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20140129-213657.jpg Photo by Katherine Holland.

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:
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.
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.
In the VIP lounge Roche Bobois provided the furnishings. Love this rug and sofa colour combination.
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?



20140124-221316.jpg The Interior Design Show is here and I am so excited. As I mention in this awesome article by Sara Duck for Home Decor and Renovations, IDS is like home coming for the design community. And this year it was so glam!
20140124-221841.jpg Starting with this dressing room by Ikea. What I love about Ikea’s booth at IDS every year is that they show how (with an expert eye) high and low items can be combined for striking results. Amazing- and gold! Huge trend for 2014. Lots of gold to be seen at the show.
20140124-222142.jpg This Town and Country fireplace has been outfitted with their brand new (soon to be mandatory in 2014) safety screen. I love that it is seamless, blends in with the gorgeous brass frame, and provides an important layer to keep little hands safe.
20140124-222603.jpg I am booth neighbors with the always on trend Andrew Richard Designs. Love the product- and their booth is always so graphic, linear and glam. Another great one this year.

And of course, so excited for my booth the National Bank Design Stop where I will be offering complimentary consultations on Saturday and Sunday. Bring your photos, fabrics, inspirations to the show and I will help you strategize and start your renovation or decor project off to a great start!

Thanks to Larry Arnal for the pics of the National Bank Design Stop!


Hello and I hope you are all having a great week! I want to start by saying hi to a few new bloggers I have had the pleasure of reading and getting to know: hi Foggy Daydreams, Rarely Taken Seriously, and Love On Sunday. It’s been a joy to read your blogs and get inspired by your passions.

I am so passionate about good design and helping people live the best life possible. With this sentiment I am excited to be partnering with the National Bank at the Interior Design Show this year! At The National Bank’s Design Stop, a really fun outdoor inspired space right in the center of the show floor beside the main stage, I’ll be highlighting the top trends for 2014 and offering design consultations for a few lucky show attendees. Stay tuned for how you can be selected as one of those lucky attendees!

I was thrilled to work with the National Bank 2 years ago at IDS. Here are a couple of shots of that space (when I was pregnant with Leo!)- I am excited to be working with them again to bring you the latest and greatest in Interior Design!






Happy Friday! This Friday 5 is coming at the end of the day as I participated in back to back Interior Design Show festivities including the first #Instawalk for Masco Canada and Beige Is Dead. Check out the hash tags #ids13walk for all the images of the participants who walked the floor snapping their favourite pieces from the show.

Here are 5 things that inspired me today at the show:20130125-202350.jpgThis is a beautiful custom carpet designed by Robyn Waffle for Modallion, yetanother amazing Ryerson Fashion grad.
20130125-202439.jpgCeaserstone created this rock garden, a beautiful visual pause and clever use of this material.
20130125-202455.jpgThese are my friend Nyla Free‘s shoes. Snapped this while she wasn’t looking!
20130125-202518.jpgA fun splash of colour at the Para Paint booth.
20130125-202600.jpgAnd lastly from Masco, I love the versatility in this sink design- many different configurations for a vessel.

The Interior Design Show is this weekend at the Metro Toronto Convention Center and is full of I sliding treats. The Ikea booth is one not to miss, and I also loved what Oakville retailer Cocoon did with their booth.

And I’m excited to announce the winner of my IDS ticket giveaway! I drew the winner the old fashioned way by writing down all the entires and drawing from a hat- and the winner is…. Angie! Congrats to you and thanks to all who entered. Happy Toronto Design Week!


It’s that time of year again, when the design community gathers in Toronto for the inspiring cultural event that is the Interior Design Show.

Last year I was so excited to participate in the show formally with my design of National Bank’s hub at the How Do You Live? exhibit. This year I can’t wait to connect with old friends, sharpen the saw, and in general be surrounded by good design and smart people.

In honour of the festivities I’m giving away a pair of tickets to the show for this January 26-27 2013 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. To enter, like my Facebook page and tell me you did so in the comments below. Extra entries for following me on twitter and on Instagram @lisacanning. Contest closes Friday January 25 at 5pm and winner will be notified via email. Good luck and happy design week!


So… this post is a little tardy, but being that I’m now 30 weeks pregnant (when did that happen?) sleeping has taken precedence over blogging. Instead of a round-up of my IDS12 favourites, I thought I’d offer a few survival tips to IDS from this first time exhibitor (still can’t believe that happened too).


Meet my assistant Lara Cupido, without whom I would surely be a grumpier designer (and poorly accessorized- that is her fantastic necklace I am wearing above, this girl has great taste). Lara has worked with me through 2 seasons of production design on For Rent, worked very hard through major client installations and has schooled me on the best restaurants in the city (look up foodie in the dictionary and it’s her face there). Inside and out, she’s one special gem and I’m so happy to have her as part of my team. (Photo by Arnal Photography).


As much as I love my heels, the Interior Design Show is one massive exhibit to work your way through. Save the heels for the opening night party, opt for flate for the rest of the show- above I am wearing sensible Stuart Weitzman flats during an interview with House and Home. (Photo by Sharyn Smith)


Several hundred people rested their tootsies on this Pavia chaise lounge from BoConcept in my National Bank hub. Unless instructed otherwise, the booths at IDS are meant to be interactive. It’s a great venue to try out new products so do take it easy and soak in all the design eye candy. (Photo by Arnal Photography)

TIP #4: STAY HYDRATED  I don’t have any secret inside tips on where to get free water at the show- otherwise I would have taken more advantage! But one cannot live on coffee alone, so make sure to get your H20 fix too.


The Canadian Design Blogger Meetup was the Saturday night of IDS- and it was so lovely to catch up with colleagues at Brasaii.

Here I am with fellow designers Jennifer Brouwer and Lisa Ferguson; with Dabble Mag divas Christine Da Costa and Nyla Free; and with blogger extraordinare Christine Dovey of Bijou and Boheme.


Special thanks to Larry Arnal of Arnal Photography for capturing my work at the National Bank hub. Here are a few of my favourite shots:

And for a round-up for the best of IDS12, take a peek at what fellow bloggers thought of the show: Judtih Mackin for HGTV here, Tim of Design Maze here, Jennifer Flores of Rambling Renovators here & Pam at Cherish Toronto here.


It’s been a fun whirlwind these past 2 days- here’s a little recap of the Interior Design Show opening night party and the unveiling of my design of the National Bank Hub for the How Do You Live exhibit.

Furnished by BoConcept, I created a multifunctional space for the modern family. When you visit the space you’ll notice a home office, room for toys and lots of concealed storage to keep the space feeling spacious. Using the National Bank colours of red, black and white I was thrilled to outfit this small space. More detail shots of the space to come : )

Thanks to Larry from Arnal Photography for the great pics below from the opening party:

Photo 1&2: The lovely Allen Chan, Sharyn Smith and Glen Peloso paid me a visit. Photo 3: Showing Jen Wilson some of the smart storage solutions from BoConcept. Photo 4: With the lovely Sharyn Smith, the fantastic lady of Eventful PR who I’m so happy to be working with. It’s been a great start to #IDS12!


Last week I tweeted a little teaser that garnered a few very supportive, lovely comments (thank you friends!). And now I can announce why I feel like I need to be pinched- I am designing a space at next week’s Interior Design Show!

The National Bank is the sponsor of the IDS 12 feature exhibit, How Do You Live? This exhibit will highlight small space living at its best, with TAS Designbuild developing the concept for the exterior shell of the multi-level showcase and six unique interior spaces, each designed and decorated by a different Toronto-based design firm.

The National Bank’s hub will sit side-by-side the HDYL exhibit- and yours truly is designing it! I’m thrilled to put my small space skills to use in this venue. I am humbled and excited to say the least to be a part of IDS 12.

What can you expect in The National Bank Hub? They have challenged me to transform a 16′ x 24′ shipping container (very cool that it’s reusable) into an office and den for the urban family. I’ll be going to one of my favourite retailers BoConcept (remember that great functional coffee table I used on The Marilyn Denis Show?) to outfit the space.

Not going to give away much more (surprises are so much fun)- but here’s a few of the sketches that led up to the final design:

Can’t wait to party with many friends and colleagues next week at IDS 12 and to unveil my design! I am truly so excited for this fabulous opportunity.


This morning I had to miss the press preview for this weekend’s Interior Design Show due to a family commitment. But to give you a sneak peek of what is to come (it’s going to be a brilliant show) please hop on over to see coverage by Jennifer Wilson from yourhome.ca, Jennifer Flores of Rambling Renovators who is hosting Pecha Kucha on Friday, and Arren Williams who will be hosting his own talk on Sunday.

Must see for me: Alfred Sung furniture, the Sibling Revelry exhibit, and the Panton chairs for Casey House. This weekend is going to be packed with design goodness- cannot wait.