5 funky booths at the Vancouver Home + Design Show

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      Whether you're looking for new cabinets, funky art, or a solution for your grout-lined bathtub, you'll find it all and more at this year's Vancouver Home + Design Show. While there are tons of clever storage solutions, renovation tools, and trendy decorative homeware booths on the floor at the Vancouver Convention Centre this year, these five brought something a little different.

      Coconama Chocolate in the Portobello West Market

      These heavenly homemade ganache chocolate truffles boast a list of high quality ingredients, colourful presentation, and a melt-in-your-mouth texture that ought to be illegal. Naturally flavoured to taste like Earl Grey, black sesame, pumpkin spice, lavender, and more, the variety of flavours and rainbow of colours made this chocolate addict ready to buy them out. Did I mention that you can sample anything, free of charge?

      Coconama Chocolate in the Portobello West Market.
      Amanda Siebert

      Nellie's All Natural laundry and kitchen products

      This Maple Ridge-based company offers a host of biodegradable, non-toxic and hypoallergenic cleaning solutions for your laundry and kitchen needs. Packaged in vintage metal tins straight out of the '50s, Nellie's fragrance-free laundry soda is a huge seller. Booth attendant Kayla Luk said she's used Nellie's One Soap, available in scents like water lily, peppermint, and melon, to wash everything from her dog to the dishes to her hair. Talk about all-in-one.

      Maple Ridge-based Nellie's All Natural.
      Amanda Siebert

      The Heart Company

      The plant art created by the minds behind the Heart Company is both elaborate and adorable. Their hanging terrariums, vertical gardens, and potted cacti are perfect for small spaces that need a touch of greenery. Configurations range from strictly plant-based to decorated with butterflies and figurines. If you're having trouble picking one out, customizable arrangements can be made upon request.

      The Heart Company.
      Amanda Siebert

      The M(art)ket

      No matter how cramped your Yaletown studio might be, there is always room for art on the walls. Eight artists, including Donna Giraud, Robert Jackson, and Shakun Jhangiani are featured in the show's M(art)ket, exhibiting paintings, canvases and photographs that are sure to bring some character to a dull room, at a price that won't break the bank.

      The M(art)ket.
      Amanda Siebert

      The Ultimate Upcycling Challenge: Take a Seat

      Want to know how your favourite local T.V. personalities and designers might take a run-down piece of furniture and make it fabulous? Before the show, 15 designers were given a budget of $50 and a toolbox of products to take an old chair and spruce it up to the best of their ability. Attendees can bid on these chic seats in a silent auction, with all funds raised going towards local Habitat for Humanity projects.  

      The Ultimate Upcycle Challenge.
      Amanda Siebert

      The Vancouver Home + Design Show runs this weekend from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.