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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

Lee Ann’s Kitchen Reno: Part 5 – The Kitchen begins to take life!!

It’s been a white since I’ve updated you on Lee Ann’s Kitchen reno and lots has been happening!! 

If you recall, Lee Ann donated her kitchen to our local chapter of Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore.  You can read the post here as a refresher.

Once the kitchen was cleared, my contractor came in and started rebuilding the walls and removing useless bulkheads on the ceiling.


Lee Ann also desperately needed proper lighting in her new kitchen so a new lighting plan was created.  We added 10 pot lights to her new kitchen layout.


And a few days later, this naked kitchen slowly started to get clothed with a fabulous new floor!!


The flooring goes out into the hallway all the way to the front door.  I’m so happy the way it turned out.  But that’s not all…..a few days later my  contractor came in and installed all the upper & lower cabinets!!  Soooo exciting!!  Are you ready!!!!


I love how the uppers go all all the way to the ceiling finished with a lovely crown moulding.  Cupboards were painted in Benjamin Moore’s CC-80 Grey Mist.


If you remember from Lee Ann’s old kitchen (click here for a refresher) her stove used to be right by the doorway into the kitchen.  Now we have the stove framed by 2 sets of mini pot drawers.  What a huge difference!!  And so much more functional with lots more storage!!


And I turned Lee Ann’s old eating area into a more functional space by adding in a much needed pantry and a new desk area for Lee Ann to check her email or pay bills.  And how apropos is it that her new desk is adjacent to her new wine fridge. Winking smileSee that box on the floor above – inside is the gorgeous new faucet that the folks at Delta generously supplied to Lee Ann!!



Apparently Lee Ann couldn’t wait for the kitchen to be finished….she went right ahead and started displaying her wine glasses.  My kinda gal!!

You may have noticed that the countertop and backsplash are still missing.  Well, you’ll have to come back next week to see it all installed!! I’m also going to share the fabulous faucet that Delta provided for Lee Ann’s new kitchen and the old chair I “up-cycled” into total feminine kitchen glam!!

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

Glamorously yours,

Christine xo

Lee Ann’s Kitchen Reno: The Demolition!!

Hi everybody, are you ready for another update on Lee Ann’s kitchen reno?  So let’s talk demolition!!  Out with the old and in with the new  Open-mouthed smile.

Although Lee Ann’s kitchen looked like an 80’s nightmare gone bad, the cupboards and countertop were still in good condition.  And as every good designer knows – you should always offer up a few different design options to your client.  One of the options to update her kitchen was to keep her current cupboards and paint them out in a more classic & modern colour and get a new countertop.

Here’s a reminder of how they looked.

But Lee Ann quickly shot down that option…..she wanted an entirely new kitchen…and really who could blame her.  But since her kitchen was still in good shape, I thought let’s at least donate the cupboards and countertop to the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore.

And that’s what we did.   The process was simple enough.  A representative from the ReStore came over to the house to review the kitchen and ensure that it would be salvageable.  Once that was determined,  a day was scheduled for the demolition!

IMG_5774A A group of 8 volunteers basically tore the kitchen apart and packed it up into their truck. It was an amazing process to watch.



And in less than 2 hours the kitchen was empty.  They even took her old stove and dishwasher away.

Donating to your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a win-win for everyone involved.  The ReStore gets cupboards and countertops in good condition to sell to someone who can use them AND Lee Ann receives a tax receipt for any of her kitchen items sold.  Like I said, a win-win!!

If you live in the western region of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) than you can get more information at http://www.habitathalton.ca/ and you can follow them on Twitter at @HabitatHalton.

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

Glamorously yours,

Christine xo

Glamour Fridays – Pink & Zebra Palace!

WOW!!  If I was single my bachelorette apartment would look exactly like this.  Pink, zebra print, Lucite and pops of black make for a total GLAM SLAM!!!

This apartment was highlighted in the premiere issue of High Gloss Magazine and was designed by Erin Gates, one of the editors at the online magazine.

It’s ultra feminine but not overly ‘precious’.  I especially love the strong hits of black in the x-benches and cushions. And oh la la, I love me some zebra print!!

Photography by Sarah Winchester

I also love how every inch of this small space as utilized.

This kitchen may be tiny but it is oh so glam!!  From the Kelly Wearstler iconic imperial trellis wallpaper on the walls to the mosaic backsplash to the  Carrara marble waterfall countertop.  Yes folks, a kitchen can be glamorous!!!

And of course, touches of Lucite throughout  the apartment never hurt anyone!! Red heart


The eat-in area is highlighted by the Saarinen tulip marble table and the Jonathan Adler white lacquer console table.  So yummy!!

So would you live here??

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

Glamorously yours,

Christine xo

Lee Ann’s Kitchen Reno: Part 2 — The Design

Well, it’s time for another update on Lee Ann’s 80’s kitchen reno.  If you missed seeing what it looks like than click here for the recap.

Here’s a list of the priorities for Lee Ann’s kitchen:

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While creating the design I had to keep these priorities in mind. So here is the design plan I created that Lee Ann approved!!  Since the kitchen is small we couldn’t really change the footprint of the space so placement of appliances were staying put.  However we did centre the stove in between 2 pot drawers that Lee Ann badly needed.

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I also added in a full height pantry for extra storage, a chef’s desk and a small bar area with wine fridge and glass enclosed cupboards for wine glasses, etc.  By utilizing the eat-in area, I was able to provide Lee Ann with lots more storage and a wonderful area where she can check her email or pay bills.

Below are some 3D and elevation drawings (supplied by my kitchen cabinet supplier) for you to get a better perspective of what the kitchen will look like after the renovation!!  I’m so excited!!

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Things are in full swing now.  Stay tuned for my next posting where I will share with you all the materials chosen for Lee Ann’s kitchen.

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

Glamorously yours,

Christine xo

Lee Ann’s Kitchen Reno: Good bye 80’s kitchen!!

Today I thought I would introduce you to a new project I am working on.  My client Lee Ann, a single mom wants to update her late 80’s style kitchen.  Just imagine hunter green laminate counter tops, shiny stark white cupboards and green diamonds on your tiles!  Yikes!!  Definitely time for a redo!!

So let me show you what Lee Ann’s kitchen looks like now:

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Here’s a close up of the hallway flooring that goes into the kitchen.  And you can’t miss the hunter green laminate countertop.  Lee Ann is so excited about getting rid of all that green!  Now, don’t get me wrong, I love the colour green…just not in flooring or in kitchens where its too costly to replace it once you get sick of that colour.

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This is the view of what you see when you walk into the kitchen.  She’s got a huge window overlooking the backyard which lets in lots of natural light which is helpful because her lighting situation isn’t very good right now.  The layout is a mini horseshoe. The peninsula where the dishwasher sits looks into the tiny eat-in area.  See below:

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Lee Ann has a very tiny eat-in area, a small desk area to organize her bills, and one lonely pantry for food storage.  Not a very big area when you want to entertain friends, work on your laptop or buy some food in bulk!  There are also massive sliding doors right in the eating area that will not be moved during the reno.Lee Ann Stranges2

Another issue Lee Ann has is that the stove is right flush against the doorway into the kitchen so you get an ugly view of the side of the stove.  Now who wants that as a visual?  She’s also got unsightly bulkheads that can thankfully be removed.  And don’t get me started on the backsplash…..that is so outta there…STAT!!!

So here’s a list of what I will be concentrating on for Lee Ann’s kitchen reno!!

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Hope you are as excited about Lee Ann’s kitchen reno as much as I am!!  Next week I will share with you the materials we chose for her new “classic, modern” kitchen.

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

Glamorously yours,

Christine xo

Sarah 101: Episode 4 and a crazy week for me!!

Hi Everyone,  did you catch episode 4 of Sarah 101 where Sarah and Tommy decorated Andrew’s bedroom in a loft setting.  I must say, besides purple I do love the colour blue because you can create a multitude of different moods for each room depending how you use it with other colour combinations.  This bedroom definitely has energy to it with the splashes of red and floral pattern in the headboard. 

So we are 1/3 into Sarah 101….how are you liking it so far?  Does it compare to Sarah’s House or Design Inc.  Would love to hear your thoughts.



It’s going to be a crazy week for me.  Tomorrow morning I’m attending an exclusive media preview for the Interior Design Show (IDS11) being held in Toronto, Ontario  January 27th – 30th.

I will try to Tweet about it during the tour and will definitely take lots of pictures for The Glam Blog.


Then on Thursday night is the Gala Event for the IDS11 (rubbing shoulders with design celebrities I hope Flirt female) and a wonderful dinner with around 20 talented women in the design industry….oh and a few men sprinkled in there as well.  And believe it or not, most of us all met via Twitter and/or Facebook!!  I just love the power of social media….don’t you?


And then Friday I am going to squeeze in some time at the IDS11 for Trade Day but then have to head to a secret location for a new project that I have been asked to contribute to.  Can’t tell you yet…but soon…..very soon!!

And then on the weekend I am finally getting professional shots taken of the kitchen renovation I finished this past fall with the ultra glamorous banquette I designed for my client.  Can’t wait to show you!!

This is a peak of how it looked before:

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That’s it for now….hope to see you back here tomorrow!!

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

Glamorously yours, 


Sarah 101 3rd Episode: Vernon’s Kitchen

The 3rd episode of Sarah 101 with Sarah Richardson and Tommy Smythe is on Tuesday night at 9pm.  Tonight they will tackle Vernon’s kitchen.

After meeting with Sarah and Tommy last month we were given a sneak peek of this episode and it is amazing what the dynamic duo can do with a small kitchen!!

From the publicity shots below you can that the kitchen looks amazing AND wait until you see what they had to work from…..let’s just say WOW!!



Enjoy the episode and let me know what you thought!!!

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

Glamorously yours, 


Today at I’m Guest Blogging at Decor Happy’s Blog

Hi Everyone,

Today I’m guest blogging at Vanessa Francis’ gorgeous design blog called Decor Happy!!  She has started a new feature called “Work in Progress Wednesdays” where a designer/design blogger can showcase a project they are currently working on.  The project I have chosen to talk about on her blog is a client’s Kitchen Reno and I am very excited to share it with you all!  So please hop over to her blog and read all about my kitchen reno and let me know what you think!!

The final unveiling of this kitchen project will take place here in the next few weeks!!!  Have a great day!!

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

Happy November!!!

I can’t believe it’s November already…..the days are definitely starting to get chillier — my daughters wore their winter coats to school today – Yikes!!  But you know what that means…….it’s time to start thinking of  Christmas and the holiday season!!!  🙂

This week I will be sharing with you my Santa list of my 5 most favourite Glam Slam decor items I want from the jolly old man in the red suit!!!  But tomorrow I will be guest blogging on Vanessa Francis’ blog Decor Happy talking about one of my client projects:  “The Glamorous Kitchen” for her new series on Wednesdays entitled Work in Progress.  So be sure to pop by there tomorrow to read by blog posting!!


In the meantime, to get you into the Holiday spirit, here is the cover of Style at Home’s December issue!!!  Can’t Wait!!

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

I’d also love to hear what you will be putting on your Santa’s list this year!!  Please share!!