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Vancouver Home + Design Show 2013

Fun times to be had at the Vancouver Home + Design show!  Way more fun than I expected!

When I saw advertisements for the Vancouver Home + Design show I was like, “Ooh!” because I love going to conventions + trade shows!  I’m from Los Angeles + I’m used to going to the Dwell on Design show.  If you don’t know what Dwell is, it’s a modern architecture magazine that is faboo + gives me design heart palpitations.  Check out my post on the Dwell on Design show!

So with slick, high design as my template, I was feeling a little bit snobby + smugly thought to myself, “Harumph, let’s see how Vancouver compares in this department!!”.  Imagine it in a Thurston Howell the Third voice.Thurston Howell III












I attended the show with my new friend M – yes, I made a new friend!  Through this blog!  It’s so difficult to meet new people in a new country + this blog has actually helped me in that department!  (Shout out to my home girl Michelle in Calgary!)  Take a look at her super blog: Redesigned by M!  Beautifully styled photos + great DIY transformations!  She was an interior designer when she lived in Seattle, so she was the perfect companion!

M + I hopped the train, exited at Chinatown station, walked a couple blocks, + then descended into the behemoth that is the BC Place stadium.Vancouver Home + Design 2013 - 01

When we entered the building, we grabbed fluorescent green bags.  What were they for?  I’ll tell you later.  Pay attention to the next pictures because you’ll see attendees all clutching their green bags.

First on the agenda was guest speaker Annie Sloan‘s talk on her famous chalk paint.  M + I were like, “Huh?”.  A whole talk on chalkboard paint?  OH NO, PEOPLE!!!!  Annie Sloan is magic!!!  She is known as a pigment expert!!!  What’s fascinating about Annie Sloan is that her background is in fine arts.  She developed her chalk paint (the name is confusing – it’s called chalk paint due to the matte quality of the paint, not because she wants your 5 year old to doodle on it with chalk) + it can be used on ANYTHING!!!  Wood, metal, plastic, leather, fabric – ANYTHING!!!!  It is finished off with a wax coating + buffed.  Different chalk paints can be layered + sanded to create depth.  It’s very thoughtful + Annie Sloan is so intellectual in her presentation + method.  The technique is not Susie Homemaker but very painterly + artistic.  Plus she’s a cheeky Brit that’s quite funny!  I put the happy face on the back of the guy’s head because it was distracting me the whole time.Vancouver Home + Design 2013 - 02

We were enamored with Annie Sloan!!!  Here is her logo + booth.Vancouver Home + Design 2013 - 04

Demonstration of the different uses of the chalk paint.Vancouver Home + Design 2013 - 05

I didn’t know this, but there is hella food samples at the show!!!!Vancouver Home + Design 2013 - 06

There was a huge line up for lamb chops from Urban Fare with a donation for the BC Children’s Hospital.  I shouldered my way up to the front + without asking, the chefs posed for a picture!  The bald guy is like, “What?  We posing?”.Vancouver Home + Design 2013 - 07

I didn’t have a chop but M said they were deeelish!!!

I thought the home show was going to be all about….well, homes!!!  But there were gadgets + demonstrations galore!!!Vancouver Home + Design 2013 - 08

M + I always asked a lot of questions + enthusiastically said, “Hmmm!!” or “Wow!”.  The exhibitor would get all hopeful about a possible sale, but then we’d say, “Thank you!” + walk away.  We can’t buy every gadget in the building!

An understated interior:Vancouver Home + Design 2013 - 09

The show floor:Vancouver Home + Design 2013 - 10

We arrived at this booth…Vancouver Home + Design 2013 - 11

Immediately M saw this girl + asked her, “Hi!  Can I take a picture with you?”.  Then M asked me if I wanted a photo with the petite lady, to which I replied, “Suuuuure!”.  Afterwards M whispered to me, “You don’t even know who that is, do you?”.  “No!” I happily said in ignorant bliss.  It was Jillian Harris who I guess used to be a bachelorette on the show “The Bachelor” + I guess she’s on an HGTV show called Extreme Makeover?  M laughed at me because I’m the worst entertainment industry person + I never know who anyone is.  I looked like a tomato in my picture with Jillian (who is super sweet), so here she is with some glamorous people.  She is to the right of the gentleman.  Oh, + the guy was wearing a sassy yellow cravat just in case you were wondering.Vancouver Home + Design 2013 - 12

Booth details:Vancouver Home + Design 2013 - 13

Baeumler approved!Vancouver Home + Design 2013 - 14

Brian Baeumler is a Canadian home repair god who has several shows on HGTV.  If Jeff didn’t marry me, I’m sure Brian Baeumler would be a close second.Brian Baeumler













So here’s an unexciting picture of a woman demonstrating an iron.Vancouver Home + Design 2013 - 15

M + I bought a hand vacuum + an iron that day!!!  We felt like wives from Mad Men, but I’m telling you these products are awesome + I love my vacuum SO MUCH!!!  Yes, I love vacuuming.

A display of sacks of grain from my people:Vancouver Home + Design 2013 - 16

Random, I know.

A nicely styled interior.Vancouver Home + Design 2013 - 17

A row of peeps sitting in massage chairs.  There were a strange amount of chiropractic + orthotics booths at the show.Vancouver Home + Design 2013 - 18

See all the green bags???  Okay now it’s time to reveal the importance of the fluorescent green bags that we picked up at the entrance.  You wanna know why you need them???  FOR ALL THE FREE SCHWAG, YO!!!  Free samples to the max!  We got free rice, free parchment paper, free shampoo + conditioner + a free tube of caulk as a prize!!!  And we snatched every flyer, coupon + brochure we could grab!  We were walking around the show like ballers!!!  It was like Halloween – trick or treat, yo!  Also, when I mentioned all the food at the show, we filled up on yogurt, pulled pork, flax seeds, cheese….so much free stuff!!!  M + I like to live on the edge!

There were also boring things at the show like insulation people, windows + rain gutter cleaners.  By the time we were leaving, it was so crowded, that it was wall to wall people, pushing + shoving!

In general the Vancouver Home + Design show is not very design-y + kind of unimpressive in that sense.  But it is way more fun than the Dwell on Design show!  Because it is less nose up in the air + there’s more food, free stuff + activities!!!  Check it out next year!

14 Comments Post a comment
  1. So much fun! Maybe I will join you next year!

    November 1, 2013
  2. Haha! Your telling of Jillian Harris is so inaccurate, but had me laughing nonetheless. xx

    November 1, 2013
    • What?! Whoops, Jillian’s show is Love It or List It Vancouver – inaccuracy solved!!! See how much I know?! AND she’s also a Canuck! Woot!

      November 2, 2013
  3. What is it with blog friends who start with M?! 🙂

    There’s a home show in Calgary too, and we somehow managed to get free tickets one year. I was really unimpressed with it because that was when we were still renting, and all it did was give me a bad case of home envy! 🙂

    November 2, 2013
    • I know, isn’t that funny??? Actually, the two products I bought are designed in Calgary – I bet they were at that show too! I know, if you’re renting it’s torture looking at tile + floor samples. But the free goodies + people watching make up for it!

      November 2, 2013
  4. kenneth '' Dad's - Papi '' nishino #

    Howdy, Nan, yaaah, good stuff huh, freebies are dakine,
    kine, at these show’s, again terrific photo’s, gurl !!!!! the
    chaulk-paint sounds seriously interesting, and the lamb-
    chops, yummmm, maybe Mum & i should take a trip 2
    Vancouver in Oct/Nov. and hit this venue, huh !!!?????!!!
    ok, hope all is good, best 2 Jeffrey & Meg’s, Luv Dad’s
    ps: we took Ash, 2 ‘ Fin’s’ for her birthday !!!!!!!!

    November 2, 2013
  5. Hmm it seems like your website ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess
    I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly
    enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog writer but I’m
    still new to everything. Do you have any tips for first-time blog writers?
    I’d genuinely appreciate it.

    December 1, 2013
    • Wow! Thanks for coming by + reading!!! My best tip (although sometimes I don’t do it all the time) would be to pick days in the week when you will post + try to be consistent about it! And if an idea pops into your head for a post, jot it down! Life is so busy + it’s easy to forget!

      December 4, 2013
  6. Cool post. I really liked your thorough recap of this event. I will make a point to attend it in the future.

    December 19, 2013

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