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Friday, January 19, 2018
Professional Trade Day, Presented by Miele.

Sir David Adjaye OBE

IDS17 International Guest of Honour.

Sir David Adjaye OBE is recognized as a leading architect of his generation. Adjaye was born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents and his influences range from contemporary art, music and science to African art forms and the civic life of cities. In 1994 he set up his first office, where his ingenious use of materials and his sculptural ability established him as an architect with an artist’s sensibility and vision.

He reformed his studio as Adjaye Associates in 2000 and immediately won several prestigious commissions. In Oslo he designed the Nobel Peace Centre in the shell of a disused railway station (completed in 2005). In London his design for the Whitechapel Idea Store pioneered a new approach to the provision of information services (2005). Later projects in London included the Stephen Lawrence Centre, with teaching and community spaces (2007), Rivington Place, an exhibition venue and resource centre (2007), and the Bernie Grant Centre for the performing arts (2007). He is currently working on a pair of major redevelopment projects in the city – One Berkeley (ongoing), a £600 million scheme in the prestigious Piccadilly area; and 5 Strand (ongoing), a mixed-use residential scheme adjacent to the iconic Traflagar Square.

In the United States, Adjaye is recognized as the lead designer for the $540 million Smithsonian Institute National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened in fall 2016 on the National Mall in Washington DC. He has also designed the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver (2007), two public libraries in Washington DC (2012), and a mixed-use social housing, museum and child education scheme in New York’s Sugar Hill (2015). Adjaye’s US office is currently working on the new home for The Studio Museum in Harlem (ongoing), the Ruby City building for the Linda Pace Foundation, and a luxury residential tower in lower Manhattan (ongoing).

Adjaye Associates now has offices in London, New York and Accra, with projects throughout the world. These include the Moscow School of Management Skolkovo (2010), the Aishti Foundation shopping and cultural complex in Beirut (2015), and the Alara concept store in Lagos (2014).

Adjaye frequently collaborates with contemporary artists on art and installation projects. Examples include The Upper Room, with thirteen paintings by Chris Ofili (2002), Within Reach, a second installation with Ofili in the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2003), and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art for the 21st Century Pavilion that was designed to show a projection work by Olafur Eliasson, Your Black Horizon, at the 2005 Venice Biennale. The Upper Room is now in the permanent collection of Tate Britain. Adjaye recently collaborated with Okwui Enwezor on the design of the 56th Venice Art Biennale (2015).

Adjaye has taught at the Royal College of Art, where he had previously studied, and at the Architectural Association School in London, and has held distinguished professorships at the universities of Pennsylvania, Yale and Princeton. He is currently the John C. Portman Design Critic in Architecture at Harvard. In 2016, he was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen for services to architecture, following the award of his OBE in 2007. He was also the 2016 recipient of the Panerai London Design Medal – the London Design Festival’s the highest accolade – and the Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT. He was awarded the Design Miami/ Year of the Artist title in 2011, the Wall Street Journal Innovator Award in 2013 and named Britain’s Most Influential Black Person in 2012 by Powerlist.

The material from Adjaye’s ten-year study of the capital cities of Africa was shown in Urban Africa, an exhibition at the Design Museum, London (2010) and published as African Metropolitan Architecture (New York, 2011, and as Adjaye Africa Architecture, London, 2011). He was the artistic director of GEOgraphics: A map of art practices in Africa, past and present, a major exhibition at the Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels (2010). An exhibition of his architectural work, David Adjaye: Output, was held at Gallery MA, Tokyo (2010). In 2015, a major retrospective exhibition of his work to date was held at Haus der Kunst in Munich and the Art Institute of Chicago.

This talk is worth 1 IDCEC hour.

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Anna Binetti

Anna Binetti holds 30 years of industry experience with accolades from premium brand appliance manufacturers. Binetti sat on the NKBA executive board from 2007-2014, and has been an active NKBA member since 2002. She is the Showroom Director for Tasco Appliances.

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Camille Chami

Camille Chami has worked as an architect for more than 15 years. During those practicing years, Camille was drawn to Cad Management and enjoyed exploring the latest technological solutions available. In 2007, he founded CadCentre (earlier called Cadtopia), to offer Architects, Engineers and Designers high-end software solutions, including all aspects of integration, utilization, training and technical support. In past years Camille and the CadCentre enjoyed a cordial relation with Graphisoft, which led CadCentre to become an Authorized ArchiCAD Agent in late 2014, and now graduating to an Authorized Reseller.

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Daniel de Oliveira

Daniel de Oliveira, project manager at Men at Work since 2012, specialising in residential remodelling. Bachelor degree in Engineering with a postgrad in Project Management.

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Amy Dillon

A graduate of the Interior Design program at Sheridan College, Amy Dillon has over 15 years of kitchen design experience and is an NKBA design award winner. Amy has worked for AyA Kitchens since 2006 and currently runs their Castlefield showroom in the Castlefield Design District.

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John Filomena

John Filomena is an online strategist, trainer, speaker and the National Marketing Manager for Caesarstone Canada. The Houzz insider has created digital strategies for TSN, CityTV and CTV’s The Marilyn Denis Show. John hosts talks around the globe and for organizations such as the IDC and NKBA. His goal is to help clients create connections with their customers and nurture them into relationships that help grown their bottom line.

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Jaime Hayon

Spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayon was born in Madrid in 1974. His artistic vision was first fully exposed in the Mediterranean Digital Baroque and Mon Cirque installations. These collections put Jaime at the forefront of a new wave that blurred the lines between art, decor and design and a renaissance in finely-crafted, intricate objects within the context of contemporary design culture.

Jaime further defined his vision in subsequent solo exhibitions and shows at major galleries, and design and art fairs around the globe. His wide client base spans diverse functions and mediums, including domestic furniture for b.d. barcelona, Cassina, Fritz Hansen, &Tradition, and Magis; lighting fixtures for Parachilna, Metalarte and Swarovski; and sophisticated objects for Bisazza, Lladró and Baccarat. He has also executed complete interiors for leading hotels, restaurants and retail establishments worldwide.

Jaime currently resides in Valencia, with offices in Barcelona and Treviso (Italy). His work has appeared in the most prestigious art and design publications worldwide. He has won numerous awards, including multiple Elle Decoration International Design Awards, included by Wallpaper Magazine in its “Top 100” list and recognized by the magazine as one of the most influential creators of the last decade, and lauded as a “visionary” and one of the most creative icons by Times magazine.

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Alexandra Klich

Alexandra Klich, CKD, BA is a Certified NKBA Kitchen Designer with 22 years of experience and owner of A Very Fine House which focuses on sustainable design and cabinetry to the residential market.

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Carmen Kodric

Carmen is currently an Account Executive for Watermarks Kitchen & Bath Boutique. Carmen brings with her, an extensive background in retail marketing and sales, servicing the Interior Design and affiliated industries for over 25 years.

Martina Kucey

Martina Kucey is now part of the consultancy team at Colour Hive, the publisher of MIX Magazine.

Martina has worked on numerous projects helping paint companies to understand upcoming trends and how to adapt trends onto their products.  With over 17 years of experience she has conducted talks on colour science and psychology as part of her portfolio. Now she is an active speaker for Colour Hive Limited, presenting colour trends to the design community.

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Michelle Mawby

Michelle Mawby is principal designer at Lucid Interior Design Inc., a Toronto based multi-disciplinary interior design firm. Michelle grew up in Vancouver has lived and worked in Amsterdam, London, England, California and Toronto. She is currently renovating a century home in Toronto while constantly adding to her vast shoe collection.

Michelle was the host of Weekend Reno for Cottage Life Network where she and her team make a cottager’s dream come true in a weekend. She was the Resident Design Expert for CTV’s Marilyn Denis Show & a frequent guest expert on CBC’s Steven & Chris where she shares her knowledge and love of design and decorating with the country. She rolled up her sleeves in Discovery Channel’s experimental green TV show Junk Raiders where she lent her creativity to upcycle discarded treasure to design a live/work loft & a restaurant from free-cycled items.

Michelle is a trained, professional interior designer, ARIDO design award winner, former Contributing Editor for Renovation & Décor magazine, and is Building Code Certified. She is a member of ARIDO, IIDA, and NKBA. Michelle formerly worked in the advertising field before attending design school. She trained at the Academy of Design for Interior Design and received her B.A. in English literature with a minor in Theatre as a scholarship athlete & musician at Fresno Pacific University in California.

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Sara Walsh-Rooney

With over 10 years in the stone industry and 15 years in consumer sales/brand development, Sara possesses extensive knowledge of the fabrication and installation techniques required to meet the innovative designs demanded in today’s marketplace. Sara works at Ceragres.

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Nika Zupanc

Nika Zupanc is an independent designer who works on projects that grow out of distinctive interpretations of modern culture, contemporary design and technology. Her pieces carry an emotional charge, with inspiration drawn from theatre and film noir. Nika characterizes her work as “communicating the things that cannot be told.”

She has designed products for clients including MoooiMoroso and Nodus. She has also done work on notable installations, including I Will Buy Flowers Myself (2009) and Gone with the Wind (2010), where she presented a collection of objects inside life-size doll houses, which became the hallmark of Milan Design Week, and Room Of One’s Own (2013) as part of the exhibition Esprit Dior: Miss Dior in Galerie Courbe at the Grand Palais in Paris. Along the way, Zupanc continuously produces objects under her own brand, Nika Zupanc, and is involved in numerous interior projects.

Most recently, Zupanc has been working with internet-based plastic furniture brand Qeeboo, established by renowned Italian designer Stefano Giovanonni. Zupanc has also designed a collection called Take me to Miami, consisting of 6 brass objects, for new Italian brand Ghidini1961.

This talk is worth 1 IDCEC hour.

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Saturday, January 20, 2018
Globe Style Saturday.

Jeanne Beker

Jeanne Beker is a Globe Style Columnist. She started her career as an actress, but moved into radio and then television as co-host of the ground-breaking series, The NewMusic, and entertainment anchor on CityPulse News. She went on to become the host of  the internationally syndicated Fashion Television (FT), which aired for 27 years and had viewers in more than 130 countries. Jeanne is the former editor-in-chief of FQ and SIR magazines, and author of five books, including her 2010 autobiography, Finding Myself in Fashion. Jeanne was a contributing editor of The Toronto Star, The Kit, and a columnist for Metro, and is currently a featured style columnist for The Globe and Mail and Post City magazine. She also writes for a number of lifestyle publications.

Her fashion and editorial credits include her clothing line, Edit by Jeanne Beker, as well a number of product lines, including shoes, jewelry and sunglasses. Jeanne was recently named Style Editor of The Shopping Channel, and hosts a regular series for the channel entitled “Style Matters with Jeanne Beker”.   Her numerous awards include her recent appointment to the Order of Canada in 2014 for her support of the Canadian fashion industry; the 2012 Canadian Award of Distinction from the Banff World Media Festival; and being honoured with a Canadian Screen Achievement Award for the role she played in changing the way Canadians watch television.

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Alex Bozikovic

Alex Bozikovic is the architecture critic for The Globe and Mail, covering architecture and urbanism across Canada and globally. He has won a National Magazine Award and has also written for publications such as Azure, Blueprint, DwellFrame and Spacing. He is writing a new edition of Toronto Architecture: A City Guide, to be published by McClelland and Stewart in 2017.

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Martyn Lawrence Bullard

The consummate multi-hyphenate designer and tastemaker, Martyn Lawrence Bullard has been widely acclaimed for his trademark glamour and flair for the exotic as he curates sophisticated and inviting interiors for Hollywood A-listers and global glitterati.

Martyn’s impressive mastery of a broad range of styles, paired with his unrivaled attention to detail and commitment to quality has earned him significant international acclaim. His work has appeared in over 4,000 publications worldwide including Architectural Digest, ELLE Décor, House & Garden, W, Vogue, House Beautiful, Harper’s Bazaar, Departures, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. His most recent cover of Architectural Digest, featuring the homes of Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, was one of the publication’s best-selling issues of all time.

Martyn’s A-list clientele include Kendall Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Tommy Hilfiger, Cher, Ellen Pompeo, and Eva Mendes, to name a few. Beyond his exquisite residential portfolio, Martyn has also overseen the design of several premier hospitality properties around the world including the iconic Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs, Chateau Gütsch in Lucerne, Switzerland, and Chef Rick Bayless’s flagship Red O restaurant; he is currently overseeing hotel designs in Santa Barbara, Istanbul, and Miami Beach, along with the Four Seasons Residences in Los Angeles.

Martyn has been consistently named as one of the world’s top 100 interior designers by Architectural Digest, featured permanently in Elle Décor’s A-List, and named one of the top 25 designers by The Hollywood Reporter. Martyn has also been featured prominently in several television programs in both the US and abroad. He was a lead cast member of the critically acclaimed Million Dollar Decorators on the Bravo network and hosted the primetime reality program Hollywood Me on Channel 4 in the UK. He has also been a regular guest on several entertainment programs including Keeping Up With the Kardashians, The Talk, Entertainment Tonight, Watch What Happens Live, and Good Day LA among many others.

In addition to his design studio, Martyn has created an eponymous collection of indoor and outdoor fabrics, wallpaper, furniture, and home accessories available through his firm. He also has designed several collections for the venerable fabric house Schumacher, tile lines for Ann Sacks, rugs with The Rug Company, a collection of dinnerware with porcelain maker Haviland Limoges, as well as collaborations with silver maker Christofle and crystal manufacturer Daum.

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Heather Dubbeldam

Heather Dubbeldam is the principal of DUBBELDAM Architecture + Design, a multidisciplinary architecture studio recognized as one of the leading practices in Toronto. Heather has practiced throughout Canada and internationally, providing innovative and award winning designs to both public and private sector clients. Already well known for her firm’s innovative residential work for Canadian icons like Sonja Bata and Toronto’s Tanenbaum family, DUBBELDAM is making waves in the commercial space too with the award winning Travelzoo Canadian headquarters, and the recent commission to design the Toronto office for one of the world’s fastest growing tech firms, Slack Technologies. DUBBELDAM’s diverse range of project types includes a café for Dark Horse Espresso Bar, a 50-cottage development in Carcross, Yukon, and the modernization of the historic Walper Hotel in Kitchener, Ontario.

DUBBELDAM’s work has garnered numerous awards for both design and practice, including the recently awarded Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture, one of the oldest and most prestigious prizes in architecture. The studio’s projects have been regularly featured in publications such as Toronto Life, Azure magazine, Designlines, the Globe and Mail, the National Post, Dwell, Grand Designs UK, Elle Décor and Interior Design.

Heather has been recognized as an advocate for the profession and is the editor and co-author of several architecture publications. She is the Vice-Chair of the Design Industry Advisory Committee, the Director of Twenty + Change, and an executive board member and past Chair of the Toronto Society of Architects. Heather was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 2015.

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Nicholas Haslam

One of the world’s finest interior designers, sought by royalty, rock stars and the aristocracy alike, Nicholas Haslam presents his style in this unique tour of his grand, glamorous, and witty interiors.

Nicholas Haslam has an instinct and originality which enables him to make rooms look stunning and sexy, yet liveable, practical, and above all flattering to their owner and their surroundings.  Never one for pure minimalism nor for overblown fussiness, a Haslam interior has exhilarating chic, and a touch of opulence that seduces entirely the moment you catch a glimpse.

His firm, NH Design, has designed for clients including Mr Rod Stewart, Sir Mick Jagger, Mr Ringo Starr, Mr & Mrs Konstantin Kagalovsky, Mr & Mrs Peter Aven and Miss Natalie Wood.  He has also designed parties for The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace, Lord Sainsbury, Sir Evelyn & Lady de Rothschild, The National Gallery, Kensington Palace and The Royal Palace in Prague and restorations to listed Grade II stately homes.

Constantly breaking down boundaries, Haslam loves to use the completely unexpected and is renowned for his new effects – stunning silver and gilded walls, linen carpets, sparkling mica ceilings, cut antique leather and Picasso-inspired fabric footstools as well as his couture-like curtains. The mix of the deeply serious, grand and impressive with glamour, charm and above all wit, is the Haslam trademark.

Nicky Haslam Studio operates worldwide, having recently completed projects in New Orleans, Barbados, Klosters, and several English country houses, while currently working on sites in Moscow, South of France, Marrakech, New York, London and the country.

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Michelle Mawby

Michelle Mawby is principal designer at Lucid Interior Design Inc., a Toronto based multi-disciplinary interior design firm. Michelle grew up in Vancouver has lived and worked in Amsterdam, London, England, California and Toronto. She is currently renovating a century home in Toronto while constantly adding to her vast shoe collection.

Michelle was the host of Weekend Reno for Cottage Life Network where she and her team make a cottager’s dream come true in a weekend. She was the Resident Design Expert for CTV’s Marilyn Denis Show & a frequent guest expert on CBC’s Steven & Chris where she shares her knowledge and love of design and decorating with the country. She rolled up her sleeves in Discovery Channel’s experimental green TV show Junk Raiders where she lent her creativity to upcycle discarded treasure to design a live/work loft & a restaurant from free-cycled items.

Michelle is a trained, professional interior designer, ARIDO design award winner, former Contributing Editor for Renovation & Décor magazine, and is Building Code Certified. She is a member of ARIDO, IIDA, and NKBA. Michelle formerly worked in the advertising field before attending design school. She trained at the Academy of Design for Interior Design and received her B.A. in English literature with a minor in Theatre as a scholarship athlete & musician at Fresno Pacific University in California.

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Amanda Nisbet

Amanda Nisbet Design has added her signature elegant touch to residences in North America and Europe since the firm’s inception in 1998, resulting in welcoming interiors that express Nisbet’s special alchemy of refinement and livability.

Despite her formal art history training and years at Christie’s auction house, Nisbet prefers to upend the usual design rules, in favor of a fresh, energetic approach that draws as much upon intuition as tradition. Mixing function and style, classical motifs and contemporary idioms, in rich and unexpected ways, Nisbet never loses her sense of wit and whimsy. According to Nisbet, a designer’s role is to create a home for living that answers a client’s needs, wishes, and dreams.

In addition to her interior design work, Nisbet’s eponymous textile line is available to the trade through four showrooms: Studio Four (New York), Harbinger (Los Angeles), Travis (Atlanta), and Tigger Hall (Australia). The success of Nisbet’s textile line sparked its expansion to a line exquisite wallcoverings, which are also carried by Studio Four, Harbinger, Travis and Company, and Trigger Hall. The unique character of Nisbet’s designs is reflected in her lighting collection, created in partnership with The Urban Electric Company. A boutique rug line, sold exclusively through Studio Four, is the result of the collaboration between the creative minds of Nisbet and Kyle Bunting. In 2014, Amanda launched her first comprehensive furniture and lighting collection in partnership with Niermann Weeks. The popularity of this collection inspired a sequential collaboration, between Nisbet, Niermann Weeks, and One King’s Lane.

AND projects have been showcased in numerous publications, among them Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Coastal Living, New York Spaces, Oprah at Home, Traditional Home, Veranda, The New York Times, Town & Country, and The Washington Post. Nisbet remains a frequent and popular speaker about design, in general, and AND’s work in particular. Her first book, Dazzling Design, was published by Stewart Tabori & Chang in 2012.

In 2017, Amanda Nisbet Design looks forward to expanding into the realm of e-commerce and continuing to create spaces of luxury and livability.

 

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Odessa Paloma Parker

Odessa Paloma Parker is the fashion editor at The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper. She received an Honours BA from the University of Toronto and a Book & Magazine Publishing Certificate from Centennial College.

For three years she ran the magazine she co-founded, Plaid. The goal of Plaid was to be “inspirational, not aspirational” and to provide as much locally-focused content as possible. After closing Plaid, Odessa joined the artist agency Judy Inc. and forged relationships with clients including The Globe and Mail, The Grid, Anu Raina, Cosmo TV and Entertainment Tonight Canada. She is also the founder of Vintage Crawl Toronto, and has organized and provided public relations services for pop-ups and trunks shows around the city.

Odessa is interested in creating dynamic projects and improving people’s lives through the power of style.

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Megan Torza

Megan Torza, OAA / MRAIC / LEED AP BD+C, is a Partner at DTAH. She is an architect whose professional development has been influenced by a strong personal interest in adaptive reuse and the integration of contemporary architecture into historic urban fabric.

Megan was involved in the development and implementation of two of Toronto’s most beloved community hubs: the Artscape Wychwood Barns and the Evergreen Brick Works — both award-winning, LEED certified examples of the creative adaptive reuse of abandoned industrial facilities for not-for-profit clients.

Her socially-minded, contextually-sensitive portfolio also includes numerous institutional and housing projects for public and private-sector clients. Examples include the TRCA Office Headquarters, the Little Trinity Church Annex, the Dane Avenue and St. Andrew Child Care Centres in Toronto, the Market Commons Affordable Housing project in Guelph and the Gallery Loft Towns in Toronto. She has designed numerous park pavilions including structures for Toronto’s Riverdale Park East and North York’s Woodsy Park, and is currently the Partner-in-Charge of the Tommy Thompson Park Entrance Pavilion project. She was curator of the RavinePortal Exhibition and co-designer, with Robert Cram, of the Orange Crush installation at Come Up To My Room 2015 at the Gladstone Hotel. Megan is a frequent guest lecturer and design critic in the Urban Design and Planning faculties at the University of Waterloo and Ryerson University, a member of the City of Vaughan Urban Design Review Panel, and on the executive board of the Toronto Society of Architects.

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Jackie VanderVelde

Jackie VanderVelde is a graduate of the University of Guelph. With over 20 years of landscape design and planning experience, Jackie leads the team to design visionary and imaginative spaces in the public realms. Prior to starting Land Art Design, Jackie focused on the built environments in Toronto for in both the public and private realm. Her international partnerships have spanned with globe including several years with a branch office overseas.

Jackie established Land Art Design in 1996 and in the intervening years has been awarded significant honours for her contribution to Canadian landscape architecture. Her current work expands on her agrarian roots with sustainable, restorative and productive landscapes.

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Sunday, January 21, 2018
House & Home Sunday.

Joel Bray

Born and raised in a small town in Southwestern Ontario, Joel Bray studied Fine Arts at Wilfrid Laurier University before attending Humber College for Interior Design. When Joel’s not producing decor pages at House & Home magazine, he spends his time at a lakeside cottage in the Kawarthas, or searching for “treasure” at thrift shops and flea markets. For Joel, an interior should be a true reflection of the people that live in it – always evolving, and full of personal mementos collected along the way. If you truly love something, there’s always a spot for it in your home.

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Beth Hitchcock

Beth Hitchcock brings a lifelong passion for words and decorating — along with 19 years of experience in the magazine industry — to her role as Editor-in-Chief of House & Home magazine. With a keen eye for design, a Journalism degree and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing, Beth has written about and worked with some of Canada’s top designers, stylists and photographers. She has appeared regularly on TV and radio, and been a guest lecturer at colleges and universities across Canada. In her free time, Beth loves to travel (Marrakech is next on her list), watch baseball and putter around her century home in Toronto’s east end.

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Scott McGillivray

Scott McGillivray, internationally renowned as the star of HGTV’s Income Property, is the definition of an entrepreneurial success story; an astute real estate investor, skilled contractor and accomplished businessman.

Scott McGillivray’s passion lies in educating people to make smart investment and renovation decisions that deliver financial rewards. His own foray into real estate investment began in university, and now over 15 years later, McGillivray’s innovative approach has led to a real estate empire with scores of investment properties across the US and Canada, housing hundreds of tenants.

McGillivray is also a skilled contractor and the award-winning TV host and executive producer of his latest hit series, Moving the McGillivrays, and the award-winning series Income Property on HGTV and DIY Network.  A highly sought-after television presence, he is a frequent guest on daytime TV north and south of the border, and one of the faces of HGTV’s latest specials, Home to Win and Urban Oasis, and their competition series Flipping the Block, as well as HGTV’s All-American Handyman and Canada’s Handyman Challenge series.

As an extension to this, Scott recently launched his McGillivray Mark program which recognizes products that he uses and trusts. Designed to help people make smart choices by simplifying the decision-making process, PARA is amongst the first brands to be included in the program for its line of designer colours, and its quality and value.

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Lynda Reeves

Lynda Reeves is the founder and publisher of House & Home magazine and its French-language counterpart, Maison & Demeure. A former interior designer, Lynda has spent the past 30 years as a TV host and journalist, writing columns and speaking about design and decorating on national TV and radio. For six consecutive years, Lynda’s team designed and decorated the grand prize show home in support of the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation. Their work can be seen on the H&H website, both in print and video. Lynda lives in Toronto with her partner, travels frequently and loves to cook, entertain and weekend at her country home in the Hudson Valley.

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Tommy Smythe

Tommy’s contagious enthusiasm and fun loving approach to decor and renovating have made him an international design favourite.  A career spanning more than 18 years has left no stone unturned in getting the message of good, practical and beautiful design to his many followers through television, print media and popular speaking engagements.  Known for his warm and personal mixture of fine art, vintage, antique and modern furnishings pulled together with a cutting edge colour sense, Tommy never lets it all feel too serious.  As he says, “If it’s not fun, it’s not worth doing!”

“I do not consider a room complete until it has the right balance of vintage and modern elements,” says Tommy.  “Trends are not a focus for me. I strive to create a feeling of timeless elegance and gracious living in soulful environments. Rooms should feel as though the furniture and art within them were collected over time and curated with a sense of personal history. Impatience is the mortal enemy of good design.”

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Darcie Watson

Darcie Watson is a licensed architect and registered interior designer whose professional experience spans a diverse range of disciplines including retail and residential interior design, architecture, immersive sculpture, digital fabrication and electronics.

After earning her interior design degree, Darcie worked with several leading interior design and architecture firms including II BY IV in Toronto and S. Russell Groves in New York, before returning to complete her architectural degree at the University of Manitoba. Over the past decade, Darcie worked on high-end residential projects with Toronto architect Paul Raff, and on interactive sculptures and large-scale adaptive reuse projects with artist-architect Philip Beesley. She also founded a small design practice called Areacode, handling residential renovations, additions and new-build homes.

Now a senior design associate with Mason Studio, Darcie’s work focuses on hotels, restaurants, retail stores, multi-unit residences, exhibitions and her true passion, conceptual installations.

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