The list of special guests at this year's Vancouver Home + Design Show is chock full of T.V. stars and big-name designers. Whether you'll be looking for ways to spruce up your living room, start your own DIY project, or find a solution for that cluttered kitchen, you're sure to head home with some ideas from these experts. Here's a run-down of the stars on the main stage this weekend at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
Jillian Harris, interior designer and co-host of Love it or List it Vancouver: She got her start in T.V. on The Bachelor, but Jillian Harris dove head first into the world of remodeling homes on the silver screen soon after, with appearances on Canada's Handyman Challenge and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, before becoming the host of W Network's popular real estate show, Love it or List it Vancouver. Known for her ability to blend high-brow and low-brow styles, Harris calls herself a "polished redneck".
Todd Talbot, real estate consultant and co-host of Love it or List it Vancouver: Even as a child, Todd Talbot was referred to by his family as "Mr. Fix-it". It was during his career as a theatre actor that Talbot would spend his days studying the world of real estate and building his portfolio. As an established investor, advisor, and consultant, he's committed to making the dream of home ownership a reality for Vancouverites. In addition to his job as a co-host alongside Jillian Harris, Talbot has appeared as a guest judge on Game of Homes, and voiced the show Who Lives Here.
Cheryl Torrenueva, interior designer and host of Game of Homes: The list of shows Torrenueva has appeared on isn't exactly short. A graduate of Ryerson University's interior design program, her first T.V. appearance was as the on-camera design manager for HGTV's Colin and Justin's Home Heist. Over the years, she's travelled back and forth to the United States, working for HGTV U.S.A and appearing on The Rachel Ray Show. She's also a regular contributor on The Marilyn Denis Show, Blanco Canada's Kitchen Design Council, and Metrie's Design Council.
Samantha Pynn, interior designer, stylist, and host of Open House Overhaul: This Chatelaine home editor and National Post columnist double-times it as a frequent featured guest on Citytv's CityLine, in addition to her role as the host of HGTV's Open House Overhaul. She's also hosted Summer Home and Pure Design, where she showcases refreshing, practical designs that are both innovative and low-maintenance.
Janette Ewen, lifstyle expert and co-owner of Parker Barrow: Former style editor of Chatelaine and House and Home, Ewen is also a regular on shows like CityLine, Canada AM, Breakfast Television, and Urban Rush. She's also appeared alongside design heavyweights like Ty Pennington and Debbie Travis. As co-owner of LA-Toronto-based design firm Parker Barrow, Ewen and business partner Jef Hancock have worked on everything from redecorating hotels to styling events. They also develop unique wall coverings and patterned adhesives that will liven up any room. (My favourite features the hand painted artwork of Canadian artist James Wyper).
Jef Hancock, artist, designer, and co-owner of Parker Barrow: A fabricator with a history as an art director, this Oregon-born designer with a not-so-secret passion for race cars and motorcycles owns a fabrication shop in Santa Barbara, California. He also built Parker Barrow's creative studio space in Los Angeles, where the experimental designer creates furniture out of found materials.
Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault, Black & Decker Canada and Rust-Oleum Spokesperson: Perrault's DIY attitude, eye for colour, and penchant for "frugalista" budgets have made her a regular guest on CityLine since 2007. In addition to running her media and design company, Hue La La, Perrault has recently joined forces with former Mike Holmes crew member Glenn Coyle to launch their renovation and design company, Once Upon a Reno.
Susie Wall, style and entertainment expert: Long gone are Susie Wall's days of daily quips on Z95.3's morning show. As Chatelaine's West Coast style editor for Citytv, Wall is responsible for Breakfast Television's popular style segments. Her red carpet coverage of the Grammy Awards and the Toronto International Film Festival has made her a style and entertainment expert to watch. She's also worked as a brand ambassador for Ted Baker and J. Crew.
Sarah Gallop, founder and principal designer of Sarah Gallop Design Inc.: This best-selling author and regular contributor for the Black Press and Glacier Media is the principal of her full-service interior design firm, which specializes in residential interiors. Her functional and timeless designs have won a number of Greater Vancouver Homebuilders' Association Awards, including Best Kitchen under $100,000, Best Renovation between $300,000 and$499,000, and Best Kitchen between $50,000 and $100,000.
Jamie Banfield, founder and principal designer of Jamie Banfield Design: Banfield's award-winning design firm specializes in creating functional yet stylish rooms, with expertise in bathrooms and kitchen projects. Spaces are strategically engineered to be sustainable and sleek. Banfield was recently recognized by the National Kitchen and Bath Association as one of the industry's top 30 under 30 in North America.
Christine Friend, founder and principal interior decorator of Friendly Decorator: Christine Friend is a firm believer that a beautiful space is more dependent on the people who use it than the money it costs to renovate it. With every project, Friend seeks to add fun and originality to a space, without compromising functionality. She specializes in residential and small commercial spaces, but has worked on special projects with various trade shows and culinary events.
The Vancouver Home + Design Show takes over the Vancouver Convention Centre West (1055 Canada Place) from Thursday at 4 p.m. until Sunday at 6 p.m. Click here to save $3 on your tickets to the show.