our local customers return to our store.

Whitewater Premium Candles are available as votives, tealights and container candles in a variety of natural scents.

Now available at Apple Box Boutique Inc. in Edmonton, Alberta.

6507 - 112 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
T5W 0P1
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June 19, 2012

Project Personality: My Style Crush on Selina Lake

Project Personality
with Apple Box Boutique founder Leanne Playter Korsos

Alright... I confess.  I have a huge style crush on the fabulous Selina Lake.

Granted, she may not be a household name in North America quite yet, but if you follow home decorating or style mags, blogs or books, you likely have witnessed Selina's work.  She is uber-famous in Europe.

The best part?  She is a nice, normal young woman who has made her way up through the ranks, so to speak, with hard work, determination and as she says, big love for what she does.  She humbly credits her success to the advice her parents gave her growing up, "my Mum and Dad always told me to smile, be myself and try my best."

And wow... doing her best has been pretty darned impressive so far!

Selina is based in the UK and is an Interior and Lifestyle Stylist.  The focus of her freelance career is usually to produce images, which are used to sell products, and to inspire magazine and book readers.  But she is also an author and her books are jam-packed with inspiration for decor-loving folks like me.

I like to imagine that we would be friends, or are at least kindred spirits, since she has said that if she were not a Stylist she would "own a boutique, which would sell all the bits and bobs I love, if I could bring myself to part with any of the treasures that is!"  I feel exactly the same way about Apple Box Boutique.

I could go on and on about the perfect loveliness of Selina's work, but believe me, explanation is not required -- instead I will stop with the chatter and simply share some of her work.  The problem now is how ever to choose from all those glorious images!  I may labour over this for hours, or perhaps just close my eyes and point, but either way I hope you enjoy the selections.  (I know I will!)

Okay, so clearly enthusiasm trumps decision-making but this is me reining myself in as much as I can manage, and what you see is just a sampling of Selina's body of work!

Her books to date include "Romantic Style", "Bazaar Style" and released earlier this spring "Homespun Style".  Check out Selina's blog for more about this excellent young stylist, and her website for information on her work and freelance services.

I am off for a cup of spiced tea and some peony arranging... I hope you have a feel-good day, too!

~~ Leanne
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