The Shoot…Thank Yous in Instagram

The Shoot…Thank Yous in Instagram

My big shoot was yesterday…hence my complete lack of blogging for the last few days.
Sorry about the disappearing act…I just had buckets to do before the cameras arrived so that my house looked just the way I wanted it to.
Mostly, I was running around picking some pretty things up from my new favourite people ever and hanging things from my favourite artists ever.
So now I want to say a giant thank you to them.

First the goods dealers:

The dog on a pedestal, Staffordshire dogs, gilt mirror, and candlesticks were all found here.

As was Malcolm’s bed…
And in the hallway, this amazing candlestick, gold torch light (hiding behind my leopard coat), and spooky lady portrait are also from TC…

If you live in the GTA or even if you don’t, you NEED to visit this antique store…there’s an incredible selection of amazingly beautiful things and the owner Jed is so willing to help pick and choose…he’s a total sweetheart and knows everything about everything so yup…very much one of my favourites.
2. Petits et Jolis {online store is coming very soon}
I’ve purchased a ton from here over the years…see the little lady statue…
umbrella stand…

and in Mac’s room…the bench, deer painting and ship photos…
all from here.
I’ve known the owner Tamara for years now and she’s managed to create a store that is utterly packed with amazingly pretty French antiques.  She’s also an insanely talented painter and create just about anything you imagine.  This shop is where I always go when I’m looking for some ornate/funky pretty.
If you’ve seen this picture….
you’ve probably noticed that vintage Murano chandelier …I actually own two of them.
The story on those goes…I walked into the store, saw one ginormous pink Murano beauty, put on a sad face because I needed two that were smaller in scale, to which the owner promptly said, ‘I can make you two.’ And then I danced all over the store and excitedly sent Meredith a shot of it in hopes she would love as much as I did…and well, the rest is history as they say.

Sam literally has like 7 wharehouses of chandelier bits and pieces…he can put anything together you can think has within his VERY crowded shop, every kind of chandelier imaginable- from every era.
I think I have 4 in my house at present…quite sure the list will continue to grow.
Malcolm’s chandelier was also found at Sams…
as was my hallway Venini…

And then there are the artists:

1. Kim Davies

I’m obsessed with her.

She sent me all three of these…

That’s hers in the middle…alongside a vintage Holt’s illustration and a photo by the very fabulous Leigh Viner (who you already know I adore madly)…
This fabulously talented artist contacted me after my Saatchi post and a few weeks later, I had this INCREDIBLE  lady in a pink hat in my home…I could not possible adore it more.

3. Esther Bayer

I mentioned this lady a few days ago…my beautiful piece of this PEI artist now sits proudly in my hallway…

Love, love, love her.
And finally, there are the people who made things happen:
1. Kathy Hogg
This wonder woman is actually the Secretary at my daughter’s school.
In a week and a half, she (along with her partner) completed the green curtains in Malcolm’s room…
 and added the amazing pink silk pleated bottoms (thanks to Meredith for the idea) to my living room panels…
I’m honestly completely in awe her…the hems on those panels are done by hand…there was 12 yards of silk…and she did this in like 9 days…so so thankful!!!
If you are EVER in need of an amazing seamstress, and live close by, I will happily pass on her info!
I’ve mentioned my new painting guru a few times now.
He can transform anything.
And thankfully, he was able to re-do my IKEA console…
and Mac’s dresser…
just in time.
Love him to the moon.
I’ve purchased a few cushions from here over the years and for Mac’s room, the fabulous Misty was able to whip these up lickity split…
I was so happy when I found out I had won a pair of Kelly Wearstler Agate pillows from one of Amber’s giveaways…they arrived!!!

I am BEYOND grateful to all of these people…I truly love where I live and it’s because my home is filled with treasures that I adore…from people I adore.
Thank you, thank you from the absolute bottom of my heart.
And of course, I have to also thank my hubs and kids…they helped in giant ways as well.
Dear man sent these yesterday to congratulate me…
He’s a pretty good egg.
I can’t wait to share the full reveal with you…only a few weeks- promise.
Thank you to you too of course…I wouldn’t be doing any of this without you my sweet like candy readers.


  • Tim
    Posted at 09:55h, 21 December Reply

    Christine!! Love your home! It is so classy, elegant, and full of personality! Love the new “old” bed for your little guy and of course digging all your pillows!

    Can’t wait to see the rooms on tv!!

  • An Urban Cottage
    Posted at 10:00h, 21 December Reply

    Isn’t it crazy the amount of work that goes into getting your house ready? Of course, most of it’s pressure we put on ourselves.

    There’s some crazy awesome stuff there. I’ve always loved those staffordshire dogs but thought they might not get along with my cats.

    I’ll bet you learned a lot in the process too!


  • Emily | Recently
    Posted at 10:00h, 21 December Reply

    You are effing amazing. And this is only the instagram pics! Can’t wait to stare for hours at the real ones. Congrats!

  • Liz {Sequins And Stripes}
    Posted at 10:03h, 21 December Reply

    Words can’t describe my excitement to finally see your beautiful home! Merry Christmas!

  • Designwali
    Posted at 10:03h, 21 December Reply

    wow…this is simply fantastic. I’m so happy for you! congrats and can’t wait to see the final photo shoot!

  • Brandi@ Flights of Whimsy
    Posted at 10:11h, 21 December Reply

    Sounds like everything went well! I’m glad you are happy with it and look at all the people who helped! Truly Christmas spirit in them I’d say! I will be waiting in anticipation!

  • barbara@hodge:podge
    Posted at 10:26h, 21 December Reply

    Your house is impressive Christine, truly a design gem! Can’t wait to see the episode, will mark it on the calendar!!!

    Spotted those fabulous boots! And the drapes by Meredith! Still waiting for the kitchen, which from what I see around your home is going to be drooliscious!

  • Bethany
    Posted at 10:28h, 21 December Reply

    ahh the light fixtures are amazing! all of them! and i love the new dresser! holy goodness, you need to have an Ikea Hacks segment on here!


  • Amanda Hill
    Posted at 10:42h, 21 December Reply

    Oh congrats girl! Everything looks lovely! I am so happy for you! and can’t wait to see everything all together! xoxo.

  • Michelle
    Posted at 10:53h, 21 December Reply

    I get more excited for the full reveal with each sneak peek! I am in love with your pink murano light fixture!!! It’s fabulous; as is everything in your home!!!

  • Hollis
    Posted at 10:55h, 21 December Reply

    Christine, The house looks totally amazing. Congrats!
    What a small world that Alyson was at your house.
    Can’t wait to see your episode.

  • Sarah Gunn
    Posted at 11:15h, 21 December Reply

    Everything looks so gorgeous and worth every second of your hard work. I may pocket that umbrella stand next time I come over.

    Can’t wait to see the big reveal!!

  • Bold and Beautiful
    Posted at 11:43h, 21 December Reply


    I am so in love with your home and all of the details you have shared with us. It is truly spectacular and I could not imagine living in a more colorful and lovely space. I cannot get over your draperies and all of the pretty fixtures and art.

    Congratulations and I can’t wait to see more!


    Shannon Rae

  • maddiesplace
    Posted at 11:51h, 21 December Reply

    So chic! I do love the artwork, every single piece. Congratulations on all your success. πŸ™‚

  • maddiesplace
    Posted at 11:51h, 21 December Reply

    So chic! I do love the artwork, every single piece. Congratulations on all your success. πŸ™‚

  • Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    Posted at 11:52h, 21 December Reply

    Oh Christine, that was so worth the wait. Your home is even more fabulous than I imagined and overflowing with style. You have the best eye. Can’t wait to see this in high def!

  • Marianne {Style For Living}
    Posted at 11:52h, 21 December Reply

    Christine, so much eye candy here! Sounds like the photo shoot was a huge success. All I can say is, WOW! Your home is just stunning!!!

  • Esme
    Posted at 11:53h, 21 December Reply

    everything is absolutely lovely!! wow — it’s just breath taking!! congratulations on your success.

  • Elle Sees
    Posted at 11:59h, 21 December Reply

    so when can i move in? πŸ˜‰
    totally in love with that chandelier!!

  • ashley @ a {little} dash of ash
    Posted at 12:02h, 21 December Reply

    love this! you should link to my instagram party πŸ™‚ xo

  • victoria | vmac+cheese
    Posted at 12:51h, 21 December Reply

    Well, they say it takes an army…in your case, how lucky that your army is so talented, stylish, and fabulous!! Can’t wait to see the feature! πŸ™‚

  • annie
    Posted at 13:04h, 21 December Reply

    Your home is stunning…love all the art and little details everywhere! And those pink candles in the candelabras…gorgeous!!

  • Naomi@DesignManifest
    Posted at 13:13h, 21 December Reply

    congrats on completing it- such an accomplishment… especially this time of year.

    The teases were amazing. And dang! I’m jealous of all your great local sources.

    Merry Merry, Christine!

  • lacoquettedumode
    Posted at 13:25h, 21 December Reply

    You have SUCH a lovely home! Absolutely exquisite πŸ™‚

    XX Kathryn

  • Nuha
    Posted at 13:32h, 21 December Reply

    everything looks amazing christine! i really can’t wait to see the whole shoot! now go find some macarons, i’m sure you deserve it!

    Posted at 13:34h, 21 December Reply

    Christine! What a beautiful home. So personal and so unique. Thank you for sharing and look forward to seeing more!!

  • Jessica Rowe {The Aestate}
    Posted at 14:41h, 21 December Reply

    Thanks for all the new pics, I’ve been dying!! It’s all so pretty and perfect!! xoxo

  • L.A. in the bay
    Posted at 14:44h, 21 December Reply

    your home is so stunning. Cannot wait to see the pictures!

  • {Hi Sugarplum!}
    Posted at 16:41h, 21 December Reply

    wow…everything looks so amazing!!! love it all so far, can’t wait for more!

  • Rachel {Little Bits of Lovely}
    Posted at 17:26h, 21 December Reply

    Your home is amazing Christine and you have decorated it so beautifully. I love all of the details you have like those gorgeous staffordshire dogs and artwork; and I noticed you have that fabulous ostrich wallpaper!! Looking forward to seeing the shoot! xx

  • Nichole @ Parlour
    Posted at 17:39h, 21 December Reply

    Oh sister! It looks amazing! Cannot WAIT for the big reveal. You are spectacular. Beyond!

  • Clementine & Olive
    Posted at 18:37h, 21 December Reply

    Wow, I can’t believe how amazing your home looks from mere snap shots. I can’t wait to return for the reveal!! wow. WOWOWOWW

  • Annemarie @ Brunch at Saks
    Posted at 19:48h, 21 December Reply

    I love your beautiful home, Christine! It is perfection! Especially adore those Kelly Wearstler Agate pillows. xo

  • Kim Davies Inspired Lines
    Posted at 20:30h, 21 December Reply

    It was absolutely my pleasure, lovely. Everything looks spectacular and I love my art works being in such great company! I can’t imagine my work has ever been hung in such a beautiful space. Love the Staffordshire Dogs and those candlesticks near the work! …and in the company of a Leigh Viner photograph too!!! It’s madness! : ) Thank you for your appreciation…I’m so very chuffed right now xo

  • Lauren@BaylorSays...
    Posted at 23:14h, 21 December Reply

    Oh I’m so excited for you!!! What an amazing feeling that must be. Your house is so completely you and gorgeous. It could not be anyone else’s and that is the best part. Thanks for including us so often and so much!

  • Marcus Design
    Posted at 01:56h, 22 December Reply

    DYING. No wait, scratch that. DEAD. It’s all gorgeous, I just cannot wait to set my pvr. AHHHH! Congrats on everything my friend, very very well deserved.
    Nancy xo

  • Anna White
    Posted at 04:21h, 22 December Reply

    Christine..everything looks just so amazingly wonderful..electic..stylish and a little glam = perfection! Congratulations should feel so very deserve the feature…what a beautiful home you have created for your beautiful little family. Sending you a big high five now…well done! Anna x

    Posted at 23:31h, 22 December Reply

    love them all!
    Thank you!
    Merry merry!

  • Debby
    Posted at 07:45h, 27 December Reply

    Gorgeous… all of it. When can I move in?! Love your home. xo

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