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IDS Vancouver - A Recap

Last week I joined some of my super talented design friends (shout out to my ladies Meghan of Maple & Plum, and Libby of Joy Home Interiors!!) and headed north, across the border, to Vancouver BC for the Interior Design Show. Held annually, IDS Vancouver features the best of both current and up-and-coming vendors, new products, great panel discussions, and tons of great design. It’s a total visual feast, and I was excited for my first year in attendance.

I’d heard so many great things, but nothing compares to being able to experience it in person. There’s something to be said about hitting the road and heading off to some place outside of your area to participate in events and conventions in your given field. I was able to see things and interact with people who I would never come into contact with in the Seattle design arena. In a creative field, it’s so important to keep stretching your boundaries — both literally and figuratively.

A gorgeous rose-themed bathroom installation

We were lucky enough to snag VIP passes for the amazing VIP lounge designed by local Seattle designer (and local design celebrity of sorts) Michelle Dirkse. What a gorgeous space! Featuring her amazing new line of textiles and wallpapers, beautiful and comfortable seating, and yummy snacks, it’s a wonder we saw anything else at the show! Plus, prosecco always helps…

My favorite wallpaper from the VIP lounge designed by Michelle Dirkse

I love panel discussions — so much knowledge to soak up! We only made it to one, unfortunately (there was just too much to see and do). Luckily for us, we snagged up-close seats for the Gray Magazine panel on “How to Get Published in 2018” with panelists from the editors at Gray, Design Milk, Monocle, and Azure. This group had a wealth of wisdom to pass our way and didn’t hold back.

That’s one thing I love about the Pacific Northwest design community — everyone is so willing to help out, share knowledge, recommend contacts, and discuss their businesses and projects openly. Other design communities that I’ve experienced can be so closed off, with everyone hoarding their own “A Teams” of vendors and tradesmen, and never sharing best practices. It’s really such a welcoming community here.

How to Get Published in 2018 on the Gray stage

And then we just wandered the show! Wandered… wandered… took a prosecco break in the VIP lounge… wandered… wandered… and wandered until my eyes were exhausted, my brain was fried, and my feet ached. But there were so so so many gorgeous things to see and innovative things to learn about! I’m sure we missed some, but I left Trade Day at IDS Vancouver refreshed and revived with inspiration.

Follow all that up with a killer after party at Montauk Sofas in Gastown, where a marble table was broken from people dancing on it, and beer and wine (white only, of course) flowed freely! It was a great celebration to bring the design participants together and cap off the day.

Check out some of my favorite photos below, and watch my Instagram feed and stories for more eye candy there!

(sorry for the phone photos, but my trusty Google Pixel is always on me, whereas my Olympus rarely is)