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The 2019 Toronto Fall Home Show

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The 2019 Toronto Fall Home Show

As fall brings changes to the weather, it also inspires us to make improvements in our homes. Whether you’re looking to do a big kitchen renovation, a small bathroom revamp or convert your laneway into a livable space, the 2019 Toronto Fall Home Show will help make this a reality.

With more than three decades of experience helping homeowners, condo dwellers and renters restructure, reorganize and restyle their spaces, this year’s show is set to once again bring the best experts to the GTA.

The 2019 Toronto Fall Home Show is a source for consumers to connect with the right people and find the right solutions for their living space (even ones to help you get rid of ghosts).

Here’s a peek at what will be featured:

Tiny Village

With rising real estate prices, there’s a tiny movement happening in Toronto. Small space living is becoming more of a reality for most people, with an increase in small condos, container homes and even laneway/infill housing. There are 47,000 lots on laneways that exist today, which can provide homeowners ample opportunities to supplement their income. Still, small space living doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. The Tiny Village brings together the best of small space design, with units from True North Tiny Home and Eva Lanes.

Bad reno or paranormal activity?

For the first year ever, the Toronto Fall Home Show is bringing its very own paranormal activity expert, so you can figure out if the creaks in your floorboards are just your pipes… or if they’re ghosts! Chat with paranormal investigator Glenn Laycock for tips on what to do if you have an unwanted guest from beyond in your home, or take a Ghost Walk through the haunted Horse Palace.

Designer Pumpkin Patch

Ditch your plastic Halloween decor for chic and stylish pumpkins to give curb appeal a whole new meaning, with tips from the exquisite Designer Pumpkin Patch. Let designer Nicholas Rosaci inspire your own posh pumpkin design, make one yourself or purchase a pre-styled option, with all proceeds going to the SickKids Foundation.

Kitchen stage

The kitchen is the focal point of a home, and the 2019 Toronto Fall Home Show will be no different. Sit back and enjoy some of the city’s top chefs cooking up a storm on the kitchen stage and pick up tips from several expert speakers, including Ramsin Khachi, Marie Kondo Way expert Effy Nicopoulos, Rebecca Hay, Emmanuel Belliveau and Chef Christopher Woods.

Home Hardware Here’s How Centre

If you’re getting ready for a DIY project and want to learn a few skills or just don’t know where to start, stop by the Home Hardware Here’s How Centre. Here, you’ll get hands-on advice and practical tips from fan favourites such as Canada’s Handyman Shawn Monteith, Jordan Spear and, new at this year’s show, Mark Rason.

Project Jump Starter

Presented by RenoMark, this show feature will give you a one-on-one professional consultation, guiding you on where to start with your renovation and give you all the tools you need for success. Check out more than 100 award-winning, quality projects to get inspired for your next renovation.

The Toronto Fall Home Show runs from Oct. 4 to 6 at The Enercare Centre. For more information visit the website.


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The National Home Show 2019

4 tips to make the most of your small balcony – from National Home Show experts

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4 tips to make the most of your small balcony – from National Home Show experts

Having a backyard or even a balcony (no matter how big or small) is a luxury these days for most people, especially the closer you live to the city. And, with square footage getting smaller and more expensive, maximizing the potential of every inch of your space, including your balcony, is crucial. It’s time to start thinking of your exterior as an extension of your home. You can create a slice of paradise even in the smallest of spaces with just the right touches, and National Home Show experts are here to prove it.

Here are four ways to make the most of your small outdoor space:

1. Look for space saving furniture

Just because your balcony may be compact, doesn’t mean it needs to feel cramped, or that you have to sacrifice luxury for space. Look for furniture that is comfortable, without be bulky. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t fit a table and chairs. Folding furniture for a small space can be just as pretty as stationary counterparts these days, and retailers such as Andrew Richard Designs are offering double-duty options in sleek designs that don’t add bulk to your space. Think chairs with armrests that double as a side table and space dividers that are also storage bins.

Also, don’t forget to organize and optimize your available space and consider exterior walls and railings as part of your canvas – perhaps lights along your railings to illuminate your balcony and help keep the floor area free of clutter, freeing up more space for essential furniture.

2. Decor makes all the difference

Cold, bare concrete walls and floors wouldn’t make your condo feel homey, so why would they your balcony? Inexpensive wood deck tiles or simply stencil painting a pattern onto the concrete can add instant warmth to your balcony. Incorporate small outdoor area rugs or throw cushions instead of heavy furniture to add texture, comfort and personality, as well as make your area appear bigger. And don’t be afraid to add bright colours to your petite space. Your outdoor area should represent your style, just as much as your interior choices.

3. Take your garden to vertical heights

Starting from the ground up, AstroTurf is an easy way to replicate that suburban yard feel on your city balcony that won’t frustrate condo management. Don’t be afraid to get your green thumb on, even in a small way, by scattering tiny potted herbs around your outdoor space, but remember to hang them vertically to avoid taking up valued floor space. Placing plants at various heights will also help add major interest and height to your space, and don’t hesitate to be creative, says Peter Bonanno of Curb Appeal. Think about perching some planters on balcony railings or investing in a sleek and possible portable privacy screen for added seclusion. But, be sure to fill platers with outdoor, seasonal flowers that can withstand the elements and ever-changing weather conditions.

4. Lighten the mood

Whether it’s with lights or a little fire, light it up and set the mood in the process. Even if you can’t swing railing lights, outdoor lanterns and even simple mason jars filled with sand and a candle are perfect to light up a summer night on your balcony. If heat and ambiance is what you’re after, mini portable tabletop heaters come in a variety of finishes and colours. Not only will these help you extend your outdoor time on cooler, shorter days, but they’ll also keep away pesky mosquitos. Just be sure not to light things up too much, as you wouldn’t want to ruin the view of a perfect starlit night sky.

If you’re looking for even more inspiring home, condo and garden ideas, and want to see these tips come to life, visit the Outdoor Living Feature at the National Home Show presented by ReMax and co-located with Canada Blooms from March 8 to 17 at The Enercare Centre in the Exhibition Place in Toronto.

For further information on the National Home Show or Canada Blooms, at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place, visit the website.



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Canada Blooms invites you to the movies

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Canada Blooms invites you to the movies

Calling all movie buffs and garden lovers alike: get ready to be inspired at Canada Blooms 2018 with an array of floral and landscape designs influenced by some of Hollywood’s greatest blockbusters.

“We are very excited for our 2018 theme, ‘Let’s Go To The Movies,’ ” said Terry Caddo, general manager of Canada Blooms. “We cannot wait to see what our award winning florist artists, garden builders and designers have up their sleeves and how they will incorporate the theme into their creations.”

One garden that will transport you to an alternate ecosphere, filled with out-of-this world flora and space-age elements, will be the “Star Trek Garden” by Melanie Rekola Landscape Design.

“Horticulture is very much a science-based practice and I’ve always had a love for science – and science fiction,” said designer Melanie Rekola, “When I heard that Canada Blooms 2018 was movie themed, I saw the perfect place to merge sci-fi with horticulture.”

Also being presented at Canada Blooms will be not one, but three Plants of the Year, which come from Proven Winner’s National Plant of the Year program.

“We’re thrilled that Canada Blooms has graciously agreed to feature our three National Plants of the Year at their spring festival,” said Marshall Dirks of Proven Winners. “In just our second year of building this effort, we’ve been pleased that growers and retailers have embraced the National Plant of the Year program, making it easier for gardeners to experience these wonderful varieties.”

The Supertunia Bordeaux is the 2018 Annual of the Year — a petunia developed by Ken Lander of Sunrise Greenhouses in Pugwash, N.S. The other honourees for 2018 include the Primo Black Pearl, a heuchera named Perennial of the Year, and Spilled Wine, a weigela recognized as Landscape Plant of the Year.

For more than 20 years, Canada Blooms has inspired thousands of gardeners and the 2018 festival is shaping up to be no exception.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming back many of our exhibitors, such as the annual Toronto Flower Show and, of course, our several guest speakers and industry professionals who will be sharing gardening and floral advice on our celebrity stage,” Caddo said.

In 2017, Canada Blooms saw over 174,000 visitors who discovered the joys of horticulture through gardens, floral designs, Canada’s largest juried flower show and competition, over 100 presentations, special features, as well as 750 exhibitors. Co-located with the National Home Show, Canada Blooms will take place March 9 to 18 at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place in Toronto.



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Ideas, advice and more at the National Home Show

Ideas, advice and more at the National Home Show

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Ideas, advice and more at the National Home Show

by Bryan Tuckey

Considering a renovation but don’t know where to start? Look no further than the National Home Show.

North America’s largest home and garden show, the National Home Show (alongside Canada Blooms) opens Friday, March 10, 2017 at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place, and runs until Sunday, March 19, 2017. It features a wide range of products and services for your home — more than 700 exhibitors will be on hand so there’s something for everyone.

The show is also a great place to get help for your next renovation. Exhibitors include professional renovators, designers, manufacturers, suppliers and more. Many of them can offer free professional renovation advice. No matter what your project is, there are experts to help you get started.

If you’re looking for some helpful tips for a small project you’re considering, Lowes DIY Centre features demonstrations on common home improvement jobs such as insulating basements, hanging new kitchen cabinets or stopping a pesky draft.

Looking for some great decor ideas? Visit Design Intervention presented by Reno & Decor Magazine where interior designers and decorators will be on hand to offer one-on-one consultations, free advice and expert tricks.

If you are renovating, make sure you attend the Five Steps to a Successful Renovation seminar on the main stage on March 10, 11 and 14. Two professional RenoMark renovators will discuss the five essential steps to a home or condominium renovation, outline what you should know about permits and point out what to look for when hiring a renovator. Get the full schedule at nationalhomeshow.com.

Another great source for professional renovation is Destination Renovation, BILD’s featured exhibit at the show. It will have a team of professional RenoMark renovators offering free renovation advice. They’re there to help so bring your photos, blueprints and sketches.

Destination Renovation is also a good place to learn about the national RenoMark program and how it can help you find professional renovators, trade contractors and custom builders. What sets RenoMark renovators apart is their commitment to a Code of Conduct which binds them to things such as providing written contracts for all jobs, having at least $2 million liability insurance and offering a minimum two-year warranty. Learn more at renomark.ca/Home.

The National Home Show also features a Dream Home that you can actually walk through and experience. This year’s Dream Home is the stunning 2,600-square-foot FutureDreamHome built by RenoMark member Probuilt. It features beautiful architecture and design, combining evolving technology with past traditions to fit a modern lifestyle.

The show is co-located with Canada Blooms, which offers more than 50,000 square feet of gardens and more than 30 landscapers. Be sure to walk through it if you’re looking to improve the look of your yard or just to appreciate some of the beautiful landscaping on display.

There is free parking after 4 p.m. on weekdays. If you buy your tickets online, use the “STAR1” promo code and save $5 off the regular purchase price.

Enjoy the show!

Bryan Tuckey is president and CEO of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD). Find him at twitter.com/bildgta facebook.com/bildgta and bildblogs.ca.


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