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On My Radar: Canopy Beds

I’m kind of obsessed with getting a canopy bed right now. Do you know the history of the canopy bed? It’s really quite interesting.

A canopy bed is a decorative bed somewhat similar to a four-poster bed. A typical canopy bed usually features posts at each of the four corners extending four feet high or more above the mattress. Ornate or decorative fabric is often draped across the upper space between the posts and a solid swath of cloth may create a ceiling, or canopy directly over the bed.  Source

The canopy bed came into existence more for utilitarian means rather than for extravagance or decadence. Canopy beds with curtains that could completely enclose the bed were used by lords and noblemen in medieval Europe for warmth and privacy, as their attendants often slept in the same room. Until the 16th century, these beds, even those of the nobles, were fairly plain and understated. During this period, carved work on the headboard and posts became popular and more ornate canopy beds followed.  Source

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Today canopy beds are used to infuse drama, glamour and create a statement in the bedroom. It also adds height and scale if that is lacking in your bedroom.  When my husband and I first got married, we had a very modern looking black canopy bed in our first home.  But alas, we sold it when we moved into our second home.  Now, I’m thinking a beautiful canopy bed in my youngest daughter’s bedroom would look super glam and allow her to grow out of a twin sized bed.  This would be my top choice for her canopy bed – available through Pottery Barn Teen – the Maison Canopy Bed.  If it came in a king size, I might even get one myself!

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Here are a few more canopy beds on my radar — from sleek and modern to full out mirrored glamour!

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So, are you into canopy beds as much as I am? Need to update your bedroom?  Give me a call, I would love to help.

xoxo

Glamorously yours,

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Christine’s Rewind: Life thru Instagram

I must be losing time because I can’t believe the month of May is behind us and we are now in the 1st week of June.  Thankfully there is Instagram to help me remeber what happened in the previous month.  So let’s recap some of the fun that happened in my world of design in the month of May:

One of my most favourite home furnishings store, West Elm invited me to their Toronto store in Liberty Village for a summer preview of their furnishings & home decor.  I absolutely loved all the watermelon pink that was prevalent throughout their store — it’s such a refreshing summer colour.  I also fell in love with their gorgeous blue Seascape Vases — must get me 3 or 5 of these before they are sold out!

 I am obsessed with that Montauk Nest Chair — it’s the perfect chair to  curl up & read a book outdoors in the sun!  These are just a few of the Instagram photos I took….there is so much more instore…so you must go in and check it out yourselves.  There is also a West Elm in Vancouver and one is opening soon in Montreal, Quebec.  Fantastique!!

Then I was invited to a DIY101 event hosted by the lovely people over at Home Depot Canada and Blogger extroadinaire Jennifer Flores from Rambling Reno.  There are many things I am good at and many things I am not good at — and 2 of those things is gardening and working with hand tools.  Normally I just yell my husband’s name and ask him to plant the flowers or screw a nail in the wall.  So I was super excited to get my hands dirty at this DIY seminar.

Look at me in action using that drill gun to drill a hole in the planter.  I know what you are thinking…..she’s so lame.  But I super excited after I got my hands on that cordless drill and drilled a hole without killing myself.  And look:  I planted a tiny herb garden.  It’s outside on my patio as I write this blog post…..and it is still alive!!  I just may get into this gardening stuff….speak to me in a month…and we’ll see! 😆

After that there was no stopping me.  I had to try every tool possible.  I used the Rigid Impact driver to drive home those nails and it felt really good…..then I carefully used the Ryobi Cordless nail gun to gracefully nail that trim onto the faux wall — I want one of these for myself — so handy for so many different DIY projects.  But I was really excited to use the Ryobi 10″ Compound Mitre Saw — I foresee a lot of frames in the future being built.  Oh and look, I didn’t even saw off my hand!  One quick tip:  Always be sure to wear safety glasses to protect your eyes from flying debris!  So now, all I have to say to my Handy Man husband is “You’re FIRED!!!”  😆 😛

On a personal level my hubby and I went to go see the Rolling Stones in concert.  I have never seen Mick in action and he did not disapoint.  After 50 years together, they can still compete with the bands from today.

This is how I know time is flying by too quickly for my liking.  My youngest daughter, Mya turned 6 years old!!  I can still remember the day she was born like it was yesterday.  She had a birthday party up at our summer home at Emerald Lake and a Glamour Girl birthday party with her friends from school.  She loves dress up and is a total fashionista!

And to end the month, Mya had her year-end Dance recital for Pre-primary Ballet and Jazz.  She’s loves wearing make-up and had a thrill choosing the perfect shade of pink lipstick to wear.  If I let her, she would wear make-up everyday 😮   Oh well, I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree — is that the saying?

 Anyway, these were some of the key events through Instagram that happened in May…….oh, besides signing on a new client and getting professional photos taken of another client project — but that’s for another blog post.  Hope you are all doing great as well and let’s keep our fingers crossed that the month of June will be sunny & hot with little rain.  Until next time…stay glamorous!!

Glamorously Yours,

Christine xoxo

Decorate As You Dress: Spring 2013 Decorating Trends

It’s finally starting to feel like spring, so if you haven’t started your spring decorating than now is the time to start.   And what better way to do that then to start with the fashion runways.  I’ve identified 5 key decorating trends that you can take into your home this season but it’s so much more fun when we add a fashion mix to it.  I went onto one of my favourite websites called Fashion + Decor and found fashion & room pairings to match my recommended spring 2013 trends.  So let’s get started:

1. Bold Colour

Stella McCartney Spring 2013 RTW and House to Home

Just by adding some emerald green (Pantone‘s 2013 colour of the year) into your wardrobe and home will totally put you on trend this season.  If green isn’t your colour then any other bright colour will do.  Promise.

Elie Saab Spring 2013 RTW and High Point Market

Chanel Spring 2013 RTW and House Beautiful

Alice + Olivia Spring 2013 RTW and Elle Decor

Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2013 RTW and Design Legacy

2. Florals

Every year it seems like florals are on trend for spring…..and why not, flowers to me scream spring time.  Its the interpretation that may be different each year.  Depending on your personality you can go big and bold with florals – like the wallpapers below or the floral sofa…..or as discreetly as you want with just a few toss cushions on your favourite neutral sofa or fresh flowers in a beautiful vase.  Anyway you like it…..just add some florals!!

Chanel Spring 2013 RTW and Lonny Magazine

Alice + Olivia Spring 2013 RTW and Elle Decor

Marc Jacobs Spring 2013 RTW and Jeffrey Alan Marks

Peter Som Spring 2013 RTW and Architectural Digest

Peter Som Spring 2013 RTW and Architectural Digest

3.  Black & White

Anything black & white is so hot right now….whether its colour blocking, stripes, polka dots….in your closet and in your home!!

Peter Som Spring 2013 RTW and Architectural Digest

Marc Jacobs Spring 2013 RTW and High Point Market

Chanel Spring 2013 RTW and High Point Market

Celine Resort 2013 and Elle Decor

Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 RTW and Elle Decor

4.  Plenty of Pattern

If you love pattern, then this is your lucky season because pattern is every where — whether subtle or in your face…its here to stay! Oh, and don’t be afraid to mix up your patterns – the more the merrier.

Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2013 RTW and Design Legacy

Giambattista Valli Spring 2013 Couture and Lonny Magazine

Marc Jacobs Spring 2013 RTW and Elle Decor

Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2013 RTW and Lonny Magazine

Billy Reid Spring 2013 RTW and Elle Decor

5.  Gold Rush

Want to raise the glam factor in your wardrobe and your home?   Then just add GOLD!!  Whether it is shiny or matte….the value of gold has just gone up!!

Zuhair Murad Spring 2013 Couture and Kelly Wearstler

Carolina Herrera Spring 2013 RTW and Decor Pad

Jenny Packham Spring 2013 RTW & Theodore Alexander

Burberry Prorsum Spring 2013 RTW and Elle Decor

Rachel Zoe Resort 2013 and Lonny Magazine

And just because I can, I had to include a dash of leopard print.  Every home should have at least one piece of animal print and this glamorous room just reflects my feelings on this matter.  So gorgeous!!!  It really does make me swoon!!

Peter Som Spring 2013 and Paper City Magazine

If you love the clothes in your closet then why shouldn’t that style or colour be reflected in your home? If you’ve got great style…so should your home!”    If you are having difficulty figuring out your style, then please contact me here for a 2 hour consultation so we can get you started.  Have a wonderful day!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Glamour Friday: 7 things I love about this Beach Inspired Dining Room

When I look at this beach inspired dining room, I feel happy and serene.  All the different variations of blue make me think of the beach which is exactly where I want to be right now.

Mabley Handler Interior Design - The Beach House Dining Room at the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse

Mabley Handler Interior Design - The Beach House Dining Room at the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse

Here are the 7 things I love about this dining room designed by Mabley Handler.

1.  The fabulous chevron-y like fabric on the drapery & chairs by Jonathan Adler for Kravet. (Pattern: Wabash, Color: Aquamarine)

2.  The Juicy Jute Grasscloth Wallpaper in Blueberry from Phillip Jeffries.

Phillip Jeffries: Juicy Jute Grasscloth Wallpaper in Blueberry - Mabley Handler Beach House Dining Room at the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse

3.  The Madeline Weinrib: Haveli Cotton Flatweave Rug in Turquoise.  I have always loved her rugs and this one totally grounds the space.

@Madeline Weinrib: Haveli Cotton Flatweave Rug in Turquoise - Mabley Handler Beach House Dining Room at the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse

4.  This absolutely stunning linen drum shade light fixture embellished with silver nailheads and Swarovski crystals. It was designed by Michelle Hatch New York, and Chad Jacobs of Bone Simple Design.

Michelle Hatch New York for Bone Simple Design: Nailhead Drum Shade Light Fixture - Mabley Handler Beach House Dining Room at the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse

Michelle Hatch NY for Bone Simple Design: Nailhead Drum Shade detail - Mabley Handler Beach House Dining Room at the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse

5.  Love, love, love the Dunes & Duchess 4-arm Candelabra.

Dunes & Duchess: 4-arm Candelabra - Mabley Handler Beach House Dining Room at the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse

6.  I am currently obsessed with étagères  and this one simply takes my breath away.  In silver-leaf, it is from Worlds Away.

Mabley Handler Interior Design - The Beach House Dining Room at the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse

 

7.  The pacific blue seeded glass table lamp from Rumrunner Home provides additional light on the buffet/bar area. I love how the designers used only one on the buffet versus two.  I’m a big fan of symmetry but in this case one lamp works.

Radko Pacific Blue Seeded Glass Lamp - Mabley Handler Beach House Dining Room at the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse

I thought I would keep my list to seven, but I also love the coffered ceilings and all the tabletop dishware.  Do you love this beach inspired dining room as much as I do?  What are some of the top decor items or furnishings that you would add to this list? Click on leave a comment and tell me what you think!!

If you are looking to add a beach inspired feel to one of your rooms, then contact me here so I can help.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Christmas Tour of my House 2012!

Merry Christmas sweet faithful readers!!!

Are you ready for Christmas?  I am almost finished gift wrapping – just have the gifts for my 2 girls left….and I can’t wrap until they are in bed!! Gift with a bow

But at least I have finished all my Christmas decorating….and I would love to give show you how I decorated my house this year.  So welcome to my Christmas Tour 2012!!!

Let’s start with the first room you see when you enter through the front doors and turn to the right — the Conversation Room AKA the living Room:

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This year I decided to go with a glamorous gold tree versus the white one I have put up for the last 3 years. I am very happy with how it turned out. It goes perfectly with the blue and gold theme in the conversation room and of course, it is ultra glamorous!!

Here are some of the new decorations I bought for the new gold tree.  One of my favourite things to do each season is find new decorations that reflects my mood. 

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The theme remains the same: birds, owls and fabulous shoes.  However, the first one is an adorable lucite motorcycle – for my hubby and the 2nd one is a tiny Eiffel Tower.  A trip to Paris, France has been promised to me in the near future. Airplane

There is an electric fireplace in the conversation room and each year I love to decorate it in shimmery silver and whites.

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Although I love all the glitz and glamour, there was something missing between those 2 windows.  So I decided to do a quick DIY project and make some glamorous feather wreaths.

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this……I love it…simple but oh so glam!!!

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Now lets head into the foyer….here is where my purple Christmas decor theme begins.

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Oh wait, I decided to add my 2nd white feather wreath here….much better don’t you think?

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Ok, let’s turn slightly right and head into the  dining room where I continue to use purple accents.

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This year I decided to intermingle large pinecones with different sized purple ornaments in various textures as the centrepiece on my dining room table.  I call it rustic glam! And the dining room wouldn’t be complete without my beautiful lucite reindeer.  To this day, I still get asked where I bought them. 

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Now lets head to the back of the house into the family room where we showcase the real tree that we cut down at the tree farm each year.  Here is where we have fun with our decorations and the girls actively decorate.  Our home has 10 feet ceilings on the main level and normally our tree is that high….however this year we were a bit late getting to the tree farm so its just under 9’ft this year. And it made a huge difference in how many decorations we could get on our tree.

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This is the instagram photo I took of our tree. (On a side note, if you are on instagram, than please follow me here and I will follow you back!)

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If you noticed from my gold tree and this one, I do not like tree toppers.  I much prefer to continue the decorations all the way to the top.

When we were at Disney World last March Break, we purchased some fun decorations.

This one is Mya’s Minnie Mouse ears!

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And this one is Mackenzie’s…..Santa Mickey!

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Can you guess that this one is mine?

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The feather theme also continued into this room with my gorgeous purple peacock feather trees and wreath.

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And last but not least, we can’t forget about Mr. Reindeer…..we couldn’t leave him out….doesn’t he look festive?

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Well, this is the end of the our tour…..hope you enjoyed it!  And I hope that you and your families have a fabulous Christmas celebrating with lots of good cheer!!

Merry Glamorous Christmas!!! xoxo

Decorate As You Dress: Sassy Stripes!

I love wearing stripes.  And as you can see, so do my two sweet daughters. Thick stripes, tiny stripes….we love stripes.  Summer, winter…stripes are perfect for any season.

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And the same goes for stripes in home decor.  Let me inspire you with some beautiful images of rooms bursting with stripes!

Check out my Sassy Stripes  Board on Pinterest to see all original sources.

I’m really loving striped walls:

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Easily add drama to your home by putting stripes in an entrance way!  Wow!

Black and white stripes in the foyer.

Stripes can also be fun – like these pink & white stripes in this girly dressing area.

Love the pink & white candy striped wall! Also, fun use of the Martini Side Table as a stool and the Parsons Metal desk is fab - both from @west elm.

Stripes are also great placed horizontally in rooms.

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Sarah Richardson Design, lovely stripes.

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Stripes are fabulous in a nursery….whether it’s a small feature wall OR the ceiling!!  What a fabulous, fun nursery.

J Crew's Jenna Lyon's covetable nursery has a yellow and white striped ceiling.

Painted stripes on walls can be easily repainted when you have had enough of stripes.  However, if you really love stripes then you may want to commit to a gorgeous piece of furniture or accent piece.

Home-Styling: Paris and Maison et Objet * Paris e a Maison e Objet

Love that couch

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Living room with stripe accents

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So the next time you are in your closet, and you pull out that cute tiny striped clutch bag, expand your horizons! 

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If you need assistance in taking the plunge and adding sassy stripes into your home decor, than give me a call or email me here for help!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

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

Canadian Living & Sexual Healing

Happy Friday!!  Great news: I’m quoted in the November issue of Canadian Living Magazine.  I was contacted way back in late spring to offer some tips on “sexing” up your bedroom, and I totally forgot about it until a neighbour mentioned seeing the article.  HA!

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The article is called Sexual Healing and is written by freelance writer Rosemary Counter.  In the article I talk about how to set the scene in your bedroom with some helpful tips.  Below is a screenshot of the first page of the article.

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There’s also other great advice in this article , along with other great topics inside the November issue, so hurry and pick it up!!  Enjoy!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Project Pink & Orange: Homework Room Update!

I meant to post this last week but this little puppy kept me very busy last week!  Meet Marilyn Monroe, our new tiny Yorkie!

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Isn’t she absolutely adorable?

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Anyway, last week my painter/wallpaper installer came in to work on the girls’ homework room.  It is looking absolutely fabulous and I couldn’t be happier.

Here’s a sneak peek of the wallpaper and the wall colour: Raspberry Blush by Benjamin Moore.

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Then I was able to “force” my husband to put together the Ikea desks and chairs I bought for each girl. 

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Doesn’t it look fantastic so far……the girls are ecstatic and my vision for their homework room is coming to fruition!!

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Can you believe I bought these adorable little storage bins from the dollar store…..you would think they were made for the wallpaper, they accent the paper and colours perfectly.

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And the FILLSTA table lamp is perfect.  Although I must admit it took me a while to figure out how to put this lamp together. Embarrassed smile

 

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So far so good!!  What’s left to do is put up shelving above the desk, create an art wall for their pictures & paintings and get going on my DIY chalkboard.  So stay tuned for another update soon!!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo