When Hubby and I visited the Louvre in 2010, Hubby spent the whole time pointing out importantly historic paintings and thousand year old artifacts saying, “hey, that’s kinda neat,” and “hey, that’d be nice in the living room”. I have teased him relentlessly about this (and tell anyone who will listen the story), but I did the same thing at IDS12.
Although I am somewhat aware of who’s who and what’s happening in the world of design, I am the first to admit I don’t know a lot. I leave pursuit of that knowledge to the many talented designers, interior decorators and bloggers in the industry.
What I pay attention to is what design ideas can be comfortably incorporated into a modest home, namely: mine. And, I’m not going to lie, I look for inspiration for DIY projects, no matter how tacky that is. So, camera poised, I wandered about the interior design show with my mom, looking for design ideas that might look good in the townhouse. I accidentally picked up on some trends, but I was pretty selfish in my tour of the show. Hopefully you’ll like the photos I took anyway. I’ve grouped them into themes of things I like (see? so selfish):
A DOSE OF COLOUR
I spotted this pretty vignette and really loved the pop of blue amidst the natural pieces of wood furniture. That the blue was cheery, bright and referenced the artwork was icing.
|Heidi Ernshaw Design|
Of course, I mooned over this bright yellow painting. With our white walls, we need more zesty pops of colour.
|“Sulfur and Snow” by Louis Helbig|
All the men out there (my Hubby can’t be the only one) who hate painted wood can breath a collective sigh of relief. Everywhere I looked there were gorgeous works or art, stunning pieces of furniture – even light fixtures – all showcasing the natural beauty of wood.
Brooke Batchelor’s designs are a perfect pairing of edgy and chic. I meandered over to her website and am now obsessed with her bullet trays.
|Brooke Batchelor Design|
I would HATE dusting this twig mirror, but the texture is so gorgeous and such a nice contrast with modern furnishings or bathroom fittings that I might, might be persuaded to take the leap and introduce more textural, natural elements into the townhouse.
|Spotted at the Caml Tomlin booth|
If you’ve seen my felted wool Billy Buttons or felted wool abstracts, you’ll know why I went a bit wild for the felt booth. Although the staff manning the booth were a bit unfriendly to me, I might still order felt for a DIY project, like the fell-wrapped vases I spotted at the Gresham House booth.
VINTAGE & ANTIQUE REFERENCES
If you’ve been reading along, you know I hate carpet and rugs with every fiber of my being. Like most nerds, I have nerdy allergies and rugs do not help me keep the dust at bay. But this 100 line wool and silk rug, hand woven in Nepal, really tugged at my heart with its gorgeous typewriter key pattern. A typewriter was also used for the cover art of the first issue of Pure Green Magazine (see yesterday’s post) – I’m thinking typewriters are experiencing a moment of fame.
|“Qwerty” Modallion Collaboration with Glen Peloso (glenpelosointeriors.com): $50-150 /square foot|
The silhouettes caught my eye, as they always do.
|Gregor Herman Glass|
Of course, there was lots more to see but these were some of my favorite things.
Did you go? If you intend to go next year, I highly recommend Trade Day (if you can) because the show wasn’t as busy as it was during general admission. There was actually space to walk around and see things at leisure, instead of everyone jostling for a good vantage point: