My Canadian Tire Canvas Collaboration Reveal!

I am so excited to finally be able to fill you in on the latest project I have been working on! I had the most amazing opportunity to collaborate with Canadian Tire and create a Tailored Elegant space using their CANVAS Home & Dining collection.

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I am so thankful to the incredible team who worked with me to bring my ideas to reality! To see more of how I used the beautiful CANVAS collection to create a curated space that feels personal, memorable, and full of personality, check out this link!

 

One Room Challenge…Version 2.0 – The REVEAL!!!

It’s week 6…

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…and I really can’t believe I’m finally at the part where I get to say ‘I’m done and so excited to reveal my space’. The truth is, I really am so so excited. This room has been a long dumb road to get to. One that I’m not sure I’d do again honestly…re: renovating/bulding. I jumped into the 6 week challenge way back last fall when the room didn’t even exist. I mean it did in terms of being a drawing on a floorplan but in real life/actual space form, not so much. I naively thought that I had a change of willing it together in time to reveal but the gods just seemed to hate me…mostly because we just couldn’t get a damn roof on the thing, which meant, nothing could really happen inside. After some big effort from everyone involved at that time (builder, me, husband etc.,) this is where I started…aka the befores…

…and this is a glimpse of where we were come reveal time…

So yah…not #ideal.

If you missed that live action fun, you can catch up on my version one below…

Week One . Week Two . Week Three . Week Four . Week Five . Week Six

Fast forward to this round of the One Room Challenge and 6 weeks ago from today. Picture me sitting in a hotel room, waiting to actually move into the house that this little terror of a room I’m describing belonged to. I woke up on the day link ups were scheduled to start and though I hadn’t planned on taking part (because to be totally and brutally honest, I really didn’t need to add anything to my plate after a year long reno that almost killed me in so many ways,) I dove in at the last minute and posted pictures of the room that wasn’t…or wasn’t yet.  At the end of the day, I think I just needed some sort of closure on my failure last go around. I’m the kind of person that HATES not doing what I’ve signed up to do. Hates. So…in I jumped. In my head, it was going to be a much easier road than any of my other ORC goes. This time, there would be no construction. No relying on trades. No excuses. I had total control over getting this room done on time and the way I wanted. Or so I thought;)

If you missed this go around, see below…

Week One . Week TwoWeek Three . Week Four . Week Five

And to recap, in terms of before for this kick at the can, this is where version 2.0 started…

…or more accurately in terms of 6 weeks ago…here’s where things were…

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I had an empty room with no furniture but happily, walls/wallpaper/millwork/paint were done.

So…all I had to do was what I love most…design, decorate, re-upholster, art/primp the heck out of the place.

It sounded real easy. But as always, it wasn’t a cake-walk.

For one, I just couldn’t nail down the right fabric for the chairs I planned on using. Also, I was feeling sort of blah about the room for a long time. I’m not really sure why in hindsight but I guess I’d just thought about and started at it for way too long. My 6 weeks was more accurately a year and what once felt new, was slowly starting to feel laboured and not like a first kiss.

Fast forward to week four when my hand painted drapery arrived courtesy of my brilliantly talented friend Hollie Cooper. When I showed her what I wanted, I almost instantly thought I might have got it wrong. Maybe the pattern would be too much…or maybe not enough etc. Thankfully, my self-doubt was stupid on this one and what happened after said curtain install was one of those moments us creative types always work for/towards. The minute the drapes went in, my love affair for this room instantly took hold. It became everything I hoped it would be…cozy, comfortable, neutral…but also bold, artistic and slightly ugly…that description might sound weird to some but it’s my favourite type of mix and the moment the curtains happened, the vision for the space became super duper clear. From then on, it was just a matter of taking my brain matter and bringing it really to life.

And in the end, the room did/does do what I wanted it to.

It’s grown up…probably more so than any space I’ve ever designed. It’s maybe a little more ‘decorated’ than I usually do but in a way that doesn’t rely on quirkiness as much as I usually like…instead, it just exists in this sort of comfortable realm of ‘it feels super good to be in’. And for me, I guess that feels like a bit of an evolution in terms of how I see design and well, that’s kind of cool I guess.

And with that giant long monologue, I should probably stop writing and just get to the reveal.

Here’s my little bedroom in professional photographer form, thanks to the incredibly talented/awesome Ashley Capp

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one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

And then some i-phone ‘diy’ specials…because…as you might notice, the first set have a propped in Platner chair from my living room because my Stellar Works chairs got held up in re-upholstery thanks to my indecision on fabric…

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christine dovey one room challenge master bedroom

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All in all, it’s been a pretty awesome experience seeing this room grow from nothing and I have a whole heck of a lot of people to thank for it getting to where it is now.  As with every round of this crazy challenge, it’s hard not to feel ridiculously grateful for the ORC journey/ Linda for dreaming the whole thing up/ amazing sponsors for making it a little easier and more beautiful/ incredible friends and trades and suppliers for bringing visions to life.

A HUGE thanks to these peeps for getting the bones of the space to where it is now…

RMS– my builders…thanks to them for making my house…truly…having this house turn into what I always dreamed it would be is something I will always be grateful for.

Super Allen/Super Jeremy- I have no words. They are my spirit animals in carpenters form…I love them for always making me feel like what I dream up isn’t out of reach or weird or not doable. They bring to life everything I ever come up with and I’m eternally grateful.

Metrie– my house would be a shell of a house without the interior finishings, millwork and doors from Metrie. This room is no exception. My love for this company and all of their fixings is real.

Para Paints– Loucks Farm for the win…love the warm, dark, taupy grey like no ones business.

Drop it Modern– always a favourite…wallpaper geniuses with the best customer service/customization options in all the land. This company has come through for me in terms of wallpaper dreams over and over again. Love x so so much.

Alexanian– my room is grounded with the white oak floors that run through the whole house and I love them in real and deep ways. So thankful to have worked with them on my whole house.

Fieldstone Windows– double hung windows that I got to paint the colour of my walls and that fulfill all my window dreams ever = happiness.

Trumeau Stones– true craftsmanship is something that’s hard not to admire and seeing my limestone fireplace(s) installed in this new house was something that made me feel so incredibly grateful. Our bedroom surround is truly the focal point of the room and I couldn’t love it more.

Hollie Cooper Interiors– no words here again…Hollie is my dear dear friend and I treasure her to the moon and back. On top of that, she’s an incredible talent who always manages to take my crazy draper/paint/pillow requests and make them real. As I mentioned earlier in the post, the drapery she made for this room (and moss green silk + Hollyhock pillows,) are my favourite.

J and J Made– upholsterer of my unicorn dreams…that’s all I have to say on that front. When you can re-do a settee and pair of chairs on one week, you’re forever A-Ok in my books. Also, the quality of the upholstery is business.

Karastan– all I have to say here is leopard in carpet form. Love.

Crystorama– I’m a vintage lighting lover so new crystal has always scared me a bit…enter Crystorama and I’m a total convert. ADORE the bedroom chandy.

DecoratorsBest– fabric nirvana…that is all. My settee is so much happier in its Pindler and Pindler black vinyl glory.

JF Fabrics– Stellar Works chairs are soooooo much more handsome with their new wool covers/moss green silk pillows.

Black Rooster Decor– I could never ever do a room without a little BR furniture/art/accessory goodness in it…ever. For this reveal, it’s all about the white vase/morrocan table/graphic art/reindeer hide/applique pillow happiness.

Druthers and Hammond– custom makers of so many good things. My nightstands had to be designed to perfectly fit in a really narrow space and they do…and the finish is sublime…and I love love love how they look.

Upper Canada Specialty Hardware– this room has the same black hardware as the rest of my house and I love it so hard. UCSH is an amazing resource with the best, best selection.

Park Blvd– I didn’t love texture in the way I do now until I discovered this pillow company. Their textiles are just beyond and I’m so happy to have some Scottish wool/ lambswool in this room…it just makes it all infinitely more cozy.

Arianna Belle– I don’t think I’ve ever worked on a project and not had one of her pillows…I finally got to use my fave Kubus in this space and lurv it.

Nicole Cohen– the most inspiring creative talent I know and someone I’m lucky to call a friend…her photography is splashed all over this room.

Society 6– art + great prices + a huge variety…so good.

Anewall– I love this store…plain and simple. I think every room of my new house has a little anewall in it. Their love and admiration for history mixed with a little edge is totally my jam.

Minted– art love again…so many beautiful pieces to select from…my fireplace car is an all time favourite.

Fiori Oakville– a room of mine would never be the same without their flowers…ever.

(And some other source goodness…Chairs- Stellar Works; Linen bedding- West Elm; Sheets, marble vase and wood ball- HomeSense; Art (not noted already)- Leigh Viner, IKEA, vintage; Throws- Elte and HomeSense; Console table- Vern and Vera; Vase and Jonathan Adler canister- Shop 219; Brass script- Gleena Ceramics; Cotton- Sheridan nurseries; Mirrors, cone, bust and wood form- vintage; Ceiling medallion- Home Depot; Platner chair- vintage; Settee- Flik and Company; Picture frames- Michaels and IKEA; Canvas wrapping- Art Printing; Book- Indigo; Candle- H&M Home; Sconces- CB2)

And with that, I think this reveal is a wrap:)))

If you haven’t done so already, make sure you venture over to see all of the incredible reveals from the featured designers

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AND…also dive in to see all that my fellow linkers have put together…so many good things to be enjoyed and inspired by.

Until next time!!!

*** edit…for some bizarre reason, my comment box doesn’t seem to be working, which on an ORC reveal day, is a pretty large bummer. If any wordpress geniuses out there know why this might be happening, I’d so appreciate the help!!! In the meantime, you can leave a comment by replying to mine if you feel so inclined:)

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Project Flip – T- 8 days to Move In!

I haven’t updated progress on project flip…

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…because well, it’s been a HARD month. We’re scheduled to move in on the 29th of March, which is PS, in 8 days and honestly, I’m pretty sure the house won’t be ready. We’re hoping it will be livable with some things to finish but as it stands now, we’re without a kitchen or plumbing so it’s definitely dicey.

Here’s what’s been happening.

For one, the siding went up and after many meetings and deliberations on the subject, it’s become quite clear that it wasn’t installed properly.

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http://www.belathee.com/

As such, most of it is going to come down and be re-done. Watching all of that happen has been insanely stressful and I just want it done at this point.  Same goes for the roof. As you might remember, we put a deposit down on a standing seam roof back in September…after months and months of waiting, my builder was forced to get the money back and we were back to square one. After gathering new quotes, it looked like we were going to be out of pocket by $20,000 as the new pricing was substantially higher then originally quoted. Total balls. Thankfully, after a lot of research, I landed on a local company that will be installing my pretty new roof in three weeks, and will be making sure it’s done properly.  I selected a pale grey and though I got a lot of resistance from the company owner, worried that it wouldn’t provide the contrast people would normally want with white siding, I’m pretty confident it will be perfect.  Fingers crossed that when it’s done, it looks something like my original inspo…

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via Belathee Photography

As for the inside of the house, lots has happened since my last update, but there is still a ton to get finished.

The past month has been mostly about the millwork. Thanks to an amazing partnership with Metrie and my #superallen/his teammate #superjeremy sooooooo much has happened on that front…

http://www.belathee.com/

http://www.belathee.com/

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chrisitne dovey project flip

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chrisitne dovey project flip

chrisitne dovey project flip metrie millwork

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chrisitne dovey project flip metrie

chrisitne dovey project flip metrie

chrisitne dovey project flip metrie

chrisitne dovey project flip metrie

chrisitne dovey project flip metrie

chrisitne dovey project flip metrie

chrisitne dovey project flip metrie

chrisitne dovey project flip metrie

chrisitne dovey project flip metrie

chrisitne dovey project flip metrie

chrisitne dovey project flip metrie

chrisitne dovey project flip metrie

chrisitne dovey project flip metrie

chrisitne dovey project flip metrie

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chrisitne dovey project flip alexanian floor

PS…ask me how excited I am that all the floor coverings are coming off THIS WEEK?!?!? I can’t wait for my beautiful  light oak floors from Alexanian to be revealed!

 

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chrisitne dovey project flip metrie

chrisitne dovey project flip metrie

The paint deliberations were serious…I tried out many before I landed on the final plan.

Thankfully, PARA paints has been amazing and supplied some of the prettiest colours ever.

The grey shown below (Mennonite Grey Tint 1) will line all baseboards, casings and stairs (other then the treads) in the foyer and upstairs hall…

 

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I had considered doing the walls in the TV room in it as well but settled on white…

 

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The master bedroom was the hardest for me to decide because I needed it to work with the Drop it Mod paper, which is a very warm grey…

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As you can see, I tried out A LOT of paint before settling on a warm dark grey called Loucks Farm…

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chrisitne dovey project flip para paint

It’s the darker of the two shown above.

In the kids’ bathroom, I’m doing a bright green…

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The family room and kitchen will be white and the living room is getting my favourite colour ever, Heavenly Aromas, which is a super pretty grey violet…

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Also, just a quick sidenote here…my fireplaces!!!!! Trumeau Stones finished them off this past week and I’m obsessed!

Back to paint…

The boys’ is a periwinkle like blue called Crusin and Scarlett’s room will have some colour blocking in black, white and the pink shown below….here are all the chips together…

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And in addition to all of that, there will of course be wallpaper a plenty. I’m using Wall and Deco Stucco in the powder room…

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A mural from Anewall will be going on a long wall that runs between the kitchen/dining and the mudroom…

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The boys will be getting some Drop it Modern fun on their ceiling…

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And of course, this will be going on all the white wall sections in the master…wherever there isn’t grey paint, there will be this…

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As for tile etc., the long wall up the stairwell will be bricked and painted white…I’m using this cool veneer product called Century Brick…

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The kitchen will be totally subway tiled, including the wall into the mudroom.

And for the bathrooms, the kids have porcelain from Ornamenta in a diagonal stripe and a 4×6 subway tile on the bath walls…

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And in the master, I used a porcelain marble for walls and the floor…

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We’re making it a total wet room so there will be a single piece of glass on the floor where that fancy drain is for the shower area but other then that, it’s all open.

What else?

My Door Store gates are in place and will be painted white before getting hung on a track to divide the kitchen/dining from the rest of the house…

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chrisitne dovey project flip

chrisitne dovey project flip

And speaking of my favourite vintage store…our old door was fixed up by #superallen and got some new beaded glass…

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chrisitne dovey project flip door store upper canada specialty hardware

I’m leaving it natural on the inside but going to paint the exterior…thinking either bright yellow or grey.

And in terms of the door hardware, the Emtek brass and black goodness from Upper Canada Specialty Hardware is making me soooo happy…

http://www.belathee.com/

http://www.belathee.com/

http://www.belathee.com/

http://www.belathee.com/

Every door in the house will have a backplate like above…in the black.

In terms of design decisions still to be made…I have a few.

Originally, this little space between the living and kitchen was going to be the dining room…

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chrisitne dovey project flip metrie

chrisitne dovey project flip metrie

And the area beside the kitchen was going to be the family…

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chrisitne dovey project flip metrie

But…we had to extend the peninsula and it’s just super tight in there in terms of trying to get sofa in etc. So…I’m thinking of flipping them and doing a huge harvest table in front of the patio doors (which btw, came WAY smaller then we had hoped so they’re being switched out asap for taller doors).  In front of that peninsula, I’m doing a glass wall for a portion of it…sort of like this…

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via Enig Wonen

And I like the idea of having a large table for us all to gather at. Our table is where we live together and I’d rather have more space for it, then a couch to be honest.

So, the little room will be a TV lounge I’m thinking…one sofa built into the space, with a credenza and TV across…I’m thinking of a velvet channeled like thing in pale blue.

The only problem with this little plan is it means no chandelier over the dining table since there are already pot lights in there. This of course KILLS me but I think the trade-off is worth it.

In terms of the domino effect this has on other things…I had originally planned a long harvest like island to run perpendicular to the stove…now that the table will be doing that, I’m going to flip the island and make a smaller parallel one. I’d like to do something special here…I’m thinking unlaquered brass with a black soapstone top…this stunning space by Nate Berkus is the insp there…

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I bought two globe pendants months ago for here so I’m happy with that whole bag.

The soapstone will be this loveliness from Greensville Soapstone..

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…in a leather finish. Obsessed with it.

The rest of my counters are being done in Silestone from Cosentino…we’re waiting on the integrated sink to arrive and then voila…this business will be installed in a suede finish…

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Cabinets are flat panel black and being made by my builder RMS.

After that, it’s all about furniture choices…I’m dreaming up a few ideas on that front so stay tuned.

Oh and landscaping, the attic, basement and porches…that’s phase two lol.

So to recap…in the next 9 days, we need:

– kitchen installed

* just wait to you see my Kitchenaid Black Stainless appliances!!!! So excited to see these go in…

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– all painting done

– plumbing installed

– garage door put on

– siding re-done

– tiling completed

* including kitchen wall/hood…which will look like this I hope…

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via Style Me Pretty

– a lot of cleaning

And then…just maybe, we’ll be able to move in:))))

It’s going to be tight my friends but I’m trying to dwell on positive thoughts all day everyday.

I’ll try to update as much as possible the next few weeks…with so much happening, I can avoid giant posts like this one if I keep on it a bit more lol.

More to come.

xx

One Room Challenge – Week ‘Whose Still Counting’ and Moulding for Dayz

It’s been a very busy month for my One Room Challenge bedroom at Project Flip…mostly thanks to a massive delivery of trim and millwork from my favourite Metrie, and our master carpenter Super Allen

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To begin, we decided on use a mix flat stock paneling, Pretty Simple Scene II picture mould and Fashion Forward Scene III crown and baseboard to create a lot of architectural interest…

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I’ve never done panelling before so super excited to see how it’s coming together with the addition of the inset detail moulding.

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The fashion forward doors also make me super, super happy!

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http://christinedovey.com/2016/02/one-room-challenge-moulding-for-dazy/

Everything that you see that’s wood or panelled will be painted out and the flat wall that remains will be wallpapered.  My original Amanda Nisbet inspo gives the basic idea on that front…

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As for the design plan itself, I’ve made a few small changes to the overall scheme. Because our adjoining ensuite is being done in a porcelain marble (white, grey, beige) and because of many of the neutral accents already chosen for the room, I just started to feel like I wanted something more neutral in the bedroom in terms of colour. If you remember, I’d originally planned on painting all the millwork dark navy but have made a last minute change to something more tone on tone.

Inspired by this beautiful room…

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…the millwork, trim, windows and doors will all be painted in PARA Loucks Farm. It looks like this with the Drop it Modern Wallpaper

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Though truth be told…as I’m writing this, I’m still slightly second-guessing the colour again…wondering if I should move down one shade in terms to something just a titch lighter. Stay tuned on that front and PS, picking paint for an entire house in one fail swoop is not for the faint of heart lol. Stressful!

And then re: fabric, I’ve opted out of using the blush pink drapes in here (they’ll be moving over to Scarlett’s room) and will be doing a simple white linen from Tonic Living instead.  I also plan on re-upholstering my fuschia settee in their waxed gold linen…

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Pretty Ridiculously excited to see this all come together soon. I’m hoping for a paint update by this time next week:)

 

 

 

Haute Spots – Elle Canada Closet

I’m sort of blending posts today and showcasing both a Haute Spot and some design work all in one because I honestly can’t wait to share a very exciting project I’m working on.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’ve been hired to design the brand spanking new Elle Canada Closet…

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elle canada closet christine dovey

And I’m sooooo excited.

Getting to design a fashion closet that’s going to be the hub for editorial magazine and online features, is pretty fantastical indeed.

I knew from the very beginning that I wanted the space to be glamorous, feminine and a little bistro like. So, with that overall vision in mind, I presented this design board to the client…

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Along with these photos, which really set the framework for the design…

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From the start, I knew I wanted to take the one large room and sort of divide into two main areas, with the front functioning as seating area and place where we could showcase clothing on both rolling racks and a wall display…at the back, I wanted a vanity area, closed storage and of course, like any good closet bistro, a bar.

On the walls, I envisioned beautiful Metrie moulding ( set against a palate of white and pink.  And speaking of Metrie…I specked these beautiful Fashion Forward doors for the main entrance…

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For the floors,  I knew I wanted pattern in the front area so with budget in mind, we selected VCT tiles (my new favourite product ever) and I sent off this photo to the contractor…

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Because this particular layout doesn’t require actually cutting the 12×12 tiles, it’s one of the most budget friendly in terms of installation but still gives a very high end/custom look so happy days.

As for other selections, right from the start, we knew we had to have custom branded hangers…

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…so I sent that plan off to my friends at Druthers and Hammond to make it happen. PSA…if you’re in the design business and are in need of custom furnishings/accessories/textiles/lighting or anything of the like, these peeps are where it’s at.

Our hangers will be white with a black logo and a brass hook.

For hardware, we’ll be using these three beautiful selections from Upper Canada Speciality Hardware

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upper canada specialty hardware elle canada christine dovey

In terms of large pieces, we’ve partnered with IKEA and will be building a wall of storage out of their PAX system and will add Metrie trim and crown to make it look built in and custom…this is my inspo there…

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Of course, ours will be lacquered in a beautiful pale pink:)

On the opposite wall, we’ll be using a pair of IKEA Brimnes bookcases on either side of a Malm dressing table, to create another built area that will again be finished in high gloss pink.  Make-up lights and a beautiful mirror will complete this vanity/storage unit…

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And while still on the topic of IKEA, we’ll be using five of their Ekby wall shelves (with brackets sprayed in gold) to make a rather large/awesome shoe display…

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As well,  Sektion kitchen cabinets, Cesearstone waterfall tops and custom brass kickplates will make this sort of island bar action happen…

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In front of it, will be 3 gold stools from Black Rooster

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…with a pair of West Elm Globe globe pendants above…

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In the front section of the space, we’ll have 3 rolling racks for clothing. Originally, we had settled on bellman carts because well, they’re ridiculously pretty…

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…but because of budget and capacity, we’re looking at other options. One possibility, is these gorgeous copper beauties from Toronto based shop, The Other

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Still working on a few possibilities there.

On the large front wall, we’ll be doing a pegboard like installation so that clothes and accessories can be displayed…PS…turns out pegboard has become super cool these days and will be even more so after I’m done dressing it up a little…

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And as for probably my most favourite element in the space…this stunning vintage settee will be the first thing people are greeted with when they enter the room…

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As we speak, J&J Made is transforming it with some beautiful Tonic Living fabric

So excited!

Of course, we’ll also have some other furnishings in the space. I had a visit to my local Mobilia store last week and let me tell you, there have some gorgeous, gorgeous pieces at prices that are so on point…here’s a sampling of what I’ve selected from there…

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This store has instantly turned into one of my go-tos thanks to this project!

And last, but not least…two of my favourite vendors will also play a big part in making this closet come to life.  We’ll be adding these Drop it Modern wallpapers to the outside wall and change room area…

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And for the main focal wall behind the bar, a custom Endeavour Neon sign with the Elle Canada Closet logo, will be done in pink…

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And I think that sums up the plans front.

I’ll be posting updates on the construction progress in the coming weeks. Our main install is scheduled for Dec. 11th so a full reveal is closet at hand.

Stay tuned as they say:)

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The Business of Design – Project Rykert Reveal

I’m so excited to share with you the final reveal of a home I recently completed, Project Rykert.

This project was so fun for me to do for so many reasons. Firstly, the house belonged to an old friend of mine from University so being able to reconnect with him, while also getting to know his beautiful family was such a treat.

Also, as clients, they were really amazing to work with. Together, they had a very definite vision of where they wanted the house to go, which included all of my favourite things: layers of meaningful pieces, vintage mixed with new, wallpaper and colour, masculine and feminine touches etc.  Their main goal was to create a house that felt comfortable and relaxed but still elegant and thoughtful. They wanted each piece to reflect them and speak to their interests and passions.  We were after quality and comfort, but also

It was amazing working with people who love ‘the mix’ just as much as I do and who weren’t afraid to look off the beaten path for treasures.

So…with this as our starting ground…

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project rykert before photos christine dovey

project rykert before photos christine dovey

project rykert before photos christine dovey

…and the help of…

1. Super Allen…who created a custom fireplace surround, heart, wall mouldings and firebox (he also completely renovated their basement).

2. Mango Reclaimed and J&J Made…who gave a vintage settee a total once over.

3. Hollie Cooper…who created beautiful custom linen curtains with matte black hardware…she also supplied the stunning leopard pillows on the sofa.

4. Suppliers: Black Rooster Decor, Elte, Elte Market, Shop 219, Lamber et Fils, CasaLife, Restoration Hardware, and more vintage stores than I can count.

5. Roderick Dunn…who did some A-one wallpapering in the foyer.

…we made this all happen…

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And I couldn’t be happier with how everything came together.

Such a fabulous feeling to be a part of making someone’s house a home.

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