The 2017 Calgary Fall Home Show just wrapped up on Sunday, September 24. It was one busy week for our team in Calgary, but between early morning media and grabbing bites from YYC Food Trucks (we lived off Taiko Taco), we were lucky to have the chance to glean insight directly from the amazing talent at this year’s show, including the likes of interior designer & stylist Tiffany Pratt.
We’ve worked with our client Marketplace Events for over five years on their shows in Vancouver, Calgary, and most recently Winnipeg. Each year, we find more inspiration and new ideas from the fresh crop of notable home, design, DIY, reno and lifestyle experts. Here are the top three things we learned working on this year’s Calgary Fall Home Show:
The power of transformation
This is our second Show working with the colourful, charismatic Tiffany Pratt. We’re pretty much obsessed with the interior designer, maker, star of HGTV Canada’s Home to Win and author of DIY guide This Can Be Beautiful. This year, she brought her signature style to Calgary and shared her take on the power of transformation. Tiffany shared with us how truly transformative a space makeover can be, whether it’s simple or significant, and how to add colour while making the most of white space. Tiffany reminded us to find joy in our living and working spaces. Drawing from her own experience of making over her Toronto home in the last year, she reminded us of the intense connection we have to our spaces, and the impact a physical space transformation can have on our emotional and mental wellbeing.
This year’s Fall Home Show was packed with DIY inspiration, which we love for updating our spaces on a budget this fall. We were blown away by the Workshop Series curated by Calgary’s own Heart & Swirl and Outside the Shape. They gathered Calgary’s top artisans and makers to offer a variety of workshops to create handcrafted home décor and goods. We took a quick time out to create our very own himmeli (the beautiful geometric piece you see below) with the talented Treena of Salvage + Bronze.
We also drew inspiration from the DIY Inspirations: One Nightstand Challenge presented by Rust-Oleum, in support Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta. Five of Calgary’s top makers and creatives were challenged to transform a basic nightstand using only Rust-Oleum paints and a $50 design budget. We fell in love with the incredibly creative pieces of nightstand art, especially this resin beauty by Modern Emulsions. Each nightstand was silent auctioned off to Show visitors, with 100% of the funds going directly to Habitat for Humanity.
The life-changing magic of tidying up
We were lucky to spend some extra time during the Show with Helen Youn, Calgary’s only KonMari Method Certified organizational expert. We had heard of Marie Kondo and her international best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, but Helen brought to life some of the concepts of the KonMari Method that might just have us taking on our own tidying festival this fall.
Our favourite piece of advice from Helen from the KonMari Method: to organize and tidy in categories, rather than going room-by-room. As Helen explained, if you don’t tidy by category, it’s hard to know how much you really have. For example, you might keep a pair of scissors or a few pens in each room and not realize it adds up to 15 pairs of scissors and 100 pens total. Within the KonMari Method, there are five main categories: Clothing, Book, Paper, Komono (Miscellaneous including Kitchen and hobby items) and finally Sentimental Items. When it comes to selecting what and how much to keep in each category, the only rule is to ask yourself, does this spark joy?
Thanks to our client Marketplace Events and everyone who came to check out the Calgary Fall Home Show! Next up: we start planning for January’s Calgary Renovation Show! Stay tuned for more details on talent and features coming soon.