Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a Design Writer/Blogger/Host covering the latest products, news and trends in home design, decor, architecture and construction. Her show The Design Tourist airs on The Design Network covering brilliant design minds and unique design finds. Karen also is a contributing writer for Houzz, several design publications and the host of the home design series, Trade Secrets.

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SarasotaMOD Weekend Showcases Mid-Century Modern Architecture

Filed in Architecture, Home Tours, Homepage, Interviews by on September 25, 2014 0 Comments
SarasotaMOD Weekend Showcases Mid-Century Modern Architecture

Sarasota School of Architecture Movement Celebrated with Tours and Talks When you think of Mid-Century Modern architecture, places like Palm Springs California come to mind but Florida has its own noteworthy collection condensed along Florida’s west coast in and around Sarasota. Between 1940 to 1970, Sarasota architects were prolific in producing modernist homes adapted to Florida’s [...]

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Must See Design Finds at Decorex 2014

Filed in Art, Design Finds, Homepage, Interiors by on September 21, 2014 0 Comments
Must See Design Finds at Decorex 2014

This weekend, Decorex International 2014 opens in London for a four-day  luxury design binge that brings international designers and brands together to showcase their latest launches in the  luxury home interiors market. This year, Decorex  pays homage to Georgians’ 300th anniversary by embracing the era as the theme for this year’s event. Decorex classifies The [...]

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10 EASY Upcycled Design Tips from Red Hot Design Show

10 EASY Upcycled Design Tips from Red Hot Design Show

  One of the latest design shows to debut on cable TV is Red Hot Design on FYI Network documenting the architectural salvage creations of Interior Architect Shasta Smith, owner of  The Vintage Monkey. Typical of most design shows, this one follows the familiar story arc —heart rendering backstory of a client, drama and deadlines [...]

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100% Design London Scene Stealers in 2014

Filed in Design Finds, Homepage, Kitchens by on September 19, 2014 2 Comments
100% Design London Scene Stealers in 2014

Showstoppers at 100% Design London 2014 Unique Design Finds, StarArchitects & Designers Steal the Show Headliners at 100% Design Show for 2014 provoke curiosity and controversy in equal parts with the works of international design star, Philippe Starck and architect Daniel Libeskind , the deconstructivist. Starck launched his new line of ceramic tile “Flexible Architecture” for [...]

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Spring 2015 Color Forecast & Trends from Pantone

Filed in Homepage by on September 17, 2014 0 Comments
Spring 2015 Color Forecast & Trends from Pantone

Spring 2015 Color Trends Reveal Quest for Quiet Time       The Spring 2015 color forecast  in fashion calls for hues that reflect our craving for quiet time. Pantone recently released its Fashion Color Report featuring the top 10 colors for women’s and men’s fashion for spring 2015 and the palette is about natural, soft-spoken tones. [...]

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2014 Paris Design Week Trends in Home Interiors

Filed in Design Finds, Homepage, Interiors by on September 14, 2014 0 Comments
2014 Paris Design Week Trends in Home Interiors

Must See Designers & Makers During Paris Design Week Materiality Driven Designs Dictate The Latest Trends  2014 Paris Design Week was all about the theme of “sharing” as it showcased contemporary craft, inspired design for home interiors and the latest trends. After trend scouting the French capital’s showrooms, concept stores, galleries and cultural institutions, I [...]

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Top 5 Tips for Antique Hunting at High Point Market

Filed in Art, Design Finds, Homepage, Interiors, Interviews by on September 9, 2014 2 Comments
Top 5 Tips for Antique Hunting at High Point Market

 The Antique and Design Center Opens In October for High Point Fall Market Get Your Antiquing “A” Game On with These 5 Expert Tips   As a child of Deep South, family heirlooms were the visual relics of my ancestors’ storied past and daily reminders of our French-Canadian heritage. I grew up in a typical [...]

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Interior Design Trends at Fall 2014 Shows

Filed in Design Finds, Homepage, Interiors by on September 5, 2014 0 Comments
Interior Design Trends at Fall 2014 Shows

Home Interior Trends Spotted in Fall 2014 European Design Shows A Sneak Peek at The 2014 London Design Festival & Maison et Objet The design season is in full swing with some of the world’s most watched events in home interior fashion underway starting with 2014 Maison et Objet in Paris that opened on Sept [...]

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Flower Arrangement Ideas To Create Home Decor Accessories

Filed in Art, Homepage, Interiors, Interviews by on August 26, 2014 0 Comments
Flower Arrangement Ideas To Create Home Decor Accessories

 Flower Arrangement Tips to Think Outside the Vase  As the fall fast approaches, we bid goodbye to many flower blooms until next Spring but you can enjoy their fragrant colors, textures and shapes indoors with flower arrangements. A flower by itself is a marvel of Mother Nature to behold but flowers artfully arranged and mixed [...]

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Harry Potter Graphic Designer Makes Wizarding World Believeable

Filed in Art, Design Finds, Homepage by on August 22, 2014 1 Comment
Harry Potter Graphic Designer Makes Wizarding World Believeable

It’s been nearly four years since the last Harry Potter film hit the box office and I’m amazed at the movie saga’s staying power as a cultural phenomenon.  The graphic design work of Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina played a starring role in the films’ ability to suspend our disbelief and immerse ourselves into the [...]

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