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My 2014 Mantra

Hello my dearest Blog Friends,

Today, January 7th marks the beginning of 2014 for me, Decor by Christine and this blog.  Prior to this, I was still in holiday mode with the girls.  It should have started yesterday but I wasn’t feeling well, so today it is!  Apparently yesterday, January 6th or the first day back at work after the holidays is the most depressing day of the year….so maybe that’s why I wasn’t feeling well.  Well, we can’t have any of that anymore, can we?  So without further ado, let’s jump into what I call my mantras for 2014.

I don’t do resolutions — because I always break them or never keep them.  But a mantra — see definition below — is something I can almost beat my own drum to.  Does that make sense?

Definition of the word Mantra

1. (in Hinduism and Buddhism) a sacred word or formula repeated as an incantation.

2. any often repeated word, formula, or stock phrase; slogan.

Also, within the blogosphere, many bloggers have come up with a word for 2014 or even a song.  I’ve never done this so I decided this year I will.  So drum roll please……..

My one word for 2014 is


(I can’t find the source for this….but it was pinned from Pinterest)

I found that in 2013, I always had the best intentions of doing this or that.  For example, putting together an  Operations Manual for Decor by Christine which has been on the back-burner for over 6 months; or updating the Portfolio section on my website — because Houzz just became so convenient for viewing it; and last, personal home decor projects that I  have been talking about for a year and have not yet completed — soooo frustrating!  And so not good! This year, it’s all about ACTION!!  The poster above says it perfectly!!

Source: http://www.pinterest.com/vaniasiles/

The song I chose – for right now….because I can guarantee it will change throughout 2014 –  is ROAR by Katy Perry.  Love the lyrics and what they stand for.  My one-person design company, Decor by Christine (DbC) is turning 5 this month….and I have been very lucky with all that I have accomplished these last 5 years – basically doing it all by my lonesome and working with some amazing clients and design colleagues.  But this year I must come out roaring and take DbC to the next level…and that includes this little old blog I affectionately call The Glam Blog.

Last week, I was reading one of my favourite new blogs called The Glitter Guide and saw this great post on 2014 resolutions that I just had to share with you.  However because I dislike the word resolutions…..we will call them 2014 mantras instead.

I can’t even say I have one favourite out of these 12 mantras….each one is equally important to me.  What I love about this list is that it really echos some of the changes I want for 2014.  And of course, there is glitter involved also! 😆

Here’s another mantra that I hope will resonate with you as much as it did with me – also from The Glitter Guide blog.

I think fear really holds me back sometimes from doing things – whether its fear from making a mistake, looking like an idiot, afraid I can’t do it or think only people younger than me can do it — I really need to just get over it….and take ACTION!

And the last mantra I want to share with you really hit home with me, probably because it links back to being fearful.  This industry — whether its being an interior designer or a design blogger can be fiercely competitive, and sometimes you cannot help comparing yourself to others.  Well that has to stop!  And that’s why the words below bring a tear to my eye as I write this.  (I have to thank Jen from Rambling Reno Blog for sharing this on her blog.)

I may not have thousands of followers on this blog — I’m lucky if I write twice a week — and that’s probably not going to change, or have clients with a million dollar budget — although I will continue to work towards that goal — I do have a wonderful close circle of family and friends who keep me same and love me as I am.  So I will start to be better than I was yesterday….for me!!!

OMG!!  I’ve hit almost 700 words…yikes.  If you lasted to this point….I thank you with all my heart.  I have some exciting things happening in the 1st quarter of 2014 that I can’t wait to share with you.  But tell me…..do you have a mantra, word or song for 2014 that resonates with you?  I would love to hear all about it…so leave me a comment — I always respond back!!

Thanks for sticking with me.  Cheers to 2014 — Out with the old — in with the NEW!!

Glamorously yours in action,

Christine xoxo

Glamour Friday: Ryan Korban’s sitting area


This ultra glamorous sitting area was designed by New York Interior Designer Ryan Korban…and I am in love with his style.  So rich and luxe.  All of this adds up to one big GLAM SLAM!!

Who can resist large zebra print cushions, lush fur rugs, silver accents, stunning ebony chairs and fabulous larger than life artwork!!


Room design by Ryan Korban

I think I found my new design crush!!! Send a kiss

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Decorate As You Dress: Pumpkin Orange!

So how do you like my pumpkin orange nail polish???  Perfect for Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend, don’t ya think?


So in honour of everything to do with Thanksgiving, let’s take a peak on how to incorporate this gorgeous pumpkin orange into your home decor this season.

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Glamour Friday: Chic Living Room

Glamour Fridays are back!!!  I don’t know about you, but I certainly missed researching and writing these posts about glamorous rooms.  Because here on the Glam Blog – it is all about adding glamour into your home!!

This living room is a GLAM SLAM for so many reasons:


  • Gorgeous blue tufted sofa with gold accent via the cushions
  • The zebra rug — hello, everyone needs some zebra or animal print in their home!
  • Black painted fireplace — how dramatic is that?  Love, love, love it!!
  • Grey painted walls that act as the perfect neutral background for all the exciting furniture and accessories
  • Gorgeous brass lamps with black lampshades
  • Stunning silk drapery framing the large windows
  • The fantastic tub chairs wrapped in that beautiful chinoiserie fabric
  • And last, the lovely glass coffee table.

What do you think?  GLAM SLAM or total SHAM?  Have a great weekend!!

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!!!



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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Welcome Back to the Glam Blog!!

OMG….it’s the middle of September and I have finally gotten myself in some kind of order to begin blogging on a regular basis again in the Glam Blog. 


After returning from my fabulous trip to Portugal (I’ve included some pics my hubby took during our trip) I had to jump right back  into client projects that had been on hold until my return. 


In addition, I had to finish up my new column for the latest issue of Dabble Magazine and tape a new decor segment on Cityline.  More about this in my next blog posting. And then of course, there was the dreaded week of back-to-school!


I hope you all had a fabulous summer and are raring to go for a fantastic fall season!!


Welcome back and thanks for sticking with me and the Glam Blog!!


Glamorously yours,

Christine xo











Lee Ann’s Kitchen Reno: Part 6 – Adding Femininity via Up-cycling!

I will be revealing Lee Ann’s kitchen reno next week with the granite and backsplash installed, along with the awesome faucet Delta Canada provided for Lee Ann.  In the meantime, I wanted to show you a little up-cycling project I just completed for Lee Ann’s kitchen. 

With all the hard lines of black, white and grey going on in Lee Ann’s kitchen, I really wanted to add some softness and texture to her kitchen.  And the easiest way to achieve softness is through fabric.  But since our budget was practically depleted, I decided to find a used chair in great condition for her small desk area.

If you are in the Toronto area, than you have probably heard of Moveline Hotel Liquidators – their products originate mainly from major hotel chains across North America.  Quality furnishings at fantastic prices.  This is the chair I purchased for Lee Ann.



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This is the fabric we chose to update the chair through Crown Wallpaper & Fabrics.  What do you think??


In addition, the legs of the chair were pretty banged up so I had them sanded down and painted a high gloss black. 

And this is now the $55.00 chair!!!




I adore it and so does my client!!  I think it’s very glam,chic and feminine!  What do you think? 

All that’s left is window treatments for the window by the sink to complete this kitchen reno.  Anyway, stay tuned for a look at the completed kitchen reno next week…..and my dilemma with this chair. 

If your kitchen is craving a glamorous makeover, then contact me online or in person! I’d love to help!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xo

Decorate As You Dress!! My Summer White Toy Watch!


Wow……it’s certainly been a while since I posted a Decorate as you dress blog posting.  My sister was visiting from British Columbia so we spent some quality time together and I’ve been crazy busy with decorating projects for clients – which I can’t wait to share with you. 

But now let’s get to my most favourite fashion accessory of the moment:  my gorgeous white Toy Watch!!  It’s such a fun accessory and every time I look at that huge white face I just think of beautiful layers of white drapery billowing in the wind.


So when I saw this all white home in Style at Home Magazine designed by design editor Ann Marie Favot , it so reminded me of my Toy Watch!! 


(all photography by Stacey van Berkel-Haines)

So crisp and clean….like my watch!!


Love this vignette!! And the hit of colour through pretty flowers in a small vase!


What a pretty mudroom.


I’m so in love with all white kitchens…I can’t wait to reveal Lee Ann’s Kitchen reno to you all!!


How gorgeous is that hanging light fixture……a perfect example of mid-century modern lighting.


How glam is this bedroom???  Ohhh yes, it’s a GLAM SLAM!!!  This room almost makes me want to switch my bedroom over to an all-white colour scheme.


Love her creative use of IKEA chests placed together at different heights. What a lovely dressing/vanity area.

Hope my White Toy Watch inspired you as much as it inspired me!!

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

Glamorously yours,

Christine xo

Happy Mother’s Day!!!!

One of the best things that happened to me was when I became a mother to my 2 beautiful glamour girls.  They make me laugh and help me feel continuously young-at-heart!!

Being a mother is not easy, but nothing can take away the joy that children bring into our lives.  So to all mothers out there……..

I wish you a very happy Mother’s Day because you deserve it!!



(Mackenzie at her first communion)


Christine xo