Home Decor Trendspotters take over at Interior Design Show West 2013

Future Master Scott Forsythe's Bird e Light Photo Credit: IDSWest 2013

Future Master Scott Forsythe’s Bird e Light Photo Credit: IDSWest 2013

It’s that time of year again – when bespectacled, design-minded folks who think in grids and Pantone chits flood the Vancouver Convention Centre in search of the most de rigueur home and interior design trends. Interior Design Show West 2013 takes place this weekend from September 19-22.

For many the fall is a quiet time, but for others it’s a time to switch gears and start planning next year’s renovations, home improvements and new additions to their furniture collection.

This year’s IDSWest will satiate all sorts of designistas, featuring some of the West Coast’s top home, technology and furniture trends and trendspotters.

The IDSWest opening party kicks off the 3.5 day event on Thursday evening. For $20 guests can kick up their Campers with designers from across Canada, watch models strut their assets as part of Mens Fashion Week and practice their dance moves to DJ Wax.

Allen Chan, Matt Davis and Anwar Mekhayech of The Design Agency will travel to Vancouver from the Centre of the Universe (aka Toronto) for this year's IDSWest

Allen Chan, Matt Davis and Anwar Mekhayech of The Design Agency are featured speakers at this year’s IDSWest.

On Friday, IDSWest hosts a trade day, targeted at those working in the design field. Then, IDSWest doors open to the public at 5:00 p.m. Friday with design lectures on topics such as Managing the Mix (antiques + modern) by HGTV’s Tommy Smythe, the Evolution of Design by Vancouver’s own Kelly Deck and Toronto’s The Design Agency.

Saturday and Sunday are much the same with 25,000 design-minded British Columbians perusing everything from quirky lamps to travertine tiles to luxe fireplaces. Speaker highlights include Vancouver restaurant designer Craig Stanghetta (Bao Bei, Meat & Bread) and Victoria’s Amanda Forrest (CTV’s Marilyn Denis Show Design Expert).

Stanghetta will discuss how great design ideas from restaurants can translate into your own home, while Forrest will walk IDSWest’ers through her thoughts on 2014’s top three home décor trends.

Another trends spotlighted at this year’s event will be the increasingly popular laneway home. This year’s event will showcase a full-size, 516 square foot back lot abode on auction to the highest bidder as a charity event to benefit the Alzheimer Society of B.C. The petite laneway casa was designed by Alair Homes.

On Saturday night, IDSWest Attendees can bid live or online on the home, valued at more than $500,000. The ultra-mod small home blends indoor/outdoor spaces seamlessly with many windows focusing on the garden views rather than the lane. Constructed with high-quality materials and finishes, Alair hopes to challenge popular conceptions of laneway houses, carriage houses and other small spaces.

Pop on your comfy (but obviously fashionable) shoes and pack an open mind to this weekend’s IDSWest. You never know, maybe your ideas on how home décor fabulousness might make you the next Tommy Smythe or Kelly Deck.

What are you looking forward to at IDSWest 2013? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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