Blend 2012 and Giving Thanks…

On this Thanksgiving weekend in Canada, I thought it would be appropriate to wrap up last weekend’s adventures by giving thanks to those who worked so hard to coordinate our Blend extravaganza, the annual Canadian Design & Lifestyle Bloggers West event that coincides with Vancouver’s annual IDSwest weekend.

Here’s to our network organizers…

Victoria Lambert, Edin’s House blog & co-creator/owner of the FAT Paint Company

Barbara Marek Matson, hodge:podge blog

Nancy Marcus, Marcus Design blog

Karla Amadatsu, Kerrisdale Design Inc. blog & Principal of Kerrisdale Design Inc... see Karla’s work on the cover of September’s Style at Home, and on p. 120-127.

Danielle Hardy, Urban Walls blog & Owner of Urban Walls Vinyl Decals

A huge and heartfelt THANK YOU! Without your hard work, dedication, and attention to detail, Blend 2012 would not have been the amazing event that it was. And thank you once again to our premier sponsor, IKEA Canada, who made the scope of this event possible!

This year the St. Regis Hotel was our host where we enjoyed a fabulous party atmosphere complete with tasty finger foods and beverages. Also returning this year to lend their support with generous prizes was Delta Faucets. Thank you all so much!

And do you recognize these familiar faces? That’s right. Tommy Smythe joined Suzanne Dimma and Mark Challen (Canadian House & Home), to spend some time socializing with us at our party. What an awesome surprise… Did you get to take in their presentations at IDSwest this year?

Don’t you just love Tommy’s smile?!

His wit is equally engaging 😉 Thank you, Barbara, for capturing this photo!

Our evening was topped off with swag bags filled with goodies galore. Here’s a little peek at what was inside…

All displayed here on the infamous desk painted in Para Paints ‘Sweet & Juicy’ orange (P5072-85)… relevant because Para Paints was the sponsor for the presentation stage at IDSwest this year!

And here’s a special shout out to all the businesses that contributed the swag!

1.  IKEA Canada…our amazing sponsor!


Blend 2012



5.  FAT Paint Company

  • Sample Pot of ‘Grey Gull’ FAT Paint, a new and exciting chalk paint co-created by Victoria Lambert of Edin’s House!

FAT Paint


Stimuli Magazine - on line


  • Hand Painted Colour Card for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint… these colour cards are awesome, because the colour sample is an actual dab of the paint!

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - Hand Painted Colour Card


Michelle Morelan Design

So there you have it! The swag within the swag bags, and the businesses who helped make them happen!

I would also like to mention the amazing door prizes given away throughout the evening, gorgeous items such as paintings by the multi-talented Michelle Morelan (mentioned above), and Heather Ross (you can see a recent sample of Heather’s photography in October’s House & Home issue p. 68-74), decals by Urban Walls (mentioned above), artwork by Nancy Marcus of Marcus Design Inc., gift certificates from IKEA Canada, and many, many more. Thank you to each and every one of you for your contributions! You helped make this Blend an event to remember!

And I’m still remembering last year’s!

To end on a personal Thanksgiving note… this year Thanksgiving crept up on me, and kind of caught me by surprise. Can I just say, I was so not ready! Fall decorating? The leaves are just starting to turn colour! And the sun was shining all weekend. It was just so beautiful and warm… I still haven’t gotten any major fall decorating done! Eeek!!!

But here’s what I did manage for our table. Quick and easy, with a little nod to fall colour.

Gerber Daisies for Table Centrepiece

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends! I hope you have had a really amazing weekend… and to my American friends, yours is just around the corner 🙂 Have you got any decorating done for fall? Any decorating tips you’d like to share?

Thanks for stopping by!

Photography by Sheila Zeller unless otherwise stated.


A Story Unfolds for Bloggers, CDLB West at IDS West

I’m back from Vancouver where I attended the IDS West show this past weekend… and what a show it was! There’ll be a whole lot more coming, but this post is about the incredible planning and organizing by our amazing CDLB West group leaders, Victoria Lambert of Edin’s House, Barbara Matson of hodge:podge, Nancy Marcus of Marcus Design, and Karla Adamatsu of Kerrisdale Design Inc. They made this IDS West weekend possible for the rest of us, along with of course IKEA, our premier sponsor who was just incredible. Thank you Victoria, Barbara, Nancy, and Karla. And thank you IKEA!

Let the story unfold…

IDS West was held at the Vancouver Trade & Convention Centre. Have you ever been there?

Isn’t it unbelievable?

There is so much BC wood in the design, including these stunning chandeliers. They definitely set the tone for what lay ahead.

Our CDLB group was invited for a private tour on opening night…

And then to the opening night party too!

This is where we all met up…

To collect our Media Passes for the weekend!

I really appreciated having a Media Pass. And our remarkable organizers managed to arrange VIP seating for the presentations over the weekend too!

This is how our tour began…

A glass of complimentary champagne…

And 2 fantastic hosts!

Jason and Leonie…

Click here to read more about our tour and the opening night party!

Saturday night. Let the rest of the story unfold…

The next big event was our cocktail party at the boutique hotel, the Loden, where a number of us also opted to stay the night.

This is a glimpse of the sitting area in the suite I shared with Andrea Johnson, another member of CDLB West.

It comes complete with nailhead trim and an espresso machine at the back!

And this is a glimpse of the special guests who joined us at our cocktail party…

None other than Mark Challen, House and Home style commentator!


These two amazing designers, Kelly Deck of Kelly Deck Design and Suzanne Dimma, editor of Canadian House and Home!!!

I know! Pretty incredible 🙂 And so were they!!!

The evening was filled with so much laughter the volume would put a football game to shame! There were lots of draws with amazing prizes, a grand draw for a $1000 IKEA gift card… and a Twitter challenge too! The prize was a sleek bathroom faucet from Delta Faucets

Victoria Lambert Photo

Can you guess what came home with me?! Thank you so much Delta Faucets for your incredible support of CDLB West and our special evening!

And at the end of the evening we were each given a SWAG bag too!

Want to see what was in it?

Well, the Delta faucet wasn’t part of the swag bags, but I thought it should be included in the photograph too! Thank you so much to the many contributors who helped fill the swag bags with design and lifestyle delights!

And as they say, all good things must come to an end…

But for those of us who were still around the next morning, we enjoyed a nice breakfast together.

(L to R: Andrea Johnson, Myself, Karla Adamatsu, Barbara Matson, Victoria Lambert, Erika Reed Cook, Nancy Marcus)

And then some went their separate ways, while the rest of us carried on over to IDS West to take in Kelly Deck’s presentation.

This was the perfect end to an incredible 4 days!

And if you missed my interview with the incredibly talented Kelly Deck of Kelly Deck Design, you can read it here!