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.
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.
Yonge and Dundas Square
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.