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Creating a luxurious bathroom with DXV

Don`t we all have a dream or fantasy about soaking in a magnificent tub in our luxurious bathroom.    I know that I do….but my dream bathroom may look very different from yours. You may imagine something more modern and streamlined while I may fantasize about the look of classic glamour.  Either way, the luxury brand DXV will help you realize your ultimate luxury bathroom reality.  

The DXV flagship portfolio of luxury bath and kitchen products was launched in 2014 to celebrate the distinguished 140-plus-year heritage of American Standard by reimagining the most influential design movements during that time: Classic (1890-1920), Golden Era (1920-1950), Modern (1950-1990), and Contemporary (1990-Present).  

Luxury brand DXV and American Standard are divisions of LIXIL Americas, another one of this years BlogtourKBIS sponsors and their booth at this years Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) had me jumping up and down in excitement!  Since their inception in 2014, DXV created the DXV Design Panel consisting of 4 interior designers to share inspirations by using the high-style DXV collections.  This past year their Design Panel represented some iconic cities in their design inspiration: Charleston, Palm Springs and Miami.  

Which one of these bathroom designs fulfills your luxury bathroom fantasy?

“Southern Classic“ Charleston (1890 – 1920)

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Susan M. Jamieson, ASID, recreated the “Southern Classic” city of Charleston, choosing architectural elements from this locale’s historic homes and marrying them with modern fixtures. Here, she placed the DXV Fitzgerald freestanding tub, with its clean design lines, directly beneath a more historically styled Palladian spiderweb window. DXV Pop under counter lavatories and Randall widespread faucets further complement this combination of classic and modern presentation.

 

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A whimsical pop of green upholstery makes a bold graphic statement amongst the black-and white Georgian floor and grisaille wallpaper finishes this gorgeous bathroom. 

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If you want to recreate this stunning bathroom, here are the DXV products you would need:

“Mid-Century Resort“ Palm Springs (1950-1990)

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The DXV “Mid-Century Resort” bathroom designed by Beth Dotolo and Carolina V. Gentry combines Hollywood glamour with desert modernism for a leisurely trip through time. The angular lines of the DXV Seagram freestanding soaking tub made it a dynamic focal point for their vignette, perfectly capturing the essence of the bold, modern style that is Palm Springs.

I don`t know about you but I really want that gold duck! 🙂

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Dotolo and Gentry’s DXV “Mid-Century Resort” bathroom combines Hollywood glamour with desert modernism for a leisurely trip through time. They incorporated uniquely modern design elements and paired them with glamorous touches throughout their space.   Bright whites, bursts of colors and organic patterns are all set off by a few rich hits of quirky fun, setting the tone for a true sense of leisure that’s as timeless today as it was yesterday.

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Here`s what you need to recreate this luxurious bathroom in your own home:

Now all glam may not be your style and you might prefer a luxurious bathroom that is contemporary and modern with clean lines.  Good news: DXV has that for you too!

“Contemporary Beach“ Miami (1990 – present)

 Inspired by the present-day contemporary design movement in Miami, Genevieve Ghaleb created this DXV “Contemporary Beach” bathroom that highlights pure form, symmetry and precision. The room’s elements feature simple, clean lines and sensuous curves, including the exquisite Lyndon freestanding soaking tub.

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When Genevieve designed this bathroom, she had created this room for a busy gentleman in need of intentional daily luxury. A lot of the elements feature simple, clean lines.  Add bold lighting and accessories and you`ve got a bathroom that is strong, sleek and sexy. 

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Listed below are the DXV products required to recreate this luxurious contemporary bathroom in your home

I don`t know about you but I am ready to redesign my master ensuite ASAP!  I hope I was able to inspire you also with all the luxurious DXV product and these fabulous bathroom vignettes!

Glamorously yours,

xoxo

Highlighting the 5th Wall with Metrie

The 5th Wall?  What the heck are you talking about Christine, you may be asking yourself.  In designer speak, the 5th Wall pertains to the ceiling in your room.  And it is often a forgotten room element, but it’s a surface with so much design potential.  When your room is just not speaking to you, an excellent way to add interest and drama to the room is just by adding moulding and trim elements to your ceiling.   

While I was at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Orlando Florida earlier this month on my second trip with BlogtourKBIS,  my jaw dropped when I entered the Metrie Booth, one of the sponsors for this years Blogtour.  There were 4 different vignettes that showcased the visual power that moulding and trim can add to your ceiling.  Get ready to start drooling……

 

Vignette 1: The Socialites Dressing Room

This one was my absolute favourite….a dressing room for a stylish socialite or a fashionista…..or a GlamaMama.  My motto is go bold or go home!  Why not highlight a gorgeous chandelier by adding crown moulding and wallpaper that makes a statement on the ceiling.

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In this vignette, Metrie’s Fashion Forward collection was used.  With a tongue-in-cheek nod to Art Deco style, this glamorous boudoir space is feminine with a distinctly bold edge. Vibrant pink accents pop against contrasting black and white hues, only to be accessorized, like in fashion, with classic hits of gold. 

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Seriously…..no words!

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Vignette 2: The Weekender’s Retreat Foyer

If you’re drawn to sculptural curves and glamour, or you’re inspired by the classic forms of the Baroque and Empire periods, then you’ll love the French Curves Collection™ that was used in this vignette.

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This chandelier is to die for but if it was just hanging from a plain white ceiling, it definitely would not have the oomph that it gets with this moulding and trim detail.  

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Invoking a masculine vibe

As feminine as the first 2 vignettes were, these last 2 ceilings definitely invoke a masculine vibe through the use of colour and lines in the mouldings.  Here in The Author’s Library, the Pretty Simple Collection was used.

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For the Wine Sommelier’s Wine Cellar vignette, the Very Square Collection was used.  If you’re drawn to strong, crisp lines and precise geometry, this collection is a great place to start.

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So are you are tired of a particular room in your home and not sure what to do?  If you have added colour to the walls and purchased new furniture and it still doesn’t seem enough.
Then maybe its time to make your home runway worthy with the latest interior finishing trends that will have you rethinking casings, baseboards and crown mouldings. 

Stay tuned for my next KBIS blog update! xo

 

Friday Favs

Hi there!  I’ve rounded up all my favourites this week for my Friday Favs…..hope you enjoy it!

Last week the One Room Challenge participants revealed their one room challenges…..and wow!  There are some beautiful spaces that were created in a mere short 6 weeks.  Here are three of my favourites from some fellow Canadians!

Vanessa’s new kitchen turned out gorgeous – what a difference from the before…..and I will be seeing it live this weekend….can’t wait!

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Sarah’s basement renovation is to die for!!! So glam!

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And Nancy’s gorgeous master ensuite overall is so classic and beautiful!

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Last fall I participated in the One Room Challenge, creating a Mancave garage for my husband. Here is how it turned out……not as pretty as the images above but my husband loves it….and that is what counts!  You can read all about it here

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Now here are more Fridays favs that caught my eye this week!

Have you started decorating your house for Christmas yet? I`m starting this weekend!  Have you seen the Canadian Tire WOW Guide……its WOW! (pun totally intended)

I think a few of these fun items may end up in some Christmas stockings

The 11 best hair tutorials on YOUTUBE right now to get you ready for holiday social events 

I’m obsessed with this instagram account…..pink & grey everyday!

The Best Shoes For Every Holiday Party

One of my design projects was featured as Basement of the Week on Houzz!  YAY!

Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

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Friday Favs – new series

Happy Friday!  I’m starting a new weekly series called Friday Favs.  I’ve been thinking about this for ages as there are so many great things I see and read throughout the week.  So every Friday I’m going to share my Friday Favs which could be about interior design, fashion, seasonal stuff…..anything goes. 

Today’s post is all about fashion…..specifically about a new subscription box that I discovered, fell in love with and ordered.  And no, this is not a sales pitch…..I just love getting a box of goodies in the mail every 3 months and want to share it with you.  Rachel Zoe is a California based fashion designer and stylist to many celebrities in Hollywood.  She also has a great newsletter called the Zoe Report for update-to-date news on all the fashion trends and styles you need to know about.  And she has Box of Style.   To better explain exactly what it is…..I will quote how they describe Rachel Zoe’s Box of Style on their website: 

“Imagine getting a sleek box containing over $350 worth of products hand-selected by Rachel Zoe and The Zoe Report editors delivered right to your door—sounds too good to be true, right? Consider your stars aligned, because that’s exactly what you get when you spend just $100 on a Box of Style. Bringing Rachel’s unparalleled sense of glamour to the masses, this coveted subscription box ships seasonally—that’s four times annually—and is filled with an expertly styled assortment of fashion, beauty and lifestyle obsessions that’ll keep you looking and feeling chic year-round.”

When I saw what was included in the fall Box of style, I had to order it.  This is what I got last week in the mail.  How chic is this box! I was so excited……it felt like Christmas morning! 

Fall Box of Style

And what was inside made me jump for joy!  This image is from their Instagram page and summarizes the contents of the box….you can see each piece here.

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Every box has a hero item, and in the fall box of style it was this gorgeous colour blocked cape by Donni Charm.  When I saw it I had to have it……and of course everything else inside! 

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 Isn`t it gorgeous? I knew I could wear this cape throughout the cold fall and winter months.  And because there are so many fashionable ways to wear this cape, I decided to `model` 3 different looks on how to style the cape and the beautiful leather tassel cinch belt that also came in the box.  This is me pretending to be a fashion blogger 😉 

Look 1: 

I`m wearing the cape casually loose around the shoulders – which is how I wear it most of the time around the house.  I took the belt and used it as a choker for some added panache! 

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They actually reposted this picture from my instagram page…how fabulous is that! LOL!

Look 2: 

For an effortless look, just wrap the tassel belt around the cape…..for a very chic ensemble.

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Look 3: 

Here, I wrapped the cape around my neck as a cozy scarf.  Then I got my daughter to wrap the belt around my wrist as a very cool bracelet.  Perfect for chilly mornings walking my doggie. 

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(These 3 looks were photographed by my budding photographer daughter)

The Winter Box of Style is getting ready to ship in December.  They showed us a sneak peek of  the hero product and it is this stunning necklace!

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If you love what you see, you can always subscribe to the winter box of style here

So that`s it……my first Friday Favs blog post.  Hope you enjoyed it.  Have a great weekend!!!!  

XOXO

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My Top Decor Trends for this Holiday Season

Hi there! I know it’s only October but it’s time to start thinking about the Holiday season.  And to help prod you along, I have chosen my top decor trends for this 2016 holiday season.  Even one better, I have collaborated with the Toronto furniture store, Decorium  and chosen a few key furniture pieces and accessories that will help you bring these stunning trends into your home this season and into 2017.   How easy is that? Oh, and when you get to the end of this post, I will be announcing an exciting contest where you can win something! So let’s get started!

My Top Decor Trends for this Holiday Season

  1. Black is back!

Black may be a permanent feature in your closet, but now is the time to bring it into your home. I’m not saying for you to paint your dining room walls all black, although that would look utterly divine – but a few pieces, like a little black dress, will totally amp up the glam factor.  From lighting to key furniture pieces, black adds a bold statement to any room and is timeless and classic.

  1. Velvet

If you look at the necks of all the IT girls right now, you will notice they are all wearing black velvet chokers.  And for the holiday party season, I’ve seen velvet jackets, shoes and purses being all the rage.  This fabric option will add a beautiful sheen and luxurious look to any room, whether it’s on a sofa, dining chair or a gorgeous headboard in your bedroom.

  1. Blue Bliss

When I meet with clients for the first time and we talk about their colour preferences, Blue is always one of their top choices to use in their furnishings.  Thankfully, this classic colour continues to be popular in home decor.  What’s so wonderful about blue is that in any shade, it is a no-fail colour to incorporate into your home this holiday season and it looks so good mixed in with a neutral colour scheme and warm metals.  For example, if your sofa is a neutral colour than try adding blue occasional chairs into the mix and your will see how blue can liven up any room.

  1. Marble

The timeless beauty of marble is just not for kitchen countertops and flooring anymore.  Incorporating touches of marble into every day decor will continue to be on trend this holiday season.  So if your home is full of granite, have no fear because adding the elegant touch of marble is as easy as changing up your coffee table this season.

  1. Copper

Warm metals, such as gold, rose gold and brass continue to be popular in fashion accessories & totally on trend for home decor.  Incorporating the beauty of copper into the mix will award your home with A+ style.  And remember, it’s ok to mix your metals so if your home has a lot of silver and polished chrome, now is the time to adopt the warm metal trend……because it’s not going away any time soon.

Top Decor Trends for 2016 holiday season - Decorium

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These gorgeous pieces I’ve chosen are all available at Decorium, a family run business that is celebrating 30 wonderful years in Toronto.  It is your one stop shop where you will find beautiful furniture for every lifestyle.  Now while my taste tends to run towards more modern furniture, Decorium offers a vast selection of home furnishings & decor in all styles……all under one roof!

And remember when I told you at the beginning of this blog post that you can win something – well, Decorium is inviting my readers to participate in a contest where you have the chance to win a $1500 Decorium Gift Card. That should help get you started on revamping your home with my top decor picks for the holiday season.  All you have to do is click here and follow the instructions!

Good luck! xoxo

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Back from my Blogging Hiatus!

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!  I’m finally back from my blogging hiatus!

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I thought today was the perfect day to start my blogging journey again since I am thankful for so many things.  As many of you know, my father passed away this past February after his long battle with prostate cancer and I went kind of numb.  I had absolutely no interest in my writing on my blog, marketing my business or design clients.  Sometimes I just felt like I wanted to crawl into a hole and never come out.  However, life doesn’t stop – not with a family, friends and work life.

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I’m thankful for my mother, who has been the strongest, most selfless woman I know, taking such good care of my father during his last year of life.  She continues to inspire me to be the best person I can be as a woman, wife and mother.  My husband who has been an absolute rock to me.  The nights he held me as I sobbed uncontrollably in his arms and his unwavering support will never be forgotten and I love him so much for being the husband that he is.  My sweet daughters who constantly make me smile, laugh and challenge me to just let loose when I start getting too serious.  My wonderful girlfriends who are there to always to offer a helping hand and get me out for some GNO fun!  And last, my design clients, who let me take time to mourn and heal.  Not many clients would do that, and I take pride that I have developed close relationships with the clients I have.

So now I’m back to blogging!  I’ve been working on some exciting design projects & starting new partnerships that I look forward to sharing with you in future blog posts.  I also had a huge milestone birthday this past August (hashtag glamamamaturns25x2) and celebrated with a fabulous vacation in London, Paris and Lisbon.  I celebrated my birthday having dinner at the Eiffel Tower and spending time at Chanel’s flagship store on 31 Rue Cambon.  😉  The pictures my husband & I took would fill over a thousand blog posts but I promise to share highlights from each city.

decor by Christine in Paris

I hope that you dear reader were also able to spend time this past weekend with family and friends, whether it was for Canadian Thanksgiving, Columbus Day or just a regular day.  And please share what you are thankful for on this chilly October Monday.

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Talk to you soon,

XOXO
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Giving the gift of sweet memories

This past Christmas I had a hard time trying to figure out what gift to give my father for Christmas.  If you have been reading my monthly Posterjack blog series from the beginning  of 2015 than you know that his cancer spread to his spine and he is now bedridden and sadly not doing very well.  At this point, material things do not matter to him but I still wanted to give him something that would bring some joy to him.  From his hospital bed in my parent’s living room all he can do is stare at the four walls around him.  Those walls are filled with family photographs which I know he looks at all the time when he is lucid.  So I decided to give my dad the gift of sweet memories when him and my mom were younger with the help of Posterjack.

I found these 2 photos of my parents.  This first one is when they were still engaged in 1959 and still living in Lisbon Portugal.  My dad always wore a suit and he looked so dapper.  Love that my mom is holding gloves like a young lady in her left hand.

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And this is one from 1961….they were just newlyweds and new immigrants to Canada.  I believe this is High Park and they were having a picnic with some friends.  Love that my dad still wore a suit and my mom was wearing heels.  My mom kind of reminds me of Jackie O with her sunglasses.

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I tried to fix up these photos as best as I could as they are quite old and convert them into Posterjack Art.

I chose canvas for their first photo as it was in better shape and I chose the lucite block for the one of them in the park.  Both my parents cried when they opened up their gift of sweet memories.  I find that as you get older sentimental gifts are really the ones that matter, and I know that these 2 picture gifts were of the most value to them.   Below is how each picture turned out.

Mom & Dad in park 1961

I placed the lucite block on a candle holder to give it some height on an end table and we hung the canvas alongside the gallery wall of family photos.   That’s my older sister and I above their canvas art…..now that’s scary short hair I had.

Mom & Dad 1959 dating canvas art

I can’t make my father better but I can surround him with the love of his family always.

Glamorously yours xoxo

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This post has been sponsored by Posterjack. All opinions expressed are my own naturally! xo

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year! I’m quite ready to say farewell to 2015.  My goal for 2016 is to celebrate each day. I am thankful for each and every day that I have with my family, friends, clients and business colleagues!  So on that note:

Save Water And Drink Champagne!!!!!

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(Save Water Drink Champagne image from Fancy it Pretty)

Wishing you all health and happiness in 2016!

Glamorously yours xoxo

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#LowesHolidayHomes: My Christmas Foyer Reveal

Christmas is literally around the corner and I am excited to show you my Christmas Foyer Reveal in partnership with Lowes Canada.  Just to recap, Lowes graciously asked me and a few other design bloggers to decorate a specific area of their home for Christmas and blog about it.  I chose my foyer as my #LowesHolidayHomes project.

Christmas Decorating Ideas for your Foyer by Decor by Christine

You can catch up on my previous two posts about decorating my foyer for Christmas here and here if you missed them.  Now let me show you what my foyer looked like last month before I started this project.  I can’t believe I forgot to take a picture of my staircase leading to the second floor but you can catch a glimpse of the banister where the half wall is that separates my living room (which is open to the foyer when you first walk in).

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I needed new wreaths this Christmas and found some beautiful ones at Lowes to greet my guests before they walked into my foyer.

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When you walk into my foyer the first thing you see are my spectacular Nutcrackers!! Have I told you how much I love these two guys! 😉

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Handsome boys!!

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I have always wanted a large Christmas tree to greet my guests at the door and with Lowes I was able to do this.  Since we have 10′ ft high ceilings on our main level I was able to get away with this beautiful life-like 9’ft pre-lit Balsam Fir artificial tree.  It is spectacular and definitely makes a dramatic statement when you first walk in and look to your left towards our living room.

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Remember those cute birch tree planters I bought in the Winter Garden Area at Lowes….well, I dressed them up a bit with additional christmas decor picks I found at Lowes and voila…..they look fantastic on my half wall and on the mirrored chest in the living room that is open to my foyer.

Decor by Christine LowesHolidayHomes birch planter

I added some beautiful sugar pine cones and fresh mini swag from Lowes to each birch tree planter to dress it up.

Decor by Christine LowesHolidayHomes birch planters in foyer

At Lowes, I also purchased pre-lit garlands to add to my staircase banister as you walk upstairs.  I added white sparkly tulle to really glam up the staircase.  Love how it turned out.

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Decor by Christine LowesHolidayHomes garland

Last, but not least is my console table in the foyer.  I decorated it with thoughts of a winter wonderland….and a dash of red.

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Decor by Christine LoweHolidayHomes foyer table

Can you believe that I bought these gold & silver sequined cushions at Lowes?  I know….who knew that Lowes was getting so stylish!  They are perfect for my entire decor scheme.

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This last picture pretty much sums up my Christmas foyer reveal.  I am really happy with it!

Decor by Christine LowesHolidayHomes foyer

Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!!!

Glamorously yours xoxo

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This post has been sponsored by Lowes Canada.  All opinions expressed are my own naturally! xo