Our adventure to IDS2015 Toronto!

This past Saturday January 24th, I went to the Interior Design Show 2015 (IDS2015) with a girlfriend. Let me tell you, I was SOOOOO EXCITED to go! Because it was my very first time … and because we were supposed to go last year but there was a huge snow storm that prevented me from doing so. There was so many booths from furniture retailers and distributors to tile and rug suppliers to independent vendors …. so much to see! So I’d like to share with you some of my fave things that captured my attention!

We LOVED these unique décor furniture pieces from Quake Furniture – stood out in the crowd for me!
We LOVED these unique décor furniture pieces from Quake Furniture – stood out in the crowd for me!
This pretty brass lighting fixture caught our eye!
This pretty brass lighting fixture caught our eye!
This was another unique lighting fixture that spoke to us!
This was another unique lighting fixture that spoke to us!
How pretty are these sleek modern shelving ideas!
How pretty are these sleek modern shelving ideas!

 

Pretty wallpapered pantry at one of IKEA’s tradeshow kitchen booths
Pretty wallpapered pantry at one of IKEA’s tradeshow kitchen booths.

 

Reminded me of the pretty tiles from my uncle’s home in Portugal. Creekside Tile Company tradeshow booth
Reminded me of the pretty tiles from my uncle’s home in Portugal.
Creekside Tile Company tradeshow booth
This barrel vanity sink just “wow’d” us. Perfect for a cottage or country home powder room. The salesperson also told me that they’ll repurpose leftover barrel material to create the matching mirror.  Eco-friendly.  Native Trails tradeshow booth
This barrel vanity sink just “wow’d” us. Perfect for a cottage or country home powder room. The salesperson also told me that they’ll repurpose leftover barrel material to create the matching mirror. Eco-friendly. Native Trails tradeshow booth

 

Pretty, soft and calm fabric pillows, aprons and accessories from Lint and Honey tradeshow booth
Pretty, soft and calm fabric pillows, aprons and accessories from Lint and Honey tradeshow booth
What time is it? It’s unique and stylish time, that’s what it is. Nygaard Design tradeshow booth
What time is it? It’s unique and stylish time, that’s what it is. Nygaard Design tradeshow booth

So many home décor ideas … so little time! Nice Saturday afternoon outing was had!  : )

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Kitchen WOW!

Newly-renovated Kitchen and Dining Room – fresh, stylish and sleek
Newly-renovated Kitchen and Dining Room – fresh, stylish and sleek

I had an amazing opportunity in 2014 to work on a complete home renovation with clients moving from Toronto to Burlington. They wanted a bigger backyard and slower life pace for their twin girls and themselves. So they bought a bungalow that was still decorated circa 1970s. It needed a complete makeover!

Kitchen layout as it was before
Kitchen layout as it was before

 

Before: Separate Kitchen Area
Before: Separate Kitchen Area
Before: A wall separated the Dining Room from the Kitchen Area
Before: A wall separated the Dining Room from the Kitchen Area

Once the contractors were done their job (a two and a half month process), I could start mine! And voila, this is how the kitchen and dining room turned out:

A DIY classic polka dot roman shade contributes to the kitchen’s overall fresh look
A DIY classic polka dot roman shade contributes to the kitchen’s overall fresh look

Fresh, open and welcoming as you come through their front door! I helped them pick out Benjamin Moore paint colours for their kitchen cabinets and surrounding walls.

This beautiful, fresh kitchen style welcomes my clients home everyday!
This beautiful, fresh kitchen style welcomes my clients home everyday!

As well, I recommended the white submarine backsplash tiles with a light blue (the pictures don’t truly reflect the calm colour) and brown accent to wrap around.

Fresh kitchen backsplash; complements cabinet colours
Fresh kitchen backsplash; complements cabinet colours

My clients had already chosen the dining room light fixture so that was the colour scheme I decided to incorporate as well as in their living room. A mixture of yellow/grey/teal.

Pretty side view of modern Dining Room
Pretty side view of modern Dining Room

To blend the three open rooms together through the curtains, accents and accessories. The rustic furniture grounds the dining room while a framed flag from Kenya (given to them by their sister) complements the colour scheme in place. A unique piece to anchor that wide open wall space as you head downstairs.

Stay tuned … we’ll unveil the living room in our next Blog post.
Stay tuned … we’ll unveil the living room in our next Blog post.

Welcome the cold in!

Happy New Year! Welcome 2015! Don’t let the snow, slush, gusty wind and cold weather stop you from taking your team outdoors this winter. Get out there and teambuild!

CEI offers a lot of outdoor events (as well as indoor for all you hibernators!). Consider booking any of the following to get your team venturing in the cool, crisp, fresh frosty air.

Picture This! Photo and Scavenger Hunt – Each team will receive a package including (1) a list of theme photos to be taken, (2) unique items to collect, (3) an instant photo camera and (4) a team mascot that must be included in all photos. Traveling within specified boundaries, teams will strive to capture the perfect photos and find their scavenger items to be crowned the winner!

CEI Teambuilding adventures
CEI Teambuilding adventures

The Great Teapot Exchange – Trade It Up! – Teams have a limited amount of time to traverse their city, make trades, and bring back the most valuable item(s) possible. They’ll work together to take photos of each transaction to document the adventure. Nothing other than the treasured teapot can be traded anything and items obtained from trades of the teapot. Upon return, they’ll decorate a storyboard with photos and promote the final item(s) collected for judging.

The Book of Secrets: A Museum Based Adventure Hunt – For all you looking to teambuild indoors this winter season, this one is for you! Teams receive their Book of Secrets and an iPad (1 per team) from an Adventure Guide and are released into the museum’s exhibits to discover hidden treasures and secret information. Once all the clues in their Book of Secrets are solved, teams turn in their completed books to find out who the winner is!

And when you’re done for the day, you’ll be feeling all warm and fuzzy from having spent those adventurous hours bonding and building trust amongst your team. Creating for an even warmer work environment moving forward.