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June 6, 2013
I must be losing time because I can’t believe the month of May is behind us and we are now in the 1st week of June. Thankfully there is Instagram to help me remeber what happened in the previous month. So let’s recap some of the fun that happened in my world of design in the month of May:
One of my most favourite home furnishings store, West Elm invited me to their Toronto store in Liberty Village for a summer preview of their furnishings & home decor. I absolutely loved all the watermelon pink that was prevalent throughout their store — it’s such a refreshing summer colour. I also fell in love with their gorgeous blue Seascape Vases — must get me 3 or 5 of these before they are sold out!
I am obsessed with that Montauk Nest Chair — it’s the perfect chair to curl up & read a book outdoors in the sun! These are just a few of the Instagram photos I took….there is so much more instore…so you must go in and check it out yourselves. There is also a West Elm in Vancouver and one is opening soon in Montreal, Quebec. Fantastique!!
Then I was invited to a DIY101 event hosted by the lovely people over at Home Depot Canada and Blogger extroadinaire Jennifer Flores from Rambling Reno. There are many things I am good at and many things I am not good at — and 2 of those things is gardening and working with hand tools. Normally I just yell my husband’s name and ask him to plant the flowers or screw a nail in the wall. So I was super excited to get my hands dirty at this DIY seminar.
Look at me in action using that drill gun to drill a hole in the planter. I know what you are thinking…..she’s so lame. But I super excited after I got my hands on that cordless drill and drilled a hole without killing myself. And look: I planted a tiny herb garden. It’s outside on my patio as I write this blog post…..and it is still alive!! I just may get into this gardening stuff….speak to me in a month…and we’ll see!
After that there was no stopping me. I had to try every tool possible. I used the Rigid Impact driver to drive home those nails and it felt really good…..then I carefully used the Ryobi Cordless nail gun to gracefully nail that trim onto the faux wall — I want one of these for myself — so handy for so many different DIY projects. But I was really excited to use the Ryobi 10″ Compound Mitre Saw — I foresee a lot of frames in the future being built. Oh and look, I didn’t even saw off my hand! One quick tip: Always be sure to wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from flying debris! So now, all I have to say to my Handy Man husband is “You’re FIRED!!!”
On a personal level my hubby and I went to go see the Rolling Stones in concert. I have never seen Mick in action and he did not disapoint. After 50 years together, they can still compete with the bands from today.
This is how I know time is flying by too quickly for my liking. My youngest daughter, Mya turned 6 years old!! I can still remember the day she was born like it was yesterday. She had a birthday party up at our summer home at Emerald Lake and a Glamour Girl birthday party with her friends from school. She loves dress up and is a total fashionista!
And to end the month, Mya had her year-end Dance recital for Pre-primary Ballet and Jazz. She’s loves wearing make-up and had a thrill choosing the perfect shade of pink lipstick to wear. If I let her, she would wear make-up everyday Oh well, I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree — is that the saying?
Anyway, these were some of the key events through Instagram that happened in May…….oh, besides signing on a new client and getting professional photos taken of another client project — but that’s for another blog post. Hope you are all doing great as well and let’s keep our fingers crossed that the month of June will be sunny & hot with little rain. Until next time…stay glamorous!!
January 7, 2013
Happy New Year!!! Hope you had a fabulous holiday. I had a busy few weeks celebrating the holidays with my family and finishing up some personal home projects. But now that the girls are back to school, it is time to get back to work for me!!
But first, I thought I would take a quick and fun 2012 rewind to see how Decor by Christine got to 2013. So please bear with me and join in the fun as I recap some highlights from each month!
The IDS comes to town every January and once again my gang of interior designers and design blogger friends all got together at the Gala event. I will be attending this years IDS at the end of the month!
Kimberley Seldon launched her Business of Design website. Her first conference which I will be attending is also at the end of the month.
And I finished a client’s dining room. New fireplace, lighting and reupholstered chairs.
This was the dining room before:
And this was the after! Huge difference, don’t you think?
I was totally honoured when Urban Barn invited me to design a chair for Urban Barn’s Custom Chairity Competition .
Unfortunately my chair didn’t win BUT it did come in 2nd place for most favourite chair When it was auctioned off, my chair raised approximately $500.00 for the Jays Care Foundation. I still wonder who purchased my chair and where they are using it!
Dabble Magazine turned ONE! And I continued to write the What’s Trending column for this awesome online magazine.
The family and I headed to Disney World over March Break. Now that we are proud members of the Disney Vacation Club, we will be visiting a different Disney Resort around the world each year.
The custom furniture and area rug I designed for a client (the same client as the dining room above) got delivered. You’ll notice that the coffee table is missing since my client couldn’t decide on what she wanted in there.
Home Depot launched their latest DreamBook and had a “Match the Look” contest to promote it. Home Depot invited 6 Canadian Design Bloggers (including me) to choose one of their favourite looks or finds from the interactive DreamBook online.
You had to choose which of these products was my favourite look. My choice was the marble Carrera for backsplash and counter tops.
This month I attended an event at Bo Concepts furniture store for the launch of a new line of furniture by Karim Rashid, where I got to meet him and crooner Matt Dusk. Yes, I know I am a bit of a social butterfly but I do enjoy attending these kind of events!
My budding equestrian won some ribbons at a local riding show!!
And the built-ins I designed for a client got installed! I’m very proud of these designs and how they turned out.
And their daughter’s bedroom: the handles hadn’t been installed when I took this picture.
For this same client, I also designed this mirror with a floating console table for her tiny foyer.
Here’s the mirror:
And now with the floating table/drawer. It was painted in a high gloss black with crystal knobs…very chic!
I also participated at the media challenge for The Canadian Breast Care Foundation’s annual Yard Sale for the Cure. I try to get involved in as much charity events as I can throughout the year.
May was a jam-packed month! My youngest sweetie made me this creative piece of artwork for Mother’s Day.
And she turned 5 years old!!
I went to NYC for Blogfest 2012 with my design BFF Vanessa Francis and got to meet a ton of other design bloggers from North America and some design superstars!
Here’s a bunch of us with Thom Felicia! He was an absolute doll.We called it the Thom Felicia sandwich!
And here with Margaret Russell, the EIC of Architectural Digest!!
Another Dabble / What’s Trending issue came out!
Then I ended the month taking my oldest to see One Direction in concert at the Molson Amphitheatre as an early birthday gift! My ears were killing me by the end of the night with all the screaming and crying!!
One of the big design projects I worked on all year was starting to wind down. In this image, the custom drapes for the dining room had just been installed. Excuse the IPhone picture…..I will be getting professional pictures of this project taken in the next month. I haven’t really shown any pictures of this project except for the entertainment unit I designed. The colour scheme is blue and green which is carried throughout the entire main floor. Can’t wait to show you the final reveal.
And another issue of Dabble Mag / What’s Trending went live!
This month I spent a lot of time up at Emerald Lake enjoying the summer with my family. However, I did finally got to styling the same client’s family room with her new entertainment unit. Here it is just installed.
And now fully accessorized!!
This is also her new chair from Crate & Barrel. In the family room we decided to add some hits of orange to the blue and green colour scheme. As you can see from some of my pictures I got really addicted to Instagram this year.
And here’s her new custom ottoman nicely styled!
Oh, and we also finished her powder room in this fantastic teal wallpaper!!
I spent most of August at Emerald Lake at the Glamper finishing up the Bunkie! I will be revealing the interior in the spring as soon as the new camping season begins.
Here it is getting built:
And painted!!! It’s like my own little dollhouse!
And another Dabble Mag / What’s Trending issue came out!
This month I finally got back on Cityline for Dabble Day talking about fall trends in home decor!
Here we are after the show finished taping: Tracy Moore and the guest experts!
And I finally finished my dressing table area in my master bedroom. I posted these pictures onto Pinterest, and I can’t believe how many people have repined my dressing table pics onto their inspiration boards!
October was a crazy month because I basically got a new baby – with four legs! Here is sweet adorable Marilyn Monroe who became part of our family!
And I got Project Pink & Orange moving along. Wait till you see what it looks like now! Final reveal coming in a future blog post this month.
And another issue of Dabble Mag / What’s Trending went live online!
In the November issue of Canadian Living I was quoted for an article. The article was called Sexual Healing and written by freelance writer Rosemary Counter. In the article I talked about how to set the scene in your bedroom with some helpful tips. Below is a screenshot of the first page of the article.
Exciting things happened to end off the year! I got hired as a freelance production designer for a new HGTV show by the Property Brothers called Buying & Selling. In Canada, the show will air on the W Network. I can hardly wait for the episode to air so I can finally talk about the renovation and show you pictures. So stay tuned!
And last but not least, the last issue of 2012 for Dabble Magazine came out and I wrote about gorgeous glamorous gold in What’s Trending! I love writing for this wonderful magazine and look forward to contributing to it in 2013.
Whew! Are you still with me? If you are I commend you for sticking with me as I took this quick rewind tour of my 2012 adventure in home decor…along with some peaks into my personal life.
I really hope you stick with me for another fabulous year with Decor by Christine and my new adventures in 2013!!
December 30, 2011
Wow….I can’t believe 2011 is almost over. I shut down for a bit over the holidays to spend time with my husband and 2 daughters. It’s not too often that the girls and I have our #1 man for a solid week….so I decided to just focus on the family!
But I did promise you a peak into my Christmas decor so here is “Christine’s Christmas Rewind”. We had a wonderful holiday with family and friends over on Christmas eve AND day!! A bit crazy and hectic, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
My darling glamour girls in front of our white Glamour tree in the living room.
Every year I purchase a few new ornaments for my white glamour tree. This year my husband bought me this gorgeous chandelier with lots of bling from a Christmas Store. Isn’t it gorgeous!!
Another chandelier ornament I got this year…..and believe it or not, I got this one at Wal-Mart. I love mixing high and low ornaments on my tree.
My white tree is always a Blue/White & Silver theme with lots of birds and diamond crystal motifs.
I haven’t been into tree toppers for the last few years and instead prefer to add fullness via decorations at the top.
Another new chandelier ornament I picked up this year.
Diamonds are always a girl’s’ best friend!!
The four of us have personalized silver ornaments on the tree each year!
This is my fireplace mantle in the living room….again all glamour with lots of sparkle!
Don’t you love my ice crystals….they look like diamond chips or frozen ice chips on my mantle.
This is my stunning 3-piece mosaic Christmas tree that greets visitors when they walk into the front foyer. It can look blue or purple depending on the light.
This is my console table in the foyer. Unfortunately, my purple feather wreath fell off the mirror above so I just set it behind my purple decor boxes.
If you look in the mirror you can see one of my 2’ foot Santa on the staircase landing.
The girls love my miniature purple trees and of course, the purple Diva Deer (as we nicknamed her). She oversees the family room purple tree!
And here is our purple passion Christmas tree that resides in the family room!!
And of course, we all have ornaments that reflect our personalities! Yup, that fancy shoe is mine!
A Mickey Mouse keepsake from one of our Disney March Break vacations.
Our eldest is a budding equestrian.
Our youngest is the dancer of the family.
Butterflies, birds and peacock feathers is a common theme with our decor this year.
I purchased a few fun ornaments like this chevron one and the polka-dot one below!! (sorry for the blurry shots)
I chose orange and green accents to offset all the purple this year.
I used lots of purple wrapping paper to pretty up the bottom of the tree.
We hosted 15 guests on Christmas eve and had a seafood extravaganza of lobster, crab and jumbo shrimp. Mmmmmmm, my mouth is watering just thinking about it.
My husband is the cook and I set the table….one of my most favourite things to do when we are entertaining.
This year all my guests took home this crystal diamond ornament used as a napkin ring.
Place settings are also a must!
One of my favourite traditions each holiday season is putting a cracker by each place setting. Everyone wears their silly paper hats and each person has a chance to read out their funny joke to the table. My holiday crackers are actually purple but they look blue in this picture.
And then this is what we woke up to Christmas morning!l
Hope you too had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends. Thanks for hanging out while I did a not-so-quick Christmas rewind.
All the best heading into new year’s eve!!
All Photos: Decor by Christine
November 2, 2011
Hi! I’ve decided to start a new series today on The Glam Blog called “Christine’s Rewind.” Sometimes I get so busy with client projects or my column for Dabble Magazine that I don’t get to blog about things that are happening in my world. Than weeks go by and all of sudden it feels like the moment was missed to blog about it. So this new series will highlight what happened in the month previous that I never got to share with you. So here goes my September’s rewind – hope you enjoy it!
So did you catch my second appearance on Cityline? If not, than click on the picture with Dina Pugliese and I talking about how to incorporate the pattern Chevron into your home decor.
Start at the 1:28 minute mark if you want. (Cityline Chic Chevron segment)
My client Natalie’s fireplace got installed….so exciting. Can’t wait to show you the final reveal for her dining room! Yup, the fireplace is in her dining room.
And the custom area rug and sofa that I designed for her got delivered! What do you think? Stay tuned for final reveal. We had some issues with fabric availability for the two occasional chairs so they are delayed at this point.
And here is a sneak peek into my other client, Cindy’s new dining room. Once we finish accessorizing the room I will dedicate a post to her living room and dining room. It’s a total revamp from what she had before!!
I also attended the Korhani Rug Media Breakfast at Holt Renfrew. Fashion and rugs…what more could a girl want!!
Aren’t these rugs stunning and oh so glam!! You can order these gorgeous limited rugs on Korhani’s website.
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Here I am with Kirsten Korhani, the Creative Director, her husband and 3 special ladies I met that morning over breakfast.
The last week of September I was invited to attend the She’s Connected Conference. In a room with 200 digitally connected women and 10 Corporations. It was a very informative 2 days.
Picture courtesy of She’s Connected
Fun with Tamara (wondermoms) Laurel (Opti-mom) and Wendy (mapsgirl)
Laurel and Shannon from Her Blossoming Self
Yes, it was a busy month. Hope you enjoyed my September Rewind !! Stay tuned for my October rewind!
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