"When you realize that a beautiful interior has very little to do with objects and a whole lot to do with spirit, general well being and upliftment you find the soul of interior design. If you have respect for your surroundings and everything has it's perfect place you interact with your world differently you carry yourself differently. My father used to say that the state of your surroundings is the state of your mind. Look around your home, let your home be the foundation of your aspiration."

Written by a South African artist, interior designer & product designer.

Monday, October 18, 2010


So if you read my blog at all then you know how much I adore Sarah Richardson (aka designer extraordinaire).  I knew she and Tommy (aka design sidekick) were coming to the IDSwest and I knew that I had to be there to see them in action.  They mostly answered design questions from the audience and talked about their new shows starting soon on HGTV.  Sarah is working on a new Sarah's House that will feature a typical home you would find in a subdivision.  Her other show called Design 101 starts in January.  Lucky people in the Toronto area submitted a room they wanted redone through Sarah's website.  It it will focus on how to get the room you love on a budget.  Looking forward to both shows!

Of course I was also there looking for new and interesting products and let me tell you there was so much eye candy I just kept snapping pictures.

My new BFF

Sarah's design sidekick Tommy

Loved this display, I'm a sucker for anything blue!

I am a big fan of The Cross in Vancouver.  They have such beautiful things and their booth did not disappoint.

The Cross media lounge

Look at that funky wallpaper!

I was really impressed with the Ikea booth. It was so eye catching with those pendant lights.

I am a sucker for stone tile and I found some gorgeous patterns.

I loved these little plants, aren't they cute?

Bathroom tubs have become so sculptural, this tub came with crome or wood legs.  So cool.

I found these great poofs, they would add some great texture to any space.

I thought these tables were so unique!


  1. I love reading your perspective on the show Andrea! It was a lot of fun wasn't it? I love your pictures and I have to admit, those knit poufs have been on my mind for a while, I LOVE the texture they bring! Thanks for popping by my blog today, I really appreciate it :)

  2. I love the look of multiples on that inexpensive pendant at ikea. Striking! Also, I have that funky wallcovering in my powder room. It's Iguana from Timorous Beasties out of Scotland. I'm mad about it!

  3. Ive seen those IKEA pendants all over the place...they are so FUN! :)))))

  4. Oh I am a sucker for stone as well (I think I wrote marble in my last comment... oops!) Those light balls are great and the white tree table. I think that is such a great idea.