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November 23, 2010

Christine Shares Her Favorite Things

We've hit the jackpot today, my Loves.  The gorgeous Christine from everyone's new favorite design blog, Bijou and Boheme, is visiting to share her favorite things in her home.  She's only been blogging for a couple of months but has already taken the blogosphere by storm with her amazing finds and even more amazing style.  I soak up every little bit that Christine shares, and this post is no different.  By now you all know the routine: I asked Christine to share what she has looked at, lingered over, and loved enough to put in her own home.  Let's just say that she has delivered with drool-worthy beauty including art, furniture, and wallpaper!!  I'll let Christine take it from here...

Thank you so much for inviting me to share a few of my favourite things.
This is my first official guest post so I'm a little giddy and nervous.
Anyhow...thank you Chassity for asking me and I hope your readers like this little montage.
I capped the selection at 7 and found even that difficult...blogging has helped cement the notion that I could never be an editor.
I like 7 though- definitely my lucky number so here it goes.
Hope you enjoy xo
This is the first piece of furniture I truly had to have.
It was love at first sight and I couldn't be happier that it's mine.
 The settee was purchased from a seller in LA on Etsy and shipped to NY, where my husband went and picked it up.
I remember the moment it came into my house like I remember seeing Santa for the first time.
Pure bliss!
I am a big art lover. 
Each piece has meaning and sentiment.
The Nama Rococo wallpaper panels were again, something I saw and absolutely fell in love with...I really feel as though they set the tone for the whole room and I adore their Parisian funky style.
The pink number is a DIY.
The black and white drawing is a vintage newspaper ad from Holt Renfrew, circa 1980...turns out my husband was friends with the artist so voila, we now own a fabulous original fashion illustration.
The landscape oil painting was a gift to me from my great aunt and is by an artist named Thomas Garside.  I love the deep turquoise of the sky and the kelly green of the grass.  I also love that it reminds me of one of the most charismatic and strong woman I've ever known (coincidentally, the same lady who gifted me the spectacularly fabulous leopard coat that you may have seen in our hallway.)
The little painting is the first artwork we bought for my daughter's room before she was born.  There are actually two of them and they picture flying pigs- so whimsical and sweet...the fact that they are mostly pink doesn't hurt their case either.
 This is a vintage rosewood credenza from the 70's  I love how the touch of Scandinavian modern helps balance out some of the more feminine/ornate pieces we have in the room.
The wood is book matched so that when you slide the two doors towards the center, the grain actually matches up- it truly is stunning.
It also hides all of our electronics and every toy that manages to migrate up from the playroom.
The sideboard belonged to my late mother-in-law, who I admired more than I can say and it's a piece we'll treasure forever.
This vintage Knoll Platner chair is a fairly new addition to our home.
I had been looking for a modern sculptural piece for some time and when I saw this on Ebay, it was like the heavens opened up.
It was shipped on Greyhound and I love its architectural lines.
Owning a piece of design history feels wonderfully good.
 This gallery wall is something that I had always wanted to do.
We procrastinated for years though, thinking it would be like a root canal as far as instillation was concerned.
Happily, it was obviously meant to be and went up without a plan on a sunny Saturday afternoon...each picture seemed to quietly speak to the next one as to where it should be placed.
 I love how each time I carry a child up or down the stairs, they point to the pictures with Cheshire cat smiles and name all the people they see.
This wall of pictures makes our house feel like a home.
 The two Schonbek chandeliers were the first big purchase we made for the home.
Our wedding took place in a barn that I made over with crystal chandeliers that hung from ship rope over the tables.  I loved the juxtaposition of the hard and worn barn with the delicately ornate chandeliers.
When we purchased our home, this was the one thing I knew that I wanted.
We bought a large harvest table and hung the big chandelier over the table and the smaller one over the island.
They will always be one of my favourite things because they remind me of our family's first beginnings together.
This wallpaper represents me as a wannabe designer.
The motif and colour truly make my heart sing and the whimsical birds with their heads in the sand are just too perfect not to love.
Like the settee, this wallpaper is a perfect representation of my design sense and style.
Thank you again to Chassity for having me.
I hope I didn't bore you all to death with my 'I love my home' diatribe.

Bore us, Christine?  I'm ready to hop a flight to Canada to come see it all in person!  You may call yourself a wannabe designer, but not in my books! 
Thank you so much to Christine for sharing with us.  Be sure to head over to her blog Bijou and Boheme.  You can see more of Christine's home in her post here.


Interior Design Musings said...

From one newbie blogger to another, great post, Christine! Love it all, especially the artwork. Mandi

traci zeller designs said...

Christine has great style! Thanks for sharing!

Carissa @ the Fabulous Design File said...

Love Christine's sense of style. Her house tour is stunning!

Danielle Oakey Interiors said...

i love love love her style, she is amazing.

Lovin That! said...

Beautiful! I love her blog as well and style. I have just discovered your blog and so happy I did!!

I recently started a fun blog of lovely things as well. Great to get your feedback. I just posted some before and after shots of vintage

Marianne said...

I love that settee! So beautiful.

Alex {Things That Sparkle} said...

Christine's home is one of my all time favorites. Her taste is absolute perfection. Thanks for sharing!! I love these "blogger get to know yous"

christine, just bella said...

Christine has so many amazing pieces in her home, I just love her style!!

Acbarnett said...

Christine, Love the post, especially the family wall of pictures. I hope to do that in my house, when I get one! Its fresh and clean as you use all the same color frames! Great inspiration.
Newbie blogger aswell- welcome to the club!!

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

Just gorgeous Christine! I especially love the settee and your art.

Barbara Matson said...

Loved the further peek into your home Christine - you have amazing sense of style and love-love-love it all!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Great post, Christine! You have fabulous style and I love every square inch!!

designchic said...

Just love her fresh and sophisticated. Also, thrilled to have found your blog this evening - it's fabulous!! I'll be following ~

Rachel {little bits of lovely} said...

I love your style Christine, you have a beautiful home! The setee you got from etsy is just gorgeous! xx

dee said...

This is great...I really enjoyed this. Such a fun feature!

Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy said...

Just was sent over here from Christine's blog! She has such great style! That ostrich wallpaper is to die for and I want that settee like nobody's business! Great feature!

Unknown said...

So gorgeous! She is definitely one talented designer! I am also delighted to find you, definitely following! XX!

Unknown said...

Fabulous post!! xoxo

Unknown said...

Thank you so much everyone for your sweet comments- loved reading them and you all put such a smile on my face:) It was so nice to be here Chassity and thanks again for inviting me to guest post- such a treat. xo

ali v. said...

I adore the family picture wall--WOW! So glad I stumbled upon this beauty :)

Splendid Willow said...

Christine, you did an amazing job! 5 stars my friend! And that sideboard of yours! If you ever get tired of it, let me know. What a beauty!

Thank you Chassity for featuring Christine. She is the best! (And from what I can see your blog is also wonderful!)

Happy Thanksgiving to you both.

ox, Mon

Sarah Gunn said...

Great post Christine! I love chandeliers too. In fact I am looking for one for my laundry room.

Samantha said...

Wow. I can see why it was hard to keep it to just 7.

Love the pink DIY art. (And many other things.)

Staci Edwards said...

Love it all Christine, great first guest post!
Chassity - Just noticed you have me on your blog roll, what a doll, have now added you to mine!