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I recently headed out to Vancouver to attend IDSwest 2013, and shoot Kristin Lehman's home (she's the star of CTV's Motive, watch for it in our April 2014 issue). I saw some great examples of design inspiration while I visited some favourite shopping destinations with Nancy Riesco (she designed Kristin's apartment), and discovered new restos.

Firepits have become a real trend, and there were two at IDSwest that captured that cosy, communal campfire vibe — indoors!

The Monogram Dinner by Design at IDSwest featured some gorgeous tablescapes by West Coast designers (look for Kelly Deck's entry in my January editor's letter). This table by Sophie Burke looks pulled from a fairy tale and has a rustic Scandinavian look that's both modern and whimsical.

Robert Blaney Design gave a more raw, masculine rustic take on the forest theme with chunky tree trunk chargers and stump stools, but is also romantic.

Provide was a phenomenal source for propping, we pulled plenty of items from their well-edited shelves.

I so wanted this painting of Vancouver seen from Bowen Sound by David Burns, but at over $6,300, it's a misty fantasy, for now....

Of course I had to visit The Cross, a staple in the pages of H&H. I love this oversized white leather pouf.

Which designer Nancy Riesco of Riesco & Lapres Interior Design couldn't resist posing on! We had so much fun hitting the shops together. 

Here is another Vancouver shopping must-see, Örling & Wu. It's pretty and colourful, and just made me feel happy.

I adore Heather's Ross's store, which recently moved to a new location near South Granville and The Armoury. She has a great eye for finds, and I am really keen on her vintage West German and Blue Mountain pottery in watery shades (I ended buying the brown and blue vase on the second shelf).

Heather has a way of merchandising that makes me want to buy everything in sight.

Just look at this vignette of a geode, linen and rustic twine.

I had a memorable meal in the new Homer St. Café and Bar. Patterned floors are a huge trend and they really played it up, the space is stunning.

Here is a shot of their yummy ginger cookies served with a melted chocolate dipping sauce. Simple but so delicious.

As a pescatarian, I am always excited to find a vegetarian restaurant with a great look: Heirloom Vegetarian Restaurant in Vancouver has a really pretty, pared-back design.

I loved how they mounted a wall of garden utensils to look like art, it's fitting for a restaurant that's all about garden-fresh fare.

Find out 10 more things Suzanne loves in this blog post.

Photo credits:
1-11. Suzanne Dimma
12. Arriz Hassam
13-15. Heirloom Vegetarian Restaurant

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Suzanne Dimma

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