Winter 2012 Home and Decor Events and Openings

Mark your calendar for these winter events and new stores offering holiday and home inspiration

VanDusen Botanical Gardens takes Christmas decorating to new heights

New stores, festive events and food make for a busy winter season and plenty of ideas and inspiration for your home

Kentwood Floors Studio Opens in the Armoury District

Metropolitan Hardwood Floors, the exclusive distributor of Kentwood Floors, has opened a premium trade showroom in Vancouver. Nestled in Kitsilano’s Armoury District, the new Kentwood Studio is a versatile, gallery-like space for both designers and the public. The showroom features Kentwood’s latest Couture Collection, a line of products boasting spectacular textures and colours. With 2,500 square feet of space, the studio includes a spacious glass-walled boardroom, multipurpose workspaces and lounge area. 2058 Pine Street, Vancouver; 604-395-2000.

Richmond Gets a Kohler Showroom with Musical Tubs

Universal Supply Ltd., a major distributor of Kohler products, has launched Richmond’s first Kohler-registered showroom. The space features a display of enameled cast-iron products in a wide range of colours from slate grey to cobalt blue. The showroom also carries bathtubs outfitted with Kohler’s new VibrAcoustic technology. Hidden speakers located within the tubs emit sound waves that envelop the body for a truly spa-like experience. You can select from pre-programmed music, unwind to your own musical playlist or catch up on news and podcasts. #1-13520 Crestwood Place, Richmond; 604-278-5400.

Whistler Cornucopia Offers Five Days of Food and Wine

Indulge yourself with fine wine and culinary delights at the Cornucopia Food and Wine Festival in Whistler. The five-day event includes parties, seminars, tasting events and the chance to hobnob with wine experts and renowned chefs. November 7-11; Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler.

Shop for New Holiday Decorations the Vancouver Christmas Market

Breathe in the glorious holiday aroma of baked apples, Christmas cookies and roasted chestnuts at the annual Vancouver Christmas Market. Enjoy this authentic German experience with endless shopping, European musical performances and a traditional Christmas Carousel. November 24 – December 23; 650 Hamilton Street, Vancouver.

Get Inspiration for Your Holiday Lights Display at VanDusen Gardens

VanDusen Botanical Garden once again illuminates the dark winter sky with its annual Festival of Lights. Feast your eyes on shimmering sculptures, Scandinavian Christmas elves, Candy Cane Lane and a stunning lights show. More than 20,000 lights are strung across the 22-hectare garden. December 7 – January 1; VanDusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver; 604-257-8335.

Originally published in BC Home & Garden magazine. For regular updates, subscribe to our free Home and Garden e-newsletters, or purchase a subscription to the magazine.