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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.

@Madeline Weinrib: Haveli Cotton Flatweave Rug in Turquoise - Mabley Handler Beach House Dining Room at the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse

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.

Michelle Hatch New York for Bone Simple Design: Nailhead Drum Shade Light Fixture - Mabley Handler Beach House Dining Room at the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse

Michelle Hatch NY for Bone Simple Design: Nailhead Drum Shade detail - Mabley Handler Beach House Dining Room at the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse

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

Dunes & Duchess: 4-arm Candelabra - Mabley Handler Beach House Dining Room at the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse

6.  I am currently obsessed with étagères  and this one simply takes my breath away.  In silver-leaf, it is from Worlds Away.

Mabley Handler Interior Design - The Beach House Dining Room at the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse


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.

Radko Pacific Blue Seeded Glass Lamp - Mabley Handler Beach House Dining Room at the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse

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

Dabble Magazine: Dabbling in Gold!

Did you receive the latest issue of Dabble Magazine in your inbox?  Its all about celebrating the upcoming Holiday season.  I absolutely love the Christmas tree on the over….the blues and purples are gorgeous and not your typical traditional Christmas colours.

Dabble Dec-Jan 2012

Lately I have been majorly crushing on anything GOLD.  And I talk about this in my latest What’s Trending column, as you can see from the image below.

Gold column

There’s also more Golden goodness on the Dabble Blog. If you are so over silver and chrome in your home, then hopefully these featured products will inspire you to add some glamorous gold into your home decor for 2013.

To also help you get into the Christmas spirit, My friend, Nicolas Rosaci, the resident Dabble DIY Guy has some great DIY ideas to enhance your gift wrapping this season.


Later this week I will give you a holiday tour of my house all decorated for Christmas.  In the meantime, there is only 6 more days left till Christmas…..Yikes!!  Good luck!!

On a more serious note:  As a mother of 2 young girls, I was heartbroken about the terrible tragedy in Connecticut that had 20 beautiful children taken from their parents.  Our children and families are so precious and we must never take them for granted.  Please kiss and hug your loved ones today and everyday.  I know I am.

Decorate As You Dress: Sassy Stripes!

I love wearing stripes.  And as you can see, so do my two sweet daughters. Thick stripes, tiny stripes….we love stripes.  Summer, winter…stripes are perfect for any season.


And the same goes for stripes in home decor.  Let me inspire you with some beautiful images of rooms bursting with stripes!

Check out my Sassy Stripes  Board on Pinterest to see all original sources.

I’m really loving striped walls:


Easily add drama to your home by putting stripes in an entrance way!  Wow!

Black and white stripes in the foyer.

Stripes can also be fun – like these pink & white stripes in this girly dressing area.

Love the pink & white candy striped wall! Also, fun use of the Martini Side Table as a stool and the Parsons Metal desk is fab - both from @west elm.

Stripes are also great placed horizontally in rooms.

striped wall

Sarah Richardson Design, lovely stripes.

Sunny nursery

Stripes are fabulous in a nursery….whether it’s a small feature wall OR the ceiling!!  What a fabulous, fun nursery.

J Crew's Jenna Lyon's covetable nursery has a yellow and white striped ceiling.

Painted stripes on walls can be easily repainted when you have had enough of stripes.  However, if you really love stripes then you may want to commit to a gorgeous piece of furniture or accent piece.

Home-Styling: Paris and Maison et Objet * Paris e a Maison e Objet

Love that couch

stripey couch


Living room with stripe accents

sassy striped chair

So the next time you are in your closet, and you pull out that cute tiny striped clutch bag, expand your horizons! 


If you need assistance in taking the plunge and adding sassy stripes into your home decor, than give me a call or email me here for help!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Glamour Friday: Offices of Ana Antunes

I just discovered a fabulously glamorous new blog through pinning madly away on Pinterest.  The blog is called Home Styling and is written by Ana Antunes AND she is from Portugal….so naturally I was drawn to her as I am also Portuguese.

She runs a production company with her husband and is the Host of a Decorating Show in Portugal.  I fell in love with the pictures of her office on her website and had to share them with you.

Below is the reception and waiting area.  Love the black and white colour scheme….so chic and glam!

The next image is of her office.  It is stunning.  I’m a sucker for a good looking office with lots of glamour, especially since I am currently wanting to switch mine up.

Don’t you love the pink & white striped walls?

This is where her assistants work:

And the showroom.  My goal is to have a similar looking showroom in the next 12 months.

All in all I think Ana’s office is a definite Glam Slam in my opinion. It’s fresh, with clean lines and very chic!!!  What do you think?

Next week I have some exciting news to share with you!!  Stay tuned.  Have a fabulous weekend! 

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Canadian Living & Sexual Healing

Happy Friday!!  Great news: I’m quoted in the November issue of Canadian Living Magazine.  I was contacted way back in late spring to offer some tips on “sexing” up your bedroom, and I totally forgot about it until a neighbour mentioned seeing the article.  HA!


The article is called Sexual Healing and is written by freelance writer Rosemary Counter.  In the article I talk about how to set the scene in your bedroom with some helpful tips.  Below is a screenshot of the first page of the article.

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There’s also other great advice in this article , along with other great topics inside the November issue, so hurry and pick it up!!  Enjoy!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Project Pink & Orange: Homework Room Update!

I meant to post this last week but this little puppy kept me very busy last week!  Meet Marilyn Monroe, our new tiny Yorkie!

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Isn’t she absolutely adorable?

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Anyway, last week my painter/wallpaper installer came in to work on the girls’ homework room.  It is looking absolutely fabulous and I couldn’t be happier.

Here’s a sneak peek of the wallpaper and the wall colour: Raspberry Blush by Benjamin Moore.

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Then I was able to “force” my husband to put together the Ikea desks and chairs I bought for each girl. 

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Doesn’t it look fantastic so far……the girls are ecstatic and my vision for their homework room is coming to fruition!!

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Can you believe I bought these adorable little storage bins from the dollar store…..you would think they were made for the wallpaper, they accent the paper and colours perfectly.

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And the FILLSTA table lamp is perfect.  Although I must admit it took me a while to figure out how to put this lamp together. Embarrassed smile


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So far so good!!  What’s left to do is put up shelving above the desk, create an art wall for their pictures & paintings and get going on my DIY chalkboard.  So stay tuned for another update soon!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Glamour Friday: Aerin Lauder’s Glamorous Office

I remember completing a business paper on Estee Lauder when I was in New York getting my MBA.  I was fascinated with the Lauder family, especially Aerin Lauder as she was a few years older than me and working in the family business.

When she announced last year she was leaving the family business to set up her own Home and Fashion lifestyle company appropriately called “Aerin” I was excited.

This women just oozes style and class, so I was eager to get a glimpse into her new Manhattan office.  All I have to say is –  very chic and very glam!!

All images from Architectural Digest unless otherwise specified

I love how her offices look like a really comfortable living.  Also love the fabric on the green-blue velvet sofa.

I am currently obsessed with gold.  Absolutely adore this conference table with the mirrored table and gold leaf chairs and long sideboard.  This is how Aerin describes her conference room:

The mirrored dining table is by Karl Springer from the 1950s. Paired with the gold André Arbus sideboard, the pieces bring a little glamour to the conference room.

I begin hyperventilating every time I look at this gold étagère!!  So badly want this for my living room or office!!!




This gorgeous, elaborate mirror belonged to her famous grandmother.

Missed @AERIN's live chat with Who What Wear? Click through to watch + shop the new collection


She really is so pretty and I absolutely love her style.  What do you think of Aerin’s new offices.  A glam slam or over the top?

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Project Pink & Orange: Homework Room Update!!

It’s finally happening!!  The Homework Room is finally getting completed!  I literally put it on hold last winter/spring as I was busy with client projects (which is always a good thing).  Then once the summer hit, we were too busy working on Project Dollhouse AKA the Bunkie.

You can catch up on my plans for the homework room here.  The star of the room is going to be this wallpaper my daughters and I chose from  Printers Guild Productions


Homework room inspiration

The wallpaper will only be on one wall, so I had to decide what colour to paint the remaining 2.5 walls.  And of course this gorgeous wallpaper gave me 3 vibrant colour choices: Orange, Lilac or Raspberry.

The girls and I nixed the lilac…so now it was down to the orange or the raspberry / pink grapefruit flower as our colour inspiration.

I headed to my local Benjamin Moore Paint store and picked up 2 tester samples of Calypso Orange BM2015-30 and BM2008-30 Raspberry Blush to try on the walls next to the paper.

The minute I brushed the Calypso Orange onto the wall I knew it was the wrong choice…even with a 2nd coat (which I didn’t bother to do) I knew it would be too much for the room.

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So I decided to go with Raspberry Blush.  I was so excited about it that I tweeted out my colour choice to Benjamin Moore….and below is their response.

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And here is the vision board I created for the Homework Room via Olioboard to give you a brief look at the look of the room that I want to achieve.

Girl's Homework room


Stay tuned for the next update!!

Glamorously Yours,

Christine xoxo

Guest Blogging over a Fortylicious.ca

Hi Everyone,

Today I’m over at Fortylicious sharing my 3 key tips to Halloween Decorating.  So click right here and let me know what you think!

Two weeks left until Halloween!!  Whether it’s spooky, glamorous or full of gore….it’s time to start thinking about decorating your home for Halloween!! I’ll admit, I haven’t started yet….probably next week.  Will post pictures once I’m done.  Now please go to the Fortylicious’ website!!! Devil




Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo