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Home Renovation A-B-C’s

Chris Palmer
Fri. Feb. 15 | 3pm-4pm
Sat. Feb. 16 | 4pm-5pm

You’ve finally finished that DIY project, now…how do you tackle the finishing touches? Chris Palmer will show you what you need to know to do the trim and finishing details of renovations.
Be sure to also visit Chris at the Home Hardware Here’s How Centre throughout the weekend.

As a professional Industrial Designer turned Carpenter and Contractor, Chris has brought a new perspective to the world of handcrafting beautiful custom builds. With over 10 years of experience, his company focuses on all levels of projects from custom furniture pieces, to complete home additions. A creative eye and unique style keeps Chris on trend and his work in demand.
You can also find Chris sharing his knowledge on the latest and greatest home renovation tips as a regular guest expert on The Marilyn Denis Show, The Global Morning Show and other daytime TV stations. You may also recognize Chris from other shows from HGTV, such as Canada’s Handyman Challenge, Income Property, Open House Overhaul and Backyard Builds.

Follow Chris on:
Twitter: @HandymanPalmer
Instagram: @handcraftedbychrispalmer
Facebook: @HandCraftedbyChrisPalme

Design Trends – What’s Now & What’s Next

Janice Fedak
Sat. Feb. 16 | 2pm-3pm
Mon. Feb. 18 | 12pm-1pm

Be inspired through a vibrant visual journey of the latest colour, furniture and décor ideas for 2019 and beyond! New trends are always exciting to see, but sometimes daunting to know how to use in your own home – learn about how Design Trends emerge, how long they will stay, and see how to seamlessly blend them with existing items in your home! Janice will share designer tips on how to transform your space to be functional, beautiful and current by showing you what to eliminate, what to keep, and what to add!

A celebrated design expert in her field and active member of the acclaimed Color Marketing Group, Janice Fedak is an inspired presenter and speaker on the topics of colour and design innovation across a variety of industries – from interiors and home design and decor, to health and wellness, retail, and beyond. Janice succeeds in providing colour direction based on the latest trends and influences that are emerging worldwide. With her comfortable approach and ability to assess the needs of her clients, Janice delivers trusted information and ideas that educate, entertain, enhance and define! Whether trendspotting colour inspiration for industry professionals and consumers through her seminars, presentations and design consultations or creating impactful and artistic retail, commercial and residential spaces, Janice’s genuine enthusiasm and dedication to helping audiences and clients alike understand colour serves as beautiful inspiration for the people she meets to embrace colour and the direction of trends. Janice owns and operates her Design Firm in Toronto, and can be seen delivering her presentations at a variety of special events across Canada.

Follow Janice on:
Twitter: @JaniceFedak
Instgram: @janicefedak

Navigate the Trends, Pantone’s Colour of the Year and How to DIY For Living Lux For Less

Nicholas Rosaci
Mon. Feb. 18 | 3pm-4pm

DIY expert and personality Nicholas Rosaci presents his easy and affordable tips to achieve creating that designer look for less.
Let Nicholas guide you through current design trends, creating dynamite DIY up-cycle makeovers and finding that perfect paint colour including Pantone’s new colour of the year “Living Coral”.

When it comes to DIY, design, style and personality, professionally trained Nicholas Rosaci raises the bar with flair for creating chic, confident, and glamorous spaces that cross the divide of modern versus traditional.
Nicholas has created an array of chic interiors and DIY projects for Cityline, Kimberley Seldon’s Dabble Magazine as the “DIY GUY”, and is the DIY editor for Canadian Home Trends Magazine. Nicholas has appeared in publications such as The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Reno & Decor, and at various home shows including the National Home and Garden Show.
With a passion for fashion and all things stylish, his DIY’s and dynamo designed spaces leaves a lasting impression to inspire you to live better, greener and of course, more fabulously!

Follow Nicholas on:
Twitter: @NicholasRosaci
Instagram: @nicholasrosaci

Cooking Up Some Style In 2019

Rebecca Hay
Fri. Feb. 15 | 4pm-5pm
Sat. Feb. 16 | 5pm-6pm

After working as a designer behind the scenes on several HGTV shows, designer Rebecca Hay will reveal how to survive and create your functional kitchen. If you’re considering an upcoming kitchen or home renovation in 2019 come see Rebecca to hear her 3 key strategies on how to navigate and have a successful renovation that does not compromise on style or functionality. Rebecca will also share her must use fav new products for 2019 and her top areas to save vs. splurge to give the most return on your home renovation.

Designer Rebecca Hay, is the Principal Designer of Rebecca Hay Designs Inc. This Toronto based boutique design firm for over decade has been offering complete design & renovation services for residential, commercial and vacation properties. Known and celebrated for her design work and appearances on various acclaimed HGTV shows, Rebecca and her team design classic livable spaces that reflect their owner’s personality. Servicing clientele throughout Toronto, the GTA and Canada.

Follow Rebecca on:
Twitter: @rhaydesigns
Instagram: @rebeccahaydesigns

Aging In Place

Linda Mazur
Sun. Feb. 17 | 2pm-3pm

Down-sizing or renovating to meet the needs of the growing baby boomer demographic is easier than ever with Linda Mazur’s expert tips and advice. Learn how to transform your home into an elegant yet relaxed space that maximizes optimal functionality for your growing needs.

Linda Mazur is an award-winning, nationally publicized designer and the principal of Linda Mazur Design Group. Her in-demand multidisciplinary design firm is known for creating elegant yet relaxed spaces and full-scale design builds that reflect a timeless style while maximizing optimal functionality. The firm services clientele within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.

Follow Linda on:
Twitter: @lindamazurgroup
Instagram: @lindamazurgroup

Let’s Talk About Sleep

Neil Harding
Fri. Feb. 15 | 5pm-6pm
Sun. Feb. 17 | 4pm-5pm

This presentation is designed to help people realize how to get a great night’s sleep. Find out what you can do to improve the quality and quantity of your sleep.

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Neil Harding, who is responsible for home shows nationally, has been a part of the Sleep Country team for close to 18 years. During this time he has gained extensive product and industry knowledge and is considered an expert in his field.

Topic: TBA

Donna Robertson
Fri. Feb. 15 | 1pm-2pm
Sat. Feb. 16 | 3pm-4pm

Having trouble picking a paint colour? Donna Robertson, from Beauti-Tone Paint, will help make it easier in this seminar, presented by Home Hardware! Understand colour associations and how colours make you feel, both physically and emotionally.

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Donna Robertson has been involved with Beauti-Tone paint for over 20 years. In that time she has gone from sales to home consultations to becoming a Certified Architectural Technologist. Her passion lies in paint and decorating and in helping people choose the right colour for their homes. Donna has an art background and can truly appreciate how colours work together, the psychology behind them and the amazing transformation paint can make to your home.

Find More Pleasure In Your Outdoor Living

Peter Bonnano
Fri. Feb. 15 | 2pm-3pm
Sun. Feb. 17 | 3pm-4pm

Peter Bonanno, Founder of Curb Appeal, will inspire you to find more pleasure in your outdoor living. He will be discussing how to transform the spaces around the outside of your home into dynamic places for entertainment, recreation and tranquility. Discover the latest trends & tips for creating a beautiful and functional outdoor space and how to achieve years of fun and enjoyment for your family and friends in your own great outdoors.
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Peter Bonanno has a strong passion for design and the outdoors – which inspired him to found Curb Appeal – a designer and builder of beautiful and functional outdoor living spaces. Peter is grateful every day for the scores of clients who put their trust and significant investment in his hands. Client appreciation continues to be his greatest reward. Website: Curb Appeal

Alexa! Will Smart Home make My Life Simpler?

Michael Soeizi – ARSO Automations
Mon. Feb. 18 | 2pm-3pm

With the uptake of technology in today’s world, some of us get frustrated while some are not too sure how to benefit from market trends. This presentation will teach you how to choose the right products for your home and your family to benefit most out of it.
Home automation is the technology that makes all the complicated gadgets around you simple if implemented right. You do not need to be an engineer to enjoy your car’s driving experience. In this smart home workshop we will tell you everything you need to know to just enjoy the comfort of a proper smart home system.

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