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Organizing your desktop – Office decor you need now!

Happy Friday!  I can’t believe that the month of January ends tomorrow — it just flew by!  This month at my house has been hectic.  Christmas decorations went “bye bye” on the 3rd, the girls went back to school the following week, my family room is being renovated and I started to get organized in my home office for 2015.  So let me take you through a quick timeline of my office redo project as it drives my top 12 office decor you need now for organizing your desktop.

Last fall I started redecorating my home office and its almost done.  First I got my built-in desk spray painted in Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17.  Forgive the quality of the images — these were all taken with my IPhone.

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Then I got my office walls painted also in White Dove for a seamless look but added a feature wall in black and white stripes…..very ala Kate Spade.

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I did a quick Ikea Hack with the KALLAX shelving by adding doors and drawers for office organization and then added this fabulous gold lion head hardware which I also used for my build-in desk.

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I then got my white Eiffel chairs spraypainted gold for some additional glam. My motto is “All Gold, All the Time.”

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Had Tonic Living create a window valance for me in this delicious dalmation dot fabric trimmed with hot pink ribbon — the accent colour in my new office.

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I did a quick DIY with my corkboard and recovered it in the matching dalmation print fabric that is on my new window valance.  I also added some antique brass studs and pink ribbon that matches the valance for some added glam.

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See the ugly brown corkboard from the 1st image above……well this is how it looks now!  Happy Dance!

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Then I started having fun decorating my desktop.

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And now I finally get to the point of today’s blog post!  Below are my top 12 favourite items to help keep you organized for 2015 and help make your desk look pretty at the same time.  And its pretty obvious that my favourites all lean towards the new colour scheme of my office – Black and white stripes, polka dots, pink and lots of gold!

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1) Ikea RANARP light Love this lamp!  I added a pretty pink magnetic flower to dress it up!  2) 3) 7 – 12) All items from Indigo — they have the best office accessories & décor from Kate Spade to their own private label cute pens and file folders.  4 – 6) All items from Target Canada — I think everyone has a pair of these gold scissors from Nate Berkus.  Love my gold dachshund tape dispenser and these black & white striped binders are the best for keeping client projects organized.

All spray painting by PaintCore Finishes   Eiffel Chairs & Ghost Chairs from Structube    Dalmation Dot fabric available from Tonic Living

If you need help getting your home or office all prettied up for 2015 please contact me at Christine@decorbychristine.com

Glamorously yours, xoxo

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Christine’s Rewind: Life thru Instagram

I must be losing time because I can’t believe the month of May is behind us and we are now in the 1st week of June.  Thankfully there is Instagram to help me remeber what happened in the previous month.  So let’s recap some of the fun that happened in my world of design in the month of May:

One of my most favourite home furnishings store, West Elm invited me to their Toronto store in Liberty Village for a summer preview of their furnishings & home decor.  I absolutely loved all the watermelon pink that was prevalent throughout their store — it’s such a refreshing summer colour.  I also fell in love with their gorgeous blue Seascape Vases — must get me 3 or 5 of these before they are sold out!

 I am obsessed with that Montauk Nest Chair — it’s the perfect chair to  curl up & read a book outdoors in the sun!  These are just a few of the Instagram photos I took….there is so much more instore…so you must go in and check it out yourselves.  There is also a West Elm in Vancouver and one is opening soon in Montreal, Quebec.  Fantastique!!

Then I was invited to a DIY101 event hosted by the lovely people over at Home Depot Canada and Blogger extroadinaire Jennifer Flores from Rambling Reno.  There are many things I am good at and many things I am not good at — and 2 of those things is gardening and working with hand tools.  Normally I just yell my husband’s name and ask him to plant the flowers or screw a nail in the wall.  So I was super excited to get my hands dirty at this DIY seminar.

Look at me in action using that drill gun to drill a hole in the planter.  I know what you are thinking…..she’s so lame.  But I super excited after I got my hands on that cordless drill and drilled a hole without killing myself.  And look:  I planted a tiny herb garden.  It’s outside on my patio as I write this blog post…..and it is still alive!!  I just may get into this gardening stuff….speak to me in a month…and we’ll see! 😆

After that there was no stopping me.  I had to try every tool possible.  I used the Rigid Impact driver to drive home those nails and it felt really good…..then I carefully used the Ryobi Cordless nail gun to gracefully nail that trim onto the faux wall — I want one of these for myself — so handy for so many different DIY projects.  But I was really excited to use the Ryobi 10″ Compound Mitre Saw — I foresee a lot of frames in the future being built.  Oh and look, I didn’t even saw off my hand!  One quick tip:  Always be sure to wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from flying debris!  So now, all I have to say to my Handy Man husband is “You’re FIRED!!!”  😆 😛

On a personal level my hubby and I went to go see the Rolling Stones in concert.  I have never seen Mick in action and he did not disapoint.  After 50 years together, they can still compete with the bands from today.

This is how I know time is flying by too quickly for my liking.  My youngest daughter, Mya turned 6 years old!!  I can still remember the day she was born like it was yesterday.  She had a birthday party up at our summer home at Emerald Lake and a Glamour Girl birthday party with her friends from school.  She loves dress up and is a total fashionista!

And to end the month, Mya had her year-end Dance recital for Pre-primary Ballet and Jazz.  She’s loves wearing make-up and had a thrill choosing the perfect shade of pink lipstick to wear.  If I let her, she would wear make-up everyday 😮   Oh well, I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree — is that the saying?

 Anyway, these were some of the key events through Instagram that happened in May…….oh, besides signing on a new client and getting professional photos taken of another client project — but that’s for another blog post.  Hope you are all doing great as well and let’s keep our fingers crossed that the month of June will be sunny & hot with little rain.  Until next time…stay glamorous!!

Glamorously Yours,

Christine xoxo

Christmas Tour of my House 2012!

Merry Christmas sweet faithful readers!!!

Are you ready for Christmas?  I am almost finished gift wrapping – just have the gifts for my 2 girls left….and I can’t wrap until they are in bed!! Gift with a bow

But at least I have finished all my Christmas decorating….and I would love to give show you how I decorated my house this year.  So welcome to my Christmas Tour 2012!!!

Let’s start with the first room you see when you enter through the front doors and turn to the right — the Conversation Room AKA the living Room:

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This year I decided to go with a glamorous gold tree versus the white one I have put up for the last 3 years. I am very happy with how it turned out. It goes perfectly with the blue and gold theme in the conversation room and of course, it is ultra glamorous!!

Here are some of the new decorations I bought for the new gold tree.  One of my favourite things to do each season is find new decorations that reflects my mood. 

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The theme remains the same: birds, owls and fabulous shoes.  However, the first one is an adorable lucite motorcycle – for my hubby and the 2nd one is a tiny Eiffel Tower.  A trip to Paris, France has been promised to me in the near future. Airplane

There is an electric fireplace in the conversation room and each year I love to decorate it in shimmery silver and whites.

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Although I love all the glitz and glamour, there was something missing between those 2 windows.  So I decided to do a quick DIY project and make some glamorous feather wreaths.

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this……I love it…simple but oh so glam!!!

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Now lets head into the foyer….here is where my purple Christmas decor theme begins.

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Oh wait, I decided to add my 2nd white feather wreath here….much better don’t you think?

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Ok, let’s turn slightly right and head into the  dining room where I continue to use purple accents.

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This year I decided to intermingle large pinecones with different sized purple ornaments in various textures as the centrepiece on my dining room table.  I call it rustic glam! And the dining room wouldn’t be complete without my beautiful lucite reindeer.  To this day, I still get asked where I bought them. 

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Now lets head to the back of the house into the family room where we showcase the real tree that we cut down at the tree farm each year.  Here is where we have fun with our decorations and the girls actively decorate.  Our home has 10 feet ceilings on the main level and normally our tree is that high….however this year we were a bit late getting to the tree farm so its just under 9’ft this year. And it made a huge difference in how many decorations we could get on our tree.

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This is the instagram photo I took of our tree. (On a side note, if you are on instagram, than please follow me here and I will follow you back!)

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If you noticed from my gold tree and this one, I do not like tree toppers.  I much prefer to continue the decorations all the way to the top.

When we were at Disney World last March Break, we purchased some fun decorations.

This one is Mya’s Minnie Mouse ears!

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And this one is Mackenzie’s…..Santa Mickey!

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Can you guess that this one is mine?

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The feather theme also continued into this room with my gorgeous purple peacock feather trees and wreath.

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And last but not least, we can’t forget about Mr. Reindeer…..we couldn’t leave him out….doesn’t he look festive?

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Well, this is the end of the our tour…..hope you enjoyed it!  And I hope that you and your families have a fabulous Christmas celebrating with lots of good cheer!!

Merry Glamorous Christmas!!! 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.

Project Pink & Orange: Homework Room Update!

I meant to post this last week but this little puppy kept me very busy last week!  Meet Marilyn Monroe, our new tiny Yorkie!

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Isn’t she absolutely adorable?

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Anyway, last week my painter/wallpaper installer came in to work on the girls’ homework room.  It is looking absolutely fabulous and I couldn’t be happier.

Here’s a sneak peek of the wallpaper and the wall colour: Raspberry Blush by Benjamin Moore.

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Then I was able to “force” my husband to put together the Ikea desks and chairs I bought for each girl. 

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Doesn’t it look fantastic so far……the girls are ecstatic and my vision for their homework room is coming to fruition!!

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Can you believe I bought these adorable little storage bins from the dollar store…..you would think they were made for the wallpaper, they accent the paper and colours perfectly.

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And the FILLSTA table lamp is perfect.  Although I must admit it took me a while to figure out how to put this lamp together. Embarrassed smile

 

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So far so good!!  What’s left to do is put up shelving above the desk, create an art wall for their pictures & paintings and get going on my DIY chalkboard.  So stay tuned for another update soon!!

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

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.

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Or course orange walls will always spice up a room!

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

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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!

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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

A Mom, two girls and tea!

Yesterday I got to spend the entire day with both my girls at their respective schools which was a perfect lead-in to this Mother’s Day weekend!

First I headed over to my youngest daughter’s Montessori school for their Mother’s Day Tea…with lots of singing and baked goodies.

Look at the pretty tissue-paper flowers that greeted the moms when we arrived!

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Then this fabulous group of children sang beautiful songs for their mommies.  Here is a snippet of one of the mother’s day themed songs:

Mya and her friends singing a song to all the mothers.

 

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We then enjoyed iced tea and baked treats that the kids had baked earlier in the week!  That mini carrot cupcake was so delish!!

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Mya then presented a drawing she made of the 2 of us.  And you’ll notice that the both of us are wearing crowns on our heads! She is definitely my little princess!

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And here is present #2: a stunning DIY art project!  I am absolutely floored by how fabulous this keepsake piece of artwork is.  And it is so easy to do.  Just glue the crayons to the top of a canvas, turn on the blow-dryer at high heat and watch the melted wax drip down the canvas board!!  And voila, you have a piece of original artwork!!

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Oh and look how amazing her printing is getting!!

Here we are enjoying some tea and baked goodies together. Look how proud she looks after giving me her precious mother’s day gifts!!

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After tea, I rushed down to the Medieval Times Castle in Toronto to volunteer at my oldest daughter’s Grade 4 class field trip!  Mackenzie and I had a great time watching all the cute Knights joust and sword-fight, while wearing our crowns and eating with our fingers!

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I am incredibly lucky to be the mom of these 2 precious little girls who I know love their mommy very much!  I’m looking forward to spending this weekend with my family – and getting a ton of kisses and hugs!

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My wish is that you too have a wonderful Mother’s day weekend filled with lots of love.  And if you are not a mom, then I hope you get to spend some valuable time with your own mom!!

 

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

 

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

Cityline & Dabble Day: Tips on Styling an Étagère

WOW!  What a fantastic week it has been for me professionally and personally! 

1) The Dabble Magazine Day show on Cityline aired on Tuesday, July 12th!!

2) I had a group of great women join me for breakfast that morning with lots of champagne and OJ to watch and celebrate my debut on Cityline!

3)  I’ve had wonderful feedback and comments from many, many people on Facebook and Twitter!.  So thank you very much!

So if you didn’t get a chance to watch it live, then you can click on the link to see it via the Cityline website

Oh, and this really excited me also!!

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It may seem insignificant to some but it’s a big deal to me —  especially when you are trying to build up your business –-  my name and company name was on the website as a Guest Expert!!  Whooo Hooo!

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So just to quickly summarize the styling tips I shared in this segment:

· Think in layers when placing items on the bookshelf and in different heights (i.e.: glass bowls layered in front of the picture.)
· When selecting objects, be aware of the scale and color. Objects shouldn’t blend in or get lost on the shelves. Beware of adding too small decorative items that will just end up looking like clutter

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· Books are wonderful home accessories, so showcase the most beautiful ones in your collection.

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· You can arrange the books by size, subject and color. And don’t forget to place books horizontally as well as vertically – it adds a nice rhythmic pattern to the shelf

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· Most people love symmetry when styling their shelves….it provides some structure and balance to the room…especially if the rest of the room has more chaos – like kids toys, etc. – this can be accomplished through matching book ends
· When grouping objects together – just remember the basic rule of threes — objects tend to look better when gathered in odd numbers, like 3s or 5s

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· Adding objects such as shapely ceramics, decorative boxes, small sculptures, family photos and original artwork makes your bookcase more visually appealing and personal.

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And because I was so nervous I totally forgot this last point I wanted to mention which was:

· Don’t forget about the background of your shelf….in this case; the shelves are open so you can see the dramatic painted dark wall…which helps your decorative pieces stand out stand out.
· Or you can paint or wallpaper the back of bookshelves to add a pop of colour and really bring the shelf to life

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Well I hope you enjoyed watching this Cityline/Dabble Mag segment as much as I enjoyed taping it.  Have a lovely weekend!!  Cheers!

Christine  x0x0