At the Show - Seminars

Seminars

The Design & Decor Stage and The Home Stage

Our 2013 Home and Design Show showcased a variety of topics on our seminar stages.

With celebrity designer Tommy Smythe discussing how to create a perfect personal environment, through the mixing of styles, to some sound advice on how to adopt a strategic approach, to planning a decorating project with your budget in mind, the seminar stages will certainly be inspiring, educational, and entertaining!

Design & Decor Stage | Home Stage

 

 Design & Decor Stage

Friday Sept. 27, 2013

1:00 pm

 

The Top 7 Must Knows of Condo Buying PLUS the New Normal for Condo Decorating

Marnie is often referred to as the Ottawa Condo Queen. She is an international speaker, the host of the weekly radio show, The Real Estate Hour, a millionaire real estate investor, and a wealth management coach.  This exciting presentation will give you a solid perspective on the real estate market.

Kristi Blok is a home stylist and is well-known for her creative, budget-friendly, and original approach to decorating.

Marnie Bennett
Broker
Bennett Property Shop Realty   

Kristi Blok
Home Stylist
KIKI Interiors


2:00 pm

 

The Well-Designed Basement

Norm has designed and built more basements in the Ottawa area
than any other company over the past twelve years. Norm
will show us how creative living spaces can be brought to life in an
area of the house that is often overlooked and underutilized.

Norm Lecuyer
Lead Designer & Owner
Just Basements


3:00 pm

 

Making Your Decor Budget Work for You

Join Mary on stage for an engaging seminar that will give you designer tips on where to save and when to splurge.  Even when working within the constraints of a budget Mary will show you how you can create harmony within your decorating project.

Mary Taggart
Editor-in-Chief
Ottawa at Home magazine


5:00 pm

 

 

How to Create a Big Bold Colour Palette and a Design That's Perfectly You!

Choosing colours can be scary, especially when gray is the trend! Certified interior decorator Sarah Kidder shows you how to be brave in your choices and how fabulous the results can be!

Sarah Kidder
Owner
Sarah Kidder Designs


6:00 pm

 

From Drab to Fab

Learn how to create designer accessories using things from around the house.  Marc is an avid promoter of breaking down the myths of design and offering simple alternatives to the often complicated design process.

Marc Atiyolil
Editor-in-Chief
Canadian Home Trends magazine


7:00 pm

 

Creating Beautiful Bathrooms (or Kitchens!) without Breaking the Bank

It's easy to go all out when renovating your kitchen or bathroom. Certified interior decorator Sarah Kidder shows you how to create the space you've always wanted on the budget you've got!

Sarah Kidder
Owner
Sarah Kidder Designs


Saturday Sept. 28, 2013

10:30 am

 

Making Your Decor Budget Work for You

Join Mary on stage for an engaging seminar that will give you designer tips on where to save and when to splurge.  Even when working within the constraints of a budget Mary will show you how you can create harmony within your decorating project.

Mary Taggart
Editor-in-Chief
Ottawa at Home 


11:30 am

 

Creating Layered Personal Environments

Gone are the days of the matchy matchy furniture era. Stylish decorating that reflects your taste  with a focus on The Mix bring the best results. Mixing different styles together in a harmonious way; like dark and light, and old and new, is the new and beautiful way of decorating. Tommy will take you through the steps of how to find that balance.

Tommy Smythe
Designer & Co-Host
HGTV's Sarah 101, Sarah's House


1:15 pm

 

From Drab to Fab

Learn how to create designer accessories using things from around the house.  Marc is an avid promoter of breaking down the myths of design and offering simple alternatives to the often complicated design process.

Marc Atiyolil
Editor-in-Chief
Canadian Home Trends magazine


2:15 pm

 

When to Splurge, Where to Save; Tommy Style

Homeowners face many challenges when decorating. Whether it is a whole room or just to refresh a look, Tommy will share his time saving and strategic tips and tricks for every style of decor. How to shop, what to keep in mind, what can save you money, and where to invest more is the focus of this presentation.

Tommy Smythe
Designer & Co-Host
HGTV's Sarah 101, Sarah's House


3:35 pm

 

Kitchen Declutter in 3 Easy Steps

Kitchen De-Clutter is about breaking the job into 3 simple tasks. Marlene will show us  how to make the job manageable.

A book signing will follow the talk.

Marlene MacPherson
TV Host & Cookbook Author
Marlene's Meal Makeovers


4:45 pm

 

The Top 7 Must Knows of Condo Buying PLUS the The New Normal for  Condo Decorating

Marnie is often referred to as the Ottawa Condo Queen. She is an international speaker, the host of the weekly radio show, The Real Estate Hour, a millionaire real estate investor, and a wealth management coach.   This exciting presentation will give you a solid perspective on the real estate market.

Kristi Blok is a home stylist and is well-known for her creative, budget-friendly, and original approach to decorating.

Marnie Bennett
Broker
Bennett Property Shop Realty   

Kristi Blok
Home Stylist
KIKI Interiors


Sunday Sept. 29, 2013

10:15am 

 

From Drab to Fab

Learn how to create designer accessories using things from around the house.  Marc is an avid promoter of breaking down the myths of design and offering simple alternatives to the often complicated design process.

Marc Atiyolil
Editor-in-Chief
Canadian Home Trends magazine


11:15am

 

Creating Layered Personal Environments

Gone are the days of the matchy matchy furniture era. Stylish decorating that reflects your taste with a focus on The Mix brings the best results. Mixing different styles together in a harmonious way; like dark and light, and old and new, is today's new and beautiful way of decorating. Tommy will take you through the steps of how to find that balance.

Tommy Smythe
Designer & Co-Host
HGTV's Sarah 101, Sarah's House


 12:30pm

 

Kitchen Declutter in 3 Easy Steps

Kitchen De-Clutter is about breaking the job into 3 simple tasks. Marlene will show us  how to make the job manageable.

A book signing will follow the talk.

Marlene MacPherson
TV Host & Cookbook Author
Marlene's Meal Makeovers


1:45 pm

 

When to Splurge, Where to Save; Tommy Style

Homeowners face many challenges when decorating. Whether it's a whole room or just to refresh a look, Tommy will share his time-saving and strategic tips and tricks for every style of decor. How to shop, what to keep in mind, what can save you money, and where to invest more is the focus of this presentation.

Tommy Smythe
Designer & Co-Host
HGTV's Sarah 101, Sarah's House


3:00 pm

 

Making Your Decor Budget Work for You

Join Mary on stage for an engaging seminar that will give you designer tips on where to save and when to splurge.  Even when working within the constraints of a budget, Mary will show you how you can create harmony within your decorating project. 

Mary Taggart
Editor-in-Chief
Ottawa at Home magazine


4:00 pm

 

The Top 7 Must Knows of Condo Buying PLUS the The New Normal for  Condo Decorating

Marnie is often referred to as the Ottawa Condo Queen. She is an international speaker, the host of the weekly radio show The Real Estate Hour, a millionaire real estate investor, and a wealth management coach.   This exciting presentation will give you a solid perspective on the real estate market.

Kristi Blok is a home stylist and is well-known for her creative, budget-friendly, and original approach to decorating.

Marnie Bennett
Broker
Bennett Property Shop Realty   

Kristi Blok
Home Stylist
KIKI Interiors


 

Home Stage

Friday Sept. 27, 2013

12:30 pm

 

Interior Living Walls for Homeowners

This presentation will illustrate small scale examples of different types of interior living walls for homeowners. The many benefits of living walls will be outlined. Finally, examples of where homeowners can purchase living walls will be noted. 

Chris Canning
Owner
Canning Greenworks 


1:30 pm

 

Ecological Living;  Room by Room

Candice Batista is a leader in green television reporting. Join her as she walks you through her home Sustainability Checklist.  Find practical ways to live green while being conscious of your budget.

Candice Batista
TV Host and Producer
The Marilyn Denis Show


2:30 pm

 

The Importance of a Renovation Design

Brent will be discussing the importance of having proper designs done for your renovation.

Brent Kelly
Senior Designer, Manager
Ottawa General Contractors


3:30 pm

 

Sustainable Design & Build Practices

The dramatic drop in cost of sustainable and ecologically sensitive building materials in the past decade have now made building a healthy home affordable for the average home builder. Tosh will discuss key aspects of green building including design, materials selection, construction methodologies, land use, the building envelop, home energy options, waste reduction, and water conservation.

Tosh Serafina
Owner
Healthiest Homes


4:30 pm

 

Protecting Your Investment When Hiring a Contractor to do Your Home Renovation

Stephen is a Public Education advisor with the Ministry of Consumer Services.  Stephen's mandate is to provide practical advice and present industry guidelines for home renovations projects.  Among the topics discussed will be how to hire a contractor, what to expect when getting quotes, contract details, and appropriate payment schedules.

Stephen Puddister
Public Education Advisor
Ontario Ministry of Consumer Services


6:00 pm

 

3 ways to Avoid Renovation Disasters: Save Your Money, Save Your Marriage!*

Over his 30 years of building and renovating homes, Dan Wildgen has either witnessed or heard of more than a few calamities.  Dan will unveil the 3 keys he has distilled from his experience to help home owners not only avoid disasters but make the most out of the renovation investment.

*This presentation is for single and married people and everyone in between.

Dan Wildgen
Owner
Harmony Homes and Renovations


7:00 pm

 

De-mystifying Solar Energy

Davin Dossett
Owner 
Jazz Solar


Saturday Sept. 28, 2013

10:30 am

 

Green Roofs for Residential Homeowners

This presentation will illustrate examples of award-winning green roofs.  The many benefits of green roofs will be outlined.  Finally, examples of small scale green roofs for garden sheds will be illustrated.

Chris Canning
Owner
Canning Greenworks


11:30 am

 

Sustainable Design & Build Practices

The dramatic drop in cost of sustainable and ecologically sensitive building materials in the past decade have now made building a healthy home affordable for the average home builder. Tosh will discuss key aspects of green building including design, materials selection, construction methodologies, land use, the building envelop, home energy options,  waste reduction, and water conservation.

Tosh Serafina
Owner
Healthiest Homes


12:30 pm

 

Protecting Your Investment When Hiring a Contractor to Do Your Home Renovation 

Stephen is a Public Education Advisor with the Ministry of Consumer Services.  Stephen's mandate is to provide practical advice and present industry guidelines for home renovations projects.  Among the topics discussed will be how to hire a contractor, what to expect when getting quotes, contract details, and appropriate payment schedules.  

Stephen Puddister
Public Education Advisor
Ontario Ministry of Consumer Services


1:30 pm

 

Ecological Living;  Room by Room

Candice Batista is a leader in green television reporting. Join Candice as she walks you through her home Sustainability Checklist.  Find practical ways to live green while being conscious of your budget.

Candice Batista
TV Host and Producer
The Marilyn Denis Show


2:30 pm

 

Mitigating Risks in Choosing the Right Contractor

Nathan will be discussing how to mitigate risks by choosing the right contractor and identifying which key elements to consider.

Nathan Dunlop
Estimator Business Development
Ottawa General Contractors 


3:30 pm

 

De-mystifying Solar Energy

Davin Dossett
Owner
Jazz Solar


4:30 pm

 

3 Ways to Avoid Renovation Disasters: Save Your Money, Save Your Marriage!*

Over his 30 years of building and renovating homes, Dan Wildgen has either witnessed or heard of more than a few calamities.  Dan will unveil the 3 keys he has distilled from his experience to help home owners not only avoid disasters but make the most out of the renovation investment.
*This presentation is for single and married people and everyone in between

Daniel Wildgen
Owner
Harmony Homes and Renovations


Sunday Sept. 29, 2013

10:30 am

 

Protecting Your Investment When Hiring a Contractor to Do Your Home Renovation

Stephen is a Public Education Advisor with the Ministry of Consumer Services.  Stephen's mandate is to provide practical advice and present industry guidelines for home renovations projects.  Among the topics discussed will be how to hire a contractor, what to expect when getting quotes, contract details, and appropriate payment schedules. 

Stephen Puddister
Public Education Advisor
Ontario Ministry of Consumer Services


11:30 am

 

Renovation Financing Options

Rob will be discussing renovation specific financing options people have to make their renovation happen.

Rob Murphy
Mortgage agent and regional partner
Mortgage Brokers Ottawa


1:00 pm

 

Ecological Living;  Room by Room

Candice Batista is a leader in green television reporting. Join Candice as she walks you through her home Sustainability Checklist.  Find practical ways to live green while being conscious of your budget.

Candice Batista
TV Host and Producer
The Marilyn Denis Show


2:00 pm

 

Sustainable Design & Build Practices

The dramatic drop in cost of sustainable and ecologically sensitive building materials in the past decade have now made building a healthy home affordable for the average home builder. Tosh will discuss key aspects of green building including design, materials selection, construction methodologies, land use, the building envelop, home energy options,  waste reduction, and water conservation.

Tosh Serafina
Owner
Healthiest Homes


3:00 pm  

3 Ways to Avoid Renovation Disasters: Save Your Money, Save Your Marriage!*

Over his 30 years of building and renovating homes, Dan Wildgen has either witnessed or heard of more than a few calamities.  Dan will unveil the 3 keys he has distilled from his experience to help home owners not only avoid disasters but make the most out of the renovation investment.
*This presentation is for single and married people and everyone in between.

Daniel Wildgen
Owner
Harmony Homes and Renovations

 

4:00 pm  

De-mystifying Solar Energy

Davin Dossett
Owner, 
Jazz Solar

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