Happy Friday Blog Friends! All the cold weather is making me anxious for spring. With spring thoughts I always start thinking of fashion so I created this style board on Polyvore — my newest obsession & time waster – but it is so much fun. I am so coveting a tulle skirt for spring 2014. And I am loving the colour combination of navy & pink — so fresh and young-looking and totally girly-glam. Perfect in fashion and in your home decor.
It’s also kind of reminiscent of Carrie Bradshaw in #SATC — how I miss that show. Anyhoo, have you tried Polyvore yet? Are you ready for spring as much as I am? It’s Friday, and I am so ready for the weekend!! Hope you have a great one!!
Do you have a drab living room in your house? Is it in need of a drastic make-over? Well, today I am starting a new feature on The Glam Blog called “From Drab to Fab.” In this series I will show you a “before” drab room and how through the help of an interior designer the room was completely changed — hence, the “Fab.”
I’m starting this series with the Drab to Fab reveal of my client’s main level in her house…..and today it’s all about her drab living room.
As you can see the living room was what I called – beige hell….I almost fell asleep just looking at it. Do you think that’s mean of me? Well, my client didn’t think so…she totally agreed and that’s why she have called me in to help her with this room and the rest of her main level. It had absolutely no colour….the walls were beige, the sofa was beige, the end tables were wood, the drapery was brown….I could go on and on….but I think you get the point. There was no visual interest, no focal point to rest your eye and because it was so drab she barely used the room and avoided entertaining guests. How sad is that!
On the opposite side of the drab sofa was this rocking chair and a teeny tiny bookshelf that looked totally non-descript against the half-wall. The living room didn’t even have a coffee table except for the small ottoman that matched the sofa. It was all just so matchy-matchy and totally DRAB!!!
This living room was just screaming for colour as it had a big window with lots of light coming through….so that was the plan…turn this living room from drab to fab!!!
And that’s exactly what we did!!! (Drum roll please!!!!)
I still gasp from sheer joy every time I see these after photos of the living room. What do you think of the transformation? I think its fresh and clean….and wow….love the blue and green colour palette with creamy white accents.
Now when you walk into the living, your eye is automatically drawn to a focal point – this stunning tufted back gorgeous blue sofa! Here’s another shot of this fabulous custom blue velvet sofa — it is sooooo glamorous!
And because the living room wasn’t very wide we chose to go with a glass coffee table which helps give the illusion of more space. We also replaced the large mirror she originally had over the sofa with some canvas art. I always recommend to clients that they place a mirror where they will appreciate the reflection they will be looking at. If the mirror is just reflecting a plain wall (as in this case) then a picture would be a much better utilization of that wall space — and definitely much prettier to look at.
On the opposite side of the sofa we added 2 custom club chairs in this Polygon inspired patterned fabric to offset the blue velvet sofa.
One of the big changes I recommended to my client was adding in a custom built window seat for a reading nook for her daughters or just a place for her 2 cats to look out the front window. The cushion was also custom made for the window seat in a blue/green woven fabric. The great thing about the window seat is that it allows for extra storage with 3 pull-out drawers for my client to store extra throws, pillows or kids’ games. And I just love the white tripod floor lamp and the custom faux roman shade in a striped blue and green fabric. We added Hunter Douglas Pirouette Shades to the window to allow for privacy in the evening.
Here`s a close-up of the window seat with its seat cushion and that adorable Owl ceramic stool from Urban Barn.
I always use fresh flowers as one of my go-to styling props for client projects. It always injects a burst of colour and tulips are one of my favourite flowers to use next to hydrangeas.
So voila, this is how I turned my client’s living room from Drab to totally FAB!!!! 😀
These stunning photos were taken by the very talented Stephani Buchman of Buchman Photo.
Hope you enjoyed this first Drab to Fab series. The next blog post will feature my client’s before and after dining room….so stay tuned. And if you are wanting to turn your living room from Drab to Fab, then please contact me here and let’s chat….I’d love to help!
6. I am currently obsessed with étagères and this one simply takes my breath away. In silver-leaf, it is from Worlds Away.
7. The pacific blue seeded glass table lamp from Rumrunner Home provides additional light on the buffet/bar area. I love how the designers used only one on the buffet versus two. I’m a big fan of symmetry but in this case one lamp works.
I thought I would keep my list to seven, but I also love the coffered ceilings and all the tabletop dishware. Do you love this beach inspired dining room as much as I do? What are some of the top decor items or furnishings that you would add to this list? Click on leave a comment and tell me what you think!!
If you are looking to add a beach inspired feel to one of your rooms, then contact me here so I can help. Have a wonderful weekend!
Bye bye Tangerine Tango!! Last week, Pantone, the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries announced PANTONE® 17-5641 Emerald, a lively, radiant, lush green, as the Color of the Year for 2013.
Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. It’s also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity – no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.
A couple of weeks ago I was at an event with a couple of my designer BFFs and we were talking about what Pantone`s colour would be for 2013 – and we all guessed Green. We have seen a lot of it on the fashion runways and in home decor – so it really wasn’t a huge surprise.
Since fashion and home decor intersect so closely, this is what pantone had to say about utilizing Emerald Green in fashion and in the home.
Emerald for Fashion:
The prevalence of green has been steadily rising for several seasons, especially in the fashion and couture markets, and even on the red carpet. Appropriate for every occasion, Emerald’s classic elegance makes for striking and irresistible women’s formal and everyday wear as well as accessories. Emerald also makes a strong statement in men’s sportswear, knitwear and ties.
Emerald for Interiors:
Enhance your sense of well-being at home by rejuvenating the interior with Emerald paint, accents and accessories. This jewel-like hue will create a luxurious feel in an entryway, powder room, dining room or study, and bring life to a living room as an accent wall. Add a splash of color to the kitchen and dining room areas with Emerald dinnerware, stemware and appliances.
Yesterday I went for a manicure and this is what I got done. I thought it was a lot of fun – perfect for the holidays and I`m sure it would be Pantone approved!
Green glitter French manicure with a hint of gold!!
I`m not crazy about going overboard with the green, but I do love the colour combinations of blue & green and green and pink….very girly!
Here are some images to inspire you and get you in the mood for emerald green in 2013.
It’s finally happening!! The Homework Room is finally getting completed! I literally put it on hold last winter/spring as I was busy with client projects (which is always a good thing). Then once the summer hit, we were too busy working on Project Dollhouse AKA the Bunkie.
You can catch up on my plans for the homework room here. The star of the room is going to be this wallpaper my daughters and I chose from Printers Guild Productions.
The wallpaper will only be on one wall, so I had to decide what colour to paint the remaining 2.5 walls. And of course this gorgeous wallpaper gave me 3 vibrant colour choices: Orange, Lilac or Raspberry.
The girls and I nixed the lilac…so now it was down to the orange or the raspberry / pink grapefruit flower as our colour inspiration.
I headed to my local Benjamin Moore Paint store and picked up 2 tester samples of Calypso Orange BM2015-30 and BM2008-30 Raspberry Blush to try on the walls next to the paper.
The minute I brushed the Calypso Orange onto the wall I knew it was the wrong choice…even with a 2nd coat (which I didn’t bother to do) I knew it would be too much for the room.
So I decided to go with Raspberry Blush. I was so excited about it that I tweeted out my colour choice to Benjamin Moore….and below is their response.
And here is the vision board I created for the Homework Room via Olioboard to give you a brief look at the look of the room that I want to achieve.
I have loved the colour combination of orange (whether you call it tangerine, citrus or coral) and blue (turquoise & teal especially) for many years now, and it is still going strong. So for this month’s nail colour I decided to honour my adoration for these 2 colours.
I also made my first official DIY canvas art using this fresh colour combo – highlighting another love of mine – chevron — this time last year. And it is still in my family room on display!
In my family room I have 2 bold orange occasional chairs that I had custom made 4 years ago. Who knew that orange would be so hot 4 yrs later!! Yay me!! My walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Rain Dance colour .
Yesterday my friend Leigh-Ann Allaire was on Cityline showing her DIY outdoor cushions in this colour combo. You can watch the episode here.
If you are thinking about adding this oh so classic colour combo into your home, then here are some ideas to get you going!
A bold orange sofa will make quite the statement in a room, especially when accented with hits of teal blue.
Or course orange walls will always spice up a room!
This neutral living room gets its VA VA voom from the light blue walls and the orange accessories and cushions. Subtle but bang on!
I am way overdue for a Decorate as You Dress blog post and the recent purchase of these fabulous floral wedge heels inspired me. Aren’t they absolutely gorgeous for spring/summer. And what an easy look to incorporate into your home decor this season. Love the feminine chintz pattern on these seat cushions (image from Style at Home magazine)
Here are a few more images from the same home featured in the April Colour issue of Style at Home Magazine.
And of course, you can never go wrong with having fresh flowers in every room!!
In the latest spring issue of Dabble Magazine I wrote how Florals in home decor are a constant trend during the spring/summer season. You can read my latest column here.
So, will you incorporate something flowery into your closet and home decor this season. Let me know by leaving a comment below!!
Happy Victoria Day long weekend to my fellow Canadian friends!!
Everything about this room is a Glam Slam! From the floral headboard, to its curvy sexy shape and the solid purple banding that give it that extra oomph!! Love the fabric of the long bolster cushion with the hits of gold and orange. And the beautiful gold-leaf chandelier is the perfect finishing touch….like long dangly earrings accessorizing the perfect outfit.
The ever-popular x-bench is a staple everyone should have in their home. The rich details of the gold mirror above bring out the gold and orange in the fabric. By painting the legs purple this traditional looking bench now has a glamorous edge to it. I think it is absolutely perfect!
And then…..these chairs…Oh la la!!! I think I’ve died and gone to heaven! I’ve been trying to find out the name of this style of chair so if you know what this chair is called please let me know. Are they not stunning or what? The purple stripe detailing and piping give it that glam chic look I love!! And any mirrored furniture is definitely a friend of mine!
So what do you think? Are you in love with this bedroom as much as I am? Would you have these chairs in your home? I know I would!!
If you are looking to glamorize your bedroom with some purple touches, then send me a message through email, Facebook or Twitter! I would love to help!
Hope you all had a fantastic March break last week. As you know, I was down at Walt Disney World with my hubby and my two girls so this last week has been major catch up on some client projects that I am finishing up.
Today I was at Crown Wallpaper & Fabrics with a client looking at wallpaper for her powder room (one of the last rooms I am decorating for her) and so I couldn’t resist showing you some beautiful wallpapers that can make a huge difference in the look of your home!
I’m a bit biased towards Candice Olsen’s line of wallpapers since she adorns the walls of my dining room and my eldest daughter’s bedroom. Now get ready for some wallpaper porn!!
This is the wallpaper my client chose for her powder room. It’s called Shadow Flowers and has the most amazing texture. I can’t wait to show you the powder room once it if finished.
Wallpaper are available in lovely neutral colours….where you go bold is with the pattern…but when it is tone on tone, a very glamorous, elegant look is achieved.
Or you can go wild with colour….and you know how much I love purple!! Paired with neutral grey chairs, this living room truly becomes unforgettable!
So fabulous and what an easy way to create impact in your dining or living room!
Want to create oomph when your guests walk into your home? Than wallpaper your foyer or entryway with dramatic wallpaper.
Of course, the bedroom is an obvious choice for wallpaper and you can go as subtle, glam or over – the-top as the pictures below show.
I’m a huge advocate of wallpapering a child’s room. My only advice is do NOT go juvenile. Your child is going to grow out of child-like designs…so keep that in mind when choosing the design.
This wallpaper is very pretty with the little pink bunnies….but when the little girl becomes a teenager she just may get sick of those bunnies.
As you may recall from this previous post, I am updating both my daughters’ bedrooms. I chose Candice Olson’s Dark Pink Mini Daisy Spot (image below) for my daughter’s bedroom when she was 6 years old. She is now turning 10 in a few months and this wallpaper will grow with her into her teens. Her room is almost complete and I can’t wait to show it to you here.
If wallpaper still intimidates you, but you are dying to try it in a room in your home, then the powder room is the perfect place to start. It’s a small room so the investment will be minimal, you’re not in there a lot (I hope) so you won’t get sick of it and your guests will enjoy the scenery while they use the amenities.
This is my powder room. I wanted high impact with lots of glam! And I wanted my guests to feel like they were being wrapped in black velvet every time they stepped into this room. Almost 4 years later, and it is still one of my favourite rooms that I have decorated.
I’m also in the midst of redecorating my office and these photos definitely inspire me.
I’m thinking of using this pattern but in blue versus the pinky-red. I will let you know what I decide.
Well, I hope you stayed to the end of this very long post and I hope I was able to convince you to wallpaper at least one room in your home this year! Let me know what you decide.
If you want to know how to decorate your home for 2012, then contact me online or via twitter…I’d love to help!