IDS offers a number of seminars for design professionals and enthusiasts on Saturday, January 24 and Sunday, January 25, 2015.  All seminars are 60 minutes long and take place on the main level of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in room 201D. Purchase one or more seminars and gain FREE show admission.

The Renovation Sweet Spot

Presented by National Bank and Interior Designers of Canada

Speaker: Inger Bartlett, ARIDO, IDC


Renovations involve hopes and dreams and people do them for a variety of reasons. In today’s competitive marketplace, value is important but so are style, and comfort. It is possible, and preferable, to combine value, style and comfort in a renovation equation that totals perfection. The three keys: A reno should be priced proportionate to the property’s value. A reno should maximize style and comfort. And a reno should always provide a forward-looking path to resale, whether immediate or eventual. Learn how to understand the value of a renovation, how to maximize style impact and stay within budget, and the key factors to finding your reno sweet spot. National Bank will provide insight and information on your options of how to best finance your renovation. They’ll also be discussing how to make the most of your budget while respecting your other financial commitments, and what options you have to ease the extra financial costs you’re taking on.


Table Top Design

Presented by William Ashley China

Speaker: Fatima Pacheco


William Ashley’s Tabletop and Entertaining expert Fatima Pacheco  will present the latest trends in tabletop and designer influences in the industry. She will share simple tips to easily refresh your table and suggest great new looks for your table – whether your style be modern or traditional.


The Naturally Beautiful Home

Presented by Artemano

Speaker: Vicky Sanderson


We know instinctively that looking up into sun-soaked sky brightens our mood, and that walking through a leafy forest is deeply calming. Increasingly, there’s hard evidence that being connected to the natural world is good for both our mental and emotional health. Maybe that’s why nature-inspired colours and materials are emerging as new favourites in home décor. Home décor and design writer Vicky Sanderson takes a look at the history of natural motifs in decor, what’s behind the current blossoming of eco-inspired trends and how to incorporate the look into your own home.

A 45-minute Power Point presentation that will include quotes and insight from design and lifestyle experts about why we’re drawn to natural elements, and that uses high quality images to trace the history of natural motifs in home décor and architecture, as well as images of current example of décor that blends indoors and out, and incorporates natural materials and themes.  Items pulled from various exhibitors will also be as “show and tell” to illuminate the topic.


The Secret to Great Renovations: Kitchens, Baths & More!

Presented by Homes Publishing

Speaker: Samantha Sanella


Learn how to budget for your kitchen, bath or complete renovation. This seminar will walk you through renovation planning and tips for design success.