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My 2014 Mantra

Hello my dearest Blog Friends,

Today, January 7th marks the beginning of 2014 for me, Decor by Christine and this blog.  Prior to this, I was still in holiday mode with the girls.  It should have started yesterday but I wasn’t feeling well, so today it is!  Apparently yesterday, January 6th or the first day back at work after the holidays is the most depressing day of the year….so maybe that’s why I wasn’t feeling well.  Well, we can’t have any of that anymore, can we?  So without further ado, let’s jump into what I call my mantras for 2014.

I don’t do resolutions — because I always break them or never keep them.  But a mantra — see definition below — is something I can almost beat my own drum to.  Does that make sense?

Definition of the word Mantra

1. (in Hinduism and Buddhism) a sacred word or formula repeated as an incantation.

2. any often repeated word, formula, or stock phrase; slogan.

Also, within the blogosphere, many bloggers have come up with a word for 2014 or even a song.  I’ve never done this so I decided this year I will.  So drum roll please……..

My one word for 2014 is

ACTION

(I can’t find the source for this….but it was pinned from Pinterest)

I found that in 2013, I always had the best intentions of doing this or that.  For example, putting together an  Operations Manual for Decor by Christine which has been on the back-burner for over 6 months; or updating the Portfolio section on my website — because Houzz just became so convenient for viewing it; and last, personal home decor projects that I  have been talking about for a year and have not yet completed — soooo frustrating!  And so not good! This year, it’s all about ACTION!!  The poster above says it perfectly!!

Source: http://www.pinterest.com/vaniasiles/

The song I chose – for right now….because I can guarantee it will change throughout 2014 –  is ROAR by Katy Perry.  Love the lyrics and what they stand for.  My one-person design company, Decor by Christine (DbC) is turning 5 this month….and I have been very lucky with all that I have accomplished these last 5 years – basically doing it all by my lonesome and working with some amazing clients and design colleagues.  But this year I must come out roaring and take DbC to the next level…and that includes this little old blog I affectionately call The Glam Blog.

Last week, I was reading one of my favourite new blogs called The Glitter Guide and saw this great post on 2014 resolutions that I just had to share with you.  However because I dislike the word resolutions…..we will call them 2014 mantras instead.

I can’t even say I have one favourite out of these 12 mantras….each one is equally important to me.  What I love about this list is that it really echos some of the changes I want for 2014.  And of course, there is glitter involved also! 😆

Here’s another mantra that I hope will resonate with you as much as it did with me – also from The Glitter Guide blog.

I think fear really holds me back sometimes from doing things – whether its fear from making a mistake, looking like an idiot, afraid I can’t do it or think only people younger than me can do it — I really need to just get over it….and take ACTION!

And the last mantra I want to share with you really hit home with me, probably because it links back to being fearful.  This industry — whether its being an interior designer or a design blogger can be fiercely competitive, and sometimes you cannot help comparing yourself to others.  Well that has to stop!  And that’s why the words below bring a tear to my eye as I write this.  (I have to thank Jen from Rambling Reno Blog for sharing this on her blog.)

I may not have thousands of followers on this blog — I’m lucky if I write twice a week — and that’s probably not going to change, or have clients with a million dollar budget — although I will continue to work towards that goal — I do have a wonderful close circle of family and friends who keep me same and love me as I am.  So I will start to be better than I was yesterday….for me!!!

OMG!!  I’ve hit almost 700 words…yikes.  If you lasted to this point….I thank you with all my heart.  I have some exciting things happening in the 1st quarter of 2014 that I can’t wait to share with you.  But tell me…..do you have a mantra, word or song for 2014 that resonates with you?  I would love to hear all about it…so leave me a comment — I always respond back!!

Thanks for sticking with me.  Cheers to 2014 — Out with the old — in with the NEW!!

Glamorously yours in action,

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

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

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Hopefully it’s the former versus the latter. I’ve been having some major issues publishing blog posts through windows live writer, which I use to compose my blog posts. In addition, I’m in the process of updating some portfolio pictures in a new format into my style book but its been nothing but headache after headache. So lets just say me and my laptop have not been getting along lately.

In the short term I will try to blog from my iPad but things may look wonky sometimes. So don’t forget about The Glam Blog. I promise I will be back!

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Glamorously yours,
Christine xoxo

February Blahs

I don’t know about you, but I am so sick of winter!  The month of February has been a horrible month for me on a personal level and I am ready to give it a fierce kick in the ass!

At the beginning of the month my dad was hospitalized with chest pains.  However, after going through multiple tests lasting almost a week, it was determined that his heart and lungs were just fine.  So that’s great  news.  The bad news:  his prostrate cancer has spread to the bone in 2 areas which was causing this pain in his chest and lower back.

My dad has been fighting prostate cancer successfully for over 25 years but this latest news has really put me in a funk.  I’ve been finding it very difficult to concentrate on anything.  I start crying at the slightest thing and basically have been ignoring my blog because I haven’t been inspired to write about anything glamorous or beautiful for you.  That is why you have only heard from me twice so far in 2013. 

I really hate feeling like this because normally I am such an energetic go-getter kind of gal.  So I have decided that I need to kick myself in the butt and get out of this dour mood.

From here on in, I am only going to think and write about pretty happy things.  And that starts with Spring – a season of regrowth and rejuvenation.  My dad needs that and so do I!!

Starting today, in my world it’s going to be spring already and that is all I am going to blog about for the next little while. 

Thanks for listening and I totally appreciate YOU — my blog followers sticking with me!!

Christine xoxo

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Happy Red heart Day!!   I hope you get to share this day with someone or something you love.Red heart

Here are some of my loves (in no particular order) for Valentine’s Day:

Red Shoes!

Valentine Day

Graphic Chevron!

Red Heart & Chevron Valentine's Day Backdrop

Sexy Red Lace Dress with a Sweetheart Neckline!

Alice by Temperley Clothing Alberto dress

Painted Toenails in a fun Design:

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Gorgeous fresh flowers in my home – and they don’t even have to be Roses!

Gorgeous bouquet of flowers

Lacy Lingerie!

I love Lacies!

These Fabulous stools for my family room or foyer!

Things are starting to heat up in this red hot room! {Photography by Donna Griffith}

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies & a Tall Glass of Milk!

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies via Two Peas and Their Pod - 10 Valentine’s Day recipes (because the way to anyone’s heart is via their stomach!)

Fun Balloons to let go of in the sky!

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A Romantic Dinner for Two!

Valentine's Day Bash // photography: Bess Friday // Styling Aaron Hartselle

And of course, my most important love of all:  My gorgeous family!! Red heart

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All images & sources (except the last one) are from my Pinterest Board called Valentine Loves

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

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!!

What's Trending Yellow & Grey

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

Happy Labour Day Weekend!!

Wow, can you believe it’s September 1st already!! Hope you have great plans for this long weekend.

Of course, the family and I are at Emerald Lake trying to finish Project Bunkie. I never had a chance to update you this week so here is a sneak peak at the exterior so far!

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Doesn’t it look fabulous so far? In the meantime, the girls will be doing lots of this

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And I will be enjoying lots of good wine with family & friends.