ARIDO at the Living Luxe Design Show

  • Published on: Feb 28, 2024

ARIDO is thrilled to be part of Living Luxe Design Show this year, Toronto's premier event for interior design, home décor, and lifestyle inspiration, presented by JennAir Canada and brought to life by Living Luxe Magazine.

As Stage Presenters on April 20th, 2024, ARIDO will highlight crucial elements of the interior design profession, with the goal of enhancing recognition and emphasizing its significance in different fields.

Topic: The Value of Professional Expertise - why you need an Interior Designer!

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2024
Time: 2:30PM-3:00PM
Venue: Toronto Congress Centre, 650 Dixon Rd, Etobicoke, ON M9W 1J1, North Building, Hall H, at JennAir Stage.

Join our panel discussion as we delve into the essential aspects of the interior design profession, aimed at increasing awareness and highlighting its value across various sectors. Gain insights into understanding the scope of interior design projects and determining your project requirements, complete with real-world scenarios. Discover the crucial indicators for when to engage an interior designer and how to locate a Registered Interior Designer to ensure professional expertise. Learn why it's imperative to hire qualified professionals and how to estimate the budget required for your project scope through practical case studies. We'll also provide a comprehensive overview of contracts, addressing what to expect in typical project scenarios and how to handle challenges when things deviate from the norm. Join us for an insightful discussion on navigating the intricacies of interior design projects, including identifying common concerns and ensuring successful outcomes.

Speakers: Sharon Portelli, ARIDO Executive Director & Registrar, Cori Halpern, ARIDO, and Michelle Mawby, ARIDO

Speaker Bios

Sharon Portelli

Sharon has worked in the not-for-profit sector since 1997, starting in the financial sector with the Institute for Advanced Financial Education. In 2011, she transitioned to the design and construction sector in the role of Executive Director and Registrar with the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO). Her professional experience includes the development and enforcement of qualification standards for professions, regulatory frameworks and lobbying for public policy in support of safe interior environments in Ontario. Starting in 2014, Sharon led several projects intended to provide a more inclusive and fair pathway into qualifying as an interior designer in Ontario through competencies-based frameworks. In 2020, ARIDO undertook a commitment to the advancement of equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility within ARIDO as an organization, the profession and the community.

Cori Halpern

Cori Halpern is a Registered Interior Designer who is passionate about creating custom interiors that delight her clients with a joyful mix of colour, pattern, texture and considered details. Established in 1996, Cori Halpern Interiors is a Toronto-based firm specializing in high-end, full service residential interior design. The studio creates one of a kind, highly personal interiors that are as unique as each client. Hallmarks of Cori’s work include custom millwork and furnishings, an adept marriage of classic and contemporary elements, and attention to the little things that make a house a home. A graduate of Toronto’s TMU (formerly Ryerson) School of Interior Design, Cori is proudly affiliated with ARIDO, NCIDQ, IDC and NKBA. She has been published in Style at Home and House & Home magazines, was nominated for the 2023 House & Home of the Year, and appears on the inaugural list of House & Home Top 100 Designers to Watch.

Michelle Mawby

Michelle Mawby is a Registered Interior Designer with over 20 years experience in residential interior design and construction. She is Principal of the interior design and architecture team at Georgian Design Build and founder of Lucid Interior Design. Based in Toronto, Michelle has previously lived and worked in Amsterdam, London, England, California and Vancouver.  An award winning interior designer, NCIDQ certified  ARIDO & IDC member, and BCIN qualified designer, Michelle is also a nationally renowned design expert frequently called on to share her expertise and knowledge on TV and in print.

An advocate of the philosophy, “form follows function”, Michelle strives to create environments that reflect the lives, personalities and expectations of her clients.  Her extensive travels and continuing studies in design, history and architecture influence her designs culminating in sophisticated, livable elegance. One of Michelle’s lifelong goals is to one day showcase her impressive shoe collection at the Bata Shoe Museum.

We cordially invite all ARIDO Members to bring your clients and team members to our informative panel discussion, aimed at enriching their understanding and perspectives. As an ARIDO member, you'll benefit from an exclusive 25% discounted registration rate for yourself or your clients.

Questions? Please contact ARIDO Event Coordinator Clenton Afonso at