Wednesday, January 29, 2014

IKEA at IDS 14

This weekend the Interior Design Show took place in Toronto.  Each year this show features all the new and upcoming designs for 2014-15.  One showcase that always stands out is IKEA Canada.  Last year this is what they featured. 

IKEA (Facebook)



This concept kitchen was phenomenal! I loved the 85!!! HEKTAR pendant lights used over the about repetition!  The design featured IKEA products mixed with antique elements encased in warehouse windows, an exposed brick wall and a grand fireplace that created a rich and eclectic design.  This industrial Scandinavian lux design was so good that IKEA won the Gold Booth Award!  So, at this year's show, what could they possibly showcase that would top this?

Drum roll please...

Can you believe this is IKEA?  Absolutely stunning!  The designers took inspiration from 18th century France, mixing classical wall paneling and antiques with modern touches. 

I also had to include this photo of their concept bathroom.  The gold mirrored tile was a showstopper!  What a bold statement!  And surprisingly $9.50 per sheet (1.2 sq/ft). Could you handle all this glamour???

Well, they did it again!  IKEA Canada won the Gold Booth Award again this year! 
Hopefully, I have provided some inspiration for you.  It's easy to see that by incorporating items from IKEA, you can really create that designer look.  It's all about thinking outside of the box!  If you need any help or decorating advice, contact me.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Making a Statement!

Right now, in fashion, it's all about the statement necklace or earrings.  As interior design takes the same approach as fashion, we are seeing lots of statement pieces in lighting.  Think of it as jewelry for your room!  I am loving the options out there right now and the price point for some of these beauties makes them accessible to everyone.  Granted, there still are those chandeliers that are far beyond what I am willing to pay...but a girl can dream! 

I've come up with a few of my favourites.  It's all about high impact. 







Breck Chandelier, Maison Luxe, $1500

Carousel Lantern, Currey and Co., $740

Green Goddess Chandelier, Currey & Co., $2630

Inca Pendant, ET2, $477

Lily Juiliana Chandelier, Layla Grace, $6000

Ion Pendant, Hinkley Lighting, $1300

Zanadoo Chandelier, Arteriors, $2400

Venus Pendant, Worlds Away, $567

Meri Drum Chandelier, Oly Studio, $3250

Olive Leaf Chandelier, Shades of Light, $550
I love these so much!  I actually bought one of these for above our kitchen table.  Can't wait to show you!  What's your favourite?
Need help selecting lighting for your home? Contact me.

Friday, January 3, 2014

An Organized 2014 & An Office Tour

Happy New Year! 

At the start of each new year, I look forward to a fresh start and to find ways to simplify my life and get organized.  This year, I'm especially excited to keep track of my life with my new Sugar Paper monthly/weekly planner!  If you don't know about Sugar Paper, it's a Los Angeles-based stationery brand that recently launched an exclusive collection at Target.  It includes wall and desk calendars, date books, and desk blotters — all designed with the brand's signature pattern and colour combinations.  This collection does not disappoint. 

Everything looks so chic! 

Discovering this brand made we want to find out more.  Sugar Paper is a stationery company that creates simple but elegantly designed cards, invitations, calendars and wrapping paper.  This company definitely proves that the art of stationery, thank you cards and beautiful calendars is still alive.  Check out their gorgeous office! 

I love the open, airy feeling of the space...
and the gold polka dots and the Hicks pendant light.
Totally organized shelves!

Contrasting black, white & pink! 

Oh, how I would love to come into work each morning, if I worked in this space!

All of these ideas could easily be translated in a home.  Simplistic, yet creative!