Ready, Set, Home Improvement Time!Published on September 29, 2014

  • Kitchen Craft Cabinetry 

  • Luxe Home Interiors 

  • La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries

  • Lynn Spence, Cobi Ladner, Mary Taggart

  • Lynn Spence, Cobi Ladner, Mary Taggart

  • Capital Colours columnist Andrew Downward

The Ottawa Home & Design show brought inspiration in décor and design to the EY Centre the last weekend of September. Exhibitors from all aspects of the design industry showed off the latest trends. Showing us that counter tops with panache are taking over kitchens along with more traditional style cabinets and of course baths with glamour appeal. Vessel sinks and floating tubs were showing prominently.

Grey and green, in a variety of tones, were seen in many of the designer booths, while the feature room La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries dressed up the space using a combination of grey and yellow. The feature room was dressed to showcase the winning style in the Ottawa At Home Facebook quiz that asked where Ottawa's style attitude lived. The results showed Westboro to be where most entrants preferred to spend their leisure time. Luxe Home Interiors furnished the design stage with the help of Lynn Spence who chose a combination of grey, green and splashes of purple.

A number of charities were represented at the show, including a room by Designer Jackie Morra. The Hockey Fan Cave, in support of Make A Wish, Eastern Ontario Chapter; it was a sports fan dream space. The quirky playhouse by Habitat for Humanity was a colourful attraction in the center of the show. And Algonquin College students created inspiring pieces of furniture, all from repurposed pieces showing off budding creative talent from their interior design program.

The design stage was inspiring and engaging with a number of panel discussions that included audience participation. Cityline's Lynn Spence was a favoured guest and could be seen ending her appearances with crowds lining up for more with samples, images and questions. Canadian House and Home past editor in chief Cobi Ladner was another favourite on stage; her wisdom included ensuring that your house was a home by embracing personality and rejecting rooms that are too sophisticated to be enjoyed. Ottawa At Home columnist Andrew Downward is always welcomed with enthusiasm and he shared the stage with our editor in chief Mary Taggart in an engaging discussion with designer Luc Crawford. The threesome offered up tips that included painting trim and doors the same colour as walls to update your space.

As the weekend closed, attendees left with shopping in hand and décor and design tips in mind as the capital braces itself for colder weather that draws us indoors and ready to tackle a few home improvement projects. 

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