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Philly Home Show 2018 Showcases Design in Small Spaces

Every year, the Philly Home Show comes to the Philadelphia Convention Center to inspire thousands of folks. Hundreds of vendors exhibit their brands with new ideas and innovative technology. While many features are targeted towards homeowners, this year’s show highlighted new aspects for apartment dwellers.

The theme of the big annual Designer Challenge is City Studios. This exciting showcase highlights the talent of three top designers who have re-imagined a 200 sq. ft space. Each unique style transforms the studios into an oasis to sleep, eat, and relax in.

Deb Foglia, from Seeking Lavender Lane, has created a rustic chic bedroom studio with a lot of cozy elements. Texture plays a big element with a large leather recliner, pops of fresh foliage, and woven details. Cool wood tones are mixed with warm candles and fluffy throw pillows and blankets.

In a partnership between Mix & Match Design Company and RD Design House, they’ve created a modern luxe feel. Simple pieces are elevated with smart decor choices throughout the rooms, Try replacing a nightstand with a bookshelf to create vertical space. Magnify space with mirrored accent pieces, such as wall art, lamps, and more.

Small spaces doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice big style. Tommi Mischell, from K Gallery Art & Design, brings ornate style to her entertainment area. In just 200 sq. ft. she styles a lavish space withs signature pieces like a gleaming chandelier and tall banquette seating. These pricer pieces are balanced by upcycled barrels turned into a bar and planks of recycled wood to separate it from the dining area.

Which is your favorite City Studio? Leave your vote in the comments below!

If you’re seeking more professional opinions, look no further than the special celebrity appearances! Kevin O’Connor, host of the legendary PBS show This Old House, will speak about the countless home renovations he’s worked on so that you are inspired for your own renovation project. O’Connor will talk about how each home project is different and how to navigate the world of home renovations.

Additionally, let’s not forget about our furry roommates. The brand new Barkitecture Village exhibit has partnered with local groups to create fabulous pet houses! Visitors can bid on the creations with all proceeds benefiting the Providence Animal Center. Our favorite is the “Oz home,” by Long & Foster: Philly Center City Office, complete with a yellow brick road!

Back again this year is the popular Make It & Take It Workshops, sponsored by Seeking Lavender Lane. This free workshop teaches anyone how to make easy DIY crafts – with all materials included for you. Also, don’t miss the sixth annual Upcycle Challenge by Habitat for Humanity. Discover new sustainable decorating techniques while raising awareness for Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia and its local affiliated Restores.

There’s plenty more to see, and the Philly Home Show is in town until next weekend. Go to their website for more information on when to visit between January 19-21. For updates, follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Plus, check out their Pinterest for major inspo.

If you can’t make it, don’t miss the Philly Home + Garden Show coming to the Greater Philadelphia Convention Center on February 16.


What are you most excited to check out at the Philly Home Show?