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January 01, 2019

Accessible, approachable design

Jamie Banfield finds inspiration in the simplest things

Pepper Rodriguez

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Jamie Banfield has always had an eye for design. He remembers that even as a pre-teen he would always fill his days with thoughts of designing the perfect home.

“On a Saturday morning, I would take the newspaper listings and re-draw homes on graph paper,” says one of the brightest rising stars in the interior design business. “I have always played with LEGO, helped dad build furniture, and jump into small renovation projects and have always had a passion for design, construction and just how things are built.”

Jamie is one of the headliners for the coming Calgary Renovation Show being held January 11 to 13 at the BMO Centre at Stampede Park.

“This will be my first time hitting the main stage in Calgary and I am so excited to chat about design and construction with everyone at the Calgary Renovation Show,” he tells Condo Living.

He says speaking at the various trade and consumer shows has been something he has become accustomed to over the last few years and he has made appearances in all different markets across North America.

In Calgary, he will be tackling the subject of beautifying the bathroom. “While talking on the main stage in Calgary we will be chatting about the top 10 designer hacks for the perfect bathroom project. Reviewing everything from budget, trade secrets, trends and how to achieve the perfect space on any

Born and raised in Wales, UK, Jamie moved to Vancouver, BC, when he was 11 years old. He remains based in Vancouver where he developed his signature West Coast style that has shot him to popularity nationwide.

He has a penchant to transform and create well-edited spaces, with a particular expertise in kitchen and bath design. He was recently recognized by the National Kitchen and Bath Association as one of the industry’s top 30 Under 30 in North America, One to Watch by Western Living Magazine, and a 2016
Finalist for the Robert Ledingham Memorial — Emerging Designer Of The Year Award.

When asked what he loves most about designing homes, his answer was simple: space planning.

He finds satisfaction when looking at a space, and “seeing how the home or room is being used and being able to move (things) — like LEGO blocks — around and completely change how a home works, enhance functionality and add to a more productive lifestyle for the family and end user.”

He adds: “It’s looking at the existing floor plan, grabbing some tracing paper and asking the question WHY? Why is this front door swing to the left or the right and understanding how the family and end customer will put on boots in the morning. We look and ask the ‘WHY’ for all spaces and all areas of
function to produce a better living space for the family and end customer.”

Jamie believes that keeping open lines of communication between the owner and the designer is essential in coming up with a home design that works and wows. His firm, Jamie Banfield Design (JBD) meets with clients for a 90-minute “Meet + Inspire” process that sets out the ground work for the design.

“We review all items reflecting the project such as function, things that work, things that do not work, wish-list and must-haves for the project. This helps create a good line of communication and helps us set out the end goals of what we want to accomplish and achieve,” he says.

All homeowners — whether living in a condo, townhome or single-family home — can find useful information, new devices or renovation ideas at the Calgary Renovation Show.

The Calgary Renovation Show comes right in time to kick off 2019 and think about home improvement goals and ideas for the new year, says show manager Micheline Picot.

“Calgarians are eager to plan for their renovations and home improvement projects in January. The New Year is a great time to set goals and make plans for the home, whether for immediate projects or for tackling renovations come spring time,” she tells Condo Living.

It is the first of three home improvement shows that Marketplace Events produces in Calgary every year.

“The Calgary Renovation Show focuses more specifically on home improvement projects and advice. For three days, we gather 200-plus exhibitors, including companies and experts for every type of home improvement project imaginable, including permitting experts from the City of Calgary, Energy Efficiency Alberta and the BILD Calgary Region,” Picot says.

Calgary Renovation Show highlights

HGTV Canada star Bryan Baeumler of Bryan Inc. and House of Bryan will return to Calgary to headline the Main Stage at the upcoming Calgary Renovation Show, taking place January 11-13, 2019 at the BMO Centre at Stampede Park.

“We’re beyond excited to welcome Bryan back to Calgary,” explains Micheline Picot, show manager for Marketplace Events, producers of the Calgary Renovation Show. “Calgarians can look forward to insider insight from Bryan as he shares his expert home renovation advice during his Main Stage
presentations on January 11 and 12.”

Baeumler will be joined on The Main Stage by a collective of local home + renovation pros including experts from Energy Efficiency Alberta, Calgary Home Builders Association and the City of Calgary. Beyond the presentations, the Calgary Renovation Show will also bring together more than 200 trusted brands and local vendors.

“Now more than ever, Calgary homeowners are looking for solid advice and insight from industry-leading home improvement experts,” explains Picot. “This year’s show will have everything you need to make your home goals happen.”

The Calgary Renovation Show runs from Friday, January 11 at noon to Sunday, January 13 at 6 p.m. at the BMO Centre at Stampede Park. Stay tuned for the final Main Stage schedule, slated for release in December. For more information, or to buy tickets online and save $3,

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