Jul 31, 2014

With the sun blazing down and backyard barbeques filling up your social calendar, it’s easy to forget that fall is only a couple of months away. Though we love the ice cream, lazy Sundays at the lake and dining al fresco that summer brings, we can’t wait for fall to arrive – and with it, the Calgary Home + Design Show. What’s in store this year, you’re wondering? Short answer: lots. 

Here’s a sneak peek at our top five things to see at the Calgary Home + Design Show, happening September 18-21 at the BMO Centre.

1. Trail Appliances Cooking Stage
Stop by to meet Calgary’s best-known chefs and foodies at the Trail Appliances Cooking Stage. You’ll catch Tomo Mitsumo, owner and chef of Goro + Gun, and other top chefs from Poppy Innovations, Crave Cookies & Cupcakes, Fiasco Gelato and Downtownfood. Plus, don’t miss the Samsung Cooking Challenge: Tag Team Kitchen, featuring three home cooks partnered with three top chefs in a battle for culinary supremacy, hosted by Chef Corbin Tomaszeski. We have no doubt you’ll find inspiration for your own culinary creations!

2. ChairLIFT
If you’re going to sit, you may as well do so in style. Local media personalities, designers and tastemakers will each upcycle a pre-loved chair with Rust-Oleum products and a $50 budget (plus a little elbow grease) for silent auction, with 100% of proceeds benefitting Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta and its affiliated ReStore Calgary. Bid on your favourites for a chance to walk away with a one-of-a-kind masterpiece and the pride of knowing you helped support a worthy cause.

3. Life Hack 
If disorderly junk drawers and difficult DIYs are bringing you down, this is the place for you! Learn how to live a clutter-free life with inspiration from the students of the Bow Valley Interior Decorating program and get the down low on clever tricks, tactics and shortcuts to keep your life organized on the cheap. Like to get social? Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for the chance to share your life hack – it might be featured at the show!

4. Food Truck Alley & Eatery presented by CJAY92
You asked, we delivered. YYC Food Trucks presented by CJAY92 are back by popular demand, with delicious offerings from Calgary’s favourite driving diners. Fiasco Gelato, Subs n’ Bubbles, Bento Burrito, Waffles & Chix and more, will be on site to satiate your appetite. You’ll find this mouthwatering fare just outside the south entrance to the BMO Centre.

5. Ask a Designer
Up your style quotient, free of charge! Bring in those colour swatches, fabric samples and floor plans - now is your time to ask a designer. Alberta’s top interior designers, like Wanda Weston of WW Designs, Paige Johnston of Lux Design, Suzy Leslie of Alterior Design Inc and Nyla Free of Nyla Free Design, will be on-site to offer up no fuss, no muss design know-how in 10 minutes or less – just the right amount of time to make magic happen in your home.

Are you as excited as we are for these fine features? We have so much more in store for you this fall, be sure to buy your tickets to the Calgary Home + Design Show online early for the best deals!