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Giving the gift of sweet memories

This past Christmas I had a hard time trying to figure out what gift to give my father for Christmas.  If you have been reading my monthly Posterjack blog series from the beginning  of 2015 than you know that his cancer spread to his spine and he is now bedridden and sadly not doing very well.  At this point, material things do not matter to him but I still wanted to give him something that would bring some joy to him.  From his hospital bed in my parent’s living room all he can do is stare at the four walls around him.  Those walls are filled with family photographs which I know he looks at all the time when he is lucid.  So I decided to give my dad the gift of sweet memories when him and my mom were younger with the help of Posterjack.

I found these 2 photos of my parents.  This first one is when they were still engaged in 1959 and still living in Lisbon Portugal.  My dad always wore a suit and he looked so dapper.  Love that my mom is holding gloves like a young lady in her left hand.

Parents in Portugal (2)

And this is one from 1961….they were just newlyweds and new immigrants to Canada.  I believe this is High Park and they were having a picnic with some friends.  Love that my dad still wore a suit and my mom was wearing heels.  My mom kind of reminds me of Jackie O with her sunglasses.

mom & dad at park (2)

I tried to fix up these photos as best as I could as they are quite old and convert them into Posterjack Art.

I chose canvas for their first photo as it was in better shape and I chose the lucite block for the one of them in the park.  Both my parents cried when they opened up their gift of sweet memories.  I find that as you get older sentimental gifts are really the ones that matter, and I know that these 2 picture gifts were of the most value to them.   Below is how each picture turned out.

Mom & Dad in park 1961

I placed the lucite block on a candle holder to give it some height on an end table and we hung the canvas alongside the gallery wall of family photos.   That’s my older sister and I above their canvas art…..now that’s scary short hair I had.

Mom & Dad 1959 dating canvas art

I can’t make my father better but I can surround him with the love of his family always.

Glamorously yours xoxo





This post has been sponsored by Posterjack. All opinions expressed are my own naturally! xo

One Room Challenge: ManCave Garage Reveal

Hurray…….it’s finally time for my One Room Challenge ManCave Garage reveal.  But first let me clarify a few things first if you are new to the Decor by Christine website & blog:

  1. I am an interior decorator/designer and I normally do pretty & glamorous design projects. Yes, that means I do kitchen & bath renovations and  I decorate homes with beautiful furniture & accessories.  My clients are usually married women with busy lives & kids that need to revamp their home after years of having a beige & blah home.  This is what I do…..I infuse colour, pattern and style into their home…..and they are ecstatic afterwards!
  2. This is my first time participating in the One Room Challenge created by Linda from Calling It Home.  I hope to participate again in Spring 2016 where I can show you a room that really reflects what Decor by Christine is all about.
  3. I have never done a garage or mancave before.  In this case, my husband became my client and Garage Living carried out the renovation….but my husband & I created the vision of what we or should I say HE wanted to have.  Mancaves aren’t really “pretty” so this One Room Challenge is not the usual project you will see on the Calling It Home website full of pretty bedrooms, bathrooms, laundry rooms etc that all the wonderful participants all finished in a mere 6 weeks.  But damn……I am really proud of how this mancave garage turned out!  Oh, and my husband is currently on cloud 9.
  4. You can catch up on Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 here.
  5. Ok….enough rambling on……now let’s get going on the reveal!  But first…..a quick recap:

The Garage – Before

Do you remember what it looked like?  Here’s a view of the left side of the garage.

garage - interior

And this was the plan that Garage Living created for us after a meeting with them discussing my husband’s needs.


The Garage – After

A Full View of the ManCave Garage

As you can see, we got a full artwall happening here, cabinetry, an area to enjoy a coffee and lots of storage!

ORC full view of mancave garage - Decor by Christine

In this picture the Porsche is sitting on the car lift at ground level.

ORC full view of mancave garage 2 - Decor by Christine


The Art Wall

The art gallery on the left wall of the garage is the focal point of the mancave garage.  Here my husband has created  a story of pictures from his motorcycles rides – specifically his trip to Sturgis this past summer.  He also pays homage to the founders of Harley-Davidson with pictures of vintage bikes from the Harley-Davidson Museum.  And of course, his new baby is his Porsche Carrera he got this past spring.  So lots of pictures of Porsche and other beauties.

ORC Artwall 2 mancave - Decor by Christine

Miniature little bikes on a shelf:

ORC HD closeup of shelf - Decor by Christine

A gas tank he purchased from E-Bay that echos the large picture of gas tanks from every year that Harley Davidson has been in existence – 112 years old.

ORC HD old gas tank - mancave - Decor by Christine

Below is a vintage Porsche steering wheel from a 1993 911 we hung as art.  And right below it is a stunning metal art photo of his bike that I got made as a surprise from Posterjack.

ORC Artwall mancave garage - Decor by Christine

And we can’t forget about Sports — specifically baseball with the Toronto Blue Jays.  The large photo is made out of posterboard art also from Posterjack.

ORC baseball art wall - Decor by Christine

Who remembers when the Blue Jays won the world series for the first time…..That’s a classic picture.

ORC - baseball shelf - Decor by Christine

The Garage Cafe

To enjoy a lovely cup of freshly ground coffee, we have a lovely bistro table with truly unique bar stools made from replicated motorcycle seats.

ORC Bistro cafe - Decor by Christine

ORC bistro table styling - Decor by Christine

ORC Bistro mancave garage - Decor by Christine



We got lots of storage from Garage Living.  We love the butcher block countertop and stainless steel backsplash.  I had a lot of fun styling the counter top with some of my hubby’s fun accessories.

ORC Cabinetry mancave garage - Decor by Christine

The bar fridge was a little bit too small for the opening so we chose to put it at the side and replace that area with another bar stool (as we purchased 4 of them).

ORC counter styling in mancave - Decor by Christine

These old Harley-Davidson beer cans were purchased at Aberfoyle Antique Market.  Believe it or not, they are dated 1993 & 1998 and still have the beer inside the can.  Imagine cracking open that can right now –  Ewwwwwwwwwwwww!

ORC vintage HD beer cans - Decor by Christine

The full length cabinets allows us to hide our garbage & recycling bins so the mancave stays neat and clean smelling.

ORC recycling storage in garage - Decor by Christine

And there is alot of overhead storage for seasonal items.

ORC Upper storage in garage - Decor by Christine

The Car Lift

Adding in a car lift allowed us to store an extra vehicle in the garage…..and to watch the car rise is really quite awesome.  It’s like a fun elevator with no walls.  So I had to pose beside it of course.

ORC carlift in mancave garage - Decor by Christine

And last but now least…..we can’t forget whose garage this belongs to – Dad.  At least I’ll know where he’s at when I can’t find him.  🙂 Also I’m loving my newly painted black door and new stair railing.

ORC - dads garage - Decor by Christine


It’s been a crazy 6 weeks trying to get the mancave garage completed…..and wow, are we ever happy with it.  We don’t consider it a garage anymore…..it really is another room of the house.  And we are looking forward to having some friends over for a fresh cup of coffee at The Garage Cafe.

Hope you enjoyed my One Room Challenge, and don’t forget to head over to Calling It Home to see all the other beautifully designed rooms by all participants.  I want to thank Garage Living for the installation of our fabulous new mancave garage & Posterjack for creating some stunning artwork out of our photos for the gallery wall! xoxo

Glamorously yours xoxo


One Room Challenge – ManCave Garage – Wk 4

This week’s update for my One Room Challenge ManCave Garage is all about creating a fabulous artwall (using Posterjack) and sourcing the furniture for the mancave.  Garage Living starts next week so I don’t have any garage progress pictures to show you — YET.  Last week’s post was all about the finishes for the garage so this week’s post is focused on decorating the mancave part of the garage.   This is the area that I’m talking about:

ORC garage 3D furniture floorplan - Decor by Christine

The decor theme is all about motorcycles, cars and sports — everything a typical man loves,  My first idea was to go with a very cool den-like vibe with a sofa, coffee table in black and white, accessories in stainless steel,  with pops of colour coming from the artwall.  I also fell in love with the checkerboard flag rug from IKEA.  This is what I envisioned.

Mancave garage furniture vision board

My husband loved the rug and the artwork I’m getting made from Posterjack but he had a slightly different vision.  Sean wanted to go more with a cafe/pub/bistro look.  So we kept the rug and started doing some research on Amazon.  And then we found these fabulous bar stools replicating motorcycle seats and that was it.   SOLD!  Here is the revised vision board for the mancave.

Mancave garage furniture vision board 1

I’m in love with these stools….they are so unique and fit in perfectly with our Sean’s mancave decor theme! The neon H-D clock is also quite adorable.

The artwall is going to consist of the 3 earlier themes I mentioned….Harley Davidson, Porsche and baseball – specifically the Toronto Blue Jays.  As a surprise (but not so much once he reads this post) for my husband I got a 24 x 38 sized canvas of his Porsche and a 18 x 24 image of the Blue jays ALCS  game 5 opening ceremonies (a picture he took) re-imagined in photo board for the artwall.  I also got something made at Posterjack of his motorcycle which will have to wait until next month’s reveal….but its going to look fab-u-lous!!!!!!

Intermingled with these pictures and other framed photos of his Harley & Porsche is going to be some vintage & one of a kind items he has purchased at auctions and on the internet.  Its going to be a gallery wall that all men will lovingly gaze at & drool over for hours.  I can’t wait to show you!!!!

That’s it for this week.  Don’t forget to check out what all my fellow #ORC participants are blogging about by going to Linda’s Calling it Home website!  And check out Posterjack’s website — you can save up to 50% on select sized canvas prints…now that’s a great deal!

See you back here next week!

Glamorously yours xoxo






This post has been sponsored by Posterjack.  All opinions expressed are my own naturally! xo


Using Pop-Art in a kids room

Fall means getting organized and making to-do lists of the decorating projects you want to complete this season – especially before Christmas.  One of the items on my decorating to-do list was hanging up artwork in both my daughters’ bedrooms.  But not just any artwork – I want artwork that is fun and personalized to their personalities.  When I showed them the concept of Pop-art , they got all excited and yelled YES!  What company does Pop-art the best with your own images?  Well, that would be Posterjack of course.  And I knew this would be my next #12PrintsProject blog post.

Pop-Art Example #1

My oldest daughter is 13 yrs old and is always playing around with different apps on her phone.  She had taken this really funky photo of her lips and had added some colour to it and it really did look like art when she was finished with it.  I told her to save that photo because I had an idea how to turn that “selfie“ into art through the special effect of Pop-art on canvas.  And voila, I think it turned out fabulous.

The following images were all taken on my iPhone, so excuse the quality or glare from the light coming through the windows. 

Decor by Christine - daughter bedroom - art wall

She is in French Immersion so I had purchased a few gold foil prints with french sayings and I think her tiny gallery wall frames her pop-art lip canvas print perfectly.

Gallery wall - kid bedroom - Decor by Christine

And here`s a close-up! I`m so pleased with the result and Mackenzie is very happy with her gallery wall.

Lips pop art canvas - Decor by Christine


Pop-Art Example #2

Now, my 8 yr old daughter is a competitive dancer and we thought it was high time that she have a dedicated spot in her room to showcase pictures of her dancing in various competitions alongside trophies & plaques she has won.  I chose a fun picture from her hip-hop routine last season and re-invented it into Pop-art.  It`s the focal point amongst photos of her dancing on stage and we left some space to hang more plaques as she wins them,

Decor by Christine - creating art wall in kids bedroom

I like how her dancer art wall is above her toy storage where she has begun showcasing her competitive trophies.  I also had to add her first tiny pair of tap shoes as a prop.

daughters bedroom mini artwall - Decor by Christine

A close-up of that adorable face!

Canvas pop art - kids room - Decor by Christine

It`s so easy to create your own version of pop-art.  Once you upload your photo onto Posterjack`s website and specify the size and format you want, under special effects choose pop-art and it will show you an example of how your image will look.  Easy-peasy.  What child doesn’t want to see their face created into personalized artwork.

And what an easy fall decorating project this could be for you.  Happy decorating!

Glamorously yours xoxo





This post has been sponsored by Posterjack.  All opinions expressed are my own naturally! xo






Chic Desktop Decor with Posterjack

Hey there,

Dull and boring offices make me yawn — not a good thing when you are trying to work — especially if you work from home like I do.  I like surrounding myself with pretty things while I work in my office.  And I especially love chic desktop decor that I can look at when I take a break or stop to stretch.  I run my residential interior design business from my home office and have decorated it with the colours of my company brand – black, white and pink – so its very girly and glam.  But besides my business card for Decor by Christine, I didn’t have my company logo anywhere in my office. That’s how this month’s Posterjack  #12PrintsProject post came about.  I decided to showcase my company logo with Posterjack in a very chic way.

I could have created a huge metal print of my logo for one of my office walls but I didn’t want it to take away from my gallery wall of pretty pictures & sayings.  I wanted something subtle and sophisticated but it also had to scream “glamorous chic”.  So I decided to go with Posterjack’s acrylic block to communicate my branding,   It sits perfectly on my white desk and complements all my pretty desktop decor.  I love it so much!

acrylic block Decor by Christine logo Do you love it or do you LOVE it?

acrylic block Decor by Christine logo desktop decor

Seriously, you can even use it as a paperweight as it is quite heavy.  Or display it on a stack of books to give it extra height.  I’m still playing around with where I’m going to display it in my office.   And just like a Ghost chair, anything lucite or acrylic is always a classic in my opinion and will never go out of style.

I hope this post has inspired you to think about adding  your company brand logo to your home office in a fun, chic creative way.

Glamorously yours, xoxo






This post has been sponsored by Posterjack.  All opinions expressed are my own naturally! xo


How to create an exterior art wall

Who said that art walls are only for rooms inside your house?  With summer in full swing, you are probably hanging outside in the backyard, at the cottage or in my case, at the Glamper!   I just created a fabulous exterior art wall with Posterjack.  Keep reading to find out how to create an exterior art wall.

At the glamper, I have an outside living room with a hard roof above that keeps us sheltered from the rain or hot sun.  I can sit outside comfortably in the shade with a glass of wine and still see the girls playing outside or wave to the neighbours.  The exterior wall of the camper is flat and plain white…..it was just screaming for some decoration.

How to create an exterior art wall: Peel & Stick Art

When I was on the Posterjack website looking for inspiration for my next monthly #12PrintsProject blog post, I saw their Peel & Stick art.   They can stick to concrete, glass, metal, wood, and pretty much any other smooth surface. What’s more, they can stick to ceilings, go around corners, wrap around posts, or just about anywhere else you can imagine.  Perfection!   Now I wouldn’t have to worry about framing artwork and figuring out how to hang the art without using nails.

I chose a variety of pictures I have taken with my iPhone — some of the girls playing on the water toys at Emerald Lake, in different sizes and even added a few special effects to some images.

How to create an exterior art wall:  The result!

This is how my exterior art wall turned out.

Camper to Glamper Outside Art Wall

Two chairs sit against the exterior wall of the camper and was the perfect spot for the art wall.  As you climb the stairs onto the deck it is the first thing you will see.

Art Wall on Glamper 2

I added a blue border around the peel and stick prints to mimic a frame and keep with my blue & white colour scheme theme in the outside living room.  Here’s a close-up of my exterior art wall.  I even included an adorable picture of the late great Marilyn Monroe having a nap on a wicker chair in our glamper.

Art Wall at Glamper

Hope you enjoyed my latest #12PrintsProject post on how to create an exterior art wall.  How would you use Posterjack’s Peel and Stick prints?

Enjoy the rest of your summer! xo





If you are curious to read about my partnership with Posterjack, you can catch up on my previous post:

Intro, January, February, March, April, and May

This post has been sponsored by Posterjack.  All opinions expressed are my own naturally! xo




How to Create a Gallery Wall in Your Family Room With One Simple Trick #12PrintsProject

Hi Everyone,

Today I want to talk to you about how to create a gallery wall in your family room with one simple trick.  Which I will get to, I promise!  But first, a bit of background.  The last few months my husband and I have been going through a mini renovation of our family room.  We added coffered ceilings, ripped out our old builder basic fireplace and replaced it with a mammoth fireplace and mantle that now does our large family room justice.


For my April Posterjack sponsored post I showed you a bit of that fireplace with the custom canvas artwork of our daughters in Hawaii placed above it.  You can see it and read it here.  However on both sides of the fireplace alongside brand new sconces was a blank wall — which was perfect for creating a gallery wall of art.  I knew I wanted to use photos from our Hawaiian family vacation for this gallery wall and my next #12PrintsProject Posterjack blog post. Getting organized was the first challenge: from choosing the actual photos to get printed, to choosing the frames, to choosing the size of the prints & frames.

Once I decided on the gold & white frames…..a mixture of IKEA Virserum & Ribba frames and the sizes of frames/photos I wanted to use, the next challenge was how to place these frames on the gallery wall.  This is where my little trick that I mentioned at the beginning of this post comes into play…..and its called craft paper.

Using craft paper I bought at Staples, I simple cut out the shape of the various sized picture frames I wanted to use on my gallery wall and started to create a bit of a puzzle on my wall.   Utilizing craft paper allows you to play around with the placement of the photos on the gallery wall without making a lot of nail hole mistakes. It also helps you to figure out where to place a portrait photo versus a landscape photo on the gallery wall.  This is what it looked like on one side of the fireplace gallery wall after I played around with my craft paper:

Creating a Gallery wall with Craft Paper - Decor by Christine

Because I like symmetry, I knew that the other side of the fireplace gallery wall would mimic this side.  So that was easy.  What wasn’t so easy was choosing which photos to get developed at Posterjack.  I wanted a variation of photos from our trip….not all colour or all black & white glossy prints.  What I love about Posterjack is when you have decided on the photo you want to use they give you the option of choosing different visual effects for your image, such as Black & White, Sepia Tone, Charcoal Sketch, Linocut, Solarize or Pop-Art.  Below is a snapshot of some of the photos I chose and how I used the special effects from Posterjack to create variety in my gallery wall.

Posterjack Visual Effects - Decor by Christine

So now its time to show you how my fabulous family room gallery wall turned out!  All with just a bit of craft paper and some visual effects from Posterjack!

Gallery Wall 2 - Decor by Christine - Copy


Familly Room Art Wall - Decor by Christine - Copy

Gallery Wall 5 - Decor by Christine

Yes…..you can imagine how pleased I am feeling right now.  The family room gallery wall is complete and looking stunning.  And the best thing?  We can just keep replacing the photos after each family trip!

Hope you enjoyed learning about my secret tip on creating the perfect gallery wall with Posterjack!  See you soon!






This post has been sponsored by Posterjack.  All opinions expressed are my own naturally! xo

My April Photo with Posterjack — #12PrintsProject

Hi Everyone,

When I started this one-year partnership / sponsorship with Posterjack  for #12PrintsProject in January, I never imagined in a million years how heartfelt and emotional these photo memories would turn out to be.  A few weeks ago I had all my April images ready to go for Posterjack when tragedy struck my family once again.

My sweet adorable Yorkie named Marilyn Monroe was struck by a car.  She was only 2 1/2 yrs old, so still a puppy and we absolutely loved her.  She was my baby —  a true member of our family.  (my eyes are filling up with tears as I write this).  After getting over this initial shock and deciding to get her remains cremated, we wanted to create a shrine – if that’s what you call it – in memory of our little Marilyn Monroe.  So I changed my April order to instead get some pictures of our yorkie.  And that is why this blog post is going out so late in the month.

One of Posterjack’s newest products is an Acrylic Block print — it’s a perfectly clear, thick one-inch piece of premium cast acrylic. It’s gorgeous!  And its perfect for smaller prints or close-ups — which is exactly what I wanted — a closeup of Marilyn’s cute face.   I also ordered a wood print of Marilyn’s face since this is also one of Posterjack’s specialty products and I wanted to see how it would turn out.  And I love it.

We just received her ashes earlier this week and now we have our lovely tribute or shrine dedicated to our sweet Marilyn in our family room.

Marilyn Yorkie shrine 1 (800x600).jpg

I think the acrylic block photo looks amazing beside her ashes and dog collar.  Here’s a wider shot of the shelf in our entertainment unit.  Now when we watch TV, we always see her sweet face.

Marilyn Yorkie shrine 2 (601x800).jpg

I haven’t figured out where I am going to hang my wood block photo of her yet, so I’ve been displaying it around the house.  Here it is on my foyer table beside some beautiful pink peonies:

Marilyn Yorkie wood pic (601x800).jpg

And then today I moved her into my office so I could look at her as I wrote this post:

Marilyn Yorkie wood pic 2 (601x800).jpg


The first-half of this year for me and my family has been stricken with tragedy and sadness mixed in with a roller coaster of emotional highs and lows.  I’m just so thankful to Posterjack for giving me the opportunity to immortalize the good times so that every time I look at these photos I feel happy.

Till next time,






This post has been sponsored by Posterjack.  All opinions expressed are my own naturally! xo






My March Photo with Posterjack — #12PrintsProject

Hey there,

I kind of abandoned my little blog the last 4 weeks with everything going on with family health issues but today I am back to show you my March photo pick for my year long #12PrintsProject partnership with Posterjack.


Last month my family headed to Hawaii for March break and had the most fabulous 10 days ever!  We stayed at the Aulani Disney Resort on the island of Oahua…..and I highly recommend visiting this Hawaiian island and the resort.

Between my husband and I we took over 1000 pictures with our canon and Iphone cameras…..so you can imagine the difficulty we had choosing which photo to use for my March Posterjack blog post.

We could have gone with this gorgeous sunset image taken from the resort or this beautiful shot of palm trees, sunshine and water at the Aulani beach.

Sunset at Aulani.JPG

Beachview at Aulani.jpg

But ultimately we chose this shot of the 2 girls running on the beach being chased by waves.  It was taken at the North Shore on the exact beach that Oceanic Flight 815 crashed on season 1 of the show LOST.   Which was kinda eerie but really cool!

Fireplace with canvas artwork above it

We love this picture of the girls because of their utter abandonment and the joy on their faces running through the waves and how gorgeous the ocean looks behind them.  It really was a perfect day.

I chose to get it printed on a large canvas to hang over our new fireplace and I am so thrilled with the result.

Fireplace with large canvas art above

You can catch up on my January & February Posterjack blogposts by clicking here and here.

See you soon!










This post has been sponsored by Posterjack.  All opinions expressed are my own naturally.

My February Photo with Posterjack — #12PrintsProject

Hi Everyone,

Time to share my #12PrintsProject February photo and how Posterjack brought it to life for me.


But first let me give you some background as to why this photo means the world to me. Days after posting my first January Photo post, my husband and I had to rush my father to the ER at Mount Sinai Hospital.  My father has been battling prostate cancer for over 20 years but in the last few years it has spread to his bone.  Just before Valentine’s Day – in a span of 2 days – my dad lost all mobility for standing and walking.  He was admitted into the hospital on Valentine’s Day and after various tests, CAT Scans and MRIs it was determined that his cancer tumour had invaded his spinal cord — some of it touching 3 of his vertebrae — which caused the loss of mobility.

We were all devastated.  He started radiation treatments immediately for 8 days to see if it could shrink the tumour.  So far there has been no change.  My dad came home at the end of February and life as we knew it changed overnight.  We had to put a hospital bed in the living room of my parents 2-storey house.  He gets around the main level in a wheelchair and my mom has to basically help him with everything.  I’m tearing up as I write this because the father I know that had so much life and was so independent at 79 years of age must now have help to do the simplest of tasks.

I apologize for this long sob story but as you can imagine, February was not the greatest month for taking pictures.  So for February’s photo, I have used a picture from my daughter’s January confirmation of my parents, their granddaughters and I posing for a family picture,  innocently “standing” in my family room.  Not realizing that this picture in reality would be the last image I have of my father standing next to me and that’s why it means the world to me.

Here is the picture as it was taken by my husband.


Family Feb Photo (800x533).jpg

When I went on the Posterjack website I decided to go with a simple satin-matte paper but got it enlarged to a 24″ x 36″ photo.  At the same time I got 2 photos done so I could also give one to my parents.  Yesterday I received it at my door and Wow!  Is it ever huge and I love it!   Now I will have to get them specially framed since they are so large.  I laid out one of the 24 x 36 pictures on my hardwood floor — so you could see it unframed as of now.

Feb Family pic (800x600).jpg


Tomorrow I leave for Hawaii for a much needed March Break holiday with my family……so just imagine what March’s #12PrintsProject image will look like!  I can hardly wait!

All the best and Happy March Break!

Christine xoxo


This post has been sponsored by Posterjack.  All opinions expressed are my own naturally.