Interior designer leads Brisbane’s newest renovation and design show


After three years of careful planning, Brisbane interior designer Renee Watson will finally see her dream for a new renovation and design show come to life with the inaugural Reno Home Show at Exhibition Hall at the historic Brisbane Showgrounds from July 20-21.

Renee’s top 5 tips for home renovators looking to add value to their homes are to create lots of street appeal, seamless indoor/outdoor spaces, kitchens that are both stylish and functional, timeless bathrooms and plenty of practical storage.

“It’s all too easy to spend a lot of money on renovating so it’s important to put your hard-earned savings into rooms and spaces that will serve you now and into the future,” Renee says.

More than 80 of the country’s best designers, architects, stylists, home builders, trades and product suppliers will converge in Brisbane for the boutique event aimed at home renovators. Whether renovating their kitchens or bathrooms, updating their fixtures and fittings, undergoing a complete renovation or simply looking for inspiration, the Reno Home Show has something for everyone.

It was while Renee was working with her husband running their own plumbing and kitchen/bathroom renovation business that the idea for the Reno Home Show struck. She originally started studying interior design after the birth of her daughter. “I wanted to do something for myself. I love saying yes to new adventures so I decided to study interior design. It was my happy place for two nights every week for two years,” she says.

As for what she loves about home interiors and renovating? “I love experimenting with interiors, all the textures, colours and seeing it evolve. I love the challenge of working out the best flow for a space. And I love the home journey story – the things that are collected and the memories they create,” she says.

Renee hopes the event will help people from all walks of life on their renovation journey. “We would love them to connect with interior designers, architects, builders and all the trade professionals that can provide advice and discover unique options for their homes to save time and money,” she says.

Exhibitors and presenters include the hugely successful Three Birds Renovations run by three best friends and busy mums who swapped the boardroom for a building site to pursue their passion for renovating; highly acclaimed Brisbane architect Shaun LockyermavenHOME interior architect and designer Lee Talbot; and founder of Undercover Architect, Amelia Lee. There will also be interactive workshops, panel discussions and conversations with industry leaders and inspirational guests.

“It’s all about creating a community atmosphere in a beautifully rustic space where stall holders can get to know one another and visitors can talk face-to-face with designers and trades to create the home of their dreams and improve their liveability,” Renee says.

The Reno Home Show is expected to attract 6,000 visitors over two days where there will be a kitchen giveaway and free coffee by Q Roasters available for the first 2,000 visitors while they explore the event, meeting everyone and finding everything they need to design their dream home.

Tickets to the Reno Home Show are $16 online / $20 at the door. Book at