IDS12: Part 3 – Studio North

Studio North, the ‘show within a show’, was held at the Interior Design Show for the 10th year. The premise behind the show is to introduce the public to great Canadian design talent. I was incredibly impressed with the range of items these talented designers showcased – below is just a sampling of what I saw.

Jeremy Kehoe

Jeremy Kehoe is a furniture designer and woodworker from Toronto who uses as much sustainable and domestic woods as he can.

I loved this table

Nomo Creations

This Orbit table from Nomo Creations received quite a bit of press during the show. The father and son team us materials that can be separated for recycling, and their products are designed to be able to shrink so they can be shipped in smaller packages.

Orbit Table - Nomo Creations

Brothers Dressler

Twin brothers Jason and Lars Dressler are woodworkers from Toronto. Most of the wood seen in the dining room below was created using the wood from one tree that died in 2010.

The table and light were made from one tree.

Tyler MacKenzie + Bettie Cott

I love the lines of Tyler MacKenzie‘s Radius Lounge chair, and Bettie Cott‘s Peaks and Valleys coatrack is whimsical and practical – I can easily imagine it in a child’s room.

Radius Lounge Chair and Peaks and Valleys coatrack

Kino Guérin

Kino Guérin‘s pieces are made from bent wood, and are stunning in person.

Knot bench

Recycled slate blackboard

That’s the last of my pictures from IDS12 – I hope I managed to show you some of the great things there were to see at the show, and maybe encouraged you to make a visit to the show next year – I know I’ll be going – I can’t wait to see what is new then.

IDS12: Part 1

After attending BlogPodium on Friday I went upstairs to The Interior Design Show and walked around, and around, and around. There was SO MUCH to see!

I fully intended to compose an informative post on all the marvelous things I saw, but after looking through the pictures I took, I think I’ll let them do the talking for me. You’ll forgive me right? I hope so. Where possible I’ve listed the website of the exhibitor.


How Do you Live? Exhibit

Gresham House -

AM Studio -

AM Studio -

AM Studio -

 Outdoor Living

How do you Live? Exhibit

Sung Outdoor,

Eliile Lounge,

Andrew Richard Designs,

Hauser Designs,


Dee Dee Taylor Hannah,

Bloomsbury Fine Cabinetry,

 I think I give your scrolling finger a rest for now. I’ll post more fabulousness tomorrow.

BlogPodium: Blogs + Media

Yesterday morning I had the opportunity to sit in a room full of fabulous bloggers and listen to an excellent panel discuss the role of blogs and traditional media.

BlogPodium was created by two Toronto based bloggers – Jennifer Flores of Rambling Renovators and Lindsay Stevenson of Little House Blog, and it’s purpose is to bring together design bloggers and industry representatives from design magazines and television shows to share ideas about how blogs are influencing traditional design media (and vice-versa), and what blog writers should aim for when striving to make their blog successful. Yesterdays panel was the first of what will be a quarterly discussion about blogs, with the aim of educating and encouraging bloggers to create the best blogs possible.

This first discussion was held at the start of trade day at the Interior design show (which I explored after the talk), and there were excellent speakers on the panel:

  • Margot Austin – Senior Design Editor – House & Home magazine
  • Kimberley Seldon – Editor in Chief – Dabble magazine, and Design Editor – Chatelaine magazine
  • Kate Moore – Producer – CityLine
  • Jennifer Flores – Blogger and co-founder of BlogPodium
  • Moderated by: Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault – CityLine Guest Expert

    The BlogPodium panel: from L to R: Lindsay Stevenson, Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault, Jennifer Flores, Kimberley Seldon, Kate Moore, Margot Austin (my apologies for the fuzzy cellphone picture)

The discussions were incredibly interesting – here is some of what the panel had to say:

  • A good blog has an original voice,and original ideas.
  • Don’t just post pictures and say ‘wow – this space is awesome’ – explain why you think it’s a great space.
  • Don’t let your blog get too serious – blogging is about content and entertainment.
  • Make use of all forms of Social Media – you need exposure along with great ideas to grow your blog.
  • If you dream of being invited to do a guest spot on a design show include video on your blog so producers of shows can see the real you.
  • Set a good regular schedule for posting – 3 to 4 posts a week – once is not enough(eeps!)
  • Try to keep you posts to under 500 words (Double eeps!)
  • If pitching your idea – consider the vehicle – know the audience – if the magazine features mostly homes decorated by professional designers using high-end products they probably won’t be interested in your DIY projects.
  • Editing is key – stick to your core message.
  • If you use the work of others in your blog (photographers, designers, etc), always, always credit the source.

The panel made some excellent points, and I will try to work on some of them: posting 3-4 times a week and keep posts to about 500 words – both of which will be really hard.

BlogPodium’s next topic will be the Business of Blogging and will be presented in May. I’m sure it will be just as enlightening as yesterdays, and I’m planning on attending, and if you’re in or near Toronto I hope you will consider coming as well.

This afternoon I’m heading to Canadian Design bloggers meetup so I won’t be able to share today what great things I saw at the Interior Design show – hopefully I’ll be able to do that later this week.

PS – Word count: 529 :(