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Chic Desktop Decor with Posterjack

Hey there,

Dull and boring offices make me yawn — not a good thing when you are trying to work — especially if you work from home like I do.  I like surrounding myself with pretty things while I work in my office.  And I especially love chic desktop decor that I can look at when I take a break or stop to stretch.  I run my residential interior design business from my home office and have decorated it with the colours of my company brand – black, white and pink – so its very girly and glam.  But besides my business card for Decor by Christine, I didn’t have my company logo anywhere in my office. That’s how this month’s Posterjack  #12PrintsProject post came about.  I decided to showcase my company logo with Posterjack in a very chic way.

I could have created a huge metal print of my logo for one of my office walls but I didn’t want it to take away from my gallery wall of pretty pictures & sayings.  I wanted something subtle and sophisticated but it also had to scream “glamorous chic”.  So I decided to go with Posterjack’s acrylic block to communicate my branding,   It sits perfectly on my white desk and complements all my pretty desktop decor.  I love it so much!

acrylic block Decor by Christine logo Do you love it or do you LOVE it?

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Seriously, you can even use it as a paperweight as it is quite heavy.  Or display it on a stack of books to give it extra height.  I’m still playing around with where I’m going to display it in my office.   And just like a Ghost chair, anything lucite or acrylic is always a classic in my opinion and will never go out of style.

I hope this post has inspired you to think about adding  your company brand logo to your home office in a fun, chic creative way.

Glamorously yours, xoxo

christine-da-costa

 

 

 

 

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

 

How to create an exterior art wall

Who said that art walls are only for rooms inside your house?  With summer in full swing, you are probably hanging outside in the backyard, at the cottage or in my case, at the Glamper!   I just created a fabulous exterior art wall with Posterjack.  Keep reading to find out how to create an exterior art wall.

At the glamper, I have an outside living room with a hard roof above that keeps us sheltered from the rain or hot sun.  I can sit outside comfortably in the shade with a glass of wine and still see the girls playing outside or wave to the neighbours.  The exterior wall of the camper is flat and plain white…..it was just screaming for some decoration.

How to create an exterior art wall: Peel & Stick Art

When I was on the Posterjack website looking for inspiration for my next monthly #12PrintsProject blog post, I saw their Peel & Stick art.   They can stick to concrete, glass, metal, wood, and pretty much any other smooth surface. What’s more, they can stick to ceilings, go around corners, wrap around posts, or just about anywhere else you can imagine.  Perfection!   Now I wouldn’t have to worry about framing artwork and figuring out how to hang the art without using nails.

I chose a variety of pictures I have taken with my iPhone — some of the girls playing on the water toys at Emerald Lake, in different sizes and even added a few special effects to some images.

How to create an exterior art wall:  The result!

This is how my exterior art wall turned out.

Camper to Glamper Outside Art Wall

Two chairs sit against the exterior wall of the camper and was the perfect spot for the art wall.  As you climb the stairs onto the deck it is the first thing you will see.

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I added a blue border around the peel and stick prints to mimic a frame and keep with my blue & white colour scheme theme in the outside living room.  Here’s a close-up of my exterior art wall.  I even included an adorable picture of the late great Marilyn Monroe having a nap on a wicker chair in our glamper.

Art Wall at Glamper

Hope you enjoyed my latest #12PrintsProject post on how to create an exterior art wall.  How would you use Posterjack’s Peel and Stick prints?

Enjoy the rest of your summer! xo

christine-da-costa

 

 

 

If you are curious to read about my partnership with Posterjack, you can catch up on my previous post:

Intro, January, February, March, April, and May

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

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My April Photo with Posterjack — #12PrintsProject

Hi Everyone,

When I started this one-year partnership / sponsorship with Posterjack  for #12PrintsProject in January, I never imagined in a million years how heartfelt and emotional these photo memories would turn out to be.  A few weeks ago I had all my April images ready to go for Posterjack when tragedy struck my family once again.

My sweet adorable Yorkie named Marilyn Monroe was struck by a car.  She was only 2 1/2 yrs old, so still a puppy and we absolutely loved her.  She was my baby —  a true member of our family.  (my eyes are filling up with tears as I write this).  After getting over this initial shock and deciding to get her remains cremated, we wanted to create a shrine – if that’s what you call it – in memory of our little Marilyn Monroe.  So I changed my April order to instead get some pictures of our yorkie.  And that is why this blog post is going out so late in the month.

One of Posterjack’s newest products is an Acrylic Block print — it’s a perfectly clear, thick one-inch piece of premium cast acrylic. It’s gorgeous!  And its perfect for smaller prints or close-ups — which is exactly what I wanted — a closeup of Marilyn’s cute face.   I also ordered a wood print of Marilyn’s face since this is also one of Posterjack’s specialty products and I wanted to see how it would turn out.  And I love it.

We just received her ashes earlier this week and now we have our lovely tribute or shrine dedicated to our sweet Marilyn in our family room.

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I think the acrylic block photo looks amazing beside her ashes and dog collar.  Here’s a wider shot of the shelf in our entertainment unit.  Now when we watch TV, we always see her sweet face.

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I haven’t figured out where I am going to hang my wood block photo of her yet, so I’ve been displaying it around the house.  Here it is on my foyer table beside some beautiful pink peonies:

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And then today I moved her into my office so I could look at her as I wrote this post:

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The first-half of this year for me and my family has been stricken with tragedy and sadness mixed in with a roller coaster of emotional highs and lows.  I’m just so thankful to Posterjack for giving me the opportunity to immortalize the good times so that every time I look at these photos I feel happy.

Till next time,

christine-da-costa

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

My March Photo with Posterjack — #12PrintsProject

Hey there,

I kind of abandoned my little blog the last 4 weeks with everything going on with family health issues but today I am back to show you my March photo pick for my year long #12PrintsProject partnership with Posterjack.

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Last month my family headed to Hawaii for March break and had the most fabulous 10 days ever!  We stayed at the Aulani Disney Resort on the island of Oahua…..and I highly recommend visiting this Hawaiian island and the resort.

Between my husband and I we took over 1000 pictures with our canon and Iphone cameras…..so you can imagine the difficulty we had choosing which photo to use for my March Posterjack blog post.

We could have gone with this gorgeous sunset image taken from the resort or this beautiful shot of palm trees, sunshine and water at the Aulani beach.

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But ultimately we chose this shot of the 2 girls running on the beach being chased by waves.  It was taken at the North Shore on the exact beach that Oceanic Flight 815 crashed on season 1 of the show LOST.   Which was kinda eerie but really cool!

Fireplace with canvas artwork above it

We love this picture of the girls because of their utter abandonment and the joy on their faces running through the waves and how gorgeous the ocean looks behind them.  It really was a perfect day.

I chose to get it printed on a large canvas to hang over our new fireplace and I am so thrilled with the result.

Fireplace with large canvas art above

You can catch up on my January & February Posterjack blogposts by clicking here and here.

See you soon!

xoxoxo

christine-da-costa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

My February Photo with Posterjack — #12PrintsProject

Hi Everyone,

Time to share my #12PrintsProject February photo and how Posterjack brought it to life for me.

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But first let me give you some background as to why this photo means the world to me. Days after posting my first January Photo post, my husband and I had to rush my father to the ER at Mount Sinai Hospital.  My father has been battling prostate cancer for over 20 years but in the last few years it has spread to his bone.  Just before Valentine’s Day – in a span of 2 days – my dad lost all mobility for standing and walking.  He was admitted into the hospital on Valentine’s Day and after various tests, CAT Scans and MRIs it was determined that his cancer tumour had invaded his spinal cord — some of it touching 3 of his vertebrae — which caused the loss of mobility.

We were all devastated.  He started radiation treatments immediately for 8 days to see if it could shrink the tumour.  So far there has been no change.  My dad came home at the end of February and life as we knew it changed overnight.  We had to put a hospital bed in the living room of my parents 2-storey house.  He gets around the main level in a wheelchair and my mom has to basically help him with everything.  I’m tearing up as I write this because the father I know that had so much life and was so independent at 79 years of age must now have help to do the simplest of tasks.

I apologize for this long sob story but as you can imagine, February was not the greatest month for taking pictures.  So for February’s photo, I have used a picture from my daughter’s January confirmation of my parents, their granddaughters and I posing for a family picture,  innocently “standing” in my family room.  Not realizing that this picture in reality would be the last image I have of my father standing next to me and that’s why it means the world to me.

Here is the picture as it was taken by my husband.

 

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When I went on the Posterjack website I decided to go with a simple satin-matte paper but got it enlarged to a 24″ x 36″ photo.  At the same time I got 2 photos done so I could also give one to my parents.  Yesterday I received it at my door and Wow!  Is it ever huge and I love it!   Now I will have to get them specially framed since they are so large.  I laid out one of the 24 x 36 pictures on my hardwood floor — so you could see it unframed as of now.

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Tomorrow I leave for Hawaii for a much needed March Break holiday with my family……so just imagine what March’s #12PrintsProject image will look like!  I can hardly wait!

All the best and Happy March Break!

Christine xoxo

 

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

My January Photo with Posterjack – #12PrintsProject

Eeeeeeekkkkk!  The month of February is flying by and with the horrible weather we have endured this month, I must say I will be happy to say good riddance.  However, before that can happen I need to share my January Posterjack photo with you.

You may remember that I am starting a year-long partnership with Posterjack on creating a monthly photo journal of my favourite photos for the next 12 months called #12PrintsProject…..you can read the original post here.

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The beginning of this year has seemed to fly by and I couldn’t decide what print format I wanted my 1st photo to be — there are so many choices at Posterjack.  From Glossy paper to canvas print to acrylic print to photoboards……I couldn’t decide! But finally I chose to go with Canvas — the tried & true for me.  I have a lot of canvas art in my house and I like the simplicity of it, without glass or a frame, on the wall.

Just to give you some background on the photo I chose……On January 10th, my oldest daughter Mackenzie celebrated her Confirmation and I had a little party for her afterwards.  My husband was taking a bunch of photos of me with Mackenzie and my youngest daughter Mya in our family room.  We were just being silly and hugging and laughing.

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I chose this picture because it expresses the utter joy I feel to be the mother of these 2 beautiful little girls. <3

I was so excited to open my package from Posterjack late last week and see how this image turned out in Canvas…..and wow….was I ever impressed with the quality!  Here it is leaning against the wall in my black & white striped office — it looks gorgeous and I couldn’t part with it just yet so it will stay in my office for a while longer!!

Me & Girls Canvas

Next month when I showcase my February picture I will have both photos hung up on my #12PrintsProject wall in my home.

Glamorously yours xoxo

christine-da-costa

 

 

 

 

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

#12PrintsProject, Posterjack & Me!

Hi Everyone,
Starting this month the blog and I will be partnering with PosterJack for a yearlong project called #12PrintsProject where I will capturing a favourite photo every month and having it printed off by Posterjack to ultimately create a fantastic photo wall of memories. I don’t know about you but I find that the majority of the kajillion photos I take everyday of the year end up saved on my laptop and rarely see the light of day unless I am showing them to family or friends. Posterjack is offering me a wonderful opportunity to get these personal images off of my phone and on to the wall where I can enjoy them.

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I’m excited because Posterjack will allow me to print off my monthly favourite photo any way I want – be it a poster, canvas, or speciality print…..the sky is the limit with what you can do with your photos and Posterjack.

In a couple of weeks I will start this 2015 visual journal with you by posting my favouite photo for January and will do this every month of this year. I hope you will enjoy this photo journey as much as I will.

All the best, xoxo

christine-da-costa

 

 

 

 

 

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