Merry & Bright!


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

Holiday 2015 Decor Trends


I’ve settled in at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and the Christmas In November event is in full festive swing! I’ve been presenting 2015 holiday decor trends, and a portion of my presentation highlights my top three Christmas tree looks. I’m thrilled to be working with the Canadian Tire holiday collection; the ornaments are breathtaking – quirky, classic, modern and marvellous – and the tremendous assortment of pre-lit everlasting trees is impressive. Really beautiful products and well thought out ideas for decorating this year. I’m loving working with them, and can hardly wait to get home and tackle my own Christmas tree! Here are my top three tree looks:

A Blue Christmas:Blue Christmas

A Blue Christmas is what I’m calling my first designer tree. Teal and turquoise are currently all the rage in the decorating world and now has hit holiday decor in a very big way. Blue reinvents itself every 20 to 30 years in holiday decor (remember the baby blue ornaments from the 60’s and navy in the 90’s?). The trick to working with blue is to team it up with many layers of different tones and similar colours. From navy to baby blue, layering various blue colours and tones together will keep this trend looking interesting and fresh. The tree I chose to display this colour palette on is the NOMA Cypress Pre-Lit Christmas Tree. We haven’t seen a white flocked green tree for a long time, and I think it helps support the vintage feel of the many blue colours being mixed together here. At 7-ft and bearing 250 warm LED lights (65 snowball + 185 bulbs), it’s self-shaping, less than 10 lbs, and contains 762 tips for ample hanging of those gorgeous ornaments.



50 Shades of Holiday Grey:50 Shades of Grey

Grey is, of course, the hottest neutral colour in home decorating at the moment. This trend of grey holiday decor is most likely a short-lived one so, if you like it, load up this year! Grey looks particularly good with strong colours like deep berry, rich copper, charcoal and black. If grey as a holiday shade is too solemn or intimidating for you to redecorate your entire tree with, consider five or six statement ornaments prominently displayed in a crystal bowl on a coffee table. Delicate balls with studs and sequins, white lace overlay reminiscent of cake fondant, lots of glass and even a nature-inspired jewelled acorn, it’s a wonderful way to inject a little modernity into your home without committing a new decor scheme. I took a different approach to the traditional tree and paired this colour palette with the NOMA Pre-Lit Bathurst Spruce Potted Tree. At just 5 ft and potted in a sleek white wooden box, it’s indoor-outdoor flexibility makes it an outstanding option for those whom don’t have space for a full tree in their home or are keen decorate a second tree outdoors (they are also suitable to be used on a covered porch outside). The 150 clear incandescent lights give a bright glow and the 692 tips mean you can load this baby up with all the baubles you desire!




Festive Gold Rush! :Gold Rush

Gold actually never goes away in the world of Christmas decor. However, for some time now it has taken a back seat to the silver tones. Just like in home decor, brass and gold have made their way back but, unlike the former gold trend being traditional, gold sings a modern song this time around. Gold is being mixed with cream, off-white, copper and bronze tones for a warm glow in the home with lots of sparkle. For the perfect art deco modern feel and avant-garde look for the fashion-forward individual, I selected the NOMA Alaskan Pre-Lit Black Christmas Tree. This one is also 7ft, and emits a radiant glow with its 500 clear incandescent lights. It’s an indoor-only tree, and contains nearly 900 tips. That’s a lot of gold!

NOMA Alaskan Pre-Lit Black Christmas Tree, 7 feet


Which tree colour combination is your favourite?

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Christmas in November @ Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge!


As many of you know, it’s been a long-standing tradition for me to present my favourite holiday decorating and entertaining trends along with beautiful crafty ideas each year at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge‘s 27th annual Christmas In November event. Situated in Alberta’s magnificent Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ‘land of a million Christmas trees’ simply is the perfect setting for enthusiastic guests with a penchant for decorating, entertaining and the very best of the season to be inspired to decorate and entertain with holiday flair at home.

JPL- Jasper

I can’t believe it: this is my 15th year as a seminar presenter! I am thrilled to be showcasing 2015’s three BIG holiday decor trends to the 1,500 attendees over the next two weeks, beginning November 6th. I’m so proud to be working with one of Canada’s largest Christmas retailers – Canadian Tire – a stylish destination for indoor & outdoor holiday decor. After previewing several retailer holiday offerings throughout the summer months, Canadian Tire won me over with its spectacular selection of realistic ‘everlasting’ trees, on-trend holiday ornaments, lighting and an impressive offering of Canvas-branded home decor items that are as beautiful as they are very well priced. Be sure to visit my blog often over the next few weeks to check out all the fun, tips, lessons, designer insight and tricks on how to incorporate my favourites into your very own holiday scheme! Look for the hashtag: #CHRISTMASWITHKARL for all my holiday updates.


I fly out to Edmonton this Wednesday morning and then take a four- hour drive into the Rocky Mountains. Arriving to the fabulous sights of snow-capped mountains, emerald green lakes and, of course, the rustic decor of the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge itself, each year it feels like a traditional homecoming for me. The Mountain Caesar (my favourite drink at the bar), the heated outdoor salt-water pool and the ultra-comfortable beds are just a few luxe highlights I’m looking forward to! It’s going be an exciting couple of weeks. Stay tuned for more! KL

Jasper PL lodge

To be a part of the festive fun from wherever you are, be sure to keep an eye out for #christmaswithkarl on Twitter (@KarlLohnes), Instagram (@TheKarlLohnesDaily) and on Facebook (Designer Karl Lohnes).