Progress in Project Greenbay, Some New Design Boards, TV and a Series

Good morning friends.

First up, I want to thank everyone for all your words of encouragement re: the One Room Challenge…I’m very happy to report that I was able to find someone very last minute (thanks to my awesome architect Wallace,) and he’s here today working on the tile…though it’s still very un-likely that I’ll be able to finish by Tuesday, I feel so good knowing that at least some progress is being made.

Next, I wanted to share some #projectgreenbay progress, thanks to the very fabulous ladies over at the Find. If you live in Chicago, you’re probably well versed in the amazingness that is this store. If not, let me just say that from my one there, I’m already slightly very obsessed. They have an incredible selection of vintage accessories that have been re-imagined with lucite bases, along with some insanely beautiful sculptural pieces, furniture selections and lighting…

the find crystal chandelier

the find doorknocker

the find sputnik

the find statue

It turns out the that Find also has some pretty damn talented stylists because after selecting a bevie of goodies for #projectgreenbay, they delivered and helped style the crap out of some of our bookcases and shelves.


1. The playroom…

project greenbay playroom christine dovey bookcase

2. The kitchen…

project greenbay  kitchen brass shelves christine dovey bookcase

project greenbay  kitchen brass shelves chr

project greenbay  kitchen brass shelves chr

project greenbay  kitchen brass and marble shelves chr

3. The library…

project greenbay  library chr

project greenbay  library chr

project greenbay  library chr

project greenbay  library chr

project greenbay  library chr

4. The office…and note our newly installed balloon…thanks Hollie Cooper!

project greenbay office chr

I’ll be going to Chicago early December to put some finishing touches on all of the above and can’t wait to get my hands on some more of this amazingness.

Coming along with me, will be a pile of goodies I selected from Elte so stay tuned on that front.

And as for #projectgreenbay today, I also wanted to show you this sneak peek of our master bedroom curtains, featuring drapery by Hollie Cooper and hardware from Lux Holdups

project greenbay christine dovey drapery hollie cooper lux holdups hardware

project greenbay christine dovey drapery hollie cooper lux holdups hardware

Pretty, pretty.

Moving on to some other stuff…as you know, I’ve also been working on some other design projects, including #projectbraecrest…I sent off the design boards, which looked like this…

lores dining room and hall concept one lores kitchen console area concept one

project braecrest mood board living room christine dovey

We’ve made a few adjustments but this is definitely the gist of what you’ll be seeing.

Next up, I just completed the design for a small powder room, called #projectmildred. We considered a few concepts, before landing on these…

project mildred bathroom concepts christine dovey

…that then these got narrowed to this…

project mildred bathroom christine dovey

Next up, I’ve been doing some quick consulting for a client in Washington DC, who is just looking for some fabric, art and coffee table selections…she wanted feminine modern that would work well with her more traditional pieces…so I sent her this…

ammai board

…we made one small adjustment and are going to go with this Chiang-Mai fabric in the smoke colourway…

chiang mai smoke

PS…I had no idea it even came in this colour and holy balls…I LOVE it…I was sort of over this fabric as a whole but am now way back into it, thanks to the black and white.

And finally, on the project front, I sent off this board for a new client who is looking to create a really layered boho/natural vibe in her home…we’re starting off with her foyer and I’m hoping a lot of this will happen…

michael wou citizen atelier

I really want to layer her foyer walls with lots of neutral art, with every natural themes etc…with a few more graphic pieces tied in for balance.

After doing the board, I realized that I’m also definitely going to have to incorporate some of Michael Wou’s beautiful photography…

michael wou citizen atelier

Really perfect for there I think.

And you’ll note I used the same black and white photograph in the last two boards…I just found it on Natural Curiosities and am sooooooo in love. Want it for myself.

This is turning into a really long post so I better wrap it up…just a quick note that if you missed my appearance on Steven and Chris yesterday, and are in Canada, you can watch it here

steven and chris christine dovey art steven and chris christine dovey

In the episode, I talked about my favourite places to buy art online, and gave peeks of my #oneroomchallenge piano room, a client’s foyer and my basement bathroom.

If you’re in the US, you can find the episode on the Livewell Network website…just search for the title.

My next in segment will air Nov. 25th so I hope you’ll tune into that as well:)

And finally, I’m really happy to have been asked to take part in Celine’s ‘Pretty in Pink’ series in honour of breast cancer awareness month…I shared my piano room, because well…it’s my fave pink room to date…

christine dovey pink piano room 1

…2 other bloggers will be sharing their stuff as well today so make sure you check it out.

And with that…I’ll sign off, with thanks again for being awesomely sweet/supportive readers. Your comments and kind words truly mean so so much to me always.


One Room Challenge – Week 5

Welcome back to week 5 of the One Room Challenge

one room challenge christine dovey week five

…or what I’m starting to call…One Room Cascade of Ball Sacks.

That sounds negative.  I don’t mean it to. I LOVE this challenge to bits and pieces but holy man…in the case of this bathroom I’m working on, it’s been one problem or issue after another.

If you’ve missed progress so far, you might want to get the background with week 1, week 2, week 3 and week 4 and then full circle back to now.

For today, I thought I’d start with the bollocks stuff so I could end on a super, ‘I think I can, I think I can’ note so here it goes.

Bad News:

1. My Super Allen had a rough week poor guy. On Thursday he fell and tweeked his back and couldn’t work Friday or Saturday.  He was back to business on Sunday and Monday, only to be down for the count again on Tuesday from a very nasty case of food poisoning:(((((((  If this had been any other space, hubs and I could have picked up the pieces but we’re talking about 12×24 marble tiles that need to be cut with a diamond blade…cement tile in a rather crazydoodle pattern that has to have a master’s hand to lay properly etc. etc. This sort of stuff just isn’t in our wheelhouse and really, without the tile finished, there was zero we could do in terms of actually getting the groundwork done so…as of now, we are not done tiling.  I suspect if Allen is feeling better today, the tile will be laid by Thursday and then I’ll seal the cement floor so that gouting can start Friday.  Hopefully.

2. Marble tile- this Bianco Gioia business has been a bit of a nightmare.  To start, it was a week late on the original delivery.  Once it arrived though, all was good…it was perfect…I love it…yadda yadda. But then Allen put it up on the wall and as you heard last week, we became very worried about the adhesive soaking through so work on the marble stopped for 3 days until we got some real answers about how to handle it etc.  A few days of good tiling progress happened until Allen figured out that we were likely going to be short. Because it had taken 2 weeks from the original order date to come, I was super dupes stressed that the marble was going to screw things up and well, it has.  I placed the order for 3 more boxes and was happily surprised when I was told it would be here in 3 days, which brought me to this past Saturday. And then, poof, just like that, my optimism was shattered when I was told ‘ so sorry but your marble was the only skid that wasn’t on the truck’.  Crying.  Within an hour though, I got a phone call the the marble was indeed there and we could go back and pick it up. Woot. Happy/relieved dance flips at this point.  So…hubs picked up the tile and I again began to think that I might actually be able to pull this off. But then…we Allen got to work putting the tile up and when I went up to check in a few hours later I noticed that the tile was COMPLETELY different tile to the original.  My tile is very lightly veined and the lines it does have run vertically with lots of faint faint spots. The new tile is heavily veined in a linear horizontal pattern…no beuno at all.

christine dovey one room challenge bianco gioia tile

As of now, I’m still waiting on the new boxes so regardless of Allen being here and ready to get back to business, I may not have actual tile for him to work with.

The compilation of the Allen/tile bad news has meant that the bathroom is still very much in construction mode. As of now, things are looking like this…

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  cement tile shop tulum tile

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  bianco gioia tile

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  cement tile shop tulum tile

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  cement tile shop tulum tile

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  cement tile shop tulum tlile

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  biano gioia tile

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom biano gioia tile

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom

Now…I know there is great things to be seen in those photos.

For one, the Tulum tile is even more amazing than I had hoped. I’m obsessed with it and would sleep on that damn floor if I could. Also, I love the way the marble and the tile are playing together…they’re total love buddies.

All that Super Allen was able to do this week is genius. He’s amazing and I adore him and I feel terrible that he’s had such a crap week. Boo boo boo.

Aside from all of this, some pretty amazing things did also happen around these parts.

So…on to the good news.

1. To re-iterate, the tile that’s gone down is looking fabulous and I’m so so soooooooooo excited to see it all done.

2. Hubs and I were able to sort out my vintage lights and how to hang them dilemma. Originally, I had planned on hitting up my favourite vintage lighting store for the vintage caps to make these puppies hang but alas, the owner of the store wasn’t able to find a pair anywhere…I wasn’t that surprised…it went along with the kind of week this was but thankfully, with a little ingenuity, we we able to sort this shiz out. The solution started with a trip to IKEA (on a Sunday afternoon…ps…NOT ACES…I might have almost lost it due to a mild case of claustrophobia)…actually we went to Home Depot first but there wasn’t anything there that we could have MacGyvered so on to IKEA it was.  What we were looking for was something that could fit inside the bowl of my pendants and hold the glass. Enter the Helg pendant…

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  ikea pendant

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  ikea pendant

What I forgot to take a photo of at this point is the most important part…this pendant is supported by a metal grid basket that holds the wiring to the whicker shade, that then runs to the white plastic cord above and ceiling cap.

The basket was exactly what we were looking for and if you are ever in the market to do the same sort of thing, let me save you the time searching through their lighting department…the Helg is the only pendant with this sort of apparatus so the only one that will work.

Anyhoo…though it worked, I didn’t love the plastic cord so enter, this stuff…

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  ikea pendant black and white cord

…aka Ikea’s answer to my prayers…black and white electrical cord.

All we had to do was take the cap off the original plastic one that held it to the basket and voila…

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  ikea pendant

Now you’ll notice that the black and white cord is plug in…that’s easy peasy to fix…we’ll just cut the plug off and string it through the original ceiling cap and then use wire cutters to expose the wires so that they can be fed into the junction box above…

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  ikea pendant vintage light

And I’ll take off the sticker too;)

Oh and as for the leftover whicker shades, Jasper has re-purposed those too…

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  ikea pendant

3. I was able to find a super amazing electrican who could come in Super Allen’s absence to move our sconces to the ceiling and then install a plug on the opposite wall for my neon sign.

If you’re in Toronto and looking for a supremely awesome electrician, 2B Wired is your answer.

Here are my new pendant holes and though the one on the right looks really far over there, it isn’t…they’re both exactly centred on the mirror that will go in that hole and the vanity…


Sadly the vent can’t be moved…well technically it could be moved but that’s beyond the scope of this project to be sure. I’m hoping that a clean vent cover will make it way less visible.

4. We were able to pick up my toilet from the great folks over at PMF Plumbing…and though it felt like it was filled with cement and almost killed hubs and I when we were attempting to carry it from the car , we got it inside…my bathroom will have a toilet…

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  pmf plumbing durvit toilet

5. I got a slew of pretty fantastic deliveries this week :

a) My very graphic/awesome/perfect Minted black and white photographs arrived…




b) My Jonathan Adler Canisters came from Shop 219 and they’re a black and white jelly donught with sprinkles…

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  jonathan adler secrets glitter canisters shop 219

c) My Lux Holdups lucite/specially plated just for me chrome towel rack and toilet paper holder and well, these don’t really need anything to be said…just look…

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  lux hold ups towel rod

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  lux hold up lucite towel rod

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  lux holdups lucite towel rod

6. I was also able to pick up some goodness from my super dope framer, including this stunner from Nicole Cohen

one room challenge christine dovey nicole cohen photograph

…and this pair of DIY photographs I took…

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom  diy photographs

7. I found some pretty pink soap at Whole Foods…3 for $6…

chrisitne dovey one room challenge good soaop

8. I brought home some very inexpensive accessorizing business from IKEA…

christine dovey one room challenge ikea black and white plate black and pink cups light cord

And…I think that sums up week 5.

As with all the others, there have been some definitely highs and lows and now all I can really do is cross my fingers that all will magically come together before Tuesday.

I had planned on having my favourite photographer Ashely Capp come on Saturday to shoot but I’m pretty sure there’s no way that’s going to happen so for reveal, you’ll be seeing the very amateur hour rendition of the bathroom as captured by yours truly. I’m hoping to eventually have the professional versions as well, once everything is totally finished.

For now, please pray for me and also send the the positive ‘get ‘er done’ vibes to my fellow participants…

ORC-Participant Fall 2014

Abby M. Interiors . Because It’s Awesome . Chinoiserie Chic . The Decorista . Design Chic . The Design Daredevil . Design Darling . Design Indulgence . Design Manifest . House of Turquoise . Jana Bek Design . Jill Sorensen . Maddie G. Designs . Mimosa Lane . A Piece of Toast . The Pink Pagoda . Stone Textile . Waiting on Martha . The Zhush

Trademarked by Calling it Home

And I’ll see you back here next week for the big REVEAL…come hell or high water, I promise there will be something here to show you:)


GIVEAWAY!!! Gray Malin for Citizen Atelier

I think you all know how much I lust for great art and though I don’t discriminate between genres/mediums and adore all manners of things, my one true love has always been, and always will be, photography…it’s my jam on peanut butter toast.

You also probably know that roladexing fantabulous resources for said types artworks is happiness in a cup for yours truly.

And of course, you simply must know about how my love for the two things above brought me to the gloriousness that is…

citizen atelier logo

Well…taking all of the above into account, I’m sure you’ll cheer right along with me when you hear Citizen Atelier’s latest Santa sack of great news.

1. You may now purchase gift cards

citizen atelier gift cards

…so that you can give the best present in the world to someone you love…

amanda talley citizen atelier

amy friend citizen atelier

antonio mora citizen atelier

Ashok Sinha citizen atelier

ashley woodson bailey citizen atelier

Boughton Walden citizen atelier

eduardo icaza citizen atlier

jelena kostic citizen atelier

jenny andrews anderson citizen atelier

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magnus gjoen citizen atelier

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rebeca cygnus citizen atelier

sean-gallagher citizen atelier

vanessa paxton citizen atelier

Yigal Pardo citizen atelier

zena holloway citizen atelier

2. One of the most highly regarded photographers of our time, Gray Malin is now being represented!

gray malin for citizen atelier

Back flips much?

I’ve been doing them.

Now…though I know this news alone has the makings of goodness, I can’t sign off on this post without giving you the two biggest kahunas of it all…

Dear readers who share in my love for art…as of right now, you have:



…which means any of this could be yours for free (if you win the giveaway) or a pretty aces discount no matter what…

Cinque-Terre gray malin citizen atelier

gray malin st tropez light blue beach citizen atelier

gray malin citizen atelier

gray malin citizen atelier la dolce vita collection

gray malin citizen atelier

Manly-Beach-Sunbathers-gray malin citizen atelier

So…to re-iterate: a) you get 20% of Gray Malin prints in the next 48 hours no matter what b) you can enter to win a $250 gift card to buy any Gray Malin piece you want from CA’s amazing inventory!!!

For the giveaway…all you have to do is leave a comment and you will automatically be entered.

Simple, simple.

I’ll draw for the winner next Monday, Nov. 3rd.

Bon chance.

And in the meantime, please remember to always always love up on great art…it’s important to my happiness;)

If you need help in that regard, I can help. Email me for some art concierge business and I’ll send you emails chalk full of fantastica.


Style at Home – My Master Bedroom and Living Room

I’m so so excited to share my latest #getpublished news!

On stands now is the ‘Makeovers with Style’ special edition of Style at Home

SAH Makeovers 2014

And guess what?!?! I’m inside it!!!

First up is my living room re-vamp…

Christine Dovey Living room Makeovers 2014 style at home

Christine Dovey Living room Makeovers 2014 style at home

And then, a full reveal of my newly renovated master bedroom…

Christine Dovey master bedroom room Makeovers 2014 style at home

Christine Dovey master bedroom room Mak


To say I’m honoured/excited/thrilled would be a MASSIVE understatement.

Over the years, Style at Home (thank you Erin, Catherine, Morgan, Mary, Ann Marie) has been ridiculously supportive of my work and has published much of my design portfolio. Knowing that they like what I do and want to share it with their readers, is all the ‘icing on the designer cake’ I could hope for.

I also want to send a huge thank you shout out to Ashley Capp, the amazing photographer who ALWAYS captures my work in the best possible way.  And for writing these two pieces, high fives to Christy and Rosemary:)))

I’ll be doing a full reveal post of the bedroom with sources in the next coming weeks, but for now, wanted to share this with you.

Copies of the magazine are on stands now both here in Canada!


One Room Challenge – Week 4

Am I the only one who can’t freaking believe that it’s already Wednesday AGAIN?!?!?

one room challenge christine dovey week four

Like all the weeks before this one, I’ve had 7 days of ups and downs to be sure..

This little nugget’s face pretty much tells the tale…

one room challenge christine dovey endeavour neon sign ferm living basket upholstered bench wayfair

…as in “oh holy balls…this renovating a bathroom in 6 short weeks and actually finishing by Nov. 5th is going to be dicy pants.”

If you’ve been following along, you know that I’m working on transforming my master bathroom in just 6 short weeks as part of this thing we call the One Room Challenge…aka the brainchild of Linda over at Calling it Home.

With my last kick at the ORC can, I completed a client’s piano room, which involved major construction, millwork, tiling, ordering etc. etc.

When I began this round, I honestly thought my bathroom was going to be a walk in the proverbial park but well…such has not exactly been the case.

I think I’m pretty behind and by pretty, I mean really.

Most of the lag has to do with the delay of my wall tiles…they were delivered exactly a week after the expected date.

Thankfully, the magic marble truck arrived this past Friday and things were looking way up in my books but after just 6 tiles going up on the wall, all work stopped because of panic over the adhesive seeping through the porous marble…and to be honest, there hasn’t really been a resolution to this issue, even after discussions with many a tiler.  We’re very much hoping that eventually, the darn things will dry out and all dark/wet spots will magically disappear. Fingers and toes and all appendages are officially crossed.

Anyhoo…we didn’t resume tiling until yesterday so well, the walls aren’t exactly finished.  As he always does though, super Allen has banged out a ton in two days and will hopefully have the walls done tomorrow, so that we can start on the floor by the weekend.

And speaking of floor, my glorious Cement Tile Shop Tulum tiles arrived Saturday, thanks to my husband the cross border courier and well…that delivery was sort of akin to grown up Christmas morning with a large extra bubbly mimosa in hand.

I admittedly did have a small 24 hour freak out after first opening the tiles because they’re not really black and white as I had planned, but in fact more black and taupey/beige. Against subway tiles, they read pretty white but when put beside my very white marble, the cement tiles look pretty beige and my marble looks sort of bluey.  So yup…a momentary panic ensued on that front…thankfully cooler brain waves prevailed after sleeping on it and I’m not embracing the cool/warm mix. You know me…I always like a bit of tension so this extra bit of contrast can’t hurt.

What else?

Oh yes…as with past weeks, I shopped a bit on the weekend because unlike a regular room where I can really do stuff every day, waiting on the tiles has left me with not much to do on the labour front so…to ease ‘my hands are tied and I can’t do anything pain’ I got my retail therapy on. A quick visit to one of my faves, the Drake General Store landed me some pretty little bathroom accessories because heck…if I couldn’t have tile at that point, a pink toothbrush sure as heck was in order.

Along with the new bag of goodies, some delivery trucks swung by my hood.

My bust photograph from Nicole Cohen (speaking of Ms. NC, if you missed my post from yesterday link over and then link over again to buy a copy of her new book #absurdistsummer) arrived and is heaven in print form.

Along with that, my Wayfair prezzies arrived, including: my ferm living pink basket which is maybe the best such thing I’ve ever seen but admittedly a tad (and by tad I mean way) larger than I anticipated so might quite possibly not fit in the bathroom but will likely get forced in against its will because it’s that awesome; the upholstered bench I momentarily thought about recovering because it was actually beige and not white until the instant the cement tile arrived and it very obviously became the Sonny to my tile Cher.

And finally for this week, my furniture transformation guru, Tim Welsby of Beresford Inc. finished painting my vanity and whoa Nelly she looks purdy.

So…again…as with week one, two and three, this one was a cacophony of ups and downs, all of which I’d like to show you in a semi-artistic way that will hopefully, tell the tale of the week that was…the good mixed with the bad…the pretty ‘what the bathroom will eventually be’ mixed with the ‘broken but partially put back together Humpty’ it is now…and PS, putting this little collage together has prompted a DIY art idea that might result in a little gallery wall of sorts…stay tuned.

For now, ORC bathroom week 4 in pictures…



























one room challenge christine dovey bathroom vanity kohler tim welsby beresford inc


And there you have it.

To recap…hidden within those photos is the realization that I managed to cross a grand total of three things of last week’s list:

1. Tile walls, shower and built in shelves

2. Drive to NY state to pick up floor tiles

3. Tile floors

4. Order custom piece of mirror to sit behind vanity

5. Frame vanity mirror in black metal and install

6. Frame shower class in black metal and install

7. Purchase caps and cords for pendant lights

8. Move electrical and hang pendants

9. Frame any art that needs framing

10. Hang neon sign and art

12. Clean

13. Style

14. Pick up toilet

15. Install toilet

16. Shop for accessories

But here’s hoping that by next Wednesday, I’ll be making out large with the strikethrough button and crossing off a bunch more (including some I forgot to add to the list, which I’ve edited now and put on there.)

Positive thoughts, positive thoughts.

In the meantime, I’m blocking off baby’s nap time this morning to visit all of my fellow ORC friends to see how they’ve made out this week…

ORC-Participant Fall 2014

Abby M. Interiors

Because It’s Awesome

Chinoiserie Chic

The Decorista

Design Chic

The Design Daredevil

Design Darling

Design Indulgence

Design Manifest

House of Turquoise

Jana Bek Design

Jill Sorensen

Maddie G. Designs

Mimosa Lane

A Piece of Toast

The Pink Pagoda

Stone Textile

Waiting on Martha

The Zhush

Trademarked by Calling it Home

And I think you should do that too:)

See you back here in a week, with that I’m hoping will be a completely tiled bathroom.