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IDS Part One

By July 18th, 2018No Comments

This year’s Interior Design Show (IDS) in Toronto was a special one for me. Not only did my Quebec City inspired bathroom take top prize in the 3rd annual DXV design competition, it was featured at the show.  Equally as wonderful, was the fact that I also made a lot of new friends and some wonderful connections.  In my business, having a great network of other designers, trades, and product representatives is really beneficial because you never know when you’re going to need some additional direction in sourcing a unique product or the help of a product representative.

Of course, it was also great to see all the latest design trends and new products at the show. I came home with not one, but two bags full of brochures and a few dozen business cards!

So, over the next few days, I want to share with you my favourite finds from the show. And, of course, my amazing experience with DXV.

For tonights’s post, I just want to talk about the metal of the moment: anything warm! Shades of yellow gold, rose gold, brass, copper – you name a warm metal and it was there.  From lighting fixtures to tiles.


Lightmaker studio never disappoints with their collections of  beautiful mid-century modern fixtures. This one is called “The Atom” and it’s done perfectly in polished copper.

Native trails

Now this!  I had to go searching on Instagram for this one. I saw it at the show on Thursday evening, but for the life of me I couldn’t find it when I went back the next day. There was a lot of talk about it “mysteriously disappearing” on IG, so just maybe it actually did!  Would you blame someone if they took it? 😉

The Santorini Bathtub in Polished Copper by Nativetrails.

Sacha grace

These lucite and metal flakes tables were to. die. for. The designer makes jewellery too! Sacha Grace



Cocoon Furnishing did not disappoint with their CASE by Cocoon Collection, an exclusive line of hardware and custom case goods.

South hill

If you were stalking the show on IG, you have probably seen these images a couple of hundred times. The South Hill Home booth was one of my favourites. Nika Zupanc’s beautifully designed collection had just enough gold to compliment the soft palette of pastel velvets. It was pure perfection.

ann sacks

And last, but not least, the item I was most excited to see at the show were these metal and stone mosaic tiles!  A serious show stopper and available at Surfaces & Co.

Whether you have full on “metal fever”, or you’re just looking to add a bit of sparkle to your decor, here’s how you can incorporate this latest trend into your home:

Big Ticket items:
(When just a little won’t do)

Tiles – you don’t need a lot to make a statement. Think accent tile for a bath or a tile floor mat in a foyer.

Lighting Fixtures – I always tell my clients not to cheap out on the lighting because the eye is  immediately drawn towards the light when you walk into a room. It’s the first thing your guests will see, so make it good.

Plumbing Fixtures – If a tub seems like too big of a commitment, try an unpolished brass faucet for your kitchen or bath. Over time the patina will make it timeless.

Just a tad of sparkle:
(When you’re in love but not in it for the long haul)

William Ashley’s booth.

Dishes – Simple chargers or salad plates will help to elevate your existing china.

Accent Tables – who couldn’t use a good accent table in their life.

Cabinetry Hardware – the easiest way to update an existing piece of furniture or your whole kitchen!

Tomorrow’s post is all about colour at the show. And I’ll share the colour that kept popping up everywhere.



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