Category Archives: Glamorous Decor

Glamour Friday: Hayden Panettiere’s Home

Happy Friday!  I kind of let my Glamour Friday series fall off my blogging schedule this year, but I am bringing it back for the fall.  YAY!  As I was “flipping” through Next Issue – yes, that is how I read/view all my magazines now — I downloaded the Fall issue of Domino Magazine and fell in love with Hayden Panettiere’s home in this issue.

Hayden is one of the stars of the soapy night-time drama called “Nashville.”  Since they film the bulk of the series in Nashville, she has recently purchased a new home with her new husband, world-champ boxer Wladimir Klitschko, and their baby daughter Kaya.

I love that despite having a young family, she wasn’t afraid to bring in tons of glamour through a mixture of different textures, pattern and colour — thanks of course to her Designer Benjamin Vandiver.  Now let`s take a peek into Hayden`s home.

Look at this foyer…..now this is the way to make a dramatic entrance.  Love those stools! Totally swoon-worthy and so glam!

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Yup…..grey kitchens are still a hot trend.  I want those counter stools!

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I`m seeing a lot of chocolate brown rooms right now.  A chocolate brown wall really makes a room look rich and glamorous.  Mix gold accents like the 2 matching etegeres, animal print and bold art — and you have a room that your guests will never want to leave.

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Look at this shelf in the study! Forget books — just add stacks of wood and WOW!!!  What a statement!

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I am a huge fan of wallpaper – for myself and clients – and this metallic wallpaper is swoon-worthy in her dining room.  The juxtaposition of the traditional wood table keeps the room  from being over the top.  A good design lesson right there.

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Her bedroom is totally girly glam which I love.  However, I question the size of the bed.  From this angle, the bed looks like a queen, which I find hard to believe.  Her husband is a boxer, well over 6` ft tall, so you would think they would have a king sized bed.  How does he sleep comfortably?  Oh well, I love the headboard and I am coveting those pink lamps.

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Since the master bedroom is so girly, Hayden was sweet enough to create a vintage inspired music room above the garage where her husband can escape to play the drums as loudly as he wants.   Given that Hayden is a singer also, I can imagine her hanging out here as well. Oh and apparently the vintage-style sofa boasts arms that open into insulated beer coolers. Score!

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Happy Glamour Friday…..and have a super weekend!

Glamorously yours xoxo

christine-da-costa

 

Chic Desktop Decor with Posterjack

Hey there,

Dull and boring offices make me yawn — not a good thing when you are trying to work — especially if you work from home like I do.  I like surrounding myself with pretty things while I work in my office.  And I especially love chic desktop decor that I can look at when I take a break or stop to stretch.  I run my residential interior design business from my home office and have decorated it with the colours of my company brand – black, white and pink – so its very girly and glam.  But besides my business card for Decor by Christine, I didn’t have my company logo anywhere in my office. That’s how this month’s Posterjack  #12PrintsProject post came about.  I decided to showcase my company logo with Posterjack in a very chic way.

I could have created a huge metal print of my logo for one of my office walls but I didn’t want it to take away from my gallery wall of pretty pictures & sayings.  I wanted something subtle and sophisticated but it also had to scream “glamorous chic”.  So I decided to go with Posterjack’s acrylic block to communicate my branding,   It sits perfectly on my white desk and complements all my pretty desktop decor.  I love it so much!

acrylic block Decor by Christine logo Do you love it or do you LOVE it?

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Seriously, you can even use it as a paperweight as it is quite heavy.  Or display it on a stack of books to give it extra height.  I’m still playing around with where I’m going to display it in my office.   And just like a Ghost chair, anything lucite or acrylic is always a classic in my opinion and will never go out of style.

I hope this post has inspired you to think about adding  your company brand logo to your home office in a fun, chic creative way.

Glamorously yours, xoxo

christine-da-costa

 

 

 

 

This post has been sponsored by Posterjack.  All opinions expressed are my own naturally! xo

 

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

Glamour Friday: Offices of Ana Antunes

I just discovered a fabulously glamorous new blog through pinning madly away on Pinterest.  The blog is called Home Styling and is written by Ana Antunes AND she is from Portugal….so naturally I was drawn to her as I am also Portuguese.

She runs a production company with her husband and is the Host of a Decorating Show in Portugal.  I fell in love with the pictures of her office on her website and had to share them with you.

Below is the reception and waiting area.  Love the black and white colour scheme….so chic and glam!

The next image is of her office.  It is stunning.  I’m a sucker for a good looking office with lots of glamour, especially since I am currently wanting to switch mine up.

Don’t you love the pink & white striped walls?

This is where her assistants work:

And the showroom.  My goal is to have a similar looking showroom in the next 12 months.

All in all I think Ana’s office is a definite Glam Slam in my opinion. It’s fresh, with clean lines and very chic!!!  What do you think?

Next week I have some exciting news to share with you!!  Stay tuned.  Have a fabulous weekend! 

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Glamour Friday: Aerin Lauder’s Glamorous Office

I remember completing a business paper on Estee Lauder when I was in New York getting my MBA.  I was fascinated with the Lauder family, especially Aerin Lauder as she was a few years older than me and working in the family business.

When she announced last year she was leaving the family business to set up her own Home and Fashion lifestyle company appropriately called “Aerin” I was excited.

This women just oozes style and class, so I was eager to get a glimpse into her new Manhattan office.  All I have to say is –  very chic and very glam!!

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I love how her offices look like a really comfortable living.  Also love the fabric on the green-blue velvet sofa.

I am currently obsessed with gold.  Absolutely adore this conference table with the mirrored table and gold leaf chairs and long sideboard.  This is how Aerin describes her conference room:

The mirrored dining table is by Karl Springer from the 1950s. Paired with the gold André Arbus sideboard, the pieces bring a little glamour to the conference room.

I begin hyperventilating every time I look at this gold étagère!!  So badly want this for my living room or office!!!

 

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This gorgeous, elaborate mirror belonged to her famous grandmother.

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She really is so pretty and I absolutely love her style.  What do you think of Aerin’s new offices.  A glam slam or over the top?

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Glamour Friday: Why everyone should go Glamping!

It’s a gorgeous sunny Friday and for me that means it’s time to go Glamping! What’s that you may be asking.  Broken down it is Glamour + Camping = Glamping.  And that’s the only way I will do it!! Princess

I need my luxurious around me, and when you are camping that means water, electricity and comfort. These gorgeous photos I found on Pinterest will hopefully inspire you to go Glamping this summer!

Now this is the way to tent camp! #Glamping

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Now this is the way to tent glamp!!

Total Glamping!!

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Why sleep on the hard ground in a sleeping bag when you can bring your own above ground bed!!  Now that’s the way to do it!!  I know I have!

 

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Camping in style!!

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My family and I don’t tent camp anymore.  We have graduated to our 3rd camper since we started glamping 10 years ago.  If you have seen the inside of a camper then you know that the decor is pretty bland & beige.  My June/July project is updating the decor of our new 37 ft. camper…so stay tuned for a future blog post about this.  In the meantime, below are some absolutely fabulous campers that have been revamped inside!!  How glam!!

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Love this girly feminine vintage camper….and take a look at the inside!!

Wow! Who said campers have to be boring.

And just a few more to whet your appetite for glamping with style in a camper!!

Curtains and bench seats!

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love this little package and the wild interior.

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I have more glamorous pictures of Glamping in style on my Pinterest board called “Glamping in the Outdoors” Check it out here!  And then follow me on Pinterest here!

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Glamour Friday: Wallpaper Obsessed!

Hi Everyone,

Hope you all had a fantastic March break last week.  As you know, I was down at Walt Disney World with my hubby and my two girls so this last week has been major catch up on some client projects that I am finishing up.

Today I was at Crown Wallpaper & Fabrics with a client looking at wallpaper for her powder room (one of the last rooms I am decorating for her) and so I couldn’t resist showing you some beautiful wallpapers that can make a huge difference in the look of your home!

I’m a bit biased towards Candice Olsen’s line of wallpapers since she adorns the walls of my dining room and my eldest daughter’s bedroom.  Now get ready for some wallpaper porn!!

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This is the wallpaper my client chose for her powder room. It’s called Shadow Flowers and has the most amazing texture.  I can’t wait to show you the powder room once it if finished.image

Wallpaper are available in lovely neutral colours….where you go bold is with the pattern…but when it is tone on tone, a very glamorous, elegant look is achieved.  image

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Or you can go wild with colour….and you know how much I love purple!!  Paired with neutral grey chairs, this living room truly becomes unforgettable!

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So fabulous and what an easy way to create impact in your dining or living room!

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Want to create oomph when your guests walk into your home?  Than wallpaper your foyer or entryway with dramatic wallpaper.

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Of course, the bedroom is an obvious choice for wallpaper and you can go as subtle, glam or over – the-top as the pictures below show.

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I’m a huge advocate of wallpapering a child’s room.  My only advice is do NOT go juvenile.  Your child is going to grow out of child-like designs…so keep that in mind when choosing the design. 

This wallpaper is very pretty with the little pink bunnies….but when the little girl becomes a teenager she just may get sick of those bunnies.

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As you may recall from this previous post, I am updating both my daughters’ bedrooms. I chose Candice Olson’s Dark Pink Mini Daisy Spot (image below) for my daughter’s bedroom when she was 6 years old.  She is now turning 10 in a few months and this wallpaper will grow with her into her teens.  Her room is almost complete and I can’t wait to show it to you here.

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If wallpaper still intimidates you, but you are dying to try it in a room in your home, then the powder room is the perfect place to start.  It’s a small room so the investment will be minimal, you’re not in there a lot (I hope) so you won’t get sick of it and your guests will enjoy the scenery while they use the amenities.

 

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This is my powder room.  I wanted high impact with lots of glam!  And I wanted my guests to feel like they were being wrapped in black velvet every time they stepped into this room.  Almost 4 years later, and it is still one of my favourite rooms that I have decorated.

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I’m also in the midst of redecorating my office and these photos definitely inspire me.

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I’m thinking of using this pattern but in blue versus the pinky-red.  I will let you know what I decide.

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Well,  I hope you stayed to the end of this very long post and I hope I was able to convince you to wallpaper at least one room in your home this year!  Let me know what you decide.

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

Glamour Friday: Jamie Herzlinger

In the latest issue of Dabble Magazine, a gorgeous Arizona home designed by one of my favourite interior designers, Jamie Herzlinger is featured.  And because it is so glamorous, I thought it would be perfect for a Glamour Friday post.

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This stunning 19th century Dutch corbeille shaped canapé greets visitors when they walk into this 7000 sq. ft. home.

 

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I love this very glamorous foyer  with neutral grass cloth covered walls, the fabulous marquetry commode and the stunning mirror above it make for a GLAM SLAM!

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This living room is so glamorous with all the sumptuous velvets and silks in this room.  And you can never go wrong with decorating in unforgettable plums and purples mixed in with neutral greys. Oh so very elegant!! Love it!

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The master bedroom is very calm and serene decorated in a neutral palette mixed with lots of whites.  I guess the lesson here is that it’s ok to put the bed against a wall of windows when it’s the only way to ensure that the bed remains the focal point of the room.

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This sitting area goes extra glam with nail head detail on the chair and ottoman, a large mirror and lots of gold and brass accents. 

This home designed by Jamie Herzlinger is truly a luxe retreat!

If you want to create a glamorous space in your home for 2012, then contact me online or via twitter…I’d love to help!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Here’s hoping that you, my wonderful readers, enjoy a day full of glamour, gorgeous decor and lots and lots of love!!!

I fell in love with this romantic living room when I first saw it in one of my favourite blogs The Decorista.

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It reminded me of pink roses and a heart-shaped box of chocolates! The soft pink walls, the luscious brown velvet sofa, a rose hued chandelier and fabulous flower art on the wall.  It’s utterly a romantic room!!

I hope that you all have a special romantic place that you go to with your loved one…..and if you don’t, then maybe it’s time to create one in your home!!

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY LOVELY READERS!!!  Red heartRed heart

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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