Home and Design showPublished on October 14, 2011

  • Morala trading offers a vast selection of coffee products. (Photo by Mark Holleron)

Caneast Shows kicked off this fall with the best in home décor and design, in Ottawa, the first weekend in October.

The Ottawa Home and Design show at Lansdowne Park offered something for everyone, with representatives from kitchen and bath to hardwood and glass. Experts in their field took to the Randall's Design and Décor Stage to share knowledge with attentive crowds.

Laurysen Kitchen paid tribute to the colour trend that is taking over the design world by popping hot pink into a sleek grey-and-white kitchen. Across the hall, Mondeau embraced the popular freestanding tub by showing off a luxurious Max.

Who doesn't love a contest? EQ3, Baldwin Ottawa Upholstery and Luc Crawford Design offered up a design challenge showcasing two bedrooms with equally sumptuous looks, but remarkably different price tags in their Hi/Low contest. The bedrooms resonated with a trend towards rich colour and texture.

Tradition came into play in the Theo Mineault kitchen. A classic leaded windowed hood fan was incorporated into the cabinetry; the look was traditional, but slick appliances kept things up-to-date.

One of the more popular booths was from Wicker Emporium. Wares were set up in market bazaar style to add some fun to the showroom floor.

And on the topic of fun, clever Algonquin College students had the task of taking a basic black IKEA chair and transforming it into a work of art. The results were inspiring, coupled with the fact that funds raised from the project are in support of a breakfast program.

The fun continued with a splashy floor display of the latest in hot tub luxury from Pure Water Home Leisure. The showstopper was the Phantom 51, featuring a back-lit waterfall, stereo and large seating capacity.

Granite went wild at the Stone Design Concepts Inc., booth and more stone products were found across the way from Classic Tile and Marble, where quartz and glass products were showcased.

Adding another element were the rich wood products from Bizier. Gorgeous countertop and flooring samples made us take a second look at this booth that features local wood.

A touch of glam could be found at the Linen Chest showroom, with a table set for an elegant dinner. Showing off metal, glass and wood this table called to holiday entertaining, while their bed display showed off a flair for French décor!

The glamour continued at the Baldwins Ottawa Upholstery display that showed off luxurious fabrics on clean lined sofas, a stunning mix.

Ah!Design kept up with the glamour trend in a room setting that used grey in a variety of rich texture, adding pops of silver.

And to finish things off, our last visit was with the duo from OR Design, whose stunning glasswork makes me want to find room in my home for a glass sink, truly a work of art!

Check out our online slide show.

The next Caneast show is The Home Renovations Show at CE Centre from January 20-22, 2012

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