Interior Design Show – Toronto 2011 (IDS11)

Sunday, January 30th is the last day to attend the Interior Design Show taking place in downtown Toronto, Ontario!!  So if you haven’t been than I suggest you race down to the Metro Convention Centre ASAP!!!

This past Wednesday I was invited to attend the IDS11 Media Preview so the pics you are about to see show a lot of construction as 300 exhibitors set up their booths – so it was definitely the place to be!!

But first hardhats – yes, we all had to wear hardhats Surprised smile And yes, all throughout school I was always placed in the front row.


Here are some great statistics that Shauna Levy, the MMPI Vice President and show creator shared with us just before the media tour commenced:

- It takes 76,500 hours to set up the show!

- There will be approximately 19,450 light bulbs used on the show floor

- 9000 cups of coffee will be consumed over the 4 days of the show

- 3,600 Tylenols will be taken over the 4 days


IKEA booth being set up

- 3000 pairs of steel-toed boots will be worn on the show floor

- There will be 12,000 linear feet of carpet laid down on the floor space and 56 workers will do this job by hand

- During the opening night party there will be 22,000 glasses on the show floor and 66,000 ounces of alcohol Martini glasswill be consumed!


Booth by Snob


Alfred Sung also launched his exclusive new Outdoor Furniture line called the Blackwatch Collection – his favourite tartan pattern.  Very chic!




Yup, that’s me with my hardhat testing out the comfort level of the loveseat…I quite liked it!!

One of my favourite attractions this year at the IDS was Sibling Revelry!  With a focus on family ties, SIBLING REVELRY challenges four of Canada’s most creative siblings to partner in transforming 600 sq. ft. of space into their own unique statement of design.


Here are Thien and My Ta Trung working on their booth / space.  I MUST HAVE those fur chandeliers!!!



David and Glenn Dixon were working on their space and I will show you the After pictures in my IDS Opening Night Gala Post!


Lots of gorgeous panelled mouldings and mirrors!!  So very chic!


And of course, the most fabulous siblings of all:  Sarah & Theo Richardson.  I absolutely loved their space – and the design was inspired by one of Theo’s light fixtures.


Theo and Sarah talking to us about their design.  This is one of the lighting fixtures that inspired the design of their space.



Wait till you see the stunning headboard Sarah designed!


Love this industrial looking dining table with bright hits of red!

Now this was just a very small preview of a tremendously vast show…so if you want to see it all than RUN, DON’T WALK on Sunday to the IDS!!

Here are a couple of fun photos of other favourites of mine!!

My manwich:  Arren Williams and Tommy Smythe


Photo credit: Michelle from Holley and Gill


Jane Lockhart from Colour Confidential, one of my favourite designers was also setting up her booth to showcase her new Platinum Furniture line exclusively available through the Gresham House.

You will have to stay tuned for my next post highlighting all the festivities of the Opening Night Gala!  But here is a sneak peek of the GLAM GIRLS!


Photo credit:  Second Wind Interiors

If your home is craving some glamour, then contact me online or in person.  I’d love to help!

Glamorously yours,


P.S. Sorry for the very long post…..but there was so much to talk about…and I didn’t even cover it all!  Go see the Show!!

Also, I’d like to thank FAULHABER PUBLIC RELATIONS for providing the Media Passes.


  • admin

    Hi Skinny :-)
    thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. Us moms can definitely do it all!!! Please come back again!

  • Kelly @ JAX does design

    Nothing says glamourous like a bright yellow hard hat! ;-)

    Love the behind-the-scenes recap :- ) Must have been a blast!

    Great seeing you again at the show – you’re so freakin’ cool!

    Posted a picture of you on my blog today. Hope that’s OK.

  • Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy

    It was so great seeing you on Wednesday Christine! And I absolutely love that last picture with the Glam Girls….you all are too cute!!

  • Lexi

    Glad you enjoyed the event! We loved having you there!

  • Skinny jeans mom

    Loving this site and the last Glam Girls pic! You give hope that a busy mom can do it all!

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