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Expert Décor Trend Advice from the BC Home + Garden Show

REW spoke to some of the top interior designers at the show to get their insights and ideas about what makes it as a top 2015 trend – and what is truly passé

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February 24, 2015






The 42nd Annual BC Home + Garden Show at B.C. Place Stadium February 18-22 drew thousands of visitors looking to be inspired and learn about the newest spring trends in home décor and gardens. With experts such as HGTV’s master renovator Bryan Baeumler, design duo Janette Ewen and Jef Hancock, and Love It or List It Vancouver co-host Todd Talbot – plus mouthwatering advice from culinary masters and tips from garden gurus, there was no shortage of inspiration throughout the five-day event.

Jump down to our show video, featuring interviews with top interior designers discussing spring trends.

“The show was incredible. The weather was perfect, the crowds were busy, and the building was alive with energy,” said Tyson Kidd, manager, BC Home + Garden Show.

“It was the perfect equation for a magnificent event and a great turnout.”

Highlights of the 2015 BC Home + Garden Show

  • Home Tweet Home: a birdhouse silent auction to benefit Ronald McDonald House, where some birdhouses raised more than $200
  • Manscapes, featuring the Urban Garage designed by Dexter Dolores, the Just Here for the Beer tasting lounge, and the Ultimate Backyard by Gemstone
  • The Linwood Cardinal Cabin presented by BC Hydro Power Smart, with interior by Jamie Banfield Designs and landscaping by The Gardener’s Yard
  • The Classics feature gardens
  • The all-new Master’s Series on the Vancouver Magazine Cooking Stage

Home Décor Advice from the Experts

REW spoke to some of the top interior designers at the show and asked them each the same questions. Each had different insights and ideas about what makes it as a top 2015 trend and what is really passé – as in get it out of your home now! For even more insights from these designers, watch the full video interviews at the bottom of the page.

Janette Ewen, Parker Barrow

What is trending?

“What is really, really hot is the return of gold and metallic, but a little more refined. Think of adding gold and sparkle to 1970s mid-century design. The other big trend is the return of the classic preppy look. It’s a wink of lattice and clean lines – you might see an animal motif, such as a crocodile … think Palm Beach in the 1980s.”

What new home décor craze has surprised you?

Ewen was surprised at how long the black trend has been going strong, including gloss black ceilings and floors. “I love that trend because black actually really opens up a room,” she said.

What are some easy and inexpensive ways to bring spring into your home décor?

Roll up your heavy rug and replace it with a lighter one, replace thick blankets and drapes with lighter versions, or consider take the drapes off and letting the sun pour in. “It’s a very fresh look,” Ewen said.

Switch out your curios. If you have really heavy, darker items, exchange them for lighter ones, such as a bowl of sea glass or fresh lemons in a container – something really affordable and fresh.

What interior design idea is truly outdated?

Hipster style is fading. “You see reclaimed wood bars and painted chalkboards in nearly every restaurant. Do something completely different. That’s why we are seeing so much gold, metallic, and black.”

Kendall Ansell, Kendall Ansell Interiors

What is trending?

Grey wood floors are in! White, grey, and black kitchens are also really popular. Gold accessories are hot this season. Not the brassy gold: muted, brushed gold.

What new home décor craze has surprised you?

The trend of coloured faucets – white, red, and black. "I was surprised it didn’t have a more lasting impression," Ansell said.

What are some easy and inexpensive ways to bring spring into your home décor?

Pillows, vases, and fresh flowers are easy and inexpensive ways to bring spring into your décor. “Tulips are really inexpensive,” Ansell said. “Add those pops of colour with spring accessories.”

What interior design idea is truly outdated?

Classic chevron is still in, but the zigzag carpets and pillows that were everywhere are now in the discount stores.

Kristina Hibbs and Amanda Severson, Marie Joy Design

What is trending?

Hibbs says metallic with a mix of texture is hot: metals with marble or European metal on walls can blend modern and classic to look fabulous. Severson says it’s all about luxury and anybody can have it in their space. Add little vignettes of metals and sumptuous fabrics.

What new home décor craze has surprised you?

Gorgeous detailed mouldings rather than the modern, clean mouldings. They enhance the character of your home.

What are some easy and inexpensive ways to bring spring into your home décor?

Flowers are the best way to bring spring into your home, along with light, bright linen and textured draperies.

What interior design idea is truly outdated?

Hibbs and Severson agree: No more modern coloured countertops, like orange, cherry red, or lime green. Invest in beautiful neutral tones and then add your pops of colour.


Michelle Hopkins is a Vancouver-based freelance writer with extensive magazine, newspaper and online writing experience in home décor, new home developments, culinary adventures, wine, travel and more. Michelle writes for many notable publications including Real Estate Weekly and other Glacier Media Group publications, Western Living Magazine, Vancouver Magazine, Home Décor & Renovations, to name just a few. Michelle is passionate about anything to do with real estate.
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