A Trendsetting Deja Vu…

I am always amazed at how quickly home decor trends can get into the mainstream market. It used to be that fashion introduced us to certain colours, moods and styles; then the high-end home decor stores adopted similar trends a year or two later… those trends then slowly trickled into the mainstream decorating retailers. Perhaps its the age of technology that keeps everyone on a similar scale of forecasting trends but I believe now owning the latest trends have nothing to do with high prices but more to do with the ‘eye’ that the retailer-buyers are using.

I was scrolling through social media today and noticed a fabulous blog post by Bergdorf Goodman, one of the world’s most luxurious department stores. They were celebrating the launch of House Of Hackney on their 7th floor at the NYC store. They transformed the entrance hall to reflect the unique interior from the luxury British interiors and lifestyle brand’s flagship store in London. The exhibition is the House of Hackney’s first venture into the U.S. market. The space is dressed with House of Hackney printed wallpaper, vintage furniture that has been re-upholstered, and accent pieces like Flamingo lamp stands and signature brass pineapple book ends. The display is on for a limited time and inspires a very current decor trend style.

Top three photos: The Hackney display on the 7th floor entrance at Bergdorf Goodman, NYC. Pineapples, leafy prints, rattan, textured glass and sunburst motifs dominate this classic look that has become one of the summer’s hottest trends. Photos: Griffin Lipson/BFA.com

As I glazed over many images of the decor I felt deja vu coming over me. I had seen this look in recent look books for spring 2017 but just couldn’t put my finger on where I had seen this look. Then. It. Hit. Me… Walmart. Yup! I had recently been to a summer product preview for Walmart Canada and saw many similar iconic trends that were similar to the iconic designs of House of Hackney; for prices that will be unbeatable in any other trend-setting store. From green palm leaves, pineapples, textured glassware to rattan charger plates… the hottest summer trends are all for the taking at Walmart Canada! Check out some of their trend-wares:

Top 5 pictures: Walmart Canada.

Keep your eyes open… you just never know where you will find the latest trends of the season!

Please enjoy responsibly; be a responsible shopper. (This blog post was not sponsored). KL

Inspired Colour -choosing paint colours

If you are my friend on Facebook then you have probably noticed I have been posting beautiful images accompanied with paint colour choices. This is a great way for me find interesting colour combinations that I may never normally think of. Whether I find inspiration in old architecture or nature, the colour combinations always seem to look great once pulled together from the visual source of a favourite photo.

My discovery process: The easiest way for me to choose colours from an inspiring photo is to find the darkest neutral, the brightest/offbeat colour and then the complimentary colour within the photo. Here are a few examples of my Inspried Colour postings from Facebook. The paint blobs used are all from Benjamin Moore Paints and in future Inspired Colour posts, I will be listing the colours that are featured.

I love to see the unexpected; like the blue sky refelected in the windows and the moss-stained steps of this old scholar building in Montreal, Canada:

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Canada is famous for shoreline sunsets and this one shows off some spectacular colour; remember the peach/blue/grey decor schemes from the 1980’s? Now we know where it was discovered from!!!

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I am constantly taking pictures of tree trunks; the colours of bark are awe-inspiring for someone who likes to discover colour from nature. This tree was in NYC, outside the Martha Stewart headquarters. I bet she planted this tree because of its gorgeous trunk colours.

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Ever been to the rockies? The colour of the mountains change by the hour. This looks like late morningtime when the sun is breaking through the clouds. Incredible pool blue, dark elephant grey and teal – all current decorating colours and available directly from nature.

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This old Montreal entrance probably never had its colours planned by a designer or artichitect, yet they are just so chic. I’d love to decorate a French cafe or dining room with all these wonderful colours combined.

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Please look for a new Inspired Colour posting each week on this blog… it might inspired by a friend’s picture posted on Facebook, a recent travel photo or just a detail shot of my garden.

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