Q&A with Home + Design Show Organizer Jill Kivett

HomePageSlideshow_DESIGN_012114by Stephanie MacDonald

Out west here, we're excited for the 31st annual Home + Design Shows happening at On September 18 in Calgary at the BMO Centre and at BC Place starting October 16th in Vancouver. Show organizer Jill Kivett is always illuminating on the subject of what we can look forward to, so we asked her a few questions about this year's shows.

1.       What is the biggest difference (apart from the lack of gardens) between the Home & Garden Show in the spring and the Home + Design show in the autumn?

The show focuses more on the interior of the home. As temperatures cool, Vancouverites start planning for holiday visitors and entertaining.  There are so many small ways to update your home - paint, new furniture or even easy DIY projects using something you already own are affordable options that make a big impact. That said, this year we will showcase a garden display that demonstrates how to make the most of your outdoor space all year long!  Square footage is at such a premium in the real estate market, and this exhibit provides tips, inspiration and premium product for maximizing your home's livable space from season to season.

Bryan Baeumler headshot hi-res2.       How do you decide which speakers to bring into the event? 

We want to speak to as wide an audience as possible, so we opt for a good balance between home, garden and food celebrities that have the biggest following - like Colin McAllister & Justin Ryan, Bryan Baeumler and Chef Corbin Tomaszeski - and local talent. Colin & Justin not only have a new show on Cottage Life TV (Colin & Justin's Cabin Pressure) but they also have a fabulous line of home decor and furniture at HomeSense.  We are thrilled to have them back after a 3 year hiatus!

3.       What will be at this upcoming show for foodies to get excited about?

ChefCorbinHeadshotThe popularity of the Vancouver Magazine Cooking Stage just keeps growing, and with good reason! We're very fortunate to be working with some incredible chefs including Chef Hamid Salimian from Earls and Chef David Robertson from The Dirty Apron (and Chef Cobin, of course!), so audience members are for a real treat. October is the time of year when we start thinking about holiday entertaining, so why not learn a few tips from the experts themselves?  We're pairing up three of Vancouver's top chefs with three hungry home cooks in a battle for culinary supremacy. Using Samsung's premium Chef Collection appliances, one member of each pair will cook neck and neck with their competitors until celebrity host Chef Corbin Tomaszeski yells "switch!" at which point the partners will trade off for their time behind the burner. The winning home cook will walk away with $5,000 of Samsung Chef Collection appliances for their own kitchen, plus bragging rights for years to come.

4.       Can you tells about a couple of the new exhibitors that we may not have seen or heard about yet?

We have over 100 new exhibitors this year but two stand out for me.  One is A Taste of Tuscany, a company that sells authentic Italian pizza ovens (always a great way to use your outdoor space!) The second is ShelfGenie, a company that offers a ton of great custom storage and organization solutions including glide out shelves so you can maximize cabinet space! They're the perfect fit for the Vancouver market, where roomy closets are a rare find.

Cabin_Pressure12rev-15.       Is there anything you are coveting from this show for your own home?

I just moved into a brand new townhouse, so while I don't need any major renovation items, I will definitely be stopping by Home Delight to browse coffee tables, Midland Appliance to pick up a wine fridge, and our M(art)Ket area for a painting for my dining room. Those are just the give-ins, who knows what else will catch my eye!


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