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#BlogTourVegas Sponsors

Hey Blog Friends,

The month of February just flew by and unfortunately I really haven’t had a chance to introduce you to ALL the incredible Modenus BlogtourVegas Sponsors I met while in Las Vegas last month.  Those pesky design clients just keep getting in the way of blogging — just kidding…..really I’m kidding ;-)!  However, I do promise to share all the wonderful products and companies I was introduced to during my incredible time with the team of #BlogTourVegas after March Break.

In the meantime, my latest What’s Trending column in the current Dabble Magazine issue has highlights of some of the trends and pretty new products that I saw coming out of the Kitchen & Bath Show  (KBIS) in kitchen and bathroom design with a few of the #BlogtourVegas sponsors.

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I’m off on a Disney Cruise with the family for March break. (yippee!!)  So upon my return, I will share with you more information about the following companies:

PoggenenPohl, Blanco, Top Knobs, Wood Mode, Formica, Deckton by Cosentino, Mr. Steam, Walker Zanger and last, but not least, SubZero-Wolf.

Hope you all have a wonderful March Break — in Canada it officially starts March 10th and I can’t wait to get away from all this snow!

Glamorously yours,

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XOXO

 

Christine’s Rewind: 2012 Flashback

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!

January

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!

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Kimberley Seldon launched her Business of Design website.  Her first conference which I will be attending is also at the end of the month.

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And I finished a client’s dining room.  New fireplace, lighting and reupholstered chairs. 

This was the dining room before:

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And this was the after!  Huge difference, don’t you think?

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February

I was totally honoured when Urban Barn invited me to design a chair for Urban Barn’s Custom Chairity Competition . 

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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!

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Dabble Magazine turned ONE! And I continued to write the What’s Trending column for this awesome online magazine.

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March

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.

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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. 

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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.

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You had to choose which of these products was my favourite look.  My choice was the marble Carrera for backsplash and counter tops.

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April

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!IMG_0660

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My budding equestrian won some ribbons at a local riding show!!

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And the built-ins I designed for a client got installed!  I’m very proud of these designs and how they turned out.

The office:

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Master Bedroom

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And their daughter’s bedroom:  the handles hadn’t been installed when I took this picture.

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For this same client, I also designed this mirror with a floating console table for her tiny foyer.

Here’s the mirror:

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And now with the floating table/drawer.  It was painted in a high gloss black with crystal knobs…very chic!

 

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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.

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May

May was a jam-packed month! My youngest sweetie made me this creative piece of artwork for Mother’s Day.

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And she turned 5 years old!!

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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!

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And here with Margaret Russell, the EIC of Architectural Digest!!

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Another Dabble / What’s Trending issue came out!

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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!!

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June

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.

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And another issue of Dabble Mag / What’s Trending went live!

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July

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.

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And now fully accessorized!!

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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. 

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And here’s her new custom ottoman nicely styled!

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Oh, and we also finished her powder room in this fantastic teal wallpaper!!

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August

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:

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And painted!!!  It’s like my own little dollhouse!

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And another Dabble Mag / What’s Trending issue came out!

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September

This month I finally got back on Cityline for Dabble Day talking about fall trends in home decor!

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Here we are after the show finished taping: Tracy Moore and the guest experts!

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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!

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October

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!

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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.

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And another issue of Dabble Mag / What’s Trending went live online!

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November

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.

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December

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!

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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.

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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!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Dabble Magazine: Dabbling in Gold!

Did you receive the latest issue of Dabble Magazine in your inbox?  Its all about celebrating the upcoming Holiday season.  I absolutely love the Christmas tree on the over….the blues and purples are gorgeous and not your typical traditional Christmas colours.

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Lately I have been majorly crushing on anything GOLD.  And I talk about this in my latest What’s Trending column, as you can see from the image below.

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There’s also more Golden goodness on the Dabble Blog. If you are so over silver and chrome in your home, then hopefully these featured products will inspire you to add some glamorous gold into your home decor for 2013.

To also help you get into the Christmas spirit, My friend, Nicolas Rosaci, the resident Dabble DIY Guy has some great DIY ideas to enhance your gift wrapping this season.

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Later this week I will give you a holiday tour of my house all decorated for Christmas.  In the meantime, there is only 6 more days left till Christmas…..Yikes!!  Good luck!!

On a more serious note:  As a mother of 2 young girls, I was heartbroken about the terrible tragedy in Connecticut that had 20 beautiful children taken from their parents.  Our children and families are so precious and we must never take them for granted.  Please kiss and hug your loved ones today and everyday.  I know I am.

Dabble Mag is Live & What’s Trending!!

The latest issue of Dabble Magazine went live on Thursday and its dedicated to the gorgeous city of Barcelona, one of my most favourite cities in the world.

During my trip to Barcelona, I became obsessed with Gaudi, the famous Spanish architect.  In a future blog post I will share all the pictures I took of the magnificent structures he designed, including  Casa Batllo and Sagrada Familia.

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I highly recommend that you read this issue online and you may catch a glimpse of me on the streets of Barcelona! Rolling on the floor laughing

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I have great memoires of visiting the Museu Picasso and riding the Hop On Hop Off Tourist Bus….highly recommend doing this if you ever visit Barcelona.

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And or course, inside the fabulous pages of the new issue of Dabble is my latest What’s Trending column where I showcase the powerful colour combination of yellow and grey!!

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And if you missed last Tuesday’s episode of Dabble Day on Cityline where I talk about my 3 favourite home decor trends for fall, then click on the picture below and it will take you to my segment. Yup, I talk about yellow and grey.

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Let me know what you think of the latest issue and be sure to subscribe to Dabble so you automatically receive the next issue in your inbox!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Dabble Does Cityline

Hey Everyone,

Tomorrow is Dabble Day on Cityline!!!  And I’m on the show (hurray) with Kimberley Seldon and Nicholas Rosaci.  Dabble Day is all about Spain, as we explore Barcelona style in decor and food, plus a great DIY project by Nicholas with maps. In my segment I am talking about three of my favourite decor trends for the fall season: Ombre, Yellow & Grey colour Combo, and masculine decor which I have dubbed Masculine Sophisticate.

I was a little bit nervous as its been a while since I’ve appeared on Cityline so I totally felt like it was my first time again.  Hopefully it doesn’t come across on camera but we shall see tomorrow  (Tuesday) at 9am and 3pm eastern time.  We are always our worst critic aren’t we?

Below are a few pictures from last week’s taping.  Thanks to Nicholas’ fabulous partner Johnny for talking these photos!!

Here I am getting my Demo Table set up just before my decor segment begins taping.  That’s the lovely Tracy Moore in the background admiring a gorgeous houndstooth throw from Urban Barn

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Posing with Dabble’s DIY Guy, Nicolas and Chef Michael Bonacini

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And of course, all the guest experts posing with Tracy. 

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If you are able to watch it tomorrow, let me know what you think!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

What’s Trending in Dabble Magazine

 

The latest issue of Dabble Magazine went live at the end of July but since internet is quite spotty up at Emerald Lake I wasn’t able to blog about it.

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My current What’s Trending column is all about Ombre in home decor. One piece is all you need to add this fun effect into your home.

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My good friend Nicholas Rosaci, Dabble’s DIY Guy has created a very stylish DIY project for this issue.  He really is sooooooo creative.

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Dabble also has an IPAD contest running right now.  See below for all 3 ways you can enter and win this great prize!

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Believe it or not, I’m currently working on the next issue highlighting fall trends which is my favourite time of the year for fashion and interior design. Can`t wait to share it with you next month.

Well, that`s it for now. I`m off to work on my Bunkie so I can share with you another progress update.

Ciao!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

What’s Trending in the latest issue of Dabble Magazine!

 

The June/July issue of Dabble Magazine is now available for your reading pleasure, so if you haven’t had a chance to read it online, then here’s your chance!

That’s Dudley the dog on the cover…isn’t he adorable!!

You can see what I am up to in this issue below where the focus is all about outdoor decorating.

And here is my latest What’s Trending column!  With so many stylish options for outdoor patio decor, it’s almost a shame to put it away at the end of the season…..so I’m all about bringing the outdoors into your home.

 

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Hope you enjoy the latest Dabble Mag issue!!

If you need any assistance creating an outdoor oasis in your backyard, then give me a call at (416) 859-5082 or send me an email!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Decorate as You Dress — Flower Power!!

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)

 

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Here are a few more images from the same home featured in the April Colour issue of Style at Home Magazine. 

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And of course, you can never go wrong with having fresh flowers in every room!!

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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.

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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!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Glamour Friday: Jamie Herzlinger

In the latest issue of Dabble Magazine, a gorgeous Arizona home designed by one of my favourite interior designers, Jamie Herzlinger is featured.  And because it is so glamorous, I thought it would be perfect for a Glamour Friday post.

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This stunning 19th century Dutch corbeille shaped canapé greets visitors when they walk into this 7000 sq. ft. home.

 

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I love this very glamorous foyer  with neutral grass cloth covered walls, the fabulous marquetry commode and the stunning mirror above it make for a GLAM SLAM!

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This living room is so glamorous with all the sumptuous velvets and silks in this room.  And you can never go wrong with decorating in unforgettable plums and purples mixed in with neutral greys. Oh so very elegant!! Love it!

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The master bedroom is very calm and serene decorated in a neutral palette mixed with lots of whites.  I guess the lesson here is that it’s ok to put the bed against a wall of windows when it’s the only way to ensure that the bed remains the focal point of the room.

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This sitting area goes extra glam with nail head detail on the chair and ottoman, a large mirror and lots of gold and brass accents. 

This home designed by Jamie Herzlinger is truly a luxe retreat!

If you want to create a glamorous space in your home for 2012, then contact me online or via twitter…I’d love to help!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Happy 1st Birthday Dabble Magazine!!!!

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Wow, I can’t believe a full year has gone by already since the very first issue of Dabble Mag was launched!!  I am so honoured to be involved with this inspiring online magazine as a design contributor.  And it’s all due to the founder and editor-in-chief Kimberley Seldon!  She is a fabulous woman with a wonderful group of Dabble team members working with her!!

So In honour of their first birthday, Dabble is having a fabulous contest!!

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Enter to win a Design Express Trip for two to Charleston and Savannah on June 13-17 with Editor in Chief, Kimberley Seldon!

Valued at $11,000!

One lucky winner will win a Design Express Trip for two to Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA taking place on June 13-17th with Kimberley Seldon. Includes flights, accommodations at Charleston Place and customized events.

5 days, 4 nights, 2 amazing destinations!

The DE Charleston / Savannah Contest is brought to you by Kimberley Seldon Travel Group and CityTV’s CityLine.

The winner will be announced on March 28th, so enter to win!

I would love it if one my blog readers or followers on Facebook or Twitter won this contest….so please enter asap!!!

And if you haven’t had a chance to read the latest issue of Dabble Magazine and read my latest What’s Trending Column (its on page 64) on the gorgeous stone Malachite, then what are you waiting for.

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Now let’s raise our glasses up and make a toast to Dabble’s 1st birthday!!!! Cheers!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo