Home Show — Sept. 30

Doing more with less is theme at 2011 Home & Design Show

The Ottawa Home & Design Show offers a goldmine of ideas, products, and services for cash-conscious homeowners who want the home of their dreams without spending a fortune.            

From Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at Ottawa's Lansdowne Park the show will be jam-packed with advice and tips from professional designers, celebrity  television hosts, home renovation experts, and contractors who will inspire you to achieve more with less.           

“Whether you’re in the market for a home, looking for the latest interior trends, or planning a renovation, our line-up of experts will introduce you to many innovations and ideas and offer free advice that will help you get the best bang for your buck,” says Ian Forsyth, managing partner for Caneast Show, organizer of the show.

New and exciting products and services to be showcased include:
● the SportX 151R round hot tub from Bullfrog International and Fitness Depot Ottawa that provides more seating space at an affordable price;
● the only Canadian made high-efficiency gas furnace. Manufactured by Napoleon it is more than 96 per cent efficient and will be displayed by The Fireplace Centre & Patio Shop.
● the 2011 line-up of customizable factory-built Energy Star homes from Guildcrest Homes of Morewood that dramatically reduce energy costs.
● home automation systems from Son X Plus of Rockland that enable you to control heating and cooling, security, appliances, and more from your smart phone or computer;
● Enviro Films’ durable and scuff-resistant protective coating for decks, patios, and garage and basement floors that significantly outlasts other similar products. 

Hot spots during the three-day show will be the two main stages where vibrant and knowledgeable presenters, including hosts from several popular Canadian television shows, will explain how to beat the bank when buying, renovating, or beautifying the look of your home.

Headliners on the Design & Décor Stage in Exhibition Hall include: W Network celebrity hosts Jonathan and Drew Scott from Cineflix’sProperty Brothers, who will present the topic Champagne Dreams on a Beer Budget; registered interior designer Penny Southam, host of W’s All for Nothing? who will explain the ins and outs of hiring professional help during her seminar Who to Hire—Architect, Designer, or Decorator?  and Margie Doyle White from Take This House & Sell It! who will discuss how to overcome a tight budget to achieve high style decorating that suits your personality.

Special features at the show that will help homeowners maximize their spending on home renovations and other upgrades include: 

            ● Chair Magnifique!  See how design and decor students from Algonquin College transform a basic wooden chair into something new and fantastic -12 times!  The IKEA-supplied chairs will be on display at the show (Exhibition Hall) and all 12 will be raffled off with all money raised donated to The Ottawa School Breakfast Program. 

            ● High/Low Designer Bedrooms – Two nearly identical designer bedrooms will be on display at the show. One is high-end, and the other is a more budget-friendly version that does not sacrifice style. The rooms are designed by Luc Crawford Design Inc. and furniture suppliers include IKEA and EQ3.

       ● What’s Your Design Dilemma? brought to you by Interior Designers of Canada. Members of the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO)will provide free 15-minute design consultations.

            ● Ask-a-CDECA-rator: Members of Canadian Decorators’ Association (CDECA)will be on hand to answer decorating questions free of charge.

            ● On the Home Stage in the Aberdeen Pavilion, Ross Elliott, President of Homesol Building Solutions Inc., will explain energy efficiency changes that will save money and keep you comfortable this winter; Jamie Shipley from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation will discuss cost-effective ways to have clean air inside your home, Phil Bottriell, a registered home inspector, civil engineer, and host of CFRA's Renovations on Saturday morning will explain how spending a few dollars in your home will help you avoid costly household problems, including excess moisture and Kathy Bergquist, from the Canada Green Building Council, will explain how to “green up” an existing home on a tight budget.

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The Home & Design Show offers one-stop shopping for the latest and most cost-effective renovating, upgrading, and decorating ideas. It features more than 150 exhibitors with expertise in decorating, energy efficiency, home renovations, flooring, windows, storage, kitchens, basements, bathrooms, solariums, stairs, counter tops, insulation, electricity, paint and more.

“In tough economic times, it makes sense for homeowners to look for solutions  that allow them to do more for less,” says Forsyth, who notes that homeowners who start their projects this fall can take advantage of the federal 
government’s ecoENERGY Retrofit – Homes program that was extended until March 31, 2012 to help make homes more energy-efficient and reduce energy costs.

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The Home & Design Show takes place at Lansdowne Park, 1015 Bank St. on Sept. 30 from noon to 9 p.m.

Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

            General Admission: $10; Online:  2-for-1; 17 and Under: FREE.

For more information, visit www.homeanddesignshow.ca

To set up interview with show organizers and exhibitors, please contact Randy Ray, publicist at:  (613) 731-3873; (613) 816-3873 (cell) or randyray@rogers.com

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About Caneast Shows

The Caneast Shows Inc. management team has been producing high-end consumer 
shows in the Ottawa area for more than 25 years, serving the Eastern Ontario and 

Western Québec regions. Our team has more than 50 years of combined trade and consumer show experience and is bilingual, efficient, and knowledgeable in all areas of show management. Exhibiting companies greatly benefit not only by exhibiting and selling their products and services in our shows but also by getting that personal service rarely found in other consumer show companies.


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