The Interior Design Show opens on January 26 (and runs to the 29th) and in anticipation of what is 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 for your home this year?
A: A writing desk for the living room – drawers to hide bits and pieces, a lovely top to display family photos and flowers
Q: What new colour are you excited about this year?
A: I love the new contrast colours that we are seeing – deep but muted earth tones, blues and purples.
Q: What’s your design motto?
A: Smart and sexy. We try to bring emotion to every home we touch.
Q: How is environmentalism changing design?
A: Green roofs, geothermal heating and energy savvy design – we have to make sure our designs are practical and smart. Eco is a huge new part of our design process.
Q: What’s your most cherished item for your home?
A: An antique clock that belonged to my grandmother. It sits on the mantle in the dining room and reminds me of her.
Q: Minimalism, or maximalism?
A: Minimal-ish with a huge dose of humanity. We aren’t programmed to live solely in straight lines and sharp edges – we need more tactile environments.
Q: What’s the biggest mistake you see people make when it comes to their home?
A: Furniture that doesn’t work together. A mish mash of items that don’t relate. Sometimes we need to update and clear out things that no longer work.