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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

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

Project Pink & Orange: Homework Room Update!!

It’s finally happening!!  The Homework Room is finally getting completed!  I literally put it on hold last winter/spring as I was busy with client projects (which is always a good thing).  Then once the summer hit, we were too busy working on Project Dollhouse AKA the Bunkie.

You can catch up on my plans for the homework room here.  The star of the room is going to be this wallpaper my daughters and I chose from  Printers Guild Productions


Homework room inspiration

The wallpaper will only be on one wall, so I had to decide what colour to paint the remaining 2.5 walls.  And of course this gorgeous wallpaper gave me 3 vibrant colour choices: Orange, Lilac or Raspberry.

The girls and I nixed the lilac…so now it was down to the orange or the raspberry / pink grapefruit flower as our colour inspiration.

I headed to my local Benjamin Moore Paint store and picked up 2 tester samples of Calypso Orange BM2015-30 and BM2008-30 Raspberry Blush to try on the walls next to the paper.

The minute I brushed the Calypso Orange onto the wall I knew it was the wrong choice…even with a 2nd coat (which I didn’t bother to do) I knew it would be too much for the room.

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So I decided to go with Raspberry Blush.  I was so excited about it that I tweeted out my colour choice to Benjamin Moore….and below is their response.

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And here is the vision board I created for the Homework Room via Olioboard to give you a brief look at the look of the room that I want to achieve.

Girl's Homework room


Stay tuned for the next update!!

Glamorously Yours,

Christine xoxo

Glamour Friday: Wallpaper Obsessed!

Hi Everyone,

Hope you all had a fantastic March break last week.  As you know, I was down at Walt Disney World with my hubby and my two girls so this last week has been major catch up on some client projects that I am finishing up.

Today I was at Crown Wallpaper & Fabrics with a client looking at wallpaper for her powder room (one of the last rooms I am decorating for her) and so I couldn’t resist showing you some beautiful wallpapers that can make a huge difference in the look of your home!

I’m a bit biased towards Candice Olsen’s line of wallpapers since she adorns the walls of my dining room and my eldest daughter’s bedroom.  Now get ready for some wallpaper porn!!


This is the wallpaper my client chose for her powder room. It’s called Shadow Flowers and has the most amazing texture.  I can’t wait to show you the powder room once it if finished.image

Wallpaper are available in lovely neutral colours….where you go bold is with the pattern…but when it is tone on tone, a very glamorous, elegant look is achieved.  image


Or you can go wild with colour….and you know how much I love purple!!  Paired with neutral grey chairs, this living room truly becomes unforgettable!


So fabulous and what an easy way to create impact in your dining or living room!


Want to create oomph when your guests walk into your home?  Than wallpaper your foyer or entryway with dramatic wallpaper.



Of course, the bedroom is an obvious choice for wallpaper and you can go as subtle, glam or over – the-top as the pictures below show.





I’m a huge advocate of wallpapering a child’s room.  My only advice is do NOT go juvenile.  Your child is going to grow out of child-like designs…so keep that in mind when choosing the design. 

This wallpaper is very pretty with the little pink bunnies….but when the little girl becomes a teenager she just may get sick of those bunnies.


As you may recall from this previous post, I am updating both my daughters’ bedrooms. I chose Candice Olson’s Dark Pink Mini Daisy Spot (image below) for my daughter’s bedroom when she was 6 years old.  She is now turning 10 in a few months and this wallpaper will grow with her into her teens.  Her room is almost complete and I can’t wait to show it to you here.


If wallpaper still intimidates you, but you are dying to try it in a room in your home, then the powder room is the perfect place to start.  It’s a small room so the investment will be minimal, you’re not in there a lot (I hope) so you won’t get sick of it and your guests will enjoy the scenery while they use the amenities.




This is my powder room.  I wanted high impact with lots of glam!  And I wanted my guests to feel like they were being wrapped in black velvet every time they stepped into this room.  Almost 4 years later, and it is still one of my favourite rooms that I have decorated.


I’m also in the midst of redecorating my office and these photos definitely inspire me.


I’m thinking of using this pattern but in blue versus the pinky-red.  I will let you know what I decide.


Well,  I hope you stayed to the end of this very long post and I hope I was able to convince you to wallpaper at least one room in your home this year!  Let me know what you decide.

If you want to know how to decorate your home for 2012, then contact me online or via twitter…I’d love to help!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Project Orange & Pink: Homework Room Vision Board


If you read my 2012 personal decorating project list in my Jan 4th post (click here to read it) then you know that I am converting my daughters’ playroom into a homework room.

I’m just finishing up the layout and elevations but I wanted to show you my vision board for the homework room that I designed on Olioboard.


The colour palette is orange and pink and this gorgeous contemporary floral wallpaper is the inspiration for the room!


The wallpaper is from  Printers Guild Productions.  My 2 girls have given me the go ahead so I will be purchasing this stunner next week!!

Most of the furniture will be coming from IKEA and if you want to see the list of furniture for the homework room, just click on my Olioboard here for the details.  I want to keep this room on a tight budget but my one splurge will be the wallpaper!!

I’m getting really excited about this room….can’t wait to show you some little surprises I have in store.  Until then, Happy Decorating!!

If you want to know how to decorate your home for 2012, then contact me online or via twitter…I’d love to help!

Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

BTW:  This vision board is the first one I have completed and then published on Olioboard.  If creating vision boards for rooms is something you think you would enjoy doing then head over to their site and register your profile.  And I warn you…it can get addictive!!

What Are Your Decorating Projects for 2012?

Happy New Year Everyone!!  Now that we are almost one week into 2012 have you started to think about what you want to accomplish with your home decor this year?

Well, I definitely have! Besides finishing up a some client projects and continuing to write my What’s Trending column for Dabble Magazine, I have a few personal home decor projects that I have been putting off because 2011 was a busy year for me.

The 6 projects I want to start or complete are:

–  Converting my master bedroom retreat into a ‘glam cave’

– Purchasing a few furniture/accessories for the master bedroom to finish off the room

–  Revamping my home office a bit

– Finish decorating my 2 daughters’ bedrooms

– Converting my daughters’ playroom into a homework room

So here’s a sneak peak into some of the rooms and how they look right now:

This is my retreat that is right off of my master bedroom and it is boring with a capital B!!


Right now we only use it for watching TV some nights when the girls are in bed.  The only things that are staying is my leopard print chaise because it is oh so glam!  And my capize shell chandelier because it is stunning.  My husband doesn’t know it yet but his god-awful recliner is so outta there!!


The TV and the stand will stay of course – but those speakers and clutter on the floor are gone!!


When I’m done it will be a purple passion glam cave with a stunning desk and chair, lighting and dramatic wallpaper!!

Next room to revamp is the kids playroom on the second floor.  When we bought/built this home it had a nook on the second floor called the ‘homework room.’  But we made it into a small playroom for the girls to play in.


When I’m done with this room room it will have 2 side by side desks, an art wall one one side and a chalkboard wall on the other side with lots of shelves and storage.  I also found the cutest wallpaper for the main feature wall.  It’s going to look fabulous!


My oldest daughter’s room is another room that needs to be updated.  Her current colour scheme is black/white & pink which will stay the same.  When she’s a bit older I will paint out the pink walls.


Mackenzie is going to get a new double bed with a  headboard that I am designing for her.  And of course, new bedding.


This little table & chairs is going to the basement but the shelf will stay


That bare pink wall will be full of pictures – probably a gallery wall of her competing at horse shows since she is a budding equestrian.  Also her dresser will move to this wall and she will need a funky mirror on the wall.


Her black velvet chandelier is definitely staying.  When I purchased this glamorous piece it was because it was a piece that would grow with her – it’s not juvenile at all.


The Candice Olsen wallpaper called “Daisy” on the feature wall will remain.  I love this wallpaper so much, and again it is something that can grow with her into her teen years.  Her funky Homesense lamps will also stay!


The bookshelf will stay but I want to style the shelves and get rid of most of those stuffies.  I’m also planning on doing a DIY project above the shelf to hang all the ribbons she has won so far participating in the horse shows.  And of course her window seat will remain.


The last project I will highlight today is the bedroom of my youngest daughter Mya.


Over 2 years ago the crib above converted into the daybed below.  But now she to big for it and needs her own twin bed.  Which she will get when her sister gets a new double bed.  Now that’s what I call recycling!  Smile


Mya’s room decor is light pink with chocolate accents – which will stay the same except I’m going to add some orange accents through wallpaper and some accessories. Also her beautiful rose chandelier will remain….that piece will grow with her.


Because a twin bed will be coming into this room the layout will change.  That rocker will also be heading to the basement to donate.  (I have lots of fond (and not so fond) memories of nursing both babies in that rocker).IMG_5228

I’m going to keep this adorable bookshelf just change its location.  The shelf will also remain.


Her change table which became a dresser in the short-term will be donated and she will get a big girl’s dresser.  The armoire will go to the basement but I will keep it.  It’s a beautiful piece that I will eventually paint out and keep for one of the girls or use in our future cottage.


Mya’s room has a cathedral ceiling so she has great natural light coming from her 3 large windows – although with this dark picture you wouldn’t think so!!  I’m going to add some architectural detail to the other walls by adding paneled moulding and wallpapering inside the panels.  It should look amazing when its done..

Okay, that’s it for now.  I’m exhausted just looking at what I need to accomplish in the new few months.  My office will have to wait for another post.

So tell me, what decorating projects will you be working on in 2012?


Glamorously yours,

Christine xoxo

Congratulations William & Kate!!!


By the time most of you read this, the cutest royal couple EVER will be officially prince & princess…or maybe they will become Duke and Duchess.  Whatever titles will be bestowed upon them on their wedding day, most of us will be yawning and clamouring for another cup of coffee…..so while we are awake, let’s pay homage to the Brits!!Prince William, Kate Middleton

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This is what I will be wearing at 5am alongside my PJs to honour the spirit of Princess Diana and the newest princess, Kate!! 


Doesn’t every girl dream of finding her prince charming?  Well, this plate says it all!! Princess


$32 at kkoutlet.com.

The Union Jack is hotter than ever!!  Love these pics I saw in an email to me from High Gloss Magazine.  Who wouldn’t want one of these pieces for their home decor !!


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And for every Glamour Girl in this universe, there should be at least one tiara that fits!!  If not, than you can at least surround yourself with this delightful wallpaper, Crowns & Coronets created for the royal nuptials by Graham & Brown

You can even get creative and Jazz it up with their ‘Royal’ Jewels – glittering self adhesive jewels that allow you to create your very own tribute to the happy couple. How fun is that!! 


So if you didn’t receive one of these invites,

Kate Middleton, Prince William Wedding Invite

than join me on your sofa at 5am and let’s toast to the cutest royal couple EVER and their big day!!!  Cheers to William & Kate!!

Christine xoxo

Glamour Friday: A sexy & glamorous bedroom = GLAM SLAM!!

Happy Friday!! Thought I would show off a gorgeous cozy bedroom this week since it’s been a combination of snow and rain all this week.  Brrrrrrrr!!! Storm cloud

This beautiful bedroom is from the latest issue of Lonny Magazine.  “A bedroom should be all about comfort, sexiness and glamour” say the designers of this room…and I couldn’t agree more

I’m loving the grey grasscloth wallpaper that adds such a lovely warm sheen to the walls.  And then of course the focal point of the room is the very sexy and curvy custom made headboard with nail head detailing.  Now that is yummy!!

The glamorous silver lamps with  chocolate shades and the Greek- key custom night tables make this room a definite GLAM SLAM!!  What do you think?

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

Glamorously yours,

Christine  xo

P.S.  Have a great weekend.  Don’t forget to put your clocks one hour ahead on Sunday AND please say a prayer for the victims and their families of the Tsunami in Japan.

Designer:  Pereira Associates   Photography by: Patrick Cline

I’m Blogging over at WonderMoms on “How to Make an Entrance!”

Confession time!!! When I visit someone’s home for the first time, I make a point of “checking out” their foyer. Why you ask? Because a foyer is the entryway into your home….or as I like to call it – the gateway into your home decor personality!

So hurry on over to the Wondermoms website and click here to find out how you can make an entrance too!!


Photo from Style at Home

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

Glamorously yours,

Christine  xo