Thursday, February 2, 2012

Interior Design Show Toronto 2012 (IDS12) Part 1

The Interior Design Show for 2012 (IDS12) located at the Metro Convention Centre Canada in Toronto, was opened to the public this past weekend (January 28, 2012 - January 29, 2012), marking its 14th annual show. Opening Night Party and Preview was on Thursday, January 26, 2012 and Friday, January 27, 2012 was IDS Professional Trade Day, reserved for professional members of the design trade. It's Canada's largest contemporary design fair and although Conner and I have attended in previous years, we decided to go again as it is a fun experience, with tons of things to see and ideas to be had. Anybody who works in design, is planning on renovating or redecorating, or just plain interested in design should definitely think about attending this show!

IDS12 Interior Design Show sign posted on the pillars as you enter the hall at Metro Convention Centre

These were hanging from the ceiling as you are going up to the escalator

Video for the IDS12 Opening Night Party and Preview

Krups Stage signs for each day's scheduled events

On Saturday, January 27, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., a design celebrity Pancake Breakfast was hosted in support of ONEXONE. It was located right when you reach the top of the escalators to begin your trek around the Interior Design Show. Luckily, even though we arrived there past the 1:00 p.m. time, they still had some pancakes to serve up, so i was quite happy that we didn't miss that part of the event. I wanted to experience it ALL!

This was the Pancake Breakfast set up. Though it was free, they did ask that you kindly donate which was fine since you were supporting a good cause.

With the Pancake Breakfast, it included a plate of 3 small blueberry pancakes and a choice of drink: cup of coffee, orange juice or bottle of water.

This was a photo of the advertised plate of pancakes. It looks so pretty and yummy!

To the left is Conner's pancake with just syrup (so plain!) and to the right is my own creation which i added syrup, whip cream, and strawberries to (beautiful!)

This was the donation table. If you wished to just donate and have pancakes, there were workers carrying clear jars around. This table had Band of Hope beaded bracelets on it for purchase. The price was $10.00 each and the colours that I saw were available were: all black, alternating black and red, and multicolour bracelets.

I ended up purchasing one of the bracelets. It was a hard choice in choosing which colour to get but Conner said to get the multicoloured one since there wasn't that many left and he thought it was prettier and feminine. It's going to a good cause, where ONEXONE is a nonprofit children's foundation and these Band of Hope bracelets are hand-made Haitian bracelets made exclusively for ONEXONE, where proceeds support children's causes in Haiti and North America.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of our Interior Design Show Toronto 2012 (IDS12) experience...

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