Notable Design Inspiration at the BC Home and Garden Show’s House Party

The BC Home + Garden Show pretty much took over BC Place Stadium with its largest collection of participating design talent yet, and our invite to attend the official kick-off party meant we scored an up-close and personal look at everything crowd-free.

On offer at this years event, we checked out the eco-friendly (built to scale) West Coast PowerSmart house (courtesy of BC Hydro), tried out the latest four-wheeled offerings via on-site car demos, checked out a display of unique ‘living’ furniture and took in plenty more. 

Show-goers in need of fuel could pop by the BC Living Lounge for libations and bites (while thumbing through the latest issue of the glossy design and lifestyle mag). We made sure to check it out during the media event and caught Vancouver-based band DNA6 getting everyone into the party groove with their upbeat tunes.   

After sampling locally brewed Parallel 49 beer and noshing on bites from Savoury Chef Catering, we were ready for more exploring and trend-spotting.

We had fun interacting with young designers and business owners at the event – especially the owners of Lumin Concepts and Design (love their ability to reuse, recycle and recreate chic pieces for the home). We popped by the show’s pop-up Portobello West fashion and art market and passed through M(ART)KET for a bit of artistic inspiration.

Though we weren’t able to stick around for the Urban Fare Cooking Challenge, it was said to have drawn a bevy of kitchen creatives. Participating chefs had to go head-to-head in a culinary challenge, using mystery ingredients chosen by the public to create a winning multi-course meal. Up for grabs: bragging rights and a deluxe catered dinner from Urban Fare and Helijet tour.

What we did have time for was the chance to check out the unique pop-up Urban Fare grocery store on our way home. Ingeniously, they’d recreated a standalone store in the midst of all the design/décor madness – and it was the perfect way to garner some inspiration for dinner (we loaded upon all the goods before heading home).

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