The Vancouver Fall Home Show is back for another season this weekend (from October 26 to 29), where local DIY, design, and reno fanatics will find plenty to inspire their next overhaul.
In addition to the 300-plus exhibitors and apperances by celebrity speakers, like HGTV stars Sarah Richardson and Tiffany Pratt, however, is an opportunity to discover, browse, and take home goods by B.C.–based makers at the Portobello West pop-up shop. (The locally produced market takes place seasonally around town, but makes a special stop at the Home Show every year.)
From handcrafted wood furnishings and landscape art to luxury linens and vintage coasters, here are our picks for the top home- and decor-related products to shop at this year's Portobello pop-up.
Local artist and furniture designer Duncan Stilwell makes furniture that’s made to last. The self-taught maker employs natural woods like teak, ash, and black walnut—some reclaimed—to craft everything from minimalist coat racks and stools to media consoles and coffee tables with a decidedly mid-century-modern slant.
On the hunt for a particular piece that will fit that tight entryway space behind your door? Ask Stilwell about his custom-furniture services while visiting.
Le fil rouge Textiles
Durable, highly absorbent, and environmentally friendly, linen is a godsend in busy households. And if it were up to local textile artist Ellen Walde, the fabric would be used in every room at home.
In fact, that’s what the maker hopes to encourage with her brand of luxury, hand-sewn linens, le fil rouge—French for “the red thread”—which offers an assortment of linen tea towels, bath sheets, and table runners that double as picnic cloths and hair wraps, too.
Sourced from Europe, the fabrics are also occasionally fashioned into breezy kimonos, shawls, and tunics by Walde.
Five Corners Creative
Local artist Megan Bennett has a thing for vintage: under the name Five Corners Creative, she frequently showcases mixed-media works depicting robots, owls, and butterflies in galleries around town and even offers custom artwork services where she produces one-of-a-kind imagery from photographs that clients bring in.
At the Portobello pop-up, you’ll want to seek out Bennett’s coasters, which are adorned with the same quaint drawings she’s become known for. We love her bicycle, crow, and old-school typewriter illustrations—very East Van.
With an emphasis on sustainably produced fibres such as linen and cotton, the Surrey-based MysGreen produces everything from patterned zippered pouches and totes to aprons and blanket scarves.
Owner Moon Yang Choi painstakingly crafts every item by hand, including sketching the whimsical illustrations that decorate her tea towels. (Check out the adorable panda, succulent, and polar-bear-carrying-a-bottle-of-Coke pics.)
We’re a big fan of her pillow covers, too, which feature refreshing floral prints and multiple images of cats and dogs.
Those with a fondness for the unapologetically bold will love local artist Leanne Spanza’s works. The Okanagan-based painter employs bold splashes of orange, green, purple, and blue to recreate landscapes, lakes, and B.C.’s recognizable terrain.
The straightforward hues and thick brushstrokes exude a familiar, childlike quality that’s elevated with Spanza’s expert hand. The artist’s large canvases are statement pieces alone, though you can also take home smaller pieces to incorporate into a gallery wall or to introduce some charm into a small corner or nook.