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Design Directions

February 2013   

In This Issue
Office Upgrade
Trade Show Trends

Welcome to the thirteenth exciting issue of Design Directions keeping you in touch with the latest news with both Avalon Interiors and the design industry.

If there are any topics or trends you would like to read more about, or have heard of a new and interesting product you'd like to share with all my readers, please feel free to contact me at tracy@avalonInteriors.com and I'll respond in a future issue.

Looking forward to hearing from you and keeping you up to date on the latest happenings in the design world,

Kind regards,

Tracy Kundell,

Avalon Interiors


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Latest Trade Show Updates


January was trade show month...I am exhausted after being recently back from the Canadian Home Furnishing Market, The Interior Design Show and The  Canadian Gift & Tableware Association Shows. I have gathered here the latest in trends, and new products that I am excited to see enter the marketplace.



On the tile front we are seeing so many 3D products. While they may not be the best for a backsplash or shower installations due to their cleaning ability, they do make for fabulous feature walls! They range from brick composite, acrylic, resin, stone and paper substrates and are super easy to install.

Some of you may already know or enjoy the porcelain tile faux wood that I am so fond of. This year manufacturers have taken it up a notch and you really have to touch it to believe that it is not wood. I particularly like the two pictured below in white washed distressed woods, some even include crate stamps. Can't wait to use these!


Outdoor Design:

With our Canadian summers lasting longer each year due to global warming we are finding ways to enjoy our outdoor spaces. Now more than ever they are truly bringing the indoors out. Outdoor fabrics are hard to differentiate from interior fabrics. Furniture is designed to flow from one space to another making it difficult to differentiate the outdoors from in. I personally love the mix of industrial re-purposed materials for outdoor spaces. It is a modern yet casual look.



From industrial to ethereal there is no lack of creativity on the lighting scene. I love, love, love the street lamp floor lamp from Metropolis and the gauze pendant from Emily Quinn!


This cool light is actually a photograph of a light on a poster that has an integrated light, a true example of art imitating life!



If I see another shower enclosure or tub I will scream! There were soooo many. Having said that there were a couple of standouts for the bathroom. Sliding doors on shower enclosures were all the rage and while I am used to the modern hardware for this I did find a lovely traditional take on this (pictured below). Freestanding tubs are still big and I love both of these! One is glam in a polished nickel exterior (wow!!), and the other is a classic shape that can fit in both modern and restoration looks. 

Multi-function hideaway storage for the bathroom was evident at almost all modern bath showrooms. Sinks with segmented storage were also popular. 

I particularly like this storage unit (pictured below), it packs a lot into a very small space with a pull-out mirror,space for hair dryer/flat iron/curling iron, make-up, integrated lighting, electrical and regular mirror.

The storage shelves built-in to the glass enclosure was something new and I LOVE it, cant wait to do this for a client!


I saw these helping hands at the Gift Show and think they would make for great hooks in the bathroom!




Maps and clocks still are a popular decor item and I love this Torre & Tagus world map version and Howard Miller chiming floor clock...might have to lift my personal ban on buying anything else for my chalet:) Though I dont think they are small enough to sneak by unnoticed.

map  clock

Just for Fun:

Always good to be a kid at heart. I have a slight addition to retro/vintage toys used as decor so naturally I fell in love with these toy soldier bookends and robots!

soldiers  robot


Consider going 'green' today! Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to read our newsletter.



Tracy Kundell,

Avalon Interiors

"Building Your Vision Better Than Imagined"

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