One Room Challenge – Version 2.0 Week Five

Holy bananas…it’s week 5!

one room challenge christine dovey

And I might be starting to freak out…just a little.  Even though we have until next Thursday, my amazing photographer is coming Tuesday so it’s T- 5 days and well, I’m still crossing fingers that a lot of things get done before then.

This week was a pretty fantastic one on the progress front though so business is definitely happening and I have to say, I’m starting to really love how things are coming together.

Up until a few days ago, I was worried that the room wasn’t feeling gritty enough and was entirely too serious. But then…the best best best curtains in the entire universe were made by my amazing talented Hollie Cooper and when we installed them in a sort of unconventional no pleat/two hooks on every ring sort of way, I literally started jumping up and down. I mean….I LOVE them…

christine dovey one room challenge karastan carpet hollie cooper pillows

christine dovey one room challenge karastan carpet hollie cooper pillows

christine dovey one room challenge karastan carpet hollie cooper pillows

This is one of those weird times when the photos really don’t due these things justice. The drapes have instantly made me lurv my room in a committed/ ‘I want to be your girlfriend’ sort of way;)

Also sidebar…I finally got to put down my Karastan leopard carpet in her new home and meow my friends…she’s one sexy area rug.  Love, love how the warm tones pick up my beautiuous oak floors form Alexanian!

This week was also good on the fabric delivery front. My Pindler vinyl from DecoratorsBest arrived…

And is getting put on my settee as we speak. Have I mentioned how awesome my upholsterer J and J Made is? Well she is…she’s doing my settee and the pair of pink chairs…in a week.

Speaking of pink chairs. I had a little trip to the wonderment that is JF Fabrics this week…

…where every single fabric is IN STOCK and ready THE SAME DAY! Yup…it’s like the IKEA of fabrics and it’s heaven.

I went there with a solid plan to pick up some burgundy velvet but I just couldn’t find the exact elusive rusty oxblood I had in mind.

Happily, I found something I love even more…

christine dovey one room challenge jf fabrics

…a deep mossy green silk like thing that when matched up with my new Hollyhock, made me a little giddy.

christine dovey one room challenge hollie cooper pillows jf fabrics

Speaking of the Hollyhock…Ms Cooper delivered those this week too and wowza..

one room challenge christine dovey hollyhock hand painted curtains

The combo is bam.

Back to fabric…I brought the samples home and was all set to upholster the pinks in the green until I realized that it’s almost too good a match and sort of vanishes against the wall so a quick plan B went into action, which has the chairs being done in the heather grey wool with silk green lumbar pillows layering on top…

christine dovey one room challenge jf fabrics

Sidenote…in combo with a rust Maharam mohair I’m planning on using in the den and the burgundy Gretchen Bellinger that will go somewhere in my house, these bunch of colours are my new favourite all time palate…

christine dovey one room challenge jf fabrics

It’s just so luxe no!?!?!

Moving on.

So upholstery check.

As for art, I mentioned last week that I had ordered up a bunch of goodies. I got the bad news yesterday that the shipping estimate hadn’t taken into account the international bit of me being in Canada so the new stuff isn’t going to get here in time. So…I’m sort of back to square one on that. I did frame up my Nicole Cohen tear out prints and also whipped up a little DIY painting of my own…

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one room challenge christine dovey minted art nicole cohen

…so all is not lost. I’m also hoping my anewall lady gets here and have plans for some little nic-nack antique walls things as well so all good I think.

And to finish things off, this is what has to happen in the next 5 days for me to finish:

  1. hang all art (scared of this because of how many pieces there are and how many holes that means for the wallpaper.
  2. make bed with new bedding I bought for the challenge last time (grey linen).
  3. re-hang chandelier…we just installed a ceiling medallion so it had to come down- going back up today.
  4. pick-up settee and chairs from upholsterer and get them in place
  5. style side tables and console table
  6. hang set of floor mirrors on either side of fireplace
  7. pray to the gods it all gets done

Easy peasy:)

Until then, make sure you check in with the featured designer’s progress…

One Room Challenge Fall 2015 Participants

and the linkers

Crossing fingers that all of use make it across the finish line:)


One Room Challenge – Version 2.0 Week Four

Hey there and welcome back to my ongoing master bedroom One Room Challenge saga…

one room challenge christine dovey

So far, despite a few little setbacks, this version (weeks onetwo and three) has definitely been been smoother than my previous go around…things are happening and coming together and though I’ve been debating selections all damn week, I do think the room will actually be finished on time.

As for this week itself, most of my time has been spent debating fabrics, art and colour palates…though I’m pretty clear on what the overall scheme is now going to be, for some reason, this room has been harder for me to nail down in terms of vibe. I’m working with a lot of pattern with the Karastan leopard rug and Drop it Modern wallpaper so this room isn’t one that’s ever going to read as minimal or sleek. I also have some existing photographs from Maude Arsenault and Minted that have sort of driven my art story. I spent a lot of time this week trying to find one piece to go over my bed…one that would compliment the other works and still seem interesting and a little gritty…this room needs that.  The more I looked though, the more I couldn’t find that special one. Art is usually easy for me so getting a little stuck in this arena has been weird. Anyhow, after some thinking and looking and looking some more, I did two things: 1. I went down to my basement and started looking through art that I already have. 2. I hit Pinterest for some good old fashioned inspo. And after doing both those things and playing around a bit with the idea, I finally figured out the problem I’d been having. Though I’m usually a large statement art kind of girl, it seems as though this room just isn’t that. It’s screaming for cozy and layered and rich and layered. So…I’m thinking of layering all the walls with piles and piles of art. I have a lot of walls…it’s a room with nooks and bends so there is a ton of opportunity to layer. I also think the art will help break up the expanses of paper a bit so the more the think about it, the more I like the idea.

So far, I’ve been moving these trying things out with these guys…

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christine dovey one room challenge bedroom

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And I like all the earthiness and the big mixology business.  The large car will still go over the fireplace but as for the rest, this upcomming week will be all about placement and where to put what. I’m also adding a few new prints to the mix just to make the walls as full as possible. To start, I was lucky enough to get a copy of Nicole Cohen’s Absurdist Summer while I was visiting NY so I hit that bad-boy up and tore out some goodies…

I’m also getting this lovely from her…

nicole cohen versailles

…because it’s obvs moody and pretty and ugly, which is my favourite.

And then I visited some of my fave art and decor websites to find other pieces to compliment…here’s what I’m looking at so far…


…a little Society 6 (landscape, red dress, man tat, lipsAnewall and Black Rooster all mixed with my already owned business.

I’m also highly motivated to get that Bonjour Light sign from Bxx Lght. I discovered them thanks to Waiting on Martha and am very much hoping I can get that sucker on time.

So that’s art…I think:) Lord pray it all gets here on time and I figure out how to hang it all. This much art placement is not for the faint of heart my friends.

Besides art, I also squared away fabrics. For the settee, I selected a black Pindler and Pindler Vaquero vinyl from DecoratorsBest.  For the chairs, a Kravet velvet in burgundy and then I also bit the bullet and ordered a new set of pillows from Arianna Belle at the 18th hour…I’ve loved Hollyhock forever and a day and think the extra little bit of pattern will be swell. Here’s the whole official textile story…


So to recap, art and fabric…check.

On the ‘not still decided’ front, lighting. I bit the bullet this week and bought a pair of sconces from CB2 since by fluke, they actually had two in stock. Though I really like them, I’m just not totally sold…they’re big and I already have a large in and in charge Crystormama chandelier  and I’m a bit worried it’s just a bit too much and that maybe the giant sconces and giant chandy aren’t playing well in the schoolyard.

I’m going to sit on them a bit…until my curtains come…and then decide. My back-up is something like these dudes…

tizio desk lamp

We’ll see.

As for the chandelier itself…she went up when I was out and the medallion wasn’t installed so…this week will also be the week when I take down all those crystals and then hang them back up once the ceiling is at it should be.  While down, I might try to tarnish up the chrome cap a bit…she’s just reading a bit too new in this room that’s going to try and look all oldy-worldy like. I might also paint the sleeves to dirty them up a bit…if I’m feeling super brave and energetic:)

So to recap…I installed sconces that I may or may not keep, ordered fabric and am going to try to create the lovechild of these three spaces on my walls…

lonny art wall




God speed to me.

Also to the 20 fabulous featured participants who I know are killing their spaces…

featured designers

And to the linking peeps who are doing the same.


Art Fair Fridays – Selena Wong

It’s Friday once again, which means both Heirloom & Knot and I are very happy to share with you the latest instalment in our ongoing Art Fair Fridays series, where we bring you weekly design inspiration and exclusive interviews with the talented artists that inspire our creativity on a daily basis.

Today, we’re so excited to share with you the beautiful work of Selena Wong, whose romantic illustrations exude feminine whimsicality and playful abandon.  Each pieces has an adventurous spirit, and demonstrates a ‘translation of daydreams and nightmares’ into images that are both playful and thought provoking. Her style is intricate…layered with narrative vignettes, which weave the fantastical with reality in a way that feels reflective and imaginative.

How long would you say you have been a professional artist and what has lead you to this point in your career?
Art has been my life for as long as I could remember. This is the field I specialized in throughout high school and university. In 2009, I exhibited as an Untapped Emerging Artist at The Artist Project, and I believe that point marked my path to becoming a professional.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received about your art?
During one of the more uncertain times in my career, I was lucky to have a conversation with someone I look up to. The outcome from that conversation was something I remind myself with time after time – “The path to an artist’s career is not always clear. You’re destined to do this. It’s something that gives you joy, you should be doing it.”

How would you describe your creative process?
I carry with me many little notebooks where I scribble down sparkles of ideas wherever I am. When one of those scribbles remains in the forefront of my thoughts, I’ll choose it.  It’ll become more elaborately drawn out and eventually be composed and carried out as a final piece of work.

What is your favourite medium to work in?
Gouache is my favourite medium. It has a finish that gives a beautiful matte surface and it’s perfect for creating pastel palettes.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?
I recently exhibited a small body of work as a solo artist at Gallery House, alongside Ray Caesar. Ray has always been one of my biggest inspirations and it was a dream come true to fill a gallery space among his masterpieces.

How would you describe your signature style?
My work speaks softly and you have to get real close to it. It is sweet, dainty, but also a touch provocative.

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?
In my dreams, in my moments of solace, and in a bathtub. These are the places where my creativity comes to visit me the most. I also share my studio space with my pet rabbit; he reminds me to love and to be gentle and kind. He often makes an appearance in my work as he sends me back to an age of innocence, and imbues my creations with fondness and mischief.

What do you think sets your work apart from other artists?
When an artist creates work based on their life experiences, they create their own unique trend and style. If they try to adhere to what’s current, they’re only following a direction others have achieved for them. It’s my belief that composing pieces from passion and from the impression of my surroundings leads to creating a sincere way of telling a unique story. I believe that it’s my personal stories and how I tell my stories sets me apart from other artists.

Art Fair Fridays - Selena Wong

Selena Wong &

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Dainty and pretty, with a dash of edge is as we know, my favourite. I love how Selena’s work feels feminine and delicate but also somewhat dis-alarming at times.

Here are my top picks from her portfolio…

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Whimsicality at its best.


One Room Challenge – Version 2.0…Week Three

Well hello and welcome back to my second go at finishing off a master bedroom as part of the…

one room challenge christine dovey

If you’re new here and feel like catching up on this room’s ORC history, you can catch up on weeks one and two, and/or my failed attempt at the last 6 week round.

For today, I’ve got some debate updates on some selections to discuss, since not much has changed with the room itself.

Last week I talked about how I wanted to switch up the original design plan a bit to incorporate a little more black and perhaps some burgundy goodness.

Like if these two rooms…

one room challenge christine dovey colour palate

chrisitine dovey one room challenge colour palate


…got together and had a traditional/modern love child.

I spent this week trying to nail down my fabrics to make it all happen.

On the burgundy front, I’ve wanted to use Gretchen Belliger’s velvet foreves…

gretchen bellinger raise the curtain velvet christine dovey one room challenge

…so that’s happening on my Stellar Works chairs…

christine dovey master bedoom one room challenge stellar works chairs

For the settee, I’ve been pouring through black vinyl options. Originally, I wanted to channel the leather but I completely forgot that there’s a loose seat cushion so that just won’t work. So…cool vinyls for the win. At the beginning of the week, I convinced myself that I could finally take the plunge on my favourite animal printed fabric lovlieness of all time…Dedar Croco…

dedar croco christine dovey one room challenge

Unfortunately, the monies on this bad girls are just too high so I’ve been looking around for some alternatives. These dudes are all in the running…

chrisitne dovey one room challenge vinyl designer fabrics

chrisitne dovey one room challenge vinyl designer fabrics

chrisitne dovey one room challenge vinyl designer fabrics

chrisitne dovey one room challenge vinyl designer fabrics

Option 1 or 2 are probably my favourites. We shall see.

On the fabric front, I just got a sneak peek at my hand painted Hollie Cooper curtain magic and it’s well…


MAGIC! So excited to see this turned into drapes!

What else!?!? Oh yes…I had a bit of a set-back on the sconce front. Originally, I sourced these Lambert et Fils beauties…

lamert et fils cliff sconce christine dovey one room challenge

…but it doesn’t look like I’ll be able to get them in time. Normally I’d choose what I really wanted over the pressure of a reveal but I’ll be damned if I’m not going to make this 6 week deadline again so the search continues.

I got pretty excited when I found these amazing things from Worksted…

worksted wall light christine dovey one room challenge

…and thought my perseverance had paid off, but alas, same problemo with production times…there’s just no way I’d get them in 3 weeks.  My search is actually doubly limited…both because of time, but also because I’m looking for plug ins.

If the darn lack of electrical box think wasn’t an issue, I’d bag these Kelly Wearstler nirvanas up and call it a day…

kelly wearstler forma sconce

But alas it is.

So to sum the lighting situation up, I’m sort of back to square one and looking at more off the shelf options. The knock-off Mouille is always a possibility but I’ve used those quite a bit and really want something a bit different. Any suggestions at this point would be very welcome:)

And with that last little assistance request, I’ll call this week a day.

Make sure you click over to read how the 20 featured designers faired this week, if you haven’t done that already…

One Room Challenge Fall 2015 Participants

And then, of course also read through all the linking business…there’s a lot of solidly awesome stuff going on.


Art Fair Fridays – Anna with Love

It’s Friday once again, which means both Heirloom & Knot and I are very happy to share with you the latest instalment in our ongoing Art Fair Fridays series, where we bring you weekly design inspiration and exclusive interviews with the talented artists that inspire our creativity on a daily basis.

Today, we’re so excited to share with you the beautiful photographic work ofAnna Tsoulogiannis. Her photos showcase the beauty of life in a magically nostalgic way and reflect the artists eye for history, inspiration and colour.  Each piece captures a mood, memory and moment in time, reflecting the reality of a moment in the prettiest possible way.

How long would you say you have been a professional photographer and what has lead you to this point in your career?

The official answer is 5 years but I’ve had a camera in my hand since I was a little girl.  I went full time in my business 3 years ago.  I worked in television before and looking back now that hugely contributed to starting off on the journey that would eventually become Annawithlove Photography.  I’ve said it many times but Paris is was truly ignited my passion for photography.  I fell in love with the city – I will never tire of capturing it’s beauty!  What’s lead me to this point in my career? Probably a deep desire to create and make a business doing what I love.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received about your craft?

Early on I would read everything and anything I could get my hands on.  Not just about photography but about business too.  I don’t think the best advice I ever got was verbally more from what I read.  I remember reading everywhere ‘just keep practicing in as many different situations as possible’ – ‘practice practice practise’…and so I did just that! I would bring my camera around everywhere with me.  You can read the theory of photography all you want but unless you go out and practice yourself you’ll never learn or get better.  I also remember reading somewhere ‘It’s not how good you are but how good to want to be’…early on when I wasn’t so good I was often frustrated not being able to get the image in my mind on the back of the camera.  That quote kept me going and kept me motivated to keep trying.

How would you describe your creative process?

This is an interesting question because I’ve never thought about it before.  When creating a new print for the shop I always follow my gut.  Most of the time it’s something I personally love – other times I have friends or family in mind who’s style is a bit different than mine knowing they would love this.  When I’m out in the field sometimes I know right after I’ve taken the photograph that it will become a print other times I discover it in post when I’m culling my images and have had time to experiment.

What is your favourite technology to work with?

Aside from my camera…that would be a tie between photoshop and lightroom! Wouldn’t be able to live without either or.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

I’ve had many highlights in my career that it’s hard to pick just one.  Truthfully, as cheesy as it may sound just being able to wake up and do what I love everyday is the highlight.  Everytime someone purchases a print or a client is beyond happy with their photographs…that feeling never gets old.  Lots of *pinch me* moments sprinkled throughout every week.

How would you describe your signature style?

Colourful! I’ve always been drawn to colour my favourite being pale powder blue which is why there are so many prints in the shop with this hue (especially from Paris!).

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?

Truthfully, music.  I love music and if I’m feeling creatively drained I put on my favourite playlist and just sit and let the music inspire me.  I love listening to movie soundtracks (I guess that’s my film & television background coming through) but it’s something I’ve done since I was a little girl.  There is so much emotion and feeling jammed into the melody that it’s impossible not be feel inspired listening to it.  During one of my trips to Paris years ago (before Annawithlove) I would wake up early in the morning – put in my headphones with my favourite movie soundtracks and walk around the city with my camera and capture what inspired me.  It was one of the happiest moments of my life.

Art Fair Fridays - Anna With Love

Anna Tsoulogiannis

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Photography that uplifts and feels like a window into life unfolding, is my favourite.

Anna’s work is as beautiful as it is soulful…these are my favourites…

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The combo of the two last ones together makes me all giddy like.