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

How Angles Brighten Up a Tired Space

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 11:54 AM

Pillows by West Elm

The human brain is well-trained by nature to find stability and calm in our surroundings -- this is why we read flat planes and straight lines to be orderly and balanced. This also explains why diagonal lines are so...

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Know Your Decor Terms: What's the Difference?

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 8:35 AM

"What's The Difference?" on Cityline with help from Urban Barn (Settee/Credenza) and IKEA (Curtains/Duvet/Chairs)

Think you know your interior design terms? Recently on Cityline I decided to play a little game of What's The Difference?, showing the subtle distinctions between words...

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Three Timeless 2014 Decor Trends

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 8:39 AM

Although people often look to designers for trends, I believe strongly in the importance of defining a personal style, and an interior aesthetic, that lives beyond the popular fads and captures true timeless elegance and an individual statement. However, that doesn't mean I don't know what the trends are!

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Making Your Home into a Shangri-La

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 3:05 PM

Just this past week I returned to beautiful Vancouver, both to work on developing my coming accessory collection, and for a little break from Toronto's winter chill. While on the west coast I stayed at the exquisite Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver, the tallest building in the city (standing at over 200m)...

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Accessory Perfection: Styling Your Sofa With Pillows and Throws

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 6:06 AM

One of the behind-the-scenes truths of television, like in design, is that so much can change at the last minute. Recently I put together a lesson on how to accessorize your sofa for Cityline, complete with looks to suit any mood, but at the 11th hour, the segment had to...

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What Height Is Right to Hang a Pendant Light?

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 11:52 AM

What height is right when hanging a pendant light?

Pendant fixtures are both a beautiful way to add a jewelry-like feature to your decor, and an important part of a well-layered light scheme. Installing an extra light source hanging below the ceiling line adds a glow that will compliment...

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2014's Hottest Trends on Display at the Interior Design Show

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 11:26 AM

Last Thursday saw the return of the annual Interior Design Show, launching as always with The Party: a private industry-only event where design insiders come together to mix and mingle, and preview the exciting new products and creations on display.

This year, I found a lot of inspiration on the...

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What's Your Colour Comfort?

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 11:08 AM

Colour trends change every year, but one thing always stays the same: people want colour, but they're afraid that if they begin to experiment, they'll end up with a colour explosion. Rather than pushing you outside of your comfort zone, I want to show you exactly how to find your...

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Add a Little Fire to Your Design With the Colour Red

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 3:53 PM


A new year brings new inspirations, which always lead to new ideas. As an interior designer, I don't often utilize red in my designs, so for this January I challenged myself to look for cool ways to heat up a kitchen...

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How to Find the Right Rug

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 11:15 AM


Area rugs aren't just a practical solution for warming up those chilly feet in the wintertime, they're also an important design tool: they can bring colour, texture and pattern to any space (like artwork for your floors) and help bring definition to furniture...

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Good (and Stylish) Chairs Come in Small Packages

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 4:35 PM


Furniture trends lately have been moving with the housing market: as spaces get smaller and everyone has less room to work with, more and more boutiques have been stocking "condo-sized" pieces which try to fit all the benefits of a big ticket item...

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Colour Correction: Choosing the Right Hues For You

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 11:43 AM


Although a designer's job requires knowledge about so many hidden technical details to make sure spaces look and function at their best, the first thing most clients notice is also usually the first area where people want advice: colour. Choosing the right hues...

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Create a Winter Hideout In Your Own Home

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 11:31 AM


With the wintertime coming, many of you reading this have probably already covered up the BBQ, put away the patio furniture, or closed up the balcony doors. With your living space already feeling that much smaller, you'll want to make use...

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Tips From Hotels to Make Your Home More Welcoming to Guests

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 12:07 PM

Any time I can fit in a trip to Montreal is an exciting opportunity, but this fall I had an especially momentous reason to visit my old hometown: the launch of the brand new Breakfast Television Montreal, an extension of the City family that I have enjoyed working with for...

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Simple Ways to Embrace Your Wild Side When Choosing Decor

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 5:46 PM

Animal prints have always had a place in interior design: from the earliest days of dressing up caves and farms, to modern times, people have used faux hides and furs to let a natural element warm up their space. Lately however, animal motifs have surpassed these untameable prints in popularity:...

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Inside Scoop: Designer Finds

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 4:37 PM

When you watch interior design shows on TV, you get to see beautiful spaces filled with dazzling pieces, but you may wonder: how does design really work behind the scenes? Designers always seem to be able to find just the right piece that makes a whole room come together.


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How to Renovate a Kitchen

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 4:45 PM

Everyone likes to go to someone they trust for advice, especially when making a big decision. Being a designer, my friends often come to me with little questions -- it's like being friends with a doctor, only I'm a doctor for your home! When Alice came to me looking for...

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Picking the Right Colours for Your Kitchen

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 12:37 PM

One of the most satisfying home renovations is always the kitchen makeover: we spend so much time there, so although living without one for a few weeks can be tough (I'm going through my own kitchen update right now so I speak from lots of experience!), the process is absolutely...

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Decor Inspiration from the Real Housewives

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 8:45 AM

Earlier this summer I took my Toronto Interior Design Group team -- along with the Cityline cameras -- on a busy media tour in western Canada. While visiting Vancouver, I met a lot of interesting people and found many memorable design ideas in so many places, from showrooms to the...

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5 Ways to Decorate A Small Space

(2) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 11:45 AM

Whether you're styling your pint-sized apartment, or just your petite powder room, any small space decorating can be made easy if you go about it in the right way. No matter what the scale of the project, some planning is always required. An undersized area needs an oversized amount of...

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