With spring well on its way, it’s high time to prep your space for the months of patio parties, barbecuing, and outdoor entertaining that lie ahead. Luckily, the B.C. Home + Garden Show holds court at B.C. Place Stadium this week (February 17 to 21) with enough home and design inspiration to last you until your next bout of hibernation.
Ahead, we’ve rounded up four must-see features to scope at this year’s show.
B.C. Hydro Main Stage
A star-studded lineup of home renovation, design, and real-estate pros is taking to the B.C. Hydro Main Stage all weekend with an arsenal of expert tips that will guarantee a season of fuss-free overhauls.
Watch for HGTV stars Bryan Baeumler and Carson Arthur, who will offer advice on how to renovate both the indoors and outside of your home, plus design-and-lifestyle gurus Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault and Amanda Forrest, who will dish on hot DIY and colour trends.
Local interior designers like Jamie Banfield, Sarah Gallop, and wallpaper whiz Markella Mildenberger will also be on hand. To see the full list of speakers and the stage schedule, visit the show’s website.
Westcoast Smart Home
There’s a new way to craft the eco-friendly cabin of your dreams, as B.C.–based home-building business Trinity Post & Panel Inc. will demonstrate with its Westcoast Smart Home.
The 1,200-square-foot bungalow has been built on-site at B.C. Place using the company’s patented integrated post-and-panel construction system that drastically cuts down building time while maintaining some of the highest energy-efficiency levels in the biz.
Tour the cozy recreational space this weekend and you may find yourself considering an early retirement.
Ultimate Upcycle Challenge
One of the show’s most popular features, the Ultimate Upcycle Challenge, will task 10 local tastemakers with updating a “pre-loved” planter from the Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver ReStore.
Among the upcyclers are Shaw TV’s Dunia Tozy, interior designer Kendall Ansell, and bloggers Meagan Faye and Jennifer Pistor, who will need to stretch a $50 budget and a mystery box of Rust-Oleum paint products to create a styling planter that’s suitable for indoors and out.
Get your shop on at the Portobello West pop-up market, where local makers will be hawking a variety of one-of-a-kind goods that includes everything from handmade décor and serving ware to children’s apparel and jewellery.
Enliven your home with Bowen Island Glass’s beautiful recycled bottles, up your style game with an array of Laughing Sparrow’s delicate sterling silver and gold pendants, or prep for dinner with an array of artisanal gourmet sea salts from the Salt Dispensary, available in flavours like smoked-applewood-bacon-and-maple-syrup and the widely loved sriracha.