2016 Celebrities

Sarah Richardson

Sarah Richardson

Sarah Richardson is an award-winning designer and television personality, known around the world for dramatic transformations that turn ordinary spaces into magazine-worthy rooms with an incredible wow factor. Richardson is the host and co-producer of five HGTV lifestyle series seen in over 100 countries where she shares her practical, endearing and inspiring approach to décor and design with viewers. 
In addition to Room Service, Design Inc, Sarah's House (as well as Sarah’s Cottage and Sarah’s Rental Cottage), Sarah 101 and Real Potential, Sarah was featured on HGTV’s Home to Win in 2016 and is currently in production on her newest show.
Sarah is considered a creative powerhouse in the design world and juggles the daily running of a high-demand design business, Sarah Richardson Design Inc. based in Toronto. 

Don’t miss Sarah Richardson on our Main Stage on Friday, September 30 from 5:30pm-6:30pm, where
she will present a variety of design solutions for your next home project—no matter how big or small! 


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Leigh-Ann Allaire Perreault

As a colour and design aficionado, lifestyle expert, and DIY doyenne, Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault has spent years crafting a unique philosophy for design that fuses ingenuity, whimsy, and quality workmanship – all on a “frugalista” budget. She believes that we shouldn’t take our spaces too seriously, and that great design is not about how much money you spend, but rather how creative you can be. 
Amongst the many hats she wears, Leigh-Ann is a regular contributor on Cityline, and a spokesperson for Black & Decker Canada and Rust-Oleum Canada. With a passion to educate and inspire, Leigh-Ann embraces every opportunity she gets to spark creativity and instill confidence in others who strive to “DO IT YOURSELF”. 

Catch Leigh-Ann on our Main Stage Friday, September 30 from 4:00pm-
5:00pm and Saturday, October 1 from 1:30pm-2:30pm with her presentation From Runway to Room, where she will show you how to take inspiration from the catwalk to add DIY style to your home.

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As the editor-in-chief of Ottawa At Home magazine Mary Taggart is a respected decorator and lifestyle expert.  Her passion lies in inspiring others to lead stylish lives, authentic to their personal style. She often shares decor and entertaining tips and ideas on a variety of local media outlets. Mary has the ability to make any space work aesthetically to suit lifestyle and environment.

Mary will hit our Main Stage on Thursday, September 29 from 5:30pm-6:30pm and Friday, September 30 from 2:30pm-3:30pm, where guests will learn how to inject colour and design trends into their homes to put their own stylish stamp on each room.


Cathleen Van Der Westhuizen

Cathleen has always had an interest and natural talent for creating interior spaces that are unique and inviting.  She has staged homes for resale and has done interior design work for friends and family. After working in Marketing at Mercedez Benz in South Africa, Cathleen upon immigrating to Canada, decided to pursue her true passion for interior design and opened Gotcha Covered Ottawa. Gotcha Covered specializes in designing custom window treatments to suit a range of styles and budgets for both residential clients and commercial businesses.  In addition to custom window solutions, she creates custom bedding and upholstery and offers interior design advice as an added value service to all her customers. “When I work with my clients I seek to create window solutions that are unique, functional and make a statement.” Outside of running Gotcha Covered, Cathleen is a mom with two active teenage daughters. She enjoys reading, art and hiking with her daughters and husband Jan.

Join Cathleen as she explores the evolution of window coverings and to get a glimpse at future trends now when she takes the stage on Saturday, October 1 from 11:30am-12:30pm and Sunday, October 2 from 1pm-2pm.

Andrew Downward

Andrew Downward

Andrew Downward played a leading role on the wildly successful HGTV/W Network and is now a popular columnist for Home and Design Magazines across Canada. Divine Design with Candice Olson is still seen in over 78 countries worldwide on HGTV in the US and W Network and OWN in Canada. Andrew's expertise and insights into paint, colour, and paint applications has awarded him international recognition in his field.  In fact, Andrew's knowledge and experience on Divine Design has made him one of North America's most recognisable and trusted paint and colour experts. 

To hear more about the power of paint, don’t miss Andrew’s presentations on Saturday, October 1 from 3pm-4pm and Sunday, October 2 from 11:30am-12:30pm.

Steve Barkhouse

Steve Barkhouse

Steve Barkhouse founded Amsted Design-Build in 1989. Awarded the GOHBA’s Renovator of the Year an unprecedented 5 times since its inception, and accepting innumerable local, provincial and national awards throughout its 25 year history, Amsted is Ottawa’s most recognized local renovation company.  Steve has been a member of the GOHBA, OHBA and the CHBA since 1990. He is also a Renovators’ Council member since 1990, and past Chair locally and provincially. Steve has been awarded the “Colonel Boss” award for Person of the Year, and most recently was the first Canadian finalist for the international Fred Case Award, recognizing entrepreneurialism, creativity and innovation in the renovation industry.

If you want to learn how to successfully tackle a home renovation project, don’t miss Steve’s interactive seminars on Thursday, September 29 from 3pm-4pm and Saturday, October 1 from 4:30pm-5:30pm.