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Holiday Gift Guide – Design Books for the Decor Maven

Happy November!

That means the holiday season is now officially in full swing. Today I’m sharing with you a Holiday Gift Guide of my favourite recently launched design books that any Decor Maven would want to unwrap on Christmas morning.  And most importantly, these books are perfect to style your coffee table 🙂

All of these books in my holiday gift guide can be purchased in-store or online at Indigo.  Definitely some of my #indigofaves!

Holiday Gift Guide - Design Books - Decor by Christine

Styled by Emily Henderson

Emily Henderson Styled Book

The ultimate guide to thinking like a stylist, with 1,000 design ideas for creating the most beautiful, personal, and livable rooms  It’s easy to find your own style confidence once you know this secret: While decorating can take months and tons of money, styling often takes just minutes. Even a few little tweaks can transform the way your room feels.

At the heart of Styled are Emily Henderson’s ten easy steps to styling any space. From editing out what you don’t love to repurposing what you can’t live without to arranging the most eye-catching vignettes on any surface, you’ll learn how to make your own style magic. With Emily’s style diagnostic, insider tips, and more than 1,000 unique ideas from 75 envy-inducing rooms, you’ll soon be styling like you were born to do it.

Home by Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres Home Book

Ellen DeGeneres has bought and renovated nearly a dozen homes over the last twenty-five years, and describes her real-estate and decorating adventures as “an education.” She has long cared deeply about design: “I think I wanted to be an interior designer when I was thirteen.”

In Home, DeGeneres will, for the first time, share her passion for home design and style. She believes, “You don’t have to have money to have good taste,” and she is eager to share what she has learned over the years. DeGeneres offers a personal look at every room in each of her homes. Included are seven of her homes past and present, from the famous “Brody House” up to her current homes, and she offers tips and advice on what each house taught her. An added bonus is a look at the homes of her friends and collaborators-some of the finest designers in the country. They share their advice on home design, furnishings, as well as a glimpse at their awe-inspiring rooms.   Full of beautiful photographs, this book is a treasure trove of amazing California architecture, unique home furnishings, breathtaking art, and hundreds of ideas on putting together the home you’ve always dreamed of.

At Home: Sarah Style by Sarah Richardson

At Home - Sarah Style Book

Following the bestselling success of Sarah Style, HGTV star and design queen Sarah Richardson invites readers into the homes she’s most proud of designing—her own!

Renowned designer Sarah Richardson guides readers through a variety of houses—from urban spaces, to secluded farmland getaways, to the islands of cottage country—that all showcase her signature style of casual elegance and nature-inspired design. In addition to the hundreds of design tips and never-before-seen photos—including many from Sarah’s personal collection—there are forty-five beloved recipes that reflect Sarah’s design style: comforting, fun, and meant for sharing. This is a behind-the-scenes tour that will inspire readers to achieve winning style on any budget.   At Home: Sarah Style is the ultimate guide to living in style, loving your home, and entertaining with ease.

Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating by Lauren Liess

Habitat Design Book

Lauren Liess, an interior designer and founder of the popular blog Pure Style Home, fuses her love of design and the great outdoors into all her work. In Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating, her first book, Lauren invites readers to bring nature inside by mixing the textures of natural elements such as wood and stone with eclectic groupings of modern and quirky vintage pieces. Readers will be inspired by the unique style of these rooms, which include lovely framed botanical prints and Liess’s own textile patterns inspired by wildflowers and weeds. The book is divided into three sections: Part I focuses on the fundamental elements of design, with each chapter devoted to a particular element, such as color, lighting, and furniture; Part II addresses the intangibles of designing a space, such as aesthetics and creating a mood; and Part III tackles unique room-specific challenges in every part of the house.

Sage Living: Decorate for the Life You Want by Anne Sage

Sage Living Design Book


Perfectly named style maven and City Sage blogger Anne Sage knows a wise truth: decorating our living spaces for our goals is the first step in making them happen. In Sage Living , she opens the door to covetable dwellings designed to boost the dreams of their occupants, from the sunny, open-air kitchen of a holistic nutritionist to the eclectic living room of a world traveler ready to put down roots. With page after page of stunning interiors, engagingly written home stories, and hundreds of design tips for every room, Sage Living goes beneath the stylized surface to help readers decorate for the lives they truly want.

Modern Mix by Eddie Ross

Modern Mix by Eddie Ross Design Book

In this richly illustrated style guide from an unabashed hoarder of all things beautiful, design editor and entertaining expert Eddie Ross reveals his insider secrets to creating exciting interiors, table settings and parties with chic and accessible finds that celebrate who you are and what you love. Featuring never-before-published photographs of Eddie’s own homes-his eclectic apartment in New York and Pine Hill Farm in Connecticut-Modern Mix cracks the code to navigating thrift shops, yard sales and flea markets with confidence. Funny and insightful, Eddie is like a trusted friend on the front lines of flea markets and thrifting, telling you what to look for, where to find it and how to restore it. Then he shows you how to use color and pattern to infuse your finds with a fresh, playful spirit, combining high and low, new and old, classic and modern elements into a warm and inviting style that expresses your personality. In each of the book’s eight chapters-Inspire, Discover, Acquire, Restore, Curate, Mix, Style and Entertain-Eddie builds upon the essential insights he reveals at every turn, culminating in a gorgeous grand finale of gawk-worthy rooms, table settings, bars, buffets and parties. With more than 350 full-color photographs, time-saving tips and real-life shortcuts to decorating and entertaining beautifully on a budget, Modern Mix will open your eyes to theextraordinary possibilities within your reach and inspire you to live every day colorfully and creatively.

I’m hoping I get a few (if not all) of these coffee table design books under the tree this year.  Not because I’m greedy (ahem)……but just because I like to stack my decor book 3 high when I style them on a book shelf or coffee table.  😉  What about you — will any of these design books appear on your wish list?

Oh, and if you need help decorating your home for the holidays then please give me a call @416 859-5082 or email me — I’m always here to help!

Glamorously yours xoxo


Designers Dream Weekend

Happy Friday dear Blog Friends,

There are lots of exciting things happening this weekend for me.  Tomorrow I am headed to Blogpodium Canada’s Conference for Design and Lifestyle Bloggers.  It is a series of ongoing conferences and small workshops designed to connect people together, encourage collaboration and sharing, and of course, have a great time.  I love seeing old blogger friends that I don’t get to see very often, and of course meeting new ones!

Besides meeting up with some amazing design and lifestyle bloggers, Sarah Richardson is the Keynote speaker tomorrow.

Her new show launched yesterday on HGTV Canada — its called Real Potential and airs Thursday nights.  Sarah is also launching a new fabric line with Kravet — one  of the fabric suppliers I use with my clients.  Below is clip from her new show.


 Then on Sunday I am on stage at the Ideal Home Show in Hamilton.  I will speaking at 3pm on my top 3 Fall/Winter Decorating Trends.

Also from noon until 2:30 I will be at the Free Pro-Advice Pavillion.  At the Free Pro Advice Pavilion, you will have one on one session with professionals in the field of interior design, real estate, and organizational designer and home contractors. You can bring in your pictures, fabrics, inspiration boards and napkin drawings and you will leave with priceless ideas and sketches from the pros.  So if you have a design dilemna, then pop on by and hopefully one of us design pros can help you out.

And one last thing,  I wanted to announce the winner of the PosterJack giveaway that I blogged about on Easy Dorm Room Art Ideas.  The Winning comment was from Sheila Zeller.  Congratulations Sheila — I will email you the promo code to use on their website.

So what plans do you have for the weekend?  Maybe I will see you at Blogpodium or the Ideal Home Show!!  Have a super weekend!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

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

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

Interior Design Show – Toronto 2011 (IDS11)

Sunday, January 30th is the last day to attend the Interior Design Show taking place in downtown Toronto, Ontario!!  So if you haven’t been than I suggest you race down to the Metro Convention Centre ASAP!!!

This past Wednesday I was invited to attend the IDS11 Media Preview so the pics you are about to see show a lot of construction as 300 exhibitors set up their booths – so it was definitely the place to be!!

But first hardhats – yes, we all had to wear hardhats Surprised smile And yes, all throughout school I was always placed in the front row.


Here are some great statistics that Shauna Levy, the MMPI Vice President and show creator shared with us just before the media tour commenced:

– It takes 76,500 hours to set up the show!

– There will be approximately 19,450 light bulbs used on the show floor

– 9000 cups of coffee will be consumed over the 4 days of the show

– 3,600 Tylenols will be taken over the 4 days


IKEA booth being set up

– 3000 pairs of steel-toed boots will be worn on the show floor

– There will be 12,000 linear feet of carpet laid down on the floor space and 56 workers will do this job by hand

– During the opening night party there will be 22,000 glasses on the show floor and 66,000 ounces of alcohol Martini glasswill be consumed!


Booth by Snob


Alfred Sung also launched his exclusive new Outdoor Furniture line called the Blackwatch Collection – his favourite tartan pattern.  Very chic!




Yup, that’s me with my hardhat testing out the comfort level of the loveseat…I quite liked it!!

One of my favourite attractions this year at the IDS was Sibling Revelry!  With a focus on family ties, SIBLING REVELRY challenges four of Canada’s most creative siblings to partner in transforming 600 sq. ft. of space into their own unique statement of design.


Here are Thien and My Ta Trung working on their booth / space.  I MUST HAVE those fur chandeliers!!!



David and Glenn Dixon were working on their space and I will show you the After pictures in my IDS Opening Night Gala Post!


Lots of gorgeous panelled mouldings and mirrors!!  So very chic!


And of course, the most fabulous siblings of all:  Sarah & Theo Richardson.  I absolutely loved their space – and the design was inspired by one of Theo’s light fixtures.


Theo and Sarah talking to us about their design.  This is one of the lighting fixtures that inspired the design of their space.



Wait till you see the stunning headboard Sarah designed!


Love this industrial looking dining table with bright hits of red!

Now this was just a very small preview of a tremendously vast show…so if you want to see it all than RUN, DON’T WALK on Sunday to the IDS!!

Here are a couple of fun photos of other favourites of mine!!

My manwich:  Arren Williams and Tommy Smythe


Photo credit: Michelle from Holley and Gill


Jane Lockhart from Colour Confidential, one of my favourite designers was also setting up her booth to showcase her new Platinum Furniture line exclusively available through the Gresham House.

You will have to stay tuned for my next post highlighting all the festivities of the Opening Night Gala!  But here is a sneak peek of the GLAM GIRLS!


Photo credit:  Second Wind Interiors

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

Glamorously yours,


P.S. Sorry for the very long post…..but there was so much to talk about…and I didn’t even cover it all!  Go see the Show!!

Also, I’d like to thank FAULHABER PUBLIC RELATIONS for providing the Media Passes.

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:

kitchen before 1

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, 


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!