Contact, Submissions + General Inquiries

It’s always great to publish new ideas, trends and tips from around the world. If you have something new, a shortcut, DIY tutorial, something you would love to share or a question, please contact me by filling out this form or email me Christine [at] DecoratedLife [dot] com.

Submission Information

I try to showcase fresh, original content for my readers. Decorated Life warmly welcomes submissions in home furnishings, home decor accessories, interior design (we love personal homes), and fine art. Unfortunately, no personal accessories, clothing, jewelry, or baby clothing/supplies right now. But things change so watch this space.

Priority is always given to products and stories that have not yet been covered on Decorated Life. Let me know if your submission has appeared somewhere else. 

Fill in the form above or email queries and submissions to: Christine [at] DecoratedLife[dot] com with subject line “Submission”.

This is a blog; content is free to access. Article sizes should be 650-850 words. Photographs are always welcomed as long as they are low resolution. Please do not send emails with attachments totaling more than 1MB.




51 Responsesso far.

  1. Monica says:

    Hi Christine,

    Just a question about blog you did on Sept 9, 2012. The first picture on the page is furniture with a dog sitting on a chair. The curtains in that photo I have been on a mission to find since I saw them in a model home. Can you please guide in right direction in finding them? They are the finishing touch for my beach theme living room.

    Thank you,


  2. Emily says:

    Oh how I love your site and emails with their lovely ideas; however, do you realize what you just did. A grouping of what you hate about Christmas includes much of the things you/we don’t have time for and then direct us to a page where we see a beautiful tree ( mine isn’t up yet ), talk about making tags and cookies and the lovely exchange of gifts bought per December as you “run across” the right gift for the right person.
    I luv ya but please read what you wrote then read what you sent – the Grand Canyon could fit in between.

    • Christine says:

      Thank you Emily for the email! And thank you for pointing it out. The blog post was so long that I wanted to finish it and get it out there!

      Again, thank you!


  3. I recently discovered your site.. Stumbled upon some worksheets you could print out to assess your house.. Cannot find them again.. This was a few days ago.. Would love to have them as we remodel.. Thank you for help! Susan Carvey

    • Christine says:

      Hi Susan
      thanks for the email – not sure which worksheets you mean – there are some when you sign up for the newsletter.. are they the ones you’re referring to.

      Please let me know so I can help you.


  4. Cheryl says:

    Hi Christine,

    Could you tell me whether you would use milk paint on a dining room table that will get a lot of use? Would really appreciate some advice/tips on this.

    Many thanks,

    • Christine says:

      Hi Cheryl
      thanks for the email! The finish will be vital for a well used dining table. You can use both wax and poly on milk paint for added protection. Two to three coats of water based poly and then a coat of wax to ensure safety is often enough. But if the dining table will be exposed to spillages or any kind of moisture its best to go with three coats of oil based poly for protection. Water based poly won’t be enough! Good Luck!

  5. Hi!

    I came across your website and really enjoyed reading through it. I wanted to see if you were open to guest contributions? I work for and we’re looking to contribute articles about home improvement and decor and think your website would be a great fit!
    Here are a couple examples of recent articles our writers have written:
    Let me know if you have a topic in mind and we can get started right away.


  6. I am on this site ad I am looking at the LOVE sign with the heart rosette ..
    My daughter is getting married at a vintage venue and would love this sign…
    How do I get it…
    Thank you

  7. Katie Koller says:

    I can’t see your photos on your pages. They are just little squares. Do you know what I can do?

    • Christine says:

      Hi Katie
      thanks for the email – I just checked and it seems to be fine on my end. Is it all pages?



  8. W says:

    Tried to sign up for email updates.
    Message says I received a confirmation email, possibly I may have accidentally deleted it, but now I am continually going around and around with the message…please help

  9. Kathryn says:

    Could you please tell me where to source the red patterned material on the ottoman feature on your website… The room had a red wall with a white fire surround. Thanks

    • Christine says:

      Hi Kathy
      sorry – for some reason your email got lost..

      If you are still looking for the red material, please let me know.



  10. Sheila Rask says:

    I live in BC Canada and have not been able to find Calcium Carbonate anywhere? Also I am not able to order it from the states as it is banned under Canada’s Food and Drug Act, so it is not allowed to be shipped here? Any suggestions as to how I could buy it in Canada?

  11. Janet says:

    Hi Christine
    I have an old tv cabinet from my parents and they painted it black years ago. almost looks like a chalk paint. What works best when painting over an already painted surface, milk paint or chalk paint? Thank you

    • Christine says:

      Hi Janet – chalk paint is perfect for already painted surfaces. Milk paint is likely to chip and come off quickly. It could look okay – it just depends on the look you want. Good Luck!

  12. Carol says:

    I a new and when I click on the picture nothing happens, how do I get into the posts

  13. Danielle says:

    Just a heads up: the link for the Stencil Ease site (5 Stencil Ideas, Get Stencils) does not work:

    “The link is not currently active.

    There are a number of reasons that you may have received this message. The most common is that the merchant who was advertising is temporarily not-actively promoting that program. If, however, you feel you have reached this page in error, please let us know. does not tolerate or send any SPAM mail to anyone. If you feel you have been targeted by a SPAM message, we would appreciate if you could forward the message to us at abuse at manages the relationships between advertisers and affiliates, which is why you were directed to our site. Since the link that you clicked is not currently active, you were not redirected to the site.

    If you are a new affiliate, your links will not be active until gets a chance to review your account – you will receive an email when your account is approved and links are activated. This process generally takes around 24 business hours.”

  14. Tracy Sayle says:


    Have been looking for a teal coloured wallpaper for along time but can not find one that goes with my new couch.

    Can you tell me the name of the manufacturer/etc of the teal/silver wallpaper in your second image on this page pllease –

    Many thanks

    • Christine says:

      Hi Tracy
      Thanks for the email… this was by Graham & Brown. (But sadly, I believe its been discontinued).

      However, I did find more on their site you might be interested in. Here are a couple of links to their site with similar tones and patterns. (damask patterned) (teal colored)

      There also have a sample offer – so for $2 you can get a sample to see if it works for you…

      And this last link is to their clearance sale (upto 70% off). I noticed a few teal and white wallpapers there that might suit you.

      Good Luck! And I hope that was of some help to you.



  15. Carol Prather says:

    Most of my house is knotty pine painted a chalk white with a latte color under a chair railing (helped cut all the lines and grooves.). So in other words it is an off white. I am thinking of painting the lower latte part a soft grey leaving the trim,upper 2/3rds and Windows off white. I am hoping the white won’t look dirty. Will this be a mistake.
    Ps tried to send a picture but I couldn’t get it figured out.

    • Christine says:

      Hi Carol
      thanks for the email! You are right, the wrong grey could make your white look a little dirty. Because there are so many different off-whites with different undertones a quick way to see which white will work the best is to paint a couple of boards with the greys you like and move them around. You will have the cost of the samples to deal with but at least you will get the right match.

      This is often the best way to see what works in your rooms, at different times of the day, with your natural sunlight.

      Good Luck!!

  16. Carol Prather says:

    Ps. I do have a FB page with albums of decor projects I have taken pictures to so you.
    I have a yellow and blue room my daughter wants me to get rid of the yellow. Thought a light grey might work and update it somewhat.

  17. Susan Schroedl says:

    Hi, I just discovered your site. Yea! I have a 1950 metal mailbox. I want to paint it. What would be better chalk paint or milk paint?

    • Christine says:

      Hi Susan
      either would be fine it depends on the look you want.. is it living inside or outside? That will make a difference.

      If its going outside, consider the elements. Finish it with something that can withstand the outdoors.

      If you are using it decoratively indoors, then wax, linseed oil or even clear finish will do fine.. again, it depends on the look you are trying to achieve.

      Good Luck!

      • Susan Schroedl says:

        The mailbox will be outdoors and in use. Could I clear coat it with Rust-o-Leum after I paint it? Will that protect it enough? Milk or chalk, they both work on metal?
        Thanks for your help!

        • Christine says:

          Hi Susan
          Annie Sloan’s chalk paint works on anything – even without serious prepping. Milk paint also works but the look is far more rustic (expect chipping and peeling – but that can add to the effect).

          Rust-o-Leum is great and would work perfectly – it could seal milk paint to protect it – if that is the look you prefer. Some people don’t use anything to seal Chalk Paint on metal but I prefer to if possible.



  18. abdel azeez says:

    Hello, how can I get the full tutorial on epoxy flooring? With DVD or any other possible option.

    • Christine says:

      Hi Abdel
      I’m sorry that I don’t have a full tutorial but there are links on the pages that do lead to tutorials.

      I hope that helps you!


  19. Mari says:

    Love tis site! So many great suggestions, I’m tyring to find the section on rollerblinds though and cant find the right link to get there. It just keeps directing me to the ottoman tutorials. Tried to find link on other oages but niw having any luck. Suggestions please!

  20. Lisa Walker says:

    Your blog is beautiful, but not what I am focusing on right now. As I’m trying to clean up my inbox I’d like you to unsubscribe me. Sorry! Couldn’t find a place on your site to do it otherwise.

  21. Janessa says:

    Hello! We live in AZ and unfortunately can’t have a lot of natural light because it heats the house up. I’m trying to light up the common area with a light grey but I’m having a terrible time finding the right one. All of my wall decor is red, turquoise, teal and a little bit of yellow. I want the wall color to make the decor pop and look crisp. Can you help with ideas of color for walls and trim? Maybe an accent wall? I’m a single mom with boys so I’m hoping for fun, upbeat and to help motivate. Thanks!! Oh and the blinds are the wood ones..

  22. sheila hartmann says:

    I choose to unsubscribe to your emails. Please take my email address off!
    Thank you in advance.

  23. mari says:

    Hi. I would like to use one of the photos on your website in an editorial print story. I included the link to your site. Its the first photo that pops up with the green rug. Its a layered look with other rugs on top of it.

    Please email me back to discuss.

    Thank you.


  24. Karyn LaTurner says:

    Where can I find the dimensions for the canvas photo wall gallery pictured on your blog? It’s a black/white collage above a cream-colored sofa, and includes ten photos of various sizes. Thanks!

    • Christine says:

      Hi Karyn
      thanks for the email.. You are testing me! That was a couple of years ago now but from memory, take the length of your sofa, in this case it was just over 6′, that becomes your length – the width is 3/4 of that. The area size of this photo collage is 6 x 4. You can change it to 8 x 6 etc if your sofa is bigger.

      Divide this by 4 to get the size of the largest, top left hand image – roughly 36″ x 24″. The margin around it is 2″.
      The large image directly underneath is 24″ x 18″ – half but in a portrait position.
      The two side by side next to it are 11″ x 16″ each, slightly less than half to accommodate the margin.

      The right hand side has two groups of three.
      The largest on the bottom is 34″ x 12″
      The small four images have 2 that are 9″ x 16″, one each of 11″ x 16″ and 12″ x 16″
      The top right hand image is 25″ x 16″

      I’m hoping my figures all add up so your wall size is length along the sofa of 72″ and width of 50″ which includes the margin.

      Hope that helps. I don’t know if you can still buy these in sets from either Shutterfly or Amazon. You could not so long ago. Let me know.

      Happy Holidays


  25. Diane Louise Brigham says:

    Hi there, have been looking for some ashby rye carpet which you advertise on this site, measurements 4 x 4 and wonder if you could direct me as to where this carpet
    can be purchased.

    Many thanks

  26. Steven says:


    There’s a chalk additive which is not on the list of chalk paints & additives: PIY Paint Chalk Powder. It’s a great product and a lot cheaper than the one additive listed on your page. I would definitely try it out! Their website is


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