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Hey Blog Friends,
It’s certainly been a while….hope you have all been well. I’ve been busy with client design projects and a few personal home projects as well. Last month, a girlfriend of mine asked me to try this fabulous new skin routine with the French skincare brand, Orlane. Of course, I happily obliged as I am one of the many that continue to search out the fountain of youth. (More on this later) And then as my husband and I started to prep our back and front yards for the upcoming cold season, it got me thinking how maintaining the exterior of your home is very much like your daily skin routine. It’s really as simple as taking the principles of a good skincare routine and just applying them to the outside of your home.
Step One: Cleanse
Keep the front and back of your home clean. Guests do not want to be tripping over toys, lawn tools or garbage bins to reach your front door.
And that includes windows and doors. Your windows should be cleaned regularly from outside dirt and grime.
Step Two: Tone or Exfoliate
Just like we tone or exfoliate our skin, your lawn, trees, plants and flowers should also be pruned and cut regularly.
Step 3: Moisturize/Hydrate your skin
Our skin – face and body included — especially in the winter months needs to stay hydrated to look its best. Most of us moisturize our skin on a daily basis. Same goes for our lawns and landscaping. Gorgeous lush greenery looks so much better then brown and dry.
Step 4: Use a good face masque once a week or so to improve any skin imperfections
Whether its a face mask, facial or body peel that you pamper yourself with every few weeks or months…..you should also pamper your home in a similar fashion. This could include getting the exterior of your home power-washed every spring; a fresh coat of paint every few years, updating your landscaping, putting up a new fence, installing a new walkway — the sky is the limit to making the exterior of your home as beautiful as it is on the inside — just like YOU!
The images/sources of all these gorgeous home are from my Pinterest Board “Exteriors“
So now, let’s talk skincare. As I mentioned earlier I started a new skin care routine last month with Orlane — a french company – forerunners in the field of anti-aging skincare. And I am absolutely loving how my skin is looking and feeling. My girlfriend, who works for Orlane, has generously offered my readers a 20% product discount on any Orlane skincare product(s).
Just use the Promo code GLAM at the checkout when you go to https://www.cosmolaneboutique.com
Update: Promo code expires November 30th, 2013.
These are the Orlane products I am currently using – The Hydration Program for day and the Extreme Anti-Wrinkle Regenerating Night Care.
Here’s to beautiful exteriors — your skin and your home. Have a wonderful day!
Note: I was not compensated for this post. I only blog about products that I love, have tried and truly believe and support.
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!
As you can see, I’m still in the Back to school mode. Did you live in a dorm room while attending college or university? I lived at home during my undergrad years, but did move to the US to complete my MBA studies. There I lived in a tiny second floor apartment in a house owned by a 90 year old lovely lady. Sadly, she didn’t want us to put up any artwork so there wouldn’t be any holes in the walls. And I’m assuming that most dormitories are the same……that is why I wish PosterJack existed in my university days because they have some creative ways to hang personal art.
So if you’re looking for dorm room décor or gifts for kids about to go off to college or just for yourself, Posterjack.ca has 5 unique photo art ideas to bring a piece of home to school.
1. Art Shelf — Create an art shelf with Framed Photos and Photoboards of everyone back at home.
2. Add personality without the paint — Create a great accent wall in a dorm room with a large Peel & Stick Poster. Peel & Sticks are safe to use on any surface (won’t mark the walls) and are re-stickable up to 200 times. I absolutely love this idea and would have used these in my old flat.
3. Canvas Collage — Send your son/daughter to school with a collage of your favourite family memories on a Canvas Print. PosterJack’s Collage Designer make it easy to create one.
4. Photo Clothesline — Decorate your dorm room from one end to another with string, clothes pins and your favourite Fine Art Prints. Also such a fun creative way to display art….and so easy to change it up!
5. Corkboard Gallery Wall — Create a gallery wall that’s easy to change up as your create new memories. Simply layer different sizes of Posters and Fine Art Prints on top of a corkboard. What student doesn’t own a cork board….so easy!
Ordering dorm room décor from Posterjack is as easy as 1,2,3!
1. Upload your photo
2. Select your product and size
3. Posterjack delivers right to your door.
AND……to get you started, PosterJack has generously offered a $50 plus free shipping voucher code to one of my loyal readers. Here is how you can win!
Leave a comment on this blog post
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I will let the winner know via email to provide you with the voucher code to use.
This contest expires on September 15th on the Glam Blog…..but the winner will have till October 31, 2013 to order their PosterJack art.
Note: I was not compensated for this post. I just happen to be a fan of this Canadian company.
Helloooooo Stranger!!! Hope you all had a fabulous summer. Sadly it flew by and it already feels like autumn chilly weather.
This morning I took 2 beautiful girls to school — one going into Grade 6 and the youngest going into Grade 1! It is a big day for Mya. Here they are all bright-eyed and in their new back to school fashions.
Fall is my most favourite season and even though I’m not going back to school, this time of year always gets me excited for fashion. If I WAS going back to school, this is what would be on my fashion radar — Plaid! I absolutely adore these ensembles from Tommy Hilfiger’s Fall 2013 Ready to Wear Collection.
Plaid, argyle, houndstooth, herringbone patterns……I’m loving it all for fall!!
Hope you all had a great first day of school/work and we will be back to a regular blogging schedule as of tomorrow!
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!
What Canada is famous for (some are a bit tongue in cheek):
These cookies say it all!
Happy Birthday Canada!!!
The weather is oh so hot right now in the Greater Toronto area…..so if you are inside cooling off , why not keep busy with one of my favourite past-times — and SHOP! I have 2 great deals to share with you today….sales you do not want to miss.
The first sale is from one of my favourite online stores called Mod Pieces. Lia Fagan from Mod Pieces creates custom lamps and now toss cushions in the most fabulous colours and patterns. I first met Lia when she custom created a vintage lamp with that stunning chevron lampshade for my second appearance on Cityline talking about Chevron as a hot trend in home decor. Here’s a walk down memory lane:
Her annual sale starts this Friday (June 28th) for the Canada Day long weekend. So don’t waste any time and click here on Friday
Her new line of toss cushions look amazing and so fashionable. A perfect way to add some fun into your home decor. I definitely think I will be picking some up for a client….or maybe just for myself!
And don’t forget to put in the coupon code to save 25%…use “OHCanada”
Now my next favourite deal is from DNA 11 –DNA 11 pioneered the application of genetic science in the creation of truly personalized unique custom art. You can create custom art with your own DNA, your lips and fingerprint portraits. Want to make a statement – decorate your walls with a piece that is literally a part of you or your family. I’m actually waiting for my lip canvas art to be delivered to me. I will definitely show it to you once it is hung up in my Glam Cave.
I wanted to share this offer with you as they mentioned in their email that it is for fans and friends of DNA 11, but hurry because this awesome deal also ends July 1st. When you spend just $100, you will actually get a $250 DNA 11 gift voucher for any piece you so desire. How fabulous is that?
That’s all for now! Shop lots and have a wonderful Canada Day long weekend!!
Do you have a drab living room in your house? Is it in need of a drastic make-over? Well, today I am starting a new feature on The Glam Blog called “From Drab to Fab.” In this series I will show you a “before” drab room and how through the help of an interior designer the room was completely changed — hence, the “Fab.”
I’m starting this series with the Drab to Fab reveal of my client’s main level in her house…..and today it’s all about her drab living room.
As you can see the living room was what I called – beige hell….I almost fell asleep just looking at it. Do you think that’s mean of me? Well, my client didn’t think so…she totally agreed and that’s why she have called me in to help her with this room and the rest of her main level. It had absolutely no colour….the walls were beige, the sofa was beige, the end tables were wood, the drapery was brown….I could go on and on….but I think you get the point. There was no visual interest, no focal point to rest your eye and because it was so drab she barely used the room and avoided entertaining guests. How sad is that!
On the opposite side of the drab sofa was this rocking chair and a teeny tiny bookshelf that looked totally non-descript against the half-wall. The living room didn’t even have a coffee table except for the small ottoman that matched the sofa. It was all just so matchy-matchy and totally DRAB!!!
This living room was just screaming for colour as it had a big window with lots of light coming through….so that was the plan…turn this living room from drab to fab!!!
And that’s exactly what we did!!! (Drum roll please!!!!)
I still gasp from sheer joy every time I see these after photos of the living room. What do you think of the transformation? I think its fresh and clean….and wow….love the blue and green colour palette with creamy white accents.
Now when you walk into the living, your eye is automatically drawn to a focal point - this stunning tufted back gorgeous blue sofa! Here’s another shot of this fabulous custom blue velvet sofa — it is sooooo glamorous!
And because the living room wasn’t very wide we chose to go with a glass coffee table which helps give the illusion of more space. We also replaced the large mirror she originally had over the sofa with some canvas art. I always recommend to clients that they place a mirror where they will appreciate the reflection they will be looking at. If the mirror is just reflecting a plain wall (as in this case) then a picture would be a much better utilization of that wall space — and definitely much prettier to look at.
On the opposite side of the sofa we added 2 custom club chairs in this Polygon inspired patterned fabric to offset the blue velvet sofa.
One of the big changes I recommended to my client was adding in a custom built window seat for a reading nook for her daughters or just a place for her 2 cats to look out the front window. The cushion was also custom made for the window seat in a blue/green woven fabric. The great thing about the window seat is that it allows for extra storage with 3 pull-out drawers for my client to store extra throws, pillows or kids’ games. And I just love the white tripod floor lamp and the custom faux roman shade in a striped blue and green fabric. We added Hunter Douglas Pirouette Shades to the window to allow for privacy in the evening.
Here`s a close-up of the window seat with its seat cushion and that adorable Owl ceramic stool from Urban Barn.
I always use fresh flowers as one of my go-to styling props for client projects. It always injects a burst of colour and tulips are one of my favourite flowers to use next to hydrangeas.
So voila, this is how I turned my client’s living room from Drab to totally FAB!!!!
These stunning photos were taken by the very talented Stephani Buchman of Buchman Photo.
And here are my Furniture Sources:
Sofa & Chairs: Custom furniture through Gresham House Furniture — via Designers only
Fabric on window coverings, sofa, chairs and seat cushion all through Kravet – via Designers only
Custom Cabinetry via Dunnrite Interiors
Glass Coffee table & floor lamp – Structube
White side table & table lamp- Crate & Barrel
Area Rug — EQ3
Ceramic Owl Stool – Urban Barn
White tray — West Elm
Hope you enjoyed this first Drab to Fab series. The next blog post will feature my client’s before and after dining room….so stay tuned. And if you are wanting to turn your living room from Drab to Fab, then please contact me here and let’s chat….I’d love to help!
I must be losing time because I can’t believe the month of May is behind us and we are now in the 1st week of June. Thankfully there is Instagram to help me remeber what happened in the previous month. So let’s recap some of the fun that happened in my world of design in the month of May:
One of my most favourite home furnishings store, West Elm invited me to their Toronto store in Liberty Village for a summer preview of their furnishings & home decor. I absolutely loved all the watermelon pink that was prevalent throughout their store — it’s such a refreshing summer colour. I also fell in love with their gorgeous blue Seascape Vases — must get me 3 or 5 of these before they are sold out!
I am obsessed with that Montauk Nest Chair — it’s the perfect chair to curl up & read a book outdoors in the sun! These are just a few of the Instagram photos I took….there is so much more instore…so you must go in and check it out yourselves. There is also a West Elm in Vancouver and one is opening soon in Montreal, Quebec. Fantastique!!
Then I was invited to a DIY101 event hosted by the lovely people over at Home Depot Canada and Blogger extroadinaire Jennifer Flores from Rambling Reno. There are many things I am good at and many things I am not good at — and 2 of those things is gardening and working with hand tools. Normally I just yell my husband’s name and ask him to plant the flowers or screw a nail in the wall. So I was super excited to get my hands dirty at this DIY seminar.
Look at me in action using that drill gun to drill a hole in the planter. I know what you are thinking…..she’s so lame. But I super excited after I got my hands on that cordless drill and drilled a hole without killing myself. And look: I planted a tiny herb garden. It’s outside on my patio as I write this blog post…..and it is still alive!! I just may get into this gardening stuff….speak to me in a month…and we’ll see!
After that there was no stopping me. I had to try every tool possible. I used the Rigid Impact driver to drive home those nails and it felt really good…..then I carefully used the Ryobi Cordless nail gun to gracefully nail that trim onto the faux wall — I want one of these for myself — so handy for so many different DIY projects. But I was really excited to use the Ryobi 10″ Compound Mitre Saw — I foresee a lot of frames in the future being built. Oh and look, I didn’t even saw off my hand! One quick tip: Always be sure to wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from flying debris! So now, all I have to say to my Handy Man husband is “You’re FIRED!!!”
On a personal level my hubby and I went to go see the Rolling Stones in concert. I have never seen Mick in action and he did not disapoint. After 50 years together, they can still compete with the bands from today.
This is how I know time is flying by too quickly for my liking. My youngest daughter, Mya turned 6 years old!! I can still remember the day she was born like it was yesterday. She had a birthday party up at our summer home at Emerald Lake and a Glamour Girl birthday party with her friends from school. She loves dress up and is a total fashionista!
And to end the month, Mya had her year-end Dance recital for Pre-primary Ballet and Jazz. She’s loves wearing make-up and had a thrill choosing the perfect shade of pink lipstick to wear. If I let her, she would wear make-up everyday Oh well, I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree — is that the saying?
Anyway, these were some of the key events through Instagram that happened in May…….oh, besides signing on a new client and getting professional photos taken of another client project — but that’s for another blog post. Hope you are all doing great as well and let’s keep our fingers crossed that the month of June will be sunny & hot with little rain. Until next time…stay glamorous!!
It’s finally starting to feel like spring, so if you haven’t started your spring decorating than now is the time to start. And what better way to do that then to start with the fashion runways. I’ve identified 5 key decorating trends that you can take into your home this season but it’s so much more fun when we add a fashion mix to it. I went onto one of my favourite websites called Fashion + Decor and found fashion & room pairings to match my recommended spring 2013 trends. So let’s get started:
1. Bold Colour
Stella McCartney Spring 2013 RTW and House to Home
Just by adding some emerald green (Pantone‘s 2013 colour of the year) into your wardrobe and home will totally put you on trend this season. If green isn’t your colour then any other bright colour will do. Promise.
Elie Saab Spring 2013 RTW and High Point Market
Chanel Spring 2013 RTW and House Beautiful
Alice + Olivia Spring 2013 RTW and Elle Decor
Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2013 RTW and Design Legacy
Every year it seems like florals are on trend for spring…..and why not, flowers to me scream spring time. Its the interpretation that may be different each year. Depending on your personality you can go big and bold with florals – like the wallpapers below or the floral sofa…..or as discreetly as you want with just a few toss cushions on your favourite neutral sofa or fresh flowers in a beautiful vase. Anyway you like it…..just add some florals!!
Chanel Spring 2013 RTW and Lonny Magazine
Alice + Olivia Spring 2013 RTW and Elle Decor
Marc Jacobs Spring 2013 RTW and Jeffrey Alan Marks
Peter Som Spring 2013 RTW and Architectural Digest
Peter Som Spring 2013 RTW and Architectural Digest
3. Black & White
Anything black & white is so hot right now….whether its colour blocking, stripes, polka dots….in your closet and in your home!!
Peter Som Spring 2013 RTW and Architectural Digest
Marc Jacobs Spring 2013 RTW and High Point Market
Chanel Spring 2013 RTW and High Point Market
Celine Resort 2013 and Elle Decor
Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 RTW and Elle Decor
4. Plenty of Pattern
If you love pattern, then this is your lucky season because pattern is every where — whether subtle or in your face…its here to stay! Oh, and don’t be afraid to mix up your patterns – the more the merrier.
Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2013 RTW and Design Legacy
Giambattista Valli Spring 2013 Couture and Lonny Magazine
Marc Jacobs Spring 2013 RTW and Elle Decor
Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2013 RTW and Lonny Magazine
Billy Reid Spring 2013 RTW and Elle Decor
5. Gold Rush
Want to raise the glam factor in your wardrobe and your home? Then just add GOLD!! Whether it is shiny or matte….the value of gold has just gone up!!
Zuhair Murad Spring 2013 Couture and Kelly Wearstler
Carolina Herrera Spring 2013 RTW and Decor Pad
Jenny Packham Spring 2013 RTW & Theodore Alexander
Burberry Prorsum Spring 2013 RTW and Elle Decor
Rachel Zoe Resort 2013 and Lonny Magazine
And just because I can, I had to include a dash of leopard print. Every home should have at least one piece of animal print and this glamorous room just reflects my feelings on this matter. So gorgeous!!! It really does make me swoon!!
Peter Som Spring 2013 and Paper City Magazine
If you love the clothes in your closet then why shouldn’t that style or colour be reflected in your home? If you’ve got great style…so should your home!” If you are having difficulty figuring out your style, then please contact me here for a 2 hour consultation so we can get you started. Have a wonderful day!
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.
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!
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