Category Archives: Trends

#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

Designers Dream Weekend

Happy Friday dear Blog Friends,

There are lots of exciting things happening this weekend for me.  Tomorrow I am headed to Blogpodium Canada’s Conference for Design and Lifestyle Bloggers.  It is a series of ongoing conferences and small workshops designed to connect people together, encourage collaboration and sharing, and of course, have a great time.  I love seeing old blogger friends that I don’t get to see very often, and of course meeting new ones!

Besides meeting up with some amazing design and lifestyle bloggers, Sarah Richardson is the Keynote speaker tomorrow.

Her new show launched yesterday on HGTV Canada — its called Real Potential and airs Thursday nights.  Sarah is also launching a new fabric line with Kravet — one  of the fabric suppliers I use with my clients.  Below is clip from her new show.

 

 Then on Sunday I am on stage at the Ideal Home Show in Hamilton.  I will speaking at 3pm on my top 3 Fall/Winter Decorating Trends.

Also from noon until 2:30 I will be at the Free Pro-Advice Pavillion.  At the Free Pro Advice Pavilion, you will have one on one session with professionals in the field of interior design, real estate, and organizational designer and home contractors. You can bring in your pictures, fabrics, inspiration boards and napkin drawings and you will leave with priceless ideas and sketches from the pros.  So if you have a design dilemna, then pop on by and hopefully one of us design pros can help you out.

And one last thing,  I wanted to announce the winner of the PosterJack giveaway that I blogged about on Easy Dorm Room Art Ideas.  The Winning comment was from Sheila Zeller.  Congratulations Sheila — I will email you the promo code to use on their website.

So what plans do you have for the weekend?  Maybe I will see you at Blogpodium or the Ideal Home Show!!  Have a super weekend!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Decorate As You Dress: Emerald Green

Bye bye Tangerine Tango!!  Last week, Pantone, the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries announced PANTONE® 17-5641 Emerald, a lively, radiant, lush green, as the Color of the Year for 2013.

Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. It’s also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity – no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.

A couple of weeks ago I was at an event with a couple of my designer BFFs and we were talking about what Pantone`s colour would be for 2013 – and we all guessed Green.  We have seen a lot of it on the fashion runways and in home decor – so it really wasn’t a huge surprise.

Since fashion and home decor intersect so closely, this is what pantone had to say about utilizing Emerald Green in fashion and in the home. 

Emerald for Fashion:

The prevalence of green has been steadily rising for several seasons, especially in the fashion and couture markets, and even on the red carpet. Appropriate for every occasion, Emerald’s classic elegance makes for striking and irresistible women’s formal and everyday wear as well as accessories. Emerald also makes a strong statement in men’s sportswear, knitwear and ties.

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Emerald for Interiors:

Enhance your sense of well-being at home by rejuvenating the interior with Emerald paint, accents and accessories. This jewel-like hue will create a luxurious feel in an entryway, powder room, dining room or study, and bring life to a living room as an accent wall. Add a splash of color to the kitchen and dining room areas with Emerald dinnerware, stemware and appliances.

Yesterday I went for a manicure and this is what I got done.  I thought it was a lot of fun – perfect for the holidays and I`m sure it would be Pantone approved!

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Green glitter French manicure with a hint of gold!!

I`m not crazy about going overboard with the green, but I do love the colour combinations of blue & green and green and pink….very girly!

Here are some images to inspire you and get you in the mood for emerald green in 2013.

Green Painted Furniture inspiration

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Holiday #coloroftheyear-inspired gift idea for the fashionista: Legacy Leather Penny Shoulder Purse from @Coach, Inc., $198

Holiday #coloroftheyear-inspired gift idea for master dwellers and interior designers: Velvet Zaadi-Dot Pillow from @Anthropologie, $198

Holiday #coloroftheyear-inspired gift idea for the college student: DeLonghi kMix 5-cup Drip Green Coffee Maker available from @Overstock.com, $149.95

Lots of green

All images via Pantone and Pinterest 

So….are you excited about next year`s IT colour.  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

What’s Trending in Dabble Magazine

 

The latest issue of Dabble Magazine went live at the end of July but since internet is quite spotty up at Emerald Lake I wasn’t able to blog about it.

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My current What’s Trending column is all about Ombre in home decor. One piece is all you need to add this fun effect into your home.

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My good friend Nicholas Rosaci, Dabble’s DIY Guy has created a very stylish DIY project for this issue.  He really is sooooooo creative.

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Dabble also has an IPAD contest running right now.  See below for all 3 ways you can enter and win this great prize!

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Believe it or not, I’m currently working on the next issue highlighting fall trends which is my favourite time of the year for fashion and interior design. Can`t wait to share it with you next month.

Well, that`s it for now. I`m off to work on my Bunkie so I can share with you another progress update.

Ciao!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

What’s Trending in the latest issue of Dabble Magazine!

 

The June/July issue of Dabble Magazine is now available for your reading pleasure, so if you haven’t had a chance to read it online, then here’s your chance!

That’s Dudley the dog on the cover…isn’t he adorable!!

You can see what I am up to in this issue below where the focus is all about outdoor decorating.

And here is my latest What’s Trending column!  With so many stylish options for outdoor patio decor, it’s almost a shame to put it away at the end of the season…..so I’m all about bringing the outdoors into your home.

 

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Hope you enjoy the latest Dabble Mag issue!!

If you need any assistance creating an outdoor oasis in your backyard, then give me a call at (416) 859-5082 or send me an email!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Decorate as You Dress — Flower Power!!

I am way overdue for a Decorate as You Dress blog post and the recent purchase of these fabulous floral wedge heels inspired me.  Aren’t they absolutely gorgeous for spring/summer.  And what an easy look to incorporate into your home decor this season.  Love the feminine chintz pattern on these seat cushions (image from Style at Home magazine)

 

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Here are a few more images from the same home featured in the April Colour issue of Style at Home Magazine. 

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And of course, you can never go wrong with having fresh flowers in every room!!

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In the latest spring issue of Dabble Magazine I wrote how Florals in home decor are a constant trend during the spring/summer season.  You can read my latest column here.

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So, will you incorporate something flowery into your closet and home decor this season.  Let me know by leaving a comment below!! 

Happy Victoria Day long weekend to my fellow Canadian friends!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Colour Trends & Decorating Ideas Seminar!

 

Happy Friday!!  Just thought  I would let you know that my good friend Leigh-Ann Allaire-Perralt is speaking at a decorating seminar next Tuesday at 7p.m.

So if you are in the area of Oakville, then come on by and say hello to me and Leigh-Ann.  All the details are below!!

 

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Hope to see you there!!  Have a great Family Day weekend if you are in Ontario!!  And if not, then have a super weekend anyway!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Christmas Inspiration Day 5: A glimpse into my Christmas decorating theme

Believe it or not, I’m still not 100% finished decorating my home even though I started at the end of November!!  And I won’t be getting my real tree until this weekend.  But in the meantime, I though I would show you how I have incorporated my Purple passion Christmas theme into my home so far!!

If you know me well, then you know how much I love wine.  So it only makes sense that my dining room table centrepiece is made out of full length wine staves from the barrel.  And its the perfect vessel to display my ornaments.

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I’m really pleased how my purple ornaments in varying sizes along with my purple table runner look on my dining room table. It’s very dramatic and glamorous flanked by my mirrored candelabras.

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My Lucite reindeer and snowballs are on prominent display on my sideboard, alongside my mother’s silver tea/coffee set that she gave me so it has a lot of sentimental value (BTW: it needs a good polishing)

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These snowballs are just Styrofoam balls with fake snow glued all over…..what an easy DIY project.  I actually found these at the Dollar Store and thought they were fabulous!!  And a great deal!!

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On my other sideboard, I added a very glamorous mirrored tray to house my bar accessories.  Love my glittery nutcracker hidden among the martini utensils and wine decanter. 

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My purple theme will flow into the family room with the real tree as the focal point – once my hubby chops it down this weekend.  So right now all I have decorated is the mantel and a side console table.  The fireplace is not finished because I haven’t hung the stockings yet.  I bought some really gorgeous purple peacock feathered stockings at the end of the season last year so I am looking forward to putting them up.  They will go perfectly with my purple & green peacock feathered trees.

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That’s a purple fur throw in the brown basket by the fireplace.

Here’s a close up of my feathered trees….aren’t they stunning???

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I love symmetry as you can see by the way I displayed my candle holders and trees on the mantle.  Once the room is finished I will put up new pictures so you can see the final result.

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And of course, we need more sparkle with my sparkly purple cones by the hearth.  Christmas is definitely the time to go overboard with lots of sparkle, glitz and glamour!!!

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One of the accent colours to go with my purple theme is orange and bronze…and I showcase this colour scheme with an assortment of ornaments in these colours.  I found these adorable and very glam deer and the tiny nutcracker at Bouclair.  My 2 daughters love the glittery purple deer.

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Here’s a better look! Have you noticed the feather theme going on here!! Feathers are very hot this season in ornaments.

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Next week I will show you my purple tree in all its glory, the foyer AND my white glamour tree that resides in front of the living room window for all to see!.  Yes, every year I have 2 trees!

Well I hope you enjoyed a peek into my Christmas decor, and that I was able to inspire your own Christmas decorating in some way.

Leave me a comment and tell me how you are decorating you home for Christmas this year.

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

And the winner is……

Congratulations Dayna!!!  You won the Glam Blog Giveaway for the $100.00 gift certificate from InVU!!  I will be forwarding your email to InVU and they will contact you on picking up your gift certificate!  Enjoy!!!

 

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Thanks to all of you for sending in your comments.  I hope InVU was able to inspire you with some gorgeous decorating themes this season.  Hoping to have another giveaway next month!!!  So stay tuned!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

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Decorate Your Home for Fall with InVU & a Great Giveaway!!!

Well now that it is officially the fall season are you starting to think about decorating your home for fall?  I know I am!!  And to get started I love to head to one of my favourite stores, InVU Drapery Co.

This fall season InVU has 4 Colour Stories: Natural Eclectic, Carbon, Woodland, Equinox.  All four are absolutely fabulous!!  Which one is your favourite?

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If you can’t decide, this Saturday on October 1st, InVU is hosting an inSTORE event – Decorate Your Home for Fall from 11am – 12pm and 1pm – 2pm at their Mississauga location. I hope you will join them for a 1-hour discussion where their Design Expert will speak to their Fall Trends and how you can bring it home. Not to mention, you’ll be surrounded by gorgeous drapery, fabric and home accessories! You will also have the opportunity to enter a draw for a $1000. store gift certificate.

AND, my friends at InVU have generously offered a $100.00 gift certificate to give away to one of my readers!!! There are many way for you to win this fabulous giveaway.

· Leave me comment on this blog posting telling me which fall trend you want to bring into your home this season.

· Follow both Decor by Christine and InVU on Facebook and leave a comment telling me that you “liked” us!

· Subscribe to both The Glam Blog and the InVU Blog then let me know via a comment on this blog.

·  Follow us both on Twitter via GlamaMama and InVU and leave us a tweet telling us what fall trend you love!

· Please note: This $100 gift certificate is for Canadian residents only

So start commenting and following away and I hope to see you next Saturday at InVu’s instore fall event!!  The Winner of this $100 gift certificate will be announced on this blog, Facebook and Twitter on Monday, October 3rd.

Best of luck!!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo