Decorating & Design

February 22, 2010

Best In Show

“There’s no place like (The) Home (Show)…”

Much like Dorothy and Toto, I was recently swept up into an enormous wonderland that didn’t resemble Kansas in the slightest. This dreamland full of ideas, inspiration and products (but lacking in elves) is The National Home Show, on now in The Direct Energy Building at Exhibition Place in Toronto. (This blog and the Little Projects Guide are sponsored by NHS.)

It’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon and come away with tons of ideas for your own home. Check out all of the amazing finds I spied!

Photo Bowring Wicker Chair Table

Bowring has a huge booth full of items you can buy, and many are deep-discounted! Check out this greyed wicker — so on trend!

Photo Bowring Wicker Blocks

Aren’t these cubes adorable? (Also Bowring.) Perfect for a family room or at the foot of a bed. 

Photo Bowring Wicker Table And Chairs

I also really like this updated wicker dining set. A classic in a handsome hue.

Photo Lanterns

If you’re not about to spring for a new patio set, though, try one of these natural lanterns on your existing table for an instant update. 

Photo Blue Grey Placemats

Next door to Bowring is the Bombay & Co. area with tons of elegant furnishings and accessories. Another great tabletop pick-me-up is a chic placemat. I love the fresh colours in these beauties.

Bombay Blue China

Like these classic blue and white ceramics, too. 

Photo Asian Garden Tableware

You can even buy boxes full of plates and bowls. How amazing would those look displayed en masse in your hutch at home?

Photo Studded Chair Bombay

For all of you with husbands looking for a new leather chair — may I suggest this stylish example from Bombay & Co.?

Photo Beaver Dam Antiques

For a more rustic look, head over to the Beaver Dam Antiques booth. Based in Oshawa, Ontario, they’re experts in vintage metal beds. This chest of drawers is truly the definition of charming.

Photo Teak Outdoor Coffee Table

ARB Teak & Specialties has amazing reycled and contemporary teak for outdoors and indoors. I can think of plenty of homes for that coffee table — so chic!

Photo Casalife Couch

Here’s a sleek Mad Men-style sofa from Casalife to pair with that rustic teak coffee table!

Photo Spindle Chair

Next, I saw this lovely and humble looking chair from Brice’s Furniture. This may look old fashioned to you, but Design Within Reach, Crate & Barrel and Industrial Storm all sell very similar chairs, so you know it’s hot!

Photo Eurodale Dream Home Garage

Make sure to check out the 2010 Eurodale Dream Home for a variety of different looks, including the ultimate man-cave garage with all the bells and whistles, designed by Ramsin Khachi

Photo Eurodale Dream Home dining room

…to Janette Ewen’s edgy pop-rock melange with hints of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland

Photo Eurodale Dream Home living room

…to a glam-meets-industrial living room (also by Khachi)…

Photo Eurodale Dream Home kids room

…to a light-hearted kids’ room, designed by Sharon Grech, with the best bunk beds in town!

With so many products and inspiration spaces to explore, The National Home show is a MUST SEE. But wait! There’s more! I’ll be back with even more eye-candy in a second post on The National Home Show very soon! Stay tuned…

In the meantime, buy your discount ticket to The National Home Show online, and save $5 by using the promo code: HOUSE. The show is on until February 28th. Plus, get solutions to all your home decorating dilemmas (and a chance to win prizes) in our Little Projects Guide.

Photo credits:
Michael Penney