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

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

Interior Design Show West

Looking for something to do this weekend?

If you have an interest in home design, art or architecture head down to the new Vancouver Convention Centre October 14 – 17 for Interior Design Show West

Hundreds of exhibitors showing furniture, fixtures and everything else for your house, home and garden.  It’s not all just for your home either, if you’re a shop owner, commercial property landlord there will be things of interest to everyone. Events, workshops and speakers are also in the agenda from the likes of HGTV’s Sarah Richardson

When you’re there, make sure to stop by and say hello to my friends at Greenscape Design & Decor to see examples of some of the amazing work they’ve done around the city!