Tuesday, 31 January 2012

IDS & Blog Podium Recap!

Greetings all! 

I've got good news and bad news. 

The bad news is I'm a little behind in churning out this recap post. The good news is that, as expected, I had a terrific time this past Friday at both Blog Podium and the 2012 Interior Design Show!

All of the Blog Podium organizers, panelists and my fellow attendees were lovely, and it was a pleasure to mix and mingle with them at my first bloggers event!

The discussion was lively, interesting and it was great to be surrounded by such unique yet like-minded people, who clearly appreciate creative expression as much as they do design.

Once the hour long event was over, my wicked swag bag and I raced upstairs to the show floor and explored nearly every booth and exhibit on my own.

Hours later, here are some of the many photos and impressions I walked away with...

Right off the bat it was clear - there was definitely no shortage of tangerine tango and other orangey hues across the floor. What else would you expect for Pantone's colour of the year?!


Studio North was as drool-worthy as usual, no surprise there...

Some of the exhibits themselves were just so incredibly well designed and/or colourful, that they caught your eye and reeled you in, even if their contents weren't exactly in line with your own personal taste.

It might've just been me, but I found there was even more focus than usual on compact living this time around. I recall seeing a number of beds with built-in storage when I last attended in 2010, but nothing like the plethora of murphy beds and bunk beds I saw this time around...

Cool, eh? Not a new concept by any means, but honestly what a great idea?! Especially in condos, it seems stupid not to have these space-saving pieces.

A number of times, as I wandered around taking my millions of photos and chatting up those working the show, a number of people asked me if I was a designer, to which I'd reply with a big fat "I WISH!

Yet in saying that, I was actually surprised and delighted at the enthusiastic reception I got when I'd explain that I was there as accredited media, since I had just started my own blog back in September. 

Some people even requested my brand spanking new NofW cards so they could check back and see if I featured them in a post. Score! :)

Since this post has already gone on far too long, I'll finish up by saying that it was a fantastic day and that good times were definitely had by all!

Thank you to everyone involved, especially to all those I had the pleasure of meeting at Blog Podium. See you next time!

KLI | NofW


Adding the finishing touch said...

Great re-cap! I cannot wait to attend the next Blog Podium.

Pam @ Cherish Toronto said...

Great recap, Krista. There is always so much to see at IDS, it's a lot of fun! I spent 4 hours walking the show - my feet throbbed for days. LOL.

Krista Illies said...

Thanks, Bigiones! We'll have a ball next time when you join in! :)

Thanks Pam and I hear ya! I only live at King & Bathurst and I had to take the streetcar home! lol

Michelle @The236 said...

I spy with my lil eye...my biz card! LOL!

So great to meet you! Looking forward to chatting again!

Michelle from the236.net

Tanya from Dans le Townhouse said...

Hi Krista, it was so great to meet you at BlogPodium! I loved this recap - you and I heart some of the same things! (I posted my IDS12 recap today but still have to blog about the CDB Meetup). I'm adding myself as your newest follower and am looking forward to following along!

Tanya from

Krista Illies said...

Thanks ladies, great meeting you too! See you in May I hope!

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