A NEW Queen Painting that gives back: ROYAL ASSENT

As you may know, I have been creating some art that is a modern take on Queen Elizabeth’s 1953 coronation portrait. This spring I’ve created a very special Queen portrait to be used for LGBT charitable causes.
The painting is often referred to as ‘The Rainbow Queen’ but is actually called ROYAL ASSENT. It pays tribute to the many royal assents that HM Queen Elizabeth has signed for human equality and gay marriage rights and also paying homage to Gilbert Baker who is the designer of the iconic pride flag. He designed the flag in 1978 and it has become synonymous around the world with LGBT rights. Gilbert Baker sadly passed away earlier this spring.
The rainbow colours used in the painting are exact Pantone colour matches to the ones used to design the Pride flag. Those colours are then digitally-aged 39 years; the year Gilbert Baker designed the flag. The aged/subtle colours make ROYAL ASSENT a statement without being overly garish in a home or business setting. This piece of art has been designed with 7 layers of photography, paint and digital processing, then printed on canvas and hand-finished!
The ROYAL ASSENT will be on display at the The Akasha Gallery, 511 Church Street, Toronto for the duration of Pride Month. Fine hand-finished canvas giclees are available to order from the gallery with ALL proceeds donated to The 519 Church Street Community Centre. ‘The519’ is a leader in Canada with supportive programs for the LGBT community. All the proceeds will help fund much-need programs for LGBT youth, trans and senior groups.
ROYAL ASSENT, 30” x 45” hand-finished canvas giclee, $519.
Please order your ROYAL ASSENT through The Akasha Art Gallery. This art is made to order (2-3 weeks) and pick up is from the gallery downtown Toronto or shipped anywhere (please inquire about any additional shipping costs).
Other queen paintings are on display and can also be purchased from Akasha. The Queen-Teal or Queen-Red are 36”x51” and cost $880 each. Please contact the Akasha if you would like one for your home, business or as a gift. They can be safely shipped anywhere in the world and make grand statement!
    
Do you know someone who just loves the queen? Perhaps there’s a large empty wall in your home or office that needs some royal colour? Thank you for your purchase consideration of the new ROYAL ASSENT; by purchasing you are supporting the LGBT communities and adding much-needed colour to your walls!
Wishing a happy and colourful Pride Month to you all! KL xo

There’s A New Blonde In Town…

Hint, hint: and she’s a bit of a nut!

There is a new blonde that has arrived in our decorating world and its here to stay a while! After many years of blonde maple (think 1990’s) furnishings and then dark espresso wood tones. A new lighter wood tone had emerged in the home decor market and is kicking espresso and dark wood tones away.

photo: Crate & Barrel’s Monarch Natural Solid Walnut Credenza.

Natural walnut wood is the biggest rage in wood tones. From flooring to furniture and home accessories, its ‘lightening up’ the world again. Right now you’ll find it in mid-century modern inspired furnishings but just you wait… it will trickle in the more traditional side of decorating too. Is it a short-lived trend? I am predicting it will stick around for about 10-15 years (or as long as espresso-brown hung around).

Chevron-patterned floors can make long narrow spaces appear wider. Natural walnut wood looks timeless and adds such character to new, boring spaces.

A simple walnut wood accessories (like this natural walnut wood hanging lampshade) adds the perfect warmth of wood to a space. Photo: HABITAT UK

From dark to light, the pendulum is constantly swinging on wood floor tones. The constant that always holds true seems to be an OAK wood with a medium-dark WALNUT stain. It seems to be the designer’s favourite as it offers up enough grain for visual effect and the colour of walnut stain is one of the truest warm-browns that just seems to go with everything.

Tried and true… walnut stain colour on oak wood is the perfect combination for many interior styles… a designer fave!

WOODY RULES TO LIVE BY:

There should be no more that 3 different wood colours in any space.

Good design is darker on bottom; lighter on top. Keep that in mind when layering wood in a room (wood floors, furnishings, kitchen cupboards, trims, etc.)

The colour and tone of your wood flooring should compliment the architectural style of the house you live in. For instance, if you live in an Arts/Crafts home, cherry should be your wood choice. Live in a modern boxy condo? A lighter wood like maple is a better choice.

Darker wood tones help to create masculine, sophisticated or traditional interior. Lighter wood tones help to create casual or modern spaces.

Wood ceilings can be very dramatic; just make sure it does not accompany wood floors or walls otherwise it will be overkill!

Enjoy! And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram at karl_lohnes; there lots more there!

A new site worth following…

Here’s a simple but worthwhile blog post. Happy Monday!

Home decor journalist, reporter and blogger Vicky Sanderson has just launched her website. Its worth following for practical and stylish home decor ideas and opinions.

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Please click on this link to be directed to her new site. You will thank me for this…

http://www.aroundthehouse.ca

Enjoy, Karl.