For those of you living in Ontario, keep your eyes peeled for the latest issue of Home Decor & Renovations magazine. Our March issue is jam-packed with kitchen and bathroom ideas, along with inspiring spring trends and it's out this Saturday, February 22! For those non-Ontario residents, don't worry, you can always catch up on the latest issues online in our magazine gallery.
I spent last Friday at the Interior Design Show feeling inspired. Inspired to redecorate spaces in my home (don't tell my husband), inspired to think outside the box when it comes to design and inspired to support local talent. If you missed the show and are looking for your own hit of inspiration, check out a few of my favourite exhibits.
Don't miss the Interior Design Show, happening this weekend at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (north building). Every year this event brings its A-Game with inspiring exhibitors, seminars and big names from the design world. We caught up with the super talented Toronto-based interior stylist Lisa Canning who has created a space for the National Bank Design Stop exhibit.
What was your inspiration for your space with National Bank’s exhibit ?
The inspiration for the National Bank Design Stop was a modern garden. We wanted to create a streamlined, contemporary space with clean lines and manicured greenery elements. It's going to be a comfortable space for show visitors to pause and talk design.
What design tips can people take away from the space you created?
I've outlined my favourite design trends for 2014 at the National Bank Design Stop: gold & brass, saturated colour and luxury at home. Luxury at home is my favourite trend - it's an approach to fine details, personalized touches and luxe living on any budget.
What do you love about IDS?
I love the energy of great creative minds connecting. I like IDS to homecoming for the design community - I love connecting with old friends, learning about new products and strengthening relationships at the show. I also love the opportunity to collaborate with great brands that appreciate good design, the importance of design as an industry, and how it betters our lives. Where we live, and how we interact with our space, has such an influence on our quality of life. This year, I am so excited to partner with the National Bank to help people live the best quality of life possible by offering design consultations at the show. There is so much potential when a space is used well!
Who are you hoping to bump into this year at the show?
I would love to connect with Patrizia Moroso, the international guest of honour, creative director of Moroso, one beautiful line of furniture. I'd also love to connect with Dr. Markus Miele and Dr. Reinhard Zinkann, managing directors and co-proprietors of the Miele Group. I'd love to ask them their best strategies for delivering a consistent brand promise over so many years.
What is your advice for staying glam during this active weekend event?
This is a great question! While I am a lover of my heels, bring your flats for this event. There's so much to see and be inspired by that you want to make sure you can traverse the show in comfort. If heels are your vice (they certainly are mine!) ensure you break it up by stopping for a coffee, testing out comfortable furniture, and pausing for some design advice at the National Bank Design Stop with me! Lastly, check your coat and bring a stylish, yet roomy bag to carry all the goodies you are bound to scoop up.