Interior Decor Resources Canada

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I.D.E.A. 2016


Interior Decor Excellent Awards 2016 Winners

IDRC is pleased to announce 2016 IDEA submissions






The award is going to Ana Interiors for two projects, COSMIC CHIC and SAFARI GIRL

This Jetson-inspired one bedroom, one bath, 565 square foot condo has a clean modern space-age feeling. Geometric and contemporary lines paired with vibrant accent colours play paramount in this bright and energetic space. The accent colour, Chartreuse, is painted on both sides of the feature wall separating the bedroom and living room. The bedroom has a gorgeous greyed wood bed with built in headboard lighting. Custom-made LED side table lamps oscillate the entire colour spectrum slowly offering pleasant and peaceful mood lighting. The stainless steel pendant is super stylish and lights the bedroom beautifully. Cute Lego art in IKEA frames is a fantastic way to add playful, original and fun elements. The open living room and kitchen offers contemporary sculptural seating that is also very comfortable. The ottoman grouping acts as a coffee table cluster and also adds extra seating which can be moved around the room. The statement mirror above the sofa plays on the shapes found in the condo, and is a major design element. The lounger and swivel chair in accent colours make for a perfect furniture arrangement. The white dining table and organic inspired barstools look so fresh against the stainless steel backsplash, light grey cabinetry and citrusy accessories. 3D wallpaper opposite the kitchen mimics the design in the backsplash as does another pillow tucked into the white glass, low slung media unit. A graffiti art collage in the entry ties the entire colour scheme of this modern unit. The desk niche houses an amazing lime green adjustable stool. A retro white Apple computer (not shown) adds a whimsical touch along with the custom sewn grey fabric vase in the living room. The area rug and the sheer fabric used for the custom shower curtain and faux Roman blind, have a digital flare. This cosmic condo not only looks spacey, it feels incredibly spacious! 


This 543 sq ft supremely elegant condo is dressed in sophisticated neutrals with African tribal hints and inspired by the fashion house of Ralph Lauren. The hammered silver drum table in the living room is filled with fine sand and topped with a coiled whip which can be viewed through the glass table top. The large cut-metal globe chandelier is a stunning light feature in the living room that leaves an intricate pattern on the ceiling when it is illuminated. The long antiqued mirror running along the entry through to the dining room opens the narrowness of the space and reflects the kitchen cabinetry on the opposite side. Under the mirror is Phillip Jeffries’ Southern Sands grasscloth. The dining table is a perfect place for two, but also has two leaves that flip up to make a round table when more guests arrive. The dining chairs are slip covered in linen and detailed with horn buttons down the back. In the bedroom, the bamboo ladder with white fabric woven through it not only draws the eye up to the 9 foot ceiling, but also acts as a beautiful canopy for the storage bed. The vinyl zebra print wallpaper makes for a perfect headboard as it is durable and sits flush to the wall which allows for more space around the bedroom. The bathroom boasts a custom shower curtain in a giraffe print and natural cased aqua and blue butterflies. Wonderful art and accessories like the large mother of pearl mirror and entry console table lamp round out the space. Robert Allen's Anatolia fabric in Mineral on the large sofa toss cushion ties in the entire unit’s colour scheme.

Dima Ahmad of Designs by Dima will be featured with her winning project in a future Blog.

Camille Depeiza a second year Interior Decorating student at Sheridan College, aknowleged for the Elegant Cabin Oasis design on Sketchup and Vray. Congratulations Camille for great effort and fututer I.D.E.A's awaiting for your executed project submissions.


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I.D.E.A. 2015 Winners



Interior Decor Excellent Awards 2015 Winners

IDRC is pleased to announce the 3 winning 2015 IDEA submissions





Project "Moroccan Modern" presented by   ANA Interiors

This 565 sqft 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom micro kasbah is large on style. Mediterranean teal, amber, brown and cream play integral parts in opening this space up to it’s full potential. The Master bedroom features a Robert Allen custom designed headboard styled after the vintage chair painted teal in the desk/tv niche across from it. Turkish lamps hang from the bulkhead and offer ambient and accent lighting. Tribal textures are woven throughout the condo, from the artwork on the wall to the reversible rug on the floor. A juju feather headdress acts as a focal point that is seen the moment the front door is open, and the dark wall behind it draws the eye deep into the space.... This Calgary, Alberta condo was decorated by Ana Cummings of ANA Interiors for 15k.


Project "Lumber Barons House” presented by  Renelle Design


A beautiful historical house with lots of charm and character that belonged to Howard Dunbar, a prolific lumber baron in Northern Ontario, came on the market last December. In January of 2015, I had the privilege to create the designs and to lead the team for the restoration of the house that would turn into a beautiful little Country Inn. The project was completed in September, but the owners were able to rent parts of the Inn as of August, much to the enjoyment of the patrons. 


Project "Fleet Street condo, Toronto" presented by Elegant Living Spaces



The challenge was to marry contemporary with traditional while keeping the magnificent views in a small space.The customers are a couple of Indian expats  that have traveled around the world and settled in Toronto. They bought a condo overlooking the CN Tower and the Toronto Islands. Their challenge was to choose various pieces of furniture that would combine well together as well as with their magnificent views. We ended up mixing up various pieces from fantastic furniture designers from Italy, Japan and Scandinavia for a light contemporary look. They also wanted to introduce some old traditional Indian paintings that meant a lot for them. The artist was an aunt of the husband . She was a very poor woman in India who used to paint to survive and she financed the husband University studies with her paintings which is why they mean a lot to them. The paintings were in very bad condition as they had travelled around the world without having been maintained. I had to get them restored and framed in a way that had to fit with their new interior. The result came out fantastic ! They were so happy with the result they even offered me one of the painting ... which I refused as it was really part of their home story.


Honorary mention “Beach Modern” project by ANA Interiors


















This 874 sqft 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condo was decorated in a contemporary coastal theme in Calgary, Alberta.  The aqua tweed sofa, nesting wood slice coffee tables and a pair of vintage side chairs appeal to a scandinavian cottage aesthetic. The Magnussen media chest, painted in a multi colour mini chevron pattern also has an antique appearance and adds to the time worn casual airiness. A woven basket-turned-side table was crafted by the designer by adding a piece of glass to the turned-over lid, so it now becomes a functional piece of storage. The master bedroom houses an old pine bed that the designer had chalk painted in old white which contrasts so well with the charcoal botanical print wallpaper behind it. The artwork above the bed was found at an auction and rounds out the beachy vibe of this restful room. The total budget Ana Cummings used to decorate this space was 20k.

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FALL Collection 2015 by Maxwell


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Gilbert Goodman is celebrating 70 years at Crown Wallpaper & Fabrics!



"A HOLE-in-ONE ALL THE WAY..GRATS" -  Dennis Mascall at IDRC

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IDRC and IMPROVE under One Roof



This 360,000 sq ft facility will present over 400 Decor/Design Showrooms and shall be open to both Trade and Public, 7 days a week. Just one of the many features of IMPROVE Canada will be the cooperation of Canada’s foremost Interior Decor Resource Canada Association. IDRCanada’s subscribed and professional members have been invited to present Education and Presentation seminars to both trade and consumers on the latest trends in home decor, design, installation and build services.

Interior Designers & Decorators will offer initial consultations free to clients who can meet to hire professionals for complete projects.

Every major product brand will be available from a host of International suppliers and with free professional advice from reputable personalities in the industry.

FREE PARKING for over 1,500 cars in NEW  modern luxurious relaxing surroundings.

FINALLY a true One Stop location for everything you may need for your home and workplace surroundings.


Sign to present FAB+seminars, contact and/or 1-888/416.494.0401

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A Legacy Continues at Alhambra....


You and your business ethics have been an inspiration to all who have dealt with you over the past 25 years or more and we wish you and Marnie a well deserved retirement (if that’s true !) in your country retreat.

Your years as our President of IDRC will be remembered for your support of our industry with our most enduring thanks and we all wish your successor Classical Elements of Morrsville NC continuing success with your innovative products as they follow in your footsteps !

We hope that “Classical” will rejoin IDRC once they have got organiised particularly with our new transborder services.

Our very best wishes from all at IDRC.

P.S. Please READ letter from Alhambra, January 20th, 2015.

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Colour of the Year 2015: Frosted Pastels & Neons

Generally not thought of as a fashion color, though it does come back from time to time, PANTONE 14-5714 Lucite Green is a soothing green shade whose time has really come again. Fresh and clarifying, cool and refreshing, Lucite Green has a minty glow. Light in weight and also in tone, Lucite Green seems almost transparent.


Guilford Green (HC-116) is the 2015 Color of the Year -by Benjamin Moore. Guilford green is historical like color which works well as accents and as a main color. This color brings plant life to be bolder within a space, it brings nature in a naturalistic way. This color is seamless and can be paired with Blues, Blushes and Intense berries or kept within the Green monochromatic color scheme.


Frosted Pastels is a new take on pastels. The colors are soft but still saturated, with just enough color presence to give any room a romantic, but updated look. When pastels have the perfect weight, they can be paired and accented with dark neutrals or energetic brights – from BEHR

Environmental essences combine to tell a fresh tale of nature — from spring’s yellow—greens to the blued greys of woodland shadows. Both soothing and invigorating, they work harmoniously together and are a natural choice for any room. Join Benjamin Moore for free presentations and informational seminars designed specifically for you—the design professional,   read more...

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I.D.E.A 2014 Winners

Interior Decor Excellence Award 2014 Winners


Intern Graduate Winner

Renelle Design for The Prospector’s House 

Living Room Dining Room

Bedroom Bedroom2

Lower Level The Prospector's House5

Bathroom Loft

Renovation project is a historic family house that was converted into a Bed and Breakfast called The Prospector’s House located in the center of Haileybury, this project honors the prospectors who came to Cobalt (sister town) more than one hundred years ago to develop the mines. The name called for a rustic style and the vision had to amalgamate art, tourism and design.

A simple family home came on to the market and through vision, commitment and talent, Nicole, Jocelyn, and certified interior decorator Renelle Laliberte given the house a soul.

Renelle commented, “For me it was quite an opportunity to have the chance to design something that blends so many Aspects. ”  The result is unique and reflective of the history of the region, as well as its modern-day spirit of a strong and vibrant art community.

The colours and textures of those times, the elements that would have been at hand for those prospectors, have all been tastefully and colourfully incorporated into that home ready to transport guests back one hundred years into the silver boom of Cobalt.

Everything in the home is designed from scratch. The draperies used in the home are designed to reflect the rope element. Renelle gave long and serious thought to even the smallest detail of the buttons used in the draperies.

Every floor of the home has a distinct identity, while still carrying the overall message of The Prospector’s House, noted Renelle. But throughout the home, “the ropes carried everything.” In some areas, the colour theme is of earth colours. In other areas it is the red of the nearby iron mines, while elsewhere the colour theme is dominated by grey, beige and taupe. Renelle noted that designing the home was a budget-conscious project.

The names of prospectors are being used in the home, to intensify the experience of living among them. “This project allows us to provide an experience,” said Renelle. She expressed her pride to have “not only given the owners a beautiful home, but I also have had the privilege to give this experience to everybody who comes here time and time again.”


Certified Interior Decorator Winner

Helena Asikainen of MEI

for Master Bedroom in NY Hotel style

MEI New York Hotel Style Headboard Carpet

Materials and supplies: Headboard, bench fabrics – Kravet, Chair fabric – Maxwell Fabrics, Wallpaper – Crown, Duete Shade – Hunter Douglas


Because of the new calming neutral trend colours by painting and wallpapering the walls, the homeowner wanted to have purple as an accent colour for the space. Deciding to keep everything very neutral so that it would be easy in the future to change an accent colour with pillows, beddings and a throw.

Beautiful Canadian crystal chandelier’s reflective light “hides” the popcorn ceiling. A bench, silk drapery, pillows and crystal drapery hardware bring a luxurious feeling to the room. The homeowner’s old chair had sentimental value and was re-upholstered with embroidered linen. A room darkening blind was installed so that the room looks much higher and the window much bigger.

The custom oversized headboard was professionally finished. The colour scheme, which ranges from gray to beige, was used in all surfaces and materials.


Certified Staging Professional Winner

Lisa Reis of DecoREISta

Corktown Condominium

Kitchen Living Room

Dining Room Bedroom

This 2 storey, 500 sq.ft. 1 bedroom loft, in downtown Toronto’s ‘Space condo’ features 20’ ceilings and is situated a few blocks away from the desirable Corktown neighbourhood. The loft overlooks picturesque Allan Gardens and its lovely conservatories. Young professionals who live here get to enjoy St. Lawrence Market and The Distillery District (both within walking distance).

The challenge here was for Decoreista Inc. to edit some of the homeowner’s furniture, to make the space appear larger as well as to work within the existing colour theme (the client wasn’t willing to paint). We worked with the vibrant colour palette and ended up adding décor that accentuated the condo’s obvious focal point: a 20’ high apple green wall–along the staircase.

“The rental company was Executive Furniture Rental and the accessories are from Decoreista Inc.’s own inventory. The bedding, accessories and artwork came from fashion-forward décor stores such as: Home Outfitters, HomeSense, Linen Chest, Urban Barn and Bouclair.”

Over the past two decades, Decoreista (a.k.a. DecoREISta™) Lisa has worked with some of the largest real estate developers in Toronto and the GTA. She started her career marketing new homes and condos, which entailed everything from coming up with the name for a brand new sub-division, branding and marketing a new community and finally, decorating the sales centre and model suites…her favourite part!


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Decor Trade Professional Winner-  Ana Interiors

for Complete Make Over project of Small Space

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Kitchen Suite Overview

Suite Overview2 Bedroom

This one bedroom 614 sq. ft. girlie glam-punk condo was completely decorated for under 20k for Copperfield Park II in Calgary, Alberta. It features graphic chain link, tufted, and flower foil wall coverings, interesting mirrors, and skulls that are etched into the drinking glasses, and also accessorized on purses and plates throughout the space. Some of the beautiful pieces in the model home are the Thayer Coggin mulberry leather chair, the Della Robbia Bon Bon ottoman next to it, and the Marie Yee bed in the master flanked by a Ralph Lauren side table. The kitchen island is a humble table from Crate and Barrel.

What was most fun about designing the raspberry and wedgwood blue accented condo, were the lambrequin window valances made from Robert Allenfabric, hung on top of swagged and braided string panels from Urban Barn. The silver mosaic backsplash in the kitchen pairs so well with the studs on the mirrored coffee table, the round mirror above the desk niche and the pillows in the master bedroom. The antique black and silver baroque floor mirror was used as an inspiration for the window coverings that reflect directly onto it.

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I.D.E.A 2014


Thank you Everyone for submissions this year!

I.D.E.A. 2014 Winners will be awarded during IIDEX 2014 show December 3-4 at TO Metro Convention Center, Hall 2 – booth 539, Textile Design Pavillion  sponsored by IDRC.

There’s nothing like having your peers looking up to your achievements and I.D.E.A. does this for your profile, publicity and c.v.’s of the future.

So stay active with IDRC to work on Your Submission for 2015. Good Luck !

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