Its A Decorating Jungle In There!

One of the biggest trends in home decor for spring ’17 is the colour green. Whether it be in a jungle, floral or garden theme, you will be seeing more of this leafy trend growing over the next months to come.

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Team your leafy prints with black or grey for a sofisticated, masculine look. Havanna Duvet from the Tropical Collection, Walmart.ca
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Make a splash with floral colours in the bath. Romantic Floral Scarf Shower Curtain, UrbanOutfitters.comuo-romantic-floral-scarf-shower-curtain-49-uo

 

Even tough gys will appreciate this floral/leafy trend! Only The Strong leather jacket, Simons.casimons-only-the-strong-jacket-650

 

A punch of green instantly turns your dining table into a springtime affair. Leaf placemats (set of 4), BallardDesigns.com

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One wall,,, just one wall will do! Tropical Nature Leaves wallpaper, Wayfair.cawayfair-tropical-natural-leaves-wallpaper-5-square-foot

 

Treat yourself to the garden year round. Again, team it with black for a midnight garden look. The Rug Company’s ‘Ivy Trellis’ area rug, Avenue-Road.com

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Christmas In July -with Karl!

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I LOVE Christmas. This past July I had an incredible opportunity to create a Christmas Wonderland in my Toronto townhouse. My home was decorated to showcase the Holiday ’16 offerings to the media; exclusively from Walmart Canada. I had a blast assisting the art directors, buyers, public relations specialists and of course hosting the media throughout my home. The house took on a very elegant and festive mood for 2 weeks in July… here’s 3 quick snapshot decor ideas in the townhouse; welcome to Christmas In July!

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In my small dining area we assembled a slim tree to fill one of the empty corners. Slim trees are perfect for creating an on-trend or themed tree in foyers, guest rooms or in any empty corner of the house. I decorated the tree with a colour combination of pewter, gold and champagne ornaments; all colours inpspired by my Wedgwood’s Fabled Crane drapery fabric (available through JF Fabrics). I also added similarily coloured Christmas crackers to the tree! This is now an interactive tree for small children or when I have a buffet; everyone can help themselves to a fun, little gift. (Glitter placemats, White-fur window wreaths, Fur-collared reindeer, Tree ornaments and Crackers: Walmart. Florals are from Bruno Duarte at Fresh Floral Creations-stylishly incorporating simple Walmart holiday ornaments).

 

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Adding garland and decor to a stair banister is always challenging; especially when there is only one hand rail. I came up with the idea of hanging the garland along the steps so not to take up the handrail. Adding simple silver and gold tree ornaments (they were all unbreakable) allowed for a festive staircase without the high-traffic concerns.

 

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And the simplest idea of them all: hang a beaded snowflake ornament (any flat-style tree ornament will do) from the on/off switch on your lamps. A nice was to add a festive touch to an already gorgeous lamp! (Beaded snowflake oranament: Walmart. Lotus lamp by Barbara Barry )

 

Fire And Ice Ball Centerpiece

 

TWELVE DAZE OF CHRISTMAS PROJECTS: #09

Christmas day is next week; my time is being crunched and I seem to be getting more stressed over shopping, prepping and organizing the house for all the holiday parties and the big day ahead. I want everything to be easy… and still stylish so I’ve come up with some inspiring decor touches that you and/or your kids can have fun doing in little time and with little money.

Each day until Christmas I will post a simple & stylish holiday decor idea that can help get your home in holiday-shape over the next nine days. All projects are affordable and easy (level 1). We will celebrate day four of the ‘Twelve-Daze‘ series with a table centrepiece that allows you to view candle flame in a whole new way! Once you make this you will do it year after year!

Fire & Ice Centerpiece:

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Needed: Rosebowl or round vase, tall skinny glass, clear florist’s quality cellophane, water, a votive candle or holiday floral sprigs.

Assembly is easy: 1/ place skinny glass in the middle of the vase. It’s height should be similar to the top lip of the vase. 2/ Cut the cellophane into large squares, scrunch up tighly and pack around the glass (like your are insulating the sides of the glass within the vase). Carefully pour water over the cellophane until it reaches the top of the glass- you will need about 3 times more water than you think. 3/ Add a votive candle (LED votives work great too) in the bottom of the glass. Note: if using a real candle, add a few tablespoons of water to the bottom of the glass – it will act as an insulator as the candle burns and the glass will not crack with any extreme heat, Also, by adding the water, the water will help pop any hardended wax out of the bottom of the glass. 5/ You could also treat the glass as a vase by forgoing the candle and adding flowers; giving it the look of the stems frozen in a round block of ice.

Here’s another example of a Fire & Ice Ball Centerpiece that I made a few years ago:

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I hope you have fun with this one- SO many of my friends have tried and loved it- I know you will too!

I look forward to posting another simple idea tomorrow- HINT: Christmas Project for DAZE #8 will most likely include a top hat – see you tomorrow with another easy-breezy holi-dazed project! Enjoy! KL