I can’t believe it’s already been a month since our team was in New York for ICFF.  I love going to design shows and try to make a point each year to make it to at least one outside of Vancouver.  In an industry that’s constantly changing and evolving it’s so important keep our finger on the pulse and to stay ahead of trends so that we can help clients set them. There’s no better feeling than coming back from a trip feeling refreshed, invigorated and full of new inspiration!

    We spent a ton of time scouring the show looking at the latest collections from our favourite industry-leading makers including stand-outs: Anna Karlin, Egg Collective, Gubi and Pelle to name a few!  We explored the city stopping by as many of the NYCxDesign pop-up shops as we could (The #BroomoffBroome was a show-stopper) and along the way stopped for two or three (ok maybe we lost count) drinks to check out not just the menu’s but the restaurant design as well.






    It’s 2016! (shocker) I know I’m a little late on a new years post, but better late than never, right?  Even though I’ve been writing and sharing bits and pieces of what we’ve been up to at GSD through Marthastewart.com (see some of my articleshere), I’ve really missed writing regularly on my own blog.

    Last year was an amazing year….2015 brought me my first employee Paige (who just started a GSD instagram!) and not long after Megan joined us.  I couldn’t feel more blessed to have such talented, hard working and FUN ladies working by my side.  It also brought us into our first official office space (hoping to share some photos with you soon!).  We finished up some projects with some amazing clients who I am now lucky enough to call friends, and we continue work on some incredible jobs I am excited to start sharing with you soon.

    As my first post back, I wanted to share a little treat with you – some of my favourite designer resources! Part of my job is knowing all of the latest and greatest, and I sometimes like to keep some of them close to my chest…reserved only for my clients (why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?!). I can’t believe I just used that saying…..Anyways – for whatever your next project is – here are a few of my top picks that may be lesser known.



    Wallpaper has made a comeback in a big way (no, it is no longer reserved only for grandma’s old bathroom).  It is one of the fastest ways to dramatically change a space.  While it’s not as affordable as painting (and I always recommend having it professionally installed) it’s one of my favourite tools.

    Drop it modern
    Unlike many suppliers, Drop it Modern is available to the public for purchase.  They have the most unique, bold and edgy patterns that come at a reasonable price.

    2. ART

    I love art. period. Starting to collect personally has been such a fun experience.  I try to invest in one quality piece a year (and I think this is a great way to do it for anyone looking to start building a collection, whether you want to spend $300 or $30,000).  Your tastes evolve as you do so it’s great to spread out the big pieces, not only financially but also to spend the time looking.  The hunt is part of the fun – get to know about the artist and about the subject, it makes it more meaningful (plus it’s always a bonus when you have company over and you can actually answer their questions like….”what does this dot represent”..)

    Uprise Art – An online gallery with THE best emerging artists (including two of my favourites NG Collective and Zoe Pawlak… who in my opinion aren’t so emerging 😉 ) There are lots of affordable pieces to choose from (including a section for pieces $500 and under) and they even provide art advisors free of charge!

    • Cowboy Fever - Ray Geary, Twelve nudes - NG Collective Studio, Grey Drawing IX - Zoe Pawlak, Looking over maps of memory - Xochi Solis

    3. TEXTILES – Pillows & Blankets

    I am currently coveting pretty much every item made by Rani Arabella.  All handcrafted in Italy & made of cashmere.  Enough said.


    Avram Rusu Studio, founded in 2004 by Architect Andreea Avram Rusu, is a multidisciplinary design studio that creates all of their beautiful & sculptural works in Brooklyn. These items are splurge pieces, but each and every piece is a showstopper (the lighting is drool-worthy).


    Most of us aren’t able to spurge on every item…and who doesn’t like a good deal or great value?! While my go to for affordable finds is usually CB2, a new (local) company The Goods Home is producing great, high style pieces for amazing prices.  All Canadian made, these pieces are well designed with very reasonable prices (you may even see the Dane Black Chair’s show up in a few projects…)

  • A peak into my home : My House Tour on Martha Stewart

    My first feature as an Interior Design contributor for Martha Stewart is live! While I always feel like my work is never done (ahem…my bedroom which is still under construction!) I was so thrilled to have my home featured on Marthastewart.com.  See my article here, “How to decorate like an Interior Designer”, where I discuss my design decisions and a little bit about my personal style.

    People always ask me, “what is your style?” when they hear that I’m a designer and I always find that that is the most challenging question to answer. I truly love elements of all styles and periods of design and that’s one of the reasons I love what I do so much.  I get to live vicariously through my clients who have different tastes and needs.  Of course in every project I do, whether it’s traditional, modern and anywhere in between I bring my own flair and style to the project.  But, that being said it is always my goal to take my clients style and elevate it while still remaining true to them.

    While you will have to head over to my article to see some of my sources and read my tips, I wanted to share some more photos with you that I just couldn’t quite fit into the article.  If I had to describe my house, I would say that it is “modern, eclectic glamour”, what do you think?

    All photos taken by Tracey Ayton Photography.