#IDS13 The Interior Design Show (Update)

The show was AMAZING!! We were super excited to see all the new and upcoming designs for 2013/2014.  We saw and Loved so much that we want to show you everything that was there! Seeing as how that would go on for forever, we’ll just give you a glimpse of our fav’s. 🙂

#IDS13 - Andrew Richard Design copyAndrew Richard Designs – LOVE their Patio Furniture!!!  Check out their showroom over at King East.

#IDS13 - Cera Gres copy

Cera Gres – Was Very impressed with their porcelain tiles. The wood grain pattern of these tiles are simply gorgeous.

#IDS13 - uRBAN BARN copy

Urban Barn – This is one of Sarah’s favorites. Beautiful Rustic and vibrant furniture/decors.

#IDS13 - iKEA copy

Ikea – The Ikea showcase was phenomenal! Their booth featured a stylish restaurant concept kitchen and oversize island. The dark window frames and copper bath tub were our favorites.

Here are some of our most desired/faves. I know, so many favorites!

#IDS13 - Frankys piks copy

#IDS13 - Sarah's Picks copy


How to: East meets West 85th birthday celebration Inspiration board

I (Sarah) am SO excited that my “por por” (grandma) will be visiting Toronto, and even more thrilled that she’s celebrating her 85th birthday bash with us; along with all of my aunts and uncles from Hong Kong, Vancouver and UK!!! *HAPPY DANCE*

It’s a Chinese tradition to hold a huge dinner at a Chinese restaurant. I’ve been really busy designing the decor for the night and we can’t wait to show you some of the other special items we have been preparing. The theme we’ve decided on is a “East meets West” birthday celebration. In our culture, the color red represents prosperity and joy and the color gold represents wealth and happiness. With that being said, the mix of red and gold will definitely be used for the party.

I’ve come up with a inspiration board to gather all of my thoughts and aspects of design for this party.

I’m so excitedddddd, eeeeekkkkkk!!! Can you tell?

85 birthday celebration
85 birthday celebration by sarahtsao on Polyvore

How to: Built in Bookshelf

Do you ever think to yourself, “That wall looks so bare,” as you stare at that white wall that’s well due for an upgrade. Sound familiar? Is there a wall in your home that is just plain, boring, and just begging for attention? Well there is in our house. If you’ve ever had one of those days where you’re just staring at an empty wall in your home imagining what it could look like, then Its Time! The walls of any room are blank canvases, waiting for an artist to cover with design. Do not think of the wall as just a “paint job” that must be done, but instead,  a space for an artistic endeavor.   The Built-in Book-shelf transforms any wall into an impressive look of sophistication for any style.  They are small projects that require low level of construction knowledge but yield great reward. And the shelf itself, is not just décor, but has utility too.

The Project begins!

Soooo, this is our boring and plain space. As you can see, it has great potential and we intend to fully maximize it! The bookshelf will fit nicely in our newly finished basement.

Step 1:

The first step in our process is to get the background wall painted. If we build the shelf first, we;ll have to tape up everything to paint. Getting the background done first will save us time and in the end, unnecessary extra  work. So we are off to one of my favorite places to shop, Home Depot! We’re going with CIL this time for our base because they had the right shade (Moroccan Sand)we wanted for our wall. You can create your own color swatch on the CIL site to plan your next project!

Step 2:
Painting the Background!  The accented background of this built-in bookshelf is one of the most important features. It’s what’s going to really make our project POP and catch the eye. When painting a wall, I usually prefer to start on the left side. Starting with the metal frame of the roller on the right, Paint in long vertical strokes. I’ve learned that this method prevents streaks because you’re not overlapping with the part of the roller; to which the most pressure is applied.


The First and most important step of construction is PLANNING! Working Construction Drawings enable a builder to construct a certain unit to specification. Typically they include architectural and structural plans.

The Metric system is typically used in Construction Modules in the building industry. Metric scales are based on the division of [one metre = 39.370077 inches]. Scales are noted as:


                1:1          Full Size – 1,000mm = 1,000mm or 1 metre

                1:2          Half-Full Size – 500mm = 1,000mm or 1 metre

                1:5          200mm = 1,000mm or 1 metre

                1:10        100mm = 1,000mm or 1 metre

                1:20        50mm = 1,000mm or 1 metre

                1:50        20mm = 1,000mm or 1 metre

                1:100     10mm = 1,000mm or 1 metre

                1:200     5mm = 1,000mm or 1 metre

                1:500     2mm = 1,000mm or 1 metre


The first step is to create our base. The substructure of the base is fairly easy to construct. The platform will be composed of:

2 header boards that will span the distance of the width of the bookcase (134 inches = 3406mm)

10 joists across the length of the base platform  (16 inchs = 406.4mm)

The joists will not require joists hangers because they will be sitting right on the floor. Here  my blueprint for the substructure for the base platform of the built-in.

bedroom inspiration

bedroom inspiration

bedroom inspiration by sarahtsao on Polyvore