With the annual Vancouver Home + Design Show opening at BC Place today, I decided to take a sneak peek at the show, check out the goods and share the inside scoop on what’s hot for this year! Here are my Five [favourite] Finds for VHDS14:
1. Brushed tan oak wood flooring by Kentwood Originals
$6.43 per square foot; Available at Frontier Luxury Flooring
As a designer, I know what an impact flooring makes to a room. Whether you are jumping into full reno or simply swapping out the old for a fresh take, what you put underfoot changes the overall feel of every detail in your room.
It’s important to work with an awesome flooring team that works with you from selection right through install. Frontier – based in it’s new, ultra-chic showroom – offers the ultimate luxury flooring experience. One of my faves is this stunning brushed tan oak: It offers the warmth of a darker to mid-tone floor, but the layers within the colour stand out with natural light, bringing a whole new dimension to the look. This floor is definitely on my list of “must try”!
2. Orbit Oak Stool
$229; Available at Home Delight
I love surprises; well, I love awesomesurprises, especially when it comes to double-duty furniture! This super adorable little stool caught my eye with it’s reference to both midcentury and traditional lines. It’s a total space-saver, with only a 17-inch diameter, but at 19 inches high, it can offer functionality all over the house; whether you need a show stool to fill an awkward corner, an extra seat for a party or even a footstool, this little number has you covered. And the surprise? Swivel the top and it has storage! Love it.
3. Linen Bath Sheet by Le Fil Rouge
$65; Available at Le Fil Rouge
I’m always on the hunt for fabulous towels, whether it be for a client, or for staging, or for my own home. I usually stumble across the usual terry options, which are great for their inherent fluffiness, but offer little in terms of uniqueness. When I saw these 100 per cent European linen bath sheets, I definitely took note – not as heavy as I usually expect from a towel, the lightweight fabric has incredible hand, with a super soft texture. Not only pretty to look at and great to touch, these bath sheets are very practical as well: The linen is highly absorbent, naturally mildew resistant, sustainable, eco-friendly, and (my favourite part) they dry quickly, ditching the need to tumble dry to get the damp out after each use. Handmade in Vancouver.
4. Leoni Necklace by MeiKu Designs
$95; Available at MeikuDesigns.com
Natural beauty merged with urban chic. Meiku Designs creates sophisticated jewelry for the modern bohemian. The stones and charms used are chosen for their beauty, healing and symbolic qualities. Because Meiku Designs features natural materials there will be slight variations to each piece – making it totally one of a kind. I’m coveting the Leoni Necklace – I love the tones and organic shapes within the agate geode, but I also love how the designer has mixed her metals, which super on trend! This piece is on a 20-inch strand, which is the perfect length to layer or wear solo.
5. Samsung Chef Collection WaterWall Dishwasher
$1,899.99; Available at Midland Appliance
I love my home, I love where I live, but my current abode has one element that I struggle getting past… I am sans-dishwasher! It seems like a small factor when touring a cool space that offers so many other awesome elements, but when it comes right down to it, not having a dishwasher sucks.
So when I was working with Samsung to choose the PowerSmart appliances for the BC Hydro PowerSmart booth that I designed for this year’s show, I fell head over heels for the dishwasher. Of course I loved the Chef Collection – go for the gusto, right? This piece offers professional cleanliness to even the most amateur kitchen with a linear mechanism that moves along the bottom of the tub to provide consistent high water pressure. Goodbye to the old rotary system, the water wall reaches from corner to corner for full coverage – perfect for a dishwasher over-stuffer like me!