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Sam, Matt & Abby’s New Home

We wanted to share with you a heartwarming story that was originally posted by interior designer and Canadian television personality Jillian Harris.  She read a story about a mom named Sam who had to undergo a C-Section to give birth to her baby girl, Abby.  She received a spinal anesthesia that was supposed to wear off in 6 to 8 hours.  However, after 10 hours of numbness, doctors performed tests only to discover that she had suffered nerve damage on the bottom of the spine that may have been related to the procedure.  Sam was left with limited motor ability and sensory paralysis from the waist down which put her in a wheelchair.   It was a very traumatic time for Sam, seeing other families able to go home with their babies during a 5 month hospital stay.  She had her very supportive husband, Matt who would stay with her every single night for those many months while members of the family would take Abby each night and bring her back to the hospital in the morning to spend time with Sam and Matt between physiotherapy appointments.

When Sam was finally able to come home she had to face another hurdle.  Their home wasn’t wheelchair accessible which included a bathroom that wasn’t wheelchair friendly and a whole lot of stairs.  Sam and Matt then had to find another living situation and eventually found a condo that was entirely accessible.  Sam, Matt & Abby had settled in and met a lot of other families but something was still missing.  Sam wanted to make this new house feel like a home.  Sam used to love going shopping and picking out furniture but with her limited mobility, it wouldn’t be so easy to go out and look around.

But that’s where Jillian and her friends Ally Spino from the show Love It Or List It (Vancouver)) and Erin Sousa (Founder of Sparkle Media) stepped in to help.  They met with Sam to check out her home and spent the next few months designing the space.  After all the planning and putting everything together, it was time for the big reveal.  Sam and the fam were blown away!

Check out the photos below and see The Parlour wallpaper from our Tastemakers collection creating a majestic and romantic space in Sam and Matt’s master bedroom.

Matt, Sam and Abby walk into their newly renovated space by Jillian Harris

Bedroom space designed by Jillian Harris showing The Parlour Wallpaper manufactured and sold by Milton & King with white bed linens and light brown accentsBedroom space designed by Jillian Harris with The Parlour wallpaper manufactured and sold by Milton & King with a simple beautiful flower arrangement on the end table.Matt, Sam and Abby looking happy with their new renovated and revealed home designed by Jillian Harris
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Milton & King were so honoured to be a part of the good cause of helping a family not just design their interior, but create a gorgeous space…a space that makes a family feel like their house is a home!

We’re also happy to report that Sam is slowly regaining some motor skills and sensory functions. She just took some of her first steps with a walker! As Sam continues her recovery, we’re happy that she has a beautiful home to make her and her family feel good along the way.

Thank you for letting Milton & King play a role in this incredibly humbling project.

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Jillian Harris for The Tastemakers Collection

The final designer as part of The Tastemakers Collection is the lovely Jillian Harris, TV host, blogging superstar and media personality who has captured America’s heart. we caught up with Jillian to chat about the launch of her designers as part of The Tastemakers Collection and what inspired her to create each piece in the capsule collection.

Milton & King: What inspired your designs for The Tastemakers Collection?

Jillian: I felt strongly about creating a timeless collection of versatile wall coverings.  Each design was carefully crafted with a specific space in mind, but I also tried to select colors & patterns that would work well in different spaces for different people.  For example, “Tropic Like It’s Hot” was created for a powder room or a little girls room and “Leo’s Spots” was created with Leo’s nursery in mind, but those wallpapers could also work well in a sun room or an office space.

MK: How did you find the design process, and did you always have a clear idea of what you wanted to create? 

J: Yes!!!! I knew I wanted to create classic BUT FUN  patterns for this collection of wall coverings. I worked closely with the design experts from Milton & King to help bring my vision to life!  It took several rounds of editing to create the perfect prints that worked well together, but the hard work was worth it and I am thrilled with the outcome!

MK: Do you have a favorite design from the collection, or which one are you most excited to see in people’s homes and why?

J: I LOVE how the wainscoting turned out!!  I have wainscoting in my home and I love the idea of being able to create the same effect through wallpaper!

MK: What are your top interior and design trends for 2017?

J: Right now, my focus is on adding more texture to rooms …incorporating bigger, timeless pieces … less trinkets and small decor items … and maybe a BIT more colour (think greys, oatmeals and other “color” neutrals)!!

Check out Jillian’s three designs for The Tastemakers Collection – The Parlour, Leo’s Spots and Tropic Like it’s Hot, all exclusively available now via Milton & King!

The Parlour by Jillian Harris for The Tastemakers Collection – Adding sophistication and depth to a room, this wall covering creates a sense of space even in small rooms.

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Leo’s Spots by Jillian Harris for The Tastemakers Collection – Named after her newborn son Leo, Jillian has created this utterly delightful wallpaper. The versatile pattern complements a range of decorating styles and will serve as a consistent backdrop even as your decorating style changes and evolves.

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Tropic like It’s Hot by Jillian Harris for The Tastemakers Collection – You can’t help but feel excited about life when there’s a flamingo print involved. A delicate take on tropicana, the Tropic Like it’s Hot wallpaper will brighten any room. Designed with pastels and contrasting pink and green tones, this light, bright wall covering is all about spreading happy vibes.

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You can read more about The Tastemakers Collection here, and shop the collection here.

Paula Coop McCrory | The Tastemakers Collection
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Paula Coop McCrory for The Tastemakers Collection

 You will have heard by now that an exciting new project – The Tastemakers Collection – is now live in collaboration with three very special influencers, one of them being the lovely Paula Coop McCrory! Paula is a social media influencer and Pinterest queen, with a following of more than 4.3 million on Pinterest alone!
Paula’s sharp eye for design is a credit to her background as an artist long before her pinning days, and today, she’s one of three designers who make up the 11-piece capsule collection for Milton & King. We are so thrilled to have her on board for this project that has been in the works for months on end. To celebrate the launch of The Tastemakers Collection, we did a Q&A with Paula to dive into her inspirations for the four designs – A Slice, Lush Life, Happy Camper and With Fins – and ask her what the entire process has been like.
MK: What inspired your designs for The Tastemakers Collection?
 
P: I was inspired by what makes me happy. Bright colour, capturing story paired with moments that define a memory – are all ideas I tried to infuse within the designs. 
 
MK: How did you find the design process, or what was involved in the design process for you both? Did you always have a clear idea of what you wanted to create?
P: I love anything to do with design. I turned to my sketchbook and watercolours. I began by sketching and just allowing myself to explore. The ideas began to define themselves. One of the first designs that came to life for me was ‘Fin.’ I knew I wanted to capture something to do with the ocean. To me, the ocean is one of the most healing and calming spaces in the world. From there I drew on my love of diving and ‘Fin’ came to life. 
 
MK. Do you have a favorite design from the collection, or which one are you most excited to see in people’s homes and why?
 
P: All four of my designs mean something special to me. ‘Happy Camper’ connects to my sons and the want to install a love of life and travel within them. ‘Lush Life,’ ties to my curiosity around all things small. I enlarged drawings of micro greens to create the print. ‘Fin’ is about exploration and the beauty of water. ‘Slice’ represents the care and love I received while injured in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. I am so excited to see what people respond to and how they use this series within their lives. 
 
MK: What are your top interior and design trends for 2017?
 
P: We just moved into a new home and are in the middle of renovations. I am so drawn to soft fabrics – like velvet, against the play of whimsical wallpapers and accents that connect to who we are as people and a family. I believe in investing in visual art – hanging a mixture of personal photographs along side fine art pieces – I see as timeless. I will be sharing this journey as it all unfolds on my social channels.
A Slice by Paula Coop McCrory for The Tastemakers Collection – Bright, bold and reminiscent of summer, watermelon is synonymous with happiness, laughter and fun. The fruit instantly transports Paula back to her childhood and this wallpaper is all about preserving these sweet memories while also bringing bold color and amusement to your space.
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Happy Camper by Paula Coop McCrory for The Tastemakers Collection – This wallpaper was inspired by Paula Coop McCrory’s children, who are also known as her ‘happy campers’. Inspired to preserve their childlike sense of adventure, she designed Happy Camper to add color and fun to your home. This design is all about finding happiness within and hanging on to the wonder of youth and travel.
Paula Coop McCrory | The Tastemakers Collection
Lush Life by Paula Coop McCrory for The Tastemakers Collection – As a child Paula Coop McCrory was fascinated by the wallpaper in her kitchen, which was covered in tiny fruits and vegetables. Drawing on this memory, she has enlarged the smallest of vegetables – microgreens – and given them a whimsical pink color treatment. This versatile print is her homage to imagination, memory and curiosity.
Paula Coop McCrory | The Tastemakers Collection
With Fins by Paula Coop McCrory for The Tastemakers Collection – With Fins brings together two of Paula Coop McCrory’s great loves – design and the sea. This wall covering is inspired by the serenity of the ocean and the simultaneous sense of adventure it invokes. Adding life to any room, this design captures the color of the sea and the solitude you experience whilst snorkelling.
Paula Coop McCrory | The Tastemakers Collection
You can read more about The Tastemakers Collection here, and shop the collection here.
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Jan and Earl from Poppytalk for The Tastemakers Collection

Have you heard the great news… The Tastemakers Collection is now live! One of the fabulous designers of the collection is Poppytalk duo Jan Halvarson and Earl Einarson, who are one of the world’s most inspiring designers. As the founders of Poppytalk – a creative studio and design/lifestyle blog – the pair strikes the perfect balance between authenticity and creativity, and their collection for Milton & King is no different.
We caught up with Jan and Earl to chat about their inspiration for their 4-piece capsule collection and which wallpaper they will be hanging in their own home.
MK: What inspired your designs for The Tastemakers Collection?
 
P: Nature was our inspiration. We love the outdoors and wanted to bring some of our favorite elements indoors. For example, Shoreline was inspired by the sea, it reminded us of seafoam and we love how peaceful it feels. A great paper for a bedroom, entryway or even a spa. Canyon is inspired by all the beautiful mountains we have here in North America. It’s a very dark wallpaper and can really create a moody atmosphere and ground a space. We picture it with brass accents.  The Plains is a fun take and nod to the desert, a place we also love. We think it would look awesome in a kids space, a kitchen or dressing rooms. And Tropicale is a bold graphic and reminds us of being in the tropics especially needed during our dark winters here in the Pacific Northwest.
MK: How did you find the design process, or what was involved in the design process for you both? Did you always have a clear idea of what you wanted to create?
 
P: The designs came to us organically actually. The monstera leaf we actually created for a DIY linocut we did a while back and knew we wanted to expand on it. This was actually the funnest part of the process; manipulating sizes and trying out different colours. The other designs followed after a bit of trial and error, as we focused on a nature theme and then brainstorming a cohesive collection. We loved working with Bryce (from Milton & King) on ideas who was very supportive and open-minded.
MK: Do you have a favorite design from the collection, or which one are you most excited to see in people’s homes and why?
 
P: Although we love them all, we are looking forward to hanging a couple of them in our home.  Canyon for a wall in our living room and Shoreline for our staircase!
MK: What are your top interior and design trends for 2017?
 
P: For us it seems some things change so fast, and then others stay forever.  But if we had to choose trends, we’re really loving the colours blush pink and moss green together right now, lots of different blues and greens, and bringing nature into home but in a more exaggerated way (like our wallpaper)!
Check out their four designs below and be sure to follow them on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook for more on The Tastemakers Collection and design inspiration for your home!
Canyon by Jan Halvarson and Earl Einarson from Poppytalk for The Tastemakers Collection – Inspired by the canyons of North America’s rambling west, this majestic wallpaper will add just the right amount of weight to a feature wall or room that needs grounding. The versatile print can be contrasted with bright colors or used as the foundation of a monochrome or earthy color scheme.
Poppytalk | The Tastemakers Collection The Plains by Jan Halvarson and Earl Einarson from Poppytalk for The Tastemakers Collection – Nothing says fun and adventure like a vibrant cactus print. This bold wallpaper creates a feeling of whimsy and playfulness, and will perfectly complement your next desert decor idea. With bright pops of blue and green, this design is ideal for adding a sun-drenched vista to any room.
Poppytalk | The Tastemakers Collection
Shoreline by Jan Halvarson and Earl Einarson from Poppytalk for The Tastemakers Collection – Shoreline mesmerizes with its deep blue swirling colors of the sea. This no-repeat tile wallpaper is a great addition to any room that needs a vivid splash of color. Capturing the carefree vibe of lazy summer days by the ocean, this wallpaper will instantly transport you to the seaside.
Poppytalk | The Tastemakers Collection
Tropicale by Jan Halvarson and Earl Einarson from Poppytalk for The Tastemakers Collection – Embrace the mood of balmy summer days with Tropicale. In a design that will bring tropical flare to any room, you can almost feel the heat of a tropical breeze carrying your troubles away and hear to the soft rustle of these graphic monstera leaves. Now can someone please pass a piña colada?

Poppytalk | The Tastemakers Collection

 

You can read more about The Tastemakers Collection here, and shop Jan and Earl’s designs here.

The Tastemakers Collection
The Tastemakers Collection

Milton & King Launch The Tastemakers Collection

This week, we have a very special announcement…. an exciting new, limited-edition-only collection has launched on Milton & King in collaboration with three tastemakers in the interior and design space. We are beyond thrilled to introduce you to The Tastemakers Collection!

After months of work and hustle behind the scenes, The Tastemakers Collection has launched featuring designs from Jan Halvarson & Earl Einarson from Poppytalk, Paula Coop McCrory and Jillian Harris, all of whom have created incredible designs that reflect their own personal style and character.

The Tastemakers Collection is made up of 11 exclusive designs that are available for a limited-time only and feature everything from monochrome spots, bright florals, pastel flamingos and a statement watermelon design to a classic wainscoting inspired wallpaper, The Tastemakers Collection has something for every style and space.

Now is the time to breathe new life into your home, and The Tastemakers Collection is the perfect excuse to add wallpaper to the mix. You can purchase designs from The Tastemakers Collection online with Milton & King now.

We are thrilled at this exciting new collaboration and would like to thank our collaborating designers Jan, Earl, Paula and Jillian. Without them, The Tastemakers Collection would not be as special as it is.

You can see the collection in full ONLINE NOW, but here’s a little sneak peek!

A Slice by Paula Coop McCrory 

You can see all of Paula’s designs here.

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Tropicale by Jan Halvarson & Earl Einarson from Poppytalk 

You can see all of Jan and Earl’s designs here.

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Leo’s Spots by Jillian Harris 

You can see all of Jillian’s designs here.

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Don’t forget, The Tastemakers Collection is available exclusively with Milton & King for a limited time only. Make one yours today!