Monday, October 15, 2012

{idswest & blend 2012}

Happy Monday friends! Can you believe we are exactly mid-month today?? Crazy! Well it's been two weeks since the IDSwest show here in Vancouver, and I've finally put together a recap post for you. A bit of a warning that this post is heavy on the {iPhone} pictures!

The show itself was fantastic, it truly showcased Vancouver's finest; from the well-established design companies to the up-and-coming Future Master's! I'll give you a little list of what caught my eye, starting off with my favorite exhibit, Da Vinci's Home booth:

 
Crazy amounts of eye candy, the pictures can't do justice! I loved that they carry new and vintage pieces and did a wonderful job of showcasing the mix of both. There is only one pair of these vintage lucite chairs below, NEED!

 
A pair of brass étagères! I was swooning. Ok, I had to wipe off the drool and move along ...
 
 
GE Cafe had a lovely kitchen display, I adored that they placed 2 French Bistro tables lengthwise against each other to create what looked like one VERY long center table.
 
 
The table is this one below from Crate & Barrel. It's pretty much my favorite thing from that store, I'd love to own one. Crate & Barrel is finally coming to Vancouver {Oakridge Center}! Maybe there's hope for me ;)
 
A little Canadiana over at Identity Apparel, much of their goods are made from recycled military blankets!
 
 
And speaking of Canadiana, I loved the YVR pillows at Nicole Tarasick ...
 
 
You may have already seen my post on Kelly Deck's kitchen for AyA Kitchens; MAJOR highlight of the show for me:
 
 
Loved the pretty pillows by Phaulet; the patterns are created in photoshop then transfered digitally to fabric. Smart!
 
 
By the looks of things, the trend of mixing metals isn't going anywhere soon ...
 
 
And lucite was everywhere too {Mint Interiors pictured below}. Funny how we see trends for quite a long while before they finally trickle down to being available to the average consumer ...
 
 
Urban Barn had the cutest armchair inspired by a vintage blazer, I love the elbow patches!!
 
 
This sculptural plant at Once a Tree really caught my eye:
 
 
Wouldn't these little cuties be perfect in a playroom?
 
 
The elephant trend is still going strong, the bowls by Gabrielle Burke were darling:
 
 
And of course, a huge highlight of the show for me was getting to attend one of my all time favorite Canadian designer's seminar, Tommy Smythe! A shout out to IDS event manager Leonie and show director Jason for arranging VIP seating at the talks for us bloggers, and the VIP tour beforehand! Tommy was as sharp and witty as I knew he would be, covering every topic from boxers vs. briefs, to the Real Housewives of Vancouver, to how to create a home in a small space. And I'd count him as an expert on small spaces, did you know that he once lived in only 180 square feet? And you thought your home was small!!

 
 
You can actually click on the image below to watch an episode of H&H where Tommy gives a tour of his small yet stunning space.
 
 
And last but definitely not least, I had the pleasure to help organize our West Coast blogger event, BLEND 2012 again this year. It was a wonderful night filled with fabulous bloggers, designers, photographers, and industry experts. We were thrilled to work with IKEA Canada again, they sponsored our event at the fabulous St. Regis boutique hotel. We felt insanely spoiled! A big thank you goes to Madeleine and her colleagues at IKEA who really made our event happen.
 
 
We had the chance to literally rub elbows with Canada's finest; from left to right, House & Home VP of Communications Mark Challen, House & Home Editor in Chief Suzanne Dimma, me, Barbara, and Tommy Smythe.
 
 
 
The swag bags from IKEA were filled to the brim with goodies!
 
 
 
All in all it was a great night to connect with old friends and make new friends that share the same passion for design and decor. I already can't wait to get planning for BLEND 2013!
 
 

13 comments:

Nancy said...

What a dream event and weekend! That show was chock full of the most gorgeous things, and your blogger event was so awesome! I would love something like that on the east coast. How fun.
Thanks for sharing it all with us Nancy!
XO Nancy
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Dawna said...

I'm sorry I missed it this year Nancy everything looked so fantastic including the design show,look forward to next years though!
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Albertina || Mimosa Lane said...

wao!! what a great post! Ok so I have to tell you ever since you posted that kitchen I cannot stop thinking about it. I really want something similar. Is the hood custom made you think? I just love the marble with that hood..I die. Great coverage about the show. You are awesome!

Sheila @sZinteriors said...

Great recap, Nancy, and you shared a few I didn't get to see up close and personal! I looove those etageres, too... Need one comes to mind ;-) And, oh my, that Crate & Barrel table is to die for! I think you reeeally need that, don't you? Thank you so much for all the hard work behind the scenes that you do to make this all possible for the DLBwest group. I appreciate it so much! Hugs!

How2home said...

Looks like you had a great time at IDS! Love your iphone photos :)

Vanessa@decor happy said...

Great recap - I felt like I was there! And you looked beautiful in your emerald dress!

Albertina || MimosaLane said...

thanks for all the details on the kitchen! I will let you know what they tell me.

Shauna@Satori Design for Living said...

Great recap. WIth all the posts, I kinda feel like I was there after all. Crossing my fingers for next year!

Meesh @ I Dream of Chairs said...

Great post! Wow, you really captured a lot, good for you! I think a field trip to West Vancouver and Da Vinci's Home is in order!

Tracey Ayton Photography said...

Thank you Nancy for posting. It's nice to see more of the show since I wasn't there. All I've seen is a lot of Kelly Deck's gorgeous kitchen..... which was beautiful but it's always nice to see what else there was.

Amy Walters said...

Wonderful re-cap Nancy! It was WONDERFUL meeting you last month. You are such a sweet Lady and I feel blessed to have spent the evening with you. Cheers!

Amy Walters said...

Wonderful re-cap Nancy! It was WONDERFUL meeting you last month. You are such a sweet Lady and I feel blessed to have spent the evening with you. Cheers!

Nicole Scott said...

So much Fun. It was so nice to meet you in person Nancy!

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