Karl Lohnes

Ikea’s coveted Stockholm collection

Mid-century modern lovers, get excited. This month, Ikea introduced its hotly anticipated 2013 Stockholm collection, inspired by the stylish ’50s and ’60s.The sophisticated premium line, which first launched in 1984, consists of high-quality materials such as leather, full-grain wood and bone china...

Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 11:56 PM

Punk inspired home decor

A spin on the U.K. icon adds cheeky style to any room. Hey Jack 20-inch carpet tiles, $18 each, www.flor.comMiss those days of dying your hair pink? No need to bust out the knee-high Dr. Martens though. Bring that alternative edge to your living room with the latest punk trend in home decor. Red...

Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 11:02 PM

3 design trends we love

Twice each year the Javits Center in New York City is packed with the latest and greatest in lamps, rugs, salad bowls and more as the New York International Gift Fair displays housewares to store buyers and media outlets. Here are three trends to note before you start redecorating your digs.Linen...

Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 10:34 PM

Into the woods with Karim Rashid

"When I think of Ottawa, Canada, I see many geographical similarities to Denmark," says Egyptian-born, Canada-raised award-winning designer Karim Rashid. He now lives and works out of New York City. "The landscape, trees and rivers are very similar and that's how my new collection called Ottawa...

Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 10:37 PM

3 hot home trends

We scanned the New York International Gift Fair held last week at the Javits Center and found three emerging trends to keep in mind the next time you want to spruce up your place. Seletti rubber-coated garbage can, $225, www.selettinorthamerica.com Fanciful details Royal weddings, diamond jubilees...

Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 2:56 PM

Upcycling goes upscale

Most savvy home dwellers like to take on DIY projects. But spending an entire weekend working on a project that doesn’t turn out can be frustrating — and a waste of time and money.This year, invest in your furnishings by spending money on a professional to do the job right for you.REUPHOLSTERING:...

Thursday, January 12, 2012, 11:30 AM

Hot new decor trends

Trends change yearly. Here’s four of the most popular ones for 2012.COLOUR:2011: GreyLast year we said goodbye to the suburban beiges and honey browns and replaced it with cooler tones like sea glass and pale greys.2012: OrangeThis year its all about being optimistic; happy colours and every shade...

Thursday, January 5, 2012, 11:30 AM

Let your holiday table sparkle

This week I take a practical approach to decorating with cleanliness and shine; making sure that all your treasured tabletop and bar items look their very best after a long year of storage in the china cabinet.With a bit of technology and a few old-fashioned tips, you can release your inner butler...

Thursday, December 1, 2011, 3:34 AM

Celebrate with flameless candles

The holidays are all about creating a magical mood in your home for entertaining; great music, special food and drink, and of course lots of candles to help set a festive mood.I love to use candles everywhere around the house when having people over, but am also cautious about leaving them to burn...

Thursday, November 24, 2011, 3:11 AM

Decorative pillows 101

Adding some new decorative pillows to the living or bedroom is an easy way to add colour, personality and comfort to your space.Available in all price points and decor styles, a few new cushy friends are always a welcome change to a tired decor scheme.Treat yourself this winter to a few of these...

Thursday, November 17, 2011, 10:30 AM

Small space holiday dining

Q: I will be hosting Christmas dinner this year so I quickly need to furnish my dining area. The room is 9x9 and is part of an L-shaped living/dining room in my condo. What size/style of table and chairs should I buy? – Beatrice Kington, Alberta.A: Choose an appropriately sized table to suit your...

Thursday, November 10, 2011, 10:30 AM

Hottest new appliances

Each fall new and exciting kitchen appliances are introduced to the marketplace. This year offers new technology, more stainless steel and built-in styles. Here’s a quick peek at some of the most interesting I found.Thermador Masterpiece Induction CooktopInduction cooking offers immediate on/off...

Thursday, November 3, 2011, 10:30 AM

Fall for sophisticated pops of colour

As we prepare to welcome fall into our homes, we can officially leave the light, breezy tones of summer behind and turn to the deeper shades of the upcoming winter season.The classic colours associated with autumn are burnt oranges, brick reds, dark plums and deep cranberries.Bright, crisp colours...

Thursday, October 27, 2011, 10:30 AM

Easy decor details

It’s hard to find time to take on decorating projects at this time of the year, so I’ve compiled three simple decorating touches that you can do on a budget and in less than an afternoon.Darker days, darker doorsImpress guests with some drama when they come through the front door by painting your...

Thursday, October 20, 2011, 10:30 AM

Shedding a little light

As daylight gets shorter and shorter, I notice that the first thing I do when I come home is go around turning on all the lights.Good lighting not only helps brighten up a space, but also highlights the special features of each room.Every room needs three types of lighting: overall, task and...

Thursday, October 13, 2011, 10:30 AM

Everything but the turkey

When I was as young as five years old my inner decorator had me volunteering to create the Thanksgiving centrepiece for the dining table.I’d collect fallen branches, rusty-coloured leaves and pinecones to make an elegant arrangement in the middle of the table.Looking back at old family photos I...

Thursday, October 6, 2011, 10:30 AM

Chilly decorating mistakes

Changing up the look of your place with each change of season is a great way to follow trends without spending a lot of money — a few tabletop vases, some pillows, candles and throws can change a room’s feel for the cold weather months.Buying good decor basics, like a neutral sofa, proper sized...

Thursday, September 29, 2011, 10:30 AM

Art Deco style

I love to buy interesting-looking furniture that has a story, history or is from an era back in time.Although I like older things I tend to veer toward modern lines, which can be hard to find when you love vintage and antique furnishings.Enter my new best friend: the Art Deco era.The furniture was...

Thursday, September 22, 2011, 10:30 AM

Finding the right dining table

A dining table is much more than just a surface that holds your dishes while you eat. And where you place your table will help determine the style and material you choose.In kitchens, a durable and easy-to-clean surface is crucial, while in a large, formal dining room you’ll require a table with an...

Thursday, September 15, 2011, 10:30 AM

Making a grand entrance

Q. I’ve moved into a new condo that has a very long and narrow entrance. There is a plain coat closet door, three ceiling lights and dark wood floors. I like warm colours and have a contemporary style. Any suggestions? – K. MacDonald, TorontoWALLSPaint the shorter (left-side) wall a punchy accent...

Thursday, September 8, 2011, 10:30 AM