Christmas in November @ Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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).

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Coffee, Tea or Access-or-ease?

Yesterday I dedicated my Design Centre column in Metro News Canada to some fun accessories to build a coffee and tea station at home. As the weather gets colder, I find myself craving more lattes and Americano-style coffees during the day and refreshing herbal teas at night. Although my dream would be to own a Euro-style cafe one day (with my imaginary employee “Franco” at the espresso-helm each day- see below), I’ll settle with setting up a few online accessories to serve myself and friends. If you missed yesterday’s column; here are a few of the fun things featured.

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Netflix or a book… and this little tray of relaxation. Time For Tea Set, $25design-centre-teacup.jpg.size.xxlarge.promo

 

 

Custom grind your coffee beans whether they be fine grind for espresso or rough-chopped for cold brews. Custom Grind Coffee Grinder, $35design-centre-grinder.jpg.size.xxlarge.promo

 

 

Hotel style, all brass quality for a lifetime of serving hot bevvies, Alfi Thermal Carafe, $200design-centre-carafe.jpg.size.xxlarge.promo

 

 

A new way to press out the best flavour from your espressos. AeroPress Coffee & Espresso Brewer, $35design-centre-brewer.jpg.size.xxlarge.promo

 

 

Classic style seems cool again! This is the teapot for a lifetime. STAUB Basil Teapot, $170design-centre-teapot-0.jpg.size.xxlarge.promo

 

 

 

On a budget? Brew your own coffee at home and take it to work in a faux (ceramic/silicone) take-out cup. Got leftover coffee? Opt for an iced version the next morning! Lenox Park Thermal Travel Mug, $12, Bed Bath & Beyonddesign-centre-travel-mug.jpg.size.xxlarge.promo

 

 

 

I think red is one of the best accessory colours for a kitchen and the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Cordless Kettle fits that bill perfectly. At only $70 for all that style!design-centre-kettle.jpg.size.xxlarge.promo

 

 

 

This measure spoon ensures the right amount of grinds for your brew and then helps keep the leftover grinds fresh. Coffee Scoop Clip, $6, CB2

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Home Accessories Your Guests (and you) Will Love.

Thinking of renting a cottage or cabin sometime soon; maybe renting out your condo on Airbnb to a traveller? Here’s 3 smart-smart-smart things you might want to add to your home:

WHERE CAN I GET A GOOD CUP OF COFFEE? Capsule/pod style coffee makers: No more fussing with the right grind or filters, a pod-style coffee machine means you simple pop in your fave coffee and you have a fresh brew within a minute or two. Keurig 2.0 K200 Brewing System, $120, Keurig.ca

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MOM, I LOST THE KEYS! Lost keys are no more!!! A keyless lock entry system is a great way to allow family members or guests to come and go without a key. Simply enter a secret code for them to use abd for temporary guests, you can delete their code number after they are gone. Weiser Powerbolt 1000 Electronic Deadbolt Lock, $150, Weiserlock.com

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ARE THESE BEDSHEETS CLEAN? Do you ever feel funny sleeping in someone else’s bed? Here’s the remedy; disposable bed sheets! Use for up to 2 weeks, then put in the composter. A great item to send with your kids to camp; “Just use them… at the end of camp throw them in the garbage,” says Mom. Beantown Bedding’s Laundry Free Bedding, from $15, Amazon.ca

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