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.

 

 

 

 

Merry & Bright!

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The holidays are all about magical lighting, inside and out, and nothing helps set the tone more than LED lighting. Energy efficient, cost effective and safe, they’re the ideal decorative lighting this season. While at Christmas In November, an annual event held within Jasper National Park at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, I introduced an amazing assortment of lighting from Canadian Tire to an audience of approving “Ooooh’s” and “Ahhhh’s”. Whether you live in an apartment or a house, there are so many magical ways to add some simple sparkle to a balcony, patio, front porch or yard.

 

IMG_5126Inspired by the wildlife roaming freely at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (the lodge is situated 50 kms within a protected national park where I’ve seen elk, deer, moose, cougars and coyotes), the popular LED lighted polar bear from last year is being over shadowed by the moose – a majestic fellow adding big, bright and oh-so-Canadian impact to holiday decor. Imagine this 4-ft pre-lit moose wireform on a balcony or standing just outside the kitchen patio doors. Of course, a herd on the front lawn would be a traffic stopper, for sure! I’d even find the perfect spot for this beauty indoors, perhaps beside a fireplace or or poking its head out from behind the Christmas tree as seen here in my #christmaswithkarl seminar room.

 
Screen Shot 2015-11-17 at 8.30.10 PMWith “The Peanuts Movie” having made its much-anticipated big screen debut earlier this month, Snoopy is more popular than ever this year. Imagine the nostalgic and new smiles of you’ll spark with this pre-lit Snoopy as guests of all ages approach your front door while an outdoor speaker plays the soundtrack to the classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas”! Imagine the laughter of little ones as this guy greets them inside the foyer? Such fun & so unexpected. I love using outdoor lighting in various spots inside the house.

 
Screen Shot 2015-11-17 at 8.43.33 PMWith snowy winter weather upon us in many parts of the country already, Frosty standing familiar guard the front yard is fair game! What I love about this 4-ft pre-lit twinkling snowman is that he only requires a plug to stay alive, not an avalanche of snow. Super easy to assemble, keep him up long after the holidays to enjoy for years and years to come.

 

IMG_6391The rustic-looking lamp post would be the perfect night light outside a guest room door. The 5-ft pre-lit wreath (it’s hinged in the middle for simple storage and ease of use) would be fabulous on the face of a fireplace or in a room with cathedral ceilings for big impact, and the birch LED trees would be stunning lined up down the dining table – their height creating a gorgeous cloud of lights high above your dinner guests…

 
Screen Shot 2015-11-17 at 9.25.25 PMCreate a snowy winter wonderland on the front of your house or on the ceiling in a child’s bedroom; is there any better way to fall asleep while anticipating Santa’s arrival? :) I love the big impact achieved with the NOMA projection lights.

 
IMG_5245The perfect solution to lighting your front door wreath! These delicate LED string lights light run off a light weight battery pack which can be tucked behind the branches and out of sight. I like to use the string lights for fun craft projects, too. Try wrapping fire logs to create a subtle glow in an unused fireplace; fill a glass hurricane with colourful tree ornaments and a string or two of these; or incorporate them right into your garland swag. No extension cords needed!

 

Screen Shot 2015-11-17 at 9.42.48 PM Screen Shot 2015-11-17 at 9.42.05 PMNothing creates a more relaxing atmosphere than the look of candlelight, and LED candles certainly save the day with safety (no real flame to worry about) and style. Canadian Tire has a fantastic assortment of large-scale lanterns this holiday season; built in are large battery-operated pillar candles offering up a warm glow indoors or out. Use them to greet guests on front porch steps or flank the fireplace (also a pretty and warm way to decorate the hearth). They’re also gorgeous hung from tree branches in the back yard (note: these lanterns have an on/off switch on the bottom for convenience).

May your holidays be Merry & Bright! KL

2015 Holiday Craft: Cloche

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A simple holiday arrangement: Fashionable ornaments are displayed under the protection of an over-sized modern glass cloche (photo: Heather Kuchma).

Inspired by the traditional glass domes once used to help protect young plantings in the garden, cloches seem to be all the rage in home decor. They’re a wonderful way to display decorative items, vignettes or memories, and look particularly nice displayed on mantels, the kitchen island or a low coffee tables this season. The CANVAS Glass Bird Cloche from Canadian Tire is a stand-out; the solid white wooden base and the delicate bird detail give it such a sweet look (the base could be painted an accent colour if you are so inclined, and the bird acts as a great handle when carrying the cloche). I’ve been dreaming of a few different ways to use it over the holidays and came up with a couple simple treatments. Being here at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge for Christmas In November has inspired me to create a glamourous yet woodsy look by using natural elements I found on the grounds of the Lodge.

Blog # 2 Photo 1Inspiration can be found anywhere when decorating at holiday time. Here, a fallen branch with pinecones helps add natural beauty and a wonderful smell. I decided to incorporate it into my cloche arrangement.

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And then I added a few nature-inspired store-bought items. In addition to the Cloche, I selected this gorgeous Silver Pearl Glass Acorn Ornament and a large indoor/outdoor Green Bronzed Acorn Ornament – both from Canadian Tire’s CANVAS collection.
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Rough-chopped kindling, a pine cone branch and a few small ornaments are all you need to make an attractive holiday centrepiece in a cloche. The secret to arranging the supplies is to place the items into the cloche from the top to the bottom. Add the bottom and turn the cloche over, and – there you have it – the finished product!

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As you can see, the simplest of elements always make the most beautiful cake! (photo: Heather Kuchma). The items I used were found in and inspired by nature, but you could also fill the cloche with coloured ornaments; perhaps a nutcracker with some pinecones or Santa’s Village and artificial snow.

 

I hope you find a wonderful way to use a cloche this holiday season! Would love to see photos – tag me on Twitter (@karllohnes), Instagram (@thekarllohnesdaily) or Facebook (Designer Karl Lohnes). Happy crafting!