Be Inspired at the BC Home + Garden Show

Michelle Hopkins
January 28, 2015

Retro wallpapers, edgy rustic furniture and gold in everything from hardware to toss cushions are just some of the hottest trends you’ll be seeing at the BC Home + Garden Show 2015 at BC Place Stadium from February 18-22, 2015.

Whether building, buying, renovating or selling your home or maybe you just want to gaze longingly at some cool furniture and products, make your way to this year’s much anticipated show.

“The BC Home + Garden Show has everything you need for design, renovation, lifestyle and landscaping – all under one roof,” says Tyson Kidd, manager of the BC Home + Garden Show.

Every year, the show attracts record crowds – between 54,000 and 59,000 visitors. Many attend to collect inspiration or to discover the newest spring trends in home and garden decor from renovation gurus such as: Janet Ewen, interior designer and frequent television guest, who will discuss quick and easy design elements and Bryan Baeumler from HGTV's Leave It To Bryan to W Network's Love It Or List It Vancouverpresenter Todd Talbot, who will speakabout piloting Vancouver's uber-expensive real estate market.

In addition, there will be hundreds of the industry’s finest Canadian renovation, decoration and landscaping specialists to answer your questions.

What? Gold … Really?

For many baby boomers, the very idea that gold is back in kitchen and bathroom fixtures, hardware and even on your couch is enough to make them groan! Yes, gold is coming back in “a big way.”

Well, not to worry, quips guest speaker at the show, interior designer Karin Bohne.

“It’s not that shiny, brassy-looking gold that many people remember from the seventies and eighties,” adds Bohne, founder and principal of Moeski Design. “Gold fixtures have a new modern twist to them … it’s a matte gold with a sleek contemporary finish.”

So, don’t be afraid to toss a bit of gold on your couch or choose a gold vase for your coffee table.

Structural Elements

During the show, Bohne will be on the main stage helping homeowners get that million-dollar look they yearn for – but for a lot less. One of the easiest ways to do that is by adding wider, longer, more detailed moldings and baseboards throughout your home.

“Whether you are renovating or selling there are key elements that will help elevate the look of your home and they don’t cost thousands,” she adds.

Wallpaper and Cushions

Fellow interior designer Christine Friend agrees that these finishing touches are crucial.

“I’ve noticed wallpaper is coming back in a huge way,” says Friend, owner of Friendly Decorator, who will offer up her best inexpensive tips and tricks during the show. “If you can’t afford pricey art work, find a gorgeous wallpaper pattern or a poster and frame it.”

Her other economical ideas include purchasing a 22-inch filler for a 20-inch pillow cover to create a plush cushion or adding a rustic tray filled with different sized candles or antique pieces. “I will discuss a lot more cost-effective ways to decorate your home,” she adds.

Karin and Christine’s Top Trend Tips

  • Dining room lighting: both designers say many homeowners make the mistake of hanging their light fixtures way too high. They should be hung 30 inches from the tabletop to the bottom of the fixture itself. However, you also don’t want it so low as to obstruct your guests’ view.
  • Lighting size – bigger is better: Let your light fixture be the statement piece. “Even if you can only afford one great light fixture, do it,” adds Bohne. “It will add elegance and beauty to your dining room.”
  • Wood flooring is going lighter: No longer are the dark mochas in. The big craze now is honey oak, natural tones right up to medium hues in a matte finish. However, the wide plank (five to seven inches wide) is still very much in vogue!
  • There’s a global approach to design: Accessorizing using global influences is big, big, big! Think beautifully inspired Indian textures and fabrics, a gorgeous, colourful Moroccan area rug or a Chinese sculpture
  • Modern to mid-century elements: Modern elements will intertwine their way into 2015 décor in a big way. Both caution that you don’t overdue it though.
  • Hanging art work or photos: remember this rule – 57 inches from the floor to the middle of the piece you are hanging. Also, hang vertically as well as horizontally for a great look.
  • Tufted upholstered high headboards with deep buttons or reclaimed wood headboards are all the rage in 2015.

Regardless of your style, Friend says there are no steadfast rules when it comes to home décor. “No one should be exactly the same,” says the frequent guest speaker at home and garden shows across BC. “Expressing your unique sense of style so that your house feels like a home you look forward to going home to everyday is what it’s about.”

Bohne agrees and adds that enduring elegance is never out of style: “Timeless aesthetics means you don’t want to be able to tell when a piece was designed.”

For tickets, more information or for a full schedule of guest speakers at the 42nd annual BC Home + Garden Show, running at BC Place February 18 to 22, visit or call 604-639-2288.

Michelle Hopkins
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.