Press-Republican

March 4, 2013

Indoor, outdoor living spaces on display

STEVEN HOWELL
Press-Republican

MONTREAL — The old adage states, “Where there’s a house, there’s a home.”

If that’s the case, then when there’s a home, there’s a home show.

The 34th Montreal National Home Show rolls into town at Place Bonaventure Friday, March 8, through Sunday, March 17. The show aims to help attendees renovate and decorate their own home sweet home. More than 500 exhibitors and 1,500 specialists will be offering the latest home-decoration and construction-design trends in heating, air conditioning and energy; kitchens and bathrooms; pools and spas; major appliances; landscaping; recreation; windows and doors; electronics; and decor.

“Everyone has a renovation or decoration project in mind, but what’s often missing are the tricks, advice, inspiration and new ideas to help make these projects a reality,” Montreal National Home Show manager Helene Cote said. “You can find this at the show.”

Cote said your level of renovation expertise doesn’t matter.

“The National Home Show is an annual rendezvous for home lovers, first-time home owners and industry professionals — all visitors are welcome,” she said.

“Whether it’s a small decoration project or larger-scale renovation, the NHS has answers to all your questions.”

BUBBLE ROOM

As always, the show boasts many special events and attractions. 

Don’t miss a visit to the CasaBubble, a dome-shaped, self-contained, all-transparent structure that can be used as an outdoor living room, winter garden or a bedroom under the stars. Each CasaBubble takes about 30 to 40 minutes to install, the press release states.

“You’ll really feel as if you’re living as one with nature,” Cote said.

GARDEN DISPLAYS

Landscaping and exterior design are a perennial National Home Show favorite.

“Our garden displays are always a crowd pleaser,” Cote said.

This year, the show features a 5,000-square-foot garden created by boutique landscape designer Ladouceur. The space incorporates rooftop, patio and balcony urban-garden designs complete with foliage, outdoor furniture, planters and ambient lighting.

OUTDOOR EXTRAS

Canadian retailer JC Perreault offers a grilling workshop to help attendees hone their outdoor-barbecuing prowess. On hand are grease-free, smoke-free and easy-to-clean grills; brick and stainless-steel outdoor islands; and outdoor refrigerators, patio heaters and furniture.

The space comes with some good taste, too, as visiting chefs cook up some tasty treats on-site. Guest chef Joel You offers a Cajun-inspired tasting menu. 

Swimming-pool retailer Trevi will also offer the latest design trends in leader pools, which are entirely built from concrete, as well as cabana spaces.

INDOOR LIVING

Moving indoors, the home show features L’Espace BMR, which is “entirely dedicated to renovation and home decorating,” Cote said.

This year, L’Espace BMR showcases 10 complete, staged living spaces — 12,000 square feet in all — as well as workshops devoted to current trends, paint, moldings, wall coverings and garage storage. While workshops are held in French, many bilingual experts are available to answer one-on-one questions in English as well.

And from the large to the small, the event also allows attendees to explore a 400-square-foot complete micro-condo unit. In addition, the National Home Show offers a new product showcase featuring the latest home innovations.

— Steven Howell is the author of Montreal

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IF YOU GO

WHAT: The Montreal National Home Show.

WHEN: Presented Friday, March 8, through Sunday, March 17. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

WHERE: Place Bonaventure is located at 800 rue de la Gauchetiere W. (Metro station Bonaventure), Montreal.

ADMISSION: $16 for adults, $13 for seniors (60 and older) and students, and $6 for children 6 to 12. Save $3 off admission price by purchasing tickets online. The show celebrates International Women's Day on March 8 with free admission to the first 5,000 women.

NOTE: The National Home Show devotes a specially designated day for industry professionals, including contractors and designers; this year, it is on Wednesday, March 13. The show is open to the general public as well that day, but professionals will have to register on the Home Show's website.

CONTACT: For more information, visit www.salonnationalhabitation.com or call Place Bonaventure at (514) 397-2222.