This past weekend, I visited Canada’s annual Interior Design Show 2014 in Toronto and photographed my favourite things. Here are some of the best things I saw.
Decorative tile is a big category this year, since pattern underfoot and on the walls is a huge design trend. Mettro Source has some great ones. Their Arabesque porcelain series in the classic Moorish shape was very cool, and comes in white, pale grey, grey or black.
This concrete tile from Creekside Tile Company Ltd. caught my eye for its earthy palette and rustic patterns. The dyed concrete tiles can be used indoors or out, and each tile is hand-pressed, creating a relaxed, imperfect look that I love.
The watery, iridescent tones of these glass tiles by Edgewater Studio are so fresh. This Vancouver-based company has a made-to-order program, so you can choose the pattern, material and colour that’s perfect for your project.
Quebec-based Jardin de Ville, which has stores in Toronto and Quebec, featured beautiful tablescapes and outdoor appliances in their booth.
This griddle takes its name from the Spanish word plancha, meaning iron or grill. The cast-iron surface sits atop two gas burners and uses minimal oil to cook everything from fish to eggs, and won’t create any smoke. Condo owners can look forward to an electric balcony-friendly version available at Jardin de Ville this summer.
I loved the combination of the black cast-aluminum table and teak chairs (that spring when you sit!).
This sleek outdoor shower from Jardin de Ville is a Swedish design and hooks up easily to a hose.
Bigfoot Door showed off their amazing high-performance doors and windows, but what caught my eye was the black iron log rack mounted on the wall. Wonder where that came from? Such a simple design.
W Studio recently launched Picture-Perfect Carpets, an exciting program that can turn a high-resolution image into a custom area rug. Imagine the possibilities!
Over at Studio North, Canadian furniture designer Laura Langford showed her Lounge Chair No.137 (Burnt) in dark chocolate leather with a charred ash frame. Pretty gorgeous!
These unique bedside tables by Drake Wood Design are handcrafted using maple, walnut and cedar of Lebanon, and finished with a limestone handle. They would be beautiful in a cottage or country home.
I loved the simple form of Jonathan Sabine’s ash shelf. Jonathan was inspired to create this piece after noticing scaffolding in an old Japanese film. I’m continually drawn to Japanese minimalism for pieces in my own home.
After this inspiring roundup, I look forward to seeing what IDS15 has to bring.
1-2. Jenna Cadieux
3., 5., 7. Margot Austin
4., 8-13. Lynda Reeves
6. Lauren Petroff
The weather outside was bone chilling but the party was in full swing last night at the 2014 Interior Design Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on January 23.
The "See the Light" trends space showcased four interiors, including one by designer Shirley Meisels of MHouse Inc., which was presented by Suite 22 Interiors. Meisels put together a trend room for Italian brand Kartell, featuring this closet stocked with fabulous vintage wear (and her own collection of purses). Notice how the light is built into the closet's rod, how cool is that?
“It’s all about glamour,” says Shirley of her trend room. “I love mixing, making a room feel cosy and modern. Eclecticism is a big trend for 2014, mixing metals and vintage and modern looks. The Kartell lights are plastic so I explored the idea of something upscale, using plastic in an unexpected way. People tend to set them in more of a casual space, in this room it feels sophisticated.” Watch this video and see how Shirley put her philosophy into practice when decorating an Edwardian home.
At Korhani Home, models were dressed in carpet fabrics to show off the fashion forward appeal of the brand’s patterns and colours for 2014.
Inside the interactive showcase, models of a very different kind were dressed in Korhani samples in settings from the Mad Hatter's tea party to the court of Versailles.
Jason Cass of Farrow & Ball posed with Bertie Blue (who has his own #bertieblue hashtag, natch), a skeleton painted in F&B's St. Giles Blue. The theme of the exhibit was science lab, and Bertie lends a touch of Biology 101 authenticity.
Over at Andrew Richard Designs, this model is immune to the -18 temperatures outside and reminds us that better weather lies ahead.
Andrew Bockner (shown at left with brother Richard) pointed out that the marine-grade leather sofa shown behind them will make a big splash in 2014. “The quick-dry foam lets you leave it out all the time because it releases water, and the leather is really durable, it's treated with a new process from Japan.”
And we bumped into H&H senior design editor Margot Austin with designer Grace Castaneda (you can catch a glimpse of Grace's work in this sleek lounge-inspired living room or her own country home on H&H TV online). They both had some fun turning this poster into a living tableau.
Don't miss House & Home Sunday on January 26 as Lynda Reeves and Kelvin Browne of the Gardiner Museum take the H&H stage at noon to discuss how to give well-loved furniture and traditional elements fresh energy. At 1:30 Suzanne Dimma and Mark Challen debate the balance between design and decorating, and at 3 p.m. Mark quizzes designer Sarah Richardson on the best way to create beautiful and happy rooms (for a preview, Sarah talks about IDS here).
1-3., 5-6., 8. Wendy Jacob
4. Korhani Home
7. Michelle Gelman
The 2014 Interior Design Show is fast approaching. This year features over 300 exhibits showcasing innovative designs and concepts from established designers and emerging names, all under one roof at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, from January 23 to 26. Get your tickets here!
Join H&H on Sunday, January 26 as we take to the main stage for decorating talks. See H&H's Lynda Reeves in conversation with Kelvin Browne of the Gardiner Museum at noon, followed by H&H's Mark Challen with Suzanne Dimma at 1:30 p.m. and special guest and design expert Sarah Richardson at 3 p.m. (Get more information about H&H's Sunday Speakers Series here.)
I asked some of our design editors which exhibits they’re most excited to check out at the show this year. Here’s what they said:
Meg Crossley, H&H Senior Editor: designboom mart & Studio North
I am most excited for the designboom mart, a design bazaar featuring unique items for sale by interesting artisans and shop owners. Last year it was fantastic. It showed a real mixed bag of things: linens, pottery, books, jewelry and more. (I am wearing the ring I bought last year and have had so many compliments!)
It added a great sense of fun to the show because you could leave with something in a bag beyond brochures. A word of advice: it got busy very quickly, so it’s a smart idea to get there early.
Second for me is Studio North. In particular, I love the chairs in Studio North. I think this could be the place we see the next big statement chair.
I always love this exhibit because I think you really see things either totally on-trend or before the trend happens, because you aren't seeing things realized for mass market. Instead, you’re looking at one prototype, one single piece. It always hits home to me that these individuals are creating, which feels closer to true design.
There is an excitement to seeing the prototypes or smaller batch pieces and knowing this could end up in large scale production, or I could be seeing some of these pieces in houses in the future.
Morgan Michener, H&H Senior Style Editor: designboom mart
I'm getting excited to walk the aisles and reconnect with designers and see new products and innovations. Last year designboom mart had so many great, affordable products for purchase — it was a fun destination to hit before leaving the show.
Sarah Hartill, H&H Style Editor: Solo Home
The idea of jetting off on the weekends to an energy-efficient bunkie really interests me. I'm drawn to the design of Joel Loblaw’s work. I'm particularly interested in seeing the end result, considering the collaboration with Style Garage’s aesthetic.
Lauren Petroff, H&H Assistant Design Editor: Studio North
This year, I'm really looking forward to exploring Studio North. It's great to see what aesthetic themes emerge from the collection as a whole, and I'm excited to see up-and-coming Canadian and international design talent.
American fashion designer Tory Burch brings her preppy-meets-boho aesthetic to her first home decor collection this month. Inspired by her own home and homespun family heirlooms, the accessories range from classic to quirky.
I'm swooning over this graphic black and white box. Wouldn't it look great on a coffee table?
Needlepoint pillows are designed after cushions Tory's parents, both needlepointers, made for each other when she was young. This little guy is calling my name!
The Margaux pillows have a wonderfully retro look.
A graphic throw is the perfect cosy accessory this season.
1-5. Tory Burch
Are you guilty of drooling over the exquisite scarves and tableware in the windows at Hermès but balking at the price tag? Drop by the heritage brand's Festival Des Métiers exhibit, on now until Sunday at the Design Exchange, and you'll see why their goods fetch a hefty price.
The traveling exhibit features intimate demonstrations by Hermès craftspeople — flown in from the company's French workshops for the occasion — of their painstakingly intricate design process. From their origin as master harness and saddle makers in 1837 Paris, to their present-day cult status among the fashion set, it's amazing to see these iconic designs by the legacy brand come to life before your eyes. Here are a few things that held me captive at the press preview this week — giddy up!
All Hermès porcelain tableware is handpainted using a multi-step system, starting with a paper sketch. Every different colour added is cured at a different temperature, making each piece a very arduous process!
One of their trademark silk scarves is a 3 month-long, 500 hour process involving up to 46 separate silk screening films. 300 cocoons of silk go into each scarf — wow.
Buttery leather Birkin goodness. I was tempted to make a run for it with one of these babies.
The saddlemaker, where it all began.
Festival Des Métiers runs from Oct 2-6 at The Design Exchange. Drop by this weekend to learn more Hermès secrets of your own.
1-7. Chloe Berge
Top photo. Hermès
Famed Italian architect, designer and artist Paola Navone teamed up with Crate & Barrel to launch a collaboration line last week. Known for her colourful, globally-inspired aesthetic, Navone brings a playful elegance to everyday living. The collection is the first of three that the design duo plans to roll out over the next year, and includes tableware, lighting, textiles and furniture.
If a European getaway isn't in the cards this year, take solace in this dreamy, seaside-hued palette. Bold shapes are swathed in Mediterranean colours that evoke white, sun-drenched buildings above blue Aegean waters.
The pieces in the Como collection are modern and fun, with an artisanal quality that makes each piece feel unique.
Milky glassware has a handmade feel.
White and aqua tableware inspired by Mallorca has a fresh, beachy vibe.
This limited edition teak and tile top table lends a graphic element to a room. Woven white ceramic bowls are a softer, organic contrast.
Cafe-style chairs in synthetic rattan and a digitized houndstooth pattern make a fashion-forward statement.
The Paola Navone for Crate & Barrel collection is available in stores and online now.
1-6. Chloe Berge
Ever wondered how a narrow townhouse becomes a stunning eight-page feature in House & Home magazine?
Join Editor-in-Chief Suzanne Dimma and VP Communications Mark Challen at the IDSwest stage on Saturday, September 21 at 4 p.m., where they'll take you behind the scenes of Canada's magazine of home and style.
From big international photo shoots to intricate prop styling, there's an incredible amount of work that goes into Canada's top design magazine and website. Suzanne and Mark will talk about what makes a home truly memorable, and will share their styling secrets and favourite go-to pieces. Plus, they'll tell you how to submit photos of your own home to the H&H team for editorial consideration.
I recently sat down with Mark and asked him three questions to get a sneak peek into some of the highlights from his upcoming presentation with Suzanne.
EMILY:You've spoken at IDSwest with Suzanne before. Why did you choose to give a talk about what it's like behind-the-scenes at H&H this year?
MARK: This is Suzanne's third year at IDSwest and it'll be my fourth. We love Vancouver! When we spoke at the show in past years, we found that there were always so many enthusiastic designers and homeowners who approached us afterwards, asking us how to get their homes published in House & Home. So this year, instead of giving a talk about decorating or trends or design lessons, we thought it'd be fun for people to hear about how Suzanne and her team of editors go about in selecting homes for the magazine, and what kinds of things they specifically look for.
Click here to see Suzanne and Mark's favourite finds from IDSwest last year.
EMILY: Sounds like valuable info! Can you give me a hint of what the H&H editors look for when browsing through piles of photo submissions?
MARK: Obviously they're not looking for sterile homes with no signs of life! Suzanne and I always talk about the idea of "personality decorating," and we agree that the best homes have to be real reflections of their owners. Sometimes, the quirkier the better! I know that Suzanne loves it when she finds a home that has a really strong point of view.
A colourful doorway painted golden yellow is filled with personality. See the whole home in the October 2013 issue of House & Home.
EMILY: At IDSwest, will you talk about how finished or complete a home has to be in order for the editors to consider it for publication in H&H?
MARK: Absolutely! Wouldn't it be wonderful if Suzanne and her team didn't have to do any extra propping before a photo shoot? Usually, of course, this isn't the case. People who come to hear our talk at IDSwest will get a better understanding of how much extra decorating or styling our editors do to get a home ready for its close up. It's a fascinating process, really — a total collaboration between the homeowner or the designer, and our amazing design editors. We've got some fun split-screen images that we'll show, featuring a room before our H&H editors propped it for the magazine, and after.
This camera-ready Toronto home of Philip Mitchell (featured in the August 2009 issue of House & Home) was styled to perfection by the designer himself.
EMILY: Aside from your "Behind-The-Scenes With H&H" discussion at IDSwest, will you be talking about any general design tips or advice?
MARK: Definitely! Even though our readers and fans of H&H seem to know their design basics these days thanks to their insatiable appetite for design, Suzanne always has great new advice to give. She sees so many homes over the course of a year — she's got lots of cool things to share with the crowd at IDSwest since we were last there! I don't want to give too much more away, but I can tell you that Suzanne is going to be giving a quick lesson on how to achieve great flow in a home. Flow represents a successful marriage of smart spatial planning with thoughtful materials. But you'll have to come to our talk at IDSwest to hear more!
The indoor/outdoor flow is a marvel in the stunning basement of H&H editor Sally Armstrong. See the whole makeover in the September 2013 issue of House & Home.
Suzanne Dimma and Mark Challen's presentation, "Behind the Scenes with House & Home" is at IDSwest on Saturday, September 21 at 4 p.m.
For show times and tickets, please visit idswest.com
This year Brian Gluckstein and his team, with architect Michael Pettes and builder PCM Construction Inc., took on the design of the 2013 Princess Margaret Showhome. We couldn't wait to see what the Gluckstein crew had come up with: we knew the combination of great design for a great cause just had to be in the November issue of House & Home.
Brian Gluckstein is a master of classic interiors, and his attention to detail and finishing were evident even before the furniture was installed. Here is a little sneak preview of a few of the rooms (not quite done), and corners of the home that we just did not have room to show in the magazine. Be sure to read Brian's interview in the November issue; he shared many great design tips with our senior features editor Kimberly Brown. Here are some snaps I took to whet your appetite.
Here is the foyer where we grabbed a portrait shot of Brian. Yes, the walls are indeed stone and not just wallpaper (the plastic is still on the painting's frame.)
One of my favourite rooms in the house is the kitchen. I love the classic millwork and finishes. A glass window in the floor looks into the basement wine cellar, which lets natural light filter down — a clever idea for basements.
This is the great room off the kitchen. When I first scouted this space, the bones were pretty much obscured by boxes, but you can see Brian's telltale use of symmetry in the bookshelves.
Here's another example of Brian's use of symmetrical elements in the study, notice how the scale of the window matches the door to frame the fireplace.
Here is a shot of the un-faced drawers before installation in the principal bathroom's marble vanity.
Everything is ready now, so are you ready to move in? Make sure to pick up your copy of the November issue of House & Home (on newsstands early October) to see how we shot this showhome for the magazine. And don't forget to buy a ticket!
1-10. Morgan Michener
For years I've been receiving the Zara Home newsletters from the UK, and have been hoping the international retailer would someday bring it's effortlessly-chic European housewares to Canada — and it finally has.
I took a trip to Yorkdale Mall this week to take a peek at the new store. Situated right accross from its fashion counterpart, the Zara Home boutique was packed floor-to-ceiling with home and lifestyle accessories. The highlight for me was definitely the large selection of bedding and linens. Like a decorator's candy store, there were many different styles of cutlery, dinnerware, bathroom accessories, rugs, side tables, candlesticks, you name it. Their kids section was lovely too — sweet but not too sweet. Here are a few pics in case you haven't had time to check it out yourself:
For those of you who can't access a Zara Home retail store, check out their website to fulfill all your shopping needs (they now ship to Canada!).
1. Zara Home
2-5. Reiko Caron
In the August 2013 issue of House & Home, we get to know style icon India Hicks a little bit better. Here are some outtakes from my interview with India, who proves to be frank, funny, as well as fabulous, from the tips of her turquoise-painted toenails to her highlights.
With the kind of impressive pedigree that descends from Queen Victoria no less, not to mention serving as Princess Diana’s bridesmaid, she’s a definite blue blood. But India’s heritage includes her father, the iconic British designer David Hicks. She left the pink sands of her Harbour Island, Bahamas home, which she shares with her brood of five children and partner David Flint Wood, for a Toronto appearance on HSN, to launch her new collection of bedding and accessories. Not surprisingly, the lion’s share of the collection sold out in one day, proving it’s pretty hard to resist the pull of India’s idyllic interpretation of tropical style.
Wendy Jacob: What do you like best about the new line of bedding?
India Hicks: “The price! Can you argue with a $130 quilt and two shams? No. What is so extraordinary about a platform with HSN is that you can achieve remarkable prices with very high quality because they reach 100 million homes. If I was trying to do this endeavour from my own website, or shop on the island, the price would be huge.”
WJ: What’s your inspiration for the line?
IH: “When someone says ‘OK bring your life into bedding,’ it’s terribly intimidating. I can’t design thinking ‘will the lady in Dallas like it?’ I just design something I like and hope the lady in Dallas likes it. I am so blessed to live where nature is magnified. We don’t have seasons in the Bahamas but interestingly I see the beach change significantly throughout the year. I joke that everything I do is completely fake: I either steal from my father, or from Mother Nature!”
WJ: What’s your favourite room, either in your home or anywhere in the world?
IH: “My own bedroom of course, just because it’s a relief coming home and sleeping in own your bed when you travel as much as I do. It gives me a sense of place, order, family, and more importantly, it’s where my daughter (that’s Domino, pictured above) climbs in and the Dachshund lies, even though the dog’s not supposed to.”
WJ: What’s on your bedside table?
IH: “Hand therapy from Crabtree & Evelyn, and my current read, Daughter of Empire (2012 Weidenfeld & Nicolson), my mother’s memoir. They are trying to persuade her to come to New York for a book launch but she categorically refuses, because she says she won’t be able to get her hair done properly.”
WJ: Did you learn anything new about her in the book?
IH: “Yes, lots. It was very revealing about a generation that kept their emotions in check, there were some extraordinary parts. For instance my grandmother leaves my mother with a nanny in Budapest during one of the many wars and loses the address of the hotel where they were staying, and she didn’t come back for six months. I say ‘our generation would need therapy’ and she looked at me and said ‘you are so over emotional.’ She just thinks ‘get on with it.’”
WJ: You have a jewelry line, run your boutique, The Sugar Mill in Harbour Island, have a home fragrance and body care line for Crabtree & Evelyn, and now this new launch: you don’t have much downtime but when you do, what do you love to do?
IH: “I love to write, I am a frustrated, rather bad, writer. Someone posted a complaint on my blog: your spelling and grammar are terrible. Of course they are, but at least you know it’s me. And I love Pinterest! It does bring the world to life when I am on a rock in the middle of nowhere, with no access to magazines or culture or the buzz of a city.”
WJ: How has beach style changed for you over the years?
IH: “I have lived here for 17 years, and your outlook changes. At first it was all puka shells, cut-off shorts and cowboy hats, then caftans and gypsy bangles. Now I don’t have time for any of that stuff, just a stripy tee and flip-flops. If the kids are on holiday and I am taking the day to be with them, then I will put on a lovely bikini, but I can’t be fiddling around with gold bangles anymore when I am driving them on the boat, or chasing the dogs who have escaped! My whole life is about no ironing. I have turned into that person.”
WJ: What’s next for you?
IH: “It’s like you give birth to a baby and someone comes to the hospital and says ‘when are you having another?’ We launch a whole new HSN collection in September 2013.”