Vancouver Islanders looking for ideas to decorate their homes, prune a tree or do any sort of renovation can find answers at the Canadian Home Builders’ Association annual Home Design and Renovation Show this weekend.
Presenters include Bryan Baeumler, the award-winning host of HGTV’s Leave it to Bryan, House of Bryan and Disaster DIY.
This year, four local designers get to showcase their individual styles in a display called Four Designs — 4 Looks. They are:
• Michelle Matte of Michelle Matte Interiors is expected to create a contemporary living room.
• Ines Hanl of The Sky is the Limit Design will create three vignettes using thrift-shop finds.
• Jenny Martin of Jenny Martin Design will come up with a bedroom and closet creation;.
• JC Scott of JC Scott Eco Design will try to dazzle attendees with a bathroom.
Their designs will mirror this year’s theme for the show: Sustainable West Coast design.
“My three vignettes, created from items sourced from Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, have a slightly bohemian, whimsical look,” says Hanl. “I want to show people what they can achieve with recycled items, a bit of sweat equity and a little talent.”
Her creations include a garden gazebo made from construction rebar, croquet mallets repurposed into towel bars or curtain rods, and throw cushions made out of material from fabric sample books.
For the first time, visitors to the show can bring their antiques, collectibles or garage-sale finds for a free appraisal by Alison Ross from Kilshaw’s Auctioneers and Pawnathon Canada. Organizers expect the experts will see some interesting pieces.
Following on the success of last year’s Ugly Bathroom contest, visitors are invited to bring photos of their closets for an Ugly Closet contest. A winner will be chosen from photos posted at the home show. The prize consists of closet products and services with a retail value of up to $2,000 courtesy of Janet Young, All Organized Storage.
Gardeners can get tips through the weekend from a host of horticultural experts, such as master gardener Jeff de Jong, Christina Symons and John Gillespie, authors of the popular books Sow Simple and Everyday Eden.
Expect to find more than 100 exhibitors with ideas on flooring, cabinets, lighting, decks, windows, roofs, renovations and new homes. Built Green Builders will answer questions about environmentally friendly home construction.
Attendees at the new home-buyer and renovation seminar will get advice on:
• How to hire a builder or renovator
• Home inspections
Admission is $7 for adults, free for children 12 and under. Tickets are sold at the door. The show runs Friday, noon-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre. For more information, go to chbavictoria.com.
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