The Ottawa Home and Garden show brought spring to the capital during what is now remembered as one of the coldest March weekends on record. The weather was a good thing for the show! Crowds gathered to drink in the sight of green lawns, garden fountains and spring flowers and get inspired to renovate both inside and out of the home.
With giveaways from businesses, like Ottawa General Contractors, giving away a kitchen reno for guessing how many stress balls were packed into their zippy red mini to New Lawn's guess the chocolate egg jar to win a gardening book, the show was fun and interactive for attendees.
Stage presentations included appearances by Ottawa At Home editor-in-chief Mary Taggart who worked with the designing women from Luxe Home Interiors to demonstrate how to take your space from drab to fab. Guests were encouraged to jazz up space with vibrant throw cushions in mix and match patterns and to create visual appeal with accessories that add personality to the home. Capital Colours columnist Andrew Downward took to the Remax main stage as well, offering sound advice on all things paint and paper.
Inspirations like rock wall fountains from Rinox and Davis Landscape were uplifting, as was a living wall, precisely installed by Welwyn Wong landscape design. Permacon showed off clever ideas in stone for the garden. There were a host of garden and landscape experts offering the latest technologies for lawn and garden care.
Showstoppers in décor included Oakwood Renovation Experts with a kitchen display that combined navy blue, slick European inspired cabinets with traditional cream. Bathroom showrooms displayed floating tubs and Mondeau's sink display of submerged wood and slate in the origine collection were a personal favourite.