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

Five Furniture Finds for Small Spaces

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 5:49 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 | 4:59 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 | 5:03 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 | 4:16 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 | 11:52 AM

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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Heat Up Your Home's Decor This Winter With Inspiration From The Beach

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 7:28 AM

Design by Yanic Simard and TIDG

Sure, with winter only just setting in, you're probably enjoying a beautiful dusting of snow and the crisp, refreshing air. But soon, I bet many of you will be wishing for a little warm weather retreat. For...

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Doing One Thing Right: Monochromatic Home Decor

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 4:59 PM

In interior design, it can be easy to get caught up in the trends, and all the conflicting advice: one day indigo is in, the next magenta is the must have. But you know what else is easy? Picking one thing, and sticking to it!

In a world where mixing-and-matching...

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How to Choose the Perfect Dining Room Chair

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 11:46 AM

In a busy world always hungry for "home-made meals in 30 minutes or less" and other time-saving tips, I understand why many of you don't have the hours for mulling over your dining chair choices. To help you find the perfect seat without all the searching and simmering, here's my...

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How to Create Home Decor Fit for Hollywood

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 3:42 PM

Going to the movies in modern times so often means skipping the theatre and bringing that movie home to you. But do you ever wish you could bring some of that cinema style home as well? No matter your favourite genre of decor, I've got some tips to help you...

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Some Timeless Trends for Your Fall Home Design

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2014 | 12:57 AM

It's time to face it: with the last echoes of summer behind us, 2014 is more than half over. The world of design didn't take any time off, however! Here's an update on some growing trends that have been getting stronger all year -- and don't show any signs of...

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Drapery Details: Top Window Treatment Tips

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 1:53 PM

Interior by TIDG

One of the most inspiring aspects of interior design can be choosing a beautiful drapery treatment: there is no end to the number of fun fabrics that can add colour and flair to personalize your home -- or simply sleek,...

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Designer 1-2-3: Compact Condo Bathroom Renovation

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 11:03 AM

Want to get a designer bathroom as easy as 1-2-3? Here's a breakdown of the design of this recent TIDG client renovation, and the key details you can keep in mind to get your own space feeling like a private spa.

First, a little number crunching:

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Neutral Debates: Grey vs Beige in Your Decor

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 12:52 PM


Whether you embrace colour, or hide from the wilder hues, neutrals are essential to any design: they form the backdrop to the boldest colour palettes and the airiest atmospheres, keeping us from feeling overwhelmed and tying disparate hues together. However, there...

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A Simple Way to Transform Furniture

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 12:36 PM

I often say hardware is one of the most overlooked ways to transform a furniture piece -- or even an entire space. But how do you go about choosing from the virtual sea of nifty knobs and pretty pulls? Here's my guide to determining the correct location, style and placement...

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Strokes of Design Genius: Paint Trends For the Home

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 6:00 PM

Classical master painters had one major thing in common: those who were considered the best painted so deftly you would "never see the artists hand." Centuries later, designers are proudly showing off the personal touch of painterly patterns, with bold brushstrokes, trippy paint drips, and crisp paint dips. Here's my...

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Potty Training: Design Tips for Choosing Toilets

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 5:24 PM

Interior by TIDG
Try as you might to hide it, that toilet always peeks it's head out -- why not make it beautiful?

When moving into a fixer-upper, or renovating your existing digs, there are things about the home you'll likely want to...

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Looking Up: Design Ideas for Your Ceiling

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 6:05 PM

In the 21st century, we spend a lot of time looking down -- obsessively checking our phones, typing away at our computers, or absorbed in a TV screen. Every now and then our point of view needs a little refreshing, which is why I wanted to focus on the "forgotten"...

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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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