Back to reality with a wonderful cappuccino at Prado Cafe.  Photo: The Vancouverite

Back to reality with a wonderful cappuccino at Prado Cafe. Photo: The Vancouverite

The whirlwind known as IDS Vancouver - the ultimate trade show for interior designers this past weekend has wrapped up and I won't lie - I'm just effing exhausted. Like, severely sleep deprived, dehydrated, and malnourished type of exhaustion.

Three full days of exhibiting, listening to talks and keynotes, and networking before, during and after the show (oh my, those legendary afterparties) - require a full week to recover. 

It’s been a blur, but one with incredibly fond memories. Last year, my Joue business partner, Alison and I barely knew anyone. One year later, we've found our squad and returned to the Trade and Convention Centre this year to make our mark on the design world - while being incredibly supportive of one another. There is nothing like having a group of like-minded, ridiculously talented friends support you in every way and give you the confidence you didn’t know existed.

 Our fabric was featured all over The Kalu Interiors DinnerxDesign dining installation that took us down the rabbit hole - their Alice in Wonderland escape!  Photo: Airisa Photography

Our fabric was featured all over The Kalu Interiors DinnerxDesign dining installation that took us down the rabbit hole - their Alice in Wonderland escape! Photo: Airisa Photography

 Phyllis Lui (2nd from left) and Aleem Kassam (2nd from right) are the dynamic duo of Kalu Interiors.  Photo: Airisa Photography

Phyllis Lui (2nd from left) and Aleem Kassam (2nd from right) are the dynamic duo of Kalu Interiors. Photo: Airisa Photography

 Joue Design's napkins were also featured in The Designers Collective's gorgeous naturally inspired dinnerscape as well.  Photo: Airisa Photography

Joue Design's napkins were also featured in The Designers Collective's gorgeous naturally inspired dinnerscape as well. Photo: Airisa Photography

 So proud of my dear friend, Heather Ross, who gave an inspiring keynote at IDS Vancouver.  Photo: The Vancouverite

So proud of my dear friend, Heather Ross, who gave an inspiring keynote at IDS Vancouver. Photo: The Vancouverite

 Alison and I in our booth at IDS Vancouver. We had the smallest booth on the show floor but the most colourful one that attracted a lot of attention!  Photo: Airisa Photography

Alison and I in our booth at IDS Vancouver. We had the smallest booth on the show floor but the most colourful one that attracted a lot of attention! Photo: Airisa Photography

And now that the whirlwind has passed, I’m back to focusing on the tedious task of unpacking (I’m still swimming in boxes and therefore can’t find anything) and decompressing and spending time with family. We’ve been in our house for over a week now and are still tripping over boxes. Pragmatically speaking, this is so common in moves and I wouldn’t be surprised if we still have boxes lying around in a few months <shudder>. 

But for now, I'm just gonna enjoy my cappuccino and celebrate life going back to some semblance of "normal."

Xo,
C.