Monday, October 3, 2011

IDS Recap

Happy Monday! Sorry this is going up so late in the day. My apologies. You know how it is when you get back home after a little vacay. It takes a while to get back into the swing of things. Anyway, here's a little recap on my weekend at IDS West. It was a whole lot of fun!

 I arrived in Vancouver Thursday afternoon. There was a pre-tour that evening which was guided by Jason (orange shirt). He's the show director and was passionate about the booths and displays he took us around to. Fioney welcomed us, answered our questions, and was responsible for setting up interviews for us. (I have an interview in the works right now with one of Canada's big name furniture designers, so stay tuned for that!)

I spent Friday with a cousin of mine who is a designer in the Vancouver area. I got to see one of her client's homes that is undergoing a major reno right now. A kitchen addition and backyard pool is even involved. Yep, major. It's going to be stunning though. Can't wait to see it all finished.

Saturday morning was spent with family again, and then I was off to the show for the afternoon. I heard Suzanne Dimma speak about her favourites spaces which was great. Here are a few shots of some of the lovely booths at the show. There was a lot to see. This is just a small sampling.

Martha Sturdy

Montauk (of course)

Zoe Pawlak (Vancouver-based artist)

Amazing Rugs

Fabulous Faucets

Luxe Pillows

I'll probably blog more about the people/companies who make some of these beautiful things in the future.

Saturday evening was Blend 2011, our blogger meet up at the Loden.

It was super exciting to meet so many of my blogger friends and rubbing shoulders with Suzanne Dimma, Mark Challen, and Kelly Deck had me giddy! There were also a few PR ladies from IKEA there (IKEA was the premier sponsor at the event). All you SK folks will be happy to hear that I put in a good word for us. Yes, SK needs IKEA. (You can thank me later.) 

Here are the rooms where the party was held (they open onto one another). We didn't sit at tables for the event; we all stood... the whole time. Yes, everyone was feeling it by the end of the night as we were all dressed in our heels. 

Proof I was there!

There were tons of door prizes at the party (none of which I won). Boo. The food was delish and I got to chat with so many people. I felt like I already knew many of them, but it was nice to finally meet them in person. Now I can hear their voices in my head when I read their blogs. Oh, and I even learned about a new-to-me Saskatchewan town... Hodgeville (just when you think you've heard of them all)!

I want to say a big thank you to Barbara, Nancy, Victoria and Karla for organizing the event. It was a blast, and I look forward to next year!



  1. Attempting to catch up on blog reading. Sarah, first, you look gorgeous! Second, I'm so jealous. Looks like a wonderful event. Loving the Montauk sofa especially!

  2. That dress you wore was amazing!! So glad to have had the chance to meet up with you Sarah!

  3. It was so lovely to meet you!! You are stunning inside and out :) Can't wait for next year :)

  4. Hi Sarah
    It was lovely to meet you this weekend. There was so much to see and so many people to meet, how fun! I didn't win anything either.... Boo boo! Hope to see you again soon!

  5. So great to meet you this weekend. I didn't win either, oh well!!!

  6. I am soooo glad you came! You looked stunning! I wish we had more time to chat! You come across not only beautiful on the outside but just as beautiful inside!

    Glad you had fun. I am sad I didn't win the $1000 GC. Fingers crossed you get an Ikea in SK!

  7. It was great to meet you! Enjoyed reading your recap. I also didn't win anything:(


  8. I am so happy to have met you Sarah - you are just lovely and so nice to be around :-) Love your recap here... and that picture of you is stunning! Can't wait to connect again!

    xo Sheila

  9. You - my friend - looked GORGEOUS! (par for the course, though, in my opinion... :))
    love to you...

  10. Looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time! Good work on schmoozing IKEA :)

    p.s. I love, love, love your dress. You (of course) look beautiful.

  11. It was so great to meet you Sarah and I hope it was worth the trip out to our lovely city of Vancouver!

    Yes, Hodgeville is on the map! It probably is a ghost town about now. I graduated with 15 in my class!

  12. I just stumbled across your blog, thank you so much for posting my rug design- the Audrey 8x10 area rug hanging in the Burritt Bros. / 2nd Century Rug Co. booth!


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