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Yanic Simard

Principal Designer, Toronto Interior Design Group

Founder and owner. Decades of valuable interior design experience. Yanic Simard is a true creative entrepreneur and design influencer. Pleased to be directly involved with each and every project, he is the driving force behind Toronto Interior Design Group, assisted greatly by a talented boutique team behind him. Mr. Simard has made his mark in the industry across Canada due to his concentrated industry knowledge, and abundance of unique design ideas. Mr. Simard credits his strong work ethic to his family of industry experts that based their successes on the fact that attention to detail, quality workmanship, authenticity and perfected skills are the cornerstones to the art of living. He believes all homes should exude luxury – and by that he means a state of great comfort. These core family values lead Mr. Simard to develop the residential interior design boutique concept, which proves to create long-lasting one-on-one intimate relationships.
Drapery Details: Top Window Treatment

Drapery Details: Top Window Treatment Tips

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, minimal privacy screens.
09/17/2014 01:53 EDT
Designer 1-2-3: Compact Condo Bathroom

Designer 1-2-3: Compact Condo Bathroom Renovation

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.
09/05/2014 11:03 EDT
Neutral Debates: Grey vs Beige in Your

Neutral Debates: Grey vs Beige in Your Decor

Whether you embrace colour, or hide from the wilder hues, neutrals are essential to any design. However, there are two major sides one has to choose from when selecting a neutral: beige vs. grey. To help settle the Great Neutral Debate (at least in your own home), here's some advice on the best both grey and beige have to offer.
06/25/2014 12:52 EDT
A Simple Way to Transform

A Simple Way to Transform Furniture

I often say hardware is one of the most overlooked ways to transform a furniture piece. 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 of your new practical accents so you can get the biggest effect from this easy DIY transformation.
06/10/2014 12:36 EDT
Potty Training: Design Tips for Choosing

Potty Training: Design Tips for Choosing Toilets

Although the finished product may appear almost the same, there are many reasons to consider going with a one-piece or two-piece toilet: A two piece model connects a separate tank and base/seat, which are bolted together on site, while a one piece toilet includes everything already attached seamlessly.
05/15/2014 05:24 EDT
Looking Up: Design Ideas for Your

Looking Up: Design Ideas for Your Ceiling

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" wall of interior design -- the ceiling!
05/01/2014 06:05 EDT
Know Your Decor Terms: What's the

Know Your Decor Terms: What's the Difference?

Think you know your interior design terms? Recently on <em>Cityline</em> I decided to play a little game of What's The Difference?, showing the subtle distinctions between words we use every day -- and even I learned a thing or two!
04/03/2014 08:35 EDT
Three Timeless 2014 Decor

Three Timeless 2014 Decor Trends

Recently Breakfast Television invited me to introduce viewers to a few 2014 designer must-haves, and I found a perfect trio: marble, wood, and the colour mint. All three are huge for this year and beyond, for those who love a look that's "in the now", but each also has a classic appeal.
03/20/2014 08:39 EDT
Making Your Home into a

Making Your Home into a Shangri-La

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. To help you get your own little slice of decor heaven at home, here's my top design tips inspired by Shangri-La Vancouver.
03/05/2014 05:12 EST
Accessory Perfection: Styling Your Sofa With Pillows and

Accessory Perfection: Styling Your Sofa With Pillows and Throws

Recently I put together a lesson on how to accessorize your sofa for Cityline, complete with looks to suit any mood. Here are three sofa looks, with lessons on how to achieve them. When you too want a spur-of-the-moment change to your decor, consider these tips, and you won't have to wing it!
02/19/2014 05:17 EST
What Height Is Right to Hang a Pendant

What Height Is Right to Hang 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. Whether you want to invest in some permanent home upgrades or just quickly brighten up a temporary space, this guide will help you determine what height is right for hanging your fixture in any situation.
02/05/2014 12:52 EST
2014's Hottest Trends on Display at the Interior Design

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

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.
01/28/2014 12:26 EST
What's Your Colour

What's Your Colour Comfort?

Putting a lot of colour in just the centre will start to look awkward, so you'll need to make sure to put it on your surfaces as well. Drapery is an excellent way to bring colour to your walls without committing long term. You can also add art, or paint your picture frames, and include a colourful accent rug to bring life to the floor
01/23/2014 12:08 EST
Add a Little Fire to Your Design With the Colour

Add a Little Fire to Your Design With the Colour Red

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 with a dose of this fiery colour.
01/08/2014 05:07 EST
How to Find the Right

How to Find the Right Rug

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 groupings and a general sense of order. Here are my top 4 tips for choosing the right rug for you.
12/19/2013 12:15 EST
Good (and Stylish) Chairs Come in Small

Good (and Stylish) Chairs Come in Small Packages

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 in a petite package. Here are my favourite ideas:
12/04/2013 05:35 EST
Colour Correction: Choosing the Right Hues For

Colour Correction: Choosing the Right Hues For You

The first thing most clients notice is also usually the first area where people want advice: colour. Choosing the right hues can be easy when you have years of experience, but it's hard to know where to begin when decorating your own space -- and sometimes knowing where to stop!
11/20/2013 12:43 EST
Create a Winter Hideout In Your Own

Create a Winter Hideout In Your Own Home

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. To help make your basement (or any other chilly and under-utilized space) look and feel warmer, here are my tips for designing your way to a cozy interior environment.
11/07/2013 12:31 EST