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November 6, 2012
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.
And the same goes for stripes in home decor. Let me inspire you with some beautiful images of rooms bursting with stripes!
I’m really loving striped walls:
Easily add drama to your home by putting stripes in an entrance way! Wow!
Stripes can also be fun – like these pink & white stripes in this girly dressing area.
Stripes are also great placed horizontally in rooms.
Stripes are fabulous in a nursery….whether it’s a small feature wall OR the ceiling!! What a fabulous, fun nursery.
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.
So the next time you are in your closet, and you pull out that cute tiny striped clutch bag, expand your horizons!
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!
October 16, 2012
Today I’m over at Fortylicious sharing my 3 key tips to Halloween Decorating. So click right here and let me know what you think!
Two weeks left until Halloween!! Whether it’s spooky, glamorous or full of gore….it’s time to start thinking about decorating your home for Halloween!! I’ll admit, I haven’t started yet….probably next week. Will post pictures once I’m done. Now please go to the Fortylicious’ website!!!
October 7, 2012
It’s Thanksgiving in Canada this weekend, and once again I am looking forward to hosting 14 family members for a traditional thanksgiving turkey feast.
So of course, I’ve begun to think about decorating the table to ensure it is memorable and inviting. Below are some fabulous fall inspired tablescapes that I found on Pinterest.
I normally use little place setting cards for each guest but I love the idea of using mini pumpkins instead so I may steal this idea for my table this year.
The use of ghost pumpkins (as I call them) is different and raises the glam factor for this table setting.
Candles, pumpkins and a fancy cheese plate – what more could you ask for!! Oh yes…we are missing wine!
If the weather is warm, why not host your thanksgiving feast outdoors. Love that long wooden farm table.
I couldn’t resist this shot showing a gorgeous mixture of real and silver mercury pumpkins sitting atop some straw/hay.
So pretty….I am definitely adding a mini pumpkin on each place setting.
I’m serving my homemade Butternut Squash soup tomorrow and these beautiful pumpkin-shaped soup bowls with the pumpkin soup terrine would have been perfect. Will have to check out Williams-Sonoma for these next year.
Wish I had seen this picture before I headed to Springridge Farms this afternoon to pick up pumpkins and gourds. I would have bought some straw or hay to tie around my napkins as a special effect. Plus it would have looked great with the mini pumpkin on top of it. Oh well, there is always next year!
All right, I think that is it. I will take pictures of my Thanksgiving tablescape tomorrow before all my guest arrives and blog about it in the evening.
If you are enjoying your thanksgiving feast with family and friends tomorrow, I wish you all the best.
Thanks for hanging out with me!!
With many thanks,
August 20, 2012
I can’t believe how fast August is flying by….and before you know it — Labour Day Weekend will be upon us!! Tick Tock, Tick Tock!! Arrrrrrrghhhhhhhh!!!!
Yes, I’m panicking because our original deadline was to have the Bunkie fully finished – inside & out – for the Aug 25th weekend….but sadly that is not happening. Sometimes you just can’t control Mother Nature – all that rain we got last week delayed our plan for staining the exterior. This past weekend we worked on the interior of the Bunkie and will work our way outside by the end of this weekend. So our little “guest cottage” will have to be unveiled over the long weekend.
In the meantime, let me show you some more great photos I found on Pinterest that is inspiring my decor theme and colour palette for the Bunkie. Photos from Sarah’s Cottage have definitely influenced my colour scheme…and really all because of the drapery in this photo.
I currently have similar striped sunbrella fabric drapery in my gazebo up at the “glamper”. I have since taken them down to be laundered and eventually hung up on the 2 windows inside the Bunkie. And voila, my colour palette has been born: Blue, lot of White, with hints of pale yellow and green! I want it to have a bit of a “vintage – beachy – glam” vibe to it. So you better believe it’s going to have a chandelier in it!
These following pictures also inspired my floor plan for this 10 x 12 space:
The main goal of getting our Bunkie was to create a little guest cottage that could comfortably sleep a family of four when friends come to visit. So having a double bed and bunk beds is a must. Similar to the Bunkie above.
Love the whole look and feel of this bunk bed with a lower double bed.
I also really like the beachy vibe I get from this cute little Bunkie.
We are installing bead board panels on the walls and will be staining it white — so it will look similar to this picture. So excited to show you the final result!!
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These quilts are super fun…but unfortunately I don’t have any and neither does my mom. Hoping to find some while I scour some antique markets in the next few weeks.
And last but not least is the floor plan I created that should fit a family of 4 comfortably. I will get into more detail about the floor plan in my next blog post along with pictures of the cutest little Bunkie you ever saw!! (but I’m biased of course!) Casa Da Costa – Seaton will soon be open!!
If you missed my Part one of my Project Bunkie series, you can read it here.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on Project Bunkie so far…..so click away in the comments section below!!
August 14, 2012
Hi Everyone! It feels like I have been on vacation forever, which I guess I sort of have been. Although it hasn’t been all fun and games!! My exciting news is that we bought a 10 x 12 Bunkie that we are currently decorating into a little guest cottage where we have our “summer home.”
To get my creative juices flowing I started a “Bunkie Decor Inspiration Board” on Pinterest. Here are some bunkies that I fell in love with:
This last one inspired me into deciding how I would paint the exterior of the Bunkie. I’m loving the blue with white trim. Isn’t it adorable.
So in case you are wondering, this is what my little Bunkie looks like except ours will only have one door versus two.
In my next post I will share with you how I want to decorate it on the inside.
What do you think of my summer decorating project? Leave me a comment and let me know.
June 19, 2012
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!
Orange & Blue look great in a child’s room or a guest room. Everything about this room is so perfect!
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!!
May 28, 2012
Hey all you Sarah & Tommy fans out there…exciting news!! Sarah 101 starts its second season this Tuesday, May 29th on HGTV Canada. The show will air back to back episodes starting at p.m..
Once again, Sarah teaches viewers the fundamentals of design for your home!! So will you be watching??
May 5, 2012
In honour of the Kentucky Derby taking place today I thought I would share with you some beautiful photos of true equestrian style!
Love this equestrian themed office….look at the legs of the desk!
My oldest daughter is a budding equestrian and I can see her wanting some of these gorgeous fashion accessories in the future…or maybe mommy wants that purse now!!
I’m incorporating a bit of an equestrian theme to Mackenzie’s room with large photos of horses and displaying the ribbons she has won so far – I like what they did in the picture below!!
The equestrian style is so classic….love it!
Love this entry way – and how they displayed all the ribbons in a shadow box! Must remember this idea!!
This is the stunning Charlotte Casiragh, daughter to Princess Caroline of Monaco.
And here is my princess Mackenzie at her last Horse Show winning all kinds or ribbons with her pony Elmo! Now this girl definitely has equestrian style!!
Have a great Kentucky Derby weekend!!
April 24, 2012
What does this famous quote by Muhammad Ali mean to my blog post – nothing really! I just liked it and I have definitely been a busy little bee this past month.
You know that feeling when you lose control of the hours in your day and once the kids are put to bed you have nothing left to give….well, that’s how I have been feeling lately. And unfortunately, my lil ole Glam Blog suffers….so my apologies for the lack of blog posts this month.
So I thought I would share with you some of the client projects that has been keeping me working like a busy bee:
I’m almost finished with my Northridge Trail client. We just finished installing some custom built-ins. Here’s a sneak peak.
This is the new entertainment unit I designed for their family room — without the hardware in this pic. I love the clean lines and the shaker style door.
And here is the new built-in foyer seat with the custom cushion. Underneath are 3 small drawers for my client’s daughters to store their hat and accessories.
And a close-up of the hardware – don’t you love the half-moon pulls.
There is also a window seat in the living room but you will have to wait for the grand reveal to see it. I’m really excited to show you how I was able to transform my client’s first level of her home!!
Now my Palace Pier client lives in a condo and needed a lot of storage space….which is why we turned to built-ins. Below is a sneak peak at the installation that happened last week.
This storage unit in the office was built to organize and store my client’s daughter’s schoolwork, crafts etc. It’s also a perfect place to store the printer and display some books or photos on the open book shelf.
This is the built-in I designed for her daughter’s bedroom. As a result, she was able to remove 2 sets of dressers in this small room, open up the space but have the exact amount of drawer space she had before. Behind the mesh screen is a shelf for her TV and DVD player. The Swarovski crystal knobs give it a very girly touch….love it!!
And last but not least, is the master bedroom wardrobe with this incredible custom detailing on the doors of the wardrobe. Once this room is finished it is going to look so glamorous….so stay tuned!!
Then I was busy completing a a design plan for a client with different floor plans options of the family room. Here is a small sampling of what I present to my clients.
The Dollhouse rendering view of the room.
A 3-D perspective of the room from one angle.
And a technical overview of the room.
Well, that’s a snippet of a day(s) in the life of an interior decorator – ME! I can’t wait to show you the professional pictures of the first 2 projects above once they are done. Oh, and thanks for sticking with my blog!! I should be back to a regular blog posting schedule in the next week.
March 30, 2012
Happy Friday Everyone,
Home Depot launched their latest DreamBook this past week and is having 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.
And all YOU have to do is guess which look I chose and you could win a $200 gift card to buy all the fabulous spring & summer home decor products they have featured in the DreamBook.
You will need to enter the contest through Facebook using Facebook Connect. Once you are there you can tag the look that you think I chose. Below is what the page will look like when you click on it.
Oh look, there I am……click here and tag one of these fabulous finds that you think I chose on this page!!!
And just a little hint: it may not be as obvious as you think! Tee Hee! So my lovely glamorous readers, how well do you think you know me????
Here are some more great images from The Home Depot DreamBook! It definitely is designed to inspire!!
You have till next Friday to “Match the look” to me and hopefully win a $200 gift card. Then it will be onto another design blogger’s pick for the next 5 weeks.
So please enter this fun, interactive contest!! Hope you win!!! And don’t forget to come back here and let me know what you tagged as my pick!!!
Have a fabulous weekend!!
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