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Fall 2012 Toronto gift show

Last week, my colleague Kimberley brown and I took a day to check out the Toronto gift show at the international Centre. This is a semi-annual trade show to reveal the new and exciting products and trends for the next season.

As we toured around the show, we evaluated samples of Nespresso and had a look at new and exciting gadgets that you may find under your Christmas tree this year (I know — already!).

Here are a few of the items that talked to me at the show:

These beautiful upholstered pieces are by lady Rosedale. The Markham-based company had some really terrific new fabrics for pillows and slipcovers in the primary colours, as well as some stunning linen napkins that would be ideal hostess gifts for a weekend away at a cottage, lodge or camp. They also had some Union Jack inspiration — a trend we saw in numerous of the stalls at the show.

Steven & Chris was our next noteworthy stop. These two remarkable men are loved by house & home editors, and I was thrilled to see their new collection. Their booth, like numerous others, was set up as various vignettes. two of my preferred areas were this first one with a hit of glamour, and this second one with a dash of tribal.

Directly connected to the Steven & Chris booth was Cobi Style. Cobi featured vibrant, inviting colours for the holiday season — certainly something for everyone.

For coffee lovers, Nespresso’s newest model — released this September — is sure to be a hit come Christmas. This model is called the ‘U’ because both the water tank at the back and the drain portion at the front can be moved to either side of the device and held with magnets, making the device a U-shape. The functions on top of the device are also very sleek. All around this device is very compact and helpful for small spaces.

This was merely a snippet of the exciting new products we found for next year. keep your eye out for others in the upcoming holiday issues!

For much more trends, browse our economical 2012 trend finds photo gallery.

Photo credits:1-7. Holly Meighen

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