— How did you end up moving to Salt Spring Island?
I had always worked as an artist and my company was a design company. Paul had established his credentials as a sculptor, so we needed art space. Salt Spring is an art community, so rather than starting an art community from scratch, we went where one already existed.
You can find an expert in any field within two phone calls on Salt Spring Island. There have been Nobel prize winners here, writers, inventors, and scientists. It has a wide breadth of people.”
— Pond Suite
— How did you came up with the idea to open a Bed and Breakfast?
Family and friends were always staying with us to get away from Vancouver, so when our children grew up and left, we had this beautiful property we thought we should share with everybody. We wanted to create a space that was visually beautiful and the design sense was there but didn’t impose on somebody so it didn’t override their own imaginations; it could allow whatever they were working on in their heads to blossom.”
— Bloom Organic B&B
— What’s your philosophy Bloom Organic B&B?
— Please tell us about the organic aspect of the B&B.
My father is a Swedish pastry chef, and I grew up working in his bakery. His philosophy was to have the purest ingredients you could find. Being Swedish, that cuisine is based on butter, almonds, really good chocolate, sugar, lemon and freshness. My pastries aren’t as rich as his, and I personally don’t eat that way anymore, but we have a lot of apple trees, fig trees, pears and plum, and so I use that fresh fruit as much as possible.
We also have a local coffee roaster who offers all shade grown, fair trade coffee. We source really good organic yogurt, and I make our granola with organic ingredients and sweeten it with maple syrup. And Paul makes the bread.”
— Orchard Suite
— Please tell us a bit about the guest rooms and facilities.
People come and think of this as a jumping-off point to explore Salt Spring Island, and then they announce they don’t want to go anywhere because what they actually needed was to be in the garden and have quiet.
We have eclectic libraries in each suite. Guests can take yoga classes. Paul also gives courses in being more present in your life by journaling or drawing.”
— Bloom Organic B&B Pond Suite
— What has been your biggest reward running the B&B?
Other people come here and see it as a place to get away and get things done. They’re editing books or working on projects, and they get a chance to develop what they haven’t had the time or the space to do that in. We’re excited to be a part of that process.”