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!

The BIG’17 Decor Trends

Home Decor Trends for 2017

Every year we hear about new colours and styles introduced for our homes in the way of yearly trends. Some of the new styles are quick trends and others are longer-lasting. To find out what 2017 will bring us, I checked out CanGift’s 2017 Toronto Gift Fair (Canada’s largest wholesale house/giftware show) in search of the top 5 home decor trends for the upcoming year. Whether you are planning an upgrade, renovation or simply looking to refresh your home, here are the 5 biggest trends to look out for when decorating and renovating in 2017:

TREND #1:
PALE SOFT TONES

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-Soft pale colours are a return from the 1920’s and 1980’s (remember peach and mint green?).  -Team these colours with lots of dramatic neutrals like deep grey, black or espresso so not to make them appear too girly. -Use pale blues and greens in naturally dark spaces; the cooler colours help to reflect and bounce light around. -The larger the space, the richer/deeper the tone of the colour will need to be; otherwise it will simply disappear. -These colours also work best in small spaces where not a lot of colour is needed. Imagine a robin’s egg blue powder room, a pale creamy yellow nursery or a peachy laundry room! -Not sure if you could live with this trend? Try incorporating them into your home as bed sheets, some coffee mugs or throw pillows. -Short or lasting trend? SHORT

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TREND #2:
OVERSIZED ART

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Found at: CELADON ART booth (above)

oversized-art-2-Large art helps the home decorator achieve one thing: a sightline or focal point in a room which is often needed when there is no artitecural focal point such as a fireplace or window with a view.-Big art also helps to create BIG-SCALE impact in a small space; without taking away any valuable floorspace. -Consider mirrors that same as art… keep in mind what they will be refelcting as that will be the subject matter! -It also helps to fill large, expansive wall spaces in spaces with very high ceilings. -Designer tip: when haning very large art, paint the back wall a dramatic or complimentary colour to the art; this trick will ‘grow’ the artwork even larger in the space. -Don’t add too many un-matched art pieces in one room. One. Focial. Point. At. A. Time. :) Short or lasting trend? LASTING

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TREND #3:
HANDMADE

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Found at: TIMBERS exhibit (above)

trend-3-handmade-2-The Etsy movement (handmade and handcrafted) has brought back the DIY trend from the early1980’s.-Mixing handmade items in a modern decor helps to soften the look and make it livable.-Simple touches of handmade can add charm and whimsy without costing a lot of money.-Designer rule: no more than 30% of your decor should be handmade! -Handmade items tend to have a lot of texture/colour/interest so keep the surrounding neutral as not to take away the uniquness of the crafted items. Short or lasting trend? SHORT

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TREND #4:
BRIGHT GOLD ACCENTS

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Found at: BOVI HOME (above)

gold-image-2-Brass has become a very popular metal tone over the past few years, now its brightening up to gold! -Keep your gold accents to a minimum; handles on cabinets, a small leg on furniture or a lamp; anything more will create the “Trump-effect”. – Teamed with dull colours like cream and grey; grey can look very special. -Designer note: this trend is not long-lasting. Look for bronze or ‘smoked brass’ (darker metal tones) as the next metal trend coming down the pipes… Short or lasting trend? SHORT
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TREND #5:
WHITE MARBLE

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Found at: CARAVAN booth

marble-image-2-From countertops to table tops to accents, white marble is all the rage.-White marble can look very elegant when teamed with black and white, can look pretty when teamed with pastels.-White marble is a classic for bath tiles and traditional kitchen counters; not such a classic for furnishings and accessories. -Much of the small white marble home accessories are made in India; the reason for the high pricepoint? Breakage in during travel. -The nice thing about marble is that it can be recycled; ground-up and used other stone-like products like tiles. Short or lasting trend? LASTING

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Isn’t it time to start decorating? Which of the 5 trends MIGHT you incorporate into your home this year? Have fun decorating… KL

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Design Buzz… news thats happening now!

Every month or so I head to 104.5 ChumFM radio and dish out the latest and great home decor news. On this visit I will be chatting about many things including celebrities and news. If you tune into 104.5FM at 8:20am you will hear all the news. You can listen online at http://www.chumfm.com (click to listen HERE: https://soundcloud.com/chumfm/all-about-style-karl-lohnes-february-25). Here’s some news/gossip happening in the home-decor world.

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-The Kardashians land the March 2016 cover of Architectural Digest …and not everyone’s happy…

The March cover of Architectural Digest was previewed earlier than the publication date on Instagram. The reactions of seeing two of the Kardashian sisters sprawled in the photo were not good. Not only did thousands of people think having the Kardashians on the cover of the world’s most coveted interior design magazine was SO wrong; so did Anna WIntour. Anna is the former editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine and is now creative director at publishing giant Conde Nast; who publishes Architectural Digest. Apparently, she was not too happy when editor-in-chief Margaret Russell decided she needed to sell magazines and shot the Kardashian girls for in their newly decorated apartment for the cover. Seems it was good enough for Anna Wintour to put Kim Kardashian on the cover of Vogue two years ago, but not good for Margaret to use the old selling tactic that ‘celebrities sell magazines’. The two reconciled and newsstand magazines will feature Kourtney & Khloe on the magazine’s cover while dedicated, long-time subscribers to the magazine will get a revised version with a room-decor image on the cover, not the Kardashians. Just read some of those comments!!!

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-The biggest decor trends get highlighted at Canada’s largest buying fair:

The Toronto Gift Fair (Canada’s largest trade market for retailers and designer to shop) displayed half a million products on over a million square feet of floorspace last month. Three of the biggest home trends seen were:
1/Lots of GOLD metallic
2/The colour GREY still dominating as a neutral
3/The emergence of dusty PINK on small housewares accessories.
Look for these big trends in stores beginning spring 2016!
-HGTV designer Samantha Pynn launches a home line with Quebec-based retailer Simons:

Simons has always been one of those shopping-musts when visiting Montreal and now the mainly-fashion department store has rolled out a plan to open department stores across the country with Toronto’s first unveiling at Square One mid March. They have a fantastic home section, and last week introduced a collection of bedding, bath and kitchen accessories by Canadian designer Samantha Pynn. Look for soft pastels, pretty colours and graphic shapes in her collection, which is sure to be well-received by the on-trend shoppers who frequent Simons stores and the website Simons.ca.

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-Some of the best home deals to look for during the month of March:

1/ Look for 2015 televisions going on sale (25% off) as all the new 2016 models are finally in full stock.
2/ Luggage is always at its best pricing in March (50-75% off). Luggage is bought for 3 seasons: Summer, Christmas and March Break travel. If the old models have not been sold for March break travel then they go on sale.
3/Vacuum cleaners (30% off); new models are introduced in early summer so clearing out the old always happens in the spring.
-Television decor queen Debbie Travis launches a collection of outdoor furnishings:

After a very successful run with home products at Canadian Tire, TV designer Debbie Travis took a couple of years off to renovate and decorate an old villa in Tuscany- a place that she now spend 8-9 months each year. This spring Debbie is launching a collection of outdoor furnishings with Sears Canada. Debbie told me many of the designs for the collection were inspired by the modern designs coming out of Italy. The outdoor furnishings will be launched at the upcoming National Home Show in a few weeks and Debbie will be there to cut the ribbon on the new furniture.

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-H&M launches a newly-renovated flagship store in Toronto this morning:

Thats right, another fashion retailer enters the home-decor market! The high-fashion/low-price retailer is launching their new flagship store today at the newly re-branded CF Toronto Eaton Centre (formerly known as just ‘The Eaton Centre’). Good news for home decor enthusiasts: The H&M flagship store will have a home-decor department featuring Euro-influenced bedding, tabletop, decor accessories at affordable pricing that has made H&M a hit with fashionistas around the world. I love shopping for home decor from fashion stores as they are usually ahead of decor trends by 6-12 months. Imagine: high decor at low cost! Here’s a sneak peek at the H&M Home website:

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-Just how many houses has Ellen De Generes reportedly renovated, decorated or flipped?

The 58-year old comedian and television talk show host has made millions of dollars from buying and selling homes in the Southern California area over the past 25 years. As of the end of 2015 she had reportedly bought and sold 12 houses- all for large profits. In her latest book ‘Home-’, she features many of the houses, gives lessons for renovating and decorating, plus lists her favourite suppliers local to where her homes were located in California. She is quoted saying: “When I was 14 i wanted to become an interior designer” :)

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-Lionel Richie has just introduced a tabletop collection?

Hello! The 66 year old multi-platinum selling artist can now add ‘Lifestyle Guru’ to his resume. The Lionel Richie Home Collection will be hitting high-end retailers and hoteliers throughout 2016. The collection “will feature dinnerware, barware, serving and entertaining accessories and fragrant candles that reflect a look and feel that Lionel has captured as he traveled the world throughout his career.” according to a press release. A special luncheon for 40 people was held 2 weeks ago in the Versailles Suite at the St.Regis Hotel in New York City. Special guests included Martha Stewart, Margaret Russell (Editor In Chief of Architectural Digest), designer Thom Felicia, actor Robert DeNiro, while singer Freddie Jackson serenaded the crowd.

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-And… my insider connections tell me George and Amal Clooney have purchased a house in Toronto… I’ll know more about this rumour in a few weeks- stay tuned!

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