Pretoria HOMEMAKERS Expo: In Review
The Pretoria HOMEMAKERS Expo took place at the Sun Arena, Time Square from 24 – 26 May 2019. The expo was an incredible showcase of home improvement, home lifestyle, home appliances, home décor, and of course all things Raw Comfort!
The warm atmosphere created by the Sun Arena, Time Square meant this year’s show was an opportunity to share stories and connect with home lifestyle experts.
Highlights included raw product and healthy lifestyle demonstrations, beautifully designed interiors and relaxed conversations. Once again, the show ensured visitors were better informed and highly entertained.
As Pretoria’s only expo of its kind, HOMEMAKERS Expo remains one of the leading events in the home improvement and lifestyle sector.
The show featured an expertly curated selection of the region’s hottest interiors, soft furnishings, lighting, kitchens, furniture, landscape design, DIY, healthy lifestyle and more.
The Raw Workshop sponsored by World of Decorative Concrete overflowed with DIY enthusiasts. Visitors had the chance to get their hands dirty while learning more about raw products. Expert demonstrations on concrete (World of Decorative Concrete), glass (Smelt Glass Studio), wool (The Yarn Room), Tjhoko Paint and vertical flower wall building (DIY with Elle) were thoroughly enjoyed.
Thrive For Good Theatre
Izelle Hoffman helped change the way we cook, eat and live with informative and delicious demonstrations on healthy cupcakes, guilt-free chocolate mousse, homemade baby food, fresh fruit juices and perfect gin and food pairings.
The kitchen takeover by Ruben Delmage and Arnold Geerdts had everyone in stitches with some heartwarming moments as their families joined in the fun.
The Thrive For Good Cooking Challenge saw contestants making some incredible dishes in under 30 minutes while being put to the test on their healthy food knowledge. With some guidance from Izelle and the student chefs, everybody learned a whole lot about healing your body with the right foods.
After three days of competing, Lorinda and couple, Anna-Marie and Nico, walked away as the individual and team champions respectively.
The winners and runner-ups won themselves a day with Izelle Hoffman where she will consult on the best meals for their lifestyles. Above that, the champions each won a custom-made recipe book and a whole lot of healthy goodies from the theatre sponsors to start their healthy journey off on the right foot.
Colour Cube Brought to you by Paint Master
The Colour Cube gave visitors the chance to brainstorm their next big or small décor idea. With inspiration cubes showcasing the full Paint Master paint range and trusted professionals on hand, it was the ideal spot to get advice and ideas for every and any painting project.
Designers Spaces Challenge
The interior designers featured in the Designer Spaces Challenge went all out with their designs. Gaining inspiration from South Africa, Indonesia, Mauritius, Mozambique and America, each space was beautifully decorated with the smallest detail perfectly thought out.
In the end, the winning design went to Alysha Craxton from Principia Designs who was inspired by Indonesia. All the designs really brought the best of global interior design style to Pretoria.
Java & Script Café
The Java & Script Café created a comfy spot to sit, relax and enjoy a cup. Surrounded by books and accessories from Exclusive Books, visitors were able to find the latest home lifestyle reads to take home and enjoy.
Our foodie haven, D’Vine Life spoilt visitors with decadent delights and custom cuisines. Foodie favourites included delicately rolled ice-cream, sweet treats, Polish meats, Thai curry, cheeses, sushi and towering burgers. All of this was perfectly accompanied by custom spices, sauces, handcrafted gin and wine. It was difficult to choose what to try first.
An incredible showcase of handcrafted décor, artworks, silk flowers, handmade furniture and lighting were beautifully displayed in Truly Artisan.
D’Vine Style was a difficult section to pass by without stopping to admire the beautiful products on display. From trendy sunglasses and custom jewellery to leather handbags and Nguni hide products, D’Vine Style had top bespoke products to have you looking great.
Pretoria HOMEMAKERS Expo Exhibitor Award Winners
The recipients of our Gold Award mastered the balance of practicality, innovation and beautiful aesthetic. Congratulations to you all!
The overall winner went to Mathéo Blinds & Awnings for their cleverly designed and welcoming stand.
Gold Award Winners
Patio Warehouse, Fenster Aluminium, MNA Decking & Flooring / Eva-Last, Mathéo Blinds & Awnings, Ashley Furniture Homestore, NuPower Solar Water Heating
Exclusive Awnings, Blockhouse Furniture, Best Deck, Ergo Kitchens, Down 2 Earth Garden Creations, Tjhoko Paints
Vasco Stone, Designer Pool Covers, K.Carrim Tiles & Sanitaryware, Vorwerk Kobold, Out the Box Welding & Design, Pieter Muller Landscaping