Snippets of IDS 2013

Last week, the Toronto Interior Design Show was on. Thursday night was the opening night party and what a party it was! You have an opportunity to see the exhibits while catching up with friends:

Hamming it up at the Farrow & Ball photobooth with my Blogfest 2012 friends.  Aren’t they gorgeous and in shape?


You may recognize this trio as talented DIYers who appear on CityLine regularly. So talented and fun!

On Friday, the awesome ladies at Beige is Dead/Masco invited a few of us bloggers/designers on an InstaWalk.  We were to instagram images of products that caught our attention. It was quite challenging to look/ask questions/instagram and walk at the same time!  But I was up for the challenge and  it was a lot of fun! Here are a few of my Instagram snaps:


My favourite vignette/booth at the show was this one from Cocoon Furnishings. It is showcasing the Suzanne Kasler line for Hickory Chair. I’m dying to use this furniture in a room, so call me OK?


Don’t you think this Oliver Yaphe grey and pink graphic flat weave area rug would look perfect in my daughter’s room? So in love with their area rugs.


Ikea always has eye-catching rooms/vignettes. Take this vintage copper tub in front of a fire for example (not available at Ikea but the accessories are!)


The tub co-ordinates with the copper backsplash tiles. I was loving the round mirror which I think I have seen in-store before. In tweeting with Ikea today, I found out it’s a new product – maybe because the magnifying mirror is attached. Need to find out more.


Hanging 85 HEKTAR pendants (according to the Ikea twitter feed but it doesn’t look like that many) in the Ikea kitchen booth makes quite a statement.


Since I have bathrooms on the brain, I loved looking at the faucet collections including the Axor by Hansgrohe.


Every space can use a little vintage lighting like these from Eclectic Revival.


These felt clocks in a rainbow of colours from The Felt Store were very affordable.


Love this large photograph by Tony Koukos. His work can be printed as wallpaper or even on a marble backsplash!


Wool and silk grey beauties from Weavers Art

IDSLiving Lighting

This rustic glam chandelier is from Living Lighting on King. Also note the gold sconces behind. Think I need to pay them a visit!
Did you have a favourite booth/product at IDS?

(PS Darn Blogger is acting up again with the spacing!)

If you need design help, contact me at vanessa(at)


  1. says

    IDS Toronto would be so much fun to attend! Looks like fun! I have enjoyed reading everyone’s posts/Twitter/Instagram feeds! But Tim made a point about that copper tub, how would you regulate the temp so the tub doesn’t get hot to the touch?

  2. says

    it was fun hey? what a crazy couple of days but totally enjoyed catching up with you ladies! hehe Barb, I talked to Chris about it .. .he said the tub will only be as hot as the water in it. so if it’s not too hot to get it, the tub should also be not too hot to touch. Got to tell you, what are we going to do without the geeky other half :)

    Great round up V!

  3. says

    Love all of the hexagon/honeycomb patterns you spotted in the Oliver Yaphe and Weaver Tibetan rugs especially! (even the clocks were displayed in a honeycomb pattern!) A trend to watch….

    One of these days, I’ll join you at a trade show! I just got home from the NYIGF! Thanks Vanessa, for these types of posts! I love them!

  4. says

    Thanks for the Instagram tour of IDS13. Seeing as I wasn’t at the show this year, I’ll have to live vicariously through everyone’s pictures! Love the Weaers Art rugs (as always!), and the felt clocks are colourful & fun :-) That copper tub is kinda to-die-for, isn’t it?!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *