Décor & Gardening

Time to refresh

Time to refresh

It’s time to pull out your home improvement ‘to do’ list and get out there and see what’s new and on-trend in the home décor world. The annual East Coast Radio House & Garden Show is just a week away and we caught up with new show director, Cairey Baxter-Bruce.

Even if home décor and gardening are not your thing, the East Coast Radio House & Garden Show is worth a visit. With a plethora of stalls and exhibitions, ranging from foodie delights to kids’ entertainment, DIY and gardening, there is definitely going to be something that catches your fancy!

The show, in its 37th year, takes place from 30 June to 9 July at the Durban Exhibition Centre.

Durban-based new show director Cairey Baxter-Bruce, says this year’s show brings with it a great line-up of new show features, a collaboration of KZN’s top interior designers and decorators and a host of innovations for 2017.

Having worked on décor and design exhibitions nationally for over 15 years, Cairey has some considerable know-how in the intense, but creative field. She worked as Decorex general manager and business development manager and also owned her own event consultancy, b² Event Solutions.

“I’m so excited, as this will be my first ECR House & Garden Show as show director. I have visited many times in the past, and the show has always been extremely well supported and generally an entertaining event with plenty to see and do. This year we are hoping to attract an even bigger crowd, not only with our back-by-popular-demand attractions, but also with the host of new features we will be unveiling.”

Cairey says it takes a considerable amount of work to put together the 10-day show. “Throughout the year we focus on different aspects of the show. Rounding up and finalising our exhibitors is a hugely important task on its own. When it comes to deciding on the show’s exhibitors, we have an application process whereby companies are selected dependent on various criteria. It is also important that we have new products and services to create interest, so we actively look for companies who are launching new products or are focussed on current trends.”

She says the actual set-up of the show starts about eight days before the event opens, starting with measuring the halls, laying carpets and building all external all structures like marquees. Then it’s the exhibitors’ turn to move in and set up their stands. “We also have décor, entrances, signage, technical elements and feature areas to coordinate. There is really a lot more to it than people think,” she says.

Talking about what show-goers can expect from this year’s event, Cairey says the idea is to inspire people to ‘refresh’ their homes, both inside and out.

“There will be over 480 exhibitors, including great show deals and a line-up of new show features. These include The Foodie Fair, where you will find scrumptious local delights, wine tasting stations and craft beer. KZN’s top interior designers and decorators will collaborate for the first time to create a mix of trend-focused room settings in The KAPOW Designer Café presented by Dulux. Then there’s The Apartment – a take on contemporary small space living nestled in a 12m container; the African Green Revolution that showcases a full recycled green house and the H+G Maker Space with plenty of creative kids’ activities, all of which are not to be missed.

“The much-loved Home-Grown Design Fair returns, showcasing the best products by talented local crafters and design studios. Also back by popular demand are the KZN Travel & Adventure Show, the Builders DIY Pavilion and Tanya Visser’s The Gardener feature.”

Get In Touch:
The East Coast Radio House & Garden Show takes place from 30 June to 9 July. Monday to Thursday – 10am to 9pm; Friday and Saturday – 10am to 10pm; and Sunday – 10am to 8pm. Tickets are available at: iTickets.co.za / 086 1000 291 (R85 for adults, R60 for seniors and students and free for children under 12 years old).


Get It Magazine (Ballito/Umhlanga) – July 2018

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