IDS Vancouver Builds Excitement

International Design Show (IDS) Vancouver opens for the public this weekend September 30 and October 1 at Vancouver Convention Centre.
There are many home shows filled with things to build your house but IDS Vancouver is filled with all the items that makes a house a home. Design trends, decor, accessories, furnishings and more touches that add your personality to your four walls.

Here’s five top things to make sure you check out at this year’s IDS Vancouver

Living at the entrance of IDS Vancouver is the 100ft, majestic Tree House, designed by Electric Coffin and presented by LightArt, an exploration of manmade material and natural form becoming one. The exhibit lets visitors wander through the front door of a house made from 3Form material and along a lit path which transforms the piece into an organic, tree-like shape made from cardboard. The passage serves as a portal to explore and contemplate: a metaphysical object propositioning the viewer.

In collaboration with Portland-based ANN SACKS, Camille Walala will transform the Central Bar feature into Walaland – a joyful place filled with Camille’s signature tribal-pop prints, high-octane colour combinations, and eye-popping graphics. Incorporating ceramic tiles by ANN SACKS, Camille has hand painted a 60-ft mural that serves as the backdrop for the bar. The young designer also takes the stage on Saturday, September 30 to speak about her design.

The fourth installment of The Exchange at IDS Vancouver will bring you to Tokyo! An enigmatic city, Tokyo’s design scene is a mixture of ancient and modern, liberal, and conservative, east and west influences. Curated by Design Milk, the Tokyo Exchange brings together works by innovative Tokyo-based design studios – we+ and Design for Industry. The installation is designed by Vancouver-based FSOARK Architect Inc.

The Mix is an all new program at IDS Vancouver this year that includes a host of breathtaking displays, installations and talks that are conducted both onsite and off. Supported by the Consulate to the Netherlands and media partner FRAME Magazine, three leading Netherlands-based designers have been paired with celebrated, established Vancouver creators. The pairs exhibit side by side on centre aisle at IDS Vancouver and take part in offsite conversations hosted by FRAME Minds at the Vancouver-based designers’ and artists’ studios.

The District is IDS Vancouver’s popular cash and carry neighbourhood that features fresh collections of design products for the home. The marketplace is the show’s mecca for the most exclusive and popular finds in home and decor. Featuring evolutionary designs, the line-up of exhibitors includes some of the most renown names in home design & décor like Saige & Skye, Urbanwalls, Maria Roth Design and bloc amongst others. A cult favourite amongst industry insiders and consumers, after all, who doesn’t like to shop.

The 13th IDS Vancouver takes place at Vancouver Convention Centre West, from September 28 – October 1, public is welcome Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1, weekend passes and single day tickets are on sale at

12 Days of Christmas Present Ideas – Day 6

Today’s 12 Days of Christmas gift idea is rather illuminating.  Something decorative for the home is always a great idea but even better when it’s practical.

Estandsons_img_0954I was lucky to recently receive an Established & Sons’ FOLD Lamp from Inform Interiors at IDS Vancouver, which lead to today’s gift idea.  The stylish lamp isn’t something I would think to purchase for myself but was a very welcome addition to the living room. Established & Sons, the British design brand curating innovative and contemporary design,  has a wide selection of beautiful, modern and practical pieces for the home, like the FOLD lamp.
Inform Interiors also has a wide selection of pieces in-store and online. From $20 glassware, to extravagant home furnishings, you’ll find inspiration for everyone on your list.


Interior Design Show Vancouver opens this week

Since 2004, Interior Design Show Vancouver (formerly IDS West) has grown to become Western North America’s premier residential interior design showcase.

Last year, over 35,000 visited the public showcase at Vancouver Convention Centre to view 275 exhibitors from the design world. This year’s show is open to the public this Thursday evening for the Party on Opening Night and on Saturday and Sunday.  Friday is a Trade Only day.

Interior Design Show Vancouver highlights the cutting edge of design, technology and decor.  Speakers, workshops, panels, demonstrations and hands-on participation ensures the Show is educational as it is inspirational.  Some of the featured events & speakers include: Dutch Exchange: Eindhoven – a showcase of designers from The Netherlands, Pitch Tank – a Dragon’s Den style event, designers Emily Henderson, Barbara Barry, architect Chris McVoy, contractor Rasmin Khachi and many more design professionals throughout the weekend.

The Interior Design Show Vancouver Party On Opening Night takes place Thursday September 22nd, open to trade and public, tickets are on sale now, $35 online.  The Public is also welcome Saturday and Sunday September 24 – 25, weekend passes $18 online.

IDS West 2014 gets the party started

Thursday night, International Design Show West (IDS West), the West Coast’s premier residential design showcase, packed the Vancouver Convention Centre for an opening night party to kick off its 10th year.

The Party On Opening Night, presented by Cosentino, brought out a huge crowd to be the first to see this year’s latest and greatest in residential design.  Furniture, fixtures, flooring, roofing, gardening and more are all on display from 250 exhibiting retailers, designers and manufacturers until September 28th.   Open to public as well as trade, the show also features a line up of guest speakers on the Living Space stage and GRAY conversation stage.  Celebrated designers Sarah Richardson and Kimberley Seldon headline with panels of some of North America’s best designers.

IDS West 2014 runs until September 28th at Vancouver Convention Centre West, open to the public from 4pm – 9pm Friday, 10am – 6pm Saturday and 10am – 5pm Sunday. Tickets $15 for single days, $25 weekend passes.

Christmas Gift Ideas 2013 – Home Decor & Accessories

If you’re in need of a last minute gift idea before running out to a Christmas gift exchange, there are plenty of great gift shops in Vancouver. Every neighbourhood has it’s own local shop, filled with chachkas and trinkets for a small hostess gift or present. Most feature even more substantial gifts and home accents, works of Art, kitchenware, bed and bath accessories all carefully curated by the store owners.
Stop by shops and find out what the shops have discovered from their shopping excursions to bring to your hands.

espace d (pictured above) on Richards, The Cross on Homer St, or Fine Finds on Mainland in Yaletown

Homewerx and its sister shop, Room In Order on Davie Street in the West End.

Old Faithful Shop on West Cordova, Parliament or Örling & Wu on Water in Gastown.

All are just a few of the terrific shops in downtown Vancouver along, where you can get almost all your gifts for you Christmas list in one location! Look around your neighbourhood and see what you find in your local shop.

Vancouver cracks open the Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel, the Chicago based home furnishings retailer, opened its first BC location at Oakridge Centre in Vancouver last week.  The newly renovated 27,000 square foot space, where the former movie theatre was located, is a gleaming spectacle filled to the brim with home decor, gadgets, nicknacks and furnishings.  Many of the furniture pieces are arranged in room settings along with the decor to give you the feel of how your home could look once you got it home. Outdoor patio arrangements, living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms were all on display to fuel your creative juices.  The other half of the space is where the real shopping gets done as customers wandered through the glassware, dishes, kitchen gadgets, entertainment equipment and much more.

Crate & Barrel is located at Oakridge Centre, 650 West 41st Ave, Vancouver

Shop the globe at espace d. in Yaletown

On the corner of Richards and Helmcken Streets in Yaletown, Vancouver lies what may seem at first passing to be an unassuming gift shop. Instead espace d. [pronounced es-pass day] is a shop filled with stylish and unique gifts and products from around the globe.
After moving to Vancouver French interior designer, Pierre Derreumaux, founded espace d. with the aim to fuel decor inspiration by pairing unique selections of high-end home products and original pieces from leading worldwide capitals.
Having travelled the world before settling in Vancouver Derreumaux has put his well-travelled eye for decor to create a boutique that is as he describes “a collection of cutting edge décor with an international flair”.
With pieces sourced from around the globe, each unique item and collection is accompanied by a small note detailing the artist or designer of the work, so the buyer knows the background of their find. Handblown glassware from Mexico, French accessories, textiles from Argentina, accent pillows from Toronto, dishes from Denmark and houseware from Milan all work together to create a United Nations of decor.
espace d. is destined to known for contemporary home accessories in Vancouver.

epace d. is located at 1108 Richards Street, Vancouver BC ph: 604.662.3008 online at twitter: @espacedonline  facebook: espacedonline