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What Are Your Decorating Projects for 2012?

Happy New Year Everyone!!  Now that we are almost one week into 2012 have you started to think about what you want to accomplish with your home decor this year?

Well, I definitely have! Besides finishing up a some client projects and continuing to write my What’s Trending column for Dabble Magazine, I have a few personal home decor projects that I have been putting off because 2011 was a busy year for me.

The 6 projects I want to start or complete are:

–  Converting my master bedroom retreat into a ‘glam cave’

– Purchasing a few furniture/accessories for the master bedroom to finish off the room

–  Revamping my home office a bit

– Finish decorating my 2 daughters’ bedrooms

– Converting my daughters’ playroom into a homework room

So here’s a sneak peak into some of the rooms and how they look right now:

This is my retreat that is right off of my master bedroom and it is boring with a capital B!!

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Right now we only use it for watching TV some nights when the girls are in bed.  The only things that are staying is my leopard print chaise because it is oh so glam!  And my capize shell chandelier because it is stunning.  My husband doesn’t know it yet but his god-awful recliner is so outta there!!

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The TV and the stand will stay of course – but those speakers and clutter on the floor are gone!!

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When I’m done it will be a purple passion glam cave with a stunning desk and chair, lighting and dramatic wallpaper!!

Next room to revamp is the kids playroom on the second floor.  When we bought/built this home it had a nook on the second floor called the ‘homework room.’  But we made it into a small playroom for the girls to play in.

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When I’m done with this room room it will have 2 side by side desks, an art wall one one side and a chalkboard wall on the other side with lots of shelves and storage.  I also found the cutest wallpaper for the main feature wall.  It’s going to look fabulous!

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My oldest daughter’s room is another room that needs to be updated.  Her current colour scheme is black/white & pink which will stay the same.  When she’s a bit older I will paint out the pink walls.

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Mackenzie is going to get a new double bed with a  headboard that I am designing for her.  And of course, new bedding.

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This little table & chairs is going to the basement but the shelf will stay

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That bare pink wall will be full of pictures – probably a gallery wall of her competing at horse shows since she is a budding equestrian.  Also her dresser will move to this wall and she will need a funky mirror on the wall.

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Her black velvet chandelier is definitely staying.  When I purchased this glamorous piece it was because it was a piece that would grow with her – it’s not juvenile at all.

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The Candice Olsen wallpaper called “Daisy” on the feature wall will remain.  I love this wallpaper so much, and again it is something that can grow with her into her teen years.  Her funky Homesense lamps will also stay!

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The bookshelf will stay but I want to style the shelves and get rid of most of those stuffies.  I’m also planning on doing a DIY project above the shelf to hang all the ribbons she has won so far participating in the horse shows.  And of course her window seat will remain.

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The last project I will highlight today is the bedroom of my youngest daughter Mya.

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Over 2 years ago the crib above converted into the daybed below.  But now she to big for it and needs her own twin bed.  Which she will get when her sister gets a new double bed.  Now that’s what I call recycling!  Smile

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Mya’s room decor is light pink with chocolate accents – which will stay the same except I’m going to add some orange accents through wallpaper and some accessories. Also her beautiful rose chandelier will remain….that piece will grow with her.

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Because a twin bed will be coming into this room the layout will change.  That rocker will also be heading to the basement to donate.  (I have lots of fond (and not so fond) memories of nursing both babies in that rocker).IMG_5228

I’m going to keep this adorable bookshelf just change its location.  The shelf will also remain.

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Her change table which became a dresser in the short-term will be donated and she will get a big girl’s dresser.  The armoire will go to the basement but I will keep it.  It’s a beautiful piece that I will eventually paint out and keep for one of the girls or use in our future cottage.

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Mya’s room has a cathedral ceiling so she has great natural light coming from her 3 large windows – although with this dark picture you wouldn’t think so!!  I’m going to add some architectural detail to the other walls by adding paneled moulding and wallpapering inside the panels.  It should look amazing when its done..

Okay, that’s it for now.  I’m exhausted just looking at what I need to accomplish in the new few months.  My office will have to wait for another post.

So tell me, what decorating projects will you be working on in 2012?

 

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Christmas Inspiration Day 6: Shopping at West Elm

Wednesday night was the annual shopping event held at West Elm and  sponsored by Style at Home Magazine.  And once again, it was a fabulous night of shopping and networking with other design bloggers.  I brought a client/friend of mine and trust me we shopped till we dropped!!

Unfortunately I didn’t get to take any pictures because one hand was holding a glass of wine while the other was juggling an assortment of amazing home accessories from West Elm!!

So instead I thought I would show you some of the items we purchased yesterday along with some cool Christmas decorations you can purchase at the store or online.  Thankfully they ship right across Canada!!

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Adorable nutcrackers and elves.

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Love these double glass ornaments!!

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If I wasn’t going all glitz and glamour this year again, I would definitely go with this natural, woodsy theme!

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I have a bird fetish which you will see when I reveal my all white glamour Christmas tree….sadly I missed these yesterday or I would have picked up a few of these beautiful white feathered birds.

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I bought some of these  above and these below for client gifts

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And you can’t forget about their iconic white lacquered trays!!  Or in any other colour you desire!!

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Under my guidance my client purchased the following:

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Tall Butler tray stand with the large lacquered metallic silver tray for her dining room.  It will look stunning!!

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She also purchased this adorable silver hexagon side table for her family room.  She has one lone occasional chair that is screaming for a small table where guests can set a drink on. This one is perfect!!

So it will look something like this in the end:

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We both also bought some of these fun bowls…..just because they were so cheerful looking!  They can be used in the kitchen or in an office to hold paperclips, etc. 

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West Elm is one of my most favourite decor stores to pick up affordable home accessories for clients and for myself!!  If you haven’t been on their website  or store, then you must do so STAT!! 

Happy Shopping!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Christmas Inspiration Day 4 – Toy Watch Gift Idea

Struggling with a Christmas gift idea….well here’s one you may love for someone special or for yourself!!!

I fell in love with the Toy Watch brand of watches last spring when I saw it on one of my girlfriends’ wrist.  And voila, for Mother’s Day I had this little charmer on my arm!!

I blogged about it in one of my “Decorate as you Dress” posts last spring here.

  Well, now it’s time (I think) for a black Toy Watch …..and this is the baby that I have put on my Santa list!!  It has lots of sparkle and glam….exactly what I love in my fashion accessories and in my home decor accessories. 

 

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Or maybe this one……What do you think?

These watches are so much fun….and I promise, you will get a ton of compliments on your new watch….So if you are struggling on what to tell your significant other what  to get you…..you may want to consider a fun, sassy Toy Watch.  Or better yet give it to a fashionable young lady….she’ll love you for it!!

Happy Shopping!!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

P.S. You should have read this blog post yesterday….but I got carried away Christmas shopping and forgot to press publish!!  So you may receive  2 posts in one day!! Ciao for now!! Embarrassed smile

Glamour Friday: Living the Glamorous Life

Maybe I need to win the lottery because lately I’ve been obsessed with the interior decor of private jets and mega-big yachts. And dahling, if you are using one of these as your mode of transportation, than you ARE definitely living the GLAMOROUS Life!!!

Last year I wrote a post about glam decor in private jets….you can read it here.  For today’s Glamour Friday post, I thought I would take us on a little cruise in the Fortunato.  It’s a gorgeous “little” yacht – just over 200 ft. long and is the perfect size to host 12 BFFs. Princess

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I fell in love with the interior because it was very nicely accessorized with colours I love…..take a look:

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I adore the combined living and dining room.  The coral and sea blue cushions on the sectional is the perfect spot to cozy up with friends over drinks.  And the blue striped velvet chairs in the dining room are to die for!!  And every glamorous room needs a chandelier!! And the cream and brown striped carpet is utter perfection!!Fortunato Mega Yacht Charter

Now this would be my master bedroom.  I love all the honeysuckle cushions on that fabulous bed.  OH, and look at the cranberry chaise built for two!!  And you got to love how my television is hidden at the end of the bed in that beautiful built-in.

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Wouldn’t you want to enjoy a wonderful brunch on this deck, inhaling the sea air while admiring that gorgeous view?  I know I would.  Ahhhhhh….oh well, a girl can only dream BIG dreams!!

Have a great weekend!!  And don’t forget to buy a lottery ticket!! Winking smile

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

 

 

Photo Source

Dabble Magazine is LIVE!!!

 

Just in case you’ve been out of the country or hibernating during this long winter Winking smilethe newest online magazine officially launched today.  And if you haven’t signed up for it yet, then you should definitely click here!

That’s my friend Nyla on the cover – she is another design contributor.

Now turn to page 32 and read my interview with the very glamorous and iconic fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg discussing her new DVF Home Collection.

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One of her infamous wrap dresses.

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Introducing some pieces from the DVF Home Collection:

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Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of Dabble Magazine!!

Christine xo

 

 

 

All DVF photos courtesy of Diane von Furstenberg

Glamour Friday: Lucite = Love!

 

I am loving anything lucite right now….and this very glamorous lucite acrylic console makes me shiver with delight!! Red heart It’s high on the drama quotient with the zebra bench but yet so simple with the beautiful B&W photograph above and minimal yet impactful accessories on display.  Light grey walls and shimmery silk drapery all add up to a major GLAM SLAM!!!

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If your home is craving some lucite and glamour, then contact me online or in person!  I’d love to help!

Glamorously yours,

Christine  xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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