Happy Chinese New Year!! January 31st officially starts the Year of the Horse.
This is what you can expect for Year of the Horse:
Welcome to the Year of the Horse, a very special sign in its own right. The Horse has a connection with Tai Yang (Chinese for sun) as well as Yang, or male energy, one of the two primal forces of the universe. Of the five elements, Wood is the most favorable for the Horse, and 2014 is also a Wood year. This is good for luck in general. So go ahead and take chances. The time is right. However, the Year of the Horse emphasizes thinking things through before you take action — no leaping before you look. This year, there are plenty of areas that hold great opportunities, including (but not limited to) travel, the great outdoors, fitness and your social life.
Generally, that sounds pretty promising. I happen to be born in the year of the Horse, so although its my year, apparently it will be filled with ups and downs. Oh well, every year is full of highs and lows. I definitely have some travel coming up – Las Vegas next week and Florida in March. I guess we all just have to be a bit cautious…no jumping off the cliff unless you know there is a safe place to land this year. If you don’t know what animal you are — Tiger, Pig, Rat, etc in Chinese astrology then click here to discover what this year holds for your animal sign.
And of course, the new year wouldn’t be complete without a new Polyvore set in honour of the Year of the Horse!! Enjoy!
The weather is oh so hot right now in the Greater Toronto area…..so if you are inside cooling off , why not keep busy with one of my favourite past-times — and SHOP! I have 2 great deals to share with you today….sales you do not want to miss.
The first sale is from one of my favourite online stores called Mod Pieces. Lia Fagan from Mod Pieces creates custom lamps and now toss cushions in the most fabulous colours and patterns. I first met Lia when she custom created a vintage lamp with that stunning chevron lampshade for my second appearance on Cityline talking about Chevron as a hot trend in home decor. Here’s a walk down memory lane:
Her annual sale starts this Friday (June 28th) for the Canada Day long weekend. So don’t waste any time and click here on Friday
Her new line of toss cushions look amazing and so fashionable. A perfect way to add some fun into your home decor. I definitely think I will be picking some up for a client….or maybe just for myself! 😉
And don’t forget to put in the coupon code to save 25%…use “OHCanada”
Now my next favourite deal is from DNA 11 –DNA 11 pioneered the application of genetic science in the creation of truly personalized unique custom art. You can create custom art with your own DNA, your lips and fingerprint portraits. Want to make a statement – decorate your walls with a piece that is literally a part of you or your family. I’m actually waiting for my lip canvas art to be delivered to me. I will definitely show it to you once it is hung up in my Glam Cave.
I wanted to share this offer with you as they mentioned in their email that it is for fans and friends of DNA 11, but hurry because this awesome deal also ends July 1st. When you spend just $100, you will actually get a $250 DNA 11 gift voucher for any piece you so desire. How fabulous is that?
That’s all for now! Shop lots and have a wonderful Canada Day long weekend!!
Bye bye Tangerine Tango!! Last week, Pantone, the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries announced PANTONE® 17-5641 Emerald, a lively, radiant, lush green, as the Color of the Year for 2013.
Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. It’s also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity – no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.
A couple of weeks ago I was at an event with a couple of my designer BFFs and we were talking about what Pantone`s colour would be for 2013 – and we all guessed Green. We have seen a lot of it on the fashion runways and in home decor – so it really wasn’t a huge surprise.
Since fashion and home decor intersect so closely, this is what pantone had to say about utilizing Emerald Green in fashion and in the home.
Emerald for Fashion:
The prevalence of green has been steadily rising for several seasons, especially in the fashion and couture markets, and even on the red carpet. Appropriate for every occasion, Emerald’s classic elegance makes for striking and irresistible women’s formal and everyday wear as well as accessories. Emerald also makes a strong statement in men’s sportswear, knitwear and ties.
Emerald for Interiors:
Enhance your sense of well-being at home by rejuvenating the interior with Emerald paint, accents and accessories. This jewel-like hue will create a luxurious feel in an entryway, powder room, dining room or study, and bring life to a living room as an accent wall. Add a splash of color to the kitchen and dining room areas with Emerald dinnerware, stemware and appliances.
Yesterday I went for a manicure and this is what I got done. I thought it was a lot of fun – perfect for the holidays and I`m sure it would be Pantone approved!
Green glitter French manicure with a hint of gold!!
I`m not crazy about going overboard with the green, but I do love the colour combinations of blue & green and green and pink….very girly!
Here are some images to inspire you and get you in the mood for emerald green in 2013.
I am way overdue for a Decorate as You Dress blog post and the recent purchase of these fabulous floral wedge heels inspired me. Aren’t they absolutely gorgeous for spring/summer. And what an easy look to incorporate into your home decor this season. Love the feminine chintz pattern on these seat cushions (image from Style at Home magazine)
Here are a few more images from the same home featured in the April Colour issue of Style at Home Magazine.
And of course, you can never go wrong with having fresh flowers in every room!!
In the latest spring issue of Dabble Magazine I wrote how Florals in home decor are a constant trend during the spring/summer season. You can read my latest column here.
So, will you incorporate something flowery into your closet and home decor this season. Let me know by leaving a comment below!!
Happy Victoria Day long weekend to my fellow Canadian friends!!
Home Depot launched their latest DreamBook this past week and is having a “Match the Look” contest to promote it. Home Depot invited 6 Canadian Design Bloggers (including me) to choose one of their favourite looks or finds from the interactive DreamBook online.
And all YOU have to do is guess which look I chose and you could win a $200 gift card to buy all the fabulous spring & summer home decor products they have featured in the DreamBook.
You will need to enter the contest through Facebook using Facebook Connect. Once you are there you can tag the look that you think I chose. Below is what the page will look like when you click on it.
Oh look, there I am……click here and tag one of these fabulous finds that you think I chose on this page!!!
And just a little hint: it may not be as obvious as you think! Tee Hee! So my lovely glamorous readers, how well do you think you know me????
Here are some more great images from The Home Depot DreamBook! It definitely is designed to inspire!!
You have till next Friday to “Match the look” to me and hopefully win a $200 gift card. Then it will be onto another design blogger’s pick for the next 5 weeks.
So please enter this fun, interactive contest!! Hope you win!!! And don’t forget to come back here and let me know what you tagged as my pick!!!
I attended the Media Preview Breakfast on Wednesday for the latest One of a Kind Show which is on now at the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place in Toronto.
If you have never attended this show, than I highly recommend you visit this weekend before it ends on April 1st. Where else can you find unique home decor items, fashion and jewellery all made by Canadian Artisans.
Below are some Displays & Special Features you should check out while you are there!
One of a Kind Umbrella Competition
April showers bring May flowers! We have invited all of our Spring Show exhibitors to create a piece inspired by the theme “Umbrella” to welcome Spring! From the shape of a raindrop to the freshness of the season, show off your creative edge and use your own medium to design an exciting creation based on your interpretation of this theme. Be sure to visit this display in centre aisle, and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award!
One of a Kind Handmade Display
From sketches to photographs, paint colours to fabric swatches, explore the inspiration boards at this year’s feature display and discover the imagination that drives every piece you see at the One of a Kind Spring Show!
One of a Kind Craft Community Of Canada
A platform for emerging artists to launch their careers! This section features ten of Canada’s brightest talents in the handmade industry, as nominated by the nation’s leading art and cultural organizations. Click here for more information.
One of my favourite artisans is at the show. You may remember Lia Fagan from Mod Pieces….she created that fabulous chevron vintage lamp that I used for my second Cityline show appearance last September.
This is the first “Decorate As You Dress” blog post of the year and I thought why not start it off with Pantone’s 2012 Colour of the year: Tangerine Tango!!
“Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”
Now let’s take a look at how you can incorporate this vivacious colour into your wardrobe or home decor:
I absolutely adore this spring coat as much as I adore this headboard. Now that’s the way to add some POP into your room!!
On the other hand, this kitchen is definitely over the top orange which is something I would NOT recommend doing in your home but I would definitely wear that cute orange outfit above.
Pops of orange like these counter stools or the dining room chairs below is a much palatable way to go with decorating your home in this hue! And used with whites is a sure-fire way to garner positive attention.
Definitely much more refined looking when such a bright colour is used as more of an accent!
But if you want to stop traffic at your next gala event, then this gown is the way to go!!! STUNNING!!
And just as stunning is this front door. What a way to welcome guests to your home!
I’m actually coveting this glorious wallpaper along with these oh so glam Steve Madden shoes!!! Be still my beating heart!!
In case you want to run out and paint a feature wall in this colour, Benjamin Moore has a similar colour called Tangerine Melt CC-091.
If I have inspired you to incorporate this wonderful colour into your home or closet, here are a few tips:
1) This hue is magical when used as an accent against a neutral background, especially with greys!
2) Don’t be afraid to use in colour combinations such as blue & orange or pink & orange!
Wow, I love this glamorous girly look for my Glam Cave!!
3) Don’t be shy about incorporating this colour into your wardrobe or home decor…start off small, then go from there!
Like this or like this……
4) This colour is not for everyone so if it doesn’t suit your skin tone or you absolutely hate anything orange in your home, then DON”T DO IT!! Instead try Benjamin Moore’s 2012 colour of the year: Wythe Blue (HC-143). I’ll blog about this colour later this week.
So tell me….are you ready to tango with the tangerine?
If you want to know how to decorate your home for 2012, then contact me online or via twitter…I’d love to help!
Couldn’t resist this last image!! Want this look for spring!!
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!!
Adorable nutcrackers and elves.
Love these double glass ornaments!!
If I wasn’t going all glitz and glamour this year again, I would definitely go with this natural, woodsy theme!
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.
I bought some of these above and these below for client gifts
And you can’t forget about their iconic white lacquered trays!! Or in any other colour you desire!!
Under my guidance my client purchased the following:
Tall Butler tray stand with the large lacquered metallic silver tray for her dining room. It will look stunning!!
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:
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.
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!!
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.
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!!
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!!