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IDS14 HIGHLIGHTS

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A big big thanks to everyone who came and visited me at the National Bank Design Stop at the Interior Design Show this weekend. It was a great pleasure to meet with so many show goers to talk about their renovation and decorating projects. It was also a great to chat with a few design students about career direction and how to get started in this business. It was a great weekend all around. Here are a few things that stood out to me:
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This is Avani, a new line of kitchens by Aya Kitchens. 2 most fantastic things about this kitchen: the colour options (matches my pants!) and the counter moves- it shifts to create a larger island, or tucks away completely into the back millwork for more space. Love the sleek European lines and made in Canada quality.
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Tony Koukos, photographer and down right lovely person, showcased his wall coverings, rugs, and my new obsession- table tops. I have plans for a tabletop in my house in the near future.
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In the VIP lounge Roche Bobois provided the furnishings. Love this rug and sofa colour combination.
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Korhani, a rug line I have used in many of my television and client projects, installed this very creative, slightly psychedelic, fun installation where their rugs were fashioned into outfits on mannequins. This company has worked hard to position itself as a fashion forward rug maker- and installations like this certainly show its’ prowess.

For those of you that attended IDS14, what were your highlights from this design filled show?

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LOOKING BACK ON 2012

As a chronic goal setter I must admit that I love the hope that comes with a new calendar year. I don’t know when in history making resolutions became a thing to do- but I am grateful for the reminder that a new habit can be learned, a skill can be sharpened, a course can be charted even if it does take a ball dropping to make me (finally) do it.

Before I ramble on about my resolutions, I’m excited to take a look at all the gifts I was given in 2012. Thanks for being a part of it- here we go, in no particular order:

Lisa Canning_National Bank Hub_IDS12_4I was featured at IDS12In a fun flurry of activity (designed and implemented this small space in less time than it took me to find a chic 5 month maternity dress for the party) we designed this space for National Bank for the feature How Do You Live exhibit.

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My daughter got a “big girl” room. It was about time- poor girl had been living in a beige personality-less room for far too long. So much fun to create this for her.

20120410-094942.jpgWe had baby Leo. And now he looks like this:

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We designed this:
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And this:
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And styled this shot for Toronto Home Mag (shot by Brandon Barre):
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And made these for Habitat for Humanity, and spoke for the first time on the Home Show stage:
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I Dabbled in my round up of fav products for Dabble Magazine (here I am at the EQ3 opening shot by the lovely Katherine Holland):
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And all in all had a lot of fun. Lastly, a great gift I was given in 2012- my beautiful mother, pictured below in this awesome vintage pic which I have learned was her bedroom growing up (I must have inherited her love of drapery, and upholstery- note the matching bench- so awesome) battled breast cancer AGAIN after ten years remission. And with class and grace she won:

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Wishing you all a fantastic 2013!

IDS REPORT: OPTIMISM & SYNERGY

It has been a busy week post IDS- largely because I have been so inspired by my experience this year. I feel rejuvenated, enlightened, and downright optimistic thanks to my interactions at the show, and I’d like to share why. Here are my top highlights:

#1. The Power of Connections- Tweet Up Dinner: At this fantastic dinner many of us who have only tweeted or known of each other got to connect in real life. I had the opportunity to hear how the lovely Michelle of Holley & Gill got blogging and picked the brain of the tech savvy Kelly Fallis.

That’s me with the delightful Holley&Gil blogger Michelle (thanks Lisa Ferguson for the lovely photo), me with the dapper Arren Williams, my delicious meal at Nota Bene and a room full of amazing design enthusiasts.

#2. Learning from Masters: Notes from the VIP lounge: Something I have learned in the last few years of running my business is that if you don’t ASK you don’t grow. My business completely changed when I hired a business coach and asked Meredith Heron to mentor me over a cup of coffee. I’ve also learned that people are happy to share their successes and failures even if you don’t know them personally- and with the power of twitter, it’s easier to connect with these professionals. Thus I did a lot of asking this year at IDS. I picked the brain of Lisa Ferguson (who recommended an app for my new iphone that will change the way I do business!), and got to talk about the road to success with the gorgeous Kelly Deck. I will admit I was totally starstruck when I met Kelly, and must report she is as lovely and charming in person as she is on her show Take It Outside.

A blurry shot of Kelly Deck!

#3. A warm embrace of colour: There was a lot of boldness on the floor- saturated hues and bright colours. However, I didn’t see much Honeysucklebut got to see lots of lime, purple, aqua, cobalt, orange- lots of bright, happy colours.

Gorgeous rugs by modern weave

Deliciously colourful Style At Home booth with a painted floor

Concept space by the Ta Trung siblings

I want this piece by Alanna Cavanagh

A lively mix of oranges in the Richardson concept space

#4. An energetic mix of pattern: 2011 is all about mixing and layering patterns. I am in love with this approach to decorating- when done well it can look dynamic and feisty- I love it.

Love the patterned wallpaper with subdued art at Frini.

Incredible high fashion tiles from Edgewater.

Lovely mix of patterns unified in a colour palette of blue and white.

Stay tuned for Part 2!

BIG CHANGES


I have hinted that over the last few months some major changes have been happening in my home. Finally it’s time to share them with you- over the next week or two I’ll share each of the projects I’ve undertook in my home and all the great resources I’ve acquired in the process, plus share the video that Style At Home shot covering the transformation. I’m currently busy prepping my segment for The Marilyn Dennis Show and getting excited for IDS events- busy times but exciting times.