There is a special genius in staging the Interior Design Show in January. Winter has worn us down, the walls are closing in and there's a desperate need for the new. IDS gives you license to dream and makes you feel excited about possibilities. So in an homage to Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, who wrote a column entitled "Why Not" and then followed it by gems such as "Use a gigantic shell instead of a bucket to ice your champagne," here are some things from IDS that inspired me:
Why not... put Jason Wu in the bath? When he's not dressing the First Lady he turns his hand to new bathroom accessories with a fashion-y spin for Brizo.
Why not... cover one wall of your bath with a dramatic slab of book-matched marble? I love this wall by Olympia Tile + Stone.
Why not... walk on a work of art with an artisanal carpet, like this one from Modern Weave?
Why not... put down a stable-inspired herringbone floor in the kitchen, like this black version from Erth Coverings?
Why not... design your own custom wallpaper? It's a commitment that's likened to a tattoo — a personal statement that's completely yours. I love this Paris map from Canadian company Rollout.
Why not... create a mural of coloured pencils in your office, instead of the ubiquitous inspiration board? This one was constructed by blackLAB Architects.
Why not... use a fresh cabinet to display your treasures? Winnipeg furniture manufacturer Bühler had some gorgeous cabinets at IDS.
Why not... upholster chairs in a boho water-colour batik print? This cotton-linen blend from Pearson Textiles is fresh and timeless.
For more on IDS, read Chloe Berge's blog post about the opening night party.