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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Teri's Top Trends For Fall

The Calgary Home + Design Show is taking over the BMO Centre from September 18-21, 2014! Visiting the show is the best way to find the latest trends and decor secrets for your home, but we just couldn't wait another couple of weeks. Enter show manager Teri Salazar - we caught up with her for a sneak peek at her top trend predictions for fall. Here's what she had to say!

Is this what they meant by 50 shades of grey?
1. Bright in Brass
When overdone, bright brass elements can go from trendy to tacky. Don't let that scare you off. This fall, you'll see plenty of this bold metal finish popping up in homes - think pendant lamps, sinks, and even tiling.

2. Floral Fabrications
Move over spring, fall wants its turn with floral prints! Floral fabrics are reemerging in the interior realm, bringing back this beloved retro style. What was once saved for springtime is now seen as a year-round staple in the design world.

3. Shades of Grey
Black and white has been a staple in interior design for decades, and now we're seeing them evolve. To take the edge off the intense contrast of black and white, designers are mixing in shades of grey. The result? Softer, more modern interiors.

4. Trendy Turquoise
Who can resist this rich tone? What was once saved for bathrooms and kids' bedrooms has now emerged as the hot hue to watch. You'll spot turquoise on home accents, throw pillows and charming chairs all season long. Try mixing and matching with rich gold hues for an ultra-chic palette.

5. Fresh Fabrics
Goodbye cotton, and hello velvet. People are parting with simple fabrics like cotton and linen, and moving towards richer alternatives like velvet, corduroy and suede. Texture is king for fall!

Do these top trends have you excited for the Calgary Home + Design Show? Grab more inspiration at the BMO Centre from September 18-21. Remember, you save when you buy your tickets online!

Celebrity Spotlight: See Sharon Grech at the Toronto Fall Home Show

Fall is the time for warm, rich, and cozy colours. From hues of burnt orange and forest green, to golden yellows and rich reds, these season-inspired colours will have you wanting to try something new in your home.

"Living with Colour", Benjamin Moore's Sharon Grech, a regular guest expert on CityTV's Cityline, will be appearing at the upcoming Toronto Fall Home Show.

As an in-house Colour and Design Expert and spokesperson for Benjamin Moore, Sharon Grech has established a reputation as an enthusiastic and knowledgeable authority on all aspects of colour, home fashions, and style trends.


Sharon believes that colour is the most affordable and influential factor to creating harmony in the home. With her lively "hands on approach", Sharon demystifies colour theory, demonstrating how colour can unify any space - inside and out. Enjoy Toronto Show Manager, Tina Holmes' interview with Sharon below as Sharon shares her paint colour ideas, insider tips, and colourful inspirations.

Tina Holmes (Tina): What is your favourite Benjamin Moore paint colour and why?
Sharon Grech (Sharon):
"Hard to choose just one, but currently it is Picnic Basket CSP-730. I painted my new home office a few months ago and just love how it is both fresh and neutral, and transforms throughout the day. At certain times it's a little more green, other moments, a little more blue. Perfect colour to surround myself in!"

Tina: What is your favourite "paint tip"?
Sharon: "Try your paint colour on for "size"...Don't expect it to look the same in your home as it does in a magazine or online or in your best friend's house. Best bet is to buy a sample pot and try it out on your wall at home before committing."

Tina: What's the most common mistake people make when choosing paint colours for their home? How can they avoid it?
"As above - TRY IT ON!!"

Tina: Is there any colour or trend you'd like to see the back of this year?
"I am personally done with pastels now, although I admittedly have enjoyed their fresh appeal for the past few years. I am sure I will still find myself working with a few, but will need to ground them with deeper tones."

Tina: What would you say are the biggest colours; the hottest trends for fall?
"For fall I am seeing an uptick on the saturation level of colours - richer, more complex hues. Greys are sticking around for sure, but feeling cozy for fall in deeper shades, like flint, with a blue undertone or sparrow with a brown undertone."

Walls: Flint AF-560
Aura, Matte

Aura, Matte

Tina: What are your personal mantras?
"'Chacun à son goût' (even though my French is terrible). Everyone has different preferences whether it's for colour or style or wine, and who am I to judge? I am happy to share my knowledge and thoughts and opinions, but love working with clients to help them develop their own styles."

Tina: Where do you get your inspiration?
"I get a lot of my colour inspiration from travel. I travel a lot for work as well as personal, and whether I am in Winnipeg, Milan or Wisconsin, I always stay far from the airport and explore the local sites with my camera. Inspiration pops up in the oddest places."

Tina: What are three things nobody knows about you?
"Hm...I have two amazing kids, I used to be terrified of public speaking, and my hubby and I are 'restoring' a tiny (250 sq. ft.) off-the-grid cabin north of Toronto...and I am actually starting to enjoy spending time there!"

Tina: What is your favourite app on your smartphone or iPad?
"I am a regular Facebook junkie, but am finding myself spending more time with Instagram and regularly post photos to Facebook from it."

See Sharon Grech at the Toronto Fall Home Show, on the Main Stage, Saturday, September 20th at 1pm. Sharon's presentation features inspirational room shots and her perfect paint colours for your home! And remember, grab your tickets to the show online now to get the best deal. We can't wait to see you there!

Special thanks to Toronto Show Manager, Tina Holmes, a.k.a. @TinaLovesPinot for helping us get the inside scoop on Sharon.

Toronto Home Shows "We've got you covered"

Toronto fall Home Show (Sept 18-21, 2014)
GTA Home & Reno Show (Feb 13-16, 2015)
National Home Show (March 12-22, 2015)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Grill Skills: Ty's Tailgating Tips

It’s hard to believe that football season has officially kicked off with the start of college football. And you know what football season means: tailgating! No tailgate or at-home football party is complete without firing up the grill. But if you’re looking to serve more than traditional brats, we know that some of you love your Gator or whatever animal mascot your alma mater is playing, then you might be in need of some tips from our friend Ty Pennington, a southerner who knows his way around gas, propane and charcoal grills. Check out Ty’s tailgating tips below.

Before you host your next outdoor soiree, here are a few pointers. Hamburgers, hot dogs. These are pretty straightforward grilling. You put them on top of the flame, cook with direct heat, and a few flips later, you got your grub. But if you want to cook thick steaks or a whole fish, use indirect heat. Place your food away from the hottest part of the grill, keep the lid closed, and cook the food longer. This is how traditional barbecue is made – using indirect heat at lower temperatures for longer periods of time. Indirect heat can really make for some juicy and delicious meals. To make sure your meat will be tender, not tough, it’s helpful to have a meat thermometer to check for temperatures. Be sure to stick it in the thickest part of the meat away from the bone. And I’ll let you in on a little grilling secret we southerners know to be true. If you let your seasoned meats warm to room temp before grilling, you’ll definitely get a more flavorful meal.

Get more tasty tips when you see Ty at the Downtown Raleigh Home Show, September 5-7, 2014. Ty will be appearing live on Saturday, September 6 to give you advice to help with your latest home improvement projects and renovation woes, and he’ll be sharing some behind the scenes moments from ABC’s hit show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Don’t miss America’s design darling – grab your tickets online now. We can’t wait to see you at the show!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

This Or That: Retro Bedrooms

Many home design styles are influenced by popular fashion trends, which means the current prevalence of and appreciation for counter culture is having an impact on our interiors. Translation: hipster homes. Artfully-waxed facial hair, thick-rimmed glasses, and plaid shirts are popularizing eclectic decor. Where many opt to wear clothing reminiscent of the past, similar motifs are expressed in the way homes are being decorated – we’re adopting older styles and making them cool again.

Check out the two vintage bedrooms below and let us know which you prefer: Option A’s casual cottage chic? Or option B’s bold flavor? Where would you love to read Bukowski and listen to music we probably don’t know about?

Option A

Image via Lonny

Option B

Image via Lonny

Our Choice:

While each room has its own merits, we prefer Option B. We find Option A’s antique lighting, bedside table, and portrait make it a bit more dated than we enjoy. It evokes the 1920s where Option B has more of a 1960s feel. The fun colors and bright patterns are balanced by the hardwood floor and white accent pieces. All in all we think it’s a nice mix of modern and classic with some playful touches (we love the faux skin rug)

Funky wallpaper is gaining in popularity, so we have to ask: what do you think of this trend? Are you excited to put a fun pattern on your walls, or do you think this is one revived decor style that should have stayed buried? Let us know below!  

And of course, for more bedroom advice and inspiration make sure to check out the Marketplace Events home show nearest you. Check out the home shows coming up in your area - US shows & Canadian shows

Tiny Homes, Big Ideas At The Downtown Raleigh Home Show

Could you live in 150 square-feet? It's hard to imagine stripping down to the basics and living in a mere 150 square-foot home, but an ever-increasing number of consumers are joining the Tiny House Movement. From September 5-7, at the Downtown Raleigh Home Show, guests can check out these diminutive homes as part of our show features. See extreme organizing and space-saving tactics in action! You may have more than 150 square-feet to work with, but these little homes serve as great inspiration for designing any small space.

One the pioneers of North Carolina's Tiny House Movement, Laura M. LaVoie will present at the show daily and answer all your questions about extreme downsizing. Laura currently occupies a 120 square-foot tiny home with her partner and their pet cat! She is one of the co-founders of Tiny Homes NC and is the author of 120 Ideas for Tiny Living. Join her to learn how to have a big life in a tiny house. Can’t wait to see Laura at the show? Visit her blog, Life in 120 Square Feet, to check out her advice on how to begin living in a tiny house.
We've got lots of experts appearing at the Downtown Raleigh Home Show, like Ty Pennington and Matt Muenster - make sure not to miss them. Remember to grab your tickets online now to get the best deals. We can’t wait to see you at the show!