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Home Renovation A-B-C’s

Chris Palmer
Fri. Feb. 15 | 1pm-2pm
Sat. Feb. 16 | 1pm-2pm

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.

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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.

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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 | 1pm-2pm

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!

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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.

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Twitter: @rhaydesigns
Instagram: @rebeccahaydesigns

Woodworking Advice For Home Improvement Projects

Scott Bennett
Mon. Feb. 18 | 3pm-4pm

Learn how to start woodworking. From tools and skills, to safety and workshop setup, you will get a full orientation to introduce you to woodworking. This session includes a Q&A session with one of Toronto’s most popular woodworkers on YouTube.

Hailing from Brooklin, Ontario, Scott Bennett has been running a part-time custom woodworking business since 1999. He is an avid home renovator and has had his basement renovation project featured in a national magazine. On YouTube, Scott shares his skills and knowledge on the Home Improvement Woodworking channel, with 10,000 subscribers and 1 million views of his videos.

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Living In Place

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

Today’s diverse population regardless of age, ability or physical constraints all want to enjoy the comforts and beauty of a well designed home. Aging in place or as we like to term it – Living in Place, from a design and renovation perspective focuses on maintaining a quality of life in your home as you or family members age or encounter physical challenges. So if you have a renovation in your future, join us to learn the key points of consideration to incorporate in your plans to create a beautiful home you will enjoy for years to come.

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.

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Twitter: @lindamazurgroup
Instagram: @lindamazurgroup

Let’s Talk About Sleep

Neil Harding
Fri. Feb. 15 | 3pm-4pm
Sun. Feb. 17 | 1pm-2pm

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.

Colour Trends – The Top Colours And How To Use Them In Your Home

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

Every paint company offers up a colour of the year but does that mean that it’s right for you? From power pastels to rich vibrant shades to the barely-there blush pinks, how do you choose what colour suits your home? If you are looking to kick-start 2019 with a refresh for your home, here’s how to navigate through all the colours available and choose what works best for you.

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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 and service to home consultations to becoming a Certified Architectural Technologist.
Donna has been a guest speaker at many venues, including the Toronto Home Show, Source of Furniture and Accessories, and the GTA Home & Reno Show. 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 and the psychology behind them.

Find More Pleasure In Your Outdoor Living Space

Peter Bonanno
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 Bonnano 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 Easier?

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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Easy Accent Wall Ideas

Mark Rason
Fri. Feb. 15 | 5pm-6pm

Join Mark as he shows us how to install Shiplap and how to create your own DIY barn board feature wall in your own home. After the presentation get hands-on experience at the Home Hardware Here’s How Centre and see Mark in action.

Mark is best known within the online woodworking community for his fun-loving and creative approach to all things DIY. He has a passion for helping people face their fears and find the joys of a “Do It Yourself” project.
In just two years, Mark has grown his business from making custom furniture to building one-of-a-kind decks, built-in cabinets and constructing home renovations. In his free time, Mark enjoys practicing finish carpentry, designing “How-To” plans and providing support/ feedback to members of his community.

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Urban Living: How To Make the Most Out Of Your Small Space

Daneyka Lazier
Sat. Feb. 16 | 11am-Noon

Our living spaces seem to get smaller and smaller. How do you live in a small space without feeling cramped? Join Daneyka as she shares her designer secrets of how you can make the most out of your small space.

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Toronto-based designer Daneyka Lazier is the Principal of DL Arch + Design. Her firm is known for creating unique spaces that capture you and your lifestyle and specializes in improving the functionality of small spaces.
Daneyka was born and raised in the Republic of Panama, located in Central America, and now lives with her husband and two sons in Toronto, Canada. Since a very early age her passion has been focused on visual arts, architecture and interior design. The challenge of solving design and planning problems with creative approaches that have attractive aesthetic has continually pushed her to be an expert in her field. Daneyka has a wide range of previous experience including working as a furniture designer, an interior decorator and a commercial designer for a major Canadian bank. She also holds an advanced diploma in Architectural Technology from George Brown College and attended the International Academy of Design and Technology (IADT) for Interior Design. Daneyka currently sits on the board of directors of the Toronto chapter of the Decorators & Designers Association of Canada and is a part-time professor at the Interior Design Technology program at George Brown College.

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How To Successfully Renovate Your Kitchen & Bath

Moderator: Jane Lockhart
Sat. Feb. 16 | Noon-1pm

Have you wondered what you need to do when you renovate your Kitchen or Bathroom? This 3 person panel of professional RenoMark Renovators will answer all of your questions with the help of Jane Lockhart moderating.

Award winning designer, TV personality, author and spokesperson, Jane Lockhart is one of Canada’s leading experts in the world of design and colour. She is Principal Designer of the Toronto firm she founded in 1997, Jane Lockhart Interior Design ( In addition to her full slate of renovation and new building projects, Jane has designed and manufactured two lines of furnishings, Jane By Jane Lockhart and Jane Lockhart Platinum.

Panel: How To Successfully Renovate Your Kitchen & Bath

Jane lockhart
Sat. Feb. 16 | Noon-1pm

Have you wondered what you need to do when you renovate your Kitchen or Bathroom? This 3 person panel of professional RenoMark Renovators will answer all of your questions with the help of Jane Lockhart moderating.

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Tony Gatti – The Gatti Group Corporation
Tony Gatti, RPP and Project Manager of The Gatti Group Corporation is a Professional Planner with more than 20 years of experience in the areas of residential, commercial and industrial construction, land use planning and project management in both the private and public sectors. Tony has worked for a number of large private development firms, as well as a Planner with two GTA municipalities. Tony has always had a strong passion for construction even from an early age when working in the family renovation business. From developing the initial design and budget of a project to refining the scope of work and scheduling, Tony is responsible for seeing that the project is completed on-time and on budget.
The Gatti Group Corporation has been a member of Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) since 2008. Tony is an active member of BILD and RenoMark and currently sits on the Renovation and Custom Builder Steering Committee and the Government Relations Sub-Committee.

Sam Beninato – renoWOW!
Sam Beninato is the founder / owner of renoWOW! and widely recognized as a leading industry expert. With a specialized focus in “value added” bathroom and kitchen re-modelling, Sam’s unique insights have helped him earn the respect of many well-known home improvement companies. Sam has appeared on HGTV and DIY specialty networks where his work has been featured transforming tired rooms into magazine worthy ~ dream kitchens and spa suits.
renoWOW has been a member of Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) since 2016. Sam is a Renovator & Custom Builder Council member.

Will Gonell – Gonell Homes Inc.
Will Gonell is the principal of Gonell Homes Inc. A Toronto-based Custom Home and Renovation company whose work has been recognized and awarded nationally and internationally. Will is both a retired New York City Police Officer and a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. His unique background provides a blend of discipline, precision, diligence and accountability, distinguishing him in the industry.
10 years ago, Will decided to invest in his passion for building and has never looked back. Since then, Gonell Homes has partnered with clients throughout Ontario, winning awards across a spectrum of specializations, including historical restorations, generational builds, green-building, and ICFs (Insulated Concrete Forms). Will is committed to helping people in both the U.S. and Canada; is a program advisor at George Brown College and sits on the Renovator Executive Committee at BILD.

How To Successfully Renovate Your Basement

Moderator: Justin Sherwood
Sun. Feb. 17 | Noon-1pm

How To Successfully Renovate Your Basement

Moderator: Justin Sherwood
Sun. Feb. 17 | Noon-1pm

Have you wondered what you need to do when you renovate your Basement? Professional RenoMark Renovators will answer all of your questions.

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Guy Solomon – Penguin Basements
Guy Solomon is the 32 year-old founder and CEO of Penguin Basements, Canada’s leading basement renovation contractor. Guy founded Penguin Basements in 2012 with a mission to bring process and professionalism to a burgeoning industry short on both. Creating a new standard of systemized service and a customer centric experience has been the focal point of his company’s growth.
Utilizing his education in Accounting and Mathematics, Guy has been able to couple industry leading service with value driven solutions that has allowed Penguin Basements to nearly double their growth annually. As a whole, Penguin’s philosophy is to think outside of typical construction solutions and help create a new standard in contracting. As of 2018, Penguin Basements is building 500 basement projects with 3 offices and plans of further expansion while perfecting their scale.
Penguin Basements has been a member of Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) since 2014.

Ernesto Arduini – Ridgestone Group of Companies
Ernesto Arduini is a managing partner of the Ridgestone Group of Companies, actively involved in residential, commercial and industrial properties. With a background in Architecture and Project Management, Ernesto has over 25 years of building experience, specializing in the development of spec homes, custom homes and finer renovations throughout the GTA. Ernesto is known, for his innovative approach to creating timeless buildings of beauty, and for his attention to fine craftsmanship and durability when it comes to the creation of custom designed luxury residences. Ernesto is an active member of RenoMark, BILD and participates on numerous Committees that strive to improve the Residential Home Building Industry.
Ridgestone Homes has been a member of Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) since 2010.

Stan Boigon – Renovation Experts / Basement Experts
Stan Boigon is the founder of Renovation Experts and Basement Experts. Stan has been a licensed Contractor since 2004. As a General Contractor in the greater GTA Stan and his team have successfully completed over 150 projects ranging from single bathroom renovations through whole house renovations, to large scale additions. Stan has been a proud BILD and Renomark member since 2009.

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