Looking to update your digs? The Vancouver Home + Design Show is the Lower Mainland’s top home improvement hot spot, happening October 16 to 19 at BC Place. With more than 325 local retailers and experts, plus the biggest design and cooking celebs in the biz, it’s easy to get overwhelmed – but fret not. Our list of the top five things to see at the show is sure to keep you (and your design dreams) on the right track.
1. Metrie Main Stage
Seeking guidance from the experts? The biggest names in the industry, including Colin McAllister & Justin Ryan, stars of Cottage Life TV’s Colin & Justin’s Cabin Pressure and Bryan Baeumler, host of HGTV’s Leave it to Bryan, plus local crowd favourites, will take to the Metrie Main Stage and offer their advice on renovations and design.
Bonus tip: Snag a seat in the adjacent Floform Lounge to catch the big names while the good times flow.
2. Vancouver Magazine Cooking Stage
Celebrity chef Corbin Tomaszeski and Vancouver’s best-known chefs, including Andrey Durbach (The Abbey), Hamid Salimian (Earls Kitchen + Bar) and David Robertson (The Dirty Apron), are going to dish it out live on the Vancouver Magazine Cooking Stage – catch them in action for recipes and pro cooking tips.
Don’t miss the Samsung Challenge: Tag Team Kitchen from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 18, when three home cooks will each pair up with a professional chef in a race against the clock to win $5,000 worth of Samsung Chef Collection appliances. Enter here.
3. Urban Barn’s Next Top Designer: Reloaded
Three of Vancouver’s up-and-coming interior designers, Joanna Kado, Dexter Dolores and Kimberly Casselman, have been tasked with the ultimate micro-management exercise: designing a 150 square foot dual-function space with $5,000 worth of Urban Barn furniture and home accents for display (and public vote!).
Snag ideas for your own small space, then vote for your favourite in the Urban Barn booth for a chance at winning a $5,000 Urban Barn shopping spree.
4. BC Hydro Power Smart Pad
Keen on cool interior design and electricity conservation? Jennifer Scott from A Good Chick To Know will offer her take on all things eco-chic, creating the ultimate urban dwelling with Power Smart appliances, fresh home décor from EQ3 and premium hardwood from Frontier Luxury Flooring. Discover how to shrink your home’s carbon footprint and stay stylish in one fell swoop.
It’s official: energy efficiency is a trend that fits any space.
5. Ultimate Upcycling Challenge 3: ChairLIFT
Ten of Vancouver’s most buzzed-about tastemakers including Tamara Taggart, Fiona Forbes and Norma Reid, are putting their DIY savvy to good use by upcycling a pre-loved chair from the Vancouver ReStore using Rust-Oleum paint and a just a $50 budget.
Don’t miss the silent auction – bid on your favourite piece to donate 100% of proceeds to Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver. Taking a seat never looked – or felt – so good.
Vancouver Home + Design Show 2014
Thursday, October 16 – 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, October 17 – noon to 9 p.m.
Saturday, October 18 – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, October 19 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: BC Place Stadium – 777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver
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