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Yanic Simard

Principal Designer, Toronto Interior Design Group, Regular Guest Expert, Cityline

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
Yanic Simard

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

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 haute-couture style in your home.
10/18/2016 09:19 EDT
Toronto Interior Design Group

How To Go Nude - In Your Home Decor

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 down walls and leaving your space under-dressed. Here's my take on how to go nude in your decor, anywhere.
03/08/2016 04:19 EST
Toronto Interior Design Group

How To Go Nude - In Your Home Decor

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 down walls and leaving your space under-dressed. Here's my take on how to go nude in your decor, anywhere.
03/08/2016 04:19 EST
TIDG

How to Design Your Home Like a Millionaire for Less

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 ways the Modern Millionaire gets that classic green-with-envy look.
10/05/2015 05:06 EDT
Yanic Simard

5 Decor Trends That Are Here to Stay

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.
08/05/2015 12:38 EDT
Yanic Simard

5 Decor Trends That Are Here to Stay

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.
08/05/2015 12:38 EDT
Yanic Simard

4 Great Ways to Add Grey to Your Interior Decor

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.
07/15/2015 05:31 EDT
Yanic Simard

Brown Is the New Black for Interior Decor

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, for a look that says anything but "basic."
05/27/2015 08:05 EDT
Yanic Simard

The Most Magnificent Moulding for Your Home

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 some personality to your home, I've got five looks for you to consider, from classic to breaking-the-mould.
05/05/2015 12:15 EDT
Alamy

Moving in Together Means Merging Your Interior Decor Styles

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 live with, but love!
04/11/2015 09:15 EDT
Yanic Simard

Five Furniture Finds for Small Spaces

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 even realized you had.
03/18/2015 05:49 EDT
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Shedding Light on Sconces

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 from SAD: Seasonally Affected Design! To help your space feel brighter and livelier any time of year, here's my guide to one of design's underused fix-everything tools: the simple sconce.
02/18/2015 06:03 EST
Yanic Simard

Interior Inspiration: Designing Like a Parisian

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 the world.
01/30/2015 05:16 EST
Yanic

Taking on 2015's Decor Trends

If you're like me, though, the last thing you want to do is jump on a trend you'll be looking to jump off of in one year's time. That's why I put together a round up of some 2015 design trends you should know about, that you can still feel good about in 2016 and beyond!
01/16/2015 12:52 EST