I hit up the National Home Show on Friday night, and was, as always, surprised by the great deals being offered, the variety of products shown and the number of ShamWow booths. (I counted at least three!)
On the hunt for eye-candy, I went straight to my top three show destinations: Ty Pennington's tySTYLE feature, the Dream Home and the Toronto Star's Dream Garden. And boy, they did not disappoint!
The tySTYLE display, though lacking the Extreme Makeover host in person, showcased a full home designed and built by Adam Berkowitz of Equal Design Group.
The open concept space, which covered everything from bedrooms to kitchen, garage and backyard, showcased great decor and technology as well as tips from Ty.
My favourite Ty Tip is for the kitchen. He says, "Take inspiration from your food. Its colour, texture and natural appeal lends itself to home decor. From paint colour to DIY art, food and cooking lend endless creative inspiration." How cool would it be to do a sushi-inspired kitchen? Black and white cabinetry, textured tiles and pops of green and pink? Maybe a white shag rug off to the side, too?
While it is large, I can totally see this working as a small space solution too, as it merges your home theatre, storage and office space all into one wall unit. Of course, you would need to have adequate wall space to install the unit, but I think I could make it work!
And I was totally blown away by the Dream Home, which was styled by CityLine's Janette Ewen.
The sunken living room, which is trending for this spring, was the perfect home entertainment area, embracing technology while remaining stylish, comfy and warm.
The home also offered fabulous patterns and colours, such as this black and white bedroom, with the amazing upholstered headboard. A stylish, sexy, and practical space!
The display also showecased "Luxe for Less" ideas, including a kitchen stocked with PC home products and several DIY projects, encouraging visitors to get inspired and redecorate without breaking the bank.
I'm also fairly certain that I saw a blown-up Uglydolls poster in one room, so much fun!
The home, poolhouse and backyard/garden area were truly inspiring, and definitely must-sees. Sadly, I wasn't the only one who felt this way, so it was pretty crowded and most of my photos ended up being of the back of strangers' heads.
Finally, the Toronto Dream Gardens, right, were like a whole different world.
The light and water features made the displays look magical, and the "reader's lounge" set-up in the middle was a quiet, outdoor living room.
Escaping the show floor was a nice little break, and the gardens were truly stunning. It made me wish I had a backyard to remodel!
There was certainly a lot more to see, and now that I've covered the "big three" stay tuned for more of my favourite products throughout this week!