CHBA-Victoria’s Home & Garden Show-My Take
Although I’ve attended several home and garden shows over the years, including the show last year at the Bear Mountain Arena that featured a seminar from one of my absolute favorite color consultants, Jane Lockhart; the CHBA-Victoria show was among one of the largest home and garden shows I have ever seen.
Unfortunately, I arrived in between presentations and wasn’t able to take in seminars by either Inez Hanl of The Sky is The Limit Design and Jenny Martin of Jenny Martin Design; but there were booths and exhibits that I thought were creative, fun, well-thought out and ones I will look out for at future shows.
Here are some of the highlights:
What struck me about this company was the way they displayed their information on their products to help home and business owners reduce water use and achieve water conservation. Until I stumbled upon their exhibit, I had never heard of an Ipod app that could be used for water conservation at home and at the office. I thought the product was ingenious and I am looking forward to seeing more from this company.
Michelle Matte was one of the few interior designers at the show that had a creative and elegant display. She had a beautiful black chaise lounger along with a white carpet and a lamp, next to a TV that showed a slideshow of some of her recent projects. It was comfortable and yet luxurious and among the best of the displays I’d seen. I found her display and her work to be elegant, warm and certainly would consider working with her on my home, when I become a homeowner.
Western Living Magazine’s Showroom
The showroom put together by Western Living Magazine stuck out in my mind because of some of the more eclectic and eccentric décor elements. A table carved in the shape of a black boar with a glass tabletop, chairs with cow hide backrests, eclectic lights and pink walls certainly stood out in my mind as risqué and different in terms of interior design. I did however, appreciate the deep soaker tubs and modern vanities that they also had on display. But I have to say that in spite of the unique display, I have no intentions of painting my bathroom walls pink, however ‘in’ that might be for this year.
Twelve₃ is a company with a concept similar to that of Lanefab Homes in Vancouver ; they produce custom made pre-fabricated extensions for current homes to use as rental or storage spaces, secondary suites and even as affordable housing. I was fascinated to learn that their homes are available in 12 x 12 and 12 x 16 sizes and they use the latest in energy saving and efficiency and solar power technology. They even have the capabilities of having your new home or extension to be off the grid. I’ll definitely be following this company via Twitter to see what new projects come their way.
Home Design & Renovation Tour 2011
This display was on behalf of the annual fundraiser for Young Life, a Christian ministry dedicated to helping teens. Having never seen a home renovation tour being utilized as a fundraiser, I’m interested to see what the 13 homes on the tour have to offer and what expertise the designers on site will be able to share. This event is one I am definitely interested in attending.