Three local interior design hopefuls will compete for the title of
Urban Barn’s Next Top Designer: Reloaded, October 16-19, 2014 at BC Place Stadium

Cutthroat creatives, take note! The Vancouver Home + Design Show today announced the second coming of Urban Barn’s Next Top Designer: Reloaded in partnership with Urban Barn and Frontier Luxury Flooring. The hunt begins today for three local undiscovered interior designers and decorators to take part in the ultimate micro-management exercise: designing a 150 ft2 space with $5,000 worth of Urban Barn furniture and accessories for display (and public vote) at the Vancouver Home + Design Show, happening October 16-19, 2014 at BC Place.

“There was an overwhelming response to the very first Next Top Designer competition last fall, and we couldn’t wait to bring it back,” said Jill Kivett, regional director at Marketplace Events, owner and operator of the Vancouver Home + Design Show. “We’ve got a few new tricks up our sleeve this year, plus amazing prizing valued at more than $10,000. It’s going to be a high-stakes battle, that’s for sure.”

The designer of the space receiving the most votes will be awarded a booth at the 2015 Vancouver Home + Design Show, $1,000 to spend at Urban Barn and a feature inWestcoast Homes & Design magazine, while one lucky voter will walk away with a $5,000 Urban Barn shopping spree.

Hopeful applicants can follow these easy steps to enter:

  1. Follow the Vancouver Home + Design Show and Urban Barn on Pinterest.
  2. Create a Pinterest board named “Urban Barn’s Next Top Designer: Reloaded” showcasing their signature design aesthetic and favourite compact pieces from Urban Barn.
  3. Populate the board with as many images as necessary, with at least ten (10) pins from
  4. Fill out the entry form at and include the link to their contest Pinterest board.

“This year, we’re upping the ante by focusing on small space design, which is such a hot trend right now in Vancouver,” added Sebastien Fauteux, creative director at Urban Barn. “With the added challenge of an assigned theme colour and a few other surprises along the way, each of our designers’ creativity will definitely be put to the test. I can’t wait to see what they come up with!”

Urban Barn’s Next Top Designer: Reloaded is open for entries from today until Friday, July 18. Each of the three finalists will be announced in August on the Home + Garden Events Blog. For more information, please visit

About the Vancouver Home + Design Show: The Vancouver Home + Design Show ( has been a staple in consumers’ calendars since 1983, attracting more than 35,000 qualified visitors every fall. Produced by Marketplace Events (, the show features high-interest exhibits, high-profile industry personalities and the latest home and lifestyle trends. Marketplace Events produces 33 home shows in 20 markets that collectively attract 1.1 million attendees and another 1.5 million unique web visitors annually.

About Marketplace Events: Marketplace Events creates vibrant expositions connecting enthusiasts with experts, products and services in dynamic face-to-face environments. The company now produces 39 consumer shows in the home and garden category (28 in the US and 11 in Canada) as well as the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo), a new trade and consumer show for the motorcycle industry. AIMExpo is the first event to be produced by the company’s new Trade Show Division. The 40 combined events attract 15,000 exhibitors, 1.5 million attendees and another 1.7 million unique web visitors annually. From 14 offices, the 110-person staff produces some of the most successful and longest-running shows in North America, including market-leading home shows in Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Washington, D.C., Orlando and Minneapolis–some of which have thrived in their markets for more than 75 years.

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