Happy New Year!!!
I don’t know if it’s the same with you but my new year doesn’t officially begin until my girls go back to school after Christmas break. So this week is my official start to 2019. And I’m really looking forward to what 2019 will bring because I’m celebrating a special anniversary — 10 years of Decor by Christine!! I can’t believe its been 10 years since I decided to go out on my own and start my own boutique full service design firm. I’m planning on some exciting things to celebrate so I hope you stay tuned for what’s in store.
But first, let me quickly take you through some of my favourite highlights of 2018
Main Level Renovation Completion:
One of my favourite projects of 2017 got professionally photographed by my amazing photographer Larry Arnal. This project included a full kitchen and family room renovation, playroom, laundry/mudroom and foyer.
Here is a quick summary of what the kitchen and family room looked like before
And now this is how it looks!!!! You can see more of this project by clicking here!
And then the aforementioned kitchen was the cover for summer issue of Canadian Home Trends Magazine! This is now my second cover on a magazine……an accomplishment I am very proud of. 🙂
Marc & Mandy Show / Home Trends Magazine Columnist
Throughout the year I continued as a Guest Expert on the Marc and Mandy Show filming decor segments.
And I got to interview Scott McGillivray from HGTV Canada. He is such a nice, down to earth guy!
I also have a regular design column in Canadian Home Trends Magazine where I write about design and renovation dilemmas, solutions and design/decor ideas for your home. Below is my latest column for the winter issue.
A Revamped Online Decor Shop
This year I also revamped my now 1 year old online decor shop. I moved over to Shopify and now you can literally shop from my Instagram posts and stories or from my Facebook business page. If you haven’t had a chance to check out my new venture, then click here.
I even have a new “Shop the Look” section where you can see how I have used my own products to style my clients’ rooms I designed.
On a personal note, my husband and I took our 2 daughters to the west coast of Canada to see Calgary, Banff, Jasper Alberta. Then we travelled via train o Prince Rupert in British Columbia to visit my sister for a few days. Then we took the ferry down to Vancouver Island before heading to Whistler the departing from Vancouver. It was quite the whirlwind trip but so beautiful.
Main level / Master Bedroom Redesign
I finished another favourite client project in the fall and brought in Larry again to photograph this beautiful home. The young family had just moved in and hired me to completely furnish their main level and master bedroom. I am ecstatic how the home and these pictures turned out.
You can see the rest of the fabulous shots from the project by clicking here.
Ending on a High Note!
2018 ended on a a high note when my photographer Larry let me know that a basement renovation I had finished in 2016 was being published in a US magazine. I am so thrilled and what an honour to be published outside of Canada. The magazine is called Classic Home. Its the winter edition and out now on magazine racks. This is the cover to look for:
And this is my feature! Whooooo Hoooooo!!!!!!!
Ok……this was a very long post and if you made it all the way here, I commend you, I thank you and send you a thousand hugs! 2018 was a great year and I truly hope that 2019 continues in the same vein for myself and for YOU!! So happy new year and hope to see you back here real soon!
And remember, if you are thinking about a home renovation or decorating project in your home this year and need help, then please contact me. I am here to help in any way!
Ohhh, and I would love it if you would sign up for my monthly newsletter……I promise not to fill your email inbox. 😉
Have an awesome January and 2019!!