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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New Year, New Decor Goals!

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For me, 2016 represents many things. New career opportunities and friendships ranks high on the list but most of all it will be cleaning-up unfinished business from 2015. Its about re-establishing and strengthening current relationships, finishing off any unfinished home projects and looking after myself mentally & physically along the way.

In my own home I have 3 projects that have been planned and thought-out but never finished. My dining room storage wall, my spare room library and the decoration of the master bedroom are all projects that I vow to complete during 2016. By planning and completing these projects I will live in my house with ease, want to entertain more and feel at peace without clutter and unfinished business to look at.

Here’s a sneak peak at the library room planned for the spare bedroom:

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I look forward to sharing those finished projects with you here on the blog and in other media forms throughout the year. What projects will you be working on? Have you been sitting on one that now just needs to be completed- without excuses? I look forward to hearing about yours.

All my best for the new year- for you, your family, friends and of course; your home. KL

 

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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