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Designers Dream Weekend

Happy Friday dear Blog Friends,

There are lots of exciting things happening this weekend for me.  Tomorrow I am headed to Blogpodium Canada’s Conference for Design and Lifestyle Bloggers.  It is a series of ongoing conferences and small workshops designed to connect people together, encourage collaboration and sharing, and of course, have a great time.  I love seeing old blogger friends that I don’t get to see very often, and of course meeting new ones!

Besides meeting up with some amazing design and lifestyle bloggers, Sarah Richardson is the Keynote speaker tomorrow.

Her new show launched yesterday on HGTV Canada — its called Real Potential and airs Thursday nights.  Sarah is also launching a new fabric line with Kravet — one  of the fabric suppliers I use with my clients.  Below is clip from her new show.


 Then on Sunday I am on stage at the Ideal Home Show in Hamilton.  I will speaking at 3pm on my top 3 Fall/Winter Decorating Trends.

Also from noon until 2:30 I will be at the Free Pro-Advice Pavillion.  At the Free Pro Advice Pavilion, you will have one on one session with professionals in the field of interior design, real estate, and organizational designer and home contractors. You can bring in your pictures, fabrics, inspiration boards and napkin drawings and you will leave with priceless ideas and sketches from the pros.  So if you have a design dilemna, then pop on by and hopefully one of us design pros can help you out.

And one last thing,  I wanted to announce the winner of the PosterJack giveaway that I blogged about on Easy Dorm Room Art Ideas.  The Winning comment was from Sheila Zeller.  Congratulations Sheila — I will email you the promo code to use on their website.

So what plans do you have for the weekend?  Maybe I will see you at Blogpodium or the Ideal Home Show!!  Have a super weekend!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Project Bunkie: Decor Inspiration Part 2

I can’t believe how fast August is flying by….and before you know it — Labour Day Weekend will be upon us!!  Tick Tock, Tick Tock!!   Arrrrrrrghhhhhhhh!!!!

Yes, I’m panicking because our original deadline was to have the Bunkie fully finished – inside & out —  for the Aug 25th  weekend….but sadly that is not happening. Sometimes you just can’t control Mother Nature – all that rain we got last week delayed our plan for staining the exterior.  This past weekend we worked on the interior of the Bunkie and will work our way outside by the end of this weekend.  So our little “guest cottage” will have to be unveiled over the long weekend.

In the meantime, let me show you some more great photos I found on Pinterest that is inspiring my decor theme and colour palette for the Bunkie.  Photos from Sarah’s Cottage have definitely influenced my colour scheme…and really all because of the drapery in this photo.

Sarah Richardson Design - Sarah's Cottage - West Guest Bedroom

I currently have similar striped sunbrella fabric drapery in my gazebo up at the “glamper”.  I have since taken them down to be laundered and eventually hung up on the 2 windows inside the Bunkie.  And voila, my colour palette has been born: Blue, lot of White, with hints of pale yellow and green!  I want it to have a bit of a “vintage – beachy – glam” vibe to it.  So you better believe it’s going to have a chandelier in it!

These following pictures also inspired my floor plan for this 10 x 12 space:

bunkie with a view


The main goal of getting our Bunkie was to create a little guest cottage that could comfortably sleep a family of four when friends come to visit.  So having a double bed and bunk beds is a must.  Similar to the Bunkie above.

bunkie beds


Love the whole look and feel of this bunk bed with a lower double bed.

Just Beachy Bunkie


I also really like the beachy vibe I get from this cute little Bunkie.

cabin bunkie look!

We are installing bead board panels on the walls and will be staining it white — so it will look similar to this picture. So excited to show you the final result!!

Fun quilts for the bunkie

Pinned via web from Source

These quilts are super fun…but unfortunately I don’t have any and neither does my mom.  Hoping to find some while I scour some antique markets in the next few weeks.

And last but not least is the floor plan I created that should fit a family of 4 comfortably. I will get into more detail about the floor plan in my next blog post along with pictures of the cutest little Bunkie you ever saw!! (but I’m biased of course!) Winking smileCasa Da Costa – Seaton will soon be open!!

Bunkie Floorplan 2

If you missed my Part one of my Project Bunkie series, you can read it here.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on Project Bunkie so far…..so click away in the comments section below!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Sarah 101 is back for Season 2


Hey all you Sarah & Tommy fans out there…exciting news!!  Sarah 101 starts its second season this Tuesday, May 29th on HGTV Canada.  The show will air back to back episodes starting at p.m..


Once again, Sarah teaches viewers the fundamentals of design for your home!!  So will you be watching??

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Sarah’s House is Back!!!!


A new season of Sarah’s House begins on Tuesday, October 18th!!  I had a chance to walk through the house that Sarah and Tommy transformed…and it was absolutely stunning!!




Also, Sarah Richardson is seeking lucky homeowners for Season 2 of Sarah 101.  Check out the details below:

Ever dreamed of inviting Sarah into your home and having her re-imagine a room in her signature style? Well, this just might be your chance! Sarah is currently seeking spaces in need of a high style makeover for her hit series, Sarah 101. Is this your dream come true? Here’s how it works:

  • We are seeking motivated individuals who will receive a decorating/design makeover from HGTV’s top design talent, Sarah Richardson and her partner in design, Tommy Smythe.
  • Each makeover will have an approximate value of $10,000 in product and over $15,000 in design services, and will be conducted in a short period of time depending on the scope of work (approx. 2-4 weeks).
  • We are seeking dramatic “befores” as the backdrop for magazine-worthy “afters.”
  • We are looking for adventurous, excited homeowners (or renters with permission from the landlord) who are willing to open their door and invite in one of Canada’s best design teams to treat their home as a blank canvas.
  • We are seeking interesting spaces with loads of character and “great bones”, which can be transformed through re-decoration or light renovation (no extensive structural work), and homeowners willing to share their design adventure on camera.
  • The team will consider your taste and style notes when designing your room, but you may not be consulted on the actual plan or design, so being a fan of Sarah’s style is imperative. Visit www.hgtv.ca/sarah101 to see the spaces transformed in Season 1.
  • The television production will contribute a retail value of $10,000 to your project, and any expenses above the allowed budget will be the responsibility of the homeowner.
  • The TV crew needs to have full, unsupervised access to the room throughout the duration of the project and full co-operation of the homeowner.

Interested? Please fill out an application form at http://www1.primevista.com/submissions/casting-call. We look forward to receiving your application – and don’t forget to attach the pictures! We appreciate all applications but only suitable candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please.



Christine xoxo

YAY!! Three New Decorating Shows launching in Canada!!

Three new decorating shows are launching in Canada on Sunday, June 5th, and with all the reruns out there, I can’t wait to start watching these summer shows!!

On the W Network, Million Dollar Decorators premieres at 9pm.  It features celebrity interior designers decorating for their very exclusive clientele.  You will meet L.A.’s most exclusive and sought-after interior designers –Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, Kathryn Ireland, Jeffrey Alan Marks, Mary McDonald and Nathan Turner.

Looks like a cat Cat facefight ready to happen!!  You can read all their bios here

On HGTV Canada, two new summer decorating shows starring some familiar faces also premiere on Sunday night!

Home to Keep 

With his team of experts in tow, Peter Fallico takes on a new challenge every week, working through different space challenges and giving each lucky family a space that will truly make it a Home to Keep.

Peter Fallico

Summer Home 

Designer Karen Sealy packs up her samples and design pad and heads up to cottage country to makeover summer homes. Using functional and practical designs, Karen creates dreamy retreats that celebrate summer living. From a derelict waterside bunkie to a multi-family country lodge, Summer Home captures the fun, humour and emotion of a summer at the family cottage.

Will you be tuning in??

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

Glamorously yours,

Christine xo

Getting ready for the launch of Sarah 101!!!

Hope everyone had a very glamorous new years celebration….but now it is time to revel in 2011!!!  And I can’t wait because a ton of new design shows are starting this month and one of them is Sarah Richardson’s new show “Sarah 101.”

Here is quick description of her new show: 

Sarah 101 is a back-to-basics crash course in design that breaks every project into simple building blocks and showcases Sarah Richardson’s signature approach of tips and tricks to solve design problems so that you too can transform any room in your home! Watch the premier Tuesday January 4th at 9:00pm ET on HGTV CANADA!

Last month, I had the utmost honour to be one of a few Canadian Design Bloggers asked to a group interview with Sarah and her faithful design side-kick, Tommy Smythe.

Below is the group of design bloggers…you’ll notice some familiar faces:  Vanessa from Decor Happy, Jen from Rambling Reno, Staci Edwards from Staci Edwards Blog, Vitania from Verdigris Vie Blog and Renee from eatliveshop blog.


But wait….someone is missing…..who can it be?????


Good ole Tommy….he is a total hoot!!! And he is exactly the same in real life as he is on the show.

So here are some completely random fun facts about Sarah and Tommy:

  1. Sarah and Tommy can literally finish each other’s sentences….that’s how well they know each other.  The dynamics you see between the 2 of them on camera is exactly the same in real life!
  2. You’ll see a totally different side to Tommy on Sarah 101.  Sarah affectionately called it “the cheapification of Tommy”!!  There’s no splurging on this show for Tommy.  They worked within a tight budget of $10,000 for each project.
  3. Lindsay (who you may remember as the design intern on Design Inc. – but who now is a full fledged designer on the team) has the world’s loudest sneeze….as we all witnessed.
  4. Sarah has a ton more ideas for TV shows….so expect a lot more innovative design shows in the future with Sarah & Tommy.
  5. Sarah & Tommy are currently filming season 4 of Sarah’s House – launching Fall 2011.  AND, Sarah spilled there will most likely be a 5th season also, along with a season 2 of Sarah 101!!  Whoooo Hoooo!
  6. There are 11 children amongst the 4 female designers in the firm resulting in a lot of TMI shared.  Tommy claimed he could easily do the job of  an OBYGN….in case the design thing-a-ma-jiggy doesn’t work out!!  Winking smile

OK…let’s get to more pics of the famous offices of Sarah Richardson Design – officially redesigned on Design Inc.


The ‘waiting room” for clients….gorgeous chandelier.  And there is always fresh flowers at the window.


If you are terrible at styling shelves….than memorize this picture and the next one.  Now this is how you accessorize & style a bookshelf!!! Thumbs up


And of course, almost every piece of furniture in this office is from Sarah’s collection!!


I absolutely adore the colour scheme of the SR offices…..soothing but OH SO GLAM!!!! 



Sarah sharing a chuckle with Lindsay…that’s Sarah’s office in the foreground.


This is the ultra glamorous ‘mini’ boardroom.  When we arrived for the Blogger Q&A, Sarah & Tommy were being interviewed by HGTV.


I have a vision board in my office…but it is not as chic as this one….hmmmmmmm…my wheels are turning.  A 2011 DIY project coming on I think!!!  Light bulb


Ohhhh, and they had tons of healthy and not so healthy yummy treats waiting for us.  I could soooo work there with that beautiful kitchen just beckoning me!!!  How many times have we seen Tommy and Sarah going through fabric swatches on that very island.  It was totally surreal being there!  Yes, I am totally gushing!! 

The Dynamic Duo….gorgeous on camera and off!!


Thanks Tommy for letting me sit on your knee!!!!  Send a kiss

I also got the chance to preview one of the shows that will be airing this month and you are going to love it!!!    So don’t forget:  Sarah 101 premiere show airs tomorrow or today (depending on when you are reading this) on HGTV Canada at 9pm.  And then stay tuned for a brand new show premiering immediately afterwards called Design DNA (9:30pm).

“Design DNA is an exciting new series that puts a twist on the traditional biography:  in this show, the hero may be a gadget, a chair, or an appliance.”


My apologies for such a long blog posting…but I was just very excited writing this post!!


Thanks for staying till the end!!  xoxo

If your home is craving some glamour, then contact me online or in person!  I’d love to help!
Glamorously yours,       
All pictures from Decor by Christine, excluding pics 1,2,12 & 13 courtesy of Rambling Reno AND pics 9, 10 & 11 courtesy of Decor Happy.  Thanks ladies!

Sarah and Tommy

Can you say O-M-G!!!!!  Later today I will have the distinct honour (with a few other equally honoured design bloggers) to interview Sarah Richardson and her hilarious sidekick Tommy.   They will be talking about their new show Sarah 101 launching on HGTV Canada on January 4th, 2011 at 9pm!!

Sarah 101 is a back-to-basics crash course in design that breaks every project into simple building blocks and showcases Sarah Richardson’s signature approach of tips and tricks to solve design problems so that you too can transform any room in your home!

So are you ready to go back to Design School Sarah style??  I know I am.

Sarah Richardson new show 101


Wish me luck at today’s interview!!!