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.
LIVING INSIDE OUT
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.
LIVING WELL CONNECTED
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.
WITH YOUR OWN HANDS
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.
FLOWERS THE STAR OF THE SHOW
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.