Category Archives: Decorate As You Dress

Decorate As You Dress with Butterflies

Happy Tuesday! It seems like a good day for a Decorate as you Dress blog post. And today is Decorate as you dress with Butterflies!

I’m a wallpaper junkie and when a client asks me how they can update one of their rooms I always recommend wallpaper as an option. As I search the internet for decorating inspiration, I’ve noticed a lot of rooms with pretty butterfly wallpaper. And then when I was checking out the latest Fashion arrivals on the ChicWish website I saw this fabulous butterfly skirt…and voila my Decorate as you Dress with butterflies post came to life.

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That adorable Beauty of Nature skirt is from ChicWish and its currently on sale. This fabulous wallpaper is called Birds & Butterflies by F. Schumacher & Co.

I think this Butterfly wallpaper would look lovely in a child or teenager’s bedroom as shown below.

 

Even a small dining area works well with this paper.
This fabulous feminine laundry room has been everywhere on the internet from Pinterest to Instagram….and this is one way to make a statement in your laundry room.  Who wouldn’t want to fold clothes in this pretty room.
See how easy it is to decorate as you dress.  If you need to infuse some of your own personal style into your home, but are having difficulty putting it all together, than please contact me for a consultation.
Glamorously yours, xoxo
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My Spring 2014 must-have: the tulle skirt

 Spring 2014 must have – the tulle skirt!

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.

Spring 2014 must have - tulle skirt!

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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!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Decorate As You Dress: Spring 2013 Decorating Trends

It’s finally starting to feel like spring, so if you haven’t started your spring decorating than now is the time to start.   And what better way to do that then to start with the fashion runways.  I’ve identified 5 key decorating trends that you can take into your home this season but it’s so much more fun when we add a fashion mix to it.  I went onto one of my favourite websites called Fashion + Decor and found fashion & room pairings to match my recommended spring 2013 trends.  So let’s get started:

1. Bold Colour

Stella McCartney Spring 2013 RTW and House to Home

Just by adding some emerald green (Pantone‘s 2013 colour of the year) into your wardrobe and home will totally put you on trend this season.  If green isn’t your colour then any other bright colour will do.  Promise.

Elie Saab Spring 2013 RTW and High Point Market

Chanel Spring 2013 RTW and House Beautiful

Alice + Olivia Spring 2013 RTW and Elle Decor

Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2013 RTW and Design Legacy

2. Florals

Every year it seems like florals are on trend for spring…..and why not, flowers to me scream spring time.  Its the interpretation that may be different each year.  Depending on your personality you can go big and bold with florals – like the wallpapers below or the floral sofa…..or as discreetly as you want with just a few toss cushions on your favourite neutral sofa or fresh flowers in a beautiful vase.  Anyway you like it…..just add some florals!!

Chanel Spring 2013 RTW and Lonny Magazine

Alice + Olivia Spring 2013 RTW and Elle Decor

Marc Jacobs Spring 2013 RTW and Jeffrey Alan Marks

Peter Som Spring 2013 RTW and Architectural Digest

Peter Som Spring 2013 RTW and Architectural Digest

3.  Black & White

Anything black & white is so hot right now….whether its colour blocking, stripes, polka dots….in your closet and in your home!!

Peter Som Spring 2013 RTW and Architectural Digest

Marc Jacobs Spring 2013 RTW and High Point Market

Chanel Spring 2013 RTW and High Point Market

Celine Resort 2013 and Elle Decor

Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 RTW and Elle Decor

4.  Plenty of Pattern

If you love pattern, then this is your lucky season because pattern is every where — whether subtle or in your face…its here to stay! Oh, and don’t be afraid to mix up your patterns – the more the merrier.

Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2013 RTW and Design Legacy

Giambattista Valli Spring 2013 Couture and Lonny Magazine

Marc Jacobs Spring 2013 RTW and Elle Decor

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2013 RTW and Lonny Magazine

Billy Reid Spring 2013 RTW and Elle Decor

5.  Gold Rush

Want to raise the glam factor in your wardrobe and your home?   Then just add GOLD!!  Whether it is shiny or matte….the value of gold has just gone up!!

Zuhair Murad Spring 2013 Couture and Kelly Wearstler

Carolina Herrera Spring 2013 RTW and Decor Pad

Jenny Packham Spring 2013 RTW & Theodore Alexander

Burberry Prorsum Spring 2013 RTW and Elle Decor

Rachel Zoe Resort 2013 and Lonny Magazine

And just because I can, I had to include a dash of leopard print.  Every home should have at least one piece of animal print and this glamorous room just reflects my feelings on this matter.  So gorgeous!!!  It really does make me swoon!!

Peter Som Spring 2013 and Paper City Magazine

If you love the clothes in your closet then why shouldn’t that style or colour be reflected in your home? If you’ve got great style…so should your home!”    If you are having difficulty figuring out your style, then please contact me here for a 2 hour consultation so we can get you started.  Have a wonderful day!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Decorate As You Dress: Emerald Green

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.

PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR 2013 - Emerald 17-5641

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!

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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.

Green Painted Furniture inspiration

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Holiday #coloroftheyear-inspired gift idea for the fashionista: Legacy Leather Penny Shoulder Purse from @Coach, Inc., $198

Holiday #coloroftheyear-inspired gift idea for master dwellers and interior designers: Velvet Zaadi-Dot Pillow from @Anthropologie, $198

Holiday #coloroftheyear-inspired gift idea for the college student: DeLonghi kMix 5-cup Drip Green Coffee Maker available from @Overstock.com, $149.95

Lots of green

All images via Pantone and Pinterest 

So….are you excited about next year`s IT colour.  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Decorate As You Dress: Sassy Stripes!

I love wearing stripes.  And as you can see, so do my two sweet daughters. Thick stripes, tiny stripes….we love stripes.  Summer, winter…stripes are perfect for any season.

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And the same goes for stripes in home decor.  Let me inspire you with some beautiful images of rooms bursting with stripes!

Check out my Sassy Stripes  Board on Pinterest to see all original sources.

I’m really loving striped walls:

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Easily add drama to your home by putting stripes in an entrance way!  Wow!

Black and white stripes in the foyer.

Stripes can also be fun – like these pink & white stripes in this girly dressing area.

Love the pink & white candy striped wall! Also, fun use of the Martini Side Table as a stool and the Parsons Metal desk is fab - both from @west elm.

Stripes are also great placed horizontally in rooms.

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Sarah Richardson Design, lovely stripes.

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Stripes are fabulous in a nursery….whether it’s a small feature wall OR the ceiling!!  What a fabulous, fun nursery.

J Crew's Jenna Lyon's covetable nursery has a yellow and white striped ceiling.

Painted stripes on walls can be easily repainted when you have had enough of stripes.  However, if you really love stripes then you may want to commit to a gorgeous piece of furniture or accent piece.

Home-Styling: Paris and Maison et Objet * Paris e a Maison e Objet

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Living room with stripe accents

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So the next time you are in your closet, and you pull out that cute tiny striped clutch bag, expand your horizons! 

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If you need assistance in taking the plunge and adding sassy stripes into your home decor, than give me a call or email me here for help!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Decorate As You Dress: Turquoise & Orange!!

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.

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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!

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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 .

 

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Yesterday my friend Leigh-Ann Allaire was on Cityline showing her DIY outdoor cushions in this colour combo.  You can watch the episode here.

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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.

For the home / living rooms - orange blue Orange, blue and cream living room with simple accen

Or course orange walls will always spice up a room!

Even More Orange and Blue Rooms

This neutral living room gets its VA VA voom from the light blue walls and the orange accessories and cushions. Subtle but bang on!

living rooms: orange + blue - via http://bit.ly/epinner

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Decorate rooms in Blue & Orange. GO BRONCOS! #BoiseState #BlueandOrange #BroncoNation

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Orange & Blue look great in a child’s room or a guest room. Everything about this room is so perfect!

boy's rooms - pale blue walls orange lamp white dresser blue owls canvas art  Fun boy's bedroom with pale blue walls, owl canvas art print, white

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And sometimes all it takes is just a few colourful accessories to get the ball rolling!!  It’s like adding orange or turquoise earrings to your white dress – and you have instant style!

Leave me a comment and let me know if you would introduce this colour combination into your home…..or tell me how you incorporated it into your home decor.

Hope you have a fabulous day!!

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

Decorate as You Dress! Mint Green Obsession!

Hi Everyone,

Lately I have been obsessed with mint green in both fashion and home decor.  To the point where I just got my nails painted in this lovely hue!

I also started a board on Pinterest highlighting everything I love in fashion and home decor in Mint Green.  You can follow my board here if you have an account.

In the meantime, here are some glorious images of this fresh colour to inspire you to add some mint green to your closet or home decor this spring!!

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The current issue of House Beautiful is all about green!! Love that stunning chair!

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The fashion runways for spring 2012 also showed a lot of mint green.  However, this colour has been popular for many years now as seen in the gorgeous Haute Couture gown by Elie Saab  from her spring 2010 collection.  So there really is no need to be fearful of adding this colour into your closet or a few toss cushions!!

Now let’s look at some interior design highlighting mint green in all its glory!!

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Gorgeous mint green walls!!

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Room design by Nick Olsen

How about a mint green kitchen??

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If that is too much for you, then how about some mint green pieces for the room:  Like this vintage green fridge by SMEG! FUN!

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A simple green chair can also make quite the impact!

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I’m loving how fun this mint green vintage tub looks in this bathroom!

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How about a quick DIY: Grab some mint green paint and freshen up your bookshelf for spring! (don’t you love how the shelves were styled also!)

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I absolutely adore the look of this room.  Imagine a sea-side cottage and you’ve got this gorgeous room.  I love the mint green grass cloth wallpaper and accessories.  Red heart!!

 

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Here’s a sneak peak into my family room.  The wall colour is called Sea Haze / BM 2137-50 and depending on the light it can look like sea foam.  I really love this colour by Benjamin Moore because it changes to so many colours throughout the day!  Highly recommend it!!

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And last but not least, I couldn’t resist including these vision boards I found on Pinterest – they basically say it all!!  I love Mint Green!!

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So are you obsessed with Mint Green now….I hope so, because you will be seeing a lot of it this spring!!  Have a great day!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Decorate As You Dress: Tangerine Tango!!

This is the first “Decorate As You Dress” blog post of the year and I thought why not start it off with Pantone’s 2012 Colour of the year:  Tangerine Tango!!

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“Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

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Now let’s take a look at how you can incorporate this vivacious colour into your wardrobe or home decor:

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I absolutely adore this spring coat as much as I adore this headboard.  Now that’s the way to add some POP into your room!!

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On the other hand, this kitchen is definitely over the top orange which is something I would NOT recommend doing in your home but I would definitely wear that cute orange outfit above.

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Pops of orange like these counter stools or the dining room chairs below is a much palatable way to go with decorating your home in this hue!  And used with whites is a sure-fire way to garner positive attention.

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Definitely much more refined looking when such a bright colour is used as more of an accent!

But if you want to stop traffic at your next gala event, then this gown is the way to go!!!  STUNNING!!

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And just as stunning is this front door.  What a way to welcome guests to your home!

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I’m actually coveting this glorious wallpaper along with these oh so glam Steve Madden shoes!!!  Be still my beating heart!!

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In case you want to run out and paint a feature wall in this colour, Benjamin Moore has a similar colour called Tangerine Melt CC-091.

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If I have inspired you to incorporate this wonderful colour into your home or closet, here are a few tips:

1)   This hue is magical when used as an accent against a neutral background, especially with greys!

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2) Don’t be afraid to use in colour combinations such as blue & orange or pink & orange!

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Wow, I love this glamorous girly look for my Glam Cave!!

3)  Don’t be shy about incorporating this colour into your wardrobe or home decor…start off small, then go from there!

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Like this or like this……

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4)  This colour is not for everyone so if it doesn’t suit your skin tone or you absolutely hate anything orange in your home, then DON”T DO IT!!  Instead try Benjamin Moore’s 2012 colour of the year: Wythe Blue (HC-143).  I’ll blog about this colour later this week.image

So tell me….are you ready to tango with the tangerine?

If you want to know how to decorate your home for 2012, then contact me online or via twitter…I’d love to help!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

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Couldn’t resist this last image!! Want this look for spring!!

 

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Christmas Inspiration Day 4 – Toy Watch Gift Idea

Struggling with a Christmas gift idea….well here’s one you may love for someone special or for yourself!!!

I fell in love with the Toy Watch brand of watches last spring when I saw it on one of my girlfriends’ wrist.  And voila, for Mother’s Day I had this little charmer on my arm!!

I blogged about it in one of my “Decorate as you Dress” posts last spring here.

  Well, now it’s time (I think) for a black Toy Watch …..and this is the baby that I have put on my Santa list!!  It has lots of sparkle and glam….exactly what I love in my fashion accessories and in my home decor accessories. 

 

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Or maybe this one……What do you think?

These watches are so much fun….and I promise, you will get a ton of compliments on your new watch….So if you are struggling on what to tell your significant other what  to get you…..you may want to consider a fun, sassy Toy Watch.  Or better yet give it to a fashionable young lady….she’ll love you for it!!

Happy Shopping!!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

P.S. You should have read this blog post yesterday….but I got carried away Christmas shopping and forgot to press publish!!  So you may receive  2 posts in one day!! Ciao for now!! Embarrassed smile