Wrap Up : Interior Design Show 2017

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Wrap Up : Interior Design Show 2017

I’m not going to lie, I needed a long, numbing bubble bath after my Interior Design Show visit this year. I didn’t take my own advice and tried to wear my fashionable shoes whilst walking the expansive show floor. Ouch! I found the show this year inspiring and grounding. A mix of the familiar faces, and products of years past in itself a testament to a continued strong home economy, with a healthy mix of new, emerging and envelope pushing creative minds. Here are a few of my show favourites, a cross section of the former and later, all I recommend you check out!

Lee Valley Tools – Like seeing an old friend in a big city, true to their family owned brand, their booth offered a modest view of their expansive offering. They continue to be the most comprehensive collection in the country for cabinet hardware, custom cabinet lighting. They were also sharing their sliding door hardware which looks great, and is top shelf quality.

Quartex Surfaces – A newer kid on the block, this group manufactures a superior quartz composite product. With R&D managed in house they’ve done a stellar job listening to the design community and as such the styles are on point. Counters that have the luxurious airiness of natural stones with inherent stain resistance and durability.

Para Paints – A new take from an old favourite, Para Paints is launching their new colour system later this year. Colour Journey features over 1100 colours, expertly curated into palettes providing inspired colour combinations for any décor. These 24 palettes are grouped into four categories, each created to honour a different purpose, period and style.

Nika Zupanc at South Hill Home – Elle Magazine’s Woman of The Year, Nika Zupanc is a force on the design scene. With past notable design collaborations with brands like Moooi and Nodus, her current collection with Sé is a true delight. Inspired by elements from the Olympics, the pieces are all at once dripping with femininity and strength. By far my personal style favourite from the show. The collection is available in Canada through South Hill Home.

Kentwood – A leader in the flooring industry, this year Kentwood decided to host a design contest, opened to students across Southern Ontario. The entries were narrowed down to 6, each given opportunity to share their vision at the show. A panel of judges, myself included judged the entries with the winner revealed on Trade Day. The spaces are all uniquely different and a fantastic look at the creativity in store in the coming years as these students become the next generation of the show.



Toronto-based designer and expert contractor Melissa Davis, is known for her appearances, creative design and reno work produced for various HGTV shows. With almost two decades of experience in design, architecture and construction, Melissa also held the position Head of The Art Dept and Series Designer on the award winning lifestyle television series Income Property, on HGTV for 8 seasons. Her private firm Melissa Davis Design is a multi disciplinary design firm offering diverse services for residential, corporate, and retail spaces. Her design work has been profiled nationally and in the US in both TV and various print publications and is a regular columnist for the Toronto Sun and several other GTA design and lifestyle publications. Her firm continues to service clientele throughout Canada. They specialize in value-adding ROI and resale consultations.

To learn more about Melissa and view her work, visit

More Pictures from IDS 2017

Photos By Steve Blackburn – YYZ Events


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