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Why Interior Design is Sexy

Interior Design is sexy – I’m sure that’s a phrase you don’t hear every day. Before we dive into why we think so, let’s preface this with an experience that we’ve all likely had. You’re sitting in a restaurant and trying to have a nice dinner. The food is great, but the ambiance is a little off and just enough for you to notice. Perhaps you and your dinner companion are having a conversation, almost to no avail as you are trying to shout over the reverberating voices of other dining guests and the music. The room is dark, but the light above your table is bright and casts a ghastly shadow on your companion’s face, and yours as well – which doesn’t sound very sexy at all. What makes Interior Design sexy then? Usually when you don’t notice it at all. It is the experiences you have inbuilt spaces that don’t make you wonder why something was done a certain way. When the invisible things such as acoustics, thermal comfort, and lighting work so well that you don’t even notice, allowing you to really notice the experience the designer was trying to create.

Sexy interior design is functional and fabulous – it works the way it was intended to and enhances the user’s everyday life. For example your kitchen! You spend hours in this space every day preparing your meals and spending time with your family. If it is planned well, using it would be a breeze! Your appliances are easily accessible and everything you need is at your fingertips. No need to crawl or climb to try and fetch items that are out of reach. In kitchen design, we use a formula called the working triangle to ensure that your stove, sink and fridge create a triangle with distances that make using your kitchen simple and easy. You don’t see this detail, but you definitely notice it when it’s not applied. For examples of the work triangle be sure to check out a few of our recent projects like Contessa or Park Station. For all those dreamers out there be sure to wander through Schiffini and Bulthaup for inspiration. Don’t blame us if you fall in love.

Like a perfect outfit, sexy interior design is all about the details. Or in this case the minimalist aesthetic. Sexy is uncluttered. Simple, streamlined, clean and serene.  Start with the basic components and layer on the right textures and finishes to create that sleek space. We believe a sexy space is an emotional response you have within a space. One that you don’t want to leave. Whether it’s a luxury spa, hotel lounge, dramatic restaurant or your own slice of heaven at home. Creating that perfect ensuite where you can escape. Bedrooms that dreams are made off or kitchen to create a masterpiece in. Strima General Contractors work on many upscale projects that echo this sentiment. Design is truly sexy for us. We enjoy knowing that we can create spaces that clients and users will enjoy now and for years to come.

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2018 Design Forecast

There’s nothing more fun than forecasting for the year ahead. Like the weather, things are always changing with new trends and new products on the horizon that push innovation. In design, there are a few things we can always count on – one of them being Pantone’s Color of the Year, which is Ultra Violet for 2018 – and IKEA (we are only half joking). IKEA did in fact debut the new YPPERLIG collection designed with Danish design company HAY in the Fall, which we are more than over the moon about, but that is old news. We’ve looked into the crystal ball and rounded up a few new and noteworthy products to keep your eyes peeled for and lust after this year. Keep reading to find out

Modular Seating

The way we live and work has dramatically changed in the last few years. No longer are we confined to stationary screens and computers to do our work or enjoy entertainment. We almost demand flexibility and adaptability with our smartphones, tablets, and laptops – shouldn’t our furniture also change with us? With our ever-changing needs, modular furniture appears to be our best solution and it doesn’t have to be boxy and uncomfortable. Francesco Rota designed the PLUS system for Lapalma which is a collection of curvy, soft components, including rectangular, square and round-ended seat shapes, two sizes of backrests, an armrest and a table. Minimalist and quite fun, these pieces can be rearranged to your preference whether that be a classic sofa or floating seats in a large living room. You can even have the side tables outfitted with a power supply so your gadgets are never out of juice.

Surface Charging

Speaking of the power supply, have you noticed that power outlets are in hot demand? They are hotspots when you go to the airport or the mall – we constantly need to recharge our smartphones. The day when you can wirelessly charge your phone from almost any surface is not too distant. The Blend Into Space everyday objects by design studio PESI is sure to be on your radar for 2018. It is a conceptual collection of furnishings and homewares with wireless-charging technology integrated below every surface designed as a part of Samsung’s startup incubation program, Creative Square. There is no doubt that these products will fly off the shelves.

Smart and Wearables

While we are still on the topic of smart technology, we cannot forget about the smartwatch. Although it has not been adopted into our everyday lives as readily as our smartphones, they are still evolving to meet our needs – and more importantly our design tastes. Skagen Denmark just released their new Falster Smartwatch and it is the perfect cross between your classic watch with the technology of a smartwatch. It looks classy with a minimalist LCD touchscreen face and runs Android Wear so you can tap and swipe your way through messages, music, and activity tracking data. Watch out Apple!

Minimalist Gadgets

For something a little more low-tech and practical, we have this beautifully designed PlusMinus [http://selek.design/11-plusminus.html] minimalist screwdriver from  Selek Design. Can we take a moment to admire how sleek it is? We would probably try to find reasons to take it out for a spin as often as possible. It is also so compact that you can do without the bulky toolbox and just stash it in a drawer. Now if only there was tape measure on the market that is just as gorgeous to match!

Grids

A trend we’ve been starting to see is the use of grids – simple lines intersecting and joined together. It’s a great pattern and is fairly timeless in our opinion. Kallista has taken this idea even further by creating their new faucet named Grid. Using cutting-edge technology, innovation, and design, the faucet is 3D printed. The faucet celebrates the beauty of geometrical minimalism and coupled with a matte black finish, it is simply stunning. We are amazed by its outline form which hides discrete interior waterways. It is sure to be a show stopper once installed in a bathroom!

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5 Must-Visit Vancouver Restaurants

Happy new year! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season filled with quality time with friends and family. Now that it is January and you have had your fair share of turkey, it’s time to create a new list – one filled with restaurants you must visit this year (sans turkey)! Vancouver is filled to the brim with many unique places to dine out at. No matter what your preferred cuisine is, there is something out there for you and your budget. Of course, we like to consider design alongside a fantastic food and drink menu, so we have put together a list of our top picks for you! If a scrumptious meal in a one-of-a-kind atmosphere sounds delightful, read on!

 

Hawksworth Restaurant

Hawksworth restaurant is hands-down one of the best restaurants in Vancouver and is on the top of our list for a very good reason. Situated in the historic Rosewood Hotel Georgia, it is definitely one of the higher-end restaurants in the city. The restaurant opened in 2011 and was designed by the highly acclaimed Alessandro Munge. The design is sophisticated and elegant without being over the top and is the perfect backdrop for the carefully created menu by chef David Hawksworth. If dinner at Hawksworth restaurant is out of your budget, we suggest splurging on their brunch! It is equally as delicious and the service is always top notch. We highly recommend trying the steak and eggs!

Botanist

One of the newest additions to the Vancouver food scene is the Botanist. It is tucked away on the second floor of the Fairmont Pacific Rim and is a hidden gem you must discover. The restaurant is divided into different areas, each with its own cocktail menu, so if you come back more than once you will have a unique experience each time. The atmosphere is chic and inspired by the principles of botany with jewel-toned velvets on a backdrop of white and hints of wood designed by Ste Marie Design and Glasfurd & Walker. The plating of the food makes it look like a piece of art – almost to perfect to eat! The house-made fougasse bread with European whipped butter is absolutely delectable. You can also order some to take home with you!

The Victor

If you haven’t visited the new Parq, going for dinner at The Victor is your perfect excuse! This restaurant not even open a month yet – is sure to become one of the city’s favorites.  It’s hard to miss the U-shaped copper façade of this brand-new building when driving into Vancouver on the Cambie Street bridge. Go up to the 6th floor through the tranquil rooftop urban park and there you will find The Victor. Moody with a hint of eclecticism, The Victor has an upbeat vibe that hints at the beginning of an eventful night at the Parq. The restaurant is a steakhouse with an offering of Japanese cuisine – we would suggest sticking with the steaks though. Choose the cut of your choice and pair it with a couple sides! We can’t wait for the nice weather, so we can enjoy a cocktail outside on the well-landscaped rooftop. Since you are already at the Parq, hop over to the D/6 Lounge afterward for a nightcap next to their steam fireplace!

Mott 32

Vancouver has no shortage of Chinese restaurants, but Mott 32 is not your typical one. Nested in the iconic Trump Tower designed by the late Arthur Erickson, Mott 32 takes Chinese food to the next level in a contemporary setting. It is a celebrates the culture and cuisine of Hong Kong with a menu of principally Cantonese dishes. You have to try their made-to-order Hot & Sour Iberico Pork Shanghainese Soup Dumplings and Hong Kong Iced Tea! The retro-meets modern design and presentation of not only the interiors but also each dish are what makes Mott 32 truly unique. Peek into the private dining rooms to see how each one has its own character!

Minami

Minami is a Yaletown favorite and top player in Vancouver’s thriving sushi scene. The trendy restaurant is designed with a welcoming, bright and modern Japanese palette. It is the sister restaurant to Miku in Coal Harbour and also offers the flame seared Aburi style sushi. It is very easy to enjoy an entire night filled with good conversation in this lively restaurant. The cuisine is as fresh as the interiors with Ocean Wise seafood options and regional ingredients. Make sure to try the Aburi Beef Carpaccio, Salmon Oshi Sushi and Sashimi Platter with sake!

 

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Holiday Style

The lights are strung, mistletoe is hung and the background music consists of familar Christmas tunes. Hopefully your shopping is complete thanks to a little help from our Area3 2017 Christmas Gift Guide.  With a bit of luck all those presents are wrapped and safely under the tree! Without a doubt the season festivities have already begun! From staff Christmas parties to gatherings with family and friends, the nightly events are endless. For those of us who have completely forgotten about the amount dinners we will need to attend (and possibly host), or simply don’t want pictures wearing the same outfit twice – read on! Time to give your go-to little black dress a rest and amp up your holiday style!

If there’s one time of year where a little glitz and glam is acceptable, it is definitely the holidays. Before you go out and find a number that covers you from head to toe, remember that a little goes a long way! Some people might argue that jumpsuits are a bit too casual, but we think that they are a perfect alternative to a dress. They are so easy to wear and a favorite here. We like the simple cut and nice texture of this belted velvet jumpsuit from COS which can be dressed up or down. Dynamite also has an affordably priced belted jumpsuit in burgundy with slit sleeves that would pair nicely a statement bag. For a dress that has some shine, but isn’t glittery, this printed silk slip dress from Little Moon, available at Aritza is a great way to go. No outfit is complete without a great pair of heels! Whether you want a classic pump or something a little more daring, the options are endless. We love the simplicity and gold detail of this Acedda pump from Aldo . If you have decided to go with a simple dress or jumpsuit, turn heads with this lace-up chunky heel from RAYE . Finally, top off your outfit with a bag or clutch that holds all your evening essentials! Your phone and lipstick need to go somewhere, right? The box clutch is hot this season and a few stores like Zara and Nine West have some great options. Ever New also has a chic box clutch in a timeless black faux leather with gold hardware. Do you have many holiday parties to attend? Transform any outfit with a quick switch of footwear, jewelry and a bag. You’re good to go!

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Area3 2017 Christmas Gift Guide

The lights are up and the halls are decked – the holiday season is upon us! With less than a month before Christmas, we are sure there are many things on your radar – including finding gifts for everyone on your list. We know that this time of year can be quite stressful, so we have compiled a gift guide that will help you spend less time scrambling through the busy shopping malls and more time doing fun festive things and spending quality time with friends and family. From the Homebody to the Outdoor Adventurer, we have covered many of the personalities that are sure to be on your list. Read on for our picks!

Food & Drink Connoisseur

We all have the one person on our list who is a complete foodie. They simply have the best taste in all things food and drink and let’s face it – are very hard to please when choosing a restaurant. If this person likes to not only eat, but also prepare meals, why not gift them a class? Ai and Om Knives’  has a sake and sushi workshop that will introduce them to Japanese cuisine and knife work – from knife selection to butchery – while getting to do tastings! A gift that is sure to keep giving. Got a coffee lover on your list too? There’s no going wrong with a Nespresso Maker. The Nespresso Pixie is the perfect size for any countertop – at home or at work! For that sweet and spicy tea lover on your list be sure to head over to Food 52 and check out their Chai Tea & Turmeric Concentrate. For a unique gift we love The Raw Spice Bar which ships you directly 6 freshly ground, seasonal spices & blends, quarterly, along with global recipe ideas for all diets. Butterscotch Cinnamon Pie, Tandori Chicken or Chikpea Veggie Burger anyone? Lastly for the baker on your list how about one of the retro and colorful Smeg Stand Mixers?

Health Guru

The health guru in your life probably totes around a bottle of water or kombucha (or both) with them every day. Kombucha can be expensive, so you can help your health guru brew their own with this Kombucha Home Brew Kit. It contains everything they will need to brew quality kombucha in their own kitchen packed with probiotics and health benefits. Why not bottle it in something beautiful as well? S’well has fun and functional bottles that will keep their essential drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. The Soma Water Filtration Pitcher is so beautiful you will have no problem consuming the recommended eight glasses a day. FastCompany called it “The world’s most beautiful water filter”. They also give back and believe clean drinking is a basic human right. Every time you make a purchase they donate to a charity which supports this belief. Limited editions offer even larger incentives. Tired of that boring old lunch bag?  How about adding a little bit of fun? Part bento box, part TV tray The Planetbox is an all in one solution to packing a healthy portion controlled meal.

The Techie

This person seems to always be on top of the latest and greatest piece of tech on the market. The Amazon Echo Spot is perfect for everyday use as it uses the widely popular Alexa platform, but also features a screen. The display transforms between a clock, news story or video calls and is sure to become a nightstand staple. Got a gamer in your life? They will love the Oculus Rift and Touch Virtual Reality System. It is the best VR headset on the market and the included hand controllers makes interacting with the virtual world feel close to real. It also includes 6 free games! For the person who just can’t put down their phone, even on a cold winter day – how about the Touch Gloves available in multiple lengths and styles.

Outdoor Adventurer

Their weekends are usually packed with hikes, camping or even some extreme sports. Help them capture those moments on mountains with the GoPro HERO5 Black . It captures 4K video and bursts of 12MP images. Not only is it sleek, compact and easy to control, but it can also go up to 33 feet underwater without a housing. Are they more of a practical person? A Swiss Army knife is always handy to have when you have an unexpected problem to solve outdoors. This Swiss Army MiniChamp Alox has 15 tools packed into its classic design inan elegant silver. They will never leave home without it! For the camper on your list we recommend the Tradional Shake and Pop Popcorn Maker. What’s better than making popcorn the old school way over a campfire?

Travel Junkie

Always on the go, the travel junkie is constantly looking for a new place to explore. Make sure they look stylish with the Away Carry-On which comes in a variety of colors. It’s hard shell is unbreakable and 4-wheel design make zipping through the airport a breeze. Our favorite feature is the built-in battery that can charge any USB device, so their phones will always have juice to check maps, emails and Airbnb! For the days the travel junkie is at home, they will enjoy documenting their last destination on this Scratch Map from Luckies.  It’s affordable and thoughtful and will keep them dreaming of their next adventure! The Ostrich Pillow Go is a MoMA exclusive .Thanks to hidden magnetic buttons and three choices of position, this travel pillow fits easily around the neck and adapts to every one’s proportions

Homebody

Home is where the heart is and the Homebody probably has that quote framed on their wall. Make sure they curl up with one of these Super Chunky Knit Blankets (available in many great neutral colors). Once under the cover and the fire is set all you need is a great book. How about Amazon Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader? It has a sharp display with adjustable lighting, lightweight body, Wi-Fi connectivity and a battery that can last for weeks on a single charge. Don’t forget your cozy wool slippers from Glerups.  To set the final touch why not add a great luxury scented candle from Jo Malone. So many amazing scents and the luxury size burns for 230 hours.

The Fashionista

Even grocery shopping girl needs to look good – right? How about The Unstructured Shopper Bag from one of our favorite stores COS! While you are there might as well pick up the Chunky Necklace too? Please be sure to ask Santa to drop both off at my house……………… Last on our gift guide this year is the Fleece Hooded Scarf by Design House Stockholm which doubles as a hat and scarf. Keeping you both warm and stylish. What did you get the people on your gift list? Let us know with the hashtag #area3giftguide

 

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Winter Staycations

We all know someone who has already started to count down the number of days until Christmas. For the rest of us, our dreams may consist of just a few relaxing vacation days without the holiday season stress. Before you deep dive into the season’s festivities, why not consider a little staycation right here in BC’s backyard? Just a weekend will do the trick and we have just the places for you! Keep reading for three winter staycations on our bucket list.

Penticton Lakeside Resort

The Okanagan is ever popular in the summer, but it is also a fantastic getaway destination in the winter! Penticton is a short four hour drive from Vancouver and is not only a beautiful getaway, but also a lot of fun! Whether you are an adventure seeker and want to try a snowshoeing adventure [http://www.hoodooadventures.ca/snowshoeing/], cross-country skiing, or prefer to do something more laid back, there’s something for everyone. The quintessential wine tasting is still an option in the winter and some fresh picks can also be found at the Penticton Winter Farmer’s Market. Make sure to stay at the Penticton Lakeside Resort [https://www.pentictonlakesideresort.com/] which is situated right on the lake. Every year, the hotel gets into the holiday spirit with a fully decorated lobby and they also convert their private beach into an outdoor ice-rink! The resort is also home to Penticton’s only casino and the Hooded Marganser restaurant which has stunning lake views and delicious food.

Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort

Getting up early, bundling up and hitting the slopes isn’t your winter style? If dipping your toes into warm natural mineral waters of lounging pools sounds like heaven, then Ainsworth Hot Springs [http://www.ainsworthhotsprings.com/] in BC’s Kootenay region is for you. The Ktunaxa First Nations peoples were the first to visit these soothing, warm waters for their restorative properties after a long day of hunting, gathering and fishing. You can explore the unique horseshoe-shaped hot spring cave with its stalactites and stalagmites – the hottest pool on site – soaking in the mineral waters. Once you are in need of some cooling, jump into the stream-fed cold plunge. In need of some further relaxation? Visit the Spirit Water Spa for a massage or body wrap. Later on in the day, take a serene and scenic hike through surrounding forest trails and come back to a scrumptious dinner at the Ktunaxa Grill. A perfect getaway to restore your mind, body and spirit if you ask us!

The Wickaninnish Inn

Looking for some island time? Tofino is not only fantastic for surfing in the summer, but is also great for a weekend of rest and relaxation at the Wickaninnish Inn [https://www.wickinn.com/]. Start your day here by taking in the majestic Vancouver Island coastline from your room then head over to the Rainforest Haven studio for a rejuvinating yoga class. Continue the day with some treatments and packages at the Ancient Cedars Spa and top it off with a farm-fresh meal from The Pointe Restaurant. The perk to the Wickaninnish Inn is their pet-friendly rooms and dog sitting, so your fur babies don’t need to be left at home. Children are also welcome and can be taken care of by babysitters when the time comes for your well-deserved massage and glass of wine!

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Around Town

It’s been awhile since we have talked about the neighborhoods in our beautiful city of Vancouver. The last one was “3 Must-see Design Districts in Vancouver.” This time, we are featuring neighborhoods around our downtown core – Railtown, Chinatown and Yaletown. They are jam packed with great finds and will leave you wanting to come back for more! As a designer we always appreciate an inspiring space whether thats a coffee shop, retail space or beautiful building! We suggest you take your time walking each street and popping into unexpected shops and cafes. Keep reading for a few our favorites!

Railtown

Chances are, you have never been to Railtown or have not even heard of it before. It is just East of the always busy and tourist filled Gastown. It is definitely a bit more quiet and industrial, but if you venture out this way, you are sure to come across some gems. Looking for a place to grab brunch this weekend? Ask for Luigi is just the place if you fancy a fresh hand-made pasta in a casual yet intimate setting. Be sure to arrive early as there are no reservations! Another good place to pop-by for a good evening is The Belgard Kitchen and Postmark Brewing. You won’t miss it when you drive by because of its enormous wood doors. Inside, you can choose to taste some of Postmark’s beer brewed on location before grabbing a seat and enjoying some modern tapas. Finally, if you’re looking for something very unique and custom for your home, you should definitely head over to Alexander Centre (611 Alexander St.). This is where you will find the showrooms of companies such as Crown Wallpaper and Fabrics, AnneStarr and Jan Kath. You have been warned, you will get lost in the land of wallpaper, fabrics and rugs! Heads up though, not all of these designer showrooms are open to the public so be sure to call first.

Chinatown

Did you know that Vancouver’s Chinatown is the largest in North America? No wonder it is a tourist destination! Other than the beautiful Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens – which everyone should visit at least once – Chinatown is packed with many great places to shop and eat. Looking for some new cookware? Ming Wo  is filled with great finds, whether it is some new cutlery, dishware or a new kitchen gadget. For those who are into street-style fashion, be sure to wander into El Kartel. Although it may look insignificant from the street, the store is quite large on the inside and has something for both males and females. Looking for a quick snack? Pop into New Town Bakery & Restaurant  and pick up a couple of fresh Chinese buns and be sure to get a Hong-Kong style milk tea while you’re at it! Finally, if you find yourself in Chinatown on an evening, take a seat at Juniper and enjoy one of their charcuterie boards with a glass of wine. It’s a great place to catch up with a few friends!

Yaletown

Hip and always happening, Yaletown doesn’t ever seem to sleep. In the summer, the restaurant patios are always packed and there is constant buzz on Mainland and Hamilton Streets. It is very easy to do some shopping absolutely anything in this neighborhood. Start the day off with a pastry and coffee at the ever-popular Small Victory Bread & Coffee. Looking for something for your home? Be sure to check out The Cross Décor & Design. For those of you who like to spoil your furry friends, Barking Babies is the place for you! Got a sweet tooth? Karameller Candy Shop is your next stop for some irresistible Swedish candies. Of course, Yaletown has plenty of places to grab a bit to eat. The Banter Room  has an eclectic interior that’s perfect for lunch whereas a whimsical night sipping wine in the courtyard of Brix and Mortar is an absolute must.

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Fall Back in Style

Without a doubt Fall has now arrived in Vancouver. Warm cloudless days have made way for chilly mornings and dark evenings. In just a few days we will be changing our clocks back. Until November 5th we are looking forward to leaving the office while there is still a sliver a light! Since we will all be setting our clocks an hour back, why not swap out your ho-hum clock for something with a bit more style? We’ve rounded up five of our favorites right now along with a couple of alarm clocks for those of you who have trouble getting out of bed when it is still dark!

If you are looking for a clock that makes a statement, look no further than Alessi. This European company has a clock for you no matter what your style is. From the very funky Walter Wayle II wall clock designed by Phillipe Starck to the writable Blank Wall Clock , Alessi never disappoints. Those of us who are on the search for something minimal and refined will love the Ora In/Out.  For something more timeless, HAY (another one of our personal favorite furniture and accessory lines) has the Analog clock which will create a bold, yet simple statement on your wall. The Watch Me  clock from Normann Copenhagen will definitely catch your eye from anywhere in the room. This neutral yet graphic clock was inspired by a fanned out color swatch. No wonder we Interior Designers are attracted to it!

Finally, if you are not a morning person, be sure to pick out a fun alarm from Lexon. Our favorites are the INOUT Clock which has a beautiful rectilinear form that has a second mini clock that pops up to display the alarm time. Say goodbye to wondering if you set your alarm clock properly before bed! The FLIP clock available in an array of colors is also easy to use with “ON” written on one of the large surfaces and “OFF” on the opposite side. If you see “ON” it means that your alarm is activated. After the alarm goes off, you simply flip the clock upside-down to turn it “OFF.” No more slapping the alarm off and going back to sleep!

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IDS West 2017 Highlights

For those of you who aren’t familiar with IDS West, you are missing out! Every year at the end of September is a week that most of us in the Architecture and Designer (A & D) community look forward to. For many years IDS was only on the east coast in Toronto, but since it arrived in Vancouver it has quickly gained traction with not only designers, but also the public. With every year that passes, it seems to get much bigger and better! Not only are there thousands of square feet of trade show floor to explore, but also great talks, seminars and new products to check out. It isn’t uncommon to emerge from IDS a few hours later with lots of new inspiration and a very heavy bag filled with new finds! Read on for our highlights from IDS West 2017.

Opening Night Party

If there is one social event that you have to go to, it is the Opening Night party. This is a well-known fact as the line up to get in was longer than ever, but absolutely worth it. Although the show floor is completely open, it is unlikely you will see most of it as you will find yourself socializing most of the time. The event is a great place to network, catch up with other designers and suppliers! With a live band, strategically placed bars and seating areas, the night will be over before you know it! Fret not, the show is open for Trade Day the next morning and to the public right after that. And if you are looking for more social opportunities, Gray Magazine also hosts a very fun afterparty on Friday night!

New & Noteworthy

There is never a shortage of new products at IDS West, but there are a few that caught our eye this year. If you have been reading this blog for awhile, it is no secret that we love all things Scandinavian. We were thrilled when we found out that IDS had a HAY pop-up this year. You could find anything from toothbrushes and towels, to notebooks and trays. It took some restraint not to buy it all! Another fun and clever product we saw was the intelligent wallcoverings and modular accessories for the active workspace by Foster. The wallcoverings are magnetic with fun color and patterns. The magnetic accessories snapped right to them and could be moved around for different types of work! A great system to liven up any workspace whether it be at work or home.

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Fall Trends 2017

Now that the daylight hours are becamer shorter, and the kids are back at school – seems we are once again welcoming in the Fall. As the weather transitions, so do we! We’re ready to get our layering on and get cozy. Of course, we’ve been keeping an eye out on the new trends for this Fall in both fashion and décor. Keep reading to find out a few of favorite ones!

Color and Texture

Fall is always marked by the gradual changing of color here in Vancouver. Fashion seems to have taken note and used the tones that we see in nature as Fall 2017’s color palette. With a neutral base of cozy and comfortable black and grey pieces, we suggest you add a hit of texture and color. At one of our favorite Canadian fashion retailers, Oak + Fort, we’re seeing texture added with pleats and a hint of velvet. Warm it up with some sultry tones such as olive green, maroon red, or a touch of burnt umber. Dusty rose is also in and looks beautiful as a jumpsuit like this one from Oak + Fort. COS another one of our fashion favorites (did you know they recently opened a location in gastown?) is showing a lot of Khaki green in their fall collection. We especially like this slouchy easy to wear, weekend staple jersey wool top.  West Elm has paired up with Sherwin Williams to help forecast seasonal color trends. Looking to paint an accent wall? Check out Sherwin Williams Rocky River SW 6215, Sandbank SW 6052 or Cascades SW7623 just to name a few of their suggestions.

Dark, Moody & Embellished

Who says that we can’t embrace the dark side? Design trends this season are leaning towards a moodier space. As we were saying before, it’s all about texture and creating warmth. We’re seeing black and deep browns such as walnut as a backdrop. Looking to create some drama? Use black as a statement wall contrasted with white and embellish with brass or bronze accents. Nothing too over the top (remember less is more). A set of brass toned flatware or these bronze serving spoons  from CB2 might be perfect to add a little spakle to your Thanksgiving dinner! Looking for a little more impact? West Elm has a new line of LED lighting by New York city studio Bower which offers simple forms and a hit of the current brass trend with their collection of pendants and table lamp.

Art deco also seems to want a revival, but we think there can be a tasteful way to do it. If you are looking to change or add a piece of furniture, why not give a warm and buttery brown leather armchair a try. No, we are not talking about a La-Z-boy. We are seeing these beautifully crafted armchairs like the Uno Chair from Suquet Interiors, which would be a stylish addition to any space. Perfect for a night in with a good book and a glass of wine!

 

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