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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

Glamour Friday: How to create a Glamorous Dressing Area under $1000.00

Do you have one of these?  A blank wall in your bedroom?

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This blank space once hosted a playpen.  I’m embarrassed to say that the playpen was there for over 3 1/2 years….and my youngest is now 5 years old.  It’s not like I put her in it still….I just ended up using it as a dumping ground to hang my clothes on each night.  And since I didn’t quite know what I wanted to do with this blank wall, the playpen became a fixture of my bedroom.  See, even interior decorators struggle with what to do in their own homes!

Over the summer I donated the playpen and while shopping at Homesense one afternoon I found this absolutely fabulous mirror!!  I love the ornateness of this mirror.  I have been looking for a rococo style mirror for the longest time (but wasn’t willing to spend over $1000 for one) and when I saw this one, I had to snap it up…..and of course the price was right!!!!

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So now I had a vision for my blank wall.  I was going to create my own little glamorous dressing room area. And this mirror was going to be the focal point!

I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on this area since I already have a vanity in the master bedroom which I use to apply my makeup every morning.  Therefore, the objective of this dressing area was more to display pretty accessories and jewellery.

My hubby hung up the mirror & picture frames for me this week so its finally finished.  Voila, below is my fabulous and oh so glam dressing table!!!!  High style for a fashionista on a frugelista budget!

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I am soooo in love with my dressing table vignette. It is exactly how I envisioned it and to me, it is utterly glamorous….and totally finishes this last bit of naked space in the master bedroom.  And guess what!  It cost under $1000.00 to put this little space together. It’s a mixture of hi & low pieces.  Here is a breakdown of how I put it together.

The dressing table is from Ikea.  It’s the Malm Dressing Table and costs only $129.00!! The furry little stool to the right is from Homesense and was a steal at only $49.99.  The sheepskin fur rug on my Victoria Ghost chair is only $39.99 at Ikea.  The only piece that was over $300.00 was my Philippe Starck Victoria Ghost chair which cost approximately $365.00 4 years ago.

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If a authentic Ghost Chair is still beyond your budget, luckily many stores now sell similar or`fake`ghost chairs for under $150.00.

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This chic little stool is the perfect spot to display the Chanel purse my husband bought me 2 years ago in San Francisco.  Isn’t it gorgeous?? And yes, my purse is an investment piece that will one day be passed down to one of my daughters.

A dressing table is the perfect place to showcase all your pretty accessories and jewellery, and displaying them in little bowls and trays is key to keeping the table neat and tidy.

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I wear Allure by Chanel perfume everyday.  So be sure to surround yourself by beautiful things that make you happy. Open-mouthed smile

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I love these Kvill frames I found at Ikea also and how they continue my rococo theme on the wall beside the mirror.  And they were only $6.99 each.  I bought 8 for a really simple DIY project.

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Two of my fashion icons are Coco Chanel and Marilyn Monroe!

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I cut out pictures from these 2 coffee table books that I display on my ottoman in the family room.  Two of my favourite fashion designers are Louis Vuitton and of course, Coco Chanel.  photo (2)

Fashion is one of my passions that I adore so why not display something you love (other than your family) in picture frames, especially if it is going to be in your private space.

So let`s take a look at what I spent on my glamorous dressing table vignette:

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A stunning look for under $800.00!! Now that`s a Glam Slam budget!!  Of course, this doesn’t include the price of all my costume jewellery and accessories….because all of that is priceless! Send a kiss

But now I have a little dilemma…and I need your input.  My good friend and fellow designer Ana from Second Wind Interiors had a bench with Lucite legs that a client changed her mind about.  If you know me well, then you know that I absolutely love anything in Lucite.  So I bought it from her today because I thought it would look fabulous in front of the dressing table.  What do you think?

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I placed the ghost chair to the left and it actually fills that space nicely.

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Should I keep the bench as my primary seating area as in this picture or keep my Ghost chair.  Hit the comment button below and give me your point of view!!  And this my dear readers is my glamorous dressing area on a very chic budget!!

If you are looking to give yourself a little glamorous space on a chic budget this fall, then call me at (416) 859-5082 or send me an email here so I can help!!

Have a fabulous weekend!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Glamour Friday: Purple Passion

I love anything purple and when I saw this stunning purple bedroom designed by Annsley McAleer of Annsley Interiors, I was instantly hooked!

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Everything about this room is a Glam Slam!  From the floral headboard, to its curvy sexy shape and the solid purple banding that give it that extra oomph!!  Love the fabric of the long bolster cushion with the hits of gold and orange.  And the beautiful gold-leaf chandelier is the perfect finishing touch….like long dangly earrings accessorizing the perfect outfit.

 

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The ever-popular x-bench is a staple everyone should have in their home.  The rich details of the gold mirror above bring out the gold and orange in the fabric.  By painting the legs purple this traditional looking bench now has a glamorous edge to it.  I think it is absolutely perfect!

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And then…..these chairs…Oh la la!!! I think I’ve died and gone to heaven!  I’ve been trying to find out the name of this style of chair so if you know what this chair is called please let me know.  Are they not stunning or what?  The purple stripe detailing and piping give it that glam chic look I love!!  And any mirrored furniture is definitely a friend of mine!

So what do you think?  Are you in love with this bedroom as much as I am?  Would you have these chairs in your home?  I know I would!!

If you are looking to glamorize your bedroom with some purple touches, then send me a message through email, Facebook or Twitter!  I would love to help!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Glamour Friday: Jamie Herzlinger

In the latest issue of Dabble Magazine, a gorgeous Arizona home designed by one of my favourite interior designers, Jamie Herzlinger is featured.  And because it is so glamorous, I thought it would be perfect for a Glamour Friday post.

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This stunning 19th century Dutch corbeille shaped canapé greets visitors when they walk into this 7000 sq. ft. home.

 

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I love this very glamorous foyer  with neutral grass cloth covered walls, the fabulous marquetry commode and the stunning mirror above it make for a GLAM SLAM!

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This living room is so glamorous with all the sumptuous velvets and silks in this room.  And you can never go wrong with decorating in unforgettable plums and purples mixed in with neutral greys. Oh so very elegant!! Love it!

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The master bedroom is very calm and serene decorated in a neutral palette mixed with lots of whites.  I guess the lesson here is that it’s ok to put the bed against a wall of windows when it’s the only way to ensure that the bed remains the focal point of the room.

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This sitting area goes extra glam with nail head detail on the chair and ottoman, a large mirror and lots of gold and brass accents. 

This home designed by Jamie Herzlinger is truly a luxe retreat!

If you want to create a glamorous space in your home for 2012, then contact me online or via twitter…I’d love to help!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

My Exciting News: Urban Barn & A Custom Chair Competition!!

I have some exciting news to share with you!!! The Canadian home furnishing store Urban Barn is holding a Custom “Chairity” Competition   And I was totally thrilled, honoured and beyond excited when they invited me to design my very own custom chair with four other Interior Design Bloggers across Canada.  This event starts today until  March 11!

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And here they are in all their glory!! The custom five chairs are currently on Urban Barn’s Facebook page AND you, the public are to vote on your favourite chair.   When you vote you are automatically entered into a draw to win one of your own custom chairs or one of five $100 gift cards. How fabulous is that?

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Voila “The Glam” Chair! This is how I describe it:

“Christine’s Glam Chair was designed to make a bold statement in your home.  This glamorous chair with its high octave purple snakeskin texture, silvery grey arms and whimsical floral seat cushion is sure to be a conversation starter in any room of your house!”

I would really appreciate it if you would click here and cast your vote for my chair!!

Then on Thursday March 8th at p.m. I will be at the Oakville Urban Barn store to talk about my inspiration behind the custom chair I designed for the Custom Chairity Competition, as well as tips for ordering custom furniture. So you are all invited…..I really hope to see you next Thursday!!!

You will also receive 15% off all custom furniture during this event!  Space is limited so RSVP early!

At the end of the contest the winner will be announced, then each chair will be auctioned off with full proceeds going to the charity of each designer’s choice.  The charity of my choice is Jays Care Foundation.  Since 1992, Jays Care Foundation has been empowering children and youth in need, inspiring them to make positive choices and helping them realize their dreams by providing access to programs that support physical activity, education, and life-skill development.

So please vote, whether its for my chair or not……but hopefully it is!! Winking smileThank you!!!

Glamorously yours,

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!!

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Room design by Ryan Korban

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

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Purple Passion Wednesday: Glamorous Living Room

Wow, what’s not to love in this glamorous & gorgeous  living room!

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It’s got all the elements required to make it a Glam Slam!!

– High ceilings painted in aubergine

– Tall windows with purple drapery

– A grandiose ornate mirror over the fireplace

– My favourite: the over scale lilac tufted ottoman

– Velvet sofa in a plum fabric

– A variety of toss cushions in varying shades of purple!

Stunning!!  What do you think?

If you are looking to create a glamorous living room in your home, then call or email me.

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Glamour Friday: Creating a Glamorous Bedroom Retreat with mirrored furniture

As you know, I love all things GLAM – especially a glamorous bedroom.  And one of the easiest ways to create a glamorous bedroom is to add a piece of mirrored furniture into the room.

And it doesn’t have to be over the top.  This Master bedroom belongs to Nancy Corzine may be a bit much for you with all the mirrored furniture….but for me it is a total GLAM SLAM!!

Nancy also wrote a beautiful book called “Glamour at Home” – it’s on my coffee table at home.

This mirrored four-poster bed was inspired by the Chrysler Building.  Wow!!

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Really, all you need is one piece of mirrored furniture to add some glam to your bedroom….and these pieces are easily accessible and affordable from West Elm

Parsons Mirror End Table

How about this mirrored end table  at $349.00

Parsons Mirror Console

This gorgeous console table ($549.00) also is going to end up in my client’s living room once I’m finished decorating the main floor of her house.

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This little stool or side table is stunning also….and so is the price at $199.00.

So as you can see, creating a glamorous bedroom is as easy as  saying “mirror, mirror, on the wall – who has the most glamorous room of all?” Flirt female

Hope you all have a glamorous weekend!!

If your home is craving some glamour, 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.

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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!! 

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(all photography by Stacey van Berkel-Haines)

So crisp and clean….like my watch!!

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

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What a pretty mudroom.

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

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

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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.

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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

Glamour Friday: A Diva worthy bedroom!

Are you a Diva or a wanna-be diva?  Yes….well then this bedroom is absolutely perfect!!  Pure luxury at its finest…..to me it’s actually dripping of diamonds and furs.  When I saw this bedroom on the website of Style Factory International I thought I had died and gone to Glamour heaven.

Oh yes, I could totally imagine J.Lo, Beyoncé, and Mariah having this bedroom in one of their many homes.

A monochromatic colour scheme always screams glamour and luxury. Although I definitely would have added some aubergine cushions on the bed.  And I totally adore the wing-back style headboard —  perfect for any diva to lounge on. 

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Hello gorgeous, where have you been all my life!!  Have you ever seen a chandelier trimmed in feathers.  Utterly Glam-tastic!!  And look, the long rectangular wall mirror is also trimmed in feather.  OMG….I’m feeling faint as I write this.

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What a stunning make-up desk.  If you ever have a large wall space to fill up then use a series of different sized circular mirrors to command attention.  I love it….it adds so much sparkle to the room. And I can’t forget to mention the sophisticated tone-on-tone wallpaper with its chain-link motif. 

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How alluring is this night-table with the fur-covered lamp shade – my head is spinning in utter delight.  This bedroom is a GLAM SLAM!!

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This bedroom is from the Visionnaires Collection.  Check out their full catalogue here

Now you may be thinking that this glamorous bedroom is totally impossible for your lifestyle….but I say “NEVER!”  As a whole, yes it may be…but taking pieces of this room and replicating it in your bedroom is not that difficult or impractical.

Option 1:  A upholstered tufted headboard as the main focal point
Option 2:  Said headboard + sparkly chandelier (with or without feathers)
Option 3:  Glitzy chandelier + lots of sparkly mirrors
Option 4:  All of the above!!

Hope you all have a super glamorous weekend!!

 

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

Glamorously yours,

Christine xo