Last Friday we set out to Toronto to attend the Interior Design Show 2014. So many wonderful things caught our eye as we walked the numerous aisles and spoke with various vendours. We also had the pleasure of hearing Patrizia Moroso speak of the Moroso design house, which was started by her parents in Italy in the early 50s.
The show was inspirational and a great way to kick off the New Year – older trends were refreshed and brought to life again, while the newest trends challenged the designer in us to bring newer, brighter and state-of-the-art ideas to our clients. Here are a few things we love coming into 2014:
Tile! There was so much gorgeous tile. In all kinds of wonderful shapes, sizes and texture – we almost wanted to reach out and eat the shiny, colourful bricks. Dazzling herringbone patterns, lots of organic shapes and colours that danced across the wall. Even ceramic and porcelain tile simulating hardwood was crafted so beautifully, you had to reach out and touch it just to make sure it was not actually wood!
Wood! Furniture and flooring made from salvaged and reclaimed wood had a very strong presence at the show. As well, hardwood flooring continues to evolve varying in size, colour, and finish (oil rubbed!) – from authentic looking barn boards to light and dark brown to grey finishes, floor patterns, there was an endless amount of possibilities.
IKEA! The Swedish home furnishing mecca presented one of our favourite installations at the show. IKEA created a glamorous kitchen fit for any homeowner who loves to entertain. Presenting their new grey cupboards, the kitchen sparkled amongst crystal chandeliers overhead and pops of yellow lemons in glass bowls complimenting the new grey. On the other side was an IKEA dressing room where the closets were “PAXed” out – every dress, shoe, hat had its place. *swoon*
Lights! No doubt a beautiful light fixture can make a dramatic statement in any room. We saw elegant blown glass chandeliers that seemed to twinkle across the room. There were delicate hand made paper-thin wooden pendants, with pops of red or blue or even gold painted on the inside.
Buying local! There was a local artisan from Toronto who completely stole our hearts. Kidchen Co. make play kitchens for kids using Canadian Maple plywood and non-toxic paint. These play sets are a work of art, designed and built with the utmost detail and imagination. Any child would be so lucky to play in one of these custom-made kitchens.
Here at LB Design, we are excited to bring you even more fresh and inspiring ideas this year. Wishing you a happy and healthy 2014, with a splash of colour and hit of sparkle!
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