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Baking Up a Storm at the Edmonton Fall Home Show

Oct 19, 2017
To help celebrate the Edmonton Fall Home Show, we invited some of YEG's top tastemakers to put their baking skills to the test. Hosted by The Art of Cake, a made to order cake company located in the heart of downtown Edmonton, seven of Edmonton’s most creative were challenged to build a birthday cake at the Edmonton Fall Home Show’s Birthday Cake Bake-Off.

Gloria Bednarz, Artist and Owner of The Art of Cake will be presenting on the Cooking Stage during the Edmonton Fall Home show at 5pm, Saturday, October 21, 2017. Gloria kicked off the night in style with a fun tutorial on decorating the ultimate ‘All The Rave Cake’ – drip cakes and semi naked cakes.

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Gloria Bednarz, Artist and Owner of The Art of Cake
“We’ll be showing some design tips using everyday utensils around your house,” Gloria shared, telling us what we can expect to learn during her presentation at the Edmonton Fall Home Show. “How to create a simple but WOW factor cake.”

It was then time for our challengers to dig in and get their hands dirty, using basic household utensils as Gloria instructed. “Decorating a cake does not have to be a daunting task, let’s simplify it by using basic household tools.” 
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Our challengers watch and learn as Gloria demonstrates cake décor 101 using basic household utensils.

“People use baking as a hobby; a time to relax,” Gloria explained. “It relieves stress, and a beautifully decorated cake always makes a great gift.”

With Gloria to guide and inspire them, our challengers let loose, having a great night getting creative and channeling their inner child to design their beautiful cakes.

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Our Bake-Off challengers trying out their cake decorating skills.

As we finished up the evening, we asked Gloria to give us her number one tip when it comes to cake decorating. “Don’t rush the process, keep it simple,” she advised. “Bake ahead, cool your cake. Don’t try to do everything in one day. And have fun!”

Get more delicious baking tips when you see Gloria on the Cooking Stage at the Edmonton Fall Home Show, October 20-22, 2017. With hundreds of local home improvement professionals ready to help with your next project, it's a must-attend event for YEG homeowners. Connect with 250+ vendors, see HGTV stars, learn from local culinary professionals, and find everything you need to refresh your space. We can't wait to see you there!
Edmonton Fall Home Show

EDMONTON EXPO CENTRE
OCTOBER 20-22, 2017.

Our Cooking Stage is Heating Up

Oct 16, 2017
We are so excited to reveal the eclectic mix of the top chefs and local culinary talent who will be hitting the Cooking Stage from October 26 - 29, 2017 at the Vancouver Fall Home Show. With a number of unique presentations to look forward to such as modern veganism, Japanese comfort food, and a demonstration that will be sure to hit home with BC residents on a local favourite: Caesar 101, this year’s presenters are heating up the kitchen and diving deep into some of our favourite local trends.

To help you get to know the culinary talent set to hit the Cooking Stage this year, let briefly introduce our talented presenters below.

Rotem Tal / Itamar Shani
Chickpea

Chickpea
Rotem Tal and Itamar Shani of the newly opened plant-based restaurant Chickpea, and the popular Chickpea Food Truck are must-see chefs joining the Vancouver Fall Home Show line-up on the Cooking Stage.

The pair met in Vancouver and immediately connected over their Israeli roots and love for fresh Mediterranean inspired cooking. They both dreamed of opening a plant-based restaurant with healthy and delicious food, with a funky vibe fusing their Mediterranean culinary style and the West Coast lifestyle they have both grown to love.

You can see Rotem Tal and Itamar Shani speak about Modern Veganism on the Cooking Stage on Friday, October 27 at 5pm. To get the latest updates from Rotem and Itamar follow along on Instagram and Twitter at @ilovechickpea.

Gordon Desormeaux
Chef Dez 

Chef Dez
Red Seal Chef, writer and host Gordon Desormeaux is joining the Vancouver Fall Home Show on the Cooking Stage, sharing his passion for food and his enthusiasm for culinary arts. Chef Dez has written a number of cookbooks including The Best In Your Kitchen and a new motivational book, Parsley is World Peace in Disguise. You will not want to miss this charismatic presenter who will be serving up a dose of inspiration, with his presentation Food Creates Peace.

You can see Gordon Desormeaux on the Cooking Stage on Saturday, October 28 at 11AM. Connect with Chef Dez on Instagram (@chefdex1) and Twitter (@chefdez).


Aaron Harowitz and Kate Dunn-Roy

Walter Caesar and Timber

Walter Caesar and Timber
Local entrepreneur Aaron Harowitz and food writer Kate Dunn-Roy are joining the Vancouver Fall Home Show at the Cooking stage for their presentation on one of Canada’s favourite cocktails: Caesar 101.

Aaron Harowitz, the Co-Founder & CEO of Walter Craft Caesar is a globetrotting adventurer with a passion for art, design, food & beverage, and family & friends. After working in a variety of creative industries Aaron founded Walter Craft Caesar in 2013 with a childhood friend Zack, proudly producing Canada’s first all-natural craft caesar mix.

Assistant Manager of Timber, a hip restaurant and gastropub in Vancouver, Kate Dunn-Roy is a lover of all things food. The Ontario native who now lives in Vancouver shares her love of farm-to-table fare by writing online articles under her personal brand Kate’s Test Kitchen.

You can see Aaron Harowitz and Kate Dunn-Roy on the Cooking Stage Saturday, October 28 at 7PM. To connect with Aaron and get the latest updates from Walter Craft Caesar follow along on Instagram and Twitter at @waltercaesar.

Jefferson Alvarez
Cacao

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Named one of the most daring and innovative chefs in Vancouver, Jefferson Alvarez of Cacao restaurant is a must-see presentation joining the Vancouver Fall Home Show Cooking Stage. The Venezuelan born chef raised in Canada has experimented with international cuisines from a young age and trained with top chefs around the world. His love for seasonal ingredients, fusing Latin cuisine and his meticulous attention detail is why you don’t want to miss his presentation on Venezuelan cuisine.

You can see Jefferson Alvarez’s presentation on the Cooking Stage Saturday, October 28 at 4PM. To get the latest updates from Chef Alvarez on Twitter and Instagram, follow @chef_alvarez. To get the latest updates on Cacao, follow @cacaovancouver on Instagram and Twitter.

Ryan Lewis

Ryan Lewis
Sommelier, writer and independent wine, beer and spirits consultant Ryan Lewis joins the Vancouver Fall Home Show sharing his passion for good food and wine. Although born in Richmond, the ISG Level 3 Diploma Certified Sommelier has travelled internationally and throughout the Lower Mainland consulting on wine, beer and spirits. Learn about wine and food pairings for the perfect party from Ryan on the Cooking Stage.

You can see Ryan Lewis on the Cooking Stage Sunday, October 29 at 2PM. Connect with Ryan on Twitter at @ryandavidlewis.

Nathan Lowey
Dosanko

Dosanko
Joining the Vancouver Fall Home Show on the Cooking Stage, Red Seal chef Nathan Lowey is sharing his expertise on one of the latest food trends: Japanese comfort food. Originally from Regina, Nathan worked with top chefs in premier dining restaurants in Edmonton before relocating to Vancouver. After working at award winning Campagnolo and Campagnolo Roma, alongside his wife Akiyo, together they opened Dosanko. Serving homestyle dishes with a tribute to ‘mixed-family’ traditions, the husband and wife duo are seasonally inspired with a focus on local food, quality products and ‘slow cooking’.

You can see Nathan Lowey on the Cooking Stage Sunday, October 29 at 4PM. To find out more about Dosanko follow along on Instagram at @dosankorestaurant.

Chris Andraza
Fanny Bay Oyster Bar

Fanny Bay Oyster Bar
The Vancouver Fall Home Show is pleased to introduce Chris Andraza who will be hitting the Cooking Stage with his presentation More Than Just Oysters. Although Chris has only been with Fanny Bay Oyster Bar for a year, his presence has gained notoriety in the Vancouver culinary scene for his re-invention of Canadian classics with a unique seafood twist, such as his award winning Smoked Oyster Poutine. Born and raised on the East Coast, Chris made the journey west to follow his passion for food and sustainable seafood.

You can see Chris Andraza on the Cooking Stage Saturday, October 28 at 2PM. To find out more about Fanny Bay Oysters and see what Chris is cooking up next follow along on Twitter and Instagram at @fannybayoysters.

Caitlin Mark
H2 Restaurant

H2 Restaurant
Vancouver Chef Caitlin Mark joins the all-star Cooking Stage line-up teaching audiences about upscale comfort food at the Vancouver Fall Home Show. Previously the Senior Sous-Chef of Burgoo, Caitlin now runs day-to-day operations at H2 Rotisserie & Bar at the Westin Bayshore.

You can see Caitlin Mark on the Cooking Stage Sunday, October 29 at 11AM. To get the latest updates connect with H2 Restaurant on Twitter and Instagram at @h2restaurant.

Don’t miss out on seeing the biggest names in the Vancouver culinary industry on the Cooking Stage, and hearing from top local chefs! The Vancouver Fall Home Show has everything you need to know for your next home renovation, or design makeover or simply a 4-day weekend filled with inspiration.

Make sure you purchase your tickets online to save $3 off courtesy of RenovationFind.com. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @vanhomeshows to stay up to date!
Vancouver Fall Home Show

VANCOUVER CONVENTION CENTRE
OCTOBER 26-29, 2017.

Be Bold with Your Bathroom (Tips from Tiffany Pratt)

Oct 13, 2017
Transform your bathroom into a visual masterpiece, flowing with daring colours and exciting patterns with the help of HGTV’s Home to Win star and CityLine contributor, Tiffany Pratt! Tiffany is no stranger to using interesting and creative flare in her work, which is pretty obvious the second you meet her. With her trademark hair and unforgettable energy, Tiffany is an interior designer and stylist who has transformed countless of spaces into beautiful works of art.

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Tiffany will be taking the stage at the Edmonton Fall Home Show, October 20-22, 2017. She recently transformed her own out of date bathroom into her heavenly retreat and shares some thoughts on how you too can achieve the perfect sanctuary.

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Don’t be afraid to get colourful!
Get playful, mix detailed patterns and colours to make the room feel really special. This also gives the room the illusion of no boundaries, making the space feel larger. A lively, whimsical wallpaper or bright, bold floor tiles are great ways to incorporate this philosophy into your own bathroom design.

Finding Space
Give the illusion of space and add sophistication to your bathroom by using a floating vanity. To increase the upscale feel to your space, and if you can afford to do so, invest in a custom vanity that will fit perfectly while maximizing storage.

Elevate Your Space
Add a touch of glamour and drama to your bathroom while creating visual interest with beautiful minimalistic fixtures. This will distract from the size of a smaller room and provide an attractive contrast to the bright patterns and colours featured throughout the room. Stick to minimal lines and sophisticated matte finishes and be sure to match all your fixtures.

Do It Yourself Art
Try your hand at DIY wall art to add design flair into a small space. Tiffany framed a gift-shop bag she received during a visit to the Madonna Inn in California, which she says proves art doesn’t have to be fancy to work perfectly in a space visually.

For more colourful inspiration, visit Tiffany Pratt at the Edmonton Fall Home Show, October 20-22, 2017!
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EDMONTON EXPO CENTRE
OCTOBER 20-22, 2017.

Blogger Bathroom Battle

Oct 13, 2017

What happens when two of Utah’s biggest bloggers get together to show off their bathroom design skills and use of current trends? At the Deseret News Home Show, it’s Bathroom Wars! That’sright, two local bloggers will battle it out in a head-to-head competition to win your vote. Battling bloggers include:

Miranda Webster from Tinsel + Wheat

Kari Byington from Rad + The Rest (formerly LifePreKARIous)

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Miranda is a blogger, mother of three and a super talented designer that has been featured on many blogs and publications including Taste of Home magazine and Huffington Post. Kari is a blogger, mother of four (two human, two canine) and a true creative with a passion for vintage. These two have two totally different styles and we can’t wait to see what they bring to the table; Or should we say bathroom! This edition of Bathroom Wars is sponsored by Prestige Bath Works, who will be supplying the materials for this showdown!

So, come get inspired! Bathrooms are a fun and easy way to improve your home. These bloggers are counting on your votes. See Bathroom Wars on display all weekend at the Deseret News Home Show. Don’t forget to VOTE for your favorite!

The South Towne Exposition Center will be taken over by the Deseret News Home Show October 13-15, 2017. With hundreds of home improvement experts, this is a must-attend event! Get your tickets now!

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SOUTH TOWNE EXPOSITION CENTER
OCTOBER 13-15, 2017.

5 Awesome, Inexpensive Ways to Renovate Your Home

Oct 13, 2017

We all need change sometimes. So when you’re afraid your humble abode is turning into a dodgy domicile, a few fresh changes here and there can really help. Home renovation doesn’t have to be crazy expensive either! Here are some great budget-friendly home improvement hacks for improving the look of your home without draining your bank account:

1. Paint, Paint, Paint!
An easy way to refresh the whole look and feel of your home can start with a simple new splash of color. Start with the front door or tackle a whole room. Plus, when you use an all-in-one blend of paint and primer, you can tackle your project using less paint and you get to see your results much quicker.

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2. Mirror Maze
OK, not literally a maze. We’re not talking about creating a carnival attraction, but including a large mirror in your home decor can give smaller rooms the illusion of greater depth, making it appear much larger.

3. “Approach life like a door — grab it by the handles”
Changing door knobs, pulls, and door handles throughout your home can wildy change the overall aesthetic. It’s a small, simple change that can really give your home a polished look. Try starting in the kitchen or a guest bathroom.

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4. Put a Little Dressing On It
Give your mini blinds a bit of pizazz without hiring an interior designer. There are a ton of wallet-saving DIY tips out there for how to spice up your curtains and window coverings. Just take a stroll through Pinterest for some inspiration.

5. “It’s Alive!”
Natural plant décor is a great way of giving your space a bit of life. Whether you are thinking about creating a lush indoor oasis or just want some natural highlights, there are countless options that can work for any budget. You can even achieve the natural look with “no water required” lookalike plant life from your local craft store.

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For more inspiration for your next home improvement project, come hear what the pros have to say at the Richmond Home Show at the Richmond Raceway Complex on Oct. 13-15, 2017. There will be more than 250 home improvement experts on hand all weekend to answer your biggest questions. Get your tickets NOW!

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RICHMOND RACEWAY COMPLEX
OCTOBER 13-15, 2017.

Sponsor Spotlight: Urban Barn

Oct 12, 2017
Add some style to your space with help from Urban Barn. We're thrilled to welcome back the purveyor of beautiful things, meant for real people and real homes, to the Vancouver Fall Home Show. Urban Barn shakes up a winning cocktail of great design, quality and value with liberal splashes of fun - they're a true favourite of the style conscious shopper. 

Can't wait to find decor ideas and inspiration when you visit this year's Urban Barn Main Stage? Enjoy a sneak peek at their fall collection and more in our interview below. 

What are your featured products this season?

"Perfect for a season of hosting, we're excited to introduce our Sussex collection! Made of pine wood with a natural finish, this collection features balustrade trestle legs and iron hardware and is sure to make any dinner party fit for royalty."

Sussex Collection

What can we look forward to from you at the Vancouver Fall Home Show?

"As the Main Stage sponsor we’re excited to give you a glimpse of our Fall Collection for 2017. Featured on the stage this season is our colour palette, Rosé S’il Vous Plait. Bringing together dusty rose hues and shades of frosted mint with luxurious decorative elements and brass accents, this palette is full of sweetness and romanticism and marries perfectly the warm end of summer with the cool breeze of autumn."

Rose S'il Vous Plait

What home design and decor trends are you anticipating for fall 2017?

"While black, white and grey are often seen as the go-to neutrals, expect to see blue becoming more and more a part of the everyday palette. Pairing well with both warmer and cooler tones, blue is a versatile colour and the perfect complement to any space."

Cool Blue

Whether compact condo or roomy rural retreat, Urban Barn has furniture and accessories to bring sophistication and comfort to every room of your house. Find stylish pieces and unique ideas you can bring to your space at the Vancouver Fall Home Show. Taking over the Vancouver Convention Centre October 26-29, this is one event you don't want to miss. 

Vancouver Fall Home Show

VANCOUVER CONVENTION CENTRE
OCTOBER 26-29, 2017.

Q&A With Laurie March

Oct 12, 2017

She’s the host of HGTV’s The House Counselor and now you’ll have the opportunity to seek out her advice at the Deseret News Home Show. In addition to her on-screen skills, Laurie is a third-generation remodeler and owner of Laurie March Home located in Los Angeles, CA. Well-known for her methods in project management and remodeling, Laurie focuses on overseeing both the emotional and the tactical aspects of every design project. So, start thinking about what questions you’ve got for her!

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Q: What’s your favorite easy DIY project?
Laurie: Paint is always the simplest and boldest change you can make yourself. Outside of that, there are so many beautiful wood products out there that can help homeowners get the look of a dramatic statement wall – like Stikwood. You measure, order, peel, and stick your way to a gorgeous wood accent wall.

Q: What’s one thing you wish every homeowner knew?
Laurie: In today’s world, we cannot be too prepared. I wish everyone knew the basics about how to shut off water and gas to their home, put out a fire, use a camp stove for a few days, and maintain an emergency preparedness kit for their entire family that could keep them safe for two weeks.  I’ve recently started a project with a few friends called Know How Studios. that is dedicated to all the simple things we can learn, to become more self-sufficient, and many of the skills our Grandparents knew but that we have forgotten. The topics range from homeownership, to cooking, gardening and cocktails, to things like changing a tire, reducing your footprint, medicinal properties of herbs, how to travel the world, and what you can cook over a campfire!

Q: What’s something that the folks should watch out for when working with a contractor or interior designer?
Laurie: It’s always worth noting whether your project is billed hourly or at a per project rate.  Certain tasks lend themselves to one or the other. I also suggest that you approach your licensed designer or contractor like they are a business professional, until proven otherwise!  There are so many stories about people who’ve been taken advantage of, that homeowners often think the worst of contractors before even meeting them. A homeowner’s attitude can set the tone for a beautiful working relationship from the start, or a mistrustful environment that no one does their best work in.  Check for licenses, a BBB rating if applicable, read the contract, and ask to tour a recent job before you make a decision.

For more on Laurie, visit her website

The South Towne Exposition Center will be taken over by the Deseret News Home Show October 13-15, 2017. Laurie March will be live on the Design Stage Friday. October 13th at 4:00 P.M., Saturday, October 14th at 11:00 A.M. & 6:00 P.M. and Sunday, October 15th at noon. You don't want to miss it! Get your tickets now!

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SOUTH TOWNE EXPOSITION CENTER
OCTOBER 13-15, 2017.

The Ultimate Fall Snack: Ritz Fried Delicata Squash Rings

Oct 12, 2017

Let’s face it — there is such a thing as too much pumpkin spice. Fall should be a time of trying new things and celebrating the harvest season. This autumn, we invite you to look a little farther down the vine and focus on another almost-as-famous fall gourd — the squash!

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To step away from the pumpkin craze this fall, check out this new, bold, delicious recipe for Ritz Fried Delicata Squash Rings for your next tailgate: 

What You’ll Need :

  • Olive oil, for shallow frying
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • A few tablespoons fresh, finely chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • About 1 cup (1/2 sleeve) Ritz crackers, ground into crumbs in a food processor
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt
  • About 1 cup flour
  • 1 delicata squash

What You’ll Do:

  1. Cut off each end of the squash and, using a spoon, hollow out the seeds from each end. Thinly slice into 1/8-inch thick rings. Salt and drain rings a few minutes on paper towels.
  2. Set up breading station: one dish with the flour, one with the eggs beaten with milk, and another with the Ritz crumbs mixed with panko, parm, and parsley.
  3. In a large skillet, heat a shallow layer of olive oil (about 1/4 inch) over medium to medium-high heat.
  4. Coat rings in flour, then egg, then crumbs, and fry in batches until they are golden and very crisp. Drain on metal rack.
  5. Wow your friends and family with this awesome Fall snack!

For more great fall cooking tips and products, check out the Taste of Virginia marketplace  at the Richmond Home Show at the Richmond Raceway Complex from October 13-15, where you can sample and purchase a ton of Virginia-made foods, beers, cheeses, and more. Get your tickets today!

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RICHMOND RACEWAY COMPLEX
OCTOBER 13-15, 2017.

How to Have an Epic Autumn Bash

Oct 10, 2017

As school gets underway and the cool weather approaches, so do Fall parties. Fall is the perfect season to celebrate. Throwing an autumn party doesn’t have to be a stressful occasion either! Here is a quick-and-easy guide to help you throw an an awesome autumn get together:

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1. Keep It Cozy
Thumping party music and sweating through your clothes is for Summer. Fall is a season for relaxing, so keep it that way! Gather around some comfy seating and chill out with your friends and family.

2. It’s Pie Time
With Autumn comes fantastic seasonal desserts: sweet potato pie, pumpkin pie, apple spice cake, pumpkin cookies, and countless more. Don’t be afraid to satisfy your guests’ sweet tooth with a spread of fall favorites. Everybody loves dessert!

3. Hail the Tailgate
For many, the “F” in Fall stands for “Football,” so plan your party around a big college or NFL rivalry game. Set up TVs in multiple rooms and put the game on the radio in the bathrooms so your diehard football friends won’t miss a moment.

4. Special Brew
The fall is also a great time for new beer releases. New seasonal craft brews are plentiful this time of year. Impress your guests with a few growlers from your favorite local brewery, as well as plenty of other fall beverages, like hard cider, for the non-beer drinkers.

5. Start a Fire
Fire pit, fireplace, or both! Nothing says “cozy get together” like a roaring fire, especially when the evening temps start to drop. For outdoor fires, make sure to provide lots of seating options (like camp chairs) and comfy blankets for your guests as well. And don’t forget to have your s’mores materials ready!

We hope these tips will help you spark up some ideas of your own for your next Fall party. For more inspiration, remember to check out the Richmond Home Show from October 13-15 at the Richmond Raceway Complex! With the best in home improvement, decor, and more, this is one event you don't want to miss. Get your tickets NOW!

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RICHMOND RACEWAY COMPLEX
OCTOBER 13-15, 2017.

Kids Cook-Off

Oct 10, 2017

It’s a kid’s cook-off competition weekend this year at the Deseret News Home Show, October 13th – 15th at the South Towne Expo Center. Children and teenagers alike will gather for a few friendly competitions fueled by sugar! Hosted by none other than our favorite local culinary artist, Chef Nettie Frank, the fabulous creator behind Beyond Glazed Donuts.

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“Gathering In The Kitchen” is the theme of the Kitchen Stage. What better way to bring people together than a little healthy competition? Kids will be split into two groups depending on age. The youngsters will compete in our Cupcake Challenge and teenagers will be doing a Doughnut Frosting Challenge! Talk about a sweet way to kick off the Home Show.

Last year we saw some pretty tough cookies in the competition. So, we decided to reach out to Chef Nettie and get some advice for this year’s competitors.

3 Tips From Chef Nettie:

1. We want to see creativity, presentation and of course taste!! Practice a few times at home before getting on stage.

2. We will be throwing in a few secret ingredients, so be ready for anything!

3. Have confidence in yourself and the product you prepared. Don’t be intimidated once you get on stage and see what the others are doing. Focus on you!

Don’t miss these cooking competitions live on the Kitchen Stage. The teen Doughnut Frosting Challenge is Friday, October 13th, 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. Kids Cupcake Challenge is Saturday, October 14th, 1:00 – 4:00 P.M.

The Deseret News Home Show will be taking over the South Towne Exposition Center October 13-15, 2017. With hundreds of home improvement experts, this is a must-attend event. Get your tickets now!

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SOUTH TOWNE EXPOSITION CENTER
OCTOBER 13-15, 2017.

Get Crafty with WORKSHOPs at the Vancouver Fall Home Show

Oct 10, 2017
Ready to let your creativity run wild? Is your Pinterest board covered in pins of DIY crafts, and design inspiration? Try out a new craft, or learn how to dazzle with your DIY skills at the Vancouver Fall Home Show with WORKSHOP.

We are so excited to share this talented group of Vancouver’s best artisans and makers who will be hosting a variety of workshops at The Vancouver Fall Home Show during the weekend of the show from October 26 - 29, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre - West.

Create your very own unique floral wreath, learn how to create the perfect table setting, and more! Choose your workshop and reserve your spot online directly with each vendor. With each WORKSHOP ticket you also receive a complimentary pass to the Vancouver Fall Home Show, so you can check out all the great exhibitors, and see all the headliners taking the stage.

Find out more below about the variety of makers and the workshops they’ll be hosting at the show!

A Plentiful Life
DIY blogger and frugalista expert Tijana, shares her tips and tricks for living your best life on a budget on her blog A Plentiful Life. Have you ever wanted to host a dinner party but feel overwhelmed at creating a beautiful table setting? Attend one of the workshops on opening night to learn from Tijana herself how to create a fabulous table setting in under 20 minutes, while keeping to a budget, plus you'll leave with a simple DIY to wow your guests.

A Plentiful Life

TABLE SETTING WORKSHOP
Thursday October 26th, 5:30 - 7:00PM
To reserve your spot, sign up here.

Thursday October 26th, 7:30 - 9:00PM
To reserve your seat, sign up here.

Saige and Skye
Inspired by the nature around her, Vancouver fiber artist Jolynn Vandam creates unique wall hangings and teaches the art of Macrame. She uses hand-picked driftwood from the south coast of British Columbia, or pure copper for her one of a kind Macrame Wallhangings. To learn the art of Macrame and to take home a piece of your making, join Jolynn for one of her workshops at the Vancouver Fall Home Show!

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MACRAME PLANT HANGER
Saturday , October 28th 11 am - 1 pm
To reserve your spot, sign up here.

MACRAME WALLHANGING
Saturday, October 28th 5 pm - 7 pm
To reserve your spot, sign up here.

Three Corners
Artisan Ceramic artist Aleena Webber uses her unique philosophy and artistic approach as she interprets many elements of the real world into her art. Originally from Northern British Columbia, Aleena now lives in the Fraser Valley where she hosts workshops and creates gorgeous ceramic pieces.

Join Aleena and learn to make a ceramic mug and a porcelain pendant at the Vancouver Fall Home Show! You will create your pieces on site, which she will later fire at her home studio, and provide a pick up location in Vancouver when the finished pieces are ready.

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CERAMIC MUG & PORCELAIN PENDANT WORKSHOP
Saturday October 28th, 2:00-4:00pm
To reserve your spot, sign up here.

Flower Factory
Have you always been interested in floral design, but want to try making something a little different? Learn to make your own floral wreath with Vancouver’s favourite flower shop: The Flower Factory! This full-service florist located on Main Street is a must-see stop in Mount Pleasant, and has been a city favourite for the last 11 years. With a roster of talented designers and the freshest blooms this is a workshop you will not want to miss.

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HARVEST RING WREATH
Sunday, October 30th 11:00 - 12:30PM
To learn more and reserve your spot email info@flowerfactory.ca.

BOTANICAL FLOWER ARRANGEMENT
Sunday, October 30th 1:30 - 3:00PM
To learn more and reserve your spot email info@flowerfactory.ca.

TERRARIUMS
Sunday, October 30th 4:00 - 5:00PM
To learn more and reserve your spot email info@flowerfactory.ca.

Bauble Babes
In an effort to inspire creativity and foster connection, Bauble Babes host workshops around Vancouver to teach people new skills, and share crafts with the community.

Learn a variety of new skills including calligraphy with watercolors, needle felting and pressed flower wall art. Join Bauble Babes for a few hours of fun, and working with your hands, and then take home all the pieces you create!

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NEEDLE FELTING
Friday, October 28th 12:00 - 2:00PM
To sign up and reserve your spot, email baublebabes.events@gmail.com 

PRESSED FLOWER WALL ART
Friday, October 28th 3:00 - 5:00PM
To sign up and reserve your spot, email baublebabes.events@gmail.com

MODERN CALLIGRAPHY - WATERCOLOURS
Friday, October 28th 6:00 - 8:00PM
To sign up and reserve your spot, click here.

Don’t miss out on reserving a seat (or two) for WORKSHOP, and make sure to check out the biggest industry names on the Urban Barn Main Stage and top local talent as they share expert advice for every home! The Vancouver Fall Home Show has everything you need to know for your next home renovation, design makeover, or simply a 4-day weekend filled with inspiration.

Purchase your tickets online to save $3 courtesy of RenovationFind.com. And don’t forget to follow @VanHomeShows on Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date!
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VANCOUVER CONVENTION CENTRE
OCTOBER 26-29, 2017.

Sponsor Spotlight: Urban Barn

Oct 02, 2017
Add some style to your space with help from Urban Barn. We're thrilled to welcome back the purveyor of beautiful things, meant for real people and real homes, to the Edmonton Fall Home Show. Urban Barn shakes up a winning cocktail of great design, quality and value with liberal splashes of fun - they're a true favourite of the style conscious shopper. 

Can't wait to find decor ideas and inspiration when you visit this year's Urban Barn Main Stage? Enjoy a sneak peek at their fall collection and more in our interview below. 

What are your featured products this season?

"Perfect for a season of hosting, we're excited to introduce our Sussex collection! Made of pine wood with a natural finish, this collection features balustrade trestle legs and iron hardware and is sure to make any dinner party fit for royalty."

Sussex Collection

What can we look forward to from you at the Edmonton Fall Home Show?

"As the Main Stage sponsor we’re excited to give you a glimpse of our Fall Collection for 2017. Featured on the stage this season is our colour palette, Rosé S’il Vous Plait. Bringing together dusty rose hues and shades of frosted mint with luxurious decorative elements and brass accents, this palette is full of sweetness and romanticism and marries perfectly the warm end of summer with the cool breeze of autumn."

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What home design and decor trends are you anticipating for fall 2017?

"While black, white and grey are often seen as the go-to neutrals, expect to see blue becoming more and more a part of the everyday palette. Pairing well with both warmer and cooler tones, blue is a versatile colour and the perfect complement to any space."

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Whether compact condo or roomy rural retreat, Urban Barn has furniture and accessories to bring sophistication and comfort to every room of your house. Find stylish pieces and unique ideas you can bring to your space at the Edmonton Fall Home Show. Taking over the Edmonton Expo Centre October 20-22, this is one event you don't want to miss. 

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EDMONTON EXPO CENTRE
OCTOBER 20-22, 2017.

Hurricane Resource Center

Oct 02, 2017

Hurricane Irma impacted North Florida more than anyone anticipated, and our neighbors are still feeling the after effects. This year, the Jacksonville Home + Patio Show adds a new feature to help show guests still dealing with Irma repairs and damage. The Hurricane Resource Center has an abundance of useful features.

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Generator Info and Safety 
The Home Depot will be on hard to answer questions and educate guests on generator safety and the different types of generators for future storm prep.

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Representatives from JEA will be on hand to offer storm preparation tips as well as information on JEA’s process for restoring power following a hurricane or other weather-related emergency.

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In the process of making repairs in Irma’s wake? Be sure to visit Florida DBPR, and learn how to protect your investment by hiring licensed contractors. 

Gold Star Adjusters
Licensed insurance representatives from Gold Star Adjusters will be available to answer insurance questions, offer insurance claim tips, and provide information to help recover from the storm by getting full policy benefits.

Clara White Mission
Jacksonville’s Clara White Mission has an increased population to service since Irma, and the show is helping them do that by donating 10% of tickets sales to them. The Mission offers more than meals for the hungry and transitional housing for the homeless – they offer hope with job training and employment opportunities. 

The Jacksonville Home + Patio Show takes over the Prime Osborn Convention Center September 28-October 1, 2017. Join us at  and find everything you need to refresh your space! Get your tickets now! 

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PRIME OSBORN CONVENTION CENTER
SEPTEMBER 28-October 1, 2017.

Dry Rib Recipe from Sonny's

Oct 02, 2017

The Jacksonville Home and Patio Show is a destination for First Coast foodies, with regional and local celebrity chefs cooking daily on the Edible Northeast Florida Cooking Stage. The best part? Samples! Additionally, Food Truck Sunday is back by popular demand – the best local food trucks rally in the courtyard. 

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Now that fall is here, it’s also prime tailgating time. Sonny’s of Northeast Florida shares one of their dry rub recipes and cooking tips below. Catch them on the cooking stage on Friday, September 29 at 12:30 p.m.  

Tips for Cooking Ribs on the Grill:

1. Marinate the ribs overnight. This adds flavor and tenderizes the meat. Make sure to keep the marinade thin and sugar-free because sugar and thick sauces will not seep through the pores of the meat.

2. Prep the grill. One of the most important Tips for Grilling Ribs is to clean the grate of the grill with a wire brush to prevent the ribs from sticking. Using a brush or a folded up piece of paper towel held by tongs, dip it in vegetable oil and rub it over the grill grates. Turn on the grill's center burner, close the lid, and heat to a temperature between 200o F and 225o F.

3. Place the ribs on the grill and cook them over lowest possible heat to soften the meat. This is a cooking method called "low and slow," which is one of the best Tips for Grilling Ribs. To add moisture and flavor to the meat, baste the ribs with a light sauce during cooking.

4. Refrain from unnecessary opening of the lid as this lets the heat and smoke to escape and interrupt the cooking procedure.

5. Cooking might take about 3-5 hours depending on the thickness of the meat. Check to see if the ribs are done. A fork or toothpick should slide smoothly into the meat.

6. When the ribs are done, brush on a coat of barbecue sauce. Flip the meat and brush the other side. Cook the meat for about five minutes on each side to caramelize the sugars in the sauce.

7. Let the meat stand for a few minutes and then enjoy!

Three Pepper Rub Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup sweet paprika
  • 1/2 cup black pepper, coarsely ground
  • 1/2 cup pepper corns
  • 2 tbsp. cayenne pepper
  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp. ground cumin

We can't wait to see you September 28-October 1 at the Jacksonville Home + Patio Show. Join us at the Prime Osborn Convention Center and find everything you need to refresh your space! Get your tickets NOW! 

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PRIME OSBORN CONVENTION CENTER
SEPTEMBER 28-October 1, 2017.

Chaiya D├ęcor: Owners Lisa and Winston Chard

Oct 02, 2017

Get a crash course in creating the ultimate pad from must-see presenters including HGTV’s Masters of Flip, Kortney + Dave Wilson, Cityline’s DIY expert Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault, plus a slew of Ottawa’s very own top designers and personalities at the Main Stage brought to you by Chaiya Décor. By the end of it all, you’re certain to have
everything you need to live and entertain in equal style – design knowhow included.

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Leaving behind their impressive careers in herpetology, Lisa and Winston Chard opened Chaiya Décor in 2015. They have a simple but commendable model; to ensure that the products they sell are sustainable and ethically produced. Though holding their pieces to such a high standard definitely makes for more work, Lisa and Winston are happy to do it if it means a more sustainable and ethical final product.

With Chaiya Décor leading the conversation about sustainable furniture and home décor in Ottawa, it’s important to learn more about this new and responsible trend. The trend of prioritizing sustainable materials has sprung up as a response to the environmental impact that furniture and home décor has on the planet. Sustainable furniture requires more of a focus on the manufacturing process and design elements, as well as the piece’s ability to be recycled once its time has passed. For example, bamboo is grown easily in abundance and has a unique ability to be recycled into new products, making it the perfect material for sustainable furniture.

Not only are the materials of the furniture and décor important, but sustainable furniture also requires a focus on the manufacturing process. Limiting carbon emissions during manufacturing and ensuring that the production does not interfere with the local environment is an important requirement as well.

Chaiya Décor also focuses on the ethical implications of the furniture they sell. “This requires us to spend many weeks on the ground in the regions of the world where our products come from,” said owner, Winston Chard. “We feel it is important to meet the artisans personally, since that is the only way to know for certain that the things we bring back to Canada are both sustainable and ethical.” There are a few important things to keep in mind when it comes to buying ethical products. Stay on the lookout for manufactures that are Fair Trade Certified and keep in mind the illegal timber situation. Recently, there has been an influx of illegally logged timber that is exported illegally. If a deal seems too good to be true, it just might be.

Navigating your search for sustainable and ethical furniture can be difficult but stores like Chaiya Décor are making it easier. Drop into their Merrickville store to take in their gorgeous showroom or check out their Facebook page to spot your next home décor piece. 

From September 28-October 1, 2017 the Ottawa Fall Home Show will be filling the EY Centre with hundreds of home improvement experts ready to help you with your next project. It is a must-attend event for Ottawa homeowners. Get your tickets now! 
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SEPTEMBER 28 - OCTOBER 1, 2017.

FlowerNite

Sep 28, 2017

A new type of night out is hitting Ottawa in the form of fun floral workshops with FlowerNite. The rapidly growing social event is making waves with bridal parties, girls nights and date nights across Ottawa and the Ottawa Valley. FlowerNite encourages you to explore your creative side while enjoying quality time with friends and family, all the while creating a gorgeous floral arrangement.

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FlowerNite is all about the experience. All materials are provided upon arrival so all you need to do is pick, cut and place the flowers, all the while socializing and enjoying a drink or two. There’s no need to feel intimated by the impressive looking arrangements, a trained host or hostess will walk you through each step of the arranging process and ensure you’re able to become a florist in a matter ofhours. Hostess Megan Brazeau describes the experience as not only tons of fun, but also therapeutic. Your arrangement is bound to be gorgeous no matter what so there’s no stress to get it perfect.

As the weather turns chillier, FlowerNite is featuring seasonal arrangements that will make thoughtful gifts and brighten any home. As fall approaches, be on the lookout for arrangements with a pumpkin theme, as well as more and more seasonal flowers and colours. Come holiday season, FlowerNite is also adding wreaths to their arrangement options. Not the arrangement you were looking for? Not a problem! FlowerNite’s website previews the arrangements that will be featured at each event so you can choose the bouquet you want to go home with. Signing up for the event you want is easy to do on FlowerNite’s website under their events tab where each event is listed by date or location.

To try it out for yourself, join us at the Ottawa Fall Home Show. FlowerNite will be set up all weekend at the show so don’t forget to drop by the booth and create your very own unique arrangement. After trying the experience out, FlowerNite hosts and hostesses will be available to answer any and all of your questions.

The Ottawa Home Show takes over the EY Centre September 28-October 1, 2017. Don’t miss out! Buy your tickets today! 

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SEPTEMBER 28 - OCTOBER 1, 2017.

The Top 5, Not-to-be-Missed Features at the Jacksonville Home + Patio Show

Sep 28, 2017

The Jacksonville Home + Patio Show returns to transform downtown’s Prime Osborn Convention Center September 28-October 1, 2017. The show packs four days with home improvement ideas, interior design tips, cooking stage, DIY and interactive seminars and the hottest new products. So what are the top 5, not-to-be-missed must see features at the show?  

1. Celebrity Guests.
This year, come check out Kevin O’Connor from PBS’ This Old House and John and Whitney Spinks from Florida Flippers.Older homes come with a specific set of quirks and challenges and as longtime host of This Old House, Kevin O’Connor has seen it all. He shares years of wisdom gleaned from historic home renovations with show guests on Friday and Saturday at the Inspiration Stage.

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North Florida’s own John and Whitney Spinks went from DIYers to TV designers on HGTV’s Flipping The Block and Florida Flippers. Today, they’re successful Realtors, contractors and designers. They’ll share their top flip tips on Saturday, September 30 at 1 p.m. at the Inspiration Stage.

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2. Tiny Homes Are Back 
Don’t forget to head out to the Courtyard to check out the Tiny Home that guests can tour. The fascination with small-space living continues to thrive, and the tiny home display will be open for tours so consumers can check out what living in 500-square-feet would be like. Plus, this tiny home is the first LEED certified in the nation. Tiny Homes provided by Norsk Tiny Houses.

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3. Kitchen Heats Up
One of the show’s new features is Kitchen Wars. Local companies battle to see which kitchen design will capture the most votes. Competitors will showcase the latest trends and accessories.

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4. Hero Day 
On Friday, September 29 the show celebrates local heroes – retired and active duty military, first responders, EMTs, firefighters, police, JEA, Beaches Energy and Florida Power and Light employees and teachers receive complimentary admission to the show (with a valid ID).

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5. Neighborhood Party 
The Jacksonville Home and Patio Show is hosting a “neighborhood party” on Saturday, September 30 with a special appearance from PBS’ Nature Cat. Bring the kids for the photo opps and for meet and greet just for them. Kids under 5 get free admission to the show on Saturday (and every day of the show). 

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The Jacksonville Home + Patio Show will be taking over the Prime Osborn Convention Center from September 28-October 1, 2017. With hundreds of home improvement experts ready to help you tackle your next project, this is one event you can't miss. Get your tickets NOW!

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PRIME OSBORN CONVENTION CENTER
SEPTEMBER 28-October 1, 2017.

Kitchen Wars: Battle for Best In Show

Sep 27, 2017

It’s the busiest room in the house, and according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association it’s also the most remodeled room in the house. Each year, U.S. homeowners remodel upwards of 1.8 million kitchens. For show guests who are part of that statistic, the Jacksonville Home + Patio Show has a brand new feature that puts kitchen designers in a friendly competition and puts the latest trends on display: Kitchen Wars.

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Kitchen Wars competitors include Granite Transformations, Kitchen World, Cabinetry Masters and Underwood Butcher Blocks, in their respective displays on the show floor. In the amicable battle for who can create the best kitchen, the designers are bringing out the most popular backsplashes, countertops, cabinetry, accessories and more. Show guests vote on their favorite kitchen. The winner gets bragging rights, while voters could win a Kohler Sous Pro-Style Single Handle Pull-Down Sprayer Kitchen Faucet in Vibrant Stainless just for sharing their VOTE on who should reign supreme in Kitchen Wars. 

We can't wait to see you September 28-October 1 at the Jacksonville Home + Patio Show. Kevin appears on the Inspiration Stage on Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30. Join us at the Prime Osborn Convention Center and find everything you need to refresh your space! Get your tickets now! 

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PRIME OSBORN CONVENTION CENTER
SEPTEMBER 28-October 1, 2017.

All Things Home

Sep 27, 2017

All Things Home is a fabulous new online resource every homeowner needs to know about. It’s like having your personal Fall Home Show that you can turn to once we’ve wrapped up for the weekend.

If you’re like most visitors, you come to the Fall Home Show because you’re looking for ideas, products, services and professionals to help you improve your home. And that’s what All Things Home does, too.

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This new website launched in June with a ton of stories, tips, advice, lists of pros, resources and other information, all presented in a beautifully designed format that’s easy to navigate and search. And it focuses on Ottawa.

It was started by two veterans in the Ottawa housing industry:

Anita Murray, who is the former Homes editor at the Ottawa Citizen. She’s been a journalist for more than 25 years and was born and raised in Ottawa.

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Patrick Langston, who has written about homes and gardens for the Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Magazine and other publications for more than a decade. He has also personally renovated virtually all of his century-old farmhouse.

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Their goal is to make sure All Things Home is the go-to source for anything you’re trying to find out about homes in Ottawa – including finding a home – so that you don’t have to spend hours online searching for what you need. And if you love reading about beautiful homes and gardens, you’ll find plenty of that, too.

The website covers everything related to housing, including:
New & Custom Homes
Resale & Rental Living
Renovations & Maintenance
Design & Decor
Gardening & Landscaping
Finance & Savings

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There are growing lists of professionals in each category, valuable details on new home communities, homes-related event listings (including open houses), and plenty of resources to explore.

To learn more, visit their booth at the show and check out their website.

The Ottawa Fall Home Show will be filling the EY Centre with hundreds of home improvement experts from September 28-October 1, 2017!  It is a must-attend event for Ottawa homeowners. Get your tickets now! 

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Q&A With Kevin O'Connor

Sep 26, 2017

A growing number of Jacksonville residents are rehabbing older homes especially in neighborhoods like Springfield, Riverside and Avondale. Restoring an older home comes with its own quirks and challenges, but Kevin O’Connor is sharing tried-and-true secrets from inside the many seasons of the original PBS series This Old House.  As the popular show’s host (who counts Late Night host Jimmy Fallon among his rabid fan base), Kevin has seen it all when it comes to historic rehab, and he’s bringing North Florida’s audiences the biggest projects and sharing never aired video and photos from the archives (and his private collection) at the Jacksonville Home and Patio Show (running September 28-October 1).

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But before he gets to Jacksonville, he answered a few questions.

Q. What are the most often overlooked challenges people face when embarking on historic home renovation?
Kevin:
The things people don’t think about when renovating a home are the things they can’t see. It’s exciting to preserve a beautiful front door or the original moldings in the house, but it’s not exciting to upgrade the wiring or fix a rotten sill. What’s a sill? Exactly. Old homes are a collection of old systems that have been (or not been) upgraded over time. And no matter how hard you try to avoid the things you can’t see, it’s often impossible to do so. Go ahead and renovate the kitchen but make sure you pay attention to the important stuff like heating and cooling, ventilation and insulation.

Q. What are the top reno projects homeowners should invest in with a historic home?
Kevin: In my opinion preserving the historic exterior of a house is more important and practical than preserving the historic interior of the house.  People love the look of an older home but rarely like the way these older homes are laid out. Cramped kitchens and small, chopped up rooms are not the way we live anymore. It’s perfectly fine to preserve exterior details like original windows, front porches and colorful fretwork while making the interior more livable. To that end kitchen and bathroom renovations are always top on our list of projects, as are the addition of mudrooms and pantries. People just seem to love these spaces.

Q. There are some great historic neighborhoods in Jacksonville, some of them are becoming gentrified now but the homes have been neglected for many years. When looking to buy historic homes, what are the most important things to know before you invest? 
Kevin: The most expensive problems with homes are always the things you can’t see and often don’t care about -- an old roof, a rotten sill, a cracked foundation, antiquated heating and cooling systems, dated electrical or plumbing systems that need upgrades. These things aren’t sexy but they have to be addressed and can cost lots of money, so it’s best to ask tough questions about these things first. Getting the opinion of a reputable general contractor before you buy the home is a good idea.

Q. What are the biggest mistakes people make when renovating a historic home?
Kevin: The mistakes people make renovating a historic home are the same mistakes they make renovating any home: they often opt for the low bid, they care more about the bling and less about the structure and systems, they don’t do their homework and get overwhelmed by too many decisions. My advice is always to work with the best pro you can afford, take your time, and realize your house is a long-term investment so treat it that way – take care of the bones first, deal with the ascetics second.

We can't wait to see you September 28-October 1 at the Jacksonville Home + Patio Show. Kevin appears on the Inspiration Stage on Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30. Join us at the Prime Osborn Convention Center and find everything you need to refresh your space! Get your tickets now! 

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PRIME OSBORN CONVENTION CENTER
SEPTEMBER 28-October 1, 2017.

AIMExpo Acquired by Motorcycle Industry Council

by Joanne Carry | Sep 09, 2015
IRVINE, Calif. --The Motorcycle Industry Council today announced it has acquired the Motorcycle Group business segment from Marketplace Events LLC. The acquisition includes the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo), America's premier motorcycle and powersports show, and the only powersports event in North America that caters to trade, media and consumers all under one roof, timed to showcase the powersports industry's new model year product unveilings....

IRVINE, Calif.--The Motorcycle Industry Council today announced it has acquired the Motorcycle Group business segment from Marketplace Events LLC. The acquisition includes the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo), America's premier motorcycle and powersports show, and the only powersports event in North America that caters to trade, media and consumers all under one roof, timed to showcase the powersports industry's new model year product unveilings.

AIMExpo's show personnel, sales staff and management, including AIMExpo Show Director Cinnamon Kernes, and AIMExpo show creators Mike Webster and Larry Little, will form a new department within MIC titled “MIC Events.”

“AIMExpo’s early success has been the ability to prove an innovative concept that has delivered for exhibitors and attendees beyond what was envisioned when we conceived the concept just three years ago,” said AIMExpo co-creators Webster and Little. “We recognized the opportunity to take it to another level of industry value and excellence with the blue-ribbon reputation and capabilities of the MIC, and the power of its membership, management, and services to get us there. We presented our recommendation to Marketplace Events LLC management and they agreed.”

"In 2012, Marketplace Events made the commitment – under the leadership of Mike Webster – to launch AIMExpo with the explicit goal of changing and re-energizing the powersports business, and our AIMExpo team has been intensely focused and true to that promise,” said Marketplace Events CEO, Tom Baugh. “In less than three years, the AIMExpo platform has become the most important annual gathering for the industry. We’re very proud MPE successfully incubated AIMExpo, but we recognize the event will reach its full potential and greatest benefit to the industry under MIC ownership."

Dennis McNeal, MIC chair and Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.'s vice president - Motorcycle Operations, said, "MIC’s primary goal is to ensure the show's ongoing growth and success, and that requires not only a depth of tradeshow experience, but broad experience in our industry. Mike Webster, Larry Little, Cinnamon Kernes and the entire AIMExpo team have that kind of experience, and the MIC Board of Directors, by unanimous vote, is excited to have them join the staff of the MIC."

"The concept of MIC owning AIMExpo is actually quite common in the association world where many trade shows are owned or operated by their industry trade associations,” said Little.

"This strategic configuration makes it much easier to build on existing industry synergies, align the industry's key stakeholders, and connect manufacturers and distributors of products and services in a valued face-to-face environment with retailers and consumers who have the greatest interest in their offerings."

“Overall plans for the 2015 show absolutely remain business as usual,” said AIMExpo Show Director Cinnamon Kernes. “For exhibitors, dealers, media, and consumers it’s absolutely business as usual and no additional actions on their part are required. Our focus is sharper than ever, and the team is committed to producing the industry’s best show experience once again this year. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to Orlando in October!”

AIMExpo 2015 will take place October 15 through 18 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The show is open to credentialed trade and media professionals on October 15-16. The show then opens to the general public on October 17-18.

This year's AIMExpo is ramping up to be the largest and most impactful event to date with more manufacturers, vendors, dealers, and media outlets scheduled to attend.

For more information, please visit http://mic.org/AIMExpo.aspx.

Key AIMExpo Links

The Motorcycle Industry Council exists to preserve, protect, and promote motorcycling through government relations, communications and media relations, statistics and research, aftermarket programs, development of data communications standards, activities surrounding technical and regulatory issues, and the American International Motorcycle Expo. As a not-for-profit, national industry association, the MIC seeks to support motorcyclists by representing manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and retailers of motorcycles, scooters, ATVs, ROVs, motorcycle/ATV/ROV parts, accessories and related goods and services, and members of allied trades such as insurance, finance and investment companies, media companies and consultants.

The MIC is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., with a government relations office in metropolitan Washington, D.C. First called the MIC in 1970, the organization has been in operation since 1914. Visit the MIC at www.mic.org.

Be sure to stay tuned to the AIMExpoUSA.com website and keep up to date on exciting news as it happens by visiting AIMExpo’s social media pages. “Like” the American International Motorcycle Expo on Facebook, and “Follow” on Twitter or Instagram: @AIMExpo.

Contacts

Motorcycle Industry Council
Brian Hardyman, Media Relations
949-727-4211, ext. 3027