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Subject: Thinking Vertically – Making Your Small Space Designs Work For You

Linda Mazur
Fri. Sept. 28 | 1pm

Many of us are often happy to forgo square footage in lieu of an amazing location. Whether it’s the rustic charm of a vintage loft or a beautiful modern space in the heart of the city, the lure of the location will outweigh the loss of space. When it comes to designing your small dwelling however, you may find that you are a bit more space-challenged than you first thought. Thinking vertically is a design must when it comes to small spaces and storage solutions. Join us and explore the ways your small space can work for you without compromising the design aesthetic of your home

Bio
Linda Mazur is an award-winning, nationally publicized designer and the principal of Linda Mazur Design Group. Her in-demand multidisciplinary design firm is known for creating elegant yet relaxed spaces and full-scale design builds that reflect a timeless style while maximizing optimal functionality. The firm services clientele within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada. www.lindamazurdesign.com

Subject: Shades of Style

Sharon Grech
Sharon Sat. Sept. 29 | 1pm
Whether calming or dramatic, the perfect paint colours for your personal space should look good and feel good too. Sharon Grech, a regular Guest Expert on City’s Cityline will share inspiring room ideas with tips on how to confidently choose paint and colour for your home .

Subject: From The Ground Up!

Sharon Grech and Shai DeLuca-Tamasi Sun. Sept. 30 | 1pm
Design and colour choices go hand in hand, whether you are renovating, redecorating or simply re-styling! Join Cityline TV’s Shai and Sharon for a fun and informative session featuring tips from their own projects that will help you bring today’s luxurious design styles into your home!

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You can meet Sharon and Shai following their presentations in Salon 103, the Home + Style Studio Tour space, and receive a complimentary gift courtesy of Benjamin Moore while supplies last.

Bio
As an in-house Colour and Design Expert and Spokesperson for Benjamin Moore & Co., Sharon has established a reputation as an enthusiastic and knowledgeable authority on all aspects of colour, home fashion and style trends. With a passion for colour and style, Sharon has been a popular décor expert on Canada’s top lifestyle program, Cityline, since 1997. With her artist’s eye and lively “do-it-yourself” approach, Sharon has led the makeovers of hundreds of rooms, both inside and out, demonstrating how colour and paint can unify and beautify any space.
@sharon_grech

Shai DeLuca-Tamasi is the founder and president of the award winning design studio, SHAI DELUCA INTERIOR DESIGN & Design Expert for Canada’ s number 1 lifestyle show, Cityline. “ Life is in the details, style accordingly”, says Shai. The principal guides the style Shai provides for clients and viewers alike. Active in global interior design community, Shai works continuously as a design visionary pursuing projects that will continue to put him on the international design map.
@shaideluca
www.shaideluca.com

Subject: Destination Design: How to Infuse Global Influence Into Your Canadian Dwelling

Shai Deluca
Sun. Sept. 30 | 3pm

Let designer Shai DeLuca inspire you with his tips and tricks from his travels to create an international flare in your home. Shai will share with you how to incorporate the beauty that you have admired during your travels or what you have seen of places you’d like to visit to create the oasis you crave.

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Bio
Shai DeLuca-Tamasi is the founder and president of the award winning design studio, SHAI DELUCA INTERIOR DESIGN & Design Expert for Canada’ s number 1 lifestyle show, Cityline. “ Life is in the details, style accordingly”, says Shai. The principal guides the style Shai provides for clients and viewers alike. Active in global interior design community, Shai works continuously as a design visionary pursuing projects that will continue to put him on the international design map.
@shaideluca
www.shaideluca.com

Get Reno Ready

Rebecca Hay and Cynthia Soda
Sat. Sept. 29 | 3pm
A well designed home renovation must be functional first and enhance how your live in your home. Toronto Designer Rebecca Hay and Interior Designer Cynthia Soda will get you “Reno Ready”.
Learn their top designer tips to creating a stress-free renovation. They will share their stylish innovative design ideas and leading-edge products for today’s renovations. You will learn the true benefits to working with a designer with their latest before and afters of family friendly, liveable luxury home projects. Don’t miss the chance to get reno ready this fall.

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Bio
Designer Rebecca Hay, is the Principal Designer of Rebecca Hay Designs Inc. This Toronto award winning boutique design firm for over decade has been offering complete design & renovation services for residential, commercial and vacation properties. Known and celebrated for her design work and appearances on various acclaimed HGTV shows, Rebecca and her team design classic livable spaces that reflect their owner’s personality. Servicing clientele throughout Toronto, GTA, Canada www. RebeccaHayDesigns.com

Cynthia Soda is Owner, Principal Interior Designer of Soda Pop Design Inc., a multi-disciplinary interior design firm providing complete custom renovation and design services for residential and commercial clients throughout the GTA. Soda Pop Design Inc focuses on merging the client’s lifestyle, personality and architecture to create customized liveable luxury. www.sodapopdesign.ca, instagram: @csodapop, twitter: @sodapopdesign

Subject: Closets & drawers: Places Where Things Go to Hide

Iva Grbesic
Sat. Sept. 29 | 5pm
Iva, a mother of 4, currently lives in a 1600 sq. ft house so needless to say organization is critical. Iva will discuss easy hacks and how best to tackle all of those overflowing closets and dresser drawers. She will also reveal how the hall closet can be put to much better use.

Bio
While Iva Grbesic was a stay at home mom she started reading style blogs but none of them featured stylish mothers over 35 so she decided to change that. Her blog “Falling in Style” lead to broadcast opportunities and she became a regular Style Expert on Cityline and a guest on Today’s Shopping Choice. Iva offers viewers and her readers style tips for real women by a real woman.
www.fallinginstyle.net

Subject: Let’s Talk About Sleep

Neil Harding
Fri. Sept. 28 | 4pm
Sat. Sept. 29 | 4pm
Sun. Sept. 30 | 12noon

Designed to help people realize how to get a great night’s sleep. Find out what you can do to improve the quality and quantity of your sleep.

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Bio
Neil Harding, who is responsible for home shows nationally, has been a part of the Sleep Country team for close to 18 years. During this time he has gained extensive product and industry knowledge and is considered an expert in his field.

Subject: Shocking Truths

Frank Cohen and Michael Neumann
Sat. Sept. 29 | 6pm

Frank and Michael will speak on home-fire prevention, electrical safety and detecting the warning signs of degraded electrical. When 40 per cent of residential fires are electrical in nature, this is a presentation you cannot miss! They will focus on common electrical safety issues in the home e.g. degradation, electrical loads with today’s high-tech appliances, DIY hazards etc.; recognizing key warning signs of electrical hazards in the home; the dos and don’ts of aluminum wiring: how to ensure safety; surge protection not just for your computer but the entire electric system and common misconceptions about smoke/carbon monoxide alarms.

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Frank Cohn has been in the renovation business since 1969. He specializes in all renovations, especially mid-range to upscale from Vancouver to Nassau, Bahamas. He has been a member of BILD since 1991. He was recognized as BILD Renovator of the Year (2000,2007,2015). Frank has been featured weekly on Newstalk 1010 AM Home Improvement Show, HGTV, Global, CBC, Citytv, CTS and the International Home Show. Frank is also past chair of the curriculum Advisory Board for George Brown College, was nominated for CHBA Renovator of the Year (2008 and 2009), and is past chair of the Renovation Council GTHBA, OHBA.

Michael Newman is an Electrical Solutions Specialist for Birnie Home Safe and has over 25 years of experience in providing both mechanical and electrical services to commercial, industrial and residential applications. Michael is a former employee of the Electrical Safety Authority where he was entrusted with advancing their “Continuous Safety Services” program throughout the province of Ontario.
At Birnie Home Safe, Michael has taken on the role of electrical solutions specialist where he provides an initial home assessment at residences and educates homeowners on electrical safety and hidden hazards in their homes. He has made guest appearances on the Marilyn Weston Show on 740AM and also on the Home Improvement Show hosted by Frank Cohn on 1010AM Radio. Michael also speaks to various organizations and service clubs promoting electrical and home safety on a daily basis.

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