With Christmas almost right around the corner, I can imagine that you are running around like crazy, decorating your house and shopping for gifts. That’s my life right now, so I know how you are feeling!
But do you think you could sneak away for 1 hour on Sunday, December 7th and head over to the new Urban Barn Oakville store. I am hosting a Holiday Themed Style Session at the new location, and I am very excited about it! Join me for fun holiday trends and tips on festive decorating.
And once the style session is finished, you can shop for more decorations because there is a BOGO happening at the store – buy one get one free on Ornaments! And when I take you through some of Urban Barn’s Holiday Themed trees, you will definitely want to stock up on fun and fancy ornaments!
I really hope to see you there on Sunday at 10am….so grab a coffee and head over to Urban Barn! xoxo
Do you have a drab living room in your house? Is it in need of a drastic make-over? Well, today I am starting a new feature on The Glam Blog called “From Drab to Fab.” In this series I will show you a “before” drab room and how through the help of an interior designer the room was completely changed — hence, the “Fab.”
I’m starting this series with the Drab to Fab reveal of my client’s main level in her house…..and today it’s all about her drab living room.
As you can see the living room was what I called – beige hell….I almost fell asleep just looking at it. Do you think that’s mean of me? Well, my client didn’t think so…she totally agreed and that’s why she have called me in to help her with this room and the rest of her main level. It had absolutely no colour….the walls were beige, the sofa was beige, the end tables were wood, the drapery was brown….I could go on and on….but I think you get the point. There was no visual interest, no focal point to rest your eye and because it was so drab she barely used the room and avoided entertaining guests. How sad is that!
On the opposite side of the drab sofa was this rocking chair and a teeny tiny bookshelf that looked totally non-descript against the half-wall. The living room didn’t even have a coffee table except for the small ottoman that matched the sofa. It was all just so matchy-matchy and totally DRAB!!!
This living room was just screaming for colour as it had a big window with lots of light coming through….so that was the plan…turn this living room from drab to fab!!!
And that’s exactly what we did!!! (Drum roll please!!!!)
I still gasp from sheer joy every time I see these after photos of the living room. What do you think of the transformation? I think its fresh and clean….and wow….love the blue and green colour palette with creamy white accents.
Now when you walk into the living, your eye is automatically drawn to a focal point – this stunning tufted back gorgeous blue sofa! Here’s another shot of this fabulous custom blue velvet sofa — it is sooooo glamorous!
And because the living room wasn’t very wide we chose to go with a glass coffee table which helps give the illusion of more space. We also replaced the large mirror she originally had over the sofa with some canvas art. I always recommend to clients that they place a mirror where they will appreciate the reflection they will be looking at. If the mirror is just reflecting a plain wall (as in this case) then a picture would be a much better utilization of that wall space — and definitely much prettier to look at.
On the opposite side of the sofa we added 2 custom club chairs in this Polygon inspired patterned fabric to offset the blue velvet sofa.
One of the big changes I recommended to my client was adding in a custom built window seat for a reading nook for her daughters or just a place for her 2 cats to look out the front window. The cushion was also custom made for the window seat in a blue/green woven fabric. The great thing about the window seat is that it allows for extra storage with 3 pull-out drawers for my client to store extra throws, pillows or kids’ games. And I just love the white tripod floor lamp and the custom faux roman shade in a striped blue and green fabric. We added Hunter Douglas Pirouette Shades to the window to allow for privacy in the evening.
Here`s a close-up of the window seat with its seat cushion and that adorable Owl ceramic stool from Urban Barn.
I always use fresh flowers as one of my go-to styling props for client projects. It always injects a burst of colour and tulips are one of my favourite flowers to use next to hydrangeas.
So voila, this is how I turned my client’s living room from Drab to totally FAB!!!! 😀
These stunning photos were taken by the very talented Stephani Buchman of Buchman Photo.
Hope you enjoyed this first Drab to Fab series. The next blog post will feature my client’s before and after dining room….so stay tuned. And if you are wanting to turn your living room from Drab to Fab, then please contact me here and let’s chat….I’d love to help!
Happy New Year!!! Hope you had a fabulous holiday. I had a busy few weeks celebrating the holidays with my family and finishing up some personal home projects. But now that the girls are back to school, it is time to get back to work for me!!
But first, I thought I would take a quick and fun 2012 rewind to see how Decor by Christine got to 2013. So please bear with me and join in the fun as I recap some highlights from each month!
The IDS comes to town every January and once again my gang of interior designers and design blogger friends all got together at the Gala event. I will be attending this years IDS at the end of the month!
And I finished a client’s dining room. New fireplace, lighting and reupholstered chairs.
This was the dining room before:
And this was the after! Huge difference, don’t you think?
I was totally honoured when Urban Barn invited me to design a chair for Urban Barn’s Custom Chairity Competition .
Unfortunately my chair didn’t win BUT it did come in 2nd place for most favourite chair When it was auctioned off, my chair raised approximately $500.00 for the Jays Care Foundation. I still wonder who purchased my chair and where they are using it!
Dabble Magazine turned ONE! And I continued to write the What’s Trending column for this awesome online magazine.
The family and I headed to Disney World over March Break. Now that we are proud members of the Disney Vacation Club, we will be visiting a different Disney Resort around the world each year.
The custom furniture and area rug I designed for a client (the same client as the dining room above) got delivered. You’ll notice that the coffee table is missing since my client couldn’t decide on what she wanted in there.
Home Depot launched their latest DreamBook and had a “Match the Look” contest to promote it. Home Depot invited 6 Canadian Design Bloggers (including me) to choose one of their favourite looks or finds from the interactive DreamBook online.
You had to choose which of these products was my favourite look. My choice was the marble Carrera for backsplash and counter tops.
This month I attended an event at Bo Concepts furniture store for the launch of a new line of furniture by Karim Rashid, where I got to meet him and crooner Matt Dusk. Yes, I know I am a bit of a social butterfly but I do enjoy attending these kind of events!
My budding equestrian won some ribbons at a local riding show!!
And the built-ins I designed for a client got installed! I’m very proud of these designs and how they turned out.
And their daughter’s bedroom: the handles hadn’t been installed when I took this picture.
For this same client, I also designed this mirror with a floating console table for her tiny foyer.
Here’s the mirror:
And now with the floating table/drawer. It was painted in a high gloss black with crystal knobs…very chic!
I also participated at the media challenge for The Canadian Breast Care Foundation’s annual Yard Sale for the Cure. I try to get involved in as much charity events as I can throughout the year.
May was a jam-packed month! My youngest sweetie made me this creative piece of artwork for Mother’s Day.
And she turned 5 years old!!
I went to NYC for Blogfest 2012 with my design BFF Vanessa Francis and got to meet a ton of other design bloggers from North America and some design superstars!
Here’s a bunch of us with Thom Felicia! He was an absolute doll.We called it the Thom Felicia sandwich!
Then I ended the month taking my oldest to see One Direction in concert at the Molson Amphitheatre as an early birthday gift! My ears were killing me by the end of the night with all the screaming and crying!!
One of the big design projects I worked on all year was starting to wind down. In this image, the custom drapes for the dining room had just been installed. Excuse the IPhone picture…..I will be getting professional pictures of this project taken in the next month. I haven’t really shown any pictures of this project except for the entertainment unit I designed. The colour scheme is blue and green which is carried throughout the entire main floor. Can’t wait to show you the final reveal.
And another issue of Dabble Mag / What’s Trending went live!
This month I spent a lot of time up at Emerald Lake enjoying the summer with my family. However, I did finally got to styling the same client’s family room with her new entertainment unit. Here it is just installed.
And now fully accessorized!!
This is also her new chair from Crate & Barrel. In the family room we decided to add some hits of orange to the blue and green colour scheme. As you can see from some of my pictures I got really addicted to Instagram this year.
And here’s her new custom ottoman nicely styled!
Oh, and we also finished her powder room in this fantastic teal wallpaper!!
I spent most of August at Emerald Lake at the Glamper finishing up the Bunkie! I will be revealing the interior in the spring as soon as the new camping season begins.
Here it is getting built:
And painted!!! It’s like my own little dollhouse!
And another Dabble Mag / What’s Trending issue came out!
This month I finally got back on Cityline for Dabble Day talking about fall trends in home decor!
And I finally finished my dressing table area in my master bedroom. I posted these pictures onto Pinterest, and I can’t believe how many people have repined my dressing table pics onto their inspiration boards!
October was a crazy month because I basically got a new baby — with four legs! Here is sweet adorable Marilyn Monroe who became part of our family!
And I got Project Pink & Orange moving along. Wait till you see what it looks like now! Final reveal coming in a future blog post this month.
And another issue of Dabble Mag / What’s Trending went live online!
In the November issue of Canadian Living I was quoted for an article. The article was called Sexual Healing and written by freelance writer Rosemary Counter. In the article I talked about how to set the scene in your bedroom with some helpful tips. Below is a screenshot of the first page of the article.
Exciting things happened to end off the year! I got hired as a freelance production designer for a new HGTV show by the Property Brothers called Buying & Selling. In Canada, the show will air on the W Network. I can hardly wait for the episode to air so I can finally talk about the renovation and show you pictures. So stay tuned!
And last but not least, the last issue of 2012 for Dabble Magazine came out and I wrote about gorgeous glamorous gold in What’s Trending! I love writing for this wonderful magazine and look forward to contributing to it in 2013.
Whew! Are you still with me? If you are I commend you for sticking with me as I took this quick rewind tour of my 2012 adventure in home decor…along with some peaks into my personal life.
I really hope you stick with me for another fabulous year with Decor by Christine and my new adventures in 2013!!
Tomorrow is Dabble Day on Cityline!!! And I’m on the show (hurray) with Kimberley Seldon and Nicholas Rosaci. Dabble Day is all about Spain, as we explore Barcelona style in decor and food, plus a great DIY project by Nicholas with maps. In my segment I am talking about three of my favourite decor trends for the fall season: Ombre, Yellow & Grey colour Combo, and masculine decor which I have dubbed Masculine Sophisticate.
I was a little bit nervous as its been a while since I’ve appeared on Cityline so I totally felt like it was my first time again. Hopefully it doesn’t come across on camera but we shall see tomorrow (Tuesday) at 9am and 3pm eastern time. We are always our worst critic aren’t we?
Below are a few pictures from last week’s taping. Thanks to Nicholas’ fabulous partner Johnny for talking these photos!!
Here I am getting my Demo Table set up just before my decor segment begins taping. That’s the lovely Tracy Moore in the background admiring a gorgeous houndstooth throw from Urban Barn.
Have you RSVP’d for Thursday’s Urban Barn seminar at the Oakville store? I feel like such a celebrity as it is being hailed as a “Meet + Greet with Design Blogger Christine Da Costa in Oakville.” Tee Hee!!!!
Tomorrow I will talk about my inspiration behind the custom chair I designed for the Custom Chairity Competition, as well as tips for ordering custom furniture and answer questions from the crowd. Space is limited so RSVP early!
Also, you will receive 15% off all custom furniture during this event! Sale ends on March 11th. Urban Barn also has a special promotion during this event: Buy one regular priced cushion and receive a second cushion free with purchase!
And if you haven’t voted for my chair yet, please do so by clicking here!! My chair is currently in 2nd place and I need at least 100 more votes to push into first place. So please pretty please vote for my chair and pass it around to your Facebook friends so they can vote to!!!!
I have some exciting news to share with you!!! The Canadian home furnishing store Urban Barn is holding a Custom “Chairity” Competition And I was totally thrilled, honoured and beyond excited when they invited me to design my very own custom chair with four other Interior Design Bloggers across Canada. This event starts today until March 11!
And here they are in all their glory!! The custom five chairs are currently on Urban Barn’s Facebook page AND you, the public are to vote on your favourite chair. When you vote you are automatically entered into a draw to win one of your own custom chairs or one of five $100 gift cards. How fabulous is that?
Voila “The Glam” Chair! This is how I describe it:
“Christine’s Glam Chair was designed to make a bold statement in your home. This glamorous chair with its high octave purple snakeskin texture, silvery grey arms and whimsical floral seat cushion is sure to be a conversation starter in any room of your house!”
I would really appreciate it if you would click here and cast your vote for my chair!!
Then on Thursday March 8th at p.m. I will be at the Oakville Urban Barn store to talk about my inspiration behind the custom chair I designed for the Custom Chairity Competition, as well as tips for ordering custom furniture. So you are all invited…..I really hope to see you next Thursday!!!
You will also receive 15% off all custom furniture during this event! Space is limited so RSVP early!
At the end of the contest the winner will be announced, then each chair will be auctioned off with full proceeds going to the charity of each designer’s choice. The charity of my choice is Jays Care Foundation. Since 1992, Jays Care Foundation has been empowering children and youth in need, inspiring them to make positive choices and helping them realize their dreams by providing access to programs that support physical activity, education, and life-skill development.
So please vote, whether its for my chair or not……but hopefully it is!! Thank you!!!