Christmas, A Launch Party and Work

Yikes…I haven’t posted in way too long. Sorry about that:(

Turns out I’ve been a bit of a headless chicken as of late…reasons being:

1. I’m working on a top secret Christmas related tour of sorts that I’ll tell you all about soon soon. For now, here’s a peek at some business I’ve been pulling together…

christmas christine dovey hand sharpied ornmanents

christmas christine dovey

2. Last week was spent getting ready for the Toronto launch party of Citizen Atelier. As you know, I ADORE this site and was thrilled when the owner asked me to help style all the gorgeous art at another of my favourites, Black Rooster Decor.  Here’s a peek at that…


citizen atelier rebeca cygnus styling christine dovey

citizen atelier styling christine dovey art zena holloway black rooster

citizen atelier art wall black rooster styling christine dovey

Not only did I get to work with some seriously stunning art and decor, but I also got to spend 3 days with some of the most inspiring/gorgeously awesome woman there are…

joanna christine dovey ashley woodson bailey alessandra citizen atelier ashley capp hollie cooper nina black rooster decor

From left…Joanna (my client aka #projectgreenbay…more on that in a minute), moi, Ashley Woodson Bailey (floral photographer extraordinaire), Alessandra Salituri (owner Citizen Atelier), Ashley Capp (photographer), Hollie Cooper (designer/pillow-draper making genius), Nina Ber-Donkor (owner Black Rooster Decor).

Sitting at this table with these woman = beaucoup luckiness.

I was sooooo happy to meet Ashely Bailey who is PS, my sister from another US mister and just in case you didn’t put two and two together from my little bracket mention above re: the pretty lady on the left…Joanna is #projectgreenbay!!!! Yup…she jumped on a jet plane from Chicago and surprised me by showing up in Toronto and when she walked into the party, I squealed like a 5 year old getting her first Cabbage Patch Kid on Christmas morning- BEST SURPRISE EVER!

3. Speaking of Joanna/Greenbay……lots has been happening there…most noteably…curtains (thanks to the amazing Hollie Cooper)…

project greenbay christine dovey style hollie cooper curtains schumacher hollyhock

project greenbay christine dovey style hollie cooper curtains


And along with curtains, we just got these photos of our custom dining chairs…

project greenbay dining chairs carrocel

…and canopies (pair)…

project greenbay canopy chairs carrocel

…that we had made by the amazing people at Carrocel…could not be happier and can’t wait to see them installed.

And also on the work front…I just received this sneak peek of the dining room at #projectbrownstone…

christine dovey style project brownstone

And I’m loving it…here’s a shot of the joining living room, which is mid-install…

project brownstone settee

And…I think that’s all I have for now.

Because of the little secret business I spoke about above, posts here will probably be few and far between for at least the next two weeks…sorry in advance about that and please stay tuned…I promise tons to come after that finishes up.  I’ll be in Chicago early December so some real life action shots of #projectgreenbay will be coming:)


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

georgianna lane citizen atelier

Maroubra-Bay-Swimmers-gray malin citizen atelier



magnus gjoen citizen atelier

michael wou citizen atelier

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.


Computer Woes, Project Plans, Lots of Art and an Announcement or Two

As you might have gathered from this post’s title, things are a bit all over the place so this will be a round-up sort of post.

1. To begin…my less than stellar posting as of late has a lot to do with just being sort of crazy busy but it also has to do with my NEVER-ENDING DAMN COMPUTER CURSE.  I swear to the almighty that I have a pox when it comes to the machines that allow me to do what I do.  I think my average span with any new laptop is about 3 months.  My last system was a refurbished Dell – hubs and I thought that since my last purchase was a $1K ‘ all star’ laptop that kicked it in after 2 months, this go around we’d go for a cheap option and see how it faired. I got a good 8-10 months out of that one, until my young infant friend knocked coffee on the keyboard…being a bit of a stalwart of a computer, it survived, though the keyboard did not…easy fix on that one…hubs gave me an extra keyboard he had lying around so I plugged that in and voila…it wasn’t ideal because I’d have to use the track pad of the laptop and keys of the extra board but it worked…for a while.  And then one day, it didn’t…the keys on the extra board just stopped registering. I held on for about a month of having to sub in extra letters and then backspace to erase them, before finally the damn thing didn’t work at all and all I was left with was the ability to surf the web but not actually type anything. I had to use the on-screen keyboard with point and click cursor just to log on…not ideal to say the least soooooooo….I finally gave in and bought myself a shiny new laptop, again.  The new one was purchased on Thursday of last week.  When the salesperson actually admitted to me that the average lifespan of today’s laptops are anywhere between 14 days to 1 year, I first threw a bit of an internal ‘I effing hate computer manufacturers for doing this to us’ fit and then gave in an purchased a $24.95/month warranty that will allow me 2 years of care free computering…I spill on the keyboard, I get a new one…I get some Trojans…they clean it…you get the idea.  So basically, my $699 computer will actually cost me $1200 over the course of the 2 years but hell…I would have probably purchased 4 computers in that timeframe so I think it makes sense.  And to prove my theory, my new laptop opened it’s doors to 295 malware infections and a giant virus within 72 hours of purchase, and with an anvti-viral program already loaded…yup…I couldn’t use my new laptop at all by Saturday.  So as far as the bell curve on a laptops life goes, as often happens, I brought the average down a bit with my record turning 72 hours.  Thankfully, my giant warranty won and all I had to do was press a button installed on my toolbar, that instantly connected me to the computer wizard that then took over my dashboard, installed optimization stuff to make things run faster, took off my old anti-viral and installed a cloud based one that works with what my habits are (namely streaming TV…and yes I  know that’s what opens me up to all this shit but I will never give that up so thankfully they’ve invenvted anti-viral programs that can deal with that business) and cleaned all the garbage out.  And…by 7 pm last night my new laptop was new again. Glory hallelujah.  I did have a quick Chardonnay spill in there too but lady Bix as I know calling her, held her own on that tumble and is doing just fine:)

So….I’m back ladies and gentlemen and lady Bix and I feel really great about each other knowing that we’re protected and all…safe in each other’s arms as it were.

2.  While still managing between my old laptop that couldn’t type and my new one that was completely taken over with a pop-up virus on Saturday, I somehow managed to get a bunch of business for #projectgreenbay sorted.  After some debating back and fort on the what we wanted to do in the playroom as far as drapery was concerned, we sadly decided that with the 40 yards of fabric that’s going to be necessary, some of our options just weren’t going to be feasible. So…I hit the interwebs and found a bevie of options that were a little friendlier on the pocket book and sent those over…one of them was this guy, which I actually quite love…

project greenbay playroom floral and stripes fabric option

But unfortunately, none were just right…though as an aside, I have to tell you that in my searching I found some pretty incredible fabrics on Spoonflower specifically that are soooooo $$$ friendly and really quite fabulous…4 of my faves…

martha steward living 05 board winged hawk martha stewart living swirl 2

peacoquettedesigns springtime in the butterflies

peacoquettedesigns lemon botanical

Glorious right? I’ve already come up with a scheme for a new room involving that last one.

Anyhoo…back to project work…

As sometimes happens, I went back to something that I knew would work and suggested we have my drapery making/painting wizard friend Hollie Cooper quote us some custom painted numbers and wouldn’t you know it, just like that we had a plan. With this decision in place, I was able to come up with the scheme for the whole room and let me tell you, I lurv it…

project greenbay playroom concept board 3

The combo of the burgundy velvet sofa and teal hex table makes my heart shine.

This board will be coming to life but we did make a few small changes…for one, I convinced my client that the playtable could also function as a desk so we’ve eliminated the need for that.  As well, I wanted to show a few more accent chair options so sent over 1 or 20 of those and when my client saw these guys, that was that…

project greenbay playroom board pink chairs burgundy sofa hex table

The addition of the pink actually helps tie this room to the adjoining living room. In the later, we’re sticking entirely to a scheme of black, white, animal print, blush and burgundy…good stuff…having the burgundy and pink in the playroom means both rooms will play aces together.  And I mean really…that sofa and that coffee table don’t really need much else to be all kinds of fantastica.

Though…I feel that the art deserves a little mention of it’s own so on to numero 3…

3. While scouring for client goodies over the weekend, I honed in some pretty amazing art, starting with the goddess that’s on the playroom board…the piece is by artist Isabelle Menin and I’m OBSESSED with it…I mean really and truly in love…


Also about to find their way into #projectgreenbay are:

a) This Michael Corleone photo of Al Pacino that will hang in the library…

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b) A few Ballerinas by Gerard Uferas for the big girl’s bedroom…

gerard uferas ballet projectgreenbay

c) A striking image by Rebecca Cygnus for our mint green office…

rebecca cygnus the horse whisperer projectgreenbay

d) An Ashley Woodson Bailey floral for our lavender and black guest room…because let’s face it, I can no longer ever design a house without at least one of her pieces…

ashley woodson bailey alex projectgreenbay

e) A Jelena Kostic bit of whimsy for our kid’s powder…

jelena kostic rose petals projectgreenbay

f) And finally, this totally captivating image from photographer Zena Holloway

zena holloway angel 4

…she’ll hang in our newly planned black, white, cream family room, alongside this brand spanking new Nicole Cohen masterpiece, that PS, I’ve just also ordered for myself…because I mean really, knowing me and my love for anything black and white and busts in general, how could I not?

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So yup…art is getting up in there and I couldn’t be happier.

And this leads me to my accouncements, which we’ll count as number 4…


a) I adore hunting for art…more than anything I do actually in terms of work so as such, I’ve decided to harness this into a little ‘consulting’ sort of situation.  Basically, if you’d like my services in terms of finding art, I’d be THRILLED to do so for you. I’m going to be adding a section to my webpage in the next few days that will outline this service but for now I’ll just say it’s basically an art conceirge sort of deal…you tell me what you need, what you’re looking for, where you want it, how much you want to spend etc. etc. and I’ll very hopefully find you the most perfect piece there is:)  I’m truly excited about this…already dreaming of late nights surfing the web-sphere for art, art and more art…like this stuff for example…aka a brand new bit of heaven from one of my absolute most loved artists, Ashley Woodson Bailey…aptlycalled #girlseries, it features other people’s daughters and well, I want one? Is that weird?

ashely woodson bailey girl with posy

ashley woodson bailey little girl image the girl with roses in her hair

Just so ridiculously beautiful.

So yes, if you want me to find stuff like this for you, email me and we’ll get to it.

b) You might have already seen this via Facebook and Instagram but I’m about to dive knee deep into this ORC business again…

one room challenge christine dovey style logo

Along with an amazingly talented list of other designers/bloggers, I’m going to gut and put a room back together in only 6 very short week so make sure you set your calendars for the fun…it all starts this Wednesday so I’ll be outlining the space I’m doing and who all is playing along with me by 8am EST.  The button on my right toolbar will link you to each week’s posts as it all rolls along.

Oh and the most fun part…even if you’re not one of the participants, YOU my friends can still join in with the ORC Linking Party…read all about that here and here.

I’ll tell you that as of now, I’m still debating my plan/scheme so things are about to get real interesting up in here.

And with that, I think this long rambling Monday post is finito.


Project Updates and a My Favourite Art Sources

My husband has to be in the city all day today for meetings so it’s going to be one of those days where I sit on the stairs with my laptop trying to get some work done as my 14 month old practices his climbing skills- good times;)

Hubs is out dropping the kids at school and picking me up a large black coffee so I’ve got about 1 hour to whip this post together.

So…right to it as it were.

To start, I think you all know I love art…it’s absolutely my favourite thing to source for any project and what I think really makes a space come to life.  Shitty art = shitty room in my opinion…the same goes for lighting. You can make any room look pretty swell if you have good lights and good art.

Anyhoo…since I’m a work from homer, I source most everything online, including art.

I pulled together my top 5 places to find painting, photography, and sculptural fantastica for the June issue of the Happy Space Project…

happy space project

To read all about why I chose them and what my current must have art wish list includes, hop over HERE.

The June installment of HS, features 5 bloggers and their art selection tips/faves, along with a fabulous article on how to frame/display on a budget.  It’s a great read so make sure to check that business out.

Next up…my giant Project Greenbay home is moving right along.

Over the weekend, we played around with the kid’s mainfloor powder room and decided to go bolder with a red vanity, pink ceiling, and vintage brass/lucite fixture…

project greenbay kids powder

We also debated mirrrors for the master ensuite…


project greenbay mirror choices

…and have settled on the one on the right. Though I almost always prefer vintage when it comes to lighting and mirrors, in this case, the new one from Black Rooster just works better…the  warm golds pick up on the brass fixtures and the blues are perfect against our silver blue Flat Vernacular wallpaper. I also love how the shape is less expected and almost floral…again, it picks up on the paper really well.

Aside from that goodness, we’ve also wrapped up some beuno shopping:

1. We made perhaps the score of the century thanks to some good old fashion ebay hunting…please meet 4 of the soon to be swankiest brass swivel bar stools that you ever did see…

project greenbay bar stools

…we stole the set for $375 and will make them even more fabulous when we re-upholster them in black Schumacher faux snakeskin.

2. Thanks to the aces money saving on the kitchen island stools,  my client did me a solid and agreed to purchase perhaps one of my fave light fixtures of all time….

project greenbay foyer light

…which we’ll hang in the foyer, alongside a custom console that Super Allen will make for us…along these lines…

project greenbay foyer plan


3. And on the topic of lighting, we nailed down the plan for the little boy’s room…this was a tricky one to sort out because there’s a bedroom with Hague walls, which obviously necessitates brass fixtures…and then there’s a pass-through room to the bathroom done in FB Lulworth, which suits polished nickel better…and this room leads to bathroom, which has polished nickel fixtures/hardware and a silver wallpaper on the ceiling.  Somehow we had to transition from the brass of one, to the nickel of the other. So…vintage lighting of course did the trick.  For the bedroom, I found this fabulous brass fixture that hangs super close to the ceiling but spans a good chunk of the ceiling.  For the pass- though, I jumped up and down when I first laid eyes on this goodie on the right that mixes the metals…

project greenbay vintage lighting

And when put together with all the fixtures in all the rooms, makes this all happen…

project greenbay son room

4. And still on lighting…we played musical chairs with some fixtures after I made the stupid mistake of posting a photo of a Murano flower ceiling fixture on the blog last week before we officially purchased it…my client went to buy and it was sold…I don’t know for sure that this is how things went down of course but the seller said it was weird in that she hadn’t had much interest in it and then that day, quite a few inquiries:( So no Murano flower for us.  As often happens though, this forced us to play around with the plans some more and I think the changes have actually made things better.  To start, we’ve taken the vintage pink wedding cake fixture we had allocated for the little girls’ room and moved it to the big girls one…like her brother’s space, she also has a pass-through room and a bathroom…along with a walk in closet and a hallway…we needed many fixtures for her little corner of the world so as of now, this is what we’re looking at…

project greenbay daughter room vintage lighting

The palm frond on the left is for the closet…pink wedding cake for bedroom with lucite ribbon for hall. In the bathroom, we’ll do a flush mount Venini and sconces, which will layer along with the Elie Cashman floral wallpaper.  It’s sort of ridiculous in its prettiness really. I’m obsessed with every fixture on this board and am highly jealous that they’re not all mine…especially the pink one…I mean stop it with that one.

The great chandelier migration also made the little girls’ room sort itself out but I can’t show you that one because one of the light’s hasn’t been purchased yet and you know how that might end up;)

I’ll live life on the edge though because I can’t bear to not show you this…

project greenbay scarf

It has to be framed and put in the formal powder so all this can happen…

project greenbay formal powder plan

And I think that’s all I have to share on the Project Greenbay front.

If you’re reading, don’t buy that scarf OK?!?! Thanks!!!

Moving on.

Project Bistro Chic has made a lot of progress and is actually almost finished. I am waiting on some high res shots to show you all that’s going on but for now, here’s what the master bedroom is looking like…

project bistro chic bedroom

We’re going to finish things off by hanging this fabulous photograph from Citizen Atelier above the bed…


In the kitchen, I showed you a sneak peek of the brass shelves we had installed yesterday…

project bistro chic bar

…we’re going to finish that area off by putting a pair of these underneath the counter…

black rooster new seating 4

And in the family room, we’re just waiting on some pillows and artwork to finish everything off.  My client already has an amazing pair of abstract faces and I want to compliment them with some more ‘moody’ pieces…all with dark backgrounds…along these lines (all sourced from Citizen Atelier…can you tell it’s one of my faves as per my guest post;)))…

project bistro artwork

And finally for today, I’ve got a quick update on Project Brownstone…my client has made me the happiest girl on earth by purchasing one of the prettiest daybeds I ever did see and now we’re on the hunt for a pair of chairs to sit across from it.  I’ve narrowed it down to two pretty fab options, that are PS, both quite budget friendly…I’m considering a set of these for myself, truth be told…they’re not ridiculously awful on the pocket book as it were…

project brownstone chairs

I prefer the ones on the right because I like how the roundness balances out the super straight lines of the daybed….we’ll see which my client decides on but either way, all good on that front.

My client and I have also been looking at wallpaper options for her vestibule area, which is PS, glorious…

flat vernacular wallpaper project brownstone

…and we’ve narrowed it down to these 4 from Flat Vernacular…I’m totally DEAD over all of them. I want every single one in my new house, whenever that place gets did.  I really can’t even choose a favourite and when set against her super traditional amazing architecture and black doors, arches…

project brownstone vestibuile

…well it’s going to be real real good.

And that my friends is all I have for now with this super long boat post.

I’ll probably take the day off from blogging tomorrow…I’m heading downtown with my friend Hollie to source a ton of fabric to take with me when I visit Project Greenbay in PERSON!!!! That’s right…I’m leaving on a jet-plane the weekend after next to see this magic in person and I can.not.wait. Prepare yourselves for a ridiculous number of photos here and on Insta…I’ll forewarn you that my gushing is probably going to get annoying;)


Citizen Atelier and an Art Giveaway!

I’m so excited to tell you all about one of my newest favourite art resources, Citizen Atelier

citizen atelier logo citizen atelier- styling and interiors by christine dovey

Founded by Montreal PR consultant and art dealer Alessandra Salituri, the site represents a collection of carefully curated works from amazingly talented artisans hailing from all corners of the world.

Taking the guesswork out of selecting artwork, this fabulous online shop allows experts and layman alike to bathe their walls in stunningly beautiful paintings, photographs and prints.

Here’s a look at some my favourite pieces, from the 8 artists currently represented on the site…

citizen atelier amanda stone talley

citizen atelier antonio mora 2

citizen atelier amy friend

citizen atelier ashley woodson bailey

citizen atelier eduardo mata icaza


citizen atelier magnus gjoen

citizen atelier vanessa paxton

I was beyond honoured when founder Alessandra asked me to do the styling for her site and was even more excited when she decided to do the location shots in spaces designed by yours truly.

Here’s a sneak peek of some of my styling and design work for the site (spaces can be seen in my portfolio for Pine Residence and Barringham,) as captured by the ridiculously talented Ashley Capp

citizen atelier - styled by christine dovey and photographed by ashley capp

citizen atelier - styling by christine dovey and photographed by ashley capp

citizen atelier - piano room - room designed and styled by christine dovey and photographed by ashley capp

citizen atelier - entryway styled and designed by christine dovey and photographed by ashley capp

citizen atelier - piano room console designed and styled by christine dovey and photographed by ashley capp

citizen atelier - room designed and styled by christine dovey and photographed by ashley capp

citizen atelier - console styled by christine dovey and photographed by ashley capp

citizen atelier - piano room designed and styled by christine dovey and photographed by ashley capp

Please pay extra special attention to the last image above because I have some pretty fabulous news on that front.

To celebrate the launch of the site, Citizen Atelier has decided to offer up a piece from artist Vanessa Paxton’s stunning ‘Ballerina’ collection.

Yes that’s right…you my friends have the chance to win YOUR CHOICE of one of these insanely beautiful pieces…







To enter:

1. Leave a comment below…easy peasy…you will get one official entry just for saying hello:)))

For extra entries:  And remember that the extra entries only count if you leave a separate comment for each one because the winner is chosen my a random number generator…

1. Visit Citizen Atelier and tell me which piece in their current inventory is your favourite

2. Like Citizen Atelier on Facebook

3. Follow Citizen Atelier on Instagram

4. Pin one of the giveaway Vanessa Paxton pieces above with hashtag #giveaway and include the link to your pin in your comment

5. Tweet the giveaway {enter to win a stunning photograph on @bijouandboheme from @vananamoo and #citizenatelier}

6. Post your favourite Vanessa Paxton piece to Instagram {include @bijouandboheme @citizenatelier @vanessapaxton}

So there you have it- 7 chances to win!!!!

I’ll draw for the lucky duck on Saturday May 17th.

In the meantime, be sure to visit Citizen Atelier to get your art buying on…sooooooo  much loveliness to choose from.


The Busiest Five Days of My Life…

It’s the start of a new week and let me tell you, the last one nearly did me in…it was amazing on all possible work fronts but holy Hannah…it was BIZ-EEEEEE.

Let’s rewind to Wednesday…I packed up some new paintings…

christine dovey paintings

…and spent the evening at the new retail location for Black Rooster Decor, merchandising the shizzle out of everything so that all would be ready for the grand opening party on Thursday.

black rooster decor

black rooster decor









black rooster decor

black rooster decor

And then Thursday rolled around…I spent that day working on my One Room Challenge space…

I put together this lamp…

one room challenge christine dovey lamp

…and unpacked some glorious art…including this Elena Kalis materpiece (that I’m PS, am really hoping will eventually be mine)…

elena kalis

…and this Nicole Cohen/Patrick Cline/UPLO goodness…

nicole cohen art


nicole cohen photograph

(there was actually two more pieces in my UPLO delivery and after a small framing mess-up, which I can’t really get into because the mere thought of the crazy that took place on that front might throw this post into way too much of a whine fest, they have  been found s really pretty new home  in the piano room…more on that towards the end of the post.)

I also packed up a whole bunch of styling stuff and hauled it over to the #pianoroom so all would be ready come set up time.

And then Thursday evening rolled around and it was time for the Black Rooster grand opening party.

Because my life is so insane at the moment,  trying to get out the door was a nightmare…husband and I were supposed to go together but little Jasper wasn’t co-operating so I ended up leaving ahead of him and he met me at the party once babes went to sleep.  My dear friend Hollie came along with me and the night was soooooo amazing.

My sweeter than sweet friend Lindsay bought one of my paintings…


I got to chat with so many fabulous peeps…

black rooster opening party

And of course, was able to buy up plenty of Black Rooster fabulous for my #oneroomchallenge space…


But most of all, I got to be really proud of Nina for putting together a stunningly perfect store…

black rooster

I only wish I took more damn photos of the whole thing while I was there…too busy reveling I guess…and speaking of that, I drank about 50 glasses of champagne, which meant that I had to leave my car at the store and take a cab home…and this meant, that I had to drive into the city the next morning at 9 am with a crashing headache, to collect the car and as well, pick up the last few pieces of furniture I had ordered from BR for my #oneroomchallenge room. And because traffic was a total bitch, I sat in a very packed car for 2 hours…and since I literally had a PACKED day of work on the docket, I had to resort to this situation…


…and let me just say, that thing was a freaking god send.

I went straight from BR, to the piano room and helped un-pack the chairs that arrived thanks to the amazing 219, who worked her but off to ensure they arrived on time…

219 jonathan adler chair

…they’re amazing…and SO heavy- hauling just one of them from the garage almost did me in.

After leaving the #oneroomchallenge room, I went home to work on my DIY Lamps Plus benches…first order of business was re-upholstering the tops…

diy benches christine dovey

…the fabric Hollie Cooper painted made that job surprisingly enjoyable (though still hard,)…

hollie cooper fabric

And then I got to work on the bases…because these were for my clients, I took WAY more care with the painting than I would for something for myself…I sanded the bases twice, with a wash in between each round…sprayed with primer and then applied about 10 coats of the black matt top coat…

diy benches hollie cooper fabric christine dovey

And I have to say, the final result made me pretty happy…

christine dovey benches

…especially when I first saw them in the actual room…

christine dovey one room challenge

After the benches were done and delivered, I had the most fun of my day when I got to deliver a giant piece of art to my client…to make a long story short, her husband wanted to surprise her with her favourite photograph as an anniversary gift so we worked in secret to get the piece and have it framed…and when I dropped it off Friday night and he told her it was hers…well, let’s just say that was a beuno movement all around….no pictures of that right now though…you’ll have to wait for Wednesday and the very exciting One Room Challenge reveal:)

After this final delivery and visit to the piano room, it was about 5pm…from there, I raced over to the train station to meet up with an artist named Vanessa Paxton so that I could collect some of her beautiful wares…

vanessa paxton

..and from there, headed to my local flower shop and came home with this sort of business…


…and piled it up with some pretty styling goodness…all of which brings me almost to Saturday.

Before turning in for the night though, I had to clean and style most of my house, which again brings me to the next day and how I spent the rest of my weekend.

I haven’t told you all about this fabulous little project I’ve been working on behind the scenes so here goes that.

A while back I was contacted by someone I now consider such a fabulous friend and inspiration…to make a long story short on that one, I was asked if I’d be interested in doing styling work for a new site in the works…called Citizen Atelier, the shop will be an online destination for a curated collection of amazing art.  Knowing me as you do, I’m sure you can imagine how excited I was by the mere concept of the site…and to be able to be a part of it…well, let’s just say I was just a tad thrilled.

After many discussions, we decided that a few spaces in my house and the piano room I’ve been working on for the One Room Challenge, would be the perfect backdrops to showcase some of Citizen Atelier’s art in actual rooms…so, again, long story short, I spent the entire weekend with the site’s creator and the amazingly talented photographer Ashley Capp and her assistant (who is an amazing photographer in her own right) Claire Foster, styling, propping and shooting beautiful artwork in beautiful spaces.

christine dovey design citizen atelier art

christine dovey design citizen atelier art

christine dovey design citizen atelier art

ashley capp christine dovey claire foster citizen atelier

The shoot was at my house on Saturday and the piano room on Sunday…and yes, this meant that my ORC space actually had a deadline of 4 days earlier than the actual reveal…and because painting and final construction was just completed on Saturday, I arrived at my client’s house at 7:30am to finish off the space before the cameras arrived.  It was hectic to say the least but I have to tell you, walking into the piano room early morning on Sunday and seeing the foundation of the space all done…it literally made me cry.

And after a few hours of final zhuzhing and some art placing of many pieces, including those two other Nicole Cohen masterpieces I was telling you about…

nicole cohen art christine dovey one room challenge

nicole cohen art christine dovey one room challenge

…the room was done just in time for it to be taken all apart again for the Citizen Atelier shoot:)

It was so amazing to see so much beautiful art change the room with each piece…and at the end of the day, my client’s decided on a final piece from CA to complete there room and I can now say, that with the exception of one thing we’re waiting on delivery wise, the room is officially done!  My only regret is that I didn’t have the foresight to have the actual room professionally photographed as well…I was so focussed on the CA site shoot, that I sort of forgot about my own photos…so, come tomorrow, I’ll be at the piano room again shooting away and hoping I can capture at least some of what has happened in there.

In the meantime, check back tomorrow for the Friedasophie giveaway winner…I was supposed to draw on Saturday but as you can probably tell form this post, there just wasn’t time and though I thought about doing it today, this post is already ridiculously long…so tomorrow it is on that front.  That’s good news for you because you still have another day to enter;)

And then, that will bring us to Wednesday…I’m  SOOOO happy to tell that when I reveal my less than professional ORC shots, the amazing Citizen Atelier will also be launching! I know you are going to fall madly in love with this site…so much  art that’s been so carefully chosen and so beautifully photographed!  So Wednesday = a big day all around…art site and  my One Room Challenge REVEAL!!!! Me = excited on all fronts.


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