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January 01, 2015

Homexpo 2015

Homexpo presenters bring design and investment tips home


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The above quote was perhaps the most famous William Morris quote, the 1800s textile designer and innovator in the Arts and Crafts movement in England — and it is a mantra that is still one of the most important in home style today, says Sarah Richardson, one of two popular HGTV stars who will have seminars throughout Homexpo January 16–18, BMO Centre, Stampede Park.

“These are incredibly wise words to live and design by, in my opinion,” says the award-winning designer who has hosted and co-produced a series of
decor and lifestyle HGTV shows.

And it isn’t hard to do:

“Get rid of the clutter, pare back on everything you don’t need or don’t use, then move it all out of the room while you repaint in a fresh colour,” says Richardson.

That will “make a huge change — and if you do-it-yourself, it will only cost you the value of the paint.”

The key after that is to simply reintroduce your furnishings “one piece at a time and it will all feel fresh and new.”

And that, in turn, leads back to Morris’ quote: Love what’s in your home or get rid of it, says Richardson.

Even if your first home is a modest size and your budget is tiny, you can create a uniquely-yours design if you follow that advice.

“Make use of all the vertical space you’ve got and spend a bit of your budget on storage solutions so you aren’t overwhelmed by clutter,”

Richardson says — especially important if you are living in a smaller space, such as a condominium.

“Try to find pieces that do double duty to get the most out of all your purchases. Tables with drawers and storage are key to help conquer clutter, and mirrors help open up a tiny room.”

The other presenter at Homexpo 2015 is back by popular demand, and Scott McGillivray has even more information to share on making the most of your home’s potential.

McGillivray is not only the award-winning co-creator, executive producer and host of the hit HGTV series Income Property, but he is a full-time real estate investor, contractor, writer, educator and speaker who has worked in over 25 cities and on over 250 properties.

One of the best ways to increase the home’s potential revenue source — and a way to help people get into home ownership as a result — is by building a secondary suite, he says.

“A suite provides a source of income for the new homebuyer, and the construction of a proper suite increases the value of the home by at least what you have put into it, whereas an illegal income suite provides little, to no value for the property at all,” McGillivray says.

His passion lies in educating homeowners to make smart renovation and investment decisions that deliver financial rewards. The huge crowds at last year’s Homexpo lined up to see McGillivray — and he didn’t disappoint. Lots of practical, do-it-yourself ideas to bring income to your property — and his winning personality didn’t hurt, either.

More budget-conscious shopping ideas from Richardson:
“Shop vintage stores, garage sales and flea markets.

“My first published design story was a loft apartment that I shared with my best friend. It was filled with furnishings from flea markets, estate auctions and yard sales, and it made the cover of House and Home Magazine with a lamp that I bought for $2.50, a $10 chair, a $40 table, and some found treasures.

“You need to never forget that great style and budget are achievable goals, but you have to be willing to put in a little effort to save a lot of money.”

Richardson, the busy design guru, has 15 years of experience working on five TV series renovating 300 rooms as well as running her Toronto business, Sarah Richardson Design Inc. But she isn’t resting on her laurels.

Richardson spent the summer renovating a 65-year-old cottage on a remote island for a new TV series, has recently signed on with Good Housekeeping magazine as their home design director, and has a growing line of signature products including custom furniture, a fabric line for Kravet Inc., and a stationery collection exclusive to Hallmark Canada.

You’ll learn this and a whole lot more with Richardson’s and McGillivray’s seminars Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Homexpo — and that’s just the start.

Destination Renovation returns with top renovators on hand to talk one-on-one to you about your projects, and new this year is our Condo Showcase, where multi-family builders have information about their latest condominium projects to help you.

Top your visit off by visiting the many booths chock full of the latest products, services and information to help make your home your castle.
Check the website for details and times and connect with the show on Twitter (@HomexpoYYC) and on Facebook ( for a chance to win tickets.

Look for more information on the accompanying articles on Homexpo — and see you at the show!

Condo Showcase is the place to start
This year, multi-family starts are expected to far outstrip single-family living, making it an even more important segment of the new home market.

There’s no doubt that multi-family living is having a huge impact on the residential construction industry — and with that, the multi-family builders in the city have come forth with new, innovative and exciting varieties of developments big and small to capture the imagination of the buyers.

That’s why the 2015 Homexpo show January 16 – 18 at BMO Centre, Stampede Park, is a great resource for those looking for the most desired living accommodation in this city this year.

For the first time, Homexpo, the Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Calgary Region building, renovation and home innovation show, will feature Condo Showcase, a separate area with booths from many of the leading multi-family builders such as Jayman Modus, Avi Urban and the Carlisle Group all in one convenient location.

You won’t need to run from site to site, trying to see the various projects and gather information. It’s all right there. You can see the latest developments, talk one-on-one with the builders and sales people, and find out all you need to know to make the right decision for you and your family.

Come and get your book signed
Sarah Richardson’s long-awaited resource guide to designing your perfect home, Sarah Style, has just been released (November) and published by Simon & Schuster Canada.

The popular host of five shows on HGTV, including the Sarah series, is one of the main presenters at Homexpo, January 16-18 at BMO Centre, Stampede Park.

Pick up a copy, then bring your book down to Homexpo and get it personally signed — the perfect Christmas present for the home design enthusiast on your list.

“There are plenty of design books on the market, but I wanted to create one that was focused on making it easier for design enthusiasts, so I’ve crammed over 100 rooms, over 450 photos and over 500 tips into my book with the goal of inspiring, educating and empowering readers with the helpful tips and information they need to tackle any decor or design project, big or small,” says Richardson.

“Each room category is its own chapter, allowing readers to explore various styles, palettes and design directions to find the ideas that resonate with their personal style, so there’s something for everyone in here. It ranges from contemporary to traditional, and everything in between.”

Scott McGillivray, the other popular presenter who had standing-room-only crowds at last year’s Homexpo, also has a new book.

In ‘How to Add Value to Your Home’, he reveals how you can get the biggest bang for your buck and shares his proven advice on renovations that make sense, the large and small ways to add value, maintaining your home, mistakes to avoid, tips on attracting and keeping good tenants, and strategies for preparing your house for sale.

Homexpo Quick Facts

What: Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Calgary Region annual renovations and home innovations show
Where: BMO Centre, Stampede Park – Hall D and E
When: January 16 – 18, 2015
Hours: Friday, January 16: 2 – 9 p.m., Saturday, January 17: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday, January 18: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Price: Adults: $12, Seniors/Students: $10, Children 12 and under: Admitted FREE
Special Guest and Presentation Times: Scott McGillivray – Friday evening and Saturday daytime, Sarah Richardson – Saturday daytime and Sunday morning
Specialty Areas: Condo Showcase, Destination Renovation

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