Sibling Revelry at IDS11

I loved this year's installation at the Interior Design Show.  Entitled Sibling Revelry, it matched up 4 of Canada's most well-known designer siblings to create brand new spaces.  The above Green Bunker by My and Thien Ta Trung was the most conceptual of the 4, but I loved the fresh light the greenery cast, and the sensory element of the gravel crunching underfoot as you walked through.  Next up was Glen and David Dixon's bedroom space based on the story of Sadako Sasasi, the girl in Hiroshima who strove to make a thousand cranes before she died of leukaemia.  Their ceiling was covered in 1,000 paper cranes and they cast the most lovely shadows and shapes around the room.  It was a room spare in colour but full of luxury.  The bed was cocooned away in this white screened enclosure, and the texture on all the pillows was quite dramatic.
I really enjoyed the space created by brothers Jason and Lars Dressler, who design and produce amazing wooden furniture pieces in Toronto, often out of recycled or repurposed wood.  Their space had a very organic feel to it, and the shell was constructed entirely out of old window frames.  The room screen above was amazing, and I loved the chaise with its smooth lines and rustic hardware.  Oh, and they are QUITE handsome...just sayin....
Of COURSE I loved the space created by Sarah and Theo Richardson, which combined his modern, urban design products with her soft, country-ish style.  It was a huge hit.  The rooms were each done in a different primary colour, and they just begged to be photographed.  (I happily obliged.)  There were just so many details - while it was really busy, the theme of colour made it all work in I think about 600 spare ft of space for all three rooms.  While I don't think I could ever live in a space devoted entirely to one colour, it definitely showed the possibilities of committing to a general theme, while incorporating eclectic and unique pieces within it.  And that photo of the Summerhill station is incredible!
How I love love love this lamp.  And in the photo below, I thought the painted wooden sculpture was great, and loved how the yellow and green arrows pointed you in to the next, yellow room.
I noticed it too late to go through and take all the necessary photos, but it definitely stood out to me that ranunculus flowers were used everywhere throughout the show, in practically any display that included flowers.
So pretty - this one made me think of the Caribbean.  That headboard was such a show-stopper.
Oh and Sarah was super nice.  Must remember to dress up a bit more next year!


  1. You have such an eye for detail. Even though we were at the same space(s) I ended up seeing things I hadn't noticed when I look at your photos. Thank you! xo

  2. Ooooo...I love the 1000 cranes! Never thought to use them that way. Must keep folding!

  3. Wow, this is great! I was at the show on Saturday but I didn't see this. Where was it?

  4. As I looked through your pictures of Sarah & Theo's space, I realized how many details I missed! There were so many people there, and I was a bit starstruck seeing both Tommy & Sarah, I just wasn't able to focus on all the elements that went into the space. So even though I was there in real life, your pictures have really given me a close-up look at all the things that I missed - thanks!

    {Amy and I split up just before 6:30 on Friday. It was fun touring the show with her :-)}

  5. Thanks guys! I met Sarah and Tommy early in the day, but didn't end up going through the spaces until about 6 or so so I had lots of room and time to take a ton of photos. It was just me and Peter Fallico in Sarah's space! (he loved it!)

  6. Lisa, your photos are amazing - they look like they've come right out of a magazine!


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