at the interior design show with excel naturally sweetened

The show’s slogan and popular selfie spot; pieces by the Toronto-based Kroft+Co (I love the shelf!).

Last weekend Geoff and I attended the Interior Design Show for the first time—every year we plan to go but it has never panned out, so I was glad to finally get there! The theme for this year’s show was “Design Changes Every Thing,” a sentiment I can definitely agree with, especially when I see how strongly particular aesthetics can be associated with certain people or places (also: cute pun!). We attended the opening party on Thursday and returned on Saturday to take a more leisurely stroll and revisit some of our favourite discoveries. Although I hadn’t been before, I was struck by the overall feel of the show, which was quite modern and clean, and I was pleased to see Canadian designers so well represented.

Our visit was in partnership with Excel Canada, and we made sure to stop by Excel Naturally Sweetened Lounge, designed by TV host and decorator Jillian Harris. The Lounge had been decorated in a simple and fresh way, with lovely colours and accents such as pillows with a chinoiserie pattern. I particularly loved how she used plants in the space, because I always think plants add such warmth to a space. The geometric wall planters with succulents were such a nice touch! 

I also may have, um, filled my purse with gum. I haven’t been much of a gum-chewer in years because of all the artificial sweeteners usually found in gum, but Excel’s new Naturally Sweetened doesn’t contain any of those!

This orchid table (part of Studio North & Prototype) by ART MKT was so delicate and pretty.

EQ3s new capsule collection, Assembly, featuring items such as quilts, clocks, mirrors, and chairs, shines a light on contemporary Canadian design. This dressing table was a real standout piece for me.

Another Toronto-based small batch furniture maker, Coolican & Companys pieces are beautifully made and durable.

The IDS International Guest of Honour this year was Tom Dixon. There were so many lovely pieces on display (including some incredible-smelling candles) but I was particularly drawn to the lighting.

The online gallery Caviar20 had some incredible pieces on display and for sale, including these drawings of John & Yoko by Harold Town, and these glass sculptures by Vasa Mihich. They also had the most incredible pastel Frank Stella lithograph!

Gorgeous brass lamps from Lightmaker Studio.

These drawer pulls and chairs were for sale in the Designboom market, made by Nate Roseti. I loved the colours and the playful lines!

Wallpapers by Rollout.

Another Studio North & Prototype piece, this one by Studio Lani.

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