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September 01, 2014

The return of Colin and Justin

Calgary Home + Design Show welcomes back irrepressible Scottish design duo

Pepper Rodriguez

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It’s been five years and they’ve been missed, but Scotland’s own dynamic duo of home design are back to give Calgary another dose of their uproarious brand of home improvement tips at the Calgary Home + Design Show.

Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan will be among the headliners at the Trail Appliances Main Stage of the Calgary Home + Design Show that takes place at the BMO Centre from September 18 to 21.

According to Teri Salazar, show manager for the Calgary Home + Design Show, the return was long overdue. “We are thrilled to have our favourite designing duo back at the Calgary Home + Design Show!” says Salazar. “Colin and Justin made their Calgary debut at our show in 2007, and we can’t wait to host them again. From their signature humour to their savvy design insights, this popular pair is not to be missed!”

The duo has been especially busy since they last made their appearance in town back in 2009, soaring to ever-greater heights as “interior designers, style commentators, Hollywood celebrity interviewers and all round lifestyle gurus” their website proclaims. But their brand of “cheeky” humour — not to mention their love for the Canadian audience — remains the same.

“There’s a wonderful affinity between Canada and Scotland and we’re absolutely certain that being from Scotland helped endear us to warm, Canadian audiences. Sure, we’re cheeky — but Canadians seem to resonate with this.  You’re a naughty lot too!” Justin says.

They are proud Scots who don’t shy to wearing kilts on their shows, but that’s not all they are all about.

“We’re not ‘rock and shortbread’ or ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ in our ‘thang’ — we’re much more about being European in our designer outlook. As such, we’re very tailored and streamlined and this aesthetic seems to appeal to the ‘organised’ Canadian market. But yes — we often wear kilts. And what’s ‘worn’ under our kilts?  NOTHING — it’s all in perfect working order. Sorry — couldn’t resist that old Billy Connelly joke!” Colin remarks.

Their latest show “Cabin Pressure” on Cottage Life Network brings the boys on a hunt for their perfect cottage, but what they will bring to the Home + Design Show encompasses more than this.

“We’ll be looking at ways in which to create the look of serious budgetary outlay but on a wildly limited spend.  That’s always been our shtick — maximum visual return for minimal financial spend.,” Justin says. “During our sessions we’ll be offering lots of tips and tricks and shopping suggestions, put together around a wonderful before and after presentation. We’ll showcase our own cottage plus various associated urban projects that have a country edge,” adds Colin.

It’s been five years and they’ve been missed, but Scotland’s own dynamic duo of home design are back to give Calgary another dose of their uproarious brand of home improvement tips at the Calgary Home + Design Show.

Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan will be among the headliners at the Trail Appliances Main Stage of the Calgary Home + Design Show that takes place at the BMO Centre from September 18 to 21.

According to Teri Salazar, show manager for the Calgary Home + Design Show, the return was long overdue. “We are thrilled to have our favourite designing duo back at the Calgary Home + Design Show!” says Salazar. “Colin and Justin made their Calgary debut at our show in 2007, and we can’t wait to host them again. From their signature humour to their savvy design insights, this popular pair is not to be missed!”

The duo has been especially busy since they last made their appearance in town back in 2009, soaring to ever-greater heights as “interior designers, style commentators, Hollywood celebrity interviewers and all round lifestyle gurus” their website proclaims. But their brand of “cheeky” humour — not to mention their love for the Canadian audience — remains the same.

“There’s a wonderful affinity between Canada and Scotland and we’re absolutely certain that being from Scotland helped endear us to warm, Canadian audiences. Sure, we’re cheeky — but Canadians seem to resonate with this.  You’re a naughty lot too!” Justin says.

They are proud Scots who don’t shy to wearing kilts on their shows, but that’s not all they are all about.

“We’re not ‘rock and shortbread’ or ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ in our ‘thang’ — we’re much more about being European in our designer outlook. As such, we’re very tailored and streamlined and this aesthetic seems to appeal to the ‘organised’ Canadian market. But yes — we often wear kilts. And what’s ‘worn’ under our kilts?  NOTHING — it’s all in perfect working order. Sorry — couldn’t resist that old Billy Connelly joke!” Colin remarks.

Their latest show “Cabin Pressure” on Cottage Life Network brings the boys on a hunt for their perfect cottage, but what they will bring to the Home + Design Show encompasses more than this.

“We’ll be looking at ways in which to create the look of serious budgetary outlay but on a wildly limited spend.  That’s always been our shtick — maximum visual return for minimal financial spend.,” Justin says. “During our sessions we’ll be offering lots of tips and tricks and shopping suggestions, put together around a wonderful before and after presentation. We’ll showcase our own cottage plus various associated urban projects that have a country edge,” adds Colin.

The nice thing about their show is that you don’t have to own a cottage to appreciate the design tips they dispense.

“Although (Cabin Pressure) was set in the country, many of our design principals can be played out on an urban canvas. We don’t want to exclude anyone, so there’ll be advice for everyone, no matter where they live — in the urban or suburban setting, or indeed at the lake. Or deep in the woods!” Justin says. “And ‘UPCYCLING’ will be a big part of the presentation — we’ll show some wonderful visuals of junky furniture transformed into useable home items. Abra — blinkin’ — cadabra!” Colin promises.

Joining the kilted couple on the list of headliners at the Home + Design Show is ever-popular contracting king Bryan Baeumler, star of HGTV’s Leave It To Bryan, and Canada’s Handyman Challenge. Baeumler has become a fixture at Marketplace Events’ shows in Calgary, having appeared at the Calgary Home + Garden Show this past February.

Also appearing on the Trail Appliances Main Stage is a slew of top-notch local experts, each primed to share their expert know-how on everything from home improvement to haute interior design. The line-up includes:

Leigh-Ann Perrault
Regular guest expert on Cityline

Heather Draper
Interior designer at The Heather Company

Marie-Claire Williams and Clare Gardner
Interior designers at Cardel Designs

Wanda Weston
Interior designer at WW Designs

“The key to design is finding what you like and molding it to fit effectively and affordably into your everyday life,” says Salazar. “We want every guest at our show to leave with at least one tip to use in their home, whether it’s big or small, owned or rented.”

For tickets and more information on the Calgary Home + Design Show, visit their website at http://www.calgaryhds.com.

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