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Glamour Friday

 Spring 2014 must have – the tulle skirt!

Happy Friday Blog Friends!  All the cold weather is making me anxious for spring.  With spring thoughts I always start thinking of fashion so I created this style board on Polyvore – my newest obsession & time waster – but it is so much fun.  I am so coveting a tulle skirt for spring 2014.  And I am loving the colour combination of navy & pink — so fresh and young-looking and totally girly-glam.  Perfect in fashion and in your home decor.

Spring 2014 must have - tulle skirt!

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It’s also kind of reminiscent of Carrie Bradshaw in #SATC — how I miss that show.  Anyhoo, have you tried Polyvore yet?  Are you ready for spring as much as I am?  It’s Friday, and I am so ready for the weekend!!  Hope you have a great one!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Glamour Friday: Outdoor Oasis

It’s crummy weather today where I live and it’s kind of depressing. Freezing rain is not quite what I imagined for mid April weather. No wonder I’m vitamin D deficient right now! I’ve been daydreaming of warm weather and being outside in the sun so when I pinned this picture on Pinterest I had to share.

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Everything about this image screams outdoor entertaining and outdoor living. I love the mint green cushions with a dash of orange as the accent. The organic feel of the tree stump side tables doesn’t make this area too precious or perfect.

Yup, I’ll be daydreaming about this outdoor oasis all day today…….what about you?
Have a fabulous weekend!

Glamorously yours
Christine xoxo

Glamour Friday: 7 things I love about this Beach Inspired Dining Room

When I look at this beach inspired dining room, I feel happy and serene.  All the different variations of blue make me think of the beach which is exactly where I want to be right now.

Mabley Handler Interior Design - The Beach House Dining Room at the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse

Mabley Handler Interior Design - The Beach House Dining Room at the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse

Here are the 7 things I love about this dining room designed by Mabley Handler.

1.  The fabulous chevron-y like fabric on the drapery & chairs by Jonathan Adler for Kravet. (Pattern: Wabash, Color: Aquamarine)

2.  The Juicy Jute Grasscloth Wallpaper in Blueberry from Phillip Jeffries.

Phillip Jeffries: Juicy Jute Grasscloth Wallpaper in Blueberry - Mabley Handler Beach House Dining Room at the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse

3.  The Madeline Weinrib: Haveli Cotton Flatweave Rug in Turquoise.  I have always loved her rugs and this one totally grounds the space.

@Madeline Weinrib: Haveli Cotton Flatweave Rug in Turquoise - Mabley Handler Beach House Dining Room at the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse

4.  This absolutely stunning linen drum shade light fixture embellished with silver nailheads and Swarovski crystals. It was designed by Michelle Hatch New York, and Chad Jacobs of Bone Simple Design.

Michelle Hatch New York for Bone Simple Design: Nailhead Drum Shade Light Fixture - Mabley Handler Beach House Dining Room at the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse

Michelle Hatch NY for Bone Simple Design: Nailhead Drum Shade detail - Mabley Handler Beach House Dining Room at the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse

5.  Love, love, love the Dunes & Duchess 4-arm Candelabra.

Dunes & Duchess: 4-arm Candelabra - Mabley Handler Beach House Dining Room at the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse

6.  I am currently obsessed with étagères  and this one simply takes my breath away.  In silver-leaf, it is from Worlds Away.

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7.  The pacific blue seeded glass table lamp from Rumrunner Home provides additional light on the buffet/bar area. I love how the designers used only one on the buffet versus two.  I’m a big fan of symmetry but in this case one lamp works.

Radko Pacific Blue Seeded Glass Lamp - Mabley Handler Beach House Dining Room at the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse

I thought I would keep my list to seven, but I also love the coffered ceilings and all the tabletop dishware.  Do you love this beach inspired dining room as much as I do?  What are some of the top decor items or furnishings that you would add to this list? Click on leave a comment and tell me what you think!!

If you are looking to add a beach inspired feel to one of your rooms, then contact me here so I can help.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Glamorously yours,

Christine 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: How to create a Glamorous Dressing Area under $1000.00

Do you have one of these?  A blank wall in your bedroom?

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This blank space once hosted a playpen.  I’m embarrassed to say that the playpen was there for over 3 1/2 years….and my youngest is now 5 years old.  It’s not like I put her in it still….I just ended up using it as a dumping ground to hang my clothes on each night.  And since I didn’t quite know what I wanted to do with this blank wall, the playpen became a fixture of my bedroom.  See, even interior decorators struggle with what to do in their own homes!

Over the summer I donated the playpen and while shopping at Homesense one afternoon I found this absolutely fabulous mirror!!  I love the ornateness of this mirror.  I have been looking for a rococo style mirror for the longest time (but wasn’t willing to spend over $1000 for one) and when I saw this one, I had to snap it up…..and of course the price was right!!!!

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So now I had a vision for my blank wall.  I was going to create my own little glamorous dressing room area. And this mirror was going to be the focal point!

I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on this area since I already have a vanity in the master bedroom which I use to apply my makeup every morning.  Therefore, the objective of this dressing area was more to display pretty accessories and jewellery.

My hubby hung up the mirror & picture frames for me this week so its finally finished.  Voila, below is my fabulous and oh so glam dressing table!!!!  High style for a fashionista on a frugelista budget!

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I am soooo in love with my dressing table vignette. It is exactly how I envisioned it and to me, it is utterly glamorous….and totally finishes this last bit of naked space in the master bedroom.  And guess what!  It cost under $1000.00 to put this little space together. It’s a mixture of hi & low pieces.  Here is a breakdown of how I put it together.

The dressing table is from Ikea.  It’s the Malm Dressing Table and costs only $129.00!! The furry little stool to the right is from Homesense and was a steal at only $49.99.  The sheepskin fur rug on my Victoria Ghost chair is only $39.99 at Ikea.  The only piece that was over $300.00 was my Philippe Starck Victoria Ghost chair which cost approximately $365.00 4 years ago.

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If a authentic Ghost Chair is still beyond your budget, luckily many stores now sell similar or`fake`ghost chairs for under $150.00.

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This chic little stool is the perfect spot to display the Chanel purse my husband bought me 2 years ago in San Francisco.  Isn’t it gorgeous?? And yes, my purse is an investment piece that will one day be passed down to one of my daughters.

A dressing table is the perfect place to showcase all your pretty accessories and jewellery, and displaying them in little bowls and trays is key to keeping the table neat and tidy.

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I wear Allure by Chanel perfume everyday.  So be sure to surround yourself by beautiful things that make you happy. Open-mouthed smile

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I love these Kvill frames I found at Ikea also and how they continue my rococo theme on the wall beside the mirror.  And they were only $6.99 each.  I bought 8 for a really simple DIY project.

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Two of my fashion icons are Coco Chanel and Marilyn Monroe!

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I cut out pictures from these 2 coffee table books that I display on my ottoman in the family room.  Two of my favourite fashion designers are Louis Vuitton and of course, Coco Chanel.  photo (2)

Fashion is one of my passions that I adore so why not display something you love (other than your family) in picture frames, especially if it is going to be in your private space.

So let`s take a look at what I spent on my glamorous dressing table vignette:

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A stunning look for under $800.00!! Now that`s a Glam Slam budget!!  Of course, this doesn’t include the price of all my costume jewellery and accessories….because all of that is priceless! Send a kiss

But now I have a little dilemma…and I need your input.  My good friend and fellow designer Ana from Second Wind Interiors had a bench with Lucite legs that a client changed her mind about.  If you know me well, then you know that I absolutely love anything in Lucite.  So I bought it from her today because I thought it would look fabulous in front of the dressing table.  What do you think?

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I placed the ghost chair to the left and it actually fills that space nicely.

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Should I keep the bench as my primary seating area as in this picture or keep my Ghost chair.  Hit the comment button below and give me your point of view!!  And this my dear readers is my glamorous dressing area on a very chic budget!!

If you are looking to give yourself a little glamorous space on a chic budget this fall, then call me at (416) 859-5082 or send me an email here so I can help!!

Have a fabulous 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!!

Total Glamping!!!

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: Purple Passion

I love anything purple and when I saw this stunning purple bedroom designed by Annsley McAleer of Annsley Interiors, I was instantly hooked!

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Everything about this room is a Glam Slam!  From the floral headboard, to its curvy sexy shape and the solid purple banding that give it that extra oomph!!  Love the fabric of the long bolster cushion with the hits of gold and orange.  And the beautiful gold-leaf chandelier is the perfect finishing touch….like long dangly earrings accessorizing the perfect outfit.

 

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The ever-popular x-bench is a staple everyone should have in their home.  The rich details of the gold mirror above bring out the gold and orange in the fabric.  By painting the legs purple this traditional looking bench now has a glamorous edge to it.  I think it is absolutely perfect!

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And then…..these chairs…Oh la la!!! I think I’ve died and gone to heaven!  I’ve been trying to find out the name of this style of chair so if you know what this chair is called please let me know.  Are they not stunning or what?  The purple stripe detailing and piping give it that glam chic look I love!!  And any mirrored furniture is definitely a friend of mine!

So what do you think?  Are you in love with this bedroom as much as I am?  Would you have these chairs in your home?  I know I would!!

If you are looking to glamorize your bedroom with some purple touches, then send me a message through email, Facebook or Twitter!  I would love to help!

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