Expert designers bring trends and timeless styles to the Calgary Home + Garden Show

Here’s what the Sleep Country Home + Garden Stage has in store for visitors

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Design inspiration will be centre stage as the Calgary Home + Garden Show returns from Feb. 22 to 25 at BMO Centre.

Every year, along with a stellar lineup of speakers and pros ready to up your home-and-garden game, the Show features a beautifully designed Sleep Country Home + Garden Stage, set up to resemble an inspiring space in a dream home. You can almost envision kicking back and relaxing with friends there – and that’s the whole idea.

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This year’s stage will be a collaboration between two local designers: Brittany McNab of Fifteen Twelve Home Co. and Sarah Poole of Partner With Sarah. Their planned style inspiration is “library living room,” say McNab and Poole.

“What we’re going for is something quite trendy. (It will be) something that’s not typically seen for Calgarians,” says Poole. “It’s going to be a really lovely space. It’s going to be moody. We’re going to have some exterior elements. It’s going to be cozy and just really inviting.”

Both take inspiration from design trend forecasts for the year. “That means lots of darker wood, lots of millwork, and dark colors. The walls are a dark, chocolatey brown,” adds McNab.

McNab encourages would-be decorators to invest in their own version of “timeless” style. SUPPLIED

So, what design tips would they most like to share with Calgary homeowners?

“Styling shelves seems to be challenging for the public,” says Poole. “We’ll be highlighting how we style shelves in our library section of the stage. Typically, bookshelves can be easily cluttered, and visual clutter creates stress and anxiety in the home. So, giving your books some space to breathe is a great trick to help calm the space down.”

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Also key to calming a space down: greenery and houseplants. “Even if it’s faux greenery, faux plants … it helps de-stress our lives,” says Poole.

McNab, for her part, is all about encouraging people to invest in their own version of “timeless” style. “My focus with homeowners is always that (their home) should feel good, and that means making spaces that feel timeless to them,” she says. “So, if you really love an element, put it in your space. And have an eye toward the future as in, ‘will I love this in five years?’ If you still will, then it’s a good investment, because it’s an investment in you and your mental well-being.”

Though trends can be fun to play with, Poole believes that fad chasing is never the goal. That’s why it can be so helpful to work with a design professional to help nail your personal style, amid so many options.

“Finding a designer you can really open up to is really important, because they’re going to pull out you out of your comfort zone. But it’s going to feel like you, and be a space you’re proud of. And that’s invaluable,” says Poole.

In addition to expert design advice, attendees can expect over 300 exhibitor booths onsite at the Show. SUPPLIED

Come showtime, the Sleep Country Home + Garden Stage will see a headlining presentation by HGTV Canada star and real estate expert Scott McGillivray, who has starred in such shows as Income Property, Buyers Bootcamp and, most recently, Scott’s Vacation House Rules. As a skilled contractor, best-selling author and educator, McGillivray is trusted for his renovation advice and return-on-investment tactics. He’ll be sharing his insider secrets on how to make money in real estate in 2024.

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Joining him will Neil Harding of Sleep Country Canada, talking about that most important of home-related topics: how to get a good night’s sleep. As an experienced sleep expert, Neil has helped thousands of Canadians get their Zs. The pair join a lineup of local experts ready to help Calgarians tackle any project this season, inside or out.

And speaking of out, no spring home show would be complete without an outdoor feature. This year’s is HC Forest Products’ presents Backyard Wars, where exhibitors will be pitting their outdoor-space design chops against one another for a $1,000 cash prize. Attendees can tour the spaces, vote for their favourite backyard design and take home some inspiration.

There’s even more fun to check out in addition to the over 300 exhibitor booths onsite. Guests can shop for treasures at The CURATE Vintage Market by Tipsy Palm, which is stocked with an eclectic collection of found design objects and fashion items, by Edmonton’s Tipsy Palm and other purveyors.

For home decorators who love clean, uncluttered spaces, make sure to stop by MODern Minimalism presented by Rockbox Structures. Step inside and see how minimalism can be warm, beautiful and supremely functional.

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Pickleball enthusiasts will have the opportunity to hone their skills with the help of professional player Jorge Quintero. He’ll be serving up tips at Paddle Paradise, presented by CHURCO and JQI Pickleball – a feature focused on active, outdoor living that might just inspire your home court addition.

And if you’re the hands-on (safety glasses primed) type, the DIY Training Centre will be offering sessions on how to use power tools, tiling techniques, drywalling and more.

This is just a snapshot of what attendees will discover at the Calgary Home + Garden Show. For more details and a full feature list, visit

This story was created by Content Works, Postmedia’s commercial content division, on behalf of Marketplace Events.

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