The Ultimate Vancouver Home + Design Show Checklist

The 2016 Vancouver Home + Design Show has finally arrived! From renovation overhaul to brand-new build, DIY do-over to one-day decor dreams, the Vancouver Home + Design Show is where big ideas, trusted advice, and fresh inspiration unite from now, Thursday, October 27 at 4PM, right until closing at 6PM on Sunday, October 30.

With so much to see and do, make sure you have a game plan before you hit the Vancouver Convention Centre - West for the show. To help, we’ve created a must-see and do checklist of insider tips to help you make the most of your visit to the Vancouver Home + Design Show. Read on!

Before you gather your paint samples, Pinterest boards and fabric swatches to bring to the Show, be sure you have your Vancouver Home + Design Show tickets in hand. Save yourself $3 (and some time!) by buying your tickets online courtesy of Container Direct.

Now that you’re set, find your way to the Vancouver Convention Centre - West (1055 Canada Place, Vancouver BC). If you’re bringing your car and planning to do some shopping, parking at Vancouver Convention Centre - West is $10.00-$24.00 per car, or you can park at any auxiliary lots surrounding the Convention Centre. Check out the Vancouver Convention Centre Parking Options for more details, including price points and suggested lots.

Now that you’re in, it’s time to take in all that #VHDS16 has to offer. Don’t miss the talent and expert advice on the Urban Barn Main Stage presented by Vancouver Sun. Get expert advice straight from the industry’s top home + design talent from must-see presenters including Mia Parres & Rob Evans, stars of HGTV's The Expandables, who will show you how to fall in love with your home again.

And PSST! Stick around for a selfie with Mia & Rob at meet and greets after each of their stage presentations on Friday, October 28 at 5PM and Saturday, October 29 at 12PM.

Catch advice from W Network and Cottage Life’s Colin & Justin, as well as Todd Talbot, star of HGTV’s Love It or List It Vancouver, and DIY expert Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault, plus a slew of Vancouver’s very own top designers including a presentation on creating a smart home on a budget by Jamie Banfield. By the end of it all, you’re certain to have everything you need to live and entertain in equal style – design know-how included.

Mia & Rob
Mia & Rob

When: October 27-30, check out the full Main Stage Schedule.
Where: Urban Barn Main Stage

Looking to step up your kitchen game? Be sure to snag a front row seat at the Samsung Cooking Stage, with appliances provided by Samsung Canada and furnishings from Urban Barn. Enjoy live cooking demonstrations from local culinary legends and rising stars alike, including one of Western Living Magazine’s Top 40 Foodies Under 40, and winner of multiple International Chocolate Awards, Pastry Chef and Chocolatier Adam Chandler of BETA5 at 2PM on Friday, October 28, sharing tips on how to make choux pastry, and lifestyle expert Janette Ewen presenting Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30 at 3PM to give you tips on “Navigating Design Trends & Innovation”.

When: October 28-30, check out the full Cooking Stage Schedule.
Where: Samsung Cooking Stage

Eat & Drink 
Chill out and treat your tastebuds with a stop at the stylish Floform Lounge, where you can sip your favourite cocktail while taking in a cutting-edge, creative presentation on the Urban Barn Main Stage or the Samsung Cooking Stage. Furnished by Suquet Interiors and designed by award-winning Interior Designer Kendall Ansell, all you need to do is sit back with drink in hand, browse the newest issue of Western Living Magazine and relax — you may even be inspired to stay for another round or two!

When: October 27-30, 2016
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre - West: Booth #429 just above the FloForm booth to the right of the stage

Floform lounge
Floform Lounge 

Put a personal touch on your home with a handcrafted piece that you can make and take home right from the Home + Design Show. There are so many ways to create and flex your do-it-yourself skills, starting with the brand new WORKSHOP Series. Learn from the best in a variety of categories, including Fox and Flourish (Intro to Brush Lettering), Celsia Florist (Wreaths & More), Spool of Thread (Comfy Couch Cushions) and Lucy Poskitt Textiles (Looming 101). Learn the lost art of calligraphy, create your very own unique floral wreath, try your hand at sewing and fashion design or get creative with hand-looming and weaving. Choose your workshop and reserve your spot online directly with each vendor.

When: October 27-30, 2016
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre - West: Booth #313

Image credit: Maria Lang Photography 

Bring Vancouver’s best style off the streets and into your home! DIY Runway is your chance to bid on hand-crafted, repurposed pieces created by Vancouver’s top style influencers and tastemakers. We’ve recruited 11 local fashion bloggers, stylists, designers, and boutique owners to draw inspiration from a favourite item in their own closet to repurpose a pre-loved home decor piece from ReStore Vancouver using a curated box of goods from Rust-Oleum Consumer Brands Canada®. Imagine: a wall-hanging inspired by those perfectly ripped jeans, or a one-of-a-kind lamp inspired by that amazing sequined skirt worn on New Year’s Eve. 100% of silent auction proceeds benefit the Habitat for Humanity Society of Greater Vancouver to help provide local families with a safe, affordable place to live.

When: October 27-30, 2016
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre - West: Outside of the FloForm lounge 

DIY Runway

Be sure to share all your Vancouver Home + Design Show fun & finds on social media! Follow along on Twitter and Instagram @vanhomeshows and use #VHDS16 on all your pics.

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Oct 27, 2016, 12:24 PM