IDS Vancouver 2019

I wanted to share a few highlights from the Interior Design Show in Vancouver that I attended a couple of weeks ago. IDS Vancouver is one of the only Design shows on the West Coast, which is surprising, but also a treat because it’s so close to Seattle. The show is open to the public, so if you were ever interested in checking out some of the new products on the market, it’s a great opportunity. It takes place over a weekend, with the Friday being Trade Day. They offer valuable talks on all things Interior, and have experts speak on multiple stages so there’s something for everyone.

It’s always inspiring to see new products, and I thought I’d share a few that stuck out in my mind:

Zanat Wood-Carved Furniture

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These hand-carved furniture pieces stopped me in my tracks. Incredibly tactile: smooth finishes meet intricate details. Honestly these pieces are works of art in their own right. Zanat boosts sustainability and centuries-old tradition from Bosnia.

Check out their website for the full background story, and for more beautiful inspiration: https://www.zanat.org/en

Happy Deer Design

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You’re going to start to see a theme: I’m love any/all wood products. It’s the Canadian in me! I think all Canadians have an affinity to wood. So not surprising this design show has its fair share of wood products. Happy Deer Design, a Canadian company out of Victoria, BC is an artisan company that designs and builds custom furniture and decor items - even skateboards!

These wood benches with acrylic legs are stunning! The detail of the grain, the texture of the wood against the sleek acrylic is genius.

You can check out more of their designs and products at: http://www.happydeer.ca/

Union Wood Co.

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Union Wood Co, a furniture and wood-working company created a booth that showcases wood in all of its forms. From the raw wood stools, to the plywood, to the finished table. It goes to show just how versatile wood really is as an interior product. Again, my obsession with all things wood is completely apparent as I geek out over wood in all of its glory. Just look at the colour variations!

For more beautiful wood furniture, check out their website: https://unionwoodco.com/

Jody Bruce Art

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You know I couldn’t leave you without at least one blue item! Not surprising, these beautiful works of art from Jody Bruce immediately spoke to me. I love the graphic nature of her landscapes, with a nod to the Native American culture. The abstract landscapes in all shades of blues and white are everything I need in my life.

Check out more of her work at: https://jodybruceart.com/

Paola Lenti

There’s always on exhibit that catches your eye with a pop of color, and Paola Lenti does not disappoint. Their interactive, walk-through booth, with patches of their materials held together to create this screen-like fabric was so visually interesting - from both far away and up close!

Known for their durable outdoor fabrics and furniture, this Italian company creates some stunning modern and colorful furniture. http://www.paolalenti.it/en/outdoor/


Whether you are looking for a little inspiration, or want to see what’s up and coming it’s definitely a show to check out! Their website: https://vancouver.interiordesignshow.com/en/home.html

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time!

xo,

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#FBF: Updating this Small Space Condo

For this #FlashbackFriday I’m sharing this tiny condo located in Eastlake.

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This young couple wanted to update their furniture, paint color, and create a more light, bright and inviting space to start entertaining friends and family. We used their beautiful artwork as inspiration and the jumping off point for the design.

Again, this design was about choosing smart pieces that could work not only in this condo, but easily adapt into their next home. We opted for a light gray paint color throughout, which made the condo feel so much more open and bright.

Even in a small space, creating areas for the different activities that take place is important. One of the homeowners worked from home, so it was important to create a designated work space. Placing the desk behind the sofa created the feel of an office space in this open floor plan. It also doubles as a console table during dinner parties - and a place to set a drink.

A fabric ottoman is a great double-duty furniture piece. For everday life, just place a tray on it and you have a coffee table that is comfortable to put your feet up on; and for those times when you are entertaining, it easily creates extra seating for guests. We chose performance fabric that is easy to clean, because spills happen.

Adding pops of colors, and layering textures create the warm and inviting space the clients were looking for. Grounding it all with a soft, colorful rug makes the space feel cozy and welcoming. And we love adding interesting objects for interest.

Check out the slideshow for all the photos:

This condo went from a dark and sparse home to a cozy and comfortable space perfect for entertaining. And having happy clients is always the best response I could ever ask for!

What do you think? Is this somewhere you could put your feet up?

xo,

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#FBF: A Colorful Condo

Someone wise once said “to know where you are going, you have to know where you’ve been”.

As I was mulling that thought over, I started to think about all the projects I’ve done, and the amazing clients I’ve worked with. I had this overwhelming desire to share some of these amazing projects with you in a new series of posts for Flash Back Friday’s (#FBF); because despite the fact that many of these projects take months - if not years - to complete, they are over in a FLASH! All the planning, designing, meetings, money spent, smiles and tears all seem like memories.

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This young professional couple had moved multiple times before deciding on settling down on top of Queen Anne. Because they were unsure if they were going to move again, we decided to make smart choices - opting for neutral colors for the furniture, and choosing pop’s of color in the accessories and artwork.

We updated the paint color to a beautiful warm griege that accentuated the white trim. We kept the existing hard finishes and opted to invest in great furniture items. A comfy modern sofa, paired with contemporary swivel chairs and a leather recliner rounded out the living room. While a durable quartz dining table paired with leather dining chairs gave them style and durability they were looking for.

The bright artwork was the jumping-off point for choosing the colorful accessories. A bright bold painting works in this otherwise neutral space, and the family have the option to easily swap out the accessories when they feel like switching things up.

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We took this condo from a sparse empty space, to a bright, cheery home. It’s comfortable for living and entertaining, while being super functional for all their future endeavors.

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Check out all the photos from this project below, and let me know what you like best about this project!

xo,

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