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 )

 

Holiday Vintage Metallic Jars

Holiday Metallic Jars

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Christmas day will be here in no time so lets get started on some simple and stylish projects that don’t cost a lot of money. I love this one; metallic Mason jars; something that can be used year-round but looks particularily great during the holiday time.

 

Holiday Vintage Metallic Jars

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Needed: Various sized Mason-style jars; preferably with raised lettering or designs on the outside, metallic spray paint such as Krylon, a medium sand paper, floral sprigs or votive candles.

Assembly is easy: 1/ Wash and dry the jars inside and out. 2/ Spray the outside of the jars with 2-3 very thin spray coats of paint; letting dry between each spray. Note: do this outside for good ventillation. I find that spraying within a large cardboard box helps keep any overspray contained. 3/ Once completely dried, lightly sand away some of the paint over the raised areas, edges and corners. 4/ Place a votive candle in each jar and watch the flicker through the sanded areas or, use as a vase by placing sprigs of greens or flowers in the jars.

Here’s some other examples of vintage metallic jars (photos are not mine):

Create the ombre effect by mixing your metallic paints!

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Imagine silver and pink for an outdoor spring tablescape!

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Gold is always a classic; especially around Christmas and New Years!

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I hope you have fun with this one- an easy project that helps to use up all those Mason jars!

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