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Highlights of the GTA Home & Reno Show

This year’s GTA Home and Reno Show was a fun-filled weekend for home improvement and renovation enthusiasts. The show, which was held at the International Centre in Mississauga from February 13 to 16, was full of top contractors and suppliers in the industry showcasing their work and products. A trip to the show was sure to inspire many visitors looking for home ideas. Here’s a round-up of the coolest things we saw – just in time for spring renovations! 

Style Spotting Home Trends of 2015

Interior designers Glen Peloso and Jamie Alexander gave show visitors a sneak peak at the hottest colour trends of the year: gold and blue. Of course, both gentlemen were dressed in these very colours too! While they don’t seem like traditional colour palettes to include in the home, the experts say they’re easy to incorporate into any space. This design shows how a colourful throw pillow or metal decor piece can accent any room and add a hint of playful colour without changing your home’s entire design look. Alexander says the goal is to make it look like you did it on purpose – and people will notice the updated look instantly.


Green Appeal

Hoff Eco-Mercantile has been producing hand-crafted wood pieces for the last three years. The eco-friendly company recognizes that consumers are being more conscious of the products they buy and wanted to provide the marketplace with a product that comes from nature. These wooden bowls and wine racks are made from the stumps of trees that were left in the ground after a large amount of trees were cleared in the coastal regions of China. They’re both environmentally friendly and functional – use them to put your wine bottles on display and fill a bowl with salad for your dinner guests to see.



Shutters are an easy way to update your windows, giving them a formal look. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, but window shutters boast many advantages. They are UV-protected, which ensures the shutters will not fade in colour as the sun streams into your home. They’re also very durable and easy to maintain, a plus for any homeowner who wants to have nice window dressings without any hassle.


Hidden Beds in Small Spaces

If you live in a small home and must utilize every square foot wisely, then why not consider having a bed installed in your home? These hidden beds from Hiddenbed Factory are a compact solution for homes that need that extra bit of space. The beds are built into cabinetry made to look like a desk or bookcase. With a quick touch of the handle, a desk can quickly convert into a bed without disrupting the layout of your desk. That’s right –  you pull the bed from the wall and the office desk underneath it has hinges that allows the space to be tucked away neatly underneath the bed, virtually disrupting your work space. Consider this solution if you’re trying to build a small home office into your home and trying to add an extra sleeping area to your home.


Leather Furniture

Leather furniture has been around for years, but do you know durable it is? We chatted with Ralph Ricciardi, leather expert and owner of Boss Leather, who says leather home furniture is 4 times stronger than any fabric piece. Not only that, but it’s easy to clean and doesn’t hold any dust or odours the way a piece of fabric furniture might. Style and taste varies from person to person, which is why Boss Leather will customize any piece of furniture for its clients.


Shopping Pavillion

Visitors looking to take a break from the show were able to pop into the shopping pavillion for more home inspiration. From light fixtures to pots and pans, there was no shortage of home improvement and renovation products to choose from.


Winter Market

What better way to take a break at the GTA Home & Reno Show than with a bite to eat and a sweet treat to go with it? The winter market boasted some fun treats, including British baked goods, assorted toffee, barbecue for meat-lovers and sub sandwiches. It was the perfect place to visitors to refuel in between talking to industry experts.


Tips to Live Better and Feel Better

Did you know the average person spends 90% of their time indoors – between being at home and in the workplace? Interior designer Barbara Nyke shared her expertise with visitors on how to make the most of our indoor spaces to ensure we are living and feeling better. Here are her tips:

  • Determine your home’s sense of style. Nyke says we should feel good in our home. After all, that’s where we spend a lot of our time. Therefore, we should do everything in our power to ensure it makes sense for us. For example, a person that likes salsa dancing may want to paint a wall in their favourite room red because it reminds them of their favourite pastime. One who enjoys the look of vibrant colours shouldn’t be afraid of colour in their own home. This way, you’re creating a space that’s unique to your personality, but one that will make you literally feel at home.
  • Design healthy spaces. If you’ve got the decor under control, the next thing you need to do is ensure there is fresh air flowing through your home. Poor indoor air quality can lead to prolonged sickness and mould growth in your home. That’s why it’s important to ensure your heating and air conditioning equipment is in good working order. We have a list of heating and air experts who can conduct an inspection to see if your home is as healthy as it can be.
  • Retrofit your home. Your home should be decorated to suit your style, but it should also be built on a functional level. Thinking ahead to the future, will it be necessary to have your home retrofitted with light switches that are lower on the wall to accommodate a person with a wheelchair? Should you consider having a walk-in shower installed in your home to prevent knee pain as you get older? Asking yourself these questions and thinking ahead to the future can make make living in your home that much more comfortable if you plan on aging in your current home.

Missed the show but have spring renovations on your mind? We have a list of industry experts who can get your spring home improvement project or renovation started right away.

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