Home Trends on Display at Interior Design Show West

Tenth annual interior design expo launches September 25 to showcase latest home design trends and products

September 25, 2014

Interior design by Falken Reynolds
Interior design by Falken Reynolds
Interior design by Falken Reynolds

Vancouver’s key interior design show and expo, Interior Design Show West (IDSwest), launches today until Sunday September 28 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

An early sneak peek into all the latest trends and products is given tonight 6pm to 10pm at the launch event, then doors open tomorrow (Friday September 26) at 10am.

The theme of this year’s show trends towards keeping design utilitarian, organic and custom. This year features modern, hand crafted, finely made furnishings and home accessories by small independent design firms.

"For me, it signifies a return to valuing craftsmanship and turning away from home decor as consumable fashion and investing in quality, story and timelessness," says Kelly Deck, director at Kelly Deck Design and this year's ambassador at IDSwest.

One keynote speaker to look out for is Nancy Bendtsen, Inform Interiors owner and interior designer, whose Value of Authentic Design presentation will highlight the matter of knockoff or mass-produced furniture and its impact on the industry.

Many other celebrity interior designers and industry experts will be on hand to share their ideas about what is in style, what's trending and what classic designs will still be going strong into 2015.

The 10th Annual IDSwest show opens on Thursday, September 25 and runs until Sunday, September 28 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West, Exhibits Halls B2, B3 and C, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or email

New at IDSwest in 2014:

  • The Bar by Falken Reynolds: Inspired by a West Coast backyard party casual and comfortable, with overhanging greenery and an outdoorsy feel.
  • Trade and Public Speaker Hannah Malein: She is a sought-after colour forecaster from Global Colour Research. At IDSwest she'll use inspiring visuals and palettes to tell colour stories, and will give the scoop on upcoming materials and trends for 2015 and 2016.
  • Screening of the documentary film Coast Modern: This is an independent film that takes viewers along the Pacific Northwest coastline from LA to Vancouver, showcasing the pioneers of West Coast modernist architecture.
  • The Livingspace Design Stage: Whether you're a design aficionado or just trying to figure out what colour to paint your living room, there are great experts providing guidance and inspiration.

Joannah Connolly is editorial director of Glacier Real Estate, Glacier Media's real estate division. Joannah writes and curates real estate news for Glacier Media's local newspaper websites, including the Vancouver Courier, North Shore News, Burnaby Now, Tri-City News and others. She also oversees editorial content in Real Estate Weekly Homes, West Coast Condo, Western Investor and Glacier's special real estate publications. A dual Canadian-British citizen, Joannah has 22 years of journalism and editing experience in Vancouver and London, with a background in construction, architecture, healthcare and business media. Joannah has appeared on major local TV outlets as a real estate commentator, has moderated and spoken on various industry panels, and spent two years hosting the Real Estate Therapist radio show on Roundhouse Radio.
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