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Sarah 101 is back for Season 2


Hey all you Sarah & Tommy fans out there…exciting news!!  Sarah 101 starts its second season this Tuesday, May 29th on HGTV Canada.  The show will air back to back episodes starting at p.m..


Once again, Sarah teaches viewers the fundamentals of design for your home!!  So will you be watching??

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Sarah’s House is Back!!!!


A new season of Sarah’s House begins on Tuesday, October 18th!!  I had a chance to walk through the house that Sarah and Tommy transformed…and it was absolutely stunning!!




Also, Sarah Richardson is seeking lucky homeowners for Season 2 of Sarah 101.  Check out the details below:

Ever dreamed of inviting Sarah into your home and having her re-imagine a room in her signature style? Well, this just might be your chance! Sarah is currently seeking spaces in need of a high style makeover for her hit series, Sarah 101. Is this your dream come true? Here’s how it works:

  • We are seeking motivated individuals who will receive a decorating/design makeover from HGTV’s top design talent, Sarah Richardson and her partner in design, Tommy Smythe.
  • Each makeover will have an approximate value of $10,000 in product and over $15,000 in design services, and will be conducted in a short period of time depending on the scope of work (approx. 2-4 weeks).
  • We are seeking dramatic “befores” as the backdrop for magazine-worthy “afters.”
  • We are looking for adventurous, excited homeowners (or renters with permission from the landlord) who are willing to open their door and invite in one of Canada’s best design teams to treat their home as a blank canvas.
  • We are seeking interesting spaces with loads of character and “great bones”, which can be transformed through re-decoration or light renovation (no extensive structural work), and homeowners willing to share their design adventure on camera.
  • The team will consider your taste and style notes when designing your room, but you may not be consulted on the actual plan or design, so being a fan of Sarah’s style is imperative. Visit www.hgtv.ca/sarah101 to see the spaces transformed in Season 1.
  • The television production will contribute a retail value of $10,000 to your project, and any expenses above the allowed budget will be the responsibility of the homeowner.
  • The TV crew needs to have full, unsupervised access to the room throughout the duration of the project and full co-operation of the homeowner.

Interested? Please fill out an application form at http://www1.primevista.com/submissions/casting-call. We look forward to receiving your application – and don’t forget to attach the pictures! We appreciate all applications but only suitable candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please.



Christine xoxo

Decorate as You Dress — My Pink Dress

Today’s Decorate as You Dress is going to feature the Pink Dress I wore to the Dabble Launch Party 2 weeks ago (if you missed it, you can read all about the party here)Lisa Canning & I at Dabble Launch Party

Pantone named Honeysuckle Pink as the Colour of the Year for 2011.  I think the colour pink looks stunning in fashion – that’s why I bought this dress of course – but now let’s see how it we can use this colour in decorating a room!!

Think Pink! Decorating with Honeysuckle

Photo Source Room Design by  Natalie Umbert

So here we have very glamorous pink walls in a very clean, classic looking living room.  I love it…..it looks very chic without getting all cutesy.


Think Pink! Decorating with Honeysuckle

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Or why not consider using it in a wallpaper like this lovely Pink Damask wallpaper (Wallpaper: Julie Damask in Raspberry T4764 from the Gatehouse Collection at Thibaut) in an otherwise neutral room.  Apparently a pinkish glow is the most flattering light by which to dine.

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If putting it on your walls is just to bit much for you, than why not do what Sarah and Tommy did in the first episode of Sarah 101  and instead go for a sofa in striking pink or as below use it on  dining room chairs for instant impact!!

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Think Pink! Decorating with Honeysuckle

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Pink isn’t just for little girls’ rooms either. Pink bedding can look very sophisticated when combined with raspberry, tangerine and crisp, bright white.  (Wallpaper and fabric, “Ecuador in Pink” (T9251) from the Avalon Collection at Thibaut)

Viola Honeysuckle Pink 18" Square Accent Pillow

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And if all else fails, than go for a simple but dazzling accent cushion in hot pink that you can use to accessorize a sofa, chair or bedroom.  It will definitely add that shot of colour that every home craves after a long cold winter!!

I love pink…..I have many pink articles of clothing in my closet but also in my decor! On the second floor of my home, we have what I like to call “The Pink Wing” where the 2 rooms of my daughters are situated along with the laundry room.  All 3 rooms are painted pink.  YES – even the laundry room is AND it has a chandelier with lots of bling on it.  Cause hey, if I’m going to do laundry than I want the room to inspire me!  Flirt female  I will be unveiling these rooms on my blog in the near future!!  So will you think PINK this spring??

Have a fabulously glamorous week!!

Christine xoxo

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

Sarah 101: Boho Chic in Simone’s girls’ bedrooms

It’s that time again!!!  Did you catch the latest episode of Sarah 101 decorating the bedrooms of 3 little sisters!!  OMG…I just love decorating little girls’ rooms and it’s probably because I have 2 little glamour girls of my own. 

Love what Sarah and Tommy did with the colour scheme of the 2 bedrooms:  Corals, blues and yellow for the nursery AND blues and greens for the bedroom shared by the 2 older sisters.  Absolutely adorable.

Here’s a peak of the 2 rooms if you missed this episode:


Utterly delightful!!  In the next 2 months I will be updating the rooms of my  2 little girls and can’t wait to share the progress with you.  We are true girly girls in my house and the east wing of our house is called “The Pink Wing” – and that includes a pink laundry room.  So stay tuned!!

If your child’s room 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, 


2 of my Favourite Things!

I have an extensive list of favourite things which I hope to take you through one day on this blog……….but for now here are two things:

The 2nd episode of Sarah 101 is on tonight at 9pm on HGTV Canada…..it appears she has designed a nursery for Trish!!



I am loving how Sarah and Tommy have injected a bold jolt of Orange into an otherwise sea of different tones of blue in the room.  They also added some architectural interest to a boring square box of a room by painting horizontal stripes on the wall and I believe adding wallpaper to the ceiling!!!  It’s hard to tell in the picture above so we shall find out tonight. 

My 2nd favourite thing is the latest issue of Lonny, a fabulous online Interior design magazine.  If you haven’t seen it, than you must read it online!!

Here are just a few fabulous images from the magazine:  VA-VA-Voom!!!

Hope you enjoyed a peak into 2 of my favourite things.  And what is great about them is that you can enjoy them both today!!!

Have a great day!!

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


Debbie’s Living Room–Sarah 101

If you missed last night’s premiere episode of Sarah Richardson’s new show:  Sarah 101, then you’ll enjoy seeing the after shots of how Sarah & Tommy designed Debbie’s living Room.

And if you are wondering what some of the hot trends are for decorating in 2011, than look no further:  Lots of gorgeous colour and pattern will be a common theme!! 



You can also find more pictures of Debbie’s Living room along with Sarah’s shopping guide here!

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

Getting ready for the launch of Sarah 101!!!

Hope everyone had a very glamorous new years celebration….but now it is time to revel in 2011!!!  And I can’t wait because a ton of new design shows are starting this month and one of them is Sarah Richardson’s new show “Sarah 101.”

Here is quick description of her new show: 

Sarah 101 is a back-to-basics crash course in design that breaks every project into simple building blocks and showcases Sarah Richardson’s signature approach of tips and tricks to solve design problems so that you too can transform any room in your home! Watch the premier Tuesday January 4th at 9:00pm ET on HGTV CANADA!

Last month, I had the utmost honour to be one of a few Canadian Design Bloggers asked to a group interview with Sarah and her faithful design side-kick, Tommy Smythe.

Below is the group of design bloggers…you’ll notice some familiar faces:  Vanessa from Decor Happy, Jen from Rambling Reno, Staci Edwards from Staci Edwards Blog, Vitania from Verdigris Vie Blog and Renee from eatliveshop blog.


But wait….someone is missing…..who can it be?????


Good ole Tommy….he is a total hoot!!! And he is exactly the same in real life as he is on the show.

So here are some completely random fun facts about Sarah and Tommy:

  1. Sarah and Tommy can literally finish each other’s sentences….that’s how well they know each other.  The dynamics you see between the 2 of them on camera is exactly the same in real life!
  2. You’ll see a totally different side to Tommy on Sarah 101.  Sarah affectionately called it “the cheapification of Tommy”!!  There’s no splurging on this show for Tommy.  They worked within a tight budget of $10,000 for each project.
  3. Lindsay (who you may remember as the design intern on Design Inc. – but who now is a full fledged designer on the team) has the world’s loudest sneeze….as we all witnessed.
  4. Sarah has a ton more ideas for TV shows….so expect a lot more innovative design shows in the future with Sarah & Tommy.
  5. Sarah & Tommy are currently filming season 4 of Sarah’s House – launching Fall 2011.  AND, Sarah spilled there will most likely be a 5th season also, along with a season 2 of Sarah 101!!  Whoooo Hoooo!
  6. There are 11 children amongst the 4 female designers in the firm resulting in a lot of TMI shared.  Tommy claimed he could easily do the job of  an OBYGN….in case the design thing-a-ma-jiggy doesn’t work out!!  Winking smile

OK…let’s get to more pics of the famous offices of Sarah Richardson Design – officially redesigned on Design Inc.


The ‘waiting room” for clients….gorgeous chandelier.  And there is always fresh flowers at the window.


If you are terrible at styling shelves….than memorize this picture and the next one.  Now this is how you accessorize & style a bookshelf!!! Thumbs up


And of course, almost every piece of furniture in this office is from Sarah’s collection!!


I absolutely adore the colour scheme of the SR offices…..soothing but OH SO GLAM!!!! 



Sarah sharing a chuckle with Lindsay…that’s Sarah’s office in the foreground.


This is the ultra glamorous ‘mini’ boardroom.  When we arrived for the Blogger Q&A, Sarah & Tommy were being interviewed by HGTV.


I have a vision board in my office…but it is not as chic as this one….hmmmmmmm…my wheels are turning.  A 2011 DIY project coming on I think!!!  Light bulb


Ohhhh, and they had tons of healthy and not so healthy yummy treats waiting for us.  I could soooo work there with that beautiful kitchen just beckoning me!!!  How many times have we seen Tommy and Sarah going through fabric swatches on that very island.  It was totally surreal being there!  Yes, I am totally gushing!! 

The Dynamic Duo….gorgeous on camera and off!!


Thanks Tommy for letting me sit on your knee!!!!  Send a kiss

I also got the chance to preview one of the shows that will be airing this month and you are going to love it!!!    So don’t forget:  Sarah 101 premiere show airs tomorrow or today (depending on when you are reading this) on HGTV Canada at 9pm.  And then stay tuned for a brand new show premiering immediately afterwards called Design DNA (9:30pm).

“Design DNA is an exciting new series that puts a twist on the traditional biography:  in this show, the hero may be a gadget, a chair, or an appliance.”


My apologies for such a long blog posting…but I was just very excited writing this post!!


Thanks for staying till the end!!  xoxo

If your home is craving some glamour, then contact me online or in person!  I’d love to help!
Glamorously yours,       
All pictures from Decor by Christine, excluding pics 1,2,12 & 13 courtesy of Rambling Reno AND pics 9, 10 & 11 courtesy of Decor Happy.  Thanks ladies!

Looking Back: 2010 was the year of Social Media Friendships!!

As I get ready to bid 2010 adieu in a few hours, I’d like to quickly share with you some of the fantastic friends and colleagues I’ve had the pleasure of meeting this year through Twitter, Facebook, my blog and LinkedIn.  Some I formed great new friendships with while others, although fleeting, still made an impression on me!

So let’s get started…some faces you may recognize, others you may not…..but they all helped make 2010 a fabulous year for me!

                            Designing Colleagues / Mentors

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Meeting Kimberley Seldon for the 1st time at her “Business of Design” Book signing party.  I consider her to be a friend now!. Kimberley’s new lifestyle online Magazine “Dabble” launches in 2011.


Tracy Moore and I at a Cityline taping – funny enough, she only knows me by my Twitter Alias: GlamaMama!  I’ve been an audience member so many times this year I hope she doesn’t think I’m a stalker!  Rolling on the floor laughing


Samantha Pynn at the same Cityline taping.  She is very sweet!


Meeting Steven and Chris at their show made up of Design, Food and Lifestyle Bloggers.


I also had the pleasure of meeting Jane Lockhart at the launch of her new furniture line at The Gresham House.  She’s an avid supporter of local interior designers.


Meeting the ultra glamorous gals from Rue Magazine with my BFF Vanessa at the Nate Berkus After Party in NYC!
Geovin evening
At the Geovin Designer Appreciation Night with Carlos Di Conza, Vanessa Francis and Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault from Benjamin Moore! 


And then of course, I finally got to meet Sarah Richardson and Tommy Smythe.  Their new show Sarah 101 launches on January 4th and I will be blogging about the interview I had with them on that day!!

Ok, now I want to introduce all the fabulous ladies I met this year.  I had the opportunity to attend so many design / networking events this past year.  You’ll notice many familiar faces that keep popping up again and again!! Open-mouthed smile


At the taping of the Nate Berkus show in NYC with Vanessa Francis, Sarah  (@lovelaughshop) Lisa (@designspotting) and Chanee from melongings


At the grand opening of The Gresham House’s new location with Ana and Vanessa.


At the Steve & Chris show with Tamara from Wondermoms
At the CDN Design Bloggers event with the girls Christine, Ana, Leigh-Ann, Sarah and Vanessa
Vitania and I glamming it up at the CDN Design Bloggers Event she helped organize!
More lovely ladies I met at the CDN Bloggers event:  Jen from Rambling Reno and Kelly from Jax Decor

At the Style at Home / West Elm Shopping Night with Vanessa and Leigh-Ann
I also attended 2 great networking event and met so many wonderful women all with the same passion for Social Media!
I'm speaking at the ShesConnected Conference


There were so many other people I met this past year so if I missed you I apologize….I’m sure we will see each other again in 2011 and I promise to get a pic of you!! 

2010 was a fabulous year and I can’t wait to make many more friendships in 2011!  Happy New Year – don’t forget to GLAM it up tonight!!!