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Why eco-couture is the design trend we deserve (and need)

Discover this and other home décor and renovation inspiration at the Calgary Fall Home Show, returning Sept. 29 to Oct. 1

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As luxurious and maximalist styles surge in interest, so too has sustainable design. The upshot is eco-couture, a trend that marries opulence and sustainability for a timeless and organic feel that can be infused with tons of personality.

At this year’s Calgary Fall Home Show, taking place Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 at the BMO Centre, eco-couture will be a focal point of the event’s many experts, designers, showcases and experiences.

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“When it comes to eco-couture, there’s room for everyone,” says Linger Design Studio founder Amanda Lwanga. “Sometimes those terms put together seem like oil and water but, to me, eco goes with everything. Sustainability should go with every aesthetic.”

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Amanda Lwanga, founder and creative director of Linger Design Studio, is one of the many experts that will be sharing their advice at the Show. PAUL SWANSON

Whether you’re looking to incorporate sustainable materials into a redesign or want inspiration in the form of nature, this is what the highly anticipated event has in store.

Hit the Main Stage

According to Lwanga, the design industry is one of the largest global emitters of greenhouse gasses — a stark reality she’s actively challenging in her own design practice. During the event, she’ll be taking to The Sleep Country Main Stage to provide a masterclass on creating sustainable interiors that are functional, practical and lavish.

“Attendees can expect to learn some of the processes and practices used to bring sustainability into their spaces,” says Lwanga. “We’ll talk about what it’s like to work with a local furniture maker or to go vintage shopping and get creative in terms of how to reimagine certain objects.”

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HGTV Canada’s Bryan Baeumler will also be back as the Show’s headliner to present tangible tips on how to undertake elaborate home renovations and redesigns that will breathe new life into your space. Airing this fall, a new television series follows Baeumler as he hits the road to help budding Canadian business owners open or revive their businesses.

Do it yourself

When it comes to designing responsibly, DIY projects that upcycle materials — whether they be vintage finds or items from around your home — are both a friend to your wallet and the environment. DIY expert, Colleen Pastoor of Lemon Thistle, will be giving pointers on how to plan a DIY room makeover that’s cost-effective and easy to execute.

Stepping into the world of DIY design, Pastoor will take attendees through her own design process, from beginner-friendly crafts to advanced undertakings. The DIY pro can help you harness your own skills so you can unleash your creativity and add a personal touch to your space.

Get thrifty

Linger Designs Larch Court

Bringing an eclectic mix of unforgettable fashion and eccentric decor to the Calgary Home Show are Tipsy Palm, Alexander & Rose and Blu Poppie Vintage, which will present an array of curated home goods as part of the event’s CURATE Vintage Market. Expect to find a labyrinth of vintage furniture, clothing and home items — with a side of expert advice from thrifting gurus and business owners.

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“I love the idea of using vintage pieces — it doesn’t need to look like your grandma’s basement,” says Lwanga. “It’s a really fun process of discovery to figure out how to get what I want in a way that honors the environment.”

Whether it means working with a local electrician to rewire a vintage light fixture or reinventing a flea market find into sculptural art, she’s a fan of the burgeoning second-hand economy.

Find charming (and contrasting) treasures

The Show offers attendees the chance to browse artisanal pieces from local vendors (think: those special pieces that bring uniqueness and warmth to a home). For handcrafted items, be sure to hit up the Tangled Tree Markets pop-up show for a dose of trendy home decor, luxurious textiles, stunning wall art and hand-finished furniture.

There will also be opportunity to connect with your creativity at Opposites Attract, Designed by Partner with Sarah. Here, four distinct and popular design styles will be brought together to inspire you to mix and match esthetics in your own space.

Connect with nature

One of the event’s newest features is Camping Couture, presented by Lavish Canvas and designed by White House on the Prairie Design. Here, campers and glampers alike will be inspired to elevate their outdoor experiences. Outdoor enthusiasts can expect to find lavish canvas tents, luxury bed sets, extravagant tablescapes and outdoor setups that will have you pining for more nights spent under the stars.

To learn more about the exciting experiences taking place at the Calgary Fall Home Show or to score early bird tickets before Sept. 18, you can visit calgaryfallhomeshow.com.

This story was created by Content Works, Postmedia’s commercial content division, on behalf of Marketplace Events.

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