2013 Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival


The BMO Center in Calgary hosted the 2013 Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival this weekend. How2home was given the opportunity to attend this event for the first time and we were thoroughly impressed with all the vendors and exhibitors.


Favorites for the night include Bakon, a 35% potato vodka with a crisp and savory bacon flavor, and a light lager made by Guinness.


The food was amazing and we could not get enough of the plethora of cheeses. One of our most favorite cheese vendors was the Switzerland Cheese Marketing booth. Their delicious samples had our mouth’s watering during the preparation of the cheeses.



#IDS13 The Interior Design Show (Update)

The show was AMAZING!! We were super excited to see all the new and upcoming designs for 2013/2014.  We saw and Loved so much that we want to show you everything that was there! Seeing as how that would go on for forever, we’ll just give you a glimpse of our fav’s. 🙂

#IDS13 - Andrew Richard Design copyAndrew Richard Designs – LOVE their Patio Furniture!!!  Check out their showroom over at King East.

#IDS13 - Cera Gres copy

Cera Gres – Was Very impressed with their porcelain tiles. The wood grain pattern of these tiles are simply gorgeous.

#IDS13 - uRBAN BARN copy

Urban Barn – This is one of Sarah’s favorites. Beautiful Rustic and vibrant furniture/decors.

#IDS13 - iKEA copy

Ikea – The Ikea showcase was phenomenal! Their booth featured a stylish restaurant concept kitchen and oversize island. The dark window frames and copper bath tub were our favorites.

Here are some of our most desired/faves. I know, so many favorites!

#IDS13 - Frankys piks copy

#IDS13 - Sarah's Picks copy

#IDS13 The Interior Design Show

IDS will be hitting Toronto Jan 24-27 this year and you can be sure that it will be one you don’t want to miss. This is their 15th year doing the show in Toronto and Sarah and I are both extremely excited for this year’s show since it’s our first one since last year’s King East Design District Event. But I’m betting it won’t be our last!


The Interior Design show is an annual event that was started by Steven Levy in 1998.  The show features over 300 of the most influential architects and designers. This year’s event will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Center in Ontario.

Some of the designers we’re really looking forward to seeing are…

John Gidding                             Oki sato                                Phillpe malouin

Christiane Lemieux- dwell studio       Andrew Richard designs                   Cambria

Lately, Sarah’s been on the hunt for a new rug. She mentioned that she wanted something with a funky and modern design but with a color that’s not too feminine. We’ve been thinking about a navy blue rug perhaps? We’ll see if we can’t find something that’ll meet her requirement at the show 😉

The Opening Night Party will be an awesome event to make it out to as well with live performances by The Soul Proprietor, Eon Sinclair of Bedouin Soundclash, and more! The party will be catered by some of the many awesome restaurants of Toronto.


Weekday Fun at Paulette’s Original Donuts & Chicken

Ever since Sarah instagramed this photo last week from the wedding co. show, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this delicious looking fried chicken! Taking advantage of our light schedule we had yesterday, we thought, “What a perfect time for us to grab  lunch at Paulette’s Original Donuts and Chicken.


We really enjoyed the design of the store, their excellent customer service, and of course their amazing fried chicken and donuts 🙂


Their fried chicken with Tandoori bbq sauce and mac n’ cheese were too good to be true!

And of course….we couldn’t leave the store without grabbing some DONUTS! (Blueberry Balsamic, Nutmeg Vanilla Bean Sugar, Banana Coconut Cream Pie and Maple Walnut 5 Spcies)

Go check em’ out and let us know what you think! Have a great weekend everyone 🙂 Stay warm and drive safe!

The Wedding Co. Show

I have been really busy working with Eph*ra Event Design  on our space for The Wedding Co. Show. It was such an amazing experience and I actually felt kinda “star-struck” meeting some of my long time favorite artists from the show (Deborah from Palettra, Alexandria from Cake Opera Co. ,  Allyson & Sarah from Bobette and Belle,  Melissa from Mango Studio, Ikonica, 5ive 5ifteen….I can go on and on). I had such a great time at The Wedding Co. Show and it was such an amazing turn out. We really have to thank Catherine Lash , Fiona Christie and the fabulous team from The Wedding Co. for putting together such an inspirational event. Alanna, Dawn and I are so honored to be a part of the show this year. We met so many amazing couples and we can’t wait to get in touch with you and start helping you planning your big day. Hold on to your seat and be ready to see some of the most beautiful designs and pictures!

First up, Eph*ra Event Design Booth 🙂 we really wanted to do something out of the ordinary and eye catching, so we went with blue and orange as our main colors. Our focus was to make our guests feel warm and welcoming once they step foot into our space.

ephra event design booth

Truffle Cake & Pastry
Truffle Toronto

Patricia’s Cake Creations

Event Decorator
event decorator

Presidential Gourmet Event Catering (Their food were AMAZING! Totally recommend them 🙂 )

Cool Green & Shady

Sweet Pea’s Floral Studio
sweet pea's

Au Lit Fine Linens
au lit fine linens

Paper & Poste
paper & poste

Cake Opera Co.
cake opera co

Dave Dunkley’s KC Hats

Mrs. Bridal Boutique

Anne Sportrun Fine Jewellery
anne sportrun

Shangri-La Toronto

Smudge Designs

Bobbette and Belle Artisanal Pastries
bobbette and belle

Melissa Andre Events

Ines DiSanto

PALETTERA Custom Correspondence

SweeterE Cakes

Hope you guys enjoyed these photos 🙂 Come by next time to visit us at the show!

Happy new year!

Its been a great 2012, we have seen the coming and going of 12.12.12, The end of the world in the Mayan calendar, and the re -election of President Obama!
2012 is also the birth of How2home blog and it has been a fun and wonderful journey. We want to say thank you to all our amazing supporters, friends, and family for coming along with us on this ride. We look forward to doing more fun things with our blog in the upcoming year.
Looking forward to 2013 and what it has in store for us and Wishing you all Health, Happiness and Success in 2013,

Franky & Sarah

Merry Christmas

Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and happy holidays 🙂

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How to: Snowboard Set

It’s Christmas Eve and we’re finally starting to get a little bit of the white stuff here in Toronto. There are high hopes for a white Christmas but it’s looking more like a green one in the forecasts. However, the ski resorts around the area have begun to open their runs and many are already operational.  We’re planning on making a trip to Blue Mountain on the 26th so hopefully we get some more snow before then!!  If you’re heading out to the slopes, remember to keep warm and stay safe.

Here is Franky’s choice for his 2012/2013 season Snowboard Set.

franky's set

Board : Ride Kink

Bindings: Drake MTX Axis

Boots: Solomon Dialogue

Choosing a Snowboard

The ‘Kink’ model made by the company Ride Snowboards is an amazing all around freestyle board. It’s good for hitting the park/rails and for just free riding.  This one is a 156cm board, perfect for my height. When choosing a snowboard, it is important to note the size/length of the board. A longer board will pick up speed easier and a shorter board is better for more control.

The Chin Test

An easy way to determine what height is perfect for beginners is to :

  1. Stand the snowboard up vertically
  2. Match to the weight of the bottom of your chin

Basic RGB

Choosing the Boots

There are many different snowboarding boots out there and they are measured by a flex rating. The key to choosing the perfect boot is to first determine where you are going to ride. A softer boot with more flex is preferred by beginner/ park riders. A stiffer boot will provide a quicker response for mountain and freeriders.

Traditional lace – Regular shoe laces.


Quick Pull – Independent tightening that easy for re-tightening with gloves on.pull

Boa – Easiest method of tightening by turning a knob.boa

Choosing the Bindings

There are two main types of bindings for snowboards. Traditional straps and Step in bindings.  Step in bindings are like the ones available on skis. They are easy to get in and out of. Strap in bindings usually have 2 straps per binding and work on a buckle system. Choosing the type of binding the is right for your is similar to picking the right boot. It all depends if you want something for the Park, the mountain or for just free riding.

Friday Favorites

T-4 Days until Christmas, are you ready for it? 🙂
This week in the “blogsphere”….

01// Sun room renovations via Young House Love
02// 10 Holiday good obsessed gift ideas from BlogTO
03// Delicious ginger cookies recipe by This Dusty House
04// Colorful paper flower wedding via Green Wedding Shoes
05// Small & Cheerful Toronto condo from House and Home
06// Adorable Christmas shoot via Wedding Chicks
07// DIY Pillow bed tutorial by Souther Disposition
08// DIY Sequin cocktail glass collars by Green Wedding Shoes
09// Bold Bachelor pad via Style at Home
10// Modern Classic home via Style at home

The Wedding Co. Show 2013

It’s not even Christmas yet but I’m already excited for the New Year! This January,  I will be taking part in The Wedding Co. show with Ephra Event Design. This is a really great opportunity for us to meet future B & G, M.O.B, M.O.G, M.O.H (brides & grooms, mother of bride, mother of groom, maid of honor etc) AND to meet all the talented designers, planners, stationary artists, florists, DJs, pastry chefs from all over Toronto. I’m so excited!! Eeeeeeek! To find out more about the show, you can find the complete list of exhibitors here. Information on purchasing tickets can be found here, and remember to come by and say “Hi” to us at the Ephra booth! 🙂

See you at the show!