The Vancouver Home + Design Show Prize Pack Giveaway

It’s that time of year – when you can go to one spot and gets tons of home and design ideas to help you renovate and redecorate your place. The Vancouver Home + Design Show is coming soon, and I’m really looking forward to it! I am especially excited to see my two of my favourite designers, Colin and Justin.

Here’s a bit about the The Vancouver Home + Design Show:

The Vancouver Home + Design Show is where it all comes together for any home improvement project! With big names like Colin McAllister & Justin Ryan, stars of Cottage Life TV’s Colin & Justin’s Cabin PressureBryan Baeumler, host of HGTV’s Leave it to Bryan, and culinary master Chef Corbin Tomaszeski, plus local design and foodie favourites, more than 325 exhibitors and a slew of sensational new features, there’s expert insight, innovation and inspiration for living well at every turn.

The Vancouver Home + Design Show

Because I know you’re looking forward to getting lots of ideas and inspiration for your home, I’m pleased to be hosting this giveaway where you can enter to win products for your home and tickets to the show:

Grand prize ($280 ARV):

Hand Shower Rail

Hand Shower Rail from Save More Plumbing

Runner-up prizes:

2 sets of 2 adult tickets to the Vancouver Home + Design Show (2 winners)

How to enter:

Fill out the Rafflecopter form below. You can tweet daily to get additional entries. Giveaway open to Vancouver area residents only (or those willing to travel), as the Vancouver Home + Design Show is located here.

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Q & A with Interior Designer Jennifer Scott

Jennifer Scott is the dynamic designer from the A Good Chick to Know interior design firm. I had a chance to interview the team last year, and have some more insights from Jennifer alone this time. Check out what Jennifer has to say about 2014 design trends, design inspiration, and more.

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BC Home and Garden Show Preview and Giveaway

I begin to look forward to spring, when I get emails sent to me telling me about the great things to come at the BC Home and Garden Show. I know I’ll be getting lots of ideas and inspiration for how to decorate my apartment for spring, learn what trends I should take note of and which ones I should ignore instead. I really love seeing the beautifully designed water features and landscapes—they make me wish I had a house to decorate in that way.

Here are a few of the things that I’m most looking forward to checking out this year: 

Jennifer Scott, the designer behind the interior design firm A Good Chick to Know (link goes to my interview from last year) will be sharing her love of bold patterns and colour palettes and talking home trends for 2014.

Siblings Mike Holmes Jr. and Sherry Holmes gained a lot of experience working on their dad Mike Holmes’ HGTV shows and through other projects. I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing what they share.

This is really just the beginning – see all the schedules here for the Main Stage, Urban Fare Cooking Stage and also the Vancouver Sun’s Gardening School. I’ll be sharing my highlights during the weekend of the show.

Check out the exhibitors, vendors and speakers at the BC Home and Garden Show.


Would you like to check out the BC Home and Garden show? Well, I’m lucky to have 3 pairs of tickets to give away!

The BC Home + Garden Show is the most trusted resource for every home improvement project, inside and out. With HGTV stars like Bryan & Sarah Baeumler and Mike Holmes Jr. & Sherry Holmes, plus more than 425 exhibitors and a slew of exciting new features, there’s real advice, real inspiration and real experts at every turn. Satisfaction guaranteed – or the cost of admission is on us.
Wednesday, February 19th  4:00pm – 9:00pm
Thursday, February 20th    12-noon – 9:00pm
Friday, February 21st  12-noon – 9:00pm
Saturday, February 22nd    10:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday, February 23rd 10:00am – 6:00pm
Adults $15
Adults ONLINE $12
Seniors (60+) $12 or $5 Thursday & Friday before 5:00pm (Box Office & Online)
Seniors (60+) ONLINE $9
Children (12 and under) FREE
BC Place Stadium
777 Pacific Blvd, V6B 4Y8


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Karim Rashid Dishes from Inglenuk Design #KarimRashid

Exclusive. Unique. Karim Rashid. All reasons why I feel lucky to own this gorgeous dish ware set. Of all the different patterns and sets available in the exclusive Karim Rashid line of dishes that Vancouver-based Inglenuk Designs carries, The Coup Line is my favourite.  The round plates fit well in my cupboards, and work well with the mint-coloured plates and bowls that I already own.

I really love the colours in the dishes—so bright and cheerful! What do you think? This set includes 6 dinner plates, 6 soup plates and 6 dessert plates. It also normally comes with matching tea cups/plates, but I decided to get the Fusion tea cup set instead. The round-edged rectangular plates and tea cups are a great contrast to the typically round plates. The colours work well together, wouldn’t you say? These dishes have a nice weight to them and I like the angle of the curve on the plates. It’s great to be able to have a set of 6 plates for when I have guests over.

Karim Rashid dishes

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Family Friendly Decorating Tips from Christine Friend [Interview]

Christine Friend is the designer behind Friendly Decorator. She is experienced in family friendly decorating, so I asked her what her thoughts and suggestions are about that area of decorating, but also about a few other topics of interest. Read on for my interview and some family friendly decorating ideas. This was an interview I conducted earlier this year during the BC Home and Garden Show. 

A design or decorating project with Christine need not break the bank.  Her philosophy is; a beautiful and welcoming space is dependent on the people who live and work there – not on how much money is spent.

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I recently got the chance to ask Christine a few questions and got a lot of great ideas from her. I’m really looking forward to seeing what she has to say at the BC Home and Garden Show, when she takes to the main stage.

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