Yanic Simard
Yanic Simard comes from a long line of industry professionals in Montreal that based their successes on the fact that good design and quality workmanship are the cornerstones to the art of living. Yanic has synthesized his experience in the building trade with his unrivaled creative talent to found the Toronto Interior Design Group (TIDG)—one of Canada’s leading design firms.

The road to design success for Yanic did however take some detours along the way. After exploring Interior Design in Montreal, he spent several years in television where he enjoyed a successful career as a reporter for an entertainment show.

Despite a promising career in media, Yanic never abandoned his love for Interior Design. A keen market observer for small spaces and creative thinker, he came to believe that small spaces and Transitional Design was the way of the future—which became the modus operandi for the Toronto Interior Design Group itself.

A talented team of professionals based in Toronto supports Yanic as TIDG strives to create new and innovative spaces for a wide range of clients. Their design spectrum is anything but narrow -- from minimalist to modern to elaborate traditional. Practicality and functionality play a vital role in the development of projects, while mixing “old and new” and “high and low” allows the uncompromised grand design scheme to work even on a budget.

Yanic writes for many Canadian and international publications and blogs, and is the design editor for New Condo Guide. He is also a regular design guest expert to the #1 Canadian talk show Cityline on City, and is a columnist for the Toronto Star newspaper.

Yanic’s 2013 Design Motto: “Finding meaningful likeness between contrasting objects is the essence of elegance."

Website: www.tidg.ca

Facebook: www.facebook.com/yanic.simard

Entries by Yanic Simard

Fresh Style With Faux Fur: A Decor Must-Have

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2016 | 1:38 PM

The weather is cooling off, but the trend of using faux fur is just getting hotter and hotter. Here are some of my favourite ways to use this timeless material to infuse your decor with classic sophistication, modern fun, or a bit of both.

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Give Your Home High-End Style (Without A High-End Budget)

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2016 | 10:19 AM

High-end style isn't all about having a high-end budget. To achieve true sophistication, it takes a little thought, a little panache -- and a little careful accessorizing (and de-cluttering!). Sound easier said than done? To help you achieve your full potential, here are some of my top tips for getting...

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How to Rock A Mixed-Metal Decor Palette

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 1:43 PM

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Demand for gold and brass accents has thrust mixed-metal palettes into the spotlight. The timeless combination of silver and gold, and even a little sprinkling of copper, can form the basis of a whole design or just one piece of a larger puzzle....

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How To Go Nude - In Your Home Decor

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 4:19 PM

Designers in the interior and fashion worlds are always inspiring each other--what better inspiration for both than the human body? For 2016 and beyond, one of the biggest looks is the use of "nude" design: from warm neutral hues inspired by skin and cosmetics, to a general sense of letting...

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Update Your Interior Decor Without The Commitment

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 4:51 PM

Falling in love with beautiful design is easy, but sometimes: staying in love with a look? That can be the hard part. Luckily there a lots of ways to add plenty of style to your home without making a big commitment. Whether you're decorating for a season, a short-term rental,...

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Get Benched: 6+ Ways To Use A Bench In Your Decor

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 11:00 AM

During the hectic winter months, sometimes you just need to pause and take a quick break: look to the trusty bench to help you take a load off, virtually anywhere in the home! Read on for ways a humble bench can help you solve a number of design dilemmas, right...

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How to Design Your Home Like a Millionaire for Less

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 6:06 PM

Crave that unlimited budget style? The look of luxe ultimately is more about taste -- and a few tips and tricks -- than it is about never having to look at the price tag. For this edition of my Interior Inspiration series, I thought I'd share a few of the...

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5 Decor Trends That Are Here to Stay

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 1:38 PM

As a designer, it's important to know the newest fads -- but that doesn't mean you have to follow every one of them! However, sometimes a new idea comes around with plenty of staying power -- a trend that's truly worth paying attention to. With that in mind, I put...

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4 Great Ways to Add Grey to Your Interior Decor

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 6:31 PM

When it comes to interior design, grey may seem like the opposite of a colour... and by definition, this is technically true! However, grey can actually be a powerful tool for creating spaces of any colour palette, from subdued to bold. It's like design tofu: it doesn't seem like much...

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13 Decorating Tips For Older Homes

(2) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 12:29 PM

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Interior design isn’t just about creating a home that looks new and current. It can also be about preserving the past and respecting the character of an older home. If you’re lucky enough to have a house with some time-earned character or an...

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Modern Mexican Inspiration to Add Warmth to Your Interior Decor

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 6:31 PM

Looking for a little south of the border style to heat up your summer? Here's some great ways to add a little modern Mexican flavour to your northern home, that can work for heritage homes, contemporary interiors, or any taste in between... and any climate!

Be a Mixologist.


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Brown Is the New Black for Interior Decor

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 9:05 AM

For some, humble brown may sound like the most boring of colours, but in fact this often overlooked hue can be a source of rich depths, bringing variety, harmony, and a sense of peace to nearly any palette. Read on for some top ways to bring brown into your decor,...

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Decorating Scenarios When You Should Do Nothing at All

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 4:59 PM

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A lot of interior design is about finding beautiful items to fill a space. But a huge part is knowing when to stop. Negative space is often the element that goes forgotten in a home — and it’s easy to forget, since you...

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The Most Magnificent Moulding for Your Home

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 1:15 PM

Searching high and low for the right moulding look? Whether dramatic or demure, crown moulding, baseboards and beyond are a key detail for giving a room that subtle polish which can elevate it from "done" to "designed." Whether you have cherished trim to show off or are thinking of adding...

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Moving in Together Means Merging Your Interior Decor Styles

(1) Comments | Posted April 11, 2015 | 10:15 AM

Moving in together is great: you have someone to share your life with -- not to mention splitting the bills! Sharing your space though? Not always so easy. When it's time to mix two styles together, here are some tips for creating a decor scheme that everyone can not only...

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Five Furniture Finds for Small Spaces

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 6:49 PM

The key to living large in a small space is getting the most from every piece you own: rather than simply taking full-sized furnishings and shrinking them to "apartment size." Try some of these fun finds that serve double duty, or that take advantage of space you might not have...

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Six Reasons to Fall in Love with Wood Panelling All Over Again

(2) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 5:59 PM

Think wood-panelling is a thing of the past? Think again.

Everything old is new again, but then, did this trend ever even go away? Here are six reasons why you should considering wood panelling for your wall treatment (and beyond), all over the home -- and all over the style...

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Shedding Light on Sconces

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 6:03 PM

Yanic Simard talking sconces on the Cityline set

Does wintertime leave your days stuck indoors feeling a little dull? Has the spark gone out of your love... for your decor? Without the radiance of summer sun, your interior might be suffering...

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Interior Inspiration: Designing Like a Parisian

(5) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 5:16 PM

Paris is a city famous for its romantic landmarks, statement architecture and coveted fashions, but it's also a grand source of inspiration for cool, sophisticated interior decor. Take a peek with me inside the unique styling of Parisian apartments, and learn how to bring this look with you anywhere in...

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Taking on 2015's Decor Trends

(1) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 12:52 PM

Welcome back! Actually, you may not have gone anywhere, but then neither did design. Trends are always forming, rising, and fading away--and as a designer it's my job to stay on top of them. If you're like me, though, the last thing you want to do is jump on a...

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