There are lots of exciting things happening this weekend for me. Tomorrow I am headed to Blogpodium — Canada’s Conference for Design and Lifestyle Bloggers. It is a series of ongoing conferences and small workshops designed to connect people together, encourage collaboration and sharing, and of course, have a great time. I love seeing old blogger friends that I don’t get to see very often, and of course meeting new ones!
Besides meeting up with some amazing design and lifestyle bloggers, Sarah Richardson is the Keynote speaker tomorrow.
Her new show launched yesterday on HGTV Canada — its called Real Potential and airs Thursday nights. Sarah is also launching a new fabric line with Kravet — one of the fabric suppliers I use with my clients. Below is clip from her new show.
Then on Sunday I am on stage at the Ideal Home Show in Hamilton. I will speaking at 3pm on my top 3 Fall/Winter Decorating Trends.
Also from noon until 2:30 I will be at the Free Pro-Advice Pavillion. At the Free Pro Advice Pavilion, you will have one on one session with professionals in the field of interior design, real estate, and organizational designer and home contractors. You can bring in your pictures, fabrics, inspiration boards and napkin drawings and you will leave with priceless ideas and sketches from the pros. So if you have a design dilemna, then pop on by and hopefully one of us design pros can help you out.
And one last thing, I wanted to announce the winner of the PosterJack giveaway that I blogged about on Easy Dorm Room Art Ideas. The Winning comment was from Sheila Zeller. Congratulations Sheila — I will email you the promo code to use on their website.
So what plans do you have for the weekend? Maybe I will see you at Blogpodium or the Ideal Home Show!! Have a super weekend!
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!
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!
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!
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!!
I apologize profusely for being MIA on the Glam blog for over a month!! But I have a really good reason!! And its fantastic news. Last month — actually November 1st to be exact – I met with the producers of the show Property Brothers to discuss opportunities as a production designer for their new show called Buying & Selling.
Anyway, to make a long story short, they hired me to work on an episode filming in the GTA. Basically a production designer works behind the scenes ensuring that all the design aspects of the project happen. So no, I won’t be on TV. The Property Brothers are the stars of the show. And it is absolutely crazy how fast they film these shows. No rest for the wicked….trust me.
Here’s the premise of the show:
Join Jonathan and Drew Scott of the Property Brothers for Buying & Selling, the series where they help homeowners take their next step up the property ladder. Featuring two pivotal real estate moments, double the stress, and twice the manpower. Jon renovates the family’s home for a successful sale, while Drew hunts down the best options for the family’s next property and oversees the selling and buying.
They are in their second season, but the show is new to Canada. It currently airs in the US on HGTV.
They filmed 3 shows before Christmas, and I was able to work on one of them. I can’t get into details on the episode until it airs of course…..but as soon as it does I will share with you all the before and after pictures of the home renovation we worked on.
Buying & Selling begins airing on the W Network Jan 8, 2013. And yours truly will appear in the closing credits as Production Designer. Whoooo Hooooo!! You gotta start somewhere. And hopefully, this will lead to other opportunities with Cineflix.
Anyway, I will be back with regular blog posts starting tomorrow. How is your Christmas decorating coming along? Can’t wait to show you my new glamorous gold tree and all the pretty new decorations I bought for it.
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.
I attended the Media Preview Breakfast on Wednesday for the latest One of a Kind Show which is on now at the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place in Toronto.
If you have never attended this show, than I highly recommend you visit this weekend before it ends on April 1st. Where else can you find unique home decor items, fashion and jewellery all made by Canadian Artisans.
Below are some Displays & Special Features you should check out while you are there!
One of a Kind Umbrella Competition
April showers bring May flowers! We have invited all of our Spring Show exhibitors to create a piece inspired by the theme “Umbrella” to welcome Spring! From the shape of a raindrop to the freshness of the season, show off your creative edge and use your own medium to design an exciting creation based on your interpretation of this theme. Be sure to visit this display in centre aisle, and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award!
One of a Kind Handmade Display
From sketches to photographs, paint colours to fabric swatches, explore the inspiration boards at this year’s feature display and discover the imagination that drives every piece you see at the One of a Kind Spring Show!
One of a Kind Craft Community Of Canada
A platform for emerging artists to launch their careers! This section features ten of Canada’s brightest talents in the handmade industry, as nominated by the nation’s leading art and cultural organizations. Click here for more information.
One of my favourite artisans is at the show. You may remember Lia Fagan from Mod Pieces….she created that fabulous chevron vintage lamp that I used for my second Cityline show appearance last September.
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!!
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.
Now let’s raise our glasses up and make a toast to Dabble’s 1st birthday!!!! Cheers!!
Well, its that time of year again when utter craziness begins with fabulous social events! Starting tomorrow, the Interior Design Show opens in Toronto at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. And I can’t wait!! It’s always a great par-tay!!
When I attended the media preview and the gala last year I posted about them here and here! Although I can’t make it to the media preview this year due to time constraints I will be attending the gala with all my interior design friends and attending Trade Day on Friday.
But first, Kimberley Seldon is having a pre-gala launch party & tweet-up for her new Business of Design website. Business of Design is a network community of industry peers; an innovative professional development website specifically created for interior design professionals.
Once Kimberley’s party is finished at Modern Weave, then it is off to the Gala for the IDS opening night!! Remember this pic of the gang from last year! Same faces – new outfits!!
Haven’t figured out what I am going to wear yet but I am wearing these fabulous ‘shooties” by LAMB I bought last week! Are they not to die for!! And yes, my feet will be dying by the end of the evening!!
Then Friday morning we are off to Trade Day at the IDS Show. I’m attending Blog Podium right at 9 am to hear a series of great speakers speak to a huge group of design bloggers.
Should be a very insightful morning!! After that the gang will wander all the fabulous design booths and I promise to take lots of pictures.
Ok….I need my beauty sleep so see you back here with tons of fun from the IDS!!
Last week I attended the Media Breakfast for the One of a Kind Christmas Show and had the opportunity to walk around the show and visit the booths of Canada’s most talented artisans. Below are some of favourite gift finds!! (It’s a long post….but mostly filled with beautiful pictures of lots of good stuff!!)
Now that my daughter is talking horse back riding I’m automatically drawn to anything with horses. Danielle Hession used mixed media and custom art to create her wonderfully creative artwork.
She uses old photographs and then creates these pieces of artwork.
Kailey Hawthorn had the cutest clocks and cushions in bright colours and amazing prints.
Fluf once again had adorable bags and cushions in original hand-printed designs.
And new this year was this very cute wall art – perfect for a child’s bedroom.
Owls are still a hot decorative accessory item….so if you don’t have any owls in your home than you better get some!!! STAT!! These are by Hilary Cosgrove:
These custom personalized blankets are a perfect gift for a new baby from Admiral Road.
Canadian artist Blake Richardson creates these one of a kind pieces out of bark and stone. Fabulous!!
I also found some truly unique furniture pieces for the home that will be sure to be conversations starters!! The Recycler literally recycled old bike parts into pieces of furniture. For the avid cyclist in your family, this is a perfect gift item!!