Travel Inspiration: Seaside Escape

With the hottest month of the summer coming up in just a week, we’re all dreaming of a seaside escape before the end of the summer! If you’re considering taking a vacation in the next month, we’ve rounded up a few of the most beautiful beaches to visit in North America:

 

  1. Duke Kahanamoku Beach, Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii
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Image via today.com

Named after the Olympian gold medalist who popularized surfing, this beach has the widest stretch of beach in Waikiki and is protected by an offshore coral reef, making it completely safe for families! This past January, Oahu set a non-smoking rule for all the beaches, giving it bonus points in the environmental management sector!

 

2. Barefoot Beach Preserve County Park, Bonita Springs, Florida

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Image via Pinterest

Due to its shallow waves, this mile and a half long beach is perfect for families that want to enjoy the ambience of the park’s natural surroundings. If you’re a seashell collector, this beach has millions of them.

 

3. Main Beach, East Hampton, New York

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Image via Forbes

As the best vantage point to watch July 4th fireworks, this beach has a pristine shoreline and an amazing team of lifeguards! Additionally, this beach is within walking distance of historical areas and accommodations (you can keep your kids occupied with ice pops from the concession stand).

However, if a vacation isn’t in your schedule for the next month, altering your home fashion is the next best thing! KORHANI home recommends these beach-inspired area rugs from our Moby Dick Collection for an east coast vibe:

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KORHANI home Anchor Line reversible outdoor patio rug (left) is available at korhani.com and KORHANI home Sandwell area rug (right) is available at Rona.

Home Fashion Trend: Blossoming Prints

Bursting into full bloom, floral prints are blossoming in both the fashion and interior design worlds this summer! This blooming affair comes in the form of light dresses, flowy skirts, silky jumpsuits, and home fashion! Ranging from dark florals to vibrant blossoms with strong, bold hues, there’s a different type of floral design to match anyone’s need!

 

FASHION INSPIRATION:

 

Etro, Matthew Williamson and Nonoo, S/S ’14. Images via Fashionising

Etro, Matthew Williamson and Nonoo, S/S ’14. Images via Fashionising

 

 

Marni, Dries Van Noten, and Suno S/S ’14. Image via Fashionising

Marni, Dries Van Noten, and Suno S/S ’14. Image via Fashionising

 

 

Laura Biagiotti, Marni, and Oscar de la Renta, S/S ’14. Image via Fashionising

Laura Biagiotti, Marni, and Oscar de la Renta, S/S ’14. Image via Fashionising

 

One of the best ways to give your home a touch of fresh summer inspiration is through floral prints! Incorporating accent pillows, statement area rugs, or even floral print wallpaper into your home are fantastic ways to do this.

DÉCOR INSPIRATION:

 

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Image via Pinterest

 

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Image via House to Home

 

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Image via houzz

 

KORHANI home INSPIRATION:

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KORHANI home Cydonia area rug (left) is available at Lowe’s and KORHANI home Iva accent rug (right) is available at Loblaws.

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KORHANI home Lantana area rug (left) is available at Lowe’s and KORHANI home Colbeck area rug (right) is available at Walmart.


Home Fashion Trend: Merging Indoors and Outdoors

One of our favorite trends this summer is creating a continuous flow between our outdoor and indoor spaces. KORHANI home offers a variety of area rugs that will look gorgeous on the patio, or can be smoothly transitioned inside to give your home a trendy statement. Similar to accessories such as scarves and hats that can quickly change the look of an outfit; using area rugs as home fashion can be exceptionally versatile and can be used to alter interior design themes.

Breaking the barrier between indoor living areas and outdoor spaces is one of the hottest 2014 trends in home fashion. We can finally say goodbye to the days when backyard fashion meant throwing a few chairs outdoors. To give your outdoor space a makeover, add accent pieces such as bright pillows, a bold area rug, and stylish sofas – just like you would inside! Your favourite outdoor pieces can then be brought inside and added to your interior décor in the fall.

 

outdoor decor inspiration

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outdoor decor inspiration

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outdoor decor inspiration

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You can even start using outdoor pieces in your home right now. One of our favorite reasons to use outdoor décor inside is due to its durability and stylish presence. There’s no longer a need to be worried about accidental breaks, spills or stains! KORHANI home recommends these reversible area rugs for versatility both indoors and out:

 

indoor outdoor inspiration

 

 

KORHANI home Makana area rug (left) is available at Home Hardware  and KORHANI Jordan area rug (right) is available at Canadian Tire. Both reversible rugs are suitable for indoor and outdoor use.

 

Made in Canada: KORHANI home

KORHANI home was proudly featured on BNN’s “Made in Canada” episode recently – just in time for Canada Day – where KORHANI home’s CEO, Moji Korhani, discussed the advantages of opening a manufacturing facility in Canada. Located in Quebec, KORHANI home’s award-winning manufacturing facility is equipped with the finest state-of-the-art weaving technology, allowing the brand to create affordable and high-quality designs. Aside from continually finding new advances and efficiencies in production to create high-quality designs, KORHANI’s team ensures they adhere to the most stringent environmental and procedural standards through its UL ECOLOGO Certification.

 

Yarn entering a loom

 

A few of the benefits that sprung from moving the manufacturing facility to Canada include JIT (Just-In Time) Inventory, creating new jobs, and the ability to meet the new demand for Made in Canada products. The combination of advances in technology and product control allows KORHANI home to offer consumers affordable home fashion without having to sacrifice quality.

 

Moji Korhani on BNN  Image via BNN

 

Watch BNN’s “Made in Canada: KORHANI home” video here!

 

Fashion Forecast: Tropical Storm

There’s a new tropical storm trend forecast for this summer, and it’s filled with palm prints and tropical florals. From fashion accessories to décor, these retro prints can take your outfit from poolside to a night on the town, or your home from modern chic to a relaxed, tropical villa. As one of the hottest styles this season, palm prints add syle to both indoor and outdoor spaces.

 

palm print design inspiration

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palm prints inspiration

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palm prints inspiration

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KORHANI home INSPIRATION:

Insert some fun, beach-inspired vibes into your home without having to get on a plane using these KORHANI home pieces:

palm prints inspiration

 

KORHANI home Santiago outdoor area rug (left) and KORHANI home Fida outdoor area rug (middle) are both available in Walmart US stores. Both are reversible and recyclable, and will add a fresh look to any outdoor space! KORHANI home Temora indoor area rug (right) is available at korhani.com.

 

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day! In honour of this great country’s birthday, we thought we’d share some throwback photos from the runway presentation of our Canada Collection.

On March 8th, 2012, KORHANI home showed our exciting “Canada Collection” runway show to an international audience in Berlin, Germany at the Canadian Tourism Commission’s annual Canada ITB event. The collection, which celebrated the Canadian story was unveiled in a runway show which fused home décor with couture, for a once in a lifetime journey through the Canadian cultural landscape.  Creative Director, Kirsten Korhani envisioned a collection for this event that would highlight the raw and rustic beauty of the Canadian landscape, it’s rich heritage and unique cultural emblems. Check out some of the designs created, below.

 

Canada Collection

 

Canada Collection

 

Canada Collection

 

Canada Collection

 

 

Contest: Big Bang Bash Giveaway

Big Bang Bash Giveaway

 

Our latest contest is here!  Win one of the beautiful custom designed area rugs from the Luminato Big Bang Bash gala.  Inspired by 70′s Berlin underground, this black and white area rug will be the new statement piece in your home.  Contest closes Friday, July 4th, 2014, at 5pm, so be sure to enter before then!

 

Travel Inspiration: New York, New York!

The summer months are meant for 2 things: patio lounging and travel.  It seems like no one sticks around on the weekend, if they can help it.  If we could escape for only one weekend this summer, our destination choice would be obvious – New York City!

With only 48 hours to explore, here are some of our favourite spots in NYC, to get you started:

 

Central Park: This one is a given.  Even more so if the sun is shining.  We’d tell you where to go, but the best adventures in Central Park come from wandering around and getting a little lost. Grab a to-go lunch and dine al fresco in the park while people watching.

 

Kaffe 1668: Let’s be honest – there is no shortage of coffee in NYC.  But if you are looking for a beautifully designed space and really good, ethically sourced coffee, then hit up Kaffe 1668 at 401 Greenwich Street.  Owned by two Swedish brothers, they focus on making products in-house and roasting their own coffee.  They also offer home-made baked goods, cold-pressed juices, and short breakfast and lunch menus. (Two other locations at 275 Greenwich Street and 530 5th Avenue). http://www.kaffe1668.com/

 

brooklyn flea

Brooklyn Flea: One of the top flea markets in the USA (and world), Brooklyn Flea features hundreds of top vendors of antique and repurposed furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles and antiques, as well as a tightly curated selection of jewelry, art, and crafts by local artisans and designers, plus delicious fresh food. From April through Thanksgiving, the markets take place outdoors: on Saturdays in Fort Greene, on Sundays in Williamsburg, and Saturdays and Sundays in Park Slope at PS 321.  http://www.brooklynflea.com/

 

Cookshop

Cookshop: No weekend trip is complete without a great brunch.  A Chelsea favourite, Cookshop also has a generously sized sidewalk patio and a delicious brunch menu. Focused on using local and sustainable ingredients whenever possible, you can’t go wrong. http://www.cookshopny.com/

 

Can’t make the trip? Then bring a little bit of NYC to your home instead. The KORHANI home NYC (top) and LIBERTY (bottom) area rugs from the Celebricity collection evoke the busy nightlife of the Big Apple.  These graphic prints will make a bold statement about your style.

 

KORHANI home NYC area rug

 

KORHANI home Liberty area rug

 

 

Luminato Big Bang Bash 2014

The evening of Thursday June 5th, marked the Luminato Festival and Yves Saint Laurent Opening Night Party, Big Bang Bash 2014.  Only in its second year, the Luminato Big Bang Bash was one impressive event.  Taking over The Hearn Generating Station in Toronto’s Port Lands, the abandoned industrial space was transformed to host 450 of Toronto’s elite for a dinner gala and after-party.  The theme of the evening was 70′s Berlin, complete with miniature Berlin walls lining the middle of all the dining tables.

KORHANI home was a proud sponsor of the event, creating the 45 beautiful custom designed area rugs that were arranged as the runway between the rows of dining tables.  Check out some photos from the event below.

 

Luminato Big Bang Bash Dinner tables

The KORHANI home custom design area rugs at the Big Bang Bash (image via Fashion Magazine)

 

Moji and Kirsten Korhani

Kirsten and Moji Korhani at the Big Bang Bash 2014 (image via Fashion Magazine)

 

Luminato Big Bang Bash 2014

Luminato Big Bang Bash 2014

 

KORHANI home custom area rugs for Big Bang Bash

KORHANI home custom area rugs for the Big Bang Bash

 

KORHANI home at the Big Bang Bash 2014

KORHANI home at the Big Bang Bash 2014

 

 

FIFA World Cup 2014: GOAL!!!!!

FIFA World Cup Logo

 

We are only a week away from the start of one of the world’s largest sporting events, second only to the Olympics: the FIFA World Cup.  Running from June 12th to July 13th, this year’s hosting country is Brazil. 32 countries will be competing for the title of world soccer champions and only every four years will you hear chants of Olé, Olé, Olé for a month straight and see soccer jerseys everywhere you go.

KORHANI home is excited to get into the FIFA World Cup spirit and has created an officially licensed FIFA World Cup puzzle mat.

If your kids are serious soccer fans, then surprise them by decking out their playroom floor with our interlocking puzzle piece FIFA World Cup mat! Sold in a set of four pieces (red, blue, green and white), you can buy as many additional sets as needed to cover your space.  Arrange them in any order you like, however you like.  Comfortable, durable, and fun, these mats are the perfect addition to your World Cup celebration. You can order yours here!

 

Another great addition? Food, of course! In honour of this year’s hosting country, here are two popular Brazilian snacks to try with family and friends while watching your favourite team play.

Misto Quente (ie. Grilled ham and cheese sandwich)

  • 1 white baguette sliced
  • Grated Gruyere Cheese
  • Sliced Ham
  • Olive Oil
  • Cherry tomatoes

Set a frying pan over medium heat.

For these bite-size versions of the popular Brazilian sandwich, place a small mound of cheese on one slice of the baguette, followed by a folded slice of ham and another small mound of cheese on top (this will keep the sandwich together once melted). Top with the second piece of baguette.  Brush each side of the sandwich with olive oil and place in pan.  Grill each side until golden brown and the cheese has melted.

Skewer a cherry tomato with a toothpick and insert onto the top of the sandwich and serve!

 

Coxinha (Brazillian fried dough stuffed with chicken and cream cheese)

Get the recipe here.