A few weeks ago, I attended IDS – the Interior Design Show here in Toronto. It was my first time, and I was pretty excited just to walk down the isles and check out all the big names in the industry. And also daydream of the house I will build when I win the lottery. It was a great experience and I highly recommend it for next year. Yes, you may not be able to afford anything, except maybe for magazine subscriptions, but it has great vibrant energy and will even get you excited about faucets. Plus, you don’t get the pushy sales vibe you feel from the typical home shows – everyone here is genuinely excited about their works of art.
My favourite highlight was the IKEA booth, where they showed off their new Sektion kitchen cabinets three different ways, with two designed by home decor magazine editor teams. Not all the products were from IKEA, but that’s exactly what they wanted – to feature how you can use IKEA as a base, then go wild with your own style.
Artemano had one of the most stunning booths, creating an enclosed living space which was romantically lit with their famous exotic lamps.
Caesarstone, known for their beautiful and durable countertops, is also known for their creative booth concepts at IDS. This year, they created Swings – an exhibit exactly how it sounds. Each swing seat was made from a slab of stone.
I couldn’t help but be drawn towards these products with such amazing patterns and designs, they were works of art by themselves:
Next January, keep your eye out for the next IDS – you’ll be like a kid in a candy store!