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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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The National Home Show & Canada Blooms 2018 - ReCap

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RENO & DECOR Magazine presented “Design Intervention”

Rebecca Hay – RENO & DECOR booth designer

I thoroughly enjoyed designing RENO & DECOR’s – Design Intervention booth this year for the National Home Show.

Inspired by lakeside living, the booth was a unique “cottagey” space with shiplap walls, comfortable and classy furnishings and great colourful decor items like handcrafted cottage themed pillows. The summer’s night sky mural and charming check bedroom walls added unique touches typical of a lux Muskoka retreat.

Thank you to all the wonderful people who came in to enjoy our little cottage and talk design!

Winners of the Contests:

  • The Velux skylight and installation – Maria T of Mississauga
  • A 2 hour in-home design consultation with Rebecca Hay – Bethany L of Toronto
  • A gift card and bench from UpCountry – Sandra S of Toronto

Thanks to all the designers that participated in Design Intervention:

RENO & DECOR would like to thank the following sponsors of Design Intervention:


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The National Home Show & Canada Blooms

The National Home Show & Canada Blooms – March 9-18

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The National Home Show & Canada Blooms – March 9-18

Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place
100 Princes’ Blvd., Toronto, ON

RENO & DECOR Magazine presents:

“Design Intervention”

From March 9 – 18, 2018 at the National Home Show, visit RENO & DECOR to have all of your Design and Decor concerns put to rest. Design Intervention runs every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On-hand will be a host of design and decor experts along with your favourite R&D contributors offering free 15-minute consultations. Be sure to bring along your photos, samples and floor plans to ensure you get the most out of your appointment.

Rebecca Hay – RENO & DECOR booth designer

Celebrated as one of Canada’s rising industry leaders, Toronto designer Rebecca Hay has a diverse portfolio ranging from luxurious private residences to large scale commercial projects both in Toronto and nation wide.

With a focus on exceptional quality, Rebecca Hay Designs offers a full range of interior design services, specializing in luxury residential. Rebecca’s designs infuse old with new, creating a signature blend of traditional and contemporary. An extensive network of resources and partnerships allow Rebecca and her team to deliver outstanding, hands-on service, and beautifully creative solutions that bring their clients’ visions to life. In addition to her residential design work, Rebecca and her team create award-winning sales pavilions for some of the top home builders in the GTA.

Rebecca Hay Designs – National Home Show/RENO & DECOR Booth inspired by classic and casual lakeside living.

Rebecca Hay Designs is pleased to announce we will be providing the design creation for the upcoming Design Intervention booth #4118 at the National Home Show.

Muskoka inspired and naturally nautical, I based the RENO & DECOR booth’s decor scheme on this classic summer home aesthetic. We have incoproated walls in painted white shiplap to add textural interest while creating a relaxed cottage living atmosphere. The crisp white walls will be balanced by the soft and varied wood tones of the furniture which was all selected from our furniture sponsor this year UpCountry and added in some fun custom hand printed pillows by Cottage Cloth which emphasize the nautical theme and easy going vibe.

We created these outdoor living spaces by adding a rich night sky mural provided by Ruth Baker Design and paired it with outdoor furnishings to simulate lakeside summer living. A custom “boathouse” bar was designed to create an outdoor entertaining zone, built by Pure Kitchens and paired with sleek black stone counters from Select Granite and a luxe faucet from Watermarks. In addition to comfortable indoor/outdoor living and entertaining, we wanted to include a bedroom vignette. With a buffalo check pattern created by Peacock Living, the walls are graphic, bold and fun.

The booth showcases a glimpse into lakeside living at it’s best.

Come visit me and the team while at the National Home Show this March and get design inspired!

On Monday, March 13 @ 2pm and Friday, March 16 @ 2pm – be sure to catch Rebecca on stage along with Kate Davidson and Linda Mazur as part of RENO & DECOR’s “Designer Panel”. The panel will be discussing “Realities Of A Reno”

Regardless of the size of your project or the footprint of your space, creating  a beautiful and luxurious aesthetic in our homes can be accomplished with a well laid out plan.  Style and luxury is not determined by the size of your space, but the design.  We can garner inspiration by all that we see, but realism is always necessary when renovating, not only about the space you’re working with but also your budget.  A good design can deliver all that your heart desires while creating for you a wonderfully luxurious, relaxing and inviting home that reflects your individuality and needs for years to come.

If you’re considering an upcoming renovation, join GTA designers Linda Mazur, Rebecca Hay, Kate Davidson at the National Home Show stage, where this panel of designers will be discussing how to make the most of your upcoming home renovations without compromising on luxury, style or functionality.  They will take you through the key aspects of renovating, share their top renovation strategies as well as fave kitchen, bath and home products to consider including in your homes in 2018.  Get inspired and reno ready in 2018!

Design Intervention appearance schedule:

For updated designer appearance schedules, please keep checking back here.

Friday, March 9 = 11 pm – 1 pm

Saturday, March 10 = 11 am – 3:30 pm

Friday, March 16 = 3 pm – 6 pm

Saturday, March 17 = 11 am – 2 pm

Sunday, March 18 = 1 pm – 4 pm

Saturday, March 10 = 3:30 pm – 6 pm

Saturday, March 17 = 2:30 pm – 6 pm

Sunday, March 18 = 11 am – 1 pm

Sunday, March 11 = 2 pm – 5 pm

Monday, March 12 = 2:30 pm – 5 pm

Wednesday, March 14 = 11 am – 5 pm

Sunday, March 18 = 2 pm – 5 pm

Friday, March 9 = 1 pm – 5 pm

Tuesday, March 13 = 11 am – 3:30 pm

Saturday, March 17 = 11 am – 2:30 pm

Friday, March 9 = 11 am – 3 pm

Friday, March 9 = 5 pm – 6:30 pm

Tuesday, March 13 = 12 pm – 2 pm

Friday, March 16 = 4 pm – 6 pm

Saturday, March 17 = 6 pm – 8 pm

Sunday, March 11 – 1 pm – 3 pm

Saturday, March 17 = 11 am – 1:30 pm

Monday, March 12 = 12:30 am – 4 pm

Sunday, March 18 = 11am – 2 pm

Sunday, March 11 = 11 am – 2 pm

Wednesday, March 14 = 11 am – 1:30 pm

Friday, March 16 = 11 am – 3 pm

Sunday, March 11 = 11 am – 1 pm

Saturday, March 10 = 11 am – 3 pm

Sunday, March 11 = 12:30 pm – 4:40 pm

Tuesday, March 13 = 3 pm – 5:30 pm

Friday, March 16 = 3 pm – 5:30 pm

Sunday, March 18 = 2 pm – 4 pm

Thursday, March 15 = 2 pm – 6 pm

Friday, March 16 = 11 am – 3 pm

Sunday, March 11 = 2 pm – 4:30 pm

Saturday, March 17 = 2 pm – 4 pm

Saturday, March 10 = 2:30 pm – 6 pm

Monday, March 12 = 11 am – 2:30 pm

Wednesday, March 14 = 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Thursday, March 15 = 12 pm – 4 pm

Saturday, March 17 = 2 pm – 6 pm

Saturday, March 10 = 11 am – 3:30 pm

Thursday, March 15 = 11 am – 2 pm

Sunday, March 18 = 11 am – 2 pm

RENO & DECOR would like to thank the following sponsors of Design Intervention:

See you at the show!


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National Home Show, Canada Blooms inspires everyone

National Home Show, Canada Blooms inspires everyone

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National Home Show, Canada Blooms inspires everyone

The two shows — co-located again this year — exhibit the best in home building, decorating, outdoor living, gardening and renovation.

With spaces to meet every need and features to spark creativity, the National Home Show wants to make sure that you’re living your best life, in your best home.

“With a growing demand for versatile living options, this year’s National Home Show wants to showcase not one, not two, but four different ways to find the home that is right for you,” says Denise Hayward, show manager for the 2018 National Home Show. “Whether you prefer to stay connected with technology, are looking to furnish your dream space in the suburbs, or want to be one with nature, this year’s show has something to inspire everyone, and every way of life. Plus, we have more than enough inspiration and professionals to help make that dream happen.”


This year’s DreamHome, Angéline, is everything you could ever want and more in a home. Built by Canadians, for Canadians, Bonneville Homes created a space with integrated tech elements and a strategic open concept, designed to make life easier for today’s on-the-go family. Partners BedfordBrooks and Curb Appeal have seamlessly blended the home’s interior and outdoor environments with indigenous flora and fauna, plus finishings and furnishings that embrace a Canadian story line. Rustic wood accents and Indigenous art are woven into the design of the home, along with iconic Hudson’s Bay accessories for a quintessential Canadian style.


Turn your postage-stamp backyard into a blissful oasis with inspiration from celebrated designer Jackie Morra’s Ultimate Backyard feature. The 400-square-foot outdoor living space uses the natural elements of fire, water, stone and wood to create a natural extension of your home. Learn how to bring indoor comforts outside — without relinquishing your sense of style — with focused areas for cooking, dining entertaining and relaxing.



Make your life easier with the touch of a button (or merely by asking for it) with new tech from the Best Buy Smart Home, presented by Google Home. Say hello to your voice-activated space with integrated Google Home technology that lets you control everything from the lights, to your Nest Thermostat and Video Doorbell. You’ll find everything you need to live a hands-free life with self-cultivating gardens, smart pillows that monitor your sleep patterns, high-tech home appliances and more.


Change can be a good thing, especially when it comes to your home. Take the fear out of renovations by taking matters into your own hands — literally. DIY renos and home upgrades can be made simple with a visit to the Home Hardware DIY Centre at this year’s show, where hands-on demonstrations can teach you how to do everything from painting and drywalling, to stone cutting, tiling and more. Still stuck? Bring your plans and pictures to Destination Renovation by RenoMark for a free one-on-one consultation with a professional renovator — no project is too small or too large.



When the Garden Club was celebrating its 50th anniversary and Landscape Ontario its 25th they agreed that they deserved special recognition. They settled on a special event that put a spotlight on their shared interest in flowers, gardens and horticulture. Canada Blooms was born.

“Right from our first show, we knew we had a success,” says Donalda Kelk, chair of the Garden Club’s Toronto Flower Show, an integral part of the Canada Blooms experience. “We proved Canadian gardeners wanted a world-class flower and garden festival, and it has continued to grow year after year.”

That first Canada Blooms attracted 70,000 people over five days. Now a 10-day festival, Canada Blooms is the largest festival of its kind in Canada, drawing more than 200,000 garden enthusiasts.

About 120 volunteers assemble an estimated 120 floral design installations and 150 horticultural specimens for the showcase at Blooms.

“The Toronto Flower Show is something that is really nice to look at,” says Kelk. “It’s educational, and it inspires people with ideas of designs they can do around their own homes.”

Each exhibit at the Toronto Flower Show is inspired by one of the 24 themes from the 24 classes hosted by the Garden Club of Toronto and showcases displays of all shapes and sizes.

This year’s show will also feature works by amateur floral designers from 10 countries — including Canada — that compete at the World Association of Floral Artists competition. At the 2017 WAFA competition in Barbados, Canada was on the podium seven times with a handful of honourable mentions.

“The Toronto Flower Show is proof that you don’t have to be a landscaper to grow and design something beautiful,” says Kelk. “You can have gorgeous house plants in your living room. You can grow something on your balcony. It shows people how they can bring their gardens insider, either in a pot or in a creative design.”

The National Home Show and Canada Blooms takes place March 9 to 18, 2018 at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place in Toronto.




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