Ready, Set, Christmas

Glam Vintage & Moderne's entry for The Festival of Trees

Glam Vintage & Moderne’s entry for The Festival of Trees

The Port Hope Festival of Trees starts this Friday, which conveniently takes place:

a) after this recent snow dump has cleared b) on the same night as The Candlelight Walk and LIghting of Memorial Park and c) on the same night as Moonlight Madness.

Festival of Trees 2013

This is a night where you can kickstart your Christmas.  In the afternoon visit the Capitol Theatre and enter a draw for your favourite of the 80 trees .  Glam’s tree is the one without a single bare spot.  It is fully laden with berries, bows, balls and feathers in warm tones of gold and peach.  It is DONE…I mean totally!

Glam Tree Ornaments 2013

Have a little dinner at one of Port Hope’s great restos then at 7pm warm your heart by watching the traditional Candlelight Walk to the lighting ceremony in Memorial Park.

Finally snap out of the glow and  “START YOUR SHOPPING”.  Most of the retailers will provide discounts “Friday night only” so take advantage of their generosity and get your list ticked off locally at reduced prices.  Call some friends and make a date for this special night out.

port hope santa claus parade

Better still,  invite them to stay over.  Nothing takes the edge off like the sights and sounds of the following day’s whimsical Port Hope Santa Claus parade coupled with a Tylenol extra strength.

Pa rump a pum pum.

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Inside Richard’s Bathrooms

The Port Hope annual House Tour is tomorrow and tickets are sold out.  Proprietor of Glam Vintage & Moderne, Richard Cadoret, my bro, is on it.   I took these photos when he wasn’t looking so I could give you a sneak peak.

If you’ve priced good wallpaper lately, you know that it’s surprisingly unaffordable.  The key therefore is to use it in small spaces and get maximum bang for the buck.  See how Richard’s powder room (above) and main bath (below) went from ho-hum standard condo to Ta DA!  with a couple of double rolls.  Ok, he’s also chosen some fabulous vintage accessories, but the wallpaper was his inspiration.

Richard's Main Bath

The 4 C’s of Living Rooms that Work

Sofa, Area Rug and Coffee Table at Glam Vintage and Moderne

Sofa, Area Rug and Coffee Table at Glam Vintage and Moderne

  1. The first C is Couch.  Chose your sofa wisely.  A nice neutral shade will transcend the seasons and on-trend colour palettes.
  2. Since comfort is open to interpretation, Richard recommends visiting the manufacturer for a comfort test run before you order anything in custom fabrics or sizing.
  3. Your coffee table’s shape should optimize its’ usefulness in the room. Go for a glass top to maintain a spacious look and show what’s underneath.
  4. Amy Butler designed Chandra RugFinally it’s all about the carpet.  There is a  dizzying array of moderately priced quality wool area rugs available.  With neutrals surrounding it and a glass-topped table above it,  here’s your chance to be brave, carpe diem, live on the edge, gather ye rosebuds.  become the master of your domain.

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Glass Spheres of Influence

Glass Speres in 2 sizes at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Glass Spheres in 2 sizes at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Small Backpainted Glass Sphere

Small Back Painted Glass Sphere

I really tried to get a shot of these back painted glass spheres that would make you as excited as I am about their lustrous colours.

This is a piece of art which serves no purpose other than to make you adore its beauty and respect the buyer’s exquisite taste.

What a great Father’s Day gift for the man who has (almost) everything.

Large Back Painted Glass Sphere at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Large Back Painted Glass Sphere at Glam Vintage & Moderne

Condo Conundrum

French Linen Drapery in Port Hope Condo

Installing fabulous drapery over architecturally fabulous windows can be perilous…especially for Richard.  These gorgeously attired windows belong to a small luxury condo building in Port Hope that was a school in its previous life.   The view from these windows is a magical mixture of treetops, steeples, old houses and the lake.  If his installer hadn’t have been sick, Richard would not have discovered that there is another unit in this building available and he’d still be blissfully happy with his new condo in Port Hope (which he just moved into last week)…ah the perils of making life beautiful…

12 feet of French Linen Drapery

View from this Port Hope Condo

Port Hope is the 4th Best!

Scott House Ballroom

Port Hope is the 4th best small town (population under 25,000) to live in based on data compiled from 180 cities and towns.  Ranking factors include home affordability, climate, prosperity, crime rates, health care and lifestyle.

The lifestyle here takes some adjustment for us ex-Torontonians.  “Everybody knows your name” and usually where you live too.  Houses are referred to by their names or previous owner’s names.  Here’s a glimpse of the Scott House, one of the many gracious homes in Port Hope..”made beautiful” by Richard and moi.