White might be right for the master bath, but the towels in a guest room ensuite can have a bit more chutzpah. Although the bold chevron bath linens evoke the signature print of a luxe design label, Lohnes snagged them for a song from none other than Giant Tiger! Decorative trees, urbanoutfitters.com. Reeded glass doors, nautical sconce, homedepot.ca. Boathouse Pine laminate floors, pergo.com. Sink, elte.com. Mirror, bombay.ca. Glitter reindeer, homesense.ca. Bath mat, simons.ca.
Made from silver German glass, the glitter on this festive figurine has tarnished over time to a charming (and ontrend!) copper colour. Glitter reindeer, homesense.ca.
Reinvent vintage finds
From the charming wooden jam cupboard to the edgy industrial nightstand, virtually all of the furniture was sourced through secondhand shopping websites. Even the room’s pièce de résistance—a tufted vinyl headboard with a show-stopping silhouette—was a Craigslist bargain that just needed a bit of a boost. “It was originally in a yellow, blue and green 1950s floral print, so I gave it a few coats of white spray paint,” says Lohnes. “Now it’s a neutral backdrop for trendier bedding and cushions.” Find the perfect thread count The higher the thread count, the more luxurious the bed linens, right? Although he’d never go as low as a thread count of 180, Lohnes says there are drawbacks to super-dense weaves. “The more threads per square inch, the heavier the feel of the sheet and the more prone it is to trapping body heat,” he says. “Plus, the higher the thread count, the harder the sheet is to iron.” For easy maintenance and maximum comfort, Lohnes recommends a thread count between 325 and 350.