October 13, 2017
Discover the Vancouver Fall Home Show
Top-notch décor and design ideas for homes great and small
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The name may have changed to the Vancouver Fall Home Show from the Vancouver Home + Design Show, but the popular upcoming event’s mission remains the same after 34 years: to spread top-notch décor and design ideas for homes great and small.
“Anyone can come to the show and find something they can use or some inspiration to take home with them and put it to good use,” says show manager Tyson Kidd. “It’s a show that really speaks to everybody and can cover any corner of your home.”
Nearly 40,000 people revel in the show’s creativity, from the array of global cuisines on the cooking stage to the advice provided by a slew of B.C. interior designers, a service that supports Homes for the Holidays and Kids’ Help Phone.
Kidd is most tickled this year by the HGTV Canada-heavy lineup. He’s “over the moon” to have prolific Toronto designer Sarah Richardson back at the show after a nine-year absence as well as the debut of Dave and Kortney Wilson (Masters of Flip) and the return of craft queen Tiffany Pratt. “Talk about a lineup of infectious personalities,” he says with a laugh. “It’s all very exciting.”
The Vancouver Fall Home Show takes place Oct. 26 to 29 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. — By Lucy Hyslop
Bedroom DIY: This One Nightstand could lead to true love
With a cheeky play on words, One Nightstand is Vancouver Fall Home Show’s new DIY challenge for the bedroom this October.
It will be asking five local tastemakers, including the Vancouver Sun’s lifestyle expert Aleesha Harris, Kiara Schwartz of the TobruckAve blog and Style Nine to Five’s Christie Lohr, to work their stylish magic on a $50 budget and using Rust-Oleum paints and stains to transform a plain, basic IKEA nightstand into a signature piece.
“It inspires people to be creative and think about upcycling a piece of furniture in their own home, too,” says Tyson Kidd, the show manager, who anticipates the lifestyle experts will choose luxurious patterns and textures in bright and exciting hues.
Attendees are then encouraged to make silent bids on the most appealing nightstands on display during the four-day event.
With all of the auction proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity Society of Greater Vancouver, Tyson believes it is a rewarding way to give back and take home a bedside table that’s in a league of its own. “It gives people the ability to have something that’s truly unique and one-of-a-kind from the show,” he says. “Best of all, it’s all for a good cause.” — Lucy Hyslop
Learn to design floral arrangements, table settings and more
Whether you’re tempted to create a killer table setting or snip away at some clever floral artistry, it’s time to get hands on at the Vancouver Fall Home Show.
A number of creators will be offering their expertise during the WORKSHOP! classes held throughout the show. Discover a passion and knack for such activities as terrariums, basic floral arrangements and floral crowns, thanks to The Flower Factory, while craft store Spool of Thread will offer lessons in sewing and fashion design and A Plentiful Life will be showing how to master a table setting.
“It’s an opportunity for people to come and learn a new skill using their own hands—and perhaps discover a talent that they might not have otherwise discovered,” says Tyson Kidd, the show manager. “All the classes add a certain je ne sais quoi, a certain extra personal touch, to the show and they’re very popular.”
Other possible creative classes also include calligraphy and macramé, although a full schedule had not been released by our publication deadline. — Lucy Hyslop
Dream on: Virtual tour opens world of possibilities
The Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association knows you have a dream home in mind. Now you can visualize it, if you drop by their booth at the Vancouver Fall Home Show.
Visit the GVHBA Builder’s Lounge and put on the virtual reality goggles to take a 360-degree virtual tour through up to 15 custom-built homes and renos. It’s all powered by the latest Samsung technology.
To view the tour schedule and builder presentation roster, or to register in advance for a free consultation, visit gvhba.org/event/fallhomeshow/. — Catherine Dunwoody
The Vancouver Fall Home Show takes place Oct. 26 to 29 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West.