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Dabble Does Cityline

Hey Everyone,

Tomorrow is Dabble Day on Cityline!!!  And I’m on the show (hurray) with Kimberley Seldon and Nicholas Rosaci.  Dabble Day is all about Spain, as we explore Barcelona style in decor and food, plus a great DIY project by Nicholas with maps. In my segment I am talking about three of my favourite decor trends for the fall season: Ombre, Yellow & Grey colour Combo, and masculine decor which I have dubbed Masculine Sophisticate.

I was a little bit nervous as its been a while since I’ve appeared on Cityline so I totally felt like it was my first time again.  Hopefully it doesn’t come across on camera but we shall see tomorrow  (Tuesday) at 9am and 3pm eastern time.  We are always our worst critic aren’t we?

Below are a few pictures from last week’s taping.  Thanks to Nicholas’ fabulous partner Johnny for talking these photos!!

Here I am getting my Demo Table set up just before my decor segment begins taping.  That’s the lovely Tracy Moore in the background admiring a gorgeous houndstooth throw from Urban Barn


Posing with Dabble’s DIY Guy, Nicolas and Chef Michael Bonacini


And of course, all the guest experts posing with Tracy. 


If you are able to watch it tomorrow, let me know what you think!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Happy 1st Birthday Dabble Magazine!!!!


Wow, I can’t believe a full year has gone by already since the very first issue of Dabble Mag was launched!!  I am so honoured to be involved with this inspiring online magazine as a design contributor.  And it’s all due to the founder and editor-in-chief Kimberley Seldon!  She is a fabulous woman with a wonderful group of Dabble team members working with her!!

So In honour of their first birthday, Dabble is having a fabulous contest!!


Enter to win a Design Express Trip for two to Charleston and Savannah on June 13-17 with Editor in Chief, Kimberley Seldon!

Valued at $11,000!

One lucky winner will win a Design Express Trip for two to Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA taking place on June 13-17th with Kimberley Seldon. Includes flights, accommodations at Charleston Place and customized events.

5 days, 4 nights, 2 amazing destinations!

The DE Charleston / Savannah Contest is brought to you by Kimberley Seldon Travel Group and CityTV’s CityLine.

The winner will be announced on March 28th, so enter to win!

I would love it if one my blog readers or followers on Facebook or Twitter won this contest….so please enter asap!!!

And if you haven’t had a chance to read the latest issue of Dabble Magazine and read my latest What’s Trending Column (its on page 64) on the gorgeous stone Malachite, then what are you waiting for.


Now let’s raise our glasses up and make a toast to Dabble’s 1st birthday!!!! Cheers!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

IDS Week and other fun events you need to know about!!

Well, its that time of year again when utter craziness begins with fabulous social events!  Starting tomorrow, the Interior Design Show opens in Toronto at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. And I can’t wait!!  It’s always a great par-tay!!

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When I attended the media preview and the gala last year I posted about them here and here!  Although I can’t make it to the media preview this year due to time constraints I will be attending the gala with all my interior design friends and attending Trade Day on Friday.

But first, Kimberley Seldon is having a pre-gala launch party & tweet-up for her new Business of Design website.  Business of Design is a network community of industry peers; an innovative professional development website specifically created for interior design professionals.

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Once Kimberley’s party is finished at Modern Weave, then it is off to the Gala for the IDS opening night!!  Remember this pic of the gang from last year!  Same faces – new outfits!!


Haven’t figured out what I am going to wear yet but I am wearing these fabulous ‘shooties” by LAMB  I bought last week!  Are they not to die for!!  And yes, my feet will be dying by the end of the evening!! Winking smile


Then Friday morning we are off to Trade Day at the IDS Show.  I’m attending Blog Podium right at 9 am to hear a series of great speakers speak to a huge group of design bloggers.



Should be a very insightful morning!!  After that the gang will wander all the fabulous design booths and I promise to take lots of pictures.

Ok….I need my beauty sleep so see you back here with tons of fun from the IDS!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Dabble Magazine, Cityline and ME!!

What are you doing tomorrow at 9am – that would be Tuesday, July 12th at 9am or if you prefer afternoons…than how about 2:00pm?

Why you ask?  Because one of my career aspirations is coming true tomorrow!!  I’m appearing in a design segment with other fabulous Food & Design contributors from Dabble Magazine on Cityline.

It’s an action packed hour with Kimberley Seldon  and her daughter Raleigh on stilts!!  yes, that’s right – stilts!!  Dabble Chef Corey James Burgan  prepares a Caesar Salad to die for and great tips for having a great picnic!


In this photo: , Corey James Burgan, Raleigh Gilliam Seldon, Nicholas Rosaci (photos), Christine Da Costa (Erin Mercer


Dabble’s DIY guy AKA Mr. Chic-ster Nicolas shows everyone how to create a funky étagère


And I get to provide tips on styling a modern informal étagère versus a formal more traditional étagère.


Do not ask me what Tracy and I were laughing about after my segment….I swear to god it is all a blur to me right now.  When I watch the episode tomorrow it is going to be totally new to me also!!


In this segment Nicholas and I were teamed against Kimberley and Tracy and Corey and Raleigh to see who could set up a picnic table the fastest.



I won’t tell you which team won!!


Then we showed Tracy what each of our favourite item was to bring to a picnic!!


A great pic of Dabble contributors, Kimberley and Tracy


End of the show Kimberley and I were all smiles!!


Thanks so much to Kimberley for this great opportunity and to everyone at Cityline for making my first time on Cityline so much fun!

Hope you will be watching tomorrow!!

Christine xoxo

Dabble Magazine – 2nd Issue is Live!!

Hi Everyone, 

The 2nd issue of Dabble Magazine is live!! The latest issue focuses on Santa Monica, Kimberley Seldon’s hometown….so be sure to read the latest issue here

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And then of course, be sure to head over to page 32 and catch my latest Industry Profile with Jeffrey Herr, the Curator at Hollyhock House in Hollywood.  Hollyhock House was the very first project in Los Angeles that Frank Lloyd Wright designed — It’s quite fascinating!!

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Hope you are enjoying Dabble as much as I am and please share…..what do you like to dabble in??


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

Glamorously yours,

Christine xo

Dabble, Kimberley and Strike a Pose!!

Last Thursday night the party to be seen at was held on the second floor of the ultra glam Elte store.   This party was all about Dabble Magazine, Kimberley Seldon and striking a fierce pose!!

So here’s a mini play-by-play of the evening’s events:

First, we had to get there!!  Tamara from Wondermoms and I drove in together and fought the gridlock on the 401 expressway.  Fortunately we made it to Elte in good time and even got a parking spot right in front of the main doors!!   Score 1 for the killer high heels!!  When we arrived the bar was still being set up with the absolutely to die for ‘’dabble-tinis” created by the very talented Cocktail Deeva!

Then I got my name tag identifying me as a Design Contributor for Dabble – exciting times!!  Check out my “Dabble blue” nail polish!

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Since the Media presentation wasn’t going to start until 6:30 the design contributors decided to kill some time by pretending to walk the Dabble catwalk and “strike a pose!”


Nicholas Rosaci, Me and Nyla Free



Me and Lisa Canning another design contributor


By 6:30pm the room was starting to fill up with a mixture of media folk and avid Kimberley Seldon fans!!  Then it was time for the media presentation to begin….and the guest of honour to take centre stage!!


Kimberley took the media crowd through the thought process of how Dabble Magazine came to be born and how the name Dabble was chosen (following is an excerpt from the Dabble website and very close to what she actually talked about)

“Dabble Dabble Dabble.  Let’s face it.  It’s just fun to say.

But that’s not exactly why we picked the title.  It has more to do with Dabble’s subject matter, encompassing interior design, travel and food. Diverse topics that work in tandem to create Life Well Designed.

And that’s what Dabble is.

While I’m an interior designer by trade, travel is my muse. I learned early on that great design has roots that can be traced around the globe, speaking a universal language.  The same is true of great food.  How fortunate I’ve been to build a career that allows me to hone my skills working directly with clients, on television as a design expert, and as Decorating Editor of Style at Home magazine, all the while traveling the world for inspiration. You might say, I’ve Dabbled.

We want you to Dabble too.

Each bi-monthly issue of Dabble brings you inspiring design from around the world, immerses you in cities ripe for discovery, gives you a taste for far-flung cultures, and brings all of this together in an interactive magazine, so you can discover your own passion for travel, design and food.”


That’s the back of my head as I’m trying to get a good shot of Kimberley!  Laughing out loud


By 7pm, the throngs of Kimberley/Dabble fans had entered the building and the party was in full swing as we all rubbed shoulders with celebrity designers, bloggers and non-design folk!  Ohhhh, and there was amazing food and wine to keep everyone ‘s tummy happy and full!

Maple Leaf Food supplied all the yummy food for the party!!


By 8pm the room was packed…you could barely move!! Just the way a good party should be!



There even was an area set aside where you could get your picture taken as if you were on the cover of Dabble – it was a popular spot…and where you could catch a lot of “posers” in action! Open-mouthed smile

Now let me introduce you to some of the key members of the Dabble Team”:


Kimberley Seldon – the Queen of Dabble!!  I have 5 words to describe this great lady:  CLASSY, SUPPORTIVE, MENTORING, TALENTED and HUMBLE!!  I’m so proud to call her my friend now.

Cheryl Horne, Managing Editor and her significant other,  Jay Van Pelt


Victoria Drainville, Associate Editor.  You can read all about the rest of the Dabble Team and contributors here

And of course, this blog posting wouldn’t be the same without my usual posse of Design Bloggers and all the outrageousness that follows us wherever we go!!  Winking smileIMG_5499

Ana, Vanessa, Sarah, Leigh Ann, Kate, Me and Christine 


These are my dear besties from Oakville who came to show their support for Dabble and I:  Cindy and Linda!!


Sharon Grech and I finally meeting in real life


Leigh Ann, Me, Tina Holmes and Dee Brun Gow AKA Cocktail Deeva!


Wendy Russell and Leigh Ann (again……lol)


Christine, Vanessa, and Vitania


Hanging out with my new blogger friend Pam Graham


Lisa Ferguson and I hanging out still at the end of the night.

Now let’s all strike a pose!!!

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That’s Simon Burn, the Creative Director for Dabble in the orange top.

Work it ladies!!!!

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Whew, I’m exhausted…..are you???  Now,if you hadn’t had a chance to check out Dabble Magazine live, then please click HERE!! 

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And don’t forget to go to page 32 and read my interview with Diane von Furstenberg! Embarrassed smile

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Thanks for hanging out till the end….I know it was a very long post!!

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

Glamorously yours,

Christine  xo


P.S.  For those that asked about my shoes…I bought them in San Francisco and they are from Velvet Angels.


Yup….that’s my foot!!!




Photo Sources:

Decor by Christine

Simon Burn for Dabble Magazine

Racheal McCaig Photography

Dabble Launch Party is Tonight!!


Dabble Magazine is having it’s official launch party tonight at Elte, a fabulous furniture store in Toronto.  I will have a ton of pictures to show you  tomorrow in my blog posting about this event.

It’s definitely the place to be tonight!!!

Ciao for now

Christine xo

Dabble Magazine is LIVE!!!


Just in case you’ve been out of the country or hibernating during this long winter Winking smilethe newest online magazine officially launched today.  And if you haven’t signed up for it yet, then you should definitely click here!

That’s my friend Nyla on the cover – she is another design contributor.

Now turn to page 32 and read my interview with the very glamorous and iconic fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg discussing her new DVF Home Collection.


One of her infamous wrap dresses.


Introducing some pieces from the DVF Home Collection:



Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of Dabble Magazine!!

Christine xo




All DVF photos courtesy of Diane von Furstenberg

Dabble Magazine Launching Monday February 28th!!!

Today  marks the launch of Dabble Magazine, a free online magazine from interior designer, writer, television personality and travel enthusiast, Kimberley Seldon.

Encompassing design, travel and food, the magazine’s diverse topics work in tandem to create life well design. And that’s what Dabble is.


Each bi-monthly issue of Dabble brings you inspiring design from around the world, immerses you in cities ripe for discovery and gives you a taste for far-flung cultures. All of this is brought together in an interactive magazine, so you can discover your own passion for design, travel and food.


And I am doubly honoured to be one of Dabble’s online design contributors writing on industry profiles! My focus will be on interviewing very savvy and stylish individuals in the Interior Design industry. My first interview will be revealed today!! Sign up now at www.dabblemag.com to receive the first issue in your inbox!!


Find your Dabble…   And let me know what you think!!

Christine xo

Dabble Magazine launching soon

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Well, I have more exciting news to share with you.  Starting this fall I will be a regular contributor to Kimberley Seldon’s Online Lifestyle Magazine called Dabble!!  It will focus on Design + Travel + Food & Wine!     

Kimberley Seldon is one of my Interior Design Idols, who not only is the Contributing Decorating Editor for Canada’s own Style at Home Magazine, but she is also a regular guest expert on the show Cityline.   Check out her website at www.kimberleyseldon.com and on twitter @DabbleMagazine or @Kimberley Seldon.

Look for Dabble Magazine’s launch later this month!!  And look for my blog postings focusing on interior design and decorating with a glamorous fashionable twist!!