Monday, January 30, 2012

IDS12 wrap-up + lots more to come

IDS12 has come and gone, and I have to say I think this was the best IDS show that I’ve been to. My brain is about to explode with all the amazing information that it absorbed over the last four days. There’s just too much to share in one blog post, so instead of cramming everything into one long post, I’m going to devote the next few weeks to posts about IDS12 and the related events. For today, here’s a really quick overview of the weekend, starting with the TBBs hangin’ with the very charming & funny Brian Gluckstein at the Canadian Design Blogger Meetup.

TBBs AND BRIAN KJThe beautiful & talented TBBs from left to right: Sonya, Donna, Lisa, Brian Gluckstein (our honourary TBB!), Maureen, Kelly, and Nicole

Not to name drop or anything, but here’s Glen Peloso reading the menu to us at Brassaii on Saturday night ;-)

Glen Peloso

There were so many amazing products, amazing people, and loads of amazing information everywhere. Here’s just a small sampling to whet your appetite (I’m still sorting out my pictures and will give proper credit once I figure out where I took them all!)

peacock chairs

living lightingLiving Lighting


gold chandelier

bloomsbury kitchen
Bloomsbury Kitchens


am studio 2

am studioAM Studio


bed flouFlou




canadian cushionsIdentity Apparel




digital photo sofa


outdoor furnitureAlfred Sung


dining table n60North on Sixty



Want to see more? Of course you do! And I have a whole lot more to show you, plus I have lots of information to share from Kimberley Seldon’s Business of Design launch, BlogPodium, and the Canadian Design Blogger Meetup. February is going to be IDS12 month here – don’t miss it!

Actually, how about we turn this into a big IDS12 link party. If you’ve blogged about IDS12, please leave a comment or send me an e-mail with your URL(s) and I’ll include them in my IDS12 posts. Then everyone can visit everyone else and it’ll be like being at the show all over again :-) Here are just a few…

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Studio North at IDS12

Just over 24 hours until all the IDS12 fun begins – there are so many exciting events happening over the next four days, it’s going to be hard to squeeze everything in. But I’m sure going to try!

My favourite part of IDS is Studio North. There are always amazing pieces on display created by super-talented Canadian design makers and ateliers from coast to coast. Here are a just a few of this year’s Studio North exhibitors and creations that I’m looking forward to seeing.

Manila Rope Light by Atelier 668.


Spiral Nest light fixture by Zac Ridgely


Console table by Christopher Solar Studio Furniture.


Jeremy Kehoe created this amazing Wood Wall from scrap wood for a condominium lobby in Toronto.


Why Not Table by Kino Guerin.


Orbit Coffee Table by Nomo Creations.


Wall coverings by Mushaboom Design (how fun is that name?!)

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Custom wallpaper by Rollout.


And that’s barely scraping the surface of all the amazing exhibitors and pieces that will be on display at Studio North and IDS12. I’m REALLY going to try to focus this year and make sure I don’t miss booths like I did last year. I still can’t believe I totally missed the Ikea kitchen… DOH! I’ll have my laptop with me in TO, but I may or may not have time to post pictures and updates about the show. But for sure I’ll be sharing all the IDS12 eye candy with you over the next couple of weeks.

Pack your bags TBBs, TO & IDS12 await!

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Extreme Makeover: Kindness Edition 2012

Last year, myself and six of my friends (who just happen to be uber-talented interior decorators here in Ottawa) participated in Extreme Makeover: Kindness Edition.

The Extreme Makeover Design Dream Team!
Back row, L to R: Donna, dh designs | Kelly, JAX Decor & Design | Sonya, Sonya Kinkade Design | Lisa, Lisa Goulet Design
Front row, L to R: Nicole, Solace Interiors | Maureen, MODECOR | Mary Anne, Otta Decorate!

EMKE is a charity event sponsored by The United Way Ottawa and the Yummy Mummy Club as part of Kindness Week. Our challenge in 2011 was to transform the lobby and in-house store at The Good Companions Seniors Centre in Ottawa – with a budget of $0. That’s right, we had NO MONEY – we had to beg, borrow, and steal (well, no, we didn’t REALLY steal!) everything for the makeover – furniture, paint, lumber, carpeting, artwork, labour... It was a lot of work, but thanks to the amazing generosity of some great people and businesses, we managed to transform this cold & industrial space…

EMKE receptionAll photos of The Good Companions Seniors Centre by Danielle Lynn Photography

EMKE lobby


Into a warm and welcoming space…

EMKE-69 (1)

EMKE seating area

EMKE case after

EMKE 2012!

We’re back at it again this year, along with Sarah Kidder from Sarah Kidder Design. Our challenge this time around is to make over the computer and homework rooms at the The Foster Farm Family House Homework Club. It’s a place where kids who live in the Foster Farm community can go to do their homework a few days each week. Right now, the rooms are very uninspired and drab. We’re going to transform them into a bright and comfortable spaces where the kids will have all the supplies they need to do their homework. These are a couple of our colour palette inspiration pictures…

yellow-and-grey-bedroomUnknown source

House Beautiful, February 2011

We already have the following donors onboard:


It’s a great start, but we still need more donations to get the job done. We need:

  • Wall shelves
  • Memo peg boards
  • Large clock
  • Small wall mounted TV and VCR
  • Office supplies
  • Window shades
  • Durable flooring
  • Two window unit air conditioners
  • Track lighting
  • Lumber and supplies

If you would like to donate any of these items for our makeover project at The Foster Farm Family House Homework Club, please contact Sonya Kinkade at or 613-838-5252.


With your help, we’re going to be able to create another great space for some very deserving kids :-)

Linking up to Metamorphosis Monday over at Between Naps on the Porch.

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Click the following links to read more about last year’s Extreme Makeover: Kindness Edition project.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

One more week till IDS12!

Way back in September, it felt like it was forever till the end of January and IDS12. And now it’s just one week away – WOOT!

The annual Interior Design Show in Toronto is billed as Canada’s largest contemporary design fair. And believe me, it’s HUGE! There are all sorts of things to see and do during the four-day event at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. This year’s show  kicks off on Thursday, January 26th with the Opening Night Party. Imagine being surrounded by the who’s who of Canadian design…

tommy ussarah meOh yes I did!

Food and drinks for everyone (I hope the burnt toasted marshmallow ice cream people are back again this year!)…


And amazing designs every direction you look…

colourful chairs

ooi lights 1Andrew Ooi, IDS11

chandelier union jack 2UpCountry booth, IDS11

sofa dixon booth 1
Glenn & David Dixon, Sibling Revelry, IDS11

A very special event taking place at the Opening Night Party is the Cherish Auction. 20 Magis Julian children’s chairs are being re-imagined by 20 different designers. The chairs will be up for auction at the party, and all proceeds will be going to ONEXONE, a non-profit children’s foundation.Magis Julian Chairs - large I have a feeling this year’s show is going to be bigger and better than ever. Like last year, the TBBs (minus two) are making the trip from Ottawa to Toronto for the big show. We’ll start things off at Kimberley Seldon’s Business of Design Launch Party & Tweet-Up at Modern Weave on Thursday afternoon. Then it’s over to the MTCC for the IDS party. Friday starts bright and early with BlogPodium. BlogPodium is a quarterly conference series aimed to educate and empower bloggers and deepen relationships within the design community. I’m looking forward to seeing some of my blog friends again, and meeting some new blog friends :-) After the conference, it’s off to the show for Trade Day. My feet are already hurting just thinking about all the walking we’ll be doing! We'll probably hit some home decor stores on Saturday, and then we’re going to the Canadian Design Blogger Meetup at Brasaii Restaurant & Lounge. And then back home to boring Ottawa on Sunday (after more shopping!)

You really have to be at IDS to fully appreciate the size of the show and to experience all amazing designs and talented people. Here’s a short video that gives a quick synopsis of the show…

Will you be at IDS12?

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

The OMFG Painting

imageLast year, one of the things on my to-do list for 2011 was to create a painting. It ended up being the only thing I didn’t get done – I think I was just too intimidated by the thought of putting paint to canvas. But I wasn’t intimidated by building a railing from scratch – go figure ;-) I’ve never taken art lessons, and although I’m pretty creative, I’m far from being an artist. I can’t even draw stick people properly.

Anyway, a couple of days ago, I decided that I was going to just do it. If it came out crappy, no big deal, I’d just paint over it and start again. I had an image in my mind of how I wanted the painting to turn out and an inspiration picture that I was going to use to get me started.

The first step was spray painting the canvas gold & silver.

Gold and silver canvas

I let it dry overnight, and then I set myself up on the kitchen counter with my canvas, my paint, by brushes, a container of water, and the laptop so I could look at the inspiration painting {I REALLY need a proper craft room}.

I squirted some purple paint onto the canvas and spread it around. Then I tried to squirt some white paint onto the canvas, but the paint just came out in little drops. So I squeezed the bottle harder, and PPPPHHHHTTTTT – white paint squirted onto the canvas. And the kitchen floor, the kitchen walls, the kitchen cupboards, the kitchen countertop, the fridge, the stove, the family room floor, and the laptop. OMFG

splatter 1

I got a couple of splatters on my camera bag, but managed to somehow miss the dog food bowl.

splatter 2

See how far away the fridge is? How the heck did the paint squirt that far?!

splatter 3

And to top it all off – after 1-1/2 hours of cleaning up the mess, I gave the laptop one last suck with the vacuum to get off the last bits of dried up paint. And schloop, there went the period key.

Bye-bye period key, hello run-on sentences

So a few hours and many bad words after starting, the painting came out nothing at like I had envisioned or like the inspiration painting. But I like it anyway :-) I think I’m going to call it OMFG ;-)


Actually, I shouldn’t be surprised by the paint explosion. You may remember the catastrophe I had when I painted the family room last spring that resulted in this:


Anyway, because I’m a glutton for punishment – I mean, because painting #1 was so much fun – I decided to make another painting today. No story to go with this one, though! I started with a gold canvas {ignore the broccoli and bag of flour and cans on pineapple}.

blue before

It was supposed to be a beach with crashing waves, but that plan got changed somewhere along the way {like, 5 seconds into it}.

blue 2

A couple of close-ups.

blue close 2blue closeYep, those are globs of paint on the countertop!

See the speckles in the corner? I sprinkled glitter all over the painting while it was still wet. It doesn’t show up very well in the picture, but it’s pretty cool in real life.


Oh, and hubby found the period key in the vacuum canister. So all is right with the world again :-)

I’m linking up my canvas makeovers to Metamorphosis Monday over at Between Naps on the Porch. Hopefully nobody else had a massive paint catastrophe this week!

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