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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Star Search: Are You the Home + Garden Trendsetter of the Year?

Are you an aspiring home and garden star? Do you have a penchant for the latest home design trends and techniques that are rivalled only by those in the industry? You can’t stop blogging, tweeting, pinning, instagramming, or sharing. Your fans and followers go to you for advice and inspiration on their home projects, and you love it. You’re passionate about helping others create their perfect space. You live for all things home and garden, and dream of one day doing it professionally. Are you looking for the next step in your career?

'Cause we’re looking for you!

There are loads of outlets for amateur dancers, singers, and fashion designers looking to make it big – but not so much for home and garden enthusiasts. Well all of that’s about to change! We’re your Simon Cowell, your Christina Aguilera, your Nigel Lythgoe, and your Tim Gunn. Let us help make you a star! We’re searching for the Home + Garden Trendsetter of the Year, one savvy design darling or DIY daredevil, to rule them all.

Click here to enter and show us what you’ve got! One lucky winner will receive a contract/tour prize valued at approximately $30,000! 

What are you waiting for? This is your opportunity to connect with media outlets, vendors, and over a million attendees. Many celebrities credit their success with being in the right place at the right time. We’ve got the right place and the right time, but where are you? The first phase of the contest ends August 14th, 2014 so apply today and get your home + garden career growing! 

To see the complete challenge details and rules please click here.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Shoe & Tell: 6 Hallways We Love

Although they’re usually one of the first spaces your guests will see upon entering your home, hallways and entryways are often under-designed. Their small size can present several creative challenges and limitations. This prompts many homeowners to assume they have to choose function over fashion when it comes to decorating these nooks – but as we’ll see in the designs below, baby, you can have both!

6 Functioning & Fashionable Hallways

1. A pop of color – That bright red or gold you were afraid to use in your living room or bedroom might fit perfectly in your hallway. Try it out! See how the red sideboard sizzles, but doesn’t overpower the space. 

Image via House to Home 

2. Sometimes simplicity is best – What’s worse than under-designing? Over-designing! Having too much furniture in a narrow space can often leave visitors feeling uncomfortable. This sparse hallway welcomes guests playfully.

Image via House to Home

3. If you build it, they will hang – Built-ins provide unique space-saving opportunities. If you’ve got a really small space to work with, try using the area under your stairs like they’ve done here.

Image via House to Home

4. Stay organized and stylish – Shelves and bins will help to keep your family neat and organized, but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on decor. Develop your own theme within your storage furniture for a personal touch, like this nautical one.

Image via House to Home

5. Have fun with prints and patterns – A bold wallpaper can make all the difference, and layering complimentary images can add even more depth.

Image via House to Home

6. Try a cute carpet – Creating a warm, inviting space can be as simple as a clean rug with some rich colors.

Image via House to Home

What’s going on in your hallway? Are you feeling inspired by the designs above, or do you have an even better idea for welcoming your guests and keeping your family organized? Let us know! Tweet us (@HomeShows) pictures of your hallway or photos of some of your favorite entryway designs for a chance to be featured on our foyers, entryways and hallways Pinterest board

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Cool or Weird: Moss Graffiti

Interested in low-impact, environmentally responsible ways to make your mark? Look no further than moss graffiti. Also called eco-graffiti or green graffiti, this unique alternative to spray paint is considered a form of guerrilla gardening. Instead of using harsh and damaging chemicals, artists use a paint brush and moss "paint" that grows on its own. You can create an original look and leave the space greener than when you found it! Want to try it for yourself? Check out this guide to creating your own moss graffiti.
We think moss graffiti is an innovative solution to a problem many urban homeowners face. Plus, there’s no end to the ways you can use it to make your home, garden, and community more beautiful. Check out some of the clever green artwork below.

Image via Oliveloaf Design

We’re definitely on board with moss graffiti, but we have to ask: what do you think of this trend? Is this taking the idea of being environmentally conscious too far, or are you excited to get your moss on? Let us know. And, of course, if you’re looking for more inspiration for your home and garden, there’s something for you at any Marketplace Events show. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Last Wednesday, July 9, we hosted our annual Stampede BBQ, sponsored by FBC, to kick off the Calgary Home + Design Show, happening September 18-21 at the BMO Centre. Big announcements were made, delicious food was devoured and many a Cowboy Caesar was sipped!

The Marketplace Events team works hard, so they deserve to play hard too!

More than 150 guests were the first to find out about this year’s new features and what celebrities to expect this fall. Topping the line-up? Contracting king, Bryan Baeumler, appearing on the Trail Appliances Main Stage furnished by IKEA.

The one and only, Bryan Baeumler!

Not only did we have a gorgeous (and hot!) day, we also had the highest attendance in the history of our Stampede BBQ. Guests came decked out in cool cowboy and wicked western attire and enjoyed a day of Stampede shenanigans. Gaucho Brazilian BBQ kept guests well fed with mouthwatering meat, while Crave Cupcakes took care of cowpokes with a sweet tooth. Guests were happy to wash down the delicious grub with brews from Village Brewery, while enjoying gorgeous flower arrangements prepared by Lil’ Pink Daisy.

Guests ate well with food from Gaucho Brazilian BBQ and Crave Cupcakes!

Who can resist a Caesar in the morning? One of the biggest hits of the day was the Cowboy Caesar Garnish Bar, which had people lining up to get their hands on Canada’s favourite cocktail - perfect to loosen up for a chance in front of the camera and behind the Western-themed “Wanted” posters.

A steep reward for two Stampede BBQ guests!

Media in attendance included Ricky Zayshley of Avenue Magazine, Danaye of 98.5 Virgin Radio, Merry Kuchle of Merry with Children, Ryan Massel of I’m Mr. Fabulous, Tiffany Burns of Blue Besos, Carlos Cuevas of Kool 101.5 and Pepper Rodriguez of Source Media Group, among others. It was fabulous to catch up with everyone!

Who can resist an Oreo eating contest?!

We had an amazing time at the Stampede BBQ and can’t wait to see everyone again September 18-21, 2014 at the Calgary Home + Design Show. Remember, the early bird gets the worm – buy your tickets online now for the best deal! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Holiday Boutique Exhibitor Spotlight: Mission Fresh Fashion


We're excited to have Mission Fresh Fashion at our Holiday Boutique 
show in Kansas City, November 6-9, 2014 at the Overland Park Convention Center!

Check out an exclusive interview with this fabulous exhibitor below...

Becky Hanf

Show Booth Number:
Describe your products & services:
Locally owned and operated women's boutique featuring comfortable, casual cotton clothing. Brands offered include Fresh Produce Sportswear, Sabaku Artwear, Life is good, Ezze Wear, Lulu-B, Ethyl, I can too, Jostar and Cottonways. Accessories include dona bela shreds, ILI small leather purses, Rising Tide purses, Coobie bras, Firefly and Clara Beau jewelry, TOMS shoes and Birkenstock sandals. 

Price Range:
$$ - $20 - $50

What are your featured items?
We offer the largest selection of Fresh Produce Sportswear in the two state area and we carry USA made clothing. 

Why would your product or service make the perfect holiday gift?
What woman doesn't like preshrunk cotton clothing!

What is your favorite part about the Holiday Boutique? 
Seeing new faces!

Any additional company info you'd like to include?
We are a true Mom and Pop. Operated daily by the owners, Ray and Becky, since 1998.

Find Mission Fresh Fashion on Facebook:

You can catch Mission Fresh Fashion at our
at the Overland Park Convention Center
November 6-9, 2014