We heart Toronto…Design Inspiration from the Big City


We’re interior designers – it’s what we do and what we love. It’s more then our job, it’s a passion. It’s just a different way of looking at things. If you hang around me for a while, you’ll learn my secret. Yup, I have a secret…I’m a little bit strange. I look at everything closely, intently and with awe. Hint…don’t try to go shopping with me, or for a walk with me or actually anywhere with me. I drive people crazy – but they love me anyway, or so they say.

Debbie and I are in Toronto for a few days. We have appointments in various showrooms and factories and we’re sourcing some finds and doing some hardcore work stuff. But more importantly then all that…we’re getting inspired.

standing in front of the RSU sign on campus

Walking through the beautiful campus

People are always asking where we get inspiration from – what magazines we read or if we go to show homes or watch shows on television. But it’s more then that. Inspiration comes from everywhere. See my blog on how Mother Nature Does it Best. But if you open your eyes, inspiration comes from everywhere. You should hear us while we’re walking around Toronto. It sounds something like this, “Oooh…look at this gate, look at the arch on this building, see those flower pots, wow look at the shape of those drum shades in the restaurant’ and on and on.

We notice details, and it’s those details that make their way into our designs. Sometimes it’s the colours, the lines, the simplicity or elegance in a room – it can be any small detail. And let me tell you, Toronto is not short on details. With so many different neighbourhoods and old buildings and new buildings, there’s a lot to take in.

“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard

I’ve put together a collection of sights that Debbie and I oohed over. We’ve had a marvellous time. We’ve seen new product,been to showrooms, walked through different neighbourhoods, tried new restaurants and connected with old friends. Most importantly, we’ve experienced the energy that makes Toronto such a vibrant city.

Graffiti wall at the AGO Toronto

Graffiti wall at the AGO

French Restaurant Cluny in Toronto's Distillery District - amazing architectural features

spring flowers at Kensington Market

So nice to see the spring flowers


colourful scarves from Spain in a store in the Distillery district

Dessert from the Royal York Hotel

visiting friends

mural found in Kensington Market

Kensington Market

The Saucy Milliner

The Saucy Milliner

Spring hats from the Saucy Milliner in the Distillery District Toronto

The latest creations from the Saucy Milliner

Visiting with the ladies from The Social, including Calgary's own Jann Arden

Visiting with the ladies from The Social, including Calgary’s own Jann Arden

Debbie visiting with the street artists in Kensington Market

Chinatown Toronto

Chinatown Toronto

Yonge and Dundas SquareYonge and Dundas Square

El Catrin Restaurant Distillery District Toronto

Enjoying dinner with Clara at El Catrin

Keith at Milestones Yonge and Dundas Square

Another outstanding floor - Dineen Coffee Co

Another outstanding floor – Dineen Coffee Co

mural on building in Old Town Toronto

Our kind of mural on a building in Old Town Toronto

beautiful building in Toronto

Family, friends, nature, art, architecture, food…these are some of the things that inspire us. What inspires you?

Karen Fron Interior Design is a Calgary based design firm. We believe that a well functioning and beautiful home makes life better. It's not about how much you have, it's about using what you have to create beauty.

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