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Canadian Home Trends Magazine – I’m on the cover!

I’ve got some exciting news! For the summer issue of Canadian Home Trends Magazine (CHT) – I’m on the cover!!!!!!!  Ok, not me literally……but one of my design projects.  This is the basement renovation project I finished last fall and its on the cover and inside the pages of CHT.

The cover features the colourful and playful homework room I designed for my clients’ son and daughter inside their playroom.  And voila, here is the cover:

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Inside the pages of CHT, my feature begins on page 41.

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The media room.

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The writer interviewed me and my clients for the feature story.

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Michelle wanted her own area, which we called the Martini area,  to sit down with girlfriends, chat and drink cocktails.

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The kids play room / homework room.

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The digital issue of CHT has even more images along with before and after photos of the basement renovation.  Click on this link to see the digital issue: digital.canadianhometrends.ca/Renovation2015

You can also view all the pictures taken by my talented photographer Stephani Buchman of this  basement renovation project in the portfolio section of my website.

The summer issue is available until October 15th, 2015 and you can find it at your local Indigo / Chapters Book store in the magazine home decor section.  Here is a pic of the my cover issue on the magazine rack at my local Indigo store!  So exciting!!!

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It’s every designer’s dream to have their work published in a national magazine and I am truly honoured that this is my second time being published in Canadian Home Trends.  Another one of my design projects was published in their Winter 2014 issue.

Fall is just around the corner and that means cocooning and entertaining inside will begin soon. If you have been thinking about renovating your basement, kitchen, dining room or family room I would love to help.  Give me a call or email me so we can set up an in-home design consultation to get your project started.

Glamorously yours xoxo

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How to Create a Gallery Wall in Your Family Room With One Simple Trick #12PrintsProject

Hi Everyone,

Today I want to talk to you about how to create a gallery wall in your family room with one simple trick.  Which I will get to, I promise!  But first, a bit of background.  The last few months my husband and I have been going through a mini renovation of our family room.  We added coffered ceilings, ripped out our old builder basic fireplace and replaced it with a mammoth fireplace and mantle that now does our large family room justice.

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For my April Posterjack sponsored post I showed you a bit of that fireplace with the custom canvas artwork of our daughters in Hawaii placed above it.  You can see it and read it here.  However on both sides of the fireplace alongside brand new sconces was a blank wall — which was perfect for creating a gallery wall of art.  I knew I wanted to use photos from our Hawaiian family vacation for this gallery wall and my next #12PrintsProject Posterjack blog post. Getting organized was the first challenge: from choosing the actual photos to get printed, to choosing the frames, to choosing the size of the prints & frames.

Once I decided on the gold & white frames…..a mixture of IKEA Virserum & Ribba frames and the sizes of frames/photos I wanted to use, the next challenge was how to place these frames on the gallery wall.  This is where my little trick that I mentioned at the beginning of this post comes into play…..and its called craft paper.

Using craft paper I bought at Staples, I simple cut out the shape of the various sized picture frames I wanted to use on my gallery wall and started to create a bit of a puzzle on my wall.   Utilizing craft paper allows you to play around with the placement of the photos on the gallery wall without making a lot of nail hole mistakes. It also helps you to figure out where to place a portrait photo versus a landscape photo on the gallery wall.  This is what it looked like on one side of the fireplace gallery wall after I played around with my craft paper:

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Because I like symmetry, I knew that the other side of the fireplace gallery wall would mimic this side.  So that was easy.  What wasn’t so easy was choosing which photos to get developed at Posterjack.  I wanted a variation of photos from our trip….not all colour or all black & white glossy prints.  What I love about Posterjack is when you have decided on the photo you want to use they give you the option of choosing different visual effects for your image, such as Black & White, Sepia Tone, Charcoal Sketch, Linocut, Solarize or Pop-Art.  Below is a snapshot of some of the photos I chose and how I used the special effects from Posterjack to create variety in my gallery wall.

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So now its time to show you how my fabulous family room gallery wall turned out!  All with just a bit of craft paper and some visual effects from Posterjack!

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Yes…..you can imagine how pleased I am feeling right now.  The family room gallery wall is complete and looking stunning.  And the best thing?  We can just keep replacing the photos after each family trip!

Hope you enjoyed learning about my secret tip on creating the perfect gallery wall with Posterjack!  See you soon!

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

#BlogTourVegas

By the time you read this post tomorrow I will be on a plane heading to Las Vegas as part of #BlogTourVegas with Modenus!  And believe it or not, I am a Las Vegas virgin…..I have never been, and so I am really excited about seeing what everyone is talking about.  However, this trip is not about hitting up the casinos….it’s all about discovering all the fabulous Kitchen & Bath Design Trends that will be shown at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS).  And a few cocktails here and there!

All of the attendees for #BlogtourVegas 2014 will be staying at the super sexy Cosmopolitan Hotel.  My husband has stayed there and he says it is fabulous and you can almost see the entire Vegas strip from its location!  I’m thinking cocktails by the pool is a for-sure thing!!

I am there from Feb 2 – 6th and it is a jam-packed itinerary.  And to kick it off we will be participating in the first ever Modenus Talks — A series of talks and fun challenges around subjects like business of design, design trends, technology in design and design that makes a difference.  I am looking forward t hearing and learning from other design experts during this interactive afternoon of talking.

We will of course be meeting with all the wonderful sponsors of #BlogTourVegas and getting a sneak peek into whats new within the kitchen and bath industry.

Here’s just a sneak peek at some of the fabulous products from a few of the sponsors:

From BLANCO – cutting edge sinks & faucets

From Formica who make laminate counter tops.  Who knew that laminate could look this sexy – WOW!

TOTO  has luxury bathroom fixtures and fittings

These are just a few of the many sponsors I will be blogging about in the next couple of weeks.  Oh and did I mention that there would be a lot of cocktail parties to attend.  Can’t go to Vegas and NOT have a cocktail or two.  😆

I’m sure my feet will be killing  me by Thursday when I arrive back home but it will have been all worth it….I can predict that right now.  So stay tuned for some short & sweet blog posts in the next few days highlighting what I’ve seen so far in pictures!!   And follow me on instagram where you can see my #blogtourvegas pics in real time!!

See you soon!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

2014 is Year of the Horse

Chinese New Year:  2014 is Year of the Horse

Happy Chinese New Year!!  January 31st officially starts the Year of the Horse.

This is what you can expect for Year of the Horse:

Welcome to the Year of the Horse, a very special sign in its own right. The Horse has a connection with Tai Yang (Chinese for sun) as well as Yang, or male energy, one of the two primal forces of the universe. Of the five elements, Wood is the most favorable for the Horse, and 2014 is also a Wood year. This is good for luck in general. So go ahead and take chances. The time is right. However, the Year of the Horse emphasizes thinking things through before you take action — no leaping before you look. This year, there are plenty of areas that hold great opportunities, including (but not limited to) travel, the great outdoors, fitness and your social life.

Generally, that sounds pretty promising.  I happen to be born in the year of the Horse, so although its my year, apparently it will be filled with ups and downs.   Oh well, every year is full of highs and lows.  I definitely have some travel coming up –  Las Vegas next week and Florida in March. I guess we all just have to be a bit cautious…no jumping off the cliff unless you know there is a safe place to land this year.  If you don’t know what animal you are — Tiger, Pig, Rat, etc in Chinese astrology then click here to discover what this year holds for your animal sign.

And of course, the new year wouldn’t be complete without a new Polyvore set in honour of the Year of the Horse!!  Enjoy!

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Moooi lamp $5,725 – connox.com

Friedman white wall art williams-sonoma.com

Horse home decor $125 – heals.co.uk

MSGM pink tee farfetch.com

Plum Bow blue tufted sofa urbanoutfitters.com

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Canadiana Style…….eh!

On this special long weekend as we honour Canada, I started to think about what represents Canada in interior design and what are those iconic symbols that automatically screams CANADA to tourists.

Pinterest is my favourite place to look up images and so I created a Pinterest board aptly called “Canadiana Style…..Eh! Here are some of my favourites that showcase what a beautiful nation we live in!

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What Canada is famous for (some are a bit tongue in cheek):

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These cookies say it all!

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Happy Birthday Canada!!!

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Glamorously Canadian,
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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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

Happy Thanksgiving with Gratitude!

I can’t believe how fast 2012 is passing by.  And on this day of Thanksgiving, I just wanted to give out a few shout-outs of gratitude.

First and foremost, my beautiful family.  I am so thankful to have a wonderful husband who supports me and 2 gorgeous glamour girls who make me so proud!!!

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Next, I am extremely grateful for all my clients – past, present and future – who allow me to wake up each day excited about another day of interior design.

And last but not least, I want to thank You – the reader of my little old Glam Blog.  To all my subscribers who receive my blog posts in their email inbox, thanks you so much for sticking with me and reading about my adventures and love of interior decor.  I really do appreciate you!!

And now, as promised, here are some pictures I took of my thanksgiving feast yesterday.  I was too exhausted last night to post them, so here they are.

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I “borrowed” the idea of using a mini pumpkin at each place setting and monogramming it with each guest’s initial. I think it turned out pretty good, although my calligraphy skills suck big time.

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We interrupt this program to introduce you to Harriett the Turkey.  She was absolutely divine!! (yes, we name our turkey each year) Winking smile

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Loved my fall inspired flowers centrepieces I bought at Longos

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And my centrepiece – boards from an old wine barrel filled with an assortment of gourds.

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I’m pretty confident my family had a great time and left with stuffed bellies. 

I hope you and your family also had a fantastic Thanksgiving whether your feast was yesterday or today!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

BlogFest 2012 – Here I come!!

 

Tomorrow I leave for NYC to attend BlogFest 2012, the second annual New York City design event hosted by Kravet Inc. that brings together editors from top design and lifestyle magazines, great brands and A-list industry designers and celebrities.

Below are just some of the celebrity designers and influencers I will hopefully meet and get a picture with!! Winking smile

Thom Filicia, Designer

Margaret Russell, EIC of Architectural Digest

And I will be checking out the ICFF Show and the Kips Bay Show House — two key design events that happen in May each year in NYC that I have never attended!

It’s going to be a jam packed 4 days of networking, social events and meeting a ton of design bloggers I admire but haven’t met in real life.  So it should be lots of fun.

I promise to blog all about it upon my return next week!!

Ciao for now!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Urban Barn’s Custom Furniture Seminar avec Moi!

Have you RSVP’d for Thursday’s Urban Barn seminar at the Oakville store?  I feel like such a celebrity as it is being hailed as a “Meet + Greet with Design Blogger Christine Da Costa in Oakville.” Tee Hee!!!!

Tomorrow I will talk about my inspiration behind the custom chair I designed for the Custom Chairity Competition, as well as tips for ordering custom furniture and answer questions from the crowd. Space is limited so RSVP early!

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Also, you will receive 15% off all custom furniture during this event! Sale ends on March 11th. Urban Barn also has a special promotion during this event: Buy one regular priced cushion and receive a second cushion free with purchase!

Click here to RSVP for this in store event!!

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And if you haven’t voted for my chair yet, please do so by clicking here!!  My chair is currently in 2nd place and I need at least 100 more votes to push into first place.  So please pretty please vote for my chair and pass it around to your Facebook friends so they can vote to!!!! 

Thanks so much for all your support!!!

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