My makeover made it onto Martha Stewart’s website!!!

What a thrill to have worked with the Martha Stewart and The Home Depot teams to re-design my dining area at my downtown Toronto townhouse! You can scroll to the bottom of this post to view a list of sources and see the story on Martha’s website.

A ‘before’ picture of the space. This picture was taken years before I moved in. The former owners were using a very small space as their front living room located on the main floor of the townhouse.

Martha and I first met about 10 years ago. I was the on-air home expert for CTV’s Canada AM and she made a special appearance on the morning show; introducing her then line of garden products at The Home Depot Canada. We  have met many times since (but can’t you tell how much she fell in love with me -just look at her gazing!) :)

After I moved into my townhouse I remodelled the front space of the main floor as a dinette area off my kitchen. As you can see, storage was lacking and I have lots of things to display!

I designed a wall of cabinetry at my local Home Depot. They have very knowledgeable and creative designers on staff that are will to help turn your ideas into reality. This was the initial 3-d drawing to help me realize how the cabinetry would look onto the wall.

Six weeks later… boxes arrived! The nice thing about ordering pre-made cabinets is that the assembly is quite easy- everything comes ready to assemble- even the doors are pre-hung. This is particularly great for people living in their homes during their remodel as the mess is lessened.

Here are the cabinets in place! I had an installer from The Home Depot help with the installation in order to ensure everything looked perfect at the end. Now all I have to do is choose a servery counter and back splash… and handles… paint the wall and trims and… and… and… trying to get a custom look can be a lot of work!

Here is the handle style I chose. I wanted the burnished brass finish to match the light fixture which I bought years ago. I also wanted the handles installed horizontally; being lined up made the cabinets appear almost bistro-like (French bistros often have long, horizontal rails to hang towels on).

The servery was topped with a Silestone quartz countertop called Lyra. I asked that it be wrapped up the sides and across the top of the servery. This helped give this area a clean, contemporary feel.

Then on to the windows. I drew a picture as to the style and proportion I wanted, then my custom drapery sewer did the rest!

I chose a traditional fabric for the windows; drapes are a big investment so i wanted to make sure they would last a long time.

I covered the seat pads of my dining chairs myself. I chose a contemporary pattern in a heavy upholstery weight for durability. Notice the hints of brassy yellow in my fabrics? I did this to match the cabinetry handles and the light fixture.

A fun picture of Martha and I back in 2013. I designed a special green room for Martha and her team to hang out in while they attended a food show in Toronto in which she was a special guest.

SOURCES: Here are the sources of all the products used in my makeover:

Cabinetry: Maidstone Cabinets, Sharkey Gray, Martha Stewart, homedepot.ca.
Cabinet hardware: Richelieu #795192-AE, richelieu.com.
Stone tabletop, counter and console: silestone.com.
Wall paint: Sharkey Grey, behr.com.
Ceiling paint: Blue Bird Day, behr.com.
Elegant glide curtain rod: ECM8107 brass, http://www.jffabrics.com.
Chair fabric: Wedgwood’s Intaglio3, http://www.jffabrics.com.
Drapery fabric: Wedgwood’s Fabled Crane, http://www.jffabrics.com.
Grey Clarkson armchairs, casalife.com.
Bottom-up silhouette window shade, hunterdouglas.ca.
Dishes, tealight holder, grey vase, urbanbarn.com.
Tablecloth, sandwich platters, placemats: homesense.ca.
Zodiac pendant Light CHC2112AB-WG, cocoonfurnishings.ca.
Florals: freshflorals.com.

TO SEE MY DINING ROOM STORY ON MARTHA STEWART’S WEBSITE, CLICK BELOW:

http://www.marthastewart.com/1512570/after-dining-room-makeover-karl-lohnes

FOR MORE PICTURES CLICK TO READ THE MAKEOVER AS IT APPEARED IN CANADIAN LIVING MAGAZINE, FALL 2016:

http://www.canadianliving.com/home-and-garden/decor-and-renovation/article/karl-lohnes-functional-dining-room-makeover

 

The Healthy Home… 2017

We tend to make new-year resolutions for our bodies, but rarely for the environments we live in. The resolution I made for my home this year is to: 1/ Organize, organize, organize (that will mean having a HUGE yard sale this spring and 2/ Clean, clean, clean… this might be the year I finally hire a regular cleaning person to help keep the dust under control!

I recently embarked on a national broadcast media tour throughout Canada; highlighting some interesting and innovative products and ideas to keep our homes clean and healthy. Here are the 6 products highlighted on my Healthy Home Tour:

Mrs. Meyers Clean Day:mrs-meyers-clean-day-household-cleaners-giveaway-open-to-canadians

Now available nationally (Metro, Sobeys and Canadian Tire, etc), these hard-working cleaning produts are derrived from plant-based materials (like coconut, corn and aloe) and are being introduced in 4 springtime garden scents such as lavender, lemon verbena, basil and honeysuckle (WAY better than most harsh-smelling cleaners on the market). I was very proud to introduce Canada to this wonderful new cleaning program which has now become a personal favourite of mine!

SodaStream POWER:sodastream-power-black-review_zpsvbpyjobq

The original SodaStream is now even more powerful! More carbonation, less effort… and a fun way to consume more water during the long, dry winter. I like to add citrus peel in my fizzy water to give it a fresh scent without the calories of fruit juice. Did you know that carbonated water is also good for rinsing clorine from your hair when swimming indoors during the winter?

Cosentino’s Silestone ETERNAL stone counters:silestoneSilestone’s ETERNAL  countertop material is man-made of quartz yet looks like natural stone. This stone also has a surface protectant called N-Boost Technology (specific to Silestone) which helps repel liquids and is virtually scratch, stain and impact resistant. This is such great innovation; certainly something worth considering when adding or replacing countertops in your home!

iRobot ROOMBA 620 Vaccum:roomba-620-4

This roaming vaccum is the perfect companion for someone who hates to do housework or, has back/hip issues and cannot push a vaccum cleaner around. The iRobot ROOMBA 620 provides a full 2x cleaning process in any given room and is great for carpet, tile or wood flooring. AND… its available for a very special price of $398 exclusively at Walmart Canada.

Lampe Berger Paris:cantiknya-lampe-berger

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Desinged and patented in the late 1800’s,  Lampe Berger Paris was invented to kill odurs in Parisian hosptials. Simply fill the lamp’s base with the home fragrance liquid (there are many scents to choose from and also non-scented), add the wick; light the wick for 2 minutes and then blow the flame out… the heated wick then gets busy removing odours out of the air! I tested it at my own home with the Fried Fish test… worked like a charm in only 20 minutes! There is a very large variety of lamp styles to choose from and they make wonderful house-warming gifts.

Nespresso’s capsule recycling program:nespresso-recycling

Exclusive to the city of Montreal and Laval, luxury espresso company Nespresso has introduced at-home recycling for their used aluminum capsules. Fill the bright green bag (which Nespresso will mail to you with your orders, or you can request the bags at the Nespresso boutiques/cafes for free) with your used capsules then place with your weekly recycling. The aluminum capsules and espresso grounds are sorted and separated, with the aluminum being recycled into other uses such as aluminum water bottles and cell phone cases while the grounds are made into composte pucks to help enrich the soil. To the rest of Canada; FEAR NOT! Nespresso Canada has a recycling program in place to allow you to recycle your capsules too!

Here’s one of my television segments: The 2017 Healthy Home Tourhealthy-home

Look for me on your local television morning shows this spring ’17 as I embark on my Spring Refresh Tour; good things that will refresh the look of your home for spring/summer! KL

 

Note: This blog is unsponsored. Images are not mine.

 

 

 

 

Salt Stains Are Gone!

I’ve just returned from my winter Healthy Home Tour, a national television media tour that took me to Vancouver, Calgary, Hamilton, Kitchener, Ottawa and Montreal. During the past few weeks I have visited various television morning shows and taught viewers how to create a healthier home with some new and innovative products. Here’s a picture of me on one of my tours while visiting CTV in Vancouver last Fall:

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I try to pack light for my tours; which often means having only 1 pair of shoes or boots. The enemy of any shoe during the winter is salt. In order to keep my shoes looking clean I use the old trick of wiping them with vinegar. Its the simplest, fastest and easiest way to instantly get dried salt off shoes and boots.

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A paper napkin from Starbucks and a vinegar pack from A&W will do the trick! (non-recycable napkins work best as they hold together longer than the recyclable ones will). I keep a large Zip-Lock bag filled with straws, napkins, sugar packs, plastic utensils, vinegar, mustard and hot-sauce packets, a cheap can opener, etc. in my tour suitcase; you just never know when something will come in handy while travelling!

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Other reasons to swipe at few vinegar packets when on the road:

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1/ Clean your laptop keys and screen. A napkin, a vinegar packet and a few wipes will give you a cleaner screen and remove the keyboard grunge.

2/Disenfect the hotel kettle or coffee maker. Its all about removing bacteria and de-scaling the machines. One packet of vinegar, some water and a quick rinse… alway rinse with fresh water afterwards to rid vinegar taste.

3/Clean your travel mug. Don’t forget the lid! Vinegar helps to kill the bacteria.

4/Remove annoying scale from hotel irons. Pour one packet in the iron with some water. Heat and steam, then pour out the liquid. All those little scale pieces will be removed!

5/Freshen up musty luggage. Soak a paper napkin and leave in your empty luggage overnight for a fresher-smelling travel companion!

6/Cider vinegar (packets available at fish & chip shops) is a great hair detangler, facial toner, deodorant, even a mouthwash in a pinch!