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What to do in Vancouver: Beautify Your Space at the Home + Design Show

The Vancouver Home + Design Show is coming up soon. The event will be taking over BC Place from October 17-20, 2013. The show promises to be ‘the ultimate authority on all things design, entertaining and home improvement’. You’ll see more than 325 exhibitors and a host of new and exciting features. You’ll also see some big names like Property Brothers stars Jonathan and Drew Scott, and Jillian Harris and Todd Talbot of Love it or List it Vancouver. If you’d like a more beautiful, functional space, this event is what to do in Vancouver this fall.

Chatting with Ami McKay

what to do in vancouver home + design show Ami McKay
Ami McKay
We recently had the chance to connect with Vancouver mom and designer Ami McKay. She helped make a beautiful, eco-friendly space at the show for the BC Hydro Power Smart Home. If you stop by you’ll find Energy Star appliances, environmentally friendly home products, and free on-site consultations from Team Power Smart and Ami McKay herself. We were thrilled to connect with her to find out more and get some tips.

“I’m an interior designer who loves to be creative, and just happens to always have done everything in a sustainable way,” says Ami. With a background in interior design and theatre design, Ami is no stranger to designing at BC Place. She first became involved with the Home Show in 2003 when she helped design the ‘Home in the Dome’. She was also at the show last year doing featured vignettes at the opening. Ami is particularly excited to be working with BC Hydro this year, saying, “I like that there’s a concept. We’re showing people how they can make changes in a friendly way. We’re not bashing them over the head, but there’s meaning behind it. It’s not just pretty.”

What to do in Vancouver

what to do in vancouver bc hydro power smart home + design showIf you’d like a prettier, more eco-friendly house, you’ll want to add stopping by the BC Hydro Power Smart Home to your list of what to do in Vancouver. Even if you can’t make it, though, we have some tips to share from Ami. Our first question for her was how to make a more beautiful space when you still have little kids drawing on the walls. Ami says, “This is a great opportunity to paint a wall with chalkboard paint. It looks great. That way your children can hone their creative skills in a dedicated area.” Ami also points out that chalkboard paint now comes in a wide variety of colours, so you can coordinate your chalk wall with any space. There’s also white board paint, if chalk isn’t your style.

Ami recommends against waiting until your kids are older to beautify. “My mind is such that I have to have a beautiful space all the time. Through the stages of your kids’ development, what that looks like will change.” You might not want to buy a white couch if you have a toddler, but you can still find ways to make your space more functional and attractive. Ami suggests focusing on specific areas, saying, “I always make sure the entrance and the living room are nice, while having kid areas elsewhere.” If you feel good walking into your home, that can help make up for a messy playroom.

Basket Love

what to do in vancouver home + design show ami mckay kid artTo help tame the toy clutter, Ami suggest baskets. They come in all different shapes, sizes, colours and textures, adding visual interest to your space. She adds, “They can morph as your kids grow. They can hold toys, art supplies, books and homework.” Ami also likes to showcase kids’ art by framing it and hanging it. She suggests getting a big roll of paper from a store like IKEA, and then cutting out the sections that are most attractive. Vary the sizes, frames and matting to create a beautiful display.

For many more tips and suggestions on creating a beautiful family home, add the Vancouver Home + Design Show to your list of what to do in Vancouver this month. Tickets are $15 for adults, and kids 12 and under are free. Or you can save $3 each by buying your tickets online. Happy beautifying!

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