Stand Tall and Bloom

Feb 17, 2020

Spring is around the corner, and soon you’ll be out in the fresh air and sunshine bringing your garden to life. The North Carolina Piedmont is famous for its clay-like soil. Fortunately, that soil is fertile enough for a wide variety of flowers to grow vibrantly. If you’re wondering what to plant during March and April, we’ve identified several options that thrive in our region of the Tar Heel State. These blossoms will add a pleasant pop of color to your backyard or front porch, welcoming in warm-weather visitors.



These classic garden staples bloom in mid-summer with numerous blue, pink, purple, red, white, yellow or black flowers on tall spikes. Many varieties are biennials, which means they complete their lifecycle over two years. Yet there are some varieties that act like short-lived perennials and bloom in the first year when planted early enough in the spring. These flowers serve as a host plant for the caterpillars that grow into painted lady butterflies and also attract bees and hummingbirds. They typically grow six to eight feet tall and require full sun to part shade. It’s a good idea to protect them from damaging winds by planting them against a fence, wall or trellis for support.


White speckles against a dark purple petal make this type of petunia look like pretty stars set against the night sky. A dramatic change of temperature between the day and night provides the celestial appearance for this flower, created by German breeder Selecta One. This means warm days and nights make the flowers predominantly purple, while cooler days and nights bring out the pops of white. They typically grow between 12 and 16 inches tall and bloom during the spring and summer. These annuals have wide, trumpet-shaped flowers and fair best in full sun with rich, moist and well-drained soil. Plant them after the last spring frost and consider placing them in hanging baskets to add charm to your porch.


Lantana plants are evergreens that are classified as shrubs by botanists and grow well in hanging pots due to their vine-like branches. Lantanas operate as perennials in warmer zones and annuals in colder zones, and the citrus-like aroma of their leaves qualifies them as fragrant plants. Their rounded clusters of bright yellow, orange, white, red and purple flowers are revered for their extended bloom time. They do best in sunny areas with slightly acidic soil and attract butterflies and hummingbirds to gardens. Plant them once the last of the spring frost has subsided and expect them to grow between six to eight feet high. Lantana plants like full or partial sun and thorough watering schedules. To encourage re-blooming, cut back the faded or dead flowers from these plants periodically.



With names like “early sunrise” and “golden showers,” the bright yellow versions of coreopsis are cheerful and serene. Coreopsis is a low-maintenance, drought-tolerant and long-blooming plant originating in the prairies and woodlands of North America. Birds like goldfinches love to snack on their seeds in the fall and winter, and bees and butterflies are drawn to them as well. Their petals may be bright yellow but also orange, pink and red. Plant them in the early spring for a summer bloom. They usually grow between 10 and 18 inches tall and take well to full sun or part shade conditions within well-draining, sandy soil.

Learn more about enhancing your green thumb at the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show from Feb. 28 to March 1 and March 6 to 8 at The Park Expo and Conference Center in Charlotte.

Re-thinking Your Basement to Gain Living Space

Feb 17, 2020



Space is often at a premium in our homes and our experts at the Cincinnati Home + Garden Show are ready to help you find some lost space in your home. A prime example of this hidden living space is your basement! Often full of junk and holiday decorations just think about the extra living space just hiding down there.

Your basement can be used for all sorts of extra living space: a man cave with wet bar and home theater, a workout room and home gym, mother-in-law suite or even a games room for the kids. Utilizing your basement fully as additional living space can add up to 25% more living space to your home. 
Before you begin planning, here are a few tips from Home Improvement Expert, Gary Sullivan:
• Clear the basement space of all non-essential items so you can dream and design how you want to best use the space for you and your family and friends.
• Make sure the area is dry and does not leak. Approach any necessary renovations first.
• Once the project is done and if you have a sump pump in the area make sure it has a backup sump pump for protection. 
When you visit the Cincinnati Home & Garden Show, be sure to get started on the right foot by meeting with experts who specialize in water-proofing basements for an assessment before you begin design planning and get more living space out of your home.

Top Features You Can't Miss at this Year's BC Home + Garden Show!

Feb 15, 2020

Spring has come early this year! The BC Home + Garden Show is set to open this Wednesday and run from February 19 - February 23 and it’s a one stop shop for everything you will need to spruce up your home and garden this spring. Head to BC Place Stadium to check out over 400 exhibitors that are showcasing their innovative and inspirational products and services all weekend long. With Canada’s biggest names and experts in home improvement, you don’t want to miss out on this year’s Show!

We don’t want you to miss a thing so we’ve put together all the must-see features you’ll want to stop at! In order to get through the doors as quickly as possible (and to save $2) make sure to buy your tickets online before you arrive at the Show!

Top must-see features:

1. HGTV Canada Main Stage, presented by Homebuilders Association Vancouver

This star studded stage will have you glued to your seat all weekend! All the celebrities and experts are going to be sharing their knowledge to assist you on your home renovation or refresher. Bryan Baeumler of HGTV Canada, presented by RBC, will be giving us two captivating presentations on all things home improvement. Bryan isn’t the only HGTV Canada cast on our stage: Local duo, Mickey Fabbiano and Sebastian Sevallo of Worst to First will also be spilling their behind-the-scenes secrets of renovating on television.

HGTV Canada Celebrity Contractor Bryan Baeumler on stage

Interior design guru’s Jamie Banfield of Jamie Banfield Design, Sarah Gallop of Sarah Gallop Design, Sydney Carlaw of Purity Designs and many others will have you rethinking how you can give your space a facelift. We’ll also have two expert panels on our stage! RBC will be teaching us all about financing and where to put your money into a renovation and HAVAN will be chatting with us about a number of diverse projects you can do throughout your home and garden. These presenters and so many more will be at your fingertips! To see the full line-up of experts hitting the stage, view the schedule here.

2. Lilydale Cooking Stage presented by Trail Appliances

Now we’re cooking! Head to The Lilydale Cooking Stage for seminars and live demos from the city’s most respected chefs including Bruno Feldeisen of CBC’s The Great Canadian Baking Show, Karen Barnaby, the product development chef that will have you switching up your evening meals; and Ian McHale, head chef at top Vancouver restaurant Wildebeest. Culinary secrets will be revealed! Don’t miss these superstar chefs showing off their talents on an array of brand new Dacor appliances all weekend long. To make sure you catch your favourite local chef, check out the stage schedule here.

3. Garden Market by Art’s Nursery

Don’t forget to pop into Garden Market by Art’s Nursery where you can learn and purchase seeds, pots, and plants to bring a little life to your space. Not only will you be able to step up your gardening game with advice from the pros, you’ll get to shop from premium products at the Show’s exclusive garden market! Say hello to spring with Art’s Nursery!

4. HONOMOBAR + Home Away from Home, presented by HONOMOBO and furnished by La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries of Vancouver

HONOMOBO has made this year’s Show our favourite yet. The industry leader in modular housing has brought their M1 model to the Show and their custom designed bar for your viewing and relaxing pleasure. As you have a bite and savour a drink, just a look away you will find the HGTV Canada Main Stage and The Lilydale Cooking Stage. Whether you need a break from all the amazing features or you wish to take in all the sites from the bar; the HONOMOBAR is ready for you.

HONOMOBO modular home backyard with lounge chairs

5. GROW!

This year, one of our Show stopping, green-filled features is GROW! The interactive, informative, and immersive experience will get you hands-on and really learning all things plant-related! You will learn the what/how/when and where to plant! Learn from the experts at West Coast Seeds, Master Gardeners of Vancouver and Victory Gardens, and purchase the very seeds you are learning about, to start your very own garden.

6. Vancouver Etsy Collective

There is a first time for everything! The inaugural Vancouver Etsy Collective market at the BC Home + Garden Show is here and we want all Etsy-lovers to know! At this feature you will discover local artisans that have created a wide array of unique gifts and collectibles. Looking for jewelry, sustainable textiles, gifts, candles, or paintings? Vancouver’s top emerging artists have brought their original pieces for you to spice up your home.

7. Toyota Test Drives

Toyota Canada is returning as the official automotive sponsor of the BC Home + Garden Show. Toyota will have a selection of vehicles to test drive at the Show. You don’t even need to leave for the sales lot, just take a spin right at the Show. The all new 2020 Highlander will be the ride to drive this year! Pre-book your no pressure test drive and receive a $15 gas card at the Show.

Toyota white SUV

8. Vancouver Sun Gardeners’ School

Time to get schooled! This feature will have you learning the ropes with everything from soil to plant types. There will be daily seminars by Lower Mainland's top gardening gurus that will have your garden looking the best on the block. Whether it is a large backyard garden or a tabletop patio garden, we will have you digging in this spring! Have a look at our line-up of garden experts hitting the stage throughout the Show, here.

9. Dave’s Renovation presented by BC Hydro and styled by Jamie Banfield Design

Energy efficiency: a hot topic and a must-do when working on your home! When renovating, it is a necessity to consider how to make your project and home energy conscious. This feature you can walk-through Dave’s Renovation and learn how you can save on costs through smart design and renovations. Knowledgeable experts will let you know of rebates that are available to help you with your renovation costs.

Laundry room with washing and drying machines

10. Garden Dreams, Landscape Reality

Escape the chilly weather and you just might be able to pretend it’s spring at our feature gardens. You will be transported when you enter the 5,000 square foot garden spaces designed by mega-powerhouse landscapers: Holly Landscaping, Rakes and Ladders, Bailey Landscaping and No Limit Landscaping. No matter how big or small your personal garden is, you will be sure to find inspiration from these magnificent and stunning gardens.

Patio with gazebo and lounge chairs

Share On Social

With so much to see and do, don’t forget to share your favourite moments from the Show with #BCHGS20 so we can see your photos and videos! Follow along for all the BC Home + Garden Show fun on Twitter and Instagram.

On The Day

Make your way to BC Place Stadium, located at 777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver, BC. If you’re driving to the Show, there is parking available at various surrounding lots. Check out the BC Place parking list for more details, including price points and suggested lots.

Exhibitor Spotlight: GreyFox Outdoor

Feb 14, 2020

We sat down with Sam & Betty Glick of GreyFox Outdoor ahead of the 2021 Downtown Raleigh Home Show to get some info about their high-quality patio & outdoor products. GreyFox Outdoor is a licensed and insured outdoor improvement business in Southern Pines NC serving the Sandhills and beyond!


Grey Fox Outdoor Logo with the 'o' in Fox replaced with a stylized fox head.


Describe your products and services

We specialize in both vinyl & wood pergolas, pavilions, gazebos, vinyl playsets, poly patio furniture, umbrellas, and fire pits! Most of our product is manufactured by the Amish in Lancaster County PA. We have hundreds of different Sunbrella fabrics to choose from and dozens of poly color choices for our patio furniture. All of our items are customizable so you can make sure there is nothing "cookie-cutter" about what you have in your backyard, make it unique to your space!


What are your best home or garden tips for this season?

Create a focal point in your outdoor space with a gazebo or define a space with a pergola! Whatever route go you with your outdoor space, get outdoors and enjoy it to the fullest!



16'x20' Hampton Pavilion with white-vinyl, 8x8-square-posts and asphalt shingles



What are your featured items this season?

Our most popular furniture collection is the Bayshore Collection but we see the new Marina Collection doing very well as it has new and refined modern lines with a retro twist! Our pavilions are also featured as a great item to add to your space to add protection from the rain and sun! Take advantage of our free delivery & installation (some restrictions apply).


What are your home or garden pet peeves?

Seeing an outdoor project outfitted with low-quality structures or furniture, a good quality product will cost more upfront but will last much longer and usually carry a longer warranty so you can be sure you won't need to do it all over again in a few years!


What is the strangest client request you've ever received?

We haven't had that many "strange" requests mainly because we are able to customize our product almost any way that our clients can dream of making strange requests, feasible requests!


What is your favorite part about the home show?

Meeting all the wonderful people that come through the show!


Be sure to check out the Glicks and GreyFox Outdoor at Booth #719, at the 2021 Downtown Raleigh Home Show.

5 Things You Need to Know About HONOMOBO Modular Container Homes

Feb 14, 2020

The world is changing and we are forever adapting our ways of life. There is no difference when it comes to building a home! HONOMOBO creates streamline, classic, and beautiful container homes for those looking for a stunning change. You are in luck! You can see and explore the HONOMOBO M1 model at the BC Home + Garden Show from February 19- February 23 at BC Place Stadium.

Modular Container Home in the woods


This Show feature was built in only 8 weeks one province away in Edmonton, AB using repurposed shipping containers. It is constructed of fully repurposed materials to lessen the environmental impact that goes into building a dream home. That is not the only thing this amazing company is doing to help our planet; every home built runs on 100% electricity which will in turn save you money. HONOMOBO specializes in seamless indoor/outdoor living so you can optimize the space you have and get the most out of your home. Immerse yourself in this beautiful single family home on the Show floor, fully furnished by La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries of Vancouver to see if modular home living is right for you. Now, here are 5 things you need to know about HONOMOBO modular homes, from co-founder Daniel Engelman:

  1. Honomobo modular container homes are built in the factory in 10-12 weeks. When the home leaves the factory it is 99% complete. The on site time to complete the project is only 1-2 weeks.
  2. Shipping containers are made from corten steel which is chemically formed, with the ability to rust and protect itself from the elements even if all the paint is gone. So, if Honomobo homes are stripped of their paint, it will retain its structural integrity in the long term.
  3. From a financial perspective Honomobo homes are approved in the same way as a home built right on site. Once Honomobo modular homes are installed on their foundation it is a permanent home in the same way as any other home.
  4. Honomobo homes are certified under CSA A277 which is classified as a permanent modular home. From a building and energy code perspective a modular home is built to the same codes and specifications as a site built home.
  5. Honomobo container homes are available to operate carbon neutral right now. All Honomobo homes run 100% on electricity and their power usage can be fully offset by solar PV panels to make them energy neutral or even energy positive.
Modular container home in the desert.


You need to check out the HONOMOBO M1 model which will be on display at the Show! Grab your tickets here to save $2! You don’t want to miss these amazing features and all the industry experts presenting on the HGTV Canada Main Stage.

See you at this year’s BC Home + Garden Show!

Do-It-Yourself With Bryan Baeumler

Feb 14, 2020

Canada’s #1 do-it-yourself expert, Bryan Baeumler is coming to Utah for the Salt Lake Tribune Home & Garden Show. You may know him from his hit TV shows Island of Bryan, House of Bryan, Disaster DIY, and Leave it to Bryan. However, this guy is the real deal; learning tricks of the trade from his father since he was a child.


With his vast knowledge and impressive on-the-job experience, Bryan has developed an extensive know-how in balancing the structural aesthetic with intelligent utility. He enjoys teaching viewers the necessary skills to tackle their own projects.

Bryan Baeumler

Why do you think the idea of a do-it-yourself project is so appealing to people?

Bryan: I think there are a few reasons and they vary from person to person. There are people who generally have an interest in it and enjoy doing work around the house, people who want to save money, and people who want to tackle a project and have that sense of accomplishment from taking care of their own home.


Do you think everyone has the ability to try a do-it-yourself project?

Bryan: I think everyone can, but I don’t think everyone wants to. If you really wanted to learn to do it you could invest the time, research and practice. The best way to learn is to get a bit of theory, read the instructions, get your hands dirty and make some mistakes. Go through and learn how not to do it.


What is your advice for a first time do-it-yourselfer?

Bryan: Start small and affordable. It’s kind of like going to a casino; assume you’re going to have to pay someone to fix the problem for you. If you’re willing to write off the materials you purchased, that is a good place to start.


What is a good project to start with?

Bryan: Painting is a classic first project to get your feet wet. If you have patience, and take your time, pretty much anyone can handle painting a wall. You’ll also learn a good professional painter is worth their weight in gold.


Where do folks normally get in over their heads?

Bryan: One of the biggest mistakes people make is that they are optimistic about how much things will cost, how long they will take, and how much skill they will require. We under budget, we don’t allow ourselves enough time, we assume we are better at things we than we are. If it’s unfinished or finished poorly your value will suffer.


For more from Bryan, visit him online here and on Facebook.

Get DIY tips from Bryan, live on the Garden Design Stage:

  • Friday, March 6th at 5:00 P.M.
  • Saturday, March 7th at noon & 2:00 P.M.


Home Show Do's and Don'ts

Feb 14, 2020

Whether you’re enjoying a presentation at our DIY Station with Leanne Lee, the Diva of DIY, or vetting contractors for a massive home renovation, there’s plenty to do and see at the Johnson County Home + Garden Show! We want you to have an incredible time, so we’ve compiled a list of a few helpful things to know. Please consider the following before you join us at the Overland Park Convention Center February 21-23, 2020.

Homeshow Attendee
Parking is free, but there are limited spaces available. Coming early is your best bet to get an ideal spot.
Buying tickets online automatically saves you money, rather than purchasing them at the door.
Not smartphone savvy? Bring a notepad to jot down notes while talking to vendors. It’s an easy way to keep track of estimated costs and options.
There are food and beverages available for purchase at the concession stand.
Luck favors the prepared! Have your top projects in mind so you don’t forget to visit everyone on your checklist.
We hope you have a wonderful time at the Johnson County Home + Garden Show. We can’t wait for you and your family to experience this year’s event. Pick up your tickets today and get ready to make your dream home a reality.

Q&A with Home Renovation Powerhouse Mina Starsiak Hawk

Feb 13, 2020

This year, the Buffalo Home Show is beyond excited to have Mina Starsiak Hawk, star of HGTV’s hit series Good Bones, join us on for our second weekend on March 13 and 14.


Mina co-founded the home renovation company, Two Chicks and a Hammer, with her mother in the late 2000s, with the goal to revitalize Indianapolis one house at a time. Now, the duo stars in the hit show Good Bones, currently filming it’s fifth season! 
In addition to Good Bones, Mina is featured in a couple of other tent-pole shows on HGTV including the Very Brady Renovation series and Rock the Block, airing in October. With her resume of hit shows, along with years of renovation experience under her belt, it’s easy to see that Mina is a home reno force to be reckoned with.

We wanted to get a peek inside Mina’s life and learn about some of her favorite home rehab and design tips. Here’s what we learned – spoiler alert: she’s all about the faux foliage!


What tool should every homeowner own?
Mina: An impact drill with bits.
Wallpaper: love or hate?
Mina: LOVE!
Are you a plant mama, or is your green thumb lacking?
Mina: My entire house is fake plants!
What’s your favorite HGTV or DIY Network series?  
Mina: Good Bones, of course!
Best home purchase for under $100? 
Mina: Painting supplies!
Tell us about your pets.
Mina: Frank is a 2.5-year-old dogo argentino, Beatrice I rescued at 6 weeks, she’s now 12 years old, and Sophie is a rescue pit I got at 2 – she’s now 12 as well!
What’s your favorite paint color?
Mina: Alpaca and rhinestone.
Any simple tips for upgrading a small bathroom?
Mina: A new mirror and light can make a huge difference along with painting your vanity and switching up hardware.
What are your best landscaping tips?
Mina: Get turf!
Favorite room in your home?
Mina: My kitchen.
So bring your questions to the Buffalo Home Show and meet Mina live and in-person. Make sure to catch her stage presentations on March 13 and 14 on the Main Stage where she’ll be sharing all her top tips and tricks. Don’t have your Buffalo Home Show tickets yet? Purchase them online and save $2.00 off the box office price!
For more from Mina you can visit her online on Facebook 

Sponsor Spotlight: RenovationFind

Feb 13, 2020

We’re excited to have RenovationFind as a sponsor of the 2020 BC Home + Garden Show. Before you visit this innovative company at BC Place February 19-23, please enjoy our brief interview with the RenovationFind team below.

RenovationFind Team standing at the show

Q: How does your service work? is a free online directory of certified trades, contractors, and home improvement companies. All companies listed on our website have gone through a stringent pre-screening process. Using a third-party organization, we run extensive background checks on seven of the most important criteria so we can provide homeowners with legitimate, reputable, and trustworthy companies. The criteria include legal background checks, credit background checks, monitoring for customer complaints, checking for proof of a valid business license and insurance, as well as WCB coverage. Companies who are a member of the Better Business Bureau will receive a higher ranking on the directory. We continue to monitor the companies based on these criteria to ensure they’re keeping up to standard.

RenovationFind helps protect homeowners by offering them a directory of ethical, trustworthy home renovation, and home improvement companies. We also are focused on promoting good companies, on helping build a positive reputation for the renovation industry. It’s a win-win for both the consumer and the businesses involved.

RenovationFind Certified Logo

Q: What can we look forward to from you at the BC Home and Garden Show?

At the Home and Garden show, we will have a booth where people can come and learn more about RenovationFind. It will allow for homeowners to receive credible information and get three quotes from companies certified by RenovationFind. For example, if they are looking to have their bathroom remodeled, we can give them the information they need and a quote for the project. As well, there will be a giveaway for becoming a RenovationFind member. Not only will they receive exclusive pricing or any promotions from recommended, certified businesses, but they will can enter to win $1000 and an iPad at the booth.

Q: What advice do you have for homeowners?

The most important part of any project is to do thorough research. Having a plan written down with guidelines and the proper permits will make sure the project goes smoothly. It’s also important to do background checks on any company before you hire them. Check their credentials and previous work to make sure they have a good reputation. Asking for documentation is within your rights before any work is done on your house. A tip when asking for references is to ask for a reference on the previous three jobs the company has done. This way, you will get a more honest picture of the company because they won’t simply give you the jobs they know will give the best reference. Ask that previous customer how the project went, if the documentation was valid, and any other questions you may have before making your decision about working with the company.

Q: What inspires your services?

The horror stories. You hear of so many homeowners working with unreliable companies who will take money without completing work, or take advantage of their lack of knowledge. Providing a service like this ensures that homeowners know they will get quality service from the company they choose, and won’t regret their decision. The companies on the site are trustworthy and reputable, and that’s what matters when hiring someone to work in your home.

Q: What is your favourite part of the BC Home and Garden Show?

Connecting with other homeowners and giving them a resource for hiring contractors and home improvement companies. If we are connecting homeowners to the people who can get the job done right, both parties win. Doing the booth at the home show allows us to help make these connections.

RenovationFind Booth at the Show

Q: What design or decor trends did you love in 2019 or anticipate for 2020?

People are renovating instead of moving. Many homeowners don’t want to leave, because perhaps they have found their forever home, or have fallen in love with the neighborhood and their community. Instead they’re choosing to renovatet he home they’re in. Because we’re in the home renovation industry, this is something we hope to continue to see.

Q: Are there any success stories you'd like to share?

Based on homeowner feedback, we have found that many homeowners are finding success through using the site. The pre-screening process, combined with the continuous monitoring, has taken a lot of stress out of the renovation process for our users. We are also able to advertise our companies to their target demographics, and attract new customers to their RenovationFind profiles and websites. Because of this, the good companies on our directory are getting more leads.

Q: What can folks expect when they work with you?

For the homeowner, people who use RenovationFind can expect quality workmanship and service from the company they choose to hire. For those who choose to sign up for a RenovationFind membership, they’ll get exclusive prices and promotions for companies in their area. Homeowners will find contractors over a wide range of categories, including general contractors, siding contracts, kitchen contractors, Vancouver countertops, painters, electrical companies in Vancouver, HVAC companies, Vancouver window companies and more.

In regards to the companies on the directory, we try to improve traffic to their RenovationFind profiles and their websites using specific targeting in their city. We do this through membership email blasts, blog posts, social media marketing, and search engine targeting. We love to see our companies get more leads and business through our marketing efforts.

The BC Home + Garden Show is your source for trusted home experts like RenovationFind. Join us at the BC Place Stadium on February 19-23 to get great ideas for your space and see HGTV Celebrity Contractor Bryan Baeumler (appearing Friday and Saturday). We can't wait to see you at the show

Get To Know HGTV Canada's Main Stage Presenters

Feb 13, 2020

This year the BC Home + Garden Show has a stellar line-up of talent you can catch on the HGTV Canada Main Stage presented by the Homebuilders Association Vancouver. Get to know some of the experts that will be hitting the stage from February 19–23, 2020 below.

Everyone’s favourite celebrity contractor is back! Bryan Baeumler of Island of Bryan, will be presenting Friday, February 21 at 6PM and Saturday, February 22 at 1PM. Bryan will be bringing you the tips and tricks he’s learned through years of mastering everything there is to know about home improvement. Don’t be shy, you can even meet Bryan on Saturday after his presentation!


HGTV Canada Celebrity Contractor Bryan Baeumler

Celebrity contractor and host of HGTV Canada’s Island of Bryan, Bryan Baeumler

Island of Bryan is making waves on HGTV Canada and is set to air season 2 this spring, but Bryan isn’t the only HGTV Canada star on our Main Stage. Local boys, Mickey & Sebastian of Worst to First, will be letting us know what it is really like behind-the-scenes of a hit renovation show on Saturday, February 22 at 4PM.


HGTV Canada hosts of Worst to First Mickey Fabbiano and Sebastian Sevallo

HGTV Canada hosts of Worst to First, Mickey Fabbiano and Sebastian Sevallo

HGTV Canada stars bring some great advice and big personalities and we only have the best local experts accompanying them over the weekend. Need a hand with interior design? Vancouver interior designer Jamie Banfield of Jamie Banfield Design will be letting us in on designer hacks when renovating a kitchen. The area in every home that arguably gets used the most! Catch Jamie on stage Friday, February 21 at 2PM, Saturday February 22 and Sunday February 23 at Noon.


Interior Designer Jamie Banfield

Interior designer Jamie Banfield of Jamie Banfield Design

Some of the other home improvement experts hitting the stage include Kathy Yuen of Phase One Design who is sharing 5 simple steps to getting your dream home on Friday, February 21 at 3PM. Award-winning local interior designer Sarah Gallop will also present on Sunday, February 23 at 1PM on how you can stay in control when your renovation projects start to get complex, maybe even a bit stressful! If you’re in the middle of one, or getting started on a home renovation you won’t want to miss these two experts!

The talent keeps coming with Sydney Carlaw of Purity Designs, who is debunking myths on working with an interior designer, on Friday February 21 at 4PM and Saturday February 22 at 6PM. You’ll learn about all the things an interior designer can actually do for you in your home improvement project.


Interior designer Sydney Carlaw of Purity Designs

Sydney Carlaw, interior designer of Purity Designs

Don’t forget, you will also need to finance your beautiful renovation, so we have some experts who can help! Firstly, the RBC Panel will take the stage on Friday, February 21 at 5PM where experts will enlighten Showgoers on which home improvements directly increase the value of your home. Always need to keep resale in mind! Award-winning local mortgage expert, and author Angela Calla is also taking the stage on Saturday, February 22 at 3PM, busting mortgage myths and sharing advice for moving up the property ladder. Angela will be shedding some light, with some of the information the banks won't tell you.

Mortgage expert Angela Calla

Mortgage expert, Angela Calla

The stacked line-up doesn’t stop there. We will have Graeme Huguet of My House Design Build, walking us through the entire process of creating your dream home on Saturday February 22 at 5PM and Sunday February 23 at 3PM. HAVAN, Expert Series Panel presented by the Homebuilders Association Vancouver will have their very own industry experts speaking to everything from kitchen design, outdoor living, high performance homes, and the reality of renovating, happening each day of the Show. Other experts include Larry Clay of Clay Construction, Cher Rowe of PacRim Log Structures and a representative from Kuhn LLC, all of who will also take the stage and share some advice you can apply to your indoor or outdoor home improvement project this spring.

We have so much talent over the weekend be sure to see our full list of speakers and celebrities you can check out here.

Maybe you have a tricky renovation project that needs a fresh set of eyes, ask our experts and then go explore the Show that will have over 425 businesses to meet your home improvement needs. You won’t want to miss the BC Home + Garden Show, happening February 19–23, 2020 at BC Place Stadium. Be sure to check the HGTV Canada Main Stage schedule before you go, so you don’t miss your favourites!

Click here to grab your tickets online and save $2!

Picking the Perfect Patio Furniture

Feb 12, 2020

Selecting the right patio furniture for your outdoor space has the power to transform it into a second living room in the warmer months. Designing a comfortable and inviting area that beckons you to step outside and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature is the goal. Here are some of the top tips for creating a relaxing oasis that will remain welcoming for years to come.

Perfect Patio Furniture

Let Your Life Speak — What do you really want to do with this space? Make a list of your favorite outdoor activities and let that knowledge guide your purchasing decisions. If you host many dinner parties, consider a dining set for balmy summer nights. If you’re more likely to be found curled up with a good book, a chaise lounge, hammock, rocker or recliner might be in order. Remember a fire pit for cooler autumn evenings never goes out of style (plus, it’s great for making s’mores)!

Comfort First – Make sure to take a seat before you pull out your credit card. Comfortable seating will be used so much more often than hard, uncomfortable selections. Bring your kids along for this shopping trip – they’ll be quick to tell you where they want to take a nap!

Skip the Headache – You want to maximize your time loving your new hang out, not trying to keep it in one piece. More often than not, cedar, wrought iron and teak pieces can withstand nature’s mood swings. Plus, furniture made from these materials will continue to look nice as the years roll by. On the other hand, plastic resin pieces may become brittle over time, cheap wood products eventually take a beating from the sun and aluminum chairs can blow away with a strong wind.

Space Invaders – You can add years to the life of your patio furniture by storing it in a protected location like a garage or basement during colder months. However, if that’s not a possibility, look for the kind of furniture that folds up easily or can be taken apart for compact storage.

Bring the Indoors Outside – Don’t forget to buy a beautiful all-weather rug! Many quick-dry choices exist that are soft on bare feet as well as visually appealing. A rug will complete the look of your patio space and add some extra luxury.

Perfect Patio Furniture

Works Hard for the Money – Make the most of your patio by selecting hardworking furniture. For example, an ottoman that doubles as a storage container will be the perfect place to keep books, towels or a checkerboard safe when a thunderstorm strikes. Likewise, your favorite bench can serve double duty as an extra spot to place food during parties.

Measure Twice, Cut Once – Remember to consider how much space you have to work with and how it’s shaped before you buy furniture. Treat your patio like any other room in your home and measure the areas before you shop. If your space is on the smaller side, consider a bistro-style table and accompanying chairs for al fresco dining. Make sure to leave enough space around the perimeters for people to be able to walk around comfortably no matter what you choose!

Gain more insights about creating an idyllic patio at the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show from Feb. 28 to March 1 and March 6 to 8 at The Park Expo and Conference Center in Charlotte.

3 Ideas For Your Outdoor Living Space

Feb 12, 2020

Before you know it, grass will be green, bees will be buzzing and your attention will be fully focused on sprucing up the backyard. Here are a few ideas to reinvent your outdoor oasis before spring arrives:

Spring Flower

Pollinator Garden: Now more than ever, it is important to provide pollinators, like honeybees, with flowering plants to pollinate. Our suggestion is to implement a raised bed in an existing flowerbed. That way you can include indigenous Midwest flowers in a contained space. It’ll keep your bed from looking messy and disorganized, all while providing a much-needed resource for bees, butterflies and even hummingbirds!

Pond-Less Water Features: Dreaming of a sunlit pond with water lilies and dragonflies? The expense and time required to dig a water feature and landscape it is substantial, which is why alternate water features are growing in popularity. Small fountains are an easy way to create the sound of trickling water. Electric birdbaths take an old classic into the modern era with jets of water and moving currents.

Fire Pits: As outdoor living spaces continue to grow in complexity, a key element is having a fire to gather around. High-end shoppers can look at building stone fire pit, or even constructing gas-powered fireplaces. If your budget is tighter, any home improvement store will have a decent selection of portable fire pits. Regardless of what you choose, friends and neighbors will enjoy the ambience on chilly evenings.

Get more outdoor living ideas and inspiration at the upcoming Johnson County Home + Garden Show, February 21-23 at the Overland Park Convention Center. Pick up your tickets today and start planning for spring. We can’t wait to see you and your family at the show!

Exhibitor Spotlight: Robert E. Beach Architects

Feb 11, 2020
Robert E. Beach Architects, LLC,  whom you can find in Booth #816 at the upcoming Capital Remodel + Garden Show, is a Falls Church, VA, architectural firm specializing in commercial, residential and institutional architecture and redevelopment strategies, with a focus on energy efficiency and sustainability.  
Firm principal, Bob Beach, established Robert E. Beach Architects, LLC in 1989. He is well known for his work around the region but there is a historic site project that has his current attention. He is the architect of the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial and Gardens now in its construction phase in Occoquan Regional Park, Lorton, VA.
Bob reminds that Fairfax County has a significant history in the fight for women’s suffrage in the United States. In 1917, scores of suffragists were imprisoned in the Occoquan Workhouse for picketing the Woodrow Wilson White House for the right to vote.  The reports of inhumane conditions, beatings and force-feeding at the workhouse electrified the country and became a major turning point in the struggle to win the vote. Thus, the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial will be dedicated on the centennial anniversary of passage of the 19th Amendment, August 26, 2020.  
Bob says, “The Turning Point Suffragist Memorial will be a visual symbol and educational tool to elevate these little-known women to their proper place in history for engineering the greatest expansion of democracy in a single day the world had ever seen.”     
He explains that his design will allow visitors to experience the memorial from successive points of view. The journey will start at a replica street side plaza, reflective of the White House where the suffragists stood as “silent sentinels” picketing for women’s right to vote. Inside the gates, across the plaza, visitors will view the Suffragist Commemorative Wall that chronicles each woman jailed during this period. The central element of the plaza is a six-column rotunda with an entablature ring open to the sky symbolizing the principles and goals of the movement. 
Bob says that the flow of the plaza plan form will be interrupted by a river rock arroyo symbolizing the chasm between women and men concerning voting rights and where the Turning Point Bridge immortalizes the events that became the watershed in the struggle.
Three bronze, life-sized statues of suffrage leaders will be included in the memorial, including Alice Paul, co-founder of the National Woman’s Party and author of the Equal Rights Amendment, Mary Church Terrell, co-founder of the NACCP, and professor Carrie Chapman Catt, president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association and founder of the League of Women Voters. The courageous efforts of the suffragists are expressed along the Turning Point Plaza through 19 informational stations that curate the entire seventy year suffrage movement, 1848-1920.
Bob explains that the memorial is designed to stimulate thought and foster dialogue to promote humanitarian and democratic values through connections between the history of the suffragist movement and its contemporary implications. 
Learn more about this unique displays and how the innovative team at Robert E. Beach Architects, LLC,  can help with your home projects. Visit Booth #816 at the Capital Remodel + Garden Show, February 21-23 at the Dulles Expo Center.

Bird-Friendly Garden Tips from Garden Plot’s Mike McGrath

Feb 11, 2020
Mike McGrath, well known in the DC area as WTOP-FM’s garden editor, whose witty “Garden Plot” segments liven up the weekend, will be on the Capital Remodel + Garden Show’s Main Stage on Saturday February 22 and Sunday, February 23.  


While spring is right around the corner, Mike says our feathered friends still need a little help in the garden before the weather takes a turn for the better. Mike offers some wonderful tips that will bring great activity and color to a garden in the most natural way. Consider the following to help take care of the natural birds in late winter gardens: 

This weather is for the birds! Yes, the birds that spend the winter in our region do have many physical abilities that help them survive — they isolate the blood supply in their legs so it doesn’t chill the rest of their body; by keeping their feathers clean, they create an insulating blanket of warm air next to their body; they snuggle up with others of their species; and their high metabolism helps keep them warm.


Rendered beef fat — yum! Although feeding wild birds in the spring and summer can have negative consequences, feeding them during the cold days and nights of late fall and winter is good for the birds, and your garden, if you provide the right kind of food, and in a word, that’s suet.

In its most basic form, suet is a square cake of rendered beef fat, sized to fit into standard suet holders — metal cages that swing open to receive the suet cake and then snap shut to hold it in place. The cages can be nailed to a tree or hung from branches or shepherds’ hooks.


Suet now means fewer pests next summer. Suet feeders, however, pose no such problems; in fact, they have a wonderful and unexpected side benefit. By placing lots of these feeders around your landscape, you’ll attract the best of the pest-eating birds, like chickadees, wrens, swallows, vireos and woodpeckers — just to name a few of the birds whose spring and summer diet consists of 85 percent or more of insect pests.

Suet cakes are the perfect winter substitute for those bad bugs, so hang lots of ‘em around your plants. Then stop refilling them when spring bulbs appear. The birds will not go away; they’re already nesting and raising a family at your place and will quickly turn their attention to eating your awakening insect foes.


The right stuff. Feed the right birds with the right food now and those birds will make nests, lay their eggs and feed their hungry little babies with your garden pests in the spring and summer.

The right food is suet — available wherever any kind of bird food is sold. There are many “flavors” out there (some cakes have added nuts, dried fruits and the like), so look at the ingredient list. You want the cakes with the highest amounts of fat and protein.


Stale bread is for stuffing, not birds. Whatever you do, do not feed stale (or fresh) bread to your birds. Yes, they will eagerly eat it. And yes, it will quickly fill them up. But it is essentially devoid of the fat and protein they need to make it through winter. Feeding nothing at all is much better for your birds than feeding them bread.

Get more garden and outdoor living advice when you see Mike at the Capital Remodel + Garden Show. Pick up your tickets today and start planning your visit. We can’t wait to see you at the Dulles Expo Center.

See George to the Rescue Star George Oliphant

Feb 11, 2020
We are excited to announce that George Oliphant, Emmy-winning star of NBC’s George To the Rescue will make his Capital Remodel + Garden Show debut February 21 and 22. The home improvement expert will be taking the Main Stage at the Dulles Expo Center to share his experiences helping families in need.
The Steamboat Springs, Colorado-native now lives in New Jersey in the home that his Scottish grandfather owned. George speaks proudly of his grandfather’s rise from immigrant to successful New Jersey businessman.
George started his remodeling career as a teenager doing projects. He began in house painting learning to sand walls before ever picking up a paint brush. He says that his passion for remodeling began when he was a film and TV student in New York building stage sets.
He jokes that when asked if his own home is totally remodeled he likes to say that his home projects are the last ones to be completed. He playfully admits, “My home is held together with dental floss and Super Glue.”
His great joy with George To The Rescue is in making people’s lives better. The homes that are remodeled on his show are those owned by families and persons in great need. Every episode, which takes approximately five weeks to film, focuses on George and his team of local contractors remodeling a home to assist a family. A recent episode focused on George’s efforts to build a backyard playground for a four year-old child battling a rare cancer. 
George’s presentation at the Capital Remodeling + Garden Show is sure to be heartwarming and filled with wonderful back stories. Get your tickets today and start planning your visit. We can’t wait to see you and your family at the Dulles Expo Center February 21-23. 

Home and Bath Trends for 2020

Feb 10, 2020

Bathroom Style

Darker, bolder bathroom accents - Grey has been trending for several years and now you can expect to see it moving in an even darker direction with black fixtures and accent tiles...especially in matte. This works with contemporary designs as well as classic white-dominant bathrooms.

Amenity-driven bathrooms - It's easier and more affordable than ever to bring spa-like components into your bathroom. There are "smart" toilets, steam showers, Alexa-compatible lights and waterproof sound systems to transform your bathroom into a relaxing oasis.

The return of the tub - Modern bathrooms have shifted away from having a full soaking tub in recent years. That changes in 2020. People want to destress and nothing is better for that than a deep tub. Expect to see large tubs as a focal point in bathroom design.


Kitchen Upgrades

Stone slab backsplashes - Tile has been the go-to backsplash for a while. Now, you'll begin to see marbles and granites bringing style and personality to the back of your kitchen and not just your countertops.

Asymmetrical kitchen islands - Islands take up a large amount of room in the kitchen and designers are opting to create custom, asymmetrical options to better suit the flow of the room and needs of the homeowner. Works best in modern, open concept kitchens.

Get more stylish advice and ideas for your space at the Johnson County Home + Garden Show. Pick up your tickets today and get ready to make your dream home a reality.


Planning Your Home Improvement Project Budget

Feb 10, 2020

The Cincinnati Home & Garden Show is a great resource to help plan your next home project and to connect with hundreds of home improvement experts. Before you go to the show, it’s helpful to have a solid plan for your project. 



Here are some helpful hints on preparing fully:

• Measure your space! Come to your vendors with exact dimensions so you can let a contractor know that the bathroom is currently 8x11. This information will help provide a better, more realistic budget for the project.
• Bring aspirational photos from projects you like. Create a Pinterest board for your new project with paint colors, tile patterns, countertop materials and more. Load them on your phone and show them to the exhibitors you are talking to so they can get you the info you need about materials.
• Know your budget. Do research and consult your financial planner ahead of time so you can have a productive meeting with your contractors. See below for a chart that provides rough budget guidelines for projects.
• Take the time during you visit to the show to get quotes and estimates and be sure to enquire about show deals and promos. Often exhibitors will have special promotions for show attendees which can help your bottom line.
Now that you are set with your inspiration, measurements, and your budget, we’ll see you at the show! 

Your Source for Inspiration and Advice

Feb 06, 2020

We know, the snow and cold weather is really getting to you. We all understand that realities of “Minne-snow-ta”, but that doesn’t stop us dreaming of spring. Although we can’t push the calendar ahead three months, we can offer you a respite from winter at the St. Paul Home & Patio Show.

In 2020 the St. Paul Home & Patio Show opens on February 14 and runs through Sunday, February 16. Be sure to bring your sweetie and all of your home and lawn renovating projects to the Saint Paul RiverCentre. Spend a date night among our garden displays and get real advice from over 100 experts!

Enjoy the warmth of RiverCentre as you discover this year’s Backyard Getaways feature. Come talk with five landscapers who have put their heart and soul into incredible backyard displays that integrate unique water features, fire pits, patio pavers, and outdoor kitchens. This year’s backyard themes include “A Day in Superior’s Backyard,” “Urban Oasis,” “Locally Sourced, Crafted with Pride,” “Minnesota Living,” and “Northern Nights”.

As you explore the show, stop by the Garden Stage in Lower Wilkins to learn about remodeling, interior design and landscaping. Through various presentations you will learn budget saving ideas, DIY tips and education from local speakers and our national celebrity Chris Lambton, the star of landscape shows on HGTV and DIY Network. In addition, you can meet the Garden Stage emcee, Miss Minnesota 2019.

We’re making it easier than ever to get to the St. Paul Home & Patio Show. Download a $5 parking coupon for the Saint Paul RiverCentre or take transit to the show and download a FREE bus or light rail pass, courtesy of Metro Transit. We can’t wait for you and your family to enjoy the show!

Garden Gazing at the Show

Feb 06, 2020

A must-see for every visit to the Cincinnati Home + Garden Show for inspiration are the beautiful show gardens! Find new ideas, solutions, tips and design inspiration from Cincinnati's top landscapers. Here are three of this year’s gardens you won’t want to miss.

Game of Stones  
Presented by Semco Outdoor
This all-new garden is a nod to a popular TV Show and its medieval fantasy. This one-of-a-kind, beautiful Feature Garden is a must see with its special throne and featured stonework. Be amazed and inspired and take your picture inside the “Game of Stones” Garden
Garden of the Future 
A futuristic and inspirational look at how gardens will be designed and grown in the future. Using vertical spaces and organic and sustainable materials and featuring global and cultural variety it is unlike anything you have ever seen before. Let the imagination of this creative team transport you to a new era. 
White Claw Garden Lounge 
Sponsored by White Claw Hard Seltzer, Built by Semco Outdoor
When you want to take a break at the show stop by the brand-new White Claw Lounge. It’s a White Claw Oasis for drinking hard seltzer and dreaming of easy days in a newly landscaped home garden.  
See the full Cincinnati Home + Garden Show Feature Gardens and Landscapers guide HERE


Q&A with HGTV's Chris Lambton

Feb 05, 2020

The St. Paul Home & Patio Show returns to the Saint Paul RiverCentre February 14 – 16, 2020. The event is a vibrant marketplace with more than 100 booths to explore, stunning displays to experience, and industry experts ready to help inform you.

One such industry professional is our featured celebrity speaker Chris Lambton. Chris’ expertise includes landscaping, hardscaping, garden planning, lawn care, and maintenance for all of these areas of your outdoor living space.

Chris shares his landscaping talents as host of DIY Network’s Lawn and Order and Yard Crashers. He also appears with his wife, Peyton, on HGTV's Going Yard where together they transform backyards. The show highlights Chris’ landscaping and gardening know-how as he creates outdoor living spaces with features such as patios, pergolas, fire pits and water features for deserving homeowners.

Oh, and you might also recognize Chris from the sixth season of ABC’s The Bachelorette.

Since 2007, Chris has been living in his hometown of Cape Cod and running the family’s landscape business, E. Lambton Landscaping, alongside his brother Erik.

Chris also makes time to give back. He is involved with Compassionate Care ALS (CCALS) as a result of his mother’s fight with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), a disease associated with the degeneration of nerve cells in specific areas of the brain. For information on the organization, visit

Chris will appear at the St. Paul Home & Patio Show on Friday, February 14 at 4pm and Saturday, February 15 at 11am and 1pm. The Main Stage is located in the Feature Gardens in Lower Wilkins. Other Main Stage presentations will feature Mainly Details Architecture and Imural & Otterson Color & Design.