What to do now - Diversions

Garden-inspired design at the Interior Design Show

Head to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for decor ideas inside—and outside—your home

Winter is the perfect time to cosy up indoors with design books or magazines, envisioning what you would change about your space, indoors or out. To get you out of the house, the 2010 Interior Design Show (IDS), which takes place this weekend, will provide plenty of inspiration that you can add to your notebook of ideas.

Here are a few that lean more on the gardening/floral/yard design side of things:

IDS-shed.gif5 Small Rooms: Designers Rethink the Shed
I think it was Clare’s (played by Rachel McAdams) art studio in The Time Traveler’s Wife that made me want to convert my own garage into an adult version of a child’s clubhouse—like a craft room with a sink and potting table. That would be my dream!

Apparently in Toronto, you can erect a 100-square foot building without a permit, making the idea of a ‘pod space’ a hot new trend. In the 5 Small Rooms exhibit, five designers, decorators and stylists will show how they would make use of a backyard pod space using a Summerwood shed. Participants include FTL + SC Studio, Mimi Pineau Design, Roomy Home Interiors, Urban Mode and Studio Eye Spy.

IDS-fritzhaeg.gifConversations In Design: A World Without Oil
Fritz Haeg presents Welcoming the Wild
Offsite, IDS will be hosting a one-day symposium where various speakers will discuss sustainable design. One of the speakers is landscape designer (among other things) Fritz Haeg. Haeg, who lives in a geodesic dome he fixed up in Los Angeles, has been working on various eco projects over the last few years, including replacing front lawns with edible gardens and then documenting the process via photos, videos, articles and exhibitions. Based on his garden prototypes (one of which is shown at right), Haeg will be discussing how we can re-integrate wild elements back into our cities.

Watch Fritz's presentation from 9:45 to 10:15 January 21 at the Design Exchange, 234 Bay St., Toronto

Studio North designers
Be sure to visit an all-Canadian lineup of artists who use a variety of mediums to design everything from lighting to accessories to outdoor art pieces.

We’re excited to see:

IDS-juditgueth2.gifJudit Gueth
Judit Gueth exhibited at IDS last year and I admired her gorgeous designs, which often feature botanical influences. I look forward to seeing her new hand-knotted rugs (shown here). Also, check out Judit’s Pretty Stylish blog where she often previews her newest work.

Artifice by Floyd Elzinga
Niagara-based sculptor Floyd Elzinga uses steel and stone to create beautiful outdoor works of art, from life-size pinecones (shown above) to sculptural bird baths to stunning metal garden stakes.

IDS-tsunami.gifTsunami Glassworks
Windsor, Ontario couple Eva Milinkovic and Kriston Gene founded their company, Tsunami Glassworks, in 2005 after perceiving a need for “bright and edgy expression in the design industry.” I’ve been admiring their work for some time on their press representative Carrie Lieber’s site. I look forward to seeing how the light plays off their hand-blown, colourful creations in person.

The Canadian Gardening and Style at Home booth!
Pay a visit to the Style at Home and Canadian Gardening booth designed by Malcolm Patterson, designer/senior stylist for HGTV’s Pure Design. Order a subscription to either magazine or visit between 2 and 4 p.m. January 23 to meet Canadian Gardening magazine’s Erin McLaughlin and Style at Home magazine’s Margot Austin and Brett Walther.

The 2010 Interior Design Show, which is being held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre is open January 22 to the industry and January 23 and 24 to the public.


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