Apr 8, 2013

Each year the National Home Show informs, entertains and inspires over 200,000 visitors.  The 2013 National Home Show was filled with crowds ready to shop and find some great ideas for their home and gardens.  March is a great time to think Spring and find new ways to brightened up your home.  Now that the show is over the ideas and inspiration keep going.  Here are a few of my favourite finds from the recent National Home Show that was held March 15th to the 24th at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place.

Glass and crystal sinks are the hottest trend in high end bathrooms.  If you're looking to make your washroom a little more luxurious, Canaroma has got you covered with this modern crystal vessel sink.  Canaroma Bath & Tile is the exclusive Canadian dealer for Glass Design.  Glass Design converts objects of our daily use into important and refined furnishing items.  Their use of technologically advanced materials contributes to giving life to a new style of products from granite, gold leaf, silver leaf, Murano glass and crystal. Every sink expresses new feelings, colours and emotion.

It's always refreshing to see pop's of color for inside and outside your home.  The whimsical colors of these bar stools caught my eye, perfect for a bright summers day!  "Don’t just build a deck, create a tropical backyard Oasis"  quotes Dave Di Tomasso, Tiki Dave

Julien Armand offer a wide range of furniture from contemporary designs and modern classics.   A new welcome to their roster is Stellarworks, a contemporary design brand with a strong commitment to creating novel collections inspired by crafsmanship and style traditions from around the world.

Swoon worthy was the gorgeous QT Lounge chair.   The QT vintage mid-century design offers a  fine example of functional and comfortable twentieth-century furniture design from Australia.  The QT collection was developed as part of the QT hotels concept and offers an emphasis on playful retro detailng and traditional crafsmanship, which resonates well with today's quality-consicous homeowners.

At the top of the class is Honda Canada's Premium Residential HRX lawnmower.  So many first class features on such a powerful lawnmower no wonder it's considered man's best friend!

The Honda HRX2174HZC has the unique VersamowTM System that can simultaneously distribute grass clippings to both the bag and the ground.  It  features a powerful, effortless self-charging 12 VDC electric key-start.  It is also equipped with the Roto-StopTM blade stop system that stops and starts the blade rotation while the engine keeps running, and a variable-speed hydrostatic transmission giving customized speed through 9 pre-sets. It can also be changed from bagging to mulching, rear discharge and leaf shredding in seconds, without tools or/and additional parts. You want the ultimate in mowing, the HRX2174HZC is for you.  Truly a  state-of-the art residential lawnmower.  Plus with every Honda lawn and garden product purchased between April 1st - July 31st Honda Canada will plant one tree.  One Honda. One Tree!

Grill House from Arctic Spas, at first glance I saw a shed tucked away and was pleasantly surprised to see the inside of this stunning creative entertaining hut 'Grillkota'.  The Grill House was designed for many different purposes while offering a place to prepare your food and spend time with mother nature while entertaining  friends. Thick 45 mm walls, double glazed windows and strong roof gives you the perfect shelter against cold, rain and wind.

Comfort and cozy perfect for hot summer days, the Summer House Collection from Simply Cottage.  At first glance the chair looked like a regular slip covered chair, but don't let the looks fool you until you have the opportunity to sit in one.  I instantly fell in love with the Swivel Glider Chair from the Cape Cod Collection, it was literally like a warm hug and so comfortable.  It felt like a rocking chair hugging you as the warmth and comfort surround you as you realize you are gliding back and forth.  So pretty and so many great fabrics to choose from.

A spring chore that's no one likes to do - the cleaning of the BBQ.  I was so happy to find BBQ Pro a service that specializes in cleaning your BBQ.  Barbeque Pro Is a Toronto based appliance cleaning company specialising in the cleaning and repair of barbeques, gas fireplaces and patio heaters.  The saying 'Hire a Professional' comes to mind when it's time to clean the BBQ.   Their continuing mission is to rid the grilling universe of grime, grease and those pesky flare ups that are notorious for ruining your grilling experience.

Sony Canada added new screen sizes to its 4K Ultra HD TV lineup: a 65-inch and 55-inch and the largest 84".  A show stopper and on my wish list the Sony 84" Bravia XBR 4K ultra HD TV.  The largest, highest resolution picture Sony has ever produced on a TV.  What an experience to see it live and the colours were so vivid and  beauty comes to life.  Unique to Sony, TRILUMINOS™ Display creates incredibly true, natural shades of colours – just the way you want to see them.  Difficult-to-reproduce reds and emerald greens are displayed beautifully, so landscapes and seascapes look more vivid, rich and intense.  Sony believes that anything you can imagine, you can make real.

To make sure I was alert and on my coffee A-game - thanks to the great team at Nabob .  A regular visit to the NABOB Coffee Truck for my daily caffeine fix.  Out of the three great new blends my favourite was the robust flavors the Gastown Grind.  Did you know that the Nabob Coffee Co. was founded in Gastown in 1896, a quaint neighbourhood in Vancouver B.C.  It’s namesake, the new Gastown Grind blend, is a medium bold brew full of nutty and caramel flavours roasted to perfection.

Featured in the Spring Style Collection Vignette the contemporary on-wall mounted electric Fireplace from Stylish Fireplaces by Huntington.  Electric fireplaces are swiftly becoming the latest, greatest trend in contemporary home furnishing.  There are, almost, limitless number of styles, colours and finishes available to suit a wide range of decors. In addition, improvements in technology have made the flames look so realistic in some units that you will forget that you don’t need to throw another log on the fire. A great option is the backlight, plus the flames and LED Lights come in multiple colour options.

One of my favorite gadgets for the home that caught my eye in particular was the mini portable wireless bamboo speakers with big sound. Now available at Sandhill Nursery, perfect for your home and the home away from home, vacation, the office and I'm thinking perfect for my cottage too.

Defining think Spring was the co-location of Canada Blooms with the National Home Show for the 2nd year.  Fresh florals were abundant.  Fresh flowers breathe new life into any

space.   A lovely pretty array from designs to competitions to a bundle of fresh flowers for your home.   A crowd pleaser was the multitude of professional garden features.  A show smile was taking home fresh flowers and a new orchid that now brightens up my space.

Mark your calendar for the 2014 National Home Show co-located with Canada Blooms March 14th to 23rd and our Toronto Fall Home Show October 3 - 6, 2013.

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