Calgary Home + Garden Show: How to Customize Interior Design

Interior design expert Louis Duncan-He explains how to work with a designer and create a style that’s relevant to you

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Thank the pandemic for the explosive craze to buy, sell, renovate, decorate and live well at home.

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Calgary-based interior designer Louis Duncan-He has an ever-growing list of projects underway in response to this new demand. A lakeside home in Vernon, BC, and a property in Toronto are just two of 20 projects he and his team are working on.

Never too busy to share his love of all things design, Duncan-He will be one of the main stage presenters at the 2022 Calgary Home and Garden Show, February 24-27 at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park.

“My presentation will be divided into two parts. The first part will be like a Design 101,” says the 38-year-old Vancouver-born designer, who discovered his true creative calling while working in corporate advertising.

“I think there’s a lot of mystery in working with a designer and people have a lot of questions. I’d like to give some advice in the form of points that people can take away and get something out of it immediately,” he says.

Part two will take on his heralded topic, Designing with Soul, which Duncan-He says is about designing spaces with the essence of a person rather than mindlessly piecing things together to look like a certain way.

“I want someone to see space and I want them to feel something. I want it to provoke a reaction,” he says.

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His work has been featured internationally in design and renovation magazines. The Marda Loop home he has shared with her husband of 10 years, which he completely renovated, was featured in the January edition of Style at Home.

His work is described as possessing a “west coast perspective”, not to be confused with “Coastal”, which depicts influences from Fiji or even the Hamptons in New York State.

“I grew up in British Columbia, so I’m very inspired by that kind of laid-back, effortless sense of elegance and chic. I like to explore the tension between something natural and something very material. So when I say West Coast, it’s natural with a certain fluidity,” he says.

Calgary was meant to be just a pit stop on her husband’s journey to becoming a doctor. The city he expected to see in the middle of Stampede 24/7/365 caught him off guard.

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“It has a very particular population. There are a lot of interesting cultural things to do and (compared to Vancouver) it’s a smaller city, traffic-wise,” he says. “There’s a lot of dynamic and creative energy in Calgary with a lot of national designers.”

Over 250 exhibitors will be present at the Calgary Home and Garden Show. Attendees can find more interior design ideas by visiting construction and renovation experts Mackay Interior Finishing, Renovations by Hearth and Home and Rusch Design Build.

Duncan-He is scheduled to appear on the main stage on February 26 at 4 p.m. and February 27 at 3 p.m. Revised schedules can be posted on the show’s website.

Tickets are available at the door with a $2 discount if purchased online at calgaryhgs.com.

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