When asked to design Reno and Décor’s “Design Intervention Booth” at the Toronto’s recent Home Show I was excited, challenged, nervous and honored. I realized it would be a big job with tons of challenges but also opportunities to let my creativity and work ethic shine.
I was also fortunate to have some Amazing sponsors who generously provided gorgeous furnishings; UpCountry, Custom Wallpaper; Bespoke My Place, Paint; Benjamin Moore, Flooring; Bousada Flooring and Artwork (including mirrors) from Renwil.
So let’s just say I was off to a good start. Designing the booth is like designing an 800 sq. ft. condo from the ground up. Erecting walls, creating rooms, colours, furniture etc. There is a great deal of planning that goes into any well thought out design. The rooms all served different functions. We had a dramatic Living Room painted in Benjamin Moore’s Van Deusen blue with some brushed gold accents, a jaw dropping Art piece above the sofa and the stunning Mustard and Gold chairs that were the inspiration of the room. Very en pointe as to what is happening now in design. The other rooms were a little more subdued with a mid century appeal to them and some incredible wallpaper – thank you Bespoke.
I also had the privilege of speaking at the show about what is trending in the world of Interiors as well as being on a group panel speaking about Reno Do’s and Don’ts.
I would say the highlight of the weekend was meeting so many amazing people at the booth. They came prepared with their questions, pictures and floor plans. Many of us Designers, had fun helping answer these questions and hopefully putting them on the right track for their Reno and Décor projects.
Photography by Larry Arnal