Edmonton Fall House Present: Discover inspiration for all your private home tasks
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What better way to spend the shorter days and longer nights of autumn than planning your next big home improvement project.
The 2022 Edmonton Fall Home Show, running Oct. 14 to 16 at the Edmonton Expo Centre, is the place to be for inspiration and ideas for everything related to your home. There will be nearly 200 exhibitors on hand, plus special features including Design Decisions presented by House of J Interior Design, Home on the Hill with Maetche Construction and Forest Trek Woodwork, The Greener Side with DYP Refillery and shopping at the Make It! Pop Up Market with more than 30 local artisans and makers.
Jennifer Woch, owner of House of J (@houseofjinteriors) will help show visitors navigate the overwhelming number of decorating trends. Through a selection of “rooms” created by Woch at the Design Decisions display, visitors will learn about popular trends, from maximalism to mid-century modern and modern farmhouse, to discover what esthetic speaks to them.
Main Stage presentations include HGTV Canada’s Sebastian Clovis, host of Save My Reno, Tackle My Reno and co-host of the ensemble series Home to Win and Family Home Overhaul. He’ll be speaking about his new series, Good Job. TV designer and personality Tiffany Pratt, known in home makeover circles as the Queen of Colour, will also share some insight from the Main Stage.
Making her debut appearance at the Fall Home show will be Alberta-based professional organizer Megan Golightly (@gosimplified), whose specialty is dealing with clutter.
“We are excited to have Megan Golightly join us on the Sleep Country Main Stage and as a designer for a feature called The Simple Life,” says show manager, Kristy Cairns. “We’ve all seen the TikToks and shows like The Home Edit. Home organization is bigger than ever, and I think folks will be quite intrigued. Every homeowner can take something away from what she has to say and apply it.”
Golightly began her home organization enterprise in 2008, applying her knowledge of psychology and neuroscience to help her clients get to the bottom of their clutter.
“There’s a real psychology behind clutter. There’s a cost to clutter — it steals from us because often we subconsciously tell ourselves a story that isn’t very nice about ourselves every time we look at it. It eats away at our spirits. It’s hard to deal with it when there isn’t awareness of the mechanics behind it,” she says.
Before running to the store for bins, baskets and organizational gadgets, she encourages people to talk about how the clutter accumulated in the first place. Often everyday items laying around on countertops or tables are there because everything people really need to face is taking up space in cupboards.
“Those are past lives things, things passed down or gifted from grandparents or weddings. We can’t deal with today until we’ve dealt with yesterday, and who wants to do that when today is more fun,” she says.
People become stuck because of the story they tell themselves about each item. They might need it someday or it would be wasteful to throw out something they spent $1,000 on.
“There’s the bad purchase scenario. We hang onto something because we don’t want to deal with the shame of that purchase. We can get addicted to stories of guilt, shame and fear,” she says.
There are three questions she leads clients through — questions which reveal what they’re trying to avoid. The questions generally work like a charm and help people release items that are keeping them stuck. The three questions will be revealed during her Main Stage presentations.
“Ask questions gives people an opportunity to shift their perspective, and they will never look at clutter the same way,” says Golightly.
WHAT: The 2022 Edmonton Fall Home Show
WHEN: friday, october 14 to Sunday, Oct. 16
WHERE: Edmonton Expo Center, 7515 118th Ave. NW
HOURS: october 14 from noon to 9 pm, Oct. 15 from 10 am to 9 pm, Oct. 16 from 10 am to 6 pm
TICKETS: $12 full day/$8 half day for ages 13-plus; $10 for ages 60-plus; Free for children 12 and under. Save $2 per ticket by purchasing online.