Category Archives: Interior Decorating

Creating a luxurious bathroom with DXV

Don`t we all have a dream or fantasy about soaking in a magnificent tub in our luxurious bathroom.    I know that I do….but my dream bathroom may look very different from yours. You may imagine something more modern and streamlined while I may fantasize about the look of classic glamour.  Either way, the luxury brand DXV will help you realize your ultimate luxury bathroom reality.  

The DXV flagship portfolio of luxury bath and kitchen products was launched in 2014 to celebrate the distinguished 140-plus-year heritage of American Standard by reimagining the most influential design movements during that time: Classic (1890-1920), Golden Era (1920-1950), Modern (1950-1990), and Contemporary (1990-Present).  

Luxury brand DXV and American Standard are divisions of LIXIL Americas, another one of this years BlogtourKBIS sponsors and their booth at this years Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) had me jumping up and down in excitement!  Since their inception in 2014, DXV created the DXV Design Panel consisting of 4 interior designers to share inspirations by using the high-style DXV collections.  This past year their Design Panel represented some iconic cities in their design inspiration: Charleston, Palm Springs and Miami.  

Which one of these bathroom designs fulfills your luxury bathroom fantasy?

“Southern Classic“ Charleston (1890 – 1920)

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Susan M. Jamieson, ASID, recreated the “Southern Classic” city of Charleston, choosing architectural elements from this locale’s historic homes and marrying them with modern fixtures. Here, she placed the DXV Fitzgerald freestanding tub, with its clean design lines, directly beneath a more historically styled Palladian spiderweb window. DXV Pop under counter lavatories and Randall widespread faucets further complement this combination of classic and modern presentation.

 

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A whimsical pop of green upholstery makes a bold graphic statement amongst the black-and white Georgian floor and grisaille wallpaper finishes this gorgeous bathroom. 

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If you want to recreate this stunning bathroom, here are the DXV products you would need:

“Mid-Century Resort“ Palm Springs (1950-1990)

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The DXV “Mid-Century Resort” bathroom designed by Beth Dotolo and Carolina V. Gentry combines Hollywood glamour with desert modernism for a leisurely trip through time. The angular lines of the DXV Seagram freestanding soaking tub made it a dynamic focal point for their vignette, perfectly capturing the essence of the bold, modern style that is Palm Springs.

I don`t know about you but I really want that gold duck! 🙂

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Dotolo and Gentry’s DXV “Mid-Century Resort” bathroom combines Hollywood glamour with desert modernism for a leisurely trip through time. They incorporated uniquely modern design elements and paired them with glamorous touches throughout their space.   Bright whites, bursts of colors and organic patterns are all set off by a few rich hits of quirky fun, setting the tone for a true sense of leisure that’s as timeless today as it was yesterday.

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Here`s what you need to recreate this luxurious bathroom in your own home:

Now all glam may not be your style and you might prefer a luxurious bathroom that is contemporary and modern with clean lines.  Good news: DXV has that for you too!

“Contemporary Beach“ Miami (1990 – present)

 Inspired by the present-day contemporary design movement in Miami, Genevieve Ghaleb created this DXV “Contemporary Beach” bathroom that highlights pure form, symmetry and precision. The room’s elements feature simple, clean lines and sensuous curves, including the exquisite Lyndon freestanding soaking tub.

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When Genevieve designed this bathroom, she had created this room for a busy gentleman in need of intentional daily luxury. A lot of the elements feature simple, clean lines.  Add bold lighting and accessories and you`ve got a bathroom that is strong, sleek and sexy. 

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Listed below are the DXV products required to recreate this luxurious contemporary bathroom in your home

I don`t know about you but I am ready to redesign my master ensuite ASAP!  I hope I was able to inspire you also with all the luxurious DXV product and these fabulous bathroom vignettes!

Glamorously yours,

xoxo

My Top Decor Trends for this Holiday Season

Hi there! I know it’s only October but it’s time to start thinking about the Holiday season.  And to help prod you along, I have chosen my top decor trends for this 2016 holiday season.  Even one better, I have collaborated with the Toronto furniture store, Decorium  and chosen a few key furniture pieces and accessories that will help you bring these stunning trends into your home this season and into 2017.   How easy is that? Oh, and when you get to the end of this post, I will be announcing an exciting contest where you can win something! So let’s get started!

My Top Decor Trends for this Holiday Season

  1. Black is back!

Black may be a permanent feature in your closet, but now is the time to bring it into your home. I’m not saying for you to paint your dining room walls all black, although that would look utterly divine – but a few pieces, like a little black dress, will totally amp up the glam factor.  From lighting to key furniture pieces, black adds a bold statement to any room and is timeless and classic.

  1. Velvet

If you look at the necks of all the IT girls right now, you will notice they are all wearing black velvet chokers.  And for the holiday party season, I’ve seen velvet jackets, shoes and purses being all the rage.  This fabric option will add a beautiful sheen and luxurious look to any room, whether it’s on a sofa, dining chair or a gorgeous headboard in your bedroom.

  1. Blue Bliss

When I meet with clients for the first time and we talk about their colour preferences, Blue is always one of their top choices to use in their furnishings.  Thankfully, this classic colour continues to be popular in home decor.  What’s so wonderful about blue is that in any shade, it is a no-fail colour to incorporate into your home this holiday season and it looks so good mixed in with a neutral colour scheme and warm metals.  For example, if your sofa is a neutral colour than try adding blue occasional chairs into the mix and your will see how blue can liven up any room.

  1. Marble

The timeless beauty of marble is just not for kitchen countertops and flooring anymore.  Incorporating touches of marble into every day decor will continue to be on trend this holiday season.  So if your home is full of granite, have no fear because adding the elegant touch of marble is as easy as changing up your coffee table this season.

  1. Copper

Warm metals, such as gold, rose gold and brass continue to be popular in fashion accessories & totally on trend for home decor.  Incorporating the beauty of copper into the mix will award your home with A+ style.  And remember, it’s ok to mix your metals so if your home has a lot of silver and polished chrome, now is the time to adopt the warm metal trend……because it’s not going away any time soon.

Top Decor Trends for 2016 holiday season - Decorium

Products listed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

These gorgeous pieces I’ve chosen are all available at Decorium, a family run business that is celebrating 30 wonderful years in Toronto.  It is your one stop shop where you will find beautiful furniture for every lifestyle.  Now while my taste tends to run towards more modern furniture, Decorium offers a vast selection of home furnishings & decor in all styles……all under one roof!

And remember when I told you at the beginning of this blog post that you can win something – well, Decorium is inviting my readers to participate in a contest where you have the chance to win a $1500 Decorium Gift Card. That should help get you started on revamping your home with my top decor picks for the holiday season.  All you have to do is click here and follow the instructions!

Good luck! xoxo

christine-da-costa

 

Giving the gift of sweet memories

This past Christmas I had a hard time trying to figure out what gift to give my father for Christmas.  If you have been reading my monthly Posterjack blog series from the beginning  of 2015 than you know that his cancer spread to his spine and he is now bedridden and sadly not doing very well.  At this point, material things do not matter to him but I still wanted to give him something that would bring some joy to him.  From his hospital bed in my parent’s living room all he can do is stare at the four walls around him.  Those walls are filled with family photographs which I know he looks at all the time when he is lucid.  So I decided to give my dad the gift of sweet memories when him and my mom were younger with the help of Posterjack.

I found these 2 photos of my parents.  This first one is when they were still engaged in 1959 and still living in Lisbon Portugal.  My dad always wore a suit and he looked so dapper.  Love that my mom is holding gloves like a young lady in her left hand.

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And this is one from 1961….they were just newlyweds and new immigrants to Canada.  I believe this is High Park and they were having a picnic with some friends.  Love that my dad still wore a suit and my mom was wearing heels.  My mom kind of reminds me of Jackie O with her sunglasses.

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I tried to fix up these photos as best as I could as they are quite old and convert them into Posterjack Art.

I chose canvas for their first photo as it was in better shape and I chose the lucite block for the one of them in the park.  Both my parents cried when they opened up their gift of sweet memories.  I find that as you get older sentimental gifts are really the ones that matter, and I know that these 2 picture gifts were of the most value to them.   Below is how each picture turned out.

Mom & Dad in park 1961

I placed the lucite block on a candle holder to give it some height on an end table and we hung the canvas alongside the gallery wall of family photos.   That’s my older sister and I above their canvas art…..now that’s scary short hair I had.

Mom & Dad 1959 dating canvas art

I can’t make my father better but I can surround him with the love of his family always.

Glamorously yours xoxo

christine-da-costa

 

 

 

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

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year! I’m quite ready to say farewell to 2015.  My goal for 2016 is to celebrate each day. I am thankful for each and every day that I have with my family, friends, clients and business colleagues!  So on that note:

Save Water And Drink Champagne!!!!!

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(Save Water Drink Champagne image from Fancy it Pretty)

Wishing you all health and happiness in 2016!

Glamorously yours xoxo

christine-da-costa

#LowesHolidayHomes: My Christmas Foyer Reveal

Christmas is literally around the corner and I am excited to show you my Christmas Foyer Reveal in partnership with Lowes Canada.  Just to recap, Lowes graciously asked me and a few other design bloggers to decorate a specific area of their home for Christmas and blog about it.  I chose my foyer as my #LowesHolidayHomes project.

Christmas Decorating Ideas for your Foyer by Decor by Christine

You can catch up on my previous two posts about decorating my foyer for Christmas here and here if you missed them.  Now let me show you what my foyer looked like last month before I started this project.  I can’t believe I forgot to take a picture of my staircase leading to the second floor but you can catch a glimpse of the banister where the half wall is that separates my living room (which is open to the foyer when you first walk in).

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I needed new wreaths this Christmas and found some beautiful ones at Lowes to greet my guests before they walked into my foyer.

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When you walk into my foyer the first thing you see are my spectacular Nutcrackers!! Have I told you how much I love these two guys! 😉

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Handsome boys!!

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I have always wanted a large Christmas tree to greet my guests at the door and with Lowes I was able to do this.  Since we have 10′ ft high ceilings on our main level I was able to get away with this beautiful life-like 9’ft pre-lit Balsam Fir artificial tree.  It is spectacular and definitely makes a dramatic statement when you first walk in and look to your left towards our living room.

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Remember those cute birch tree planters I bought in the Winter Garden Area at Lowes….well, I dressed them up a bit with additional christmas decor picks I found at Lowes and voila…..they look fantastic on my half wall and on the mirrored chest in the living room that is open to my foyer.

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I added some beautiful sugar pine cones and fresh mini swag from Lowes to each birch tree planter to dress it up.

Decor by Christine LowesHolidayHomes birch planters in foyer

At Lowes, I also purchased pre-lit garlands to add to my staircase banister as you walk upstairs.  I added white sparkly tulle to really glam up the staircase.  Love how it turned out.

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Last, but not least is my console table in the foyer.  I decorated it with thoughts of a winter wonderland….and a dash of red.

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Can you believe that I bought these gold & silver sequined cushions at Lowes?  I know….who knew that Lowes was getting so stylish!  They are perfect for my entire decor scheme.

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This last picture pretty much sums up my Christmas foyer reveal.  I am really happy with it!

Decor by Christine LowesHolidayHomes foyer

Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!!!

Glamorously yours xoxo

christine-da-costa

 

 

 

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

Decorating my Foyer for the Holidays with Lowes – Part 2

Eeeeeeeck!! Less than 2 weeks until Christmas and I’m still decorating for the holidays.  Yesterday, we finally decorated our real tree in the family room and I am putting the final decorating touches to my foyer.  If you recall from my last blog post, I have partnered with Lowes Canada in decorating my foyer for the holidays with a few other bloggers for #LowesHolidayHomes.

I made all my purchases at the Lowes Burlington location at Appleby & the 407 and the staff was wonderful to work with and very helpful.  Below are just a few of the items that caught by eye as I started to think about my design scheme for the foyer.

You know from my previous post that I absolutely fell in love with these life-size nutcrackers….and when I saw “him” it was the first picture I took.

Nutcracker

Then I saw these adorable “frosty” ferns and thought the hit of red from the red cardinal had to make it into the foyer somewhere.  I wasn’t expecting to use red but that cardinal swayed me into thinking of adding a tiny hit of red into the foyer.

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Then I started to head outside to the winter garden area at Lowes when I spotted these wreaths.  And I thought to myself – the entrance to my home does start at the door so why not add a pretty wreath from Lowes.  I ended up going with the wreath at the top right….it has pretty white poinsettias, red holly, a tiny bird house and more reddish pink birds.  It was just meant to be.  So into the cart 2 of them went!

wreaths at lowes

Outside in their winter garden area I found these Christmas Greens Birch Log Planters and once gain thought they would be perfect in the foyer. I love birch and it would flow nicely with the birch reindeer I found to display on my foyer table.  I also bought some more decorative picks to customize it a bit more.

birch tree holiday arrangement

The top shelf at Lowes looks pretty empty after I left the store.  🙂

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At the end of the day, I was very pleased with my purchases at Lowes and knew that my foyer would look stunning when it was all finished.

Below is a partial screenshot of the main level floor plan of my house.  I placed arrows to show you where I expect to place the items that I bought.  You will have to wait till later this week to see the final reveal.

Lowes Christmas 2015

I know it looks like a bit confusing but it will all make sense very soon.  So please some back to see the reveal.

Glamorously yours xoxo

christine-da-costa

 

 

 

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

Decorating my foyer for the holidays with Lowes: My Inspiration

HI Everyone!

I was so excited when Lowes Canada contacted me to partner with them on decorating my foyer for the holidays.  So many times you are so exhausted after decorating the Christmas tree, the living/family room and the outdoors that the foyer to your house gets whatever is left over or just plain ignored.  Well, not this year!  This year my foyer is getting some major love from me and Lowes!

Colour-wise I wanted to stay neutral with my decor – sticking to golds, silvers and lots of white with fresh greenery and different textures like birch, tulle and faux fur.  I want to create a bit of a winter wonderland on my foyer table and greet guests with a beautiful large tree in the entrance.

When I went to visit one of Lowes newest concept stores in Burlington Ontario, I saw 2 things that helped drive my vision for the foyer.  This cute little Holiday Living White Sparkle Bark Tree

Holiday Living White Sparkle Bark Tree

 

And this fabulous 51″ Bronze Nutcracker.  As soon as I saw it, I knew him and his twin would have to be the main stars of the foyer.

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I created a Pinterest Board called My Holiday Foyer for #LowesHolidayHomes with some other inspirational images to drive my vision for decorating my foyer for the holidays.

my Lowes Pinterest Page

For my next blog post I will take you through my purchases and design scheme.  You can catch up with my instagram posts and the other design bloggers involved in this exciting initiative with Lowes using hashtag #LowesHolidayHomes.

Glamorously yours xoxo

christine-da-costa

 

 

 

 

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

One Room Challenge: ManCave Garage Reveal

Hurray…….it’s finally time for my One Room Challenge ManCave Garage reveal.  But first let me clarify a few things first if you are new to the Decor by Christine website & blog:

  1. I am an interior decorator/designer and I normally do pretty & glamorous design projects. Yes, that means I do kitchen & bath renovations and  I decorate homes with beautiful furniture & accessories.  My clients are usually married women with busy lives & kids that need to revamp their home after years of having a beige & blah home.  This is what I do…..I infuse colour, pattern and style into their home…..and they are ecstatic afterwards!
  2. This is my first time participating in the One Room Challenge created by Linda from Calling It Home.  I hope to participate again in Spring 2016 where I can show you a room that really reflects what Decor by Christine is all about.
  3. I have never done a garage or mancave before.  In this case, my husband became my client and Garage Living carried out the renovation….but my husband & I created the vision of what we or should I say HE wanted to have.  Mancaves aren’t really “pretty” so this One Room Challenge is not the usual project you will see on the Calling It Home website full of pretty bedrooms, bathrooms, laundry rooms etc that all the wonderful participants all finished in a mere 6 weeks.  But damn……I am really proud of how this mancave garage turned out!  Oh, and my husband is currently on cloud 9.
  4. You can catch up on Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 here.
  5. Ok….enough rambling on……now let’s get going on the reveal!  But first…..a quick recap:

The Garage – Before

Do you remember what it looked like?  Here’s a view of the left side of the garage.

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And this was the plan that Garage Living created for us after a meeting with them discussing my husband’s needs.

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The Garage – After

A Full View of the ManCave Garage

As you can see, we got a full artwall happening here, cabinetry, an area to enjoy a coffee and lots of storage!

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In this picture the Porsche is sitting on the car lift at ground level.

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The Art Wall

The art gallery on the left wall of the garage is the focal point of the mancave garage.  Here my husband has created  a story of pictures from his motorcycles rides – specifically his trip to Sturgis this past summer.  He also pays homage to the founders of Harley-Davidson with pictures of vintage bikes from the Harley-Davidson Museum.  And of course, his new baby is his Porsche Carrera he got this past spring.  So lots of pictures of Porsche and other beauties.

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Miniature little bikes on a shelf:

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A gas tank he purchased from E-Bay that echos the large picture of gas tanks from every year that Harley Davidson has been in existence – 112 years old.

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Below is a vintage Porsche steering wheel from a 1993 911 we hung as art.  And right below it is a stunning metal art photo of his bike that I got made as a surprise from Posterjack.

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And we can’t forget about Sports — specifically baseball with the Toronto Blue Jays.  The large photo is made out of posterboard art also from Posterjack.

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Who remembers when the Blue Jays won the world series for the first time…..That’s a classic picture.

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The Garage Cafe

To enjoy a lovely cup of freshly ground coffee, we have a lovely bistro table with truly unique bar stools made from replicated motorcycle seats.

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ORC bistro table styling - Decor by Christine

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Cabinetry

We got lots of storage from Garage Living.  We love the butcher block countertop and stainless steel backsplash.  I had a lot of fun styling the counter top with some of my hubby’s fun accessories.

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The bar fridge was a little bit too small for the opening so we chose to put it at the side and replace that area with another bar stool (as we purchased 4 of them).

ORC counter styling in mancave - Decor by Christine

These old Harley-Davidson beer cans were purchased at Aberfoyle Antique Market.  Believe it or not, they are dated 1993 & 1998 and still have the beer inside the can.  Imagine cracking open that can right now –  Ewwwwwwwwwwwww!

ORC vintage HD beer cans - Decor by Christine

The full length cabinets allows us to hide our garbage & recycling bins so the mancave stays neat and clean smelling.

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And there is alot of overhead storage for seasonal items.

ORC Upper storage in garage - Decor by Christine

The Car Lift

Adding in a car lift allowed us to store an extra vehicle in the garage…..and to watch the car rise is really quite awesome.  It’s like a fun elevator with no walls.  So I had to pose beside it of course.

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And last but now least…..we can’t forget whose garage this belongs to – Dad.  At least I’ll know where he’s at when I can’t find him.  🙂 Also I’m loving my newly painted black door and new stair railing.

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It’s been a crazy 6 weeks trying to get the mancave garage completed…..and wow, are we ever happy with it.  We don’t consider it a garage anymore…..it really is another room of the house.  And we are looking forward to having some friends over for a fresh cup of coffee at The Garage Cafe.

Hope you enjoyed my One Room Challenge, and don’t forget to head over to Calling It Home to see all the other beautifully designed rooms by all participants.  I want to thank Garage Living for the installation of our fabulous new mancave garage & Posterjack for creating some stunning artwork out of our photos for the gallery wall! xoxo

Glamorously yours xoxo

christine-da-costa

One Room Challenge: ManCave Garage – Wk 5

Hey there,

Things finally started to happen this week with my One Room Challenge Mancave Garage.  Incase this is your first time reading this blog, my husband & I are transforming our 2-car garage with the help of Garage Living as part of Calling It Home’s 6-week One Room Challenge.  We chose our garage as the room to transform because my husband was tired of the disorganization, lack of space for 3-4 vehicles and lack of proper storage.  So after 4 weeks of showing you before pictures, the layout, our vision board, and Garage Living’s products, we finally started to see the mancave garage take shape in week 5.

When the storage pod showed up last week we knew there was no going back.  Time to purge, throw out and basically sort through 7 years of stuff in the garage.  But we….or should I say my hubby did it!  So proud of him!! 🙂

So as a reminder, this is what the garage looked like last week:

garage - before

Last weekend the purge happened!  The only time we saw it look so naked was when we moved in over 7 years ago.

Empty Garage for ORC mancave - Decor by Christine

Then on Monday, the painter showed up to paint the entire garage a lovely shade of Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore.  It’s a bit ironic when you think about it — such a feminine sounding paint colour for a mancave garage….but wow, it really does look light and bright….exactly what we wanted.

Painted Gargage ORC mancave - Decor by Christine

Now it’s not 100% finished as we moved some our central vacuum unit and some electrical and plumbing fixtures so the painter will be coming back this week for some touch-ups and to paint the door black that leads into the mudroom from the garage.

The next day, Garage Living came in to install the new flooring with their Floortex Coating system.  It’s a 5-step process that is completed in one day.

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In the collage below you can see them working on step 1 – the diamond grind surface, what the decorative flakes look like loose, then applying the pigmented adhesive base coat, then the flakes on the stairs.  They carry the Floortex coating right up the wall where the concrete ends and the drywall begins in most typical garages.

Floortex Coating ORC mancave garage - Decor by Christine

After a full 24 hours of drying, the Garage Living team came in to begin installing the car lift that will basically transform our 2 car garage into a 3-car garage.  And then came the cabinetry.  For some reason I misunderstood my husband on his colour selection, so you will see in my Week 3 update I show a lighter grey coloured cabinet.  But in fact, the cabinetry is a dark charcoal grey.  Which is gorgeous….so I am not complaining.  And I wasn’t too sure how the maple butcher block countertop was going to look but as you can see from these install pictures, it looks fabulous.  And I love the contrast of the butcher block against the darker coloured cabinetry and the stainless steel diamond back backsplash. <3  And I haven`t even mentioned all the additional overhead storage we will have – a perfect use of vertical space.

Car Lift - Cabinets in ORC Garage - Decor by Christine

Now as I mentioned in my week 4 update we  I mean, my husband is creating an art wall with images & artifact of cars, motorcycles and baseball.  On the other side where the car lift has been placed is where we added slats for additional hanging storage, such as bikes and seasonal items.  I’m quite happy how it looks — so neat & tidy.  We can even use the lift as an elevator (when the car isn`t on it of course) to take down the bikes or whatever else is hung high on the slats.Storage Slats in ORC garage - Decor by Christine

In the bottom 2 pictures of the collage above, you can also see 1) how big the top of the car lift is, and 2) how much better the walls look now that trim has been added.   Little details like trim & mouldings can make all the difference in a home AND a garage.  The painter has some work ahead of him as you can see with the little sticky notes my husband left for him.

So in the final week of my One Room Challenge, we have to hang a lot of pictures, install furniture and accessories, style and then photograph. OMG, I have no idea if it will all get done with our crazy work schedules and extra-curricular activities….but I am so looking forward to showing you the final reveal. But I will share with you the nickname we have for the mancave garage….we call it “The Garage Cafe.“  And it will all make sense at the end of this week. 🙂

Until then, catch up on the other fabulous ORC transformations taking place with the other esteemed participants by clicking on the photo below.  And then click on the Garage Living logo to get inspired by beautifully transformed garages.

One room challlenge participant

 

garage living & Decor by Christine

 

Glamorously yours xoxo

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