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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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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