The GTA Home and Reno show was held the weekend of February 17. It featured a wide array of guest speakers, workshops, and innovative products. This gave any homeowner, designer, or decorator the perfect opportunity to learn what’s new in the industry, and tricks of the trade. Since this was the “Home and Reno” show, there were plenty of contractors and designers hoping to expand their business and get in touch with some potential clients. Shows like these are an amazing opportunity for interior design students to get into the working field by networking with designers from other firms. I was able to speak to about three different firms about possible internship opportunities that may be available.
I also had the privilege of listening to Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault give a seminar on the Casalife main stage called “staging your home to stay” where she explained where most homeowners are struggling in terms of furniture placement, paint colours, and décor. She explained why rooms often looked cluttered and what can be done to reduce it. Sitting amongst an audience where most people are homeowners with interest in interior decorating, you can hear the gasps as they recognize where they were making mistakes and now plan to fix them.
This show was meant for designers and people who are true DIYers. The contractors are more than willing to create custom cabinetry, furniture, doors, or anything else you can think of. There was also a “DIY demolition” seminar where people were taught how to make small renovations in their homes themselves, like applying tiles and installing a toilet.
Fortunately, if you missed the GTA Home and Reno show, there is still another opportunity to attend the National Home Show in downtown Toronto from Mar 10 to 19. It is anticipated to be even bigger and better with over 700 retailers and industry experts displaying products, ideas, and great deals for your home and garden. I hope to see you all there!
Anjali Patel is a student in the Bachelor of Interior Design at RCC Institute of Technology She is currently moving into term 11 and is working on her thesis.