Saturday, 24 March 2012

Edmonton Home and Garden Show!

This afternoon, my family and I ventured off to the Edmonton Home and Garden Show.  Tara Jamison of Lauren Lane Decor, who provided the giveaway tickets, also gave me a pair of tickets.  The show was totally packed, since it was Saturday, and it was a bit slow trying to get anywhere.  But I quite enjoyed myself!

I was a very bad blogger...I forgot my camera!  All these pictures are from Kevin's iPhone.  When we made it to Tara's booth, I introduced myself, and thanked her for the tickets.  Tara is very sweet and encouraging, and so knowledgeable about both Annie Sloan Chalk Paint as well as furniture painting in General.

We stayed for Tara's 3:00 talk on stage, and she answered every single question I had about chalk paint and furniture painting.  I really want to take one of her classes now!  I wasn't the only one...I overheard some women talking about the classes after Tara finished speaking.  They seemed really excited about it!

The rest of the show consisted of the usual Home and Garden vendors...a lot of As Seen On TV items, landscapers, builders, decorators, etc.  Many of the booths didn't have the company names very obvious.  I probably would have stopped to browse more if I could see at a glance what the booth was about.

I wish I had known about the booth where people can sit and talk to a designer for 10 minutes to get advice, etc.  That would have been fun to take advantage of.  I don't see any information about that on the show website.

These photos below are all from near the Greenland Garden Centre stage.  That was the prettiest part of the show! (apart from Tara's lovely booth, of course!  By the way, Tara was listed in the "celebrity" section of the program, and was on Breakfast Television this morning...I met a celebrity!)

I'd love to do something similar to this over the half-wall between the kitchen and living room.  Maybe with three old windows suspended from the beam/bulkhead.  But it's not high on the priority list at the moment!

I thought these globes were pretty clever.  They're just plain glass globes from lighting.  I guess if you have ugly yard lights you can pop a globe over it!

This lovely antique birdcage was provided by Chickie's Antiques!

My very patient family.  Juli had great fun because she got fudge and lolipops and a ball.  My kids did so well.  Nick even napped in the stroller.

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  1. So glad you were able to meet Tara, Joanna! And that your children hung in there with you :)
    (After seeing your picture at Tara's booth, I may know the secret to how you held up in the midst of the crowds... I'm beginning to believe those fabulous boots have special powers).

  2. Looks like you all had a great day. I'm loving the old doors in the garden. I'm working on doing a bit of a privacy screen for the back corner of my garden using 6 huge old shutters from another property. Can't wait to get it done - need to scrub them to bits, scrape off any paint and then decide if I'm going to repaint them or not - they are currently dark green.

  3. love love love the windows and old doors...we are getting ready to knock down the wall between the living room and kitchen to make the lr dr and k a large great room...i just might have to try this somehow to provide just the right amount of separation without blocking the light and the open feel!

  4. Oh, that looks like great fun and how wonderful that you got to meet Tara! She is a celebrity!
    I love that yellow bird cage and the antique one, too. And those windows, yes, they would look great over a half wall between rooms. I like that idea.
    Have a wonderful day!
    Hugs, Cindy

  5. Looks like fun! I've never gone before, although I've also never had a house of my own so perhaps it would be more fun if you could actually decorate your own house and yard. :)

  6. Wasn't the show huge!! Kudos to your husband and kiddos for hanging in there (I left mine at home ;).

  7. Congratulations to your show and all the people who attended were very glad to see your collections.


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