As the snow melts and the smell of spring is in the air, we anticipate spending more time living outside – on patios, at cottages and in our backyards. When decorating on a budget, it’s great to purchase items that are stylish but also serve you year-round.
Treated seats or tables: These tree stump tables bring a natural feel into your family room but are versatile enough to move into your backyard once spring rolls around.
Two-faced rug: UV-treated rugs can handle weather conditions but are also stylish enough to have inside your kitchen. Pull this rug out to your patio to maximize its functionality – while being assured it won’t fade. Flip-over for an inverse colour combo. korhani.com
Storage bench: Move this wooden bench with wicker storage baskets from your front foyer onto your deck or back porch. Great for storing outdoor toys, gardening tools or pet products. target.ca
When our Creative Director Kirsten came up with our Belle du Jour theme, she wanted a Collection that was Parisian-esque with feminine touches of pink and nude mixed with satin, lace and pearls. With Valentine’s Day coming up, we’ve selected some of our favourite feminine rooms and what accents can romanticize your home.
It’s January and that means weight loss is on the minds of many. There are fashion tricks we use to appear thinner – don’t wear patterns with horizontal lines, do wear dark colours on the bottom. The same types of tricks apply to your home when you want the opposite effect. There are ways to make a small space look bigger.
Colour – paint your walls white, cream or a light colour. Pale shades of blue, green or yellow work well. Light colours reflect light whereas dark colours absorb light. Match your carpet to your wall colour to amplify this effect.
Lighting – this is key to enhancing your space. If you have access to natural light – expose it. Even go as far as not having window coverings. If you don’t have much natural light, invest in a bright lighting fixture that will draw your eyes upwards or ceiling pot lights.
Mirrors – strategically placed mirrors can open up a small place. Mirrors reflect light and give the illusion that a hallway or wall has more depth.
Hopefully these tricks will give your small space the illusion of being bigger. Remember keep the colour light, the lights bright & the mirrors reflecting that light.
Is it hard for you to keep your New Year’s resolution? Some people say – and I’m a believer – that your life is reflected in your home. This means that if your bedroom is chaotic, chances are your life may feel that way too.
If you start with organizing your home – chances are your life will feel less cluttered. And that means more chances of being successful with your resolutions. Let’s get organized!
Four quick tips:
Stack ‘em: get boxes or containers that are stackable – on a shelf or creatively placed in the room.
Label ‘em: avoid having to rummage. Taking polaroids of the item in each box is a great visual for quickly knowing what you have. I find this is great for shoe boxes.
Store ‘em: for items you don’t use often (but you still want to keep) neatly put them in a closet or basement. Our Rug-in-a-Box is convenient when you want to change up the look in your room. Instead of rolling your rug up, it is designed to fold into a box for easy storage.
Toss ‘em: if you haven’t used the item in a year, it’s too small or it’s worn out – ditch it. Give it to your local charity or have a home décor swap with your friends.
New Year’s Eve is just around the corner. While many people go out, some of my best memories have been at a friend’s party. Ambiance is important. If you’re hosting the bash, how do you get the right vibe? It’s all about the theme and reflecting that in the décor.
Our chosen theme: Venetian Masquerade Ball.
Let’s turn your home into the perfect backdrop.
Encourage your guests to bring a Venetian-style mask. Think: masks adorned with feathers, gold and silver, jewels and glitter. For the forgetful, have home-made masks available.
For an intimate feel have only candles as your light source. Bunch white pillar candles around your house.
You can find inexpensive paper candelabras at many party stores. If you have a larger budget and want a more authentic feel, decorate with real candelabras.
To get that Italian feel, put up posters of Venice canals and gondolas. Or, use small area rugs as tapestries on bare walls.
Beyond the décor, it’s all about ringing in the new year with family and friends. We would love to see your decorating skills – feel free to post your photos!
You thought shopping for Christmas presents was hectic? Boxing Day promises a frenzy at shopping malls everywhere. KORHANI has five tips to make your shopping mission successful:
Arrive early – Now, this doesn’t mean you have to be an extremist camping out in a tent in front of your favourite store. This does mean being at the mall half an hour before it opens. This will get you a fab parking spot and give you the advantage of scoring the best items.
Plan ahead – Do you have a game plan? Figure out what stores you want to go into and what you actually need before you get to the mall. Don’t get distracted by products that are 50 per cent off but of no use to you.
Eat breakfast – the last place you want to end up is the dreaded food court. Eat a big breakfast and have shopping energy!
Ditch the purse – There is one thing you can be sure of on Boxing Day: crowds. Avoid having a bulky bag and bumping into others. Take your Mastercard or debit card in your pocket and one twenty-dollar bill.
Leave early – do not stay until closing time. Parking lots will be chaos. I don’t care what your best friend says, nobody needs to spend eight hours shopping.
KORHANI home has a black All Weather mat that will be more than 50 per cent off at Walmart. Perfect for wiping the snow off your boots. Happy shopping!
One of our favourite things to do in the summer is to eat and entertain outside. Relax, and unwind in your stylish patio setting while you entertain your closest family and friends. With weather so beautiful, it’s hard to not be outside. Let us at Korhani home help you with some great ideas.
We’ve collaborated with renowned Toronto Chef Paul Boehmer, from Boehmer Restaurant in Toronto with one of his favorite summer recipes called ‘Baby Beet Salad’. This beet dish is perfect for this time of year; all of the ingredients can be bought locally or at the farmers market. We suggest heading to St. Lawrence or Leslieville farmers markets to catch the greatest deals and selections of fresh produce. We recommend the ‘Summer Spritzer’ cocktail to accompany your menu – recipe by the LCBO.
Also, don’t forget to set the mood with dressing up your table setting to serve your beautiful ‘Baby Beet Salad’. Keep it simple and chic. Add an outdoor rug to tie in your outdoor furniture – the patio is the new living room! We love our reversible flatweave rugs from Walmart with two styles in one; just flip it over and it changes the feel of your space.
We are halfway through the summer, and there is still time for many outdoor dining experiences. For more food inspirations you can contact Boehmer Restaurant to cater that summer flavour for you to host in your new stylish patio oasis.
One of the best parts of summer includes the fresh fruits that come into season. With Anna Olson’s fruit flan recipe, you can enjoy fresh strawberries, blueberries, peaches or whatever type of fruit you desire. This favourite dessert is perfect to enjoy on the patio with friends and a glass of bubbly.
The palette we included on our mood board encompasses, bright, fun colours for summer; which you can incorporate into the home decor aspects of your outdoor space. Now go ahead! We’ve given you the perfect excuse to soak up the sun in your own backyard.
Click the recipe below to see what you’ll need to make Anna’s Summer Fruit Flan.