Friday, February 25, 2011

Painters Place presents..... "decorate with style"

Everyone knows about Benjamin Moore paint.  Does everyone know about the Painters Place;  at the corner of Dundas & Neyagawa in Oakville?  Known within the industry as "TOM'S PLACE" it is a great source of everything paint and wallpaper.  The staff are extremely knowledgeable and the most friendly & helpful people you could deal with.    Now TOM.... he is something else.  Everybody adores Tom.  He has a way of making everyone feel important and  that his sole purpose is to make their personal project and needs something pleasant and positive.  I must get back to the reason for this blog....

Tom and staff invited members from the community as well as decorators to an evening of Paint Trends with Leigh-Ann Allaire-Perrault of Benjamin Moore as the guest speaker.  She is just as much fun as she is on Cityline and such a warm and friendly individual.  She gave a great presentation with Tom interjecting throughout to give away absolutely great prizes throughout the evening.  Not only did we gain more knowledge on the trends for 2011, we were eligible for many great give aways, and we were treated to a wonderful meal with wine! Everyone who attended this event went home with a great goodie bag with gift coupons, paint, magazines and many more items.

A fair portion of the  money raised from this event will be going toward Cancer Research  and most especially the walk coming up in June in which Tom has a team, known as "Team Merino".  What a great way to help a very important issue.

Now some photos......
 Our wonderful host - Tom
 Tom and Leigh-Ann

 Yours truly and Leigh-Ann  

 A full house at St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre in Oakville where the event was held

A couple of "trend" vignettes set up by the creative staff
 A visit to Tom's Place to pick up some paint and there is Tom taking care of it for me

Well organized shelves makes it easy to see what they have to offer 

 A nice spot to sit and check out wallpaper books, paint brochures of all the different types of paint offered by Benjamin Moore
 A great selection of Wallpaper Manufactures..... Ok, now that I have my paint I think I need some wallpaper and may just re-do my master ensuite!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

CDECA checks out two suppliers from SOFA who are available at TDC

As anyone who has been following this blog knows, I am constantly updating on the comings and goings of CDECA;  at events presented by our sources and affiliates.  We are affiliated with SOFA  which is located at the International Centre in Mississauga;  which offers a variety of furniture and accessories to the trade. We are also affiliated with The Decorating Centre  located in Burlington  which is a one stop showroom to the trade as well.  A couple of weeks ago The Decorating Centre announced they will be selling WEST BROS FURNITURE  who are Canadian manufacturers of Quality, Sustainable Solid Wood Bedroom, Dining Room, Entertainment and Occasional Furniture.  The Decorating Centre ALSO carries  VANGOGH DESIGNS  another manufacturer of Quality, Sustainable Canadian made furniture who are introducing many new designs, fabrics and styles.  Of course after a very informative presentation by both companies, we were treated to a lovely lunch.  I even had time to source a chair I was looking for at a great price!!  Here are some photos of the great pieces we saw....


 West Bros

 Both companies are environmentally conscious and offer both
traditional and contemporary styling.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Bathrooms..... so much more than in the past

One of the most asked for renovations is Bathrooms.  We now have so much available to create whatever look you are after. I am going to let these photos say it all.....

IDS 2011 - The New CDECA Show Booth is rolled out.....

It took almost a year but we finally have our fantastic new show booth for CDECA  which we unveiled at IDS 2011and received many great reviews  from everyone who visited us.  I am so proud of this booth and with the hard work of my great team on the National Show Events Committee.  We have a booth that is professional and classy and really represents our wonderful association.

This year we  presented a floor plan and created 4 design boards representing the rooms from that plan.  We then selected materials and finishes that had a central colour theme of gray and partnered each room with additional colours that would all work together for a cohesive look and help transition the flow from room to room.  We felt that this would help consumers who visited our booth see how we as decorators did much more than just pick nice colours.  Our intention was to show that we can start with a plan - create that plan on auto cad to exact and precise measurements; follow through with furniture selection and placement and then on the selection of finishes and colours appropriate to each space.  As decorators we are responsible for many aspects of a project.  Have a look at some of the photos of our wonderful booth and design boards. 
Move In Day and oh what fun that was - building our booth from the ground up but thanks to a team member, my wonderful husband and Tom Goldberg of Legacy Home Solutions we went from this ....

to this.........WOW!!

Now this is a great booth!
 Toasting the new booth at the Gala

 Many visitors

 Our original concept floor plan
 All of the finishes we selected for our Design Boards

 Our New Banner which tells the real story of why everyone should hire a CDECA Professional!

I would like to thank the following:

Our wonderful affiliates who donated many of the products for our booth & design boards -
ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings -
Sun Glow Window Coverings -
The Decorating Centre -

The wonderful companies we hired to provide the following:
Reveal Marketing for the great booth & banner - 
Tyme-Step Promotions Ltd. for the great printing of our folders and notepads -
Legacy Home Solutions for the installation & dismantle of this booth -

I would also like to thank my team and all the great volunteers from CDECA who helped make this such a success, most especially my husband Allan, who was so supportive during this entire project.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

IDS 2011 - Opening Night Gala...

Once again IDS is upon us and I was fortunate enough to attend the opening night Cocktail Party Gala. This is quite the evening and the food and beverages were plentiful. The nice thing about attending this party, is that you can view all of the booths without having to stand in line. I attended with a couple of colleagues and we had a really great time. We met some of the more famous designers and had a chance to chat. Here are some of the photos I took.....

First Stop -  Audrey and I toasting the new CDECA Show Booth
 Yours truly with Steven and Chris
 Audrey with Steven and Chris
 Throngs of people lined up to enter the Gala....
 Alfred Sung with his new outdoor furniture display - he was kind enough to let me sit for a while and have a little rest.  Thanks Alfred
 Bloomsbury Fine Cabinetry - I love this kitchen
 Love this light - Wow
 Jane Lockhart has joined up with Gresham House to create a new line of custom furniture
 Great Displays

 Tile with actual shells inbedded - very interesting
 Great glass tiles

Suzanne Dimma at the Canadian House & Home Booth took a few minutes to chat