IDS14 Recap Part 3: Para Paints, Solo Home, Andrew Richard Designs & More

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Hey everyone!  Welcome to my final IDS14 post!  You can find the first recap here and the second one here.

Today is all about colour via Para Paints, small spaces with brilliant design, outdoor spaces to swoon over other prettiness!

Can I be totally honest, not only do I enjoy how you can easily give a space new life with a can of paint but I love the smell of paint. I know, I know, probably not the best, but I really do.  Anyhow, now that you know that about me, let's talk about Para Paints.  They could not have had a more visually appealing exhibit.  I loved the oversized paint chips and the lighting was perfect.  I think many of us can feel a bit uneasy when it comes to choosing paint colours and so it was really fantastic to be able to approach Para with your painting questions.  They have chosen Plantain Chips as their colour of the year, a vibrant and cheerful yellow that will brighten up any space!

Andrew Richard Designs display was outdoor furniture at it's best.  The black and white pattern in the woven pieces paired with the red cushions made for a striking combo.  There is something about red cushions on outdoor furniture that just seems so perfect.  The team did an amazing job setting up this display and making it easy for visitors to envision how they could transform their outdoor space with a few key pieces and thoughtful planning.

When it comes to small spaces, one would think that you would be limited in terms of counter space, furniture and decor.  The Solo exhibit proved that with some careful planning, this couldn't be any further from the truth.  You can most definitely live large in a small space.  The team took an energy-efficient Bunkie and made it into a modern lovers dream.  Mixed finishes, gorgeous plaid paired with leather and perfectly chosen wooden furniture made for a cosy and applaud worthy space.  Truly magnificent.

I mean really, there was SO much to see at this amazing show and to be honest, I'm kinda sad that this is the last of the recaps.  It was so fun to relive the weekend through writing these posts.

I hoped you enjoyed touring the show through my eyes and I'm really looking forward to attending next years show, the countdown is on.

I wanted to once again thank Sarah Richardson for taking the time to share my post about her gorgeous booth.  That is something that will stick with me forever, truly.  A really amazing moment for me :)  Thanks, Sarah!


#IDS14 Recap Part 2: Delta Faucet Canada, Hilborn Pottery, See The Light & Bloomsbury Fine Cabinetry

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

You guys, I can not thank you enough for all of your kind words and comments on my first IDS14 post!  I'm very appreciative, thank you over and over again.

Today, I'm sharing with you a few more a few more booths that caught my eye. From pottery to lighting to vanities & faucets!

I was so impressed with the Delta Faucet Canada exhibit.  They did a perfect job of displaying their tub fillers and faucets, making it possible for people to test them out and see how they would look in a finished space.  I couldn't resist snapping a photo of this beautiful tub filler which was positioned in front of a stunning work of art, the tub filler blended right in, a piece of art itself!

One of the feature exhibits this year was See The Light, which was an absolute treat.  The space designed by Shirley Meisels from MHouse Inc was truly gorgeous and welcoming.  She did a remarkable job of designing a space around the spectacular lighting, which was the purpose of this exhibit.

The Simply White booth took my breath away.  Gorgeous, all wood pieces with french flair and a gilded die for.  The white washed wood backdrop paired with the chandeliers and rocking horses and of course, the stunning furniture made for a space that left onlookers in awe.

I loved the beautiful pottery pieces made by Hilborn Pottery Design. I  walked passed this booth a couple of times and each time, I was just as impressed as I was the first time I saw their work.  Gorgeous folds, generous sizes and a variety of shapes make these pieces unique.  And I absolutely loved the matte finish.

We know that brass has made a strong comeback and is especially popular when it comes to faucets in both kitchens and bathrooms.  Paired with marble counters and you've got yourself a stunning space.  I mean really, it doesn't get much better.  Bloomsbury Fine Cabinetry hit the nail on the head with their display. So gorgeous!

Okay, friends! I still have more pictures to share with you, but they will have to wait for another post!

Until then!


IDS14 Recap - Part One. Ikea Canada, Sarah Richardson Design & Aerin via Cocoon Furnishings

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

You guys, after going through the photos from IDS14 I have to say I wish I could go back.  It's pretty amazing how you see things so differently through the lens.

I'm super excited to share some photos with you today in my first IDS14 recap.  I've decided to break it up into a couple of different posts.  Today, it's all about Ikea, Sarah Richardson Design and Aerin Lauder.

The highly anticipated Aerin collection which is being exclusively sold in Canada through Cocoon Furnishings, an Oakville interior design showroom, was a pure joy to see.  Honestly, the entire space was absolutely brilliant.  The Sanger Chandelier is probably the most gorgeous piece I've ever laid eyes on.  The beautiful grain of the wood in the tables along with the clean lines & soft curves of the accessories and coordinating furnishings brought together a luxurious space of timeless elegance. Seriously the stuff of my dreams.

I'm always eager to see what Sarah Richardson and her team will bring to the table.  Their ability to mix  fabrics & patterns is so admirable.  Truthfully, what they did was pure genius.  To be able to have so much going on in one small space without having it feel overwhelming, actually, it was quite the opposite for me, was simply amazing.  I adored the graceful fabric used as the backdrop and especially loved the fabric covering the bulletin board paired with nailhead trim.  I'd have to say that my absolute favourite pieces were the chairs and the bench, oh goodness, that bench, which is custom Sarah Richardson piece, it's perfect.  Gorgeous lines and perfect proportions, I die.  Moving on.  The team showed how fabric can truly transform a space, from using it on pillows, to curtains, to recovering vintage pieces or a perhaps a ladder if you choose to do so.  But what they proved is that fabric can most definitely step any piece up a notch and can be used in a variety of ways that many wouldn't think of.  You can view the entire fabric line here.

I think it's pretty much unanimous that Ikea Canada knocked it out of the park yet again this year. The extremely popular display did not disappoint  Lacquer, brass, gold, clustered lighting and an absolutely brilliant mix of furnishings, brought this space together.  Kitchens will forever grab a hold of my heart strings and this kitchen did just that.  Ikea Canada proved that thinking outside of the box can not only help you create a space full of personality but one of sheer beauty.

In my next IDS14 post, I will be sharing snippets of more booths & pretty that caught my eye.  There was SO much to see!  This will be an IDS14 week on the blog and I love that!


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