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Your Bedroom Makeover with Phyllis Kotzer

Category: General

Sit back for a moment, close your eyes and imagine the most comforting retreat possible. Better yet, remember the best hotel suite you’ve ever been in or the nicest bedroom you’ve seen in a decor magazine. Now ask yourself this, “What do I love most about this space?” Was it the sent in the air, the fresh flowers, the willowy wallpaper, or the billowy bed topper? Was it the softness of the sheets, the downy comfort of the pillows, or the vibrant pattern of the bed cover? Perhaps it was a little bit of everything.

Rest assured in knowing that you can have it all!  Design is in the details and the best place to start is by choosing one detail at a time. When doing so, keep the following pointers in mind:

1. Be sure to blend comfort and fashion with your own personal style.

2. Pick soft, relaxing colours for your walls so they act as a clean canvas and allow your bedding to become the artwork of the room. A neutral wall will also give you the ability to replace your bedding to match your mood or the change of seasons. With this key step you’ll become your own inner diva decorator with the flexibility to choose new “art” for your bed over and over.

3. Once your bed is the focal point of the room decorate outwards, upwards to the ceilings, and downwards to the floor with key accent pieces that are both visually appealing and highly functional.

4. Mix and marry your favourite shapes and designs with pillows, accent furniture, and most importantly lighting! Be sure to incorporate ambient lighting, accent lighting, and task lighting into your decor plan so you can read, relax, and rejuvenate with optimal lighting for each.

5. Your bedroom will always be your favourite room in the house if you move around small accents and soft furnishings every few months. This will keep your bedroom fresh and exciting!

Now all you have to do is rest your head down on the most comfortable pillow, curl up with your softest sheets and your favourite duvet or comforter and you’ll have the most restful sleeps and sweetest dreams!

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Welcome to The Dress Shop!

Summer is almost officially here! But who needs official when some parts of the country are already experiencing sweltering conditions?

The best thing to wear during warmer temperatures is a dress, which is great for us because we have a slew in our closet – we like to call it The Dress Shop!

We sorted through our amazing selection of dresses and came up with four different styles that will not only keep you feeling cool, but will also keep you looking fabulous all summer long!

Beachside or Poolside
During a hot summer day the best place to be is at the beach or poolside. We like to bring along this L.N.B.F. Excursion Dress because it easily slips over any bathing suit. The best part is that this piece is versatile and can be worn as a skirt if you feel like showing off the top part of your bathing suit – now that’s a win-win!

A Day at the Office
If only all our days could be spent frolicking in the water. Unfortunately duty calls and when it does this Mr. Max Tye Die Dress is the perfect piece for the office. Not only is this dress breezy, you will also be on-trend with the tye dye pattern, soft pleat detailing, and side sash.

Day to Evening
Much of our summer days include summer parties! Attend any summer event wearing this Wesley B Jewel Dress and you’re sure to be on the best dressed list! The colourful beaded neckline with soft pleating offers ample detailing making a necklace unnecessary. The extended shoulder creates a flattering mini cap sleeve for added coverage. The best part of this dress is that it can be easily worn from day to evening.

Nighttime Glam
For the more formal events that come along this summer, you’ll find yourself reaching for this Brian Bailey Mary Davis Fully Ruched Dress with Shawl. It definitely does the trick of adding allure and excitement to your look, but also offers a classic appeal with ruching throughout. A scoop neckline and gathered shoulder detailing, along with a delicate shawl, lend an air of sophistication to this dress, making it perfect for all your special occasions.

Shop all our dresses on our website in The Dress Shop!

Spring Fashion Week at The Shopping Channel

It’s Spring Fashion Week here at The Shopping Channel and we have everything you need to bring your wardrobe up to date for this FRESH new season! Read on to learn about some of our must-have spring fashion essentials.

The spring season is notorious for being pumped with bright colour, and this year is no different. Infuse vibrant colours into your wardrobe with bold dresses, hand bags and shoes!


Our Sam & Kate Carrie Double Buckle Hobo is available in great spring colours which include green, teal, and white. This spacious handbag is outfitted with pebble grain leather and a unique double leather detailing weave throughout the top edge of handbag. For added convenience, this purse is detailed with a magnetic snap closure and an additional adjustable shoulder strap.


One might say that shoes make the outfit, that’s why we love these Libby Edelman Ballet Flats. Available in white, pink and turquoise, these shoes are sure to put your best foot forward-especially during the spring season. The cut-out medallion with designer’s initials on the front vamp is sure to keep you stylish while the flexible rubber outsole keeps you comfy and stable.


Our Liz Lange Ultimate Tie Front Maxi Dress is ideal for the warmer months because of its versatility. It’s loose fitting and will keep you cool while you’re in the heat, but its length gives you coverage from the sun’s rays and offers warmth on chilly nights. Get it in fuchsia and this dress will easily take you from spring to summer!

For more spring fashion ideas visit our website!

All Leather Style & Hands-free Convenience

Soprano Handbags is truly the realization of a Canadian dream for 4 young people who shared the same passion and love for high quality fashion. They are, and will forever be, proudly Canadian.

The last Soprano show of the year features a mix of new and existing pieces, all of which are made from 100% top grain leather. There’s also some special pricing throughout the show and a variety of pieces which would make for excellent holiday gifts.

Our Price: $135.00

Today’s Showstopper Price: $76.85

Easy Pay 4 x $19.22

For our last Soprano Today’s Showstopper of the year, the Soprano Signature Pebble Leather Crossbody & Wallet, we’re giving you the LOOK OF LUXURY at a PHENOMENAL PRICE!

You’ll get a 100% GENUINE LEATHER CROSSBODY BAG and a WALLET for UNDER $80. Each piece is durable, lightweight and the leather is incredibly soft

The crossbody bag features a CLASSIC AESTHETIC, which will look great season after season. Our customers love the crossbody style - this bag is lightweight and offers hands-free convenience.

Features the feminine styling of a smaller silhouette but is still packed with lots of exterior/interior zip pockets for added security. The perfect mall, vacation or everyday companion.

CANADIAN DESIGNED and boasts BEAUTIFUL DETAILS you’d expect from Soprano. The crossbody bag features a complementary beige and brown pinstripe lining.

The leather wallet is lightweight and coordinates perfectly with the crossbody bag – it’s available in rich holiday colours.

Available in an array of rich, beautiful colours which will look fabulous all year long.

This set is only available at The Shopping Channel in Canada.


Brian Bailey’s must-have spring tops

With it’s flattering shape and easy-to-wear style, the Brian Bailey Crossover Stretch Top is a welcome addition to any woman’s closet. Plus, in this special Today’s Showstopper offer, you’ll get TWO for only $55.90.

Each two-pack comes with classic black, and then your choice of: turquoise, purple, green or fuchsia - while quantities last.

Which two are for you?

• 3/4 sleeve with banded cuff
• Fabric: 92% Rayon, 8% Spandex
• Canadian made and designed
• Only available at The Shopping Channel and with 4 Easy Pays today only!

Pre-order the It bag of the season

Easy Pay: 3 x $46.33

For the first time ever, Flare’s Fashion Director Liz Cabral & The Shopping Channel have teamed up to create one of the hottest bags of the season!

This designer-inspired lamb leather convertible shoulder bag is available in five hot colours for spring: black, blue, camel, grey and orange (while quantities last).

Not officially available until late April, we’re giving you a chance to reserve your bag today. All week long we are celebrating Spring 2011 Canadian Designer Week presented by Flare and we couldn’t let the week go by without giving you a preview of this right-on-trend bag.

A high fashion look at an incredible value - don’t miss your chance to place order your bag in the colour of your choice, reserve yours now!


Step inside Flare’s fashion closet

Our friends at FLARE Magazine gave us an exclusive peek into their fashion closet. Assistant Fashion News Editor, Mosha Lundström Halbert, shares her top trends for Spring 2011.

Join The Shopping Channel for Canadian Designer Week, March 21 - 25. Presented by FLARE Magazine, Canada’s fashion magazine featuring the hottest in fashion and style by Canadian and international designers. Canadian fashion darlings David Dixon, Wayne Clarke, Monika Schnarre and Brian Bailey will all be here, presenting their newest collections.

Colour, inspiration & must-haves for spring

Spring Trends: Colour is all around! I’m always inspired by colour and this Spring I am really excited about coral. My Picture Perfect Dress (in coral) really set the mood for my entire collection this year. This season you’ll see other fun colours too. We’re coming out of a recession and a drab winter and, so, I think people will really want a splash of colour in their wardrobe — pink, teal, purple — bring it on!

My Spring Collection is whimsical aligned with the must-have-basics for Spring. In my opinion, everyone should have a white jean, wrap blouse and a cardigan in their wardrobe … mix with that some colourful dresses, a cream suit and you’re set for the season!

My Advice: Don’t ever worry about the size of a garment. Worry about the fit. If you try to squeeze into a size six and you’re really a size ten… it doesn’t work! It will be more flattering on you if you buy the size that fits you best or slightly bigger. And best of all? You’ll look slimmer!

I hope you love my new collection and that it inspires you for the season ahead!
Much love,

Monika Schnarre
Canadian Designer & TV Guest

SHOP the Monika Schnarre Collection
Tune in at 2PM & 9PM ET to watch Monika present her new Spring Collection live

Step into spring stylishly with Sam & Kate

Oh my, how we love handbags around here. Sexy styling meets bold colour in this Today’s Showstopper from Sam & Kate:

Sam & Kate Pebble Leather Shouder Bag

Today’s Showstopper$94.87 (save $50)
Easy Pay®: 5 x $18.97

This stunner of a shoulder bag is made from soft, luxurious pebble leather and sports both short straps and detachable shoulder strap for ultimate versatility.

Canadian Fashion Week - presented by FLARE

Behind-the-scenes, hot trends & more! Join The Shopping Channel for Canadian Designer Week, March 21 - 25.

Canadian fashion darlings David Dixon, Wayne Clarke, Monika Schnarre and Brian Bailey will all be here, presenting their newest collections.

Get your fashion fix all in one place @

Presented by FLARE Magazine, Canada’s fashion magazine featuring the hottest in fashion and style by Canadian and international designers.