Ontario Wood Highlights at the Interior Design Show

Ontario Wood is an initiative that helps consumers identify and purchase products made locally from the provinces wood. The increasing recognition of wood’s benefits (which include its cost-effectiveness, design flexibility and reduced environmental impact) is helping to create more demand for wood products, which in turn supports local economies. As part of my partnership with Ontario Wood, I was recently invited to visit their display at the Interior Design Show in Toronto.

Every year Ontario Wood selects a team to design, build and install a temporary display at the IDS show. This year the Denegri Bessai Studio was chosen and built what was dubbed the Clover Pavilion. In Denegri Bessai’s own words, the wood “petals” were formed by tension-activated plywood panels that showcased the various Ontario Wood artifacts and objects during the show.

Objects included in the Clover Pavilion, were stunning works of art, furniture and other artistic designs, from Ontario Wood partners including:

Anglewood Custom Furniture
Baker Brothers Unique Furnishings
Brothers Dressler
Cherrywood Studio
Hamilton Holmes Woodworking and Design
Jacob Antoni Design
KROFT Furniture
Lush Woodcraft
MetalWood Studio
North on Sixty

I don’t think I will ever tire of the beautiful look of wood grain. There’s something so rich and warm about it, that it offers an aesthetic for your home unlike any other material. The pavilion was definitely an IDS favourite and listed on many of the top Must See display lists for this year show.

I also feel very lucky to be able to own an Ontario Wood dining table from Lush Woodcraft in our home. We’ve had our dining table now for several months and it is the first item that people see when they walk into our home and often the first words spoken by our guests are “I love your table!”. I then get to tell them the story behind it and how it’s made from local Ontario Wood that is 150 year old barn wood.

Often times, we look at a product or a material object and forget how that piece impacts one’s home life. Our Ontario Wood dining table is far more to us than just a piece of furniture. In the short time it has been in our home, we can’t imagine our lives having ever been without it. For example, it is our craft table.

It has survived 12, seven year old’s celebrating a birthday party.

We had our first Christmas dinner on it as a family.

And every day, I find our girls here after school, doing homework and other activities together.

We’ve also begun to eat dinner together there far more often, away from the TV and fast paced world of our kitchen. Everybody has claimed “their spot” around the table. It is an item I hope to pass along to our girls as they get older so that they can continue to create their memories with it.

I am forever grateful to Ontario Wood for partnering with me on this campaign and I implore you to visit Ontario Wood’s site to learn more about the initiative. If you are looking for a home to place these beautiful furniture, check out house land packages in Victoria.

There you can find out how to become an Ontario Wood partner, learn about existing Ontario Wood partners and where you can purchase Ontario Wood products to help support our local economy.


  • Reply
    March 16, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    That table is so beautiful Alex- and the fact that it is handcrafted out of old wood makes it even better! Those pieces at IDS are amazing!

    • Reply
      March 17, 2018 at 8:14 pm

      Thank you Laura! I feel like an adult for once in my life. 😉

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    September 14, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    I really love the idea of promoting local wood furniture and products! Your table is beautiful, but my heart truly belongs to those amazing live-edge tables! I really covet them. Great post!


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