Highlights from IDS 2014

Last week Kristin headed off to Toronto for a conference on the business of interior design. The conference coincided with IDS 14 – Canada’s best residential interior design show. Not only did she return from her trip with ideas from the conference that will revolutionize the running of this place, she filled us in with what’s hot in Canadian interior design. Here are a few of her snapshots…. 


The first trend she spotted was something she termed “accessible luxury”. This was best demonstrated by the Ikea booth where guilded surfaces, honed marble and shining crystal was paired with affordable Ikea basics as seen in the photos above. It’s hard to believe this is Ikea! Their booth really blew her and many of the attendees away. They really mastered the art of mixing high and low.


The second trend Kristin noted was the bold use of pattern. Everything was patterned from tiles to hardwood to light fixtures. No surface was left untouched! Some were more subtle than others but it was everywhere. Get ready to inject pattern into your interiors!


Nobody showcased the popular blue and white trend better than the booth showcasing Sarah Richardson’s new fabric line with Kravet. The collection is  friendly and casual but classic. This colour scheme is breezy and cheerful and was seen throughout the show. While perusing the fabrics, Kristin got the chance to meet both Sarah and her sidekick Tommy Smythe. She couldn’t resist posing for a shot with these two darlings of the Canadian design scene.

We’re so glad to have Kristin back and are ready to implement what she learned at the business conference. There’s nothing better than finding ways to improve your business, setting goals and implementing a plan to reach them. We also loved hearing about IDS14 and we are excited about what’s new and what’s next for the Canadian interior design. We’re looking forward to a great year ahead!



My Calgary Interior Design firm, Corea Sotropa is known for a sophisticated but fresh approach to residential and hospitality interiors. Please get in touch for all your interior design needs!

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