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

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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…

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A Trendsetting Deja Vu…

I am always amazed at how quickly home decor trends can get into the mainstream market. It used to be that fashion introduced us to certain colours, moods and styles; then the high-end home decor stores adopted similar trends a year or two later… those trends then slowly trickled into the mainstream decorating retailers. Perhaps its the age of technology that keeps everyone on a similar scale of forecasting trends but I believe now owning the latest trends have nothing to do with high prices but more to do with the ‘eye’ that the retailer-buyers are using.

I was scrolling through social media today and noticed a fabulous blog post by Bergdorf Goodman, one of the world’s most luxurious department stores. They were celebrating the launch of House Of Hackney on their 7th floor at the NYC store. They transformed the entrance hall to reflect the unique interior from the luxury British interiors and lifestyle brand’s flagship store in London. The exhibition is the House of Hackney’s first venture into the U.S. market. The space is dressed with House of Hackney printed wallpaper, vintage furniture that has been re-upholstered, and accent pieces like Flamingo lamp stands and signature brass pineapple book ends. The display is on for a limited time and inspires a very current decor trend style.

Top three photos: The Hackney display on the 7th floor entrance at Bergdorf Goodman, NYC. Pineapples, leafy prints, rattan, textured glass and sunburst motifs dominate this classic look that has become one of the summer’s hottest trends. Photos: Griffin Lipson/BFA.com

As I glazed over many images of the decor I felt deja vu coming over me. I had seen this look in recent look books for spring 2017 but just couldn’t put my finger on where I had seen this look. Then. It. Hit. Me… Walmart. Yup! I had recently been to a summer product preview for Walmart Canada and saw many similar iconic trends that were similar to the iconic designs of House of Hackney; for prices that will be unbeatable in any other trend-setting store. From green palm leaves, pineapples, textured glassware to rattan charger plates… the hottest summer trends are all for the taking at Walmart Canada! Check out some of their trend-wares:

Top 5 pictures: Walmart Canada.

Keep your eyes open… you just never know where you will find the latest trends of the season!

Please enjoy responsibly; be a responsible shopper. (This blog post was not sponsored). KL