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Designer Amy Lau’s home decor tips and favourite things

Last weekend was the Interior Design Show, known as Canada’s largest contemporary design fair. We spoke to some of the top talent in home decor about what inspires them, their best tips and the hottest trends to look out for this year.

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Amy Lau

Last weekend was the Interior Design Show, known as Canada’s largest contemporary design fair. We spoke to some of the top talent in home decor about what inspires them, their best tips and the hottest trends to look out for this year.

Q: What’s the one must-have item this year?
A: A terrarium.

Q: What trend are you excited to see come back?
A: Naturalism, petrified wood and anything that has a sense of the artisan’s hand.

Q: How do you make a big statement in a room?
A: Colour and pattern. There are three things that can pull a room together: a rug, pillows and art.

Q: What’s your design motto?
A: Curate to decorate.

Q: How do you stay organized?
A: Do you love it? Do you need it? Does it enhance your life? If the answer to any of these questions is no, then throw it away!

Q: What material do you love to design with?
A: Blue painters tape. I walk around with it on my wrist and use it to map everything out. On the walls, on the floor – everything I can so I can get a sense of scale and proportion.