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.
Karen LeBlanc's Latest Posts
Designer Joe Ruggiero’s Latest Sunbrella Collection Struts the Catwalk Many of the latest home collections stealing the spotlight at High Point Fall 2014 Market draw inspiration from the international catwalk. Fashion-inspired furnishings are a perennial staple in home furnishings and accessories but this season, designers surprised by pushing the creative potential of materials. The Sunbrella [...]
Casual sophistication dominated home fashion style at High Point Fall 2014 Market, held in October, with the latest launches embodying a relaxed chic both indoors and out. Perhaps no other designer is more prolific in this genre than interior designer and TV personality Candice Olson. She has built an entire lifestyle brand on casual sophistication [...]
A Conversation with Dwell’s Editor-in-Chief on Good Design On Thursday, I head to Dwell on Design New York City for a three-day “tete-a-tete” exploring the role of architecture and design in our modern lifestyles. The event brings together some of the greatest contemporary talents in architecture, design, hospitality, public spaces and urban infrastructure. Hosted by [...]
Join me as I share tips and insights on how to tell your design story with video at the Surya Showroom during High Point Fall Market.
Recycled & Upcycled Materials Make Fashion Statement I’m a huge fan of upcycled objects. I really appreciate the creativity and ingenuity that these designer-makers posses to turn outcast materials and mundane objects into things of beauty, curiosity and purpose. I recently discovered the work of 3 Green Sisters, an eco-conscious brand that turns re-purposed fabrics into [...]
Orange is the New Black in the professional life of actress Alysia Reiner but in her home life Green is the it color. Reiner, who plays the role of Fig, the assistant warden, and her husband David Alan Basche recently completed a two-year renovation on a Harlem brownstone that was literally an empty shell, vandalized and [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]