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Adding Spring to Your Step & Your Home: Top Interior Trends of the Season

Mar 19, 2019

With the arrival of longer days and warmer temperatures, Canadians are coming out of hibernation and feeling the urge to spruce up their homes. To help you stay on trend (and on budget) here are the top interior design trends of 2019.

BiopheliaThis trend emphasizes the relationship between humans and nature, and the connections between the two. Natural, organic materials–such as wood floors, stone, daylight and plant life–remind us of the exterior and brings the outside and nature, in.

Calming greenery like live plants and living walls, the sight and sound of water, or large windows with a view to nature complete this esthetic. Green is good.

Floral fabrics and Wallpapers 
But we're not talking about Grandma's dated floral print!  Today's blooms are big, bold, and often abstract – or even chintz. If you want to break away from geometric patterns like chevron and trellis, then this trend could be for you.

Floral patterns can be used in variety of ways, from bedding and pillows, to chairs and wallpaper, incorporate as much, or as little as you like!

Jewel TonesIf you are looking to paint this spring, think deep, rich jewel tones such as indigo, hunter green and dark teal with an edge. While these colours have been popular in kitchens for a few years now, they are now moving to living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms in paints, fabrics, accessories, and rugs. These colours give a bold and dramatic effect when contrasted against a backdrop of white or light architectural elements.

These colours can also be used monochromatically. Using these deep, rich colours can actually create the opposite of a dark and moody room, they can create an energized and creative atmosphere.

Bold BacksplashesSimple, monochromatic kitchens have been in style for some time now, so if you are looking to make an impact in the kitchen, try a bold colour or graphic pattern with your backsplash. If you want to really push this trend, look for tiles in unique shapes, or molded tiles.

If you want to try this trend in small doses, consider an accent wall behind just your stove. The kitchen is a space to let your creativity shine!

Sustainable, Handmade PiecesItems made by hand using sustainable materials like jute, rice paper, and clay will be in, in 2019. Whether it's a handcrafted headboard, a statement chair, or a metal-framed mirror, a few artisanal elements will keep your home interesting without having to completely commit to a larger home renovation project. This trend also lends itself to upcycling, using reclaimed materials and supporting local vendors and artisans.

Round it outSoft, curved furnishings popular in the 60’s have been making quite an impact at recent design shows. Designers are moving away from rigid lines and harsh angles towards pieces that are more inviting.

Using fabrics like velvet also allow you so add a sense of fun and frivolity to a room that is more traditionally masculine, while curved lines on tabletops and even rugs can also soften the look. Rounded back chairs are a chic way to bring the curvy trend into your home. You can find more decor tips like these at the Ottawa Home & Garden Show. Don't have your tickets yet? Buy online and SAVE $2!

MARCH 21-24, 2019
EY CENTRE

5 Simply Ways to Transform Your Space With Amanda (Forrest) Aerin

Mar 18, 2019

Feel like your home could benefit from a makeover but don’t have the time, money or energy to do it? Changes to your space don’t always have to be big and costly. Joining us at the Winnipeg Home + Garden Show this year on the Blue Moon Furniture Main Stage is creative director and TV personality Amanda (Forrest) Aerin. As the master of design trends, she knows all the ins and outs of creating a space that shows off your style and personality. We’ve caught up with Amanda for her top 5 go-to design tricks to make any home stylish!

1. Shop your own home
This is the best trick because it's FREE! Try taking all of your accessories out of a space and reorganize the room using different variations of pieces together or apart. This reorganizing can bring a new perspective and give the space a whole different feel.

2. Add pattern
Patterned pieces such as art, accent pillows or rugs can be the start to an exciting new colour scheme. The key to mixing pattern well is to use different scales of pattern so they don't compete with each other. As an example, large-patterned art, a medium-patterned rug and a smaller-patterned accent pillow all within complimentary colour tones work well together.

3. Invest in coffee table books
Books are an excellent way to add style to your space. Oversized art books or vintage fashion books create charm and can help to pull together your colour scheme. Display books open for added interest and be sure to layer in other display items such as a nice tray, antique artifacts or a sentimental photo.

4. Use wallpaper
Wallpaper has been a long time favourite of Amanda’s because of its versatility. You can use wallpaper to cover unsightly kitchen wall tiles, to add character to an entranceway or to add drama to a dining room ceiling. With plenty of patterns on the market with easy install or peel and stick solutions, you’re sure to find one that suits your personality and home.

5. Add fresh flowers
Flowers create a sense of luxury while being available at different price points. Make the effort to have florals displayed on side tables, console tables or even in the bathroom. Your home will feel more polished and as a bonus, flowers are good for our mental well-being!


Jumping with excitement to add a little flair to your home? Grab more tips from Amanda (Forrest) Aerin on the Blue Moon Furniture Main Stage on Thursday, April 4 at 7PM, Friday, April 5 at 5PM and Saturday, April 6 at 2PM, along with other talented design experts. Click here to buy your tickets online and save $2!

APRIL 4 - 7, 2019
RBC CONVENTION CENTRE

The Gardens are G.O.A.T.*

Mar 18, 2019

Year after year, guests have poured into the Greensboro Ideal Home Show to be greeted at the front by gorgeous gardens, built right inside the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. This year’s show is no exception… but this time there are not only thousands of square feet of living plants, flowers and water features, there are live animals: goats (and chickens).

An urban farm setting is the theme for the intertwining gardens that include a chicken coop, potting shed in addition to the goats and chickens.  Guests can also experience the outdoor kitchen and the gazebos.

All the gardens created by local vendors Green Valley Landscaping and Pond Professors, with the buildings provided by House of Stars.

Goats (not real goats, but the subject of goats) were in the spotlight at last year’s show with special guests The Beekman Boys, the gentlemen farmers behind Beekman 1802 farms in upstate New York. The goat farmers know a thing or two about the benefits of having goats for your lawn or yards.

What’s your goat - IQ? Did you know:

-Goat Laws. Before getting a goat, be sure they are allowed where you live.

-Goats Are Like Little Weedwackers. Goats love to eat plants common in many yards, like blackberry brambles, poison oak and thistles.

-Don’t Fence Me In. Goats are apparently great escape artists, and when it comes to fences they like to rub on them, stick their heads through slats to reach something that want to eat and very smart about getting out of enclosed fences. If you’re thinking of raising goats, keep that in mind.

-Myth:Goats Will Eat Anything. It’s a myth that goats will eat anything. Experts say they don’t like to eat food say while they are mostly grazers, most backyard goats need more than a typical yards foliage for their diet. Goat owners need to supplement with hay, grains, greens — and plenty of fresh water.

-They’re Goats, Not Landscapers. While goats will eat plants, grass, weeds, shrubs, trees and the flowers in your yard, they don’t eat in clean, neat rows. They eat in patches, so you’[ll need to keep up with the yard to keep it even. It’s also important to keep goats separate from shrubs such as azaleas, rhododendron, mountain laurel and ferns as they’re are toxic to goats.

-Goats Are Happiest in a Pack. Goats are herd animals, and are most happy around other goats. They also often bond with their owners, especially when raised with humans.

For more on the Greensboro Ideal Home Show, please visit greensboroidealhomeshow.com.

*Greatest of All Time 

Show Guide: This Year's Must-See Features

Mar 18, 2019
This winter may feel like it’s never-ending, but The OKC Home + Outdoor Living Show will help banish those winter blues. From landscaping and gardening to remodeling and home décor, visitors to the show can kick-start their spring by visiting more than 300 vendors and experts.

The OKC Home + Outdoor Living Show

There’s a lot to see at the show, but make sure to put these five features on your must-see list:

1. On the Workshop Stage, professionals and experts show you how to get started with your own DIY project. Located in the west end of the building, the stage will also feature Brett Tutor, carpenter from TLC’s Trading Spaces, and Jeff Devlin, host of DIY Network’s Stone House Revival.

2. Visit Camping Corner in the northwest corner of the building to find unique campsites from house tents to retro campers. Which outdoor experience matches your personality?

3. Stop by the east end of the building to see what local chefs are cooking up on the Cooking Stage. Live demonstrations and free samples are happening all weekend.

4. Stroll through the Garden Center at the west end of the building to purchase gorgeous flowers, plants and gardening accessories from the experts at Marcum’s Nursery.

5. Tour Exo Designs’ He Shed, She Shed feature and cast your vote for your favorite design. Find them in booth 648 and get great ideas for transforming your shed.

The OKC Home + Outdoor Living Show takes over the State Fair Park (Bennett Event Center) March 22-24. Doors are open from 12pm-9pm on Friday, 10am-9pm on Saturday, and 10am-6pm on Sunday. We can't wait to see you there!

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MARCH 22-24, 2019.
STATE FAIR PARK (BENNETT EVENT CENTER)

Farm to Table in Your Own Home

Mar 18, 2019
Dale and Carrie Spoonemore, developers of the app From Seed to Spoon, don’t visit the grocery store as often as they used to. They’ve been growing their own food from their suburban backyard for several years, and their homemade recipes have never tasted so good. Dale and Carrie will share their tips for growing your own food at The OKC Home + Outdoor Living Show March 22-24. From herbs and plants to fruits and veggies, the Spoonemore’s show you how easy – and tasty – growing and eating your own food can be.

Vegetables

Can't wait to see them at the show? Try a recipe from the Spoonemore’s own kitchen!

Garden Vegetable Stir Fry
Prep Time 10-15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
Sesame or grapeseed oil
4 eggs
2 cups uncooked rice
3 cups chicken broth
1 cup soy sauce
1 lb cooked chicken
LOTS OF garden vegetables in season – as much as you want

Instructions
Step 1: Heat sesame oil in large pan.
Step 2: Break the eggs into mixing bowl and scramble.
Step 3: Add the rice into preheated pan and stir until slightly brown in color (approx. 3 min.).
Step 4: Add the chicken broth and soy sauce to the rice and cover.
Step 5: Leave aside to simmer on stove over medium heat for approximately 20 minutes.
Step 6: Slice up chosen garden veggies to small size (or utilize food processor to cut them down with less work and time).
Step 7: Heat a wok (or any large skillet) on medium-high heat with sesame oil.
Step 8: Sauté onions and garlic first, until caramelized (slightly brown), then add in all other veggies and sauté.
Step 9: Add cooked chicken to vegetable mixture to heat up.
Step 10: Once rice is finished, combine both to create the ultimate incredible stir fry and ENJOY!!

You can catch Dale and Carrie on the Cooking Stage and the Workshop Stage all weekend at The OKC Home + Outdoor Living Show. They’ll also be in the Backyard Gardening feature teaching classes on how to propagate herbs to use around the house. Be sure to stop by for gardening advice and more.

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MARCH 22-24, 2019.
STATE FAIR PARK (BENNETT EVENT CENTER)

Opening Day Promotions: Trade Day + Hero Day

Mar 17, 2019
Friday, Mach 22 is Trade Day at the Atlanta Home Show, sponsored by PMCPros. On Friday only, anyone working in the home industry can receive free admission by presenting a valid ID at our Box Office, located within the Cobb Galleria Centre. 

Construction

Friday, March 22 is also Hero Day. To thank you for your service, all military personnel, veterans, police officers, firefighters and first responders will receive free admission to the show on this date. Simply present valid ID at our Box Office, located within the Cobb Galleria Centre, to take advantage.

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MARCH 22-24, 2019.
COBB GALLERIA CENTRE

Partner Spotlight: Pivot, A Turning Point for Youth

Mar 17, 2019
The OKC Home + Outdoor Living Show is partnering with Pivot, A Turning Point for Youth, a nonprofit that works with youth who are homeless, couch homeless, alone or disengaged. While the organization focuses on education and job assistance, prevention and intervention services, and therapeutic care, the partnership with the show will highlight Pivot’s recent tiny home community project.

Pivot

The development includes 3 tiny homes on the Pivot campus – 84 are in the final plans. Tiny homes at Pivot address the lack of safe, transitional living space for youth living on their own, without parental support, as well as those who have aged out of Oklahoma's foster care system. 

Studies show that living independently is one of the most powerful influencers to successfully transition youth into healthy, productive adults. The organization’s mission is to provide the youth they serve with the knowledge, skills and tools to live independently, and the tiny home project is an important step toward reaching that goal.

Pivot

Guests at The OKC Home + Outdoor Living Show can visit the Pivot booth in the Bennett Event Center and donate housing supplies for the tiny home project. Needed donations include:

• Twin XL sheet sets
• Bath towels
• First aid kits
• Standard pillows
• Alarm clocks

Guests can also use the promo code PIVOT when purchasing tickets online for a $3 off discount. Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit Pivot. Click here to buy your tickets. To learn more about the organization, their tiny home project and how you can volunteer or donate visit pivotokc.org.

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MARCH 22-24, 2019.
STATE FAIR PARK (BENNETT EVENT CENTER)

Early Morning Fun

Mar 16, 2019
A radio and TV mainstay for decades, Walter Reeves will broadcast his popular WSB Radio show, The Lawn and Garden Show, live from the Atlanta Home Show on Saturday, March 23 from 6am-9am.

Walter Reeves

Arrive at the Cobb Galleria Centre BEFORE 9am to get in on the fun and enjoy FREE admission to the Atlanta Home Show and a chance to experience Walter’s broadcast in person. Just say the phrase, “Floor & Decor” at the entrance to receive free admission to the broadcast.

Floor & Decor

During commercial breaks, Walter will take questions from the audience. Following his show, sick around the Home Show Stage for Dave Baker’s live broadcast of WSB Radio’s Home Fix-It Show. Then enjoy the Atlanta Home Show when the doors open at 10am. It's the perfect way to spend your Saturday!

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MARCH 22-24, 2019.
COBB GALLERIA CENTRE

Combining Age & Beauty in Home Renovations

Mar 16, 2019
From a young age, Jeff Devlin began building and creating with tools and scraps of just about anything he could get his hands on. “I have always tinkered. I spent most of my early days breaking things just so I could put them back together in cool ways,” he remembers.

Jeff Devlin

Now Jeff’s days are filled with fixing things rather than tearing them apart. As the host of DIY Network’s Stone House Revival, Jeff has turned his passion for building into full time work. He’ll also share his passion and skill on the Workshop Stage at The OKC Home + Outdoor Living Show March 22-24. Show guests can see Jeff on the Workshop Stage building and painting a custom headboard with milk paint, constructing a finger joint bench and answering questions about how to add character to your home through vintage-inspired elements.

Some of the easiest ways to bring in character is to focus on your home’s finishes, hardware and trim. Jeff says:

Build Your Own Doors
Doors don’t have to be complicated or off-the-shelf. Simply joining weathered or reclaimed boards together with a Z-Brace easily adds charm and age to any space. 

Elevate Your Walls with Wainscoting
You can buy sheets of tongue-and-groove trim or make your own with thin wood planks. Cut trim to your desired height, attach to the wall, paint or stain it and you’ve instantly taken your home back in time – in a good way.

Dress Up Your Doors in Vintage
Replacing the hardware on your cabinet doors is one of the easiest projects you can do to add older personality to a newer home. Look for hand-forged handles, butterfly hinges and strap hinges to add the perfect vintage touch.

Check out Jeff’s expert presentations all weekend at The OKC Home + Outdoor Living Show March 22-24. You can see Jeff on the Workshop Stage at 3pm on Friday, March 22, 3pm and 6pm on Saturday, March 23, and 3pm on Sunday, March 24. Don't miss it!

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MARCH 22-24, 2019.
STATE FAIR PARK (BENNETT EVENT CENTER)

Brett Tutor's Advice for Renovations

Mar 15, 2019
If you’re planning a home reno project – no matter big or small – Brett Tutor, carpenter on TLC's Trading Spaces, has tips to help you navigate your way through the project. Check out some of the home improvement expert's advice below.

Brett Tutor

Stay on Budget
Before jumping right into a project, establish your spending limits. Most people see dramatic renovations on TV programs, but they don’t understand the costs behind it. Familiarize yourself with basic costs for hired labor, tools, materials and even mistakes that will be made (mistakes and unknowns are inevitable).

Start with Paint
The perfect project for beginners is usually painting, because it’s fun and less intimidating than building a structure. A fresh coat of paint can make everything look fresh and new without spending a fortune. And if you make a mistake or don’t like the look, you can always start over.

Use Free Online Learning
If you don’t consider yourself particularly handy, watch an online video for step-by-step instructions. The videos are usually free, and they can be a quick way to gain a new skill while renovating your space.

Learn more tips from Brett at The OKC Home + Outdoor Living Show, March 22-24 at the State Fair Park. He’ll present his ideas and experiences on the Workshop Stage in the Bennett Event Center Friday and Saturday. He'll be speaking at 5pm on Friday, March 22 and 12pm and 5pm on Saturday, March 23. Don't miss it!

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MARCH 22-24, 2019.
STATE FAIR PARK (BENNETT EVENT CENTER)

Grow Your Green Thumb with Walter Reeves

Mar 15, 2019
“Spring is Sprung”, as the saying goes. Has it sprung in your garden? Are you tiptoeing through the tulips, or looking at a blank slate?

Flower

Don’t despair! Walter Reeves, the Georgia Gardner, will present “”How to Have a Beautiful Spring Landscape” on Sunday, March 24 at 1pm on the Home Show Stage at the Atlanta Home Show.

Walter Reeves

Come enjoy an entertaining and educational hour as Walter offers tips on how to take advantage of Atlanta’s warm spring temperatures and generous rainfall to encourage beautiful spring color in your garden.

Thanks to a childhood spent on the family farm and over two decades working as a County Extension Agent and hosting Atlanta’s top radio gardening show, there’s not much Walter doesn’t know about gardening in Georgia. Bring your questions for the Q&A near the end of his presentation, and get ready to grow your green thumb!

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MARCH 22-24, 2019.
COBB GALLERIA CENTRE

Tiny Homes, Big Style

Mar 14, 2019
Have you ever wondered how people live large in a tiny space? How do they cook? Where do they sleep? For the first time ever, the Atlanta Home Show will feature a Tiny Home Village, where you can go inside a number of Tiny Homes to see what the lifestyle is all about.

Tiny Home

Among the obvious, benefits of living in a Tiny Home include: being freed from keeping a big house clean and tidy, eliminating all the “stuff” we seem to accumulate and drastically reducing the size of home utility bills.

Tempted? Be sure to check out the Tiny Home Village at the Atlanta Home Show to see if the lifestyle might be right for you. At the very least, you don't want to miss the opportunity to experience these unique dwellings first-hand.

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MARCH 22-24, 2019.
COBB GALLERIA CENTRE

Veterans Community Project

Mar 13, 2019

The Nashville Home + Remodeling Expo returns to the Music City Center in the heart of downtown for the third year in a row, expecting to attract more than 20,000 guests throughout the weekend set for March 15-17. 


During the three-day event, attendees will gather fresh designs and new trends, find home improvement solutions, and discover thousands of first-to-market products at incredible prices. Not only will there be exciting home ideas, the expo also provides an opportunity to learn about the community around us, featuring nonprofits focused on alternative housing solutions.

At the expo, attendees will get to know and learn more about a nonprofit new to Nashville, Veterans Community Project. Founded by Kansas City Veterans who were frustrated by rampant homelessness throughout the Veteran community, their mission is to find a solution in order to eliminate Veteran homelessness. One of their methods is by using communities of tiny homes.

Through contributions and partnerships, VCP creates communities of tiny-homes, paving the way to more successful, permanent housing outcomes. At the Nashville Home + Remodeling Expo, attendees will see how it all works by exploring a tiny home VCP provides to Veterans, complete with full landscaping and décor, just as one would find in the community. In addition to the tiny homes, VCP provides services such as counseling and mentoring to help address the underlying cause of homelessness.

Be sure to stop by Veterans Community Project during the expo to hear more about their efforts making a positive change in the Nashville community. For more show and full exhibitor information, explore the full list and visit your favorites during the expo! Don't have your tickets yet? Buy them now and SAVE $2

MARCH 15-17, 2019
MUSIC CITY CENTER

Q&A With Kortney + Dave Wilson of HGTV's Music City Fix

Mar 13, 2019

From Nashville singer-songwriter, to house-flipping expert, Kortney Wilson brings audiences behind-the-scenes during the transformation of Nashville homes brought to life by her and her husband, Dave Wilson, on HGTV’s “Music City Fix.” 

Kortney answered some questions to help us get to know her better with some fun facts, along with some home and decor tips. For even more helpful ideas, be sure to check out Kortney and Dave’s new book, “Live Happy.”  Follow on Instagram, @allthingskortneywilson and @kortneyanddave, for more updates.

Q. If you had to move to another country, which would you pick and why?
A. I’m sort of in love with Italy right now. Dave and I visited this year and felt like we could live in Florence for a while. Not forever, but a year or two would be wonderful.

Q. What’s a common mistake homeowners make when they take on a home improvement project themselves?
A. Taking it on themselves – ha! Knowing when it is less expensive to hire someone. Often, it’s less than fixing your own mistakes.

Q. Fill in the blank: The three things I can’t live without are:
A. Chapstick, my ‘to-do’ notebook and my iPhone.

Q. What project have you been most proud to work on?  
A. Any project where I am pushing the limits on color and ends up working out in a big way is a huge win. In the third season, we did a Victorian and layered on the color. Everyone resisted the entire flip, but it came together in the end and turned the eyes of everyone who was skeptical.

Q. Where do you go online to find inspiration?
A. Pinterest is my go-to, but I screenshot things that come up on Instagram all the time.

Q. What advice would you give to your 10-year-old self?
A. It’s not going to go down exactly how you think, but everything will be okay. Roll with it.

Q. Would you rather upgrade your closet, bathroom or kitchen?
A. I’m in love with my walk-in closet, but it’s been seven years since I have renovated our kitchen, and I’m getting a little antsy. It’s not outdated but when you are constantly renovating houses, your house seems like it’s dating itself faster than it is.

Q. What are your best outdoor decor tips?
A. I love a combo of hard and soft scapes. All too often, people don’t give the exterior dimension. It’s like mixing patterns to break things up inside. The outside needs various heights, colors and textures to have great curb appeal. It takes some good planning. I’m not the best with outdoor plants and I know my limits, so I always consult a landscaper before buying a bunch of plants. I usually have our landscaper on Facetime in the summer.

Q. Could you live in a tiny home?
A. For a week or two but not forever. I could live in a really small place with a small bedroom, but I couldn’t live with a really small bathroom. It’s one of those amenities that I’ve gotten used to, and I need both a shower and a bathtub. I would love to scale down because I’m sort of a minimalist at heart and I hate clutter, but I like a spacious bathroom.

Q. Which HGTV / DIY Network star would you most like to work with and why?
A. We are friends with Drew and Jonathan Scott, and we would love to work with them on a project. Or maybe do a house-off. Brothers versus K&D.

With more than 50 home flips and an award-winning real estate career under her belt, Kortney will bring décor and renovation expertise to the show during Kortney and Dave’s stage presentations on Friday, March 15 at 6pm and Saturday, March 16 at pm. Get your tickets now and save $2!

MARCH 15-17, 2019
MUSIC CITY CENTER

See Fixer Upper's Clint Harp

Mar 13, 2019
When celebrity speaker Clint Harp takes the stage at the 41st Annual Atlanta Home Show, don’t be surprised if he spots a number of familiar faces in the audience. You know him as the go-to carpenter on the hit HGTV show, Fixer Upper, but did you know he grew up in Atlanta and graduated from Dunwoody High School?

Clint Harp

With plenty of old friends and family still in the area, his presentations are sure to have a “down-home” feel. Clint will take the stage on Friday, March 22 at 1pm and Saturday, March 23 at 1pm and 4pm.

Clint will share stories of his life both on and off-camera, and will tell the audience what it’s really like to work with Chip and Joanna Gaines (hint: he loves it!). Clint and his wife, Kelly, have a new DIY Network Show, Wood Work, and he has also written a book, “Handcrafted”.

Come hear Clint speak at the Atlanta Home Show and welcome him back to the ATL! 

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MARCH 22-24, 2019.
COBB GALLERIA CENTRE

Top 5 Must See Features at the Show

Mar 10, 2019

The highly anticipated Greensboro Ideal Home Show returns to the Coliseum Complex from March 29-31, 2019. The show fills the space with seminars, lush outdoor gardens built right inside, home improvement and DIY ideas and the hottest new products -- not to mention celebrity guest carpenter Brett Tutor from TLC’s Trading Spaces.

To help you plan your day at the show, we’ve compiled the top five, must-see features at the show:

 

  1. Greatest of All Time (goats!). You’re likely to forget you’re inside the Greensboro Coliseum Complex when you stroll through the Ultimate Backyard and Urban Farm Garden. In addition to lush greenery, flowers and hardscapes, the expansive space features a modern urban farm garden with a chicken coop, live chickens and goats, and potting shed, as well as a fully-loaded outdoor kitchen.
  2. Putting the ‘She’ in ‘Sheds’. Sheds aren’t just for tools anymore. Check out the fully-furnished and decorated She Shed and imagine all ways you can relax in a unique backyard escape.
  3. Everything’s Coming Up Orchids. One of the most colorful and fragrant flowering plants, orchids are also among the most diverse. Visit the Triad Orchid Society’s vibrant display of orchids and learn more about these exotic blooms.
  4. Tidy Up. Inspired by Marie Kondo? Get organized once and for all with a tips for organizer Cari McGregor of Organize with Jess. She’ll be speaking on the Fresh Ideas Stage on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  5. Small Spaces, Big Ideas. The tiny house market is booming, and guests can see what it takes to makes them so popular. High Point Tiny Houses offers a unique opportunity to walk through a tiny house at the show—while it’s under construction.

For all the show features, please visit greensboroidealhomeshow.com. 

Winter Prep for Spring Landscaping

Mar 10, 2019

You don’t have to wait until the snow thaws to get a start on beautiful outdoor green spaces! Here are a few things you can do well in advance:

  • Test your soil pH – Many homeowners aren’t aware that soil conditions can vary drastically in the same region. And with the hundred of varietals of plants, knowing your soil pH is a helpful way to narrow your landscape choices.
  • Talk to a landscape designer – Many companies will provide you with a complimentary initial assessment of your property. This is a good preemptive measure to get an idea of the installation timeline, cost and maintenance needs. Seeking advice from several companies is the best way to find a good balance of quality service and value.
  • Make a list – Designing an entire front and backyard can seem overwhelming, especially to people not familiar with the process. By making a list of what you want, whether that’s a water feature, herb garden or flowerbed, you can streamline the design process and break it up into doable sections.
  • Start budgeting for spring – Landscaping can range from extremely affordable to intimidatingly expensive. Look up the cost of some of your favorite plants to get an idea of the base price. Then make sure to factor in money for labor and design costs.
  • Research – Whether you love boxwoods or rose bushes, there are more varieties than you’ve probably encountered. Take the remaining winter months as a chance to sort through some of the different plants you prefer. This will help speed along the design process and ensure you get exactly what you want.

What are you most looking forward to about spring? You can find lots of inspiration for your home and outdoor living space at the Johnson County Home + Garden Show. Don't have your tickets yet? Buy online and save $2.

MARCH 8 - 10, 2019
OVERLAND PARK CONVENTION CENTER

A Beginners Guide to Upcycling

Mar 10, 2019

If you’re a fan of do-it-yourself (DIY) projects, you’re probably familiar with the term “upcycling.” It refers to the process of reutilizing and repurposing items you already own to create something artistic and useful.  While Pinterest is full of upcycling inspiration, these tips will help you get started on manageable projects that are fun for the entire family!

  • Start small – Transforming those pallets of wood in your basement into reclaimed wooden furniture sounds like a fun (and impressive) beginning to your upcycling adventures, but often it can require considerable skill and technical know-how. Begin with something your kids can do, so you have the opportunity to hone your skills before embarking on a more formidable task.
  • Keep a tight budget – The whole purpose of upcycling is to recycle stuff you already own. Resist the urge to spend a lot of money on additional materials. For most projects you probably already have the items you’ll need. If you don’t t have everything, track your purchases and keep them to a minimum.
  • Make it a party – Easy upcycling undertakings are a great opportunity to bond with family, friends and neighbors. Identify an item a lot of people have but aren’t using and invite people over for a craft night.

At the end of the day, upcycling is all about finding beauty in the reuse of your possessions. Help spread the message and share your upcycling projects with us on social media! Don't have your tickets yet? Buy online and save $2.

MARCH 8 - 10, 2019
OVERLAND PARK CONVENTION CENTER

Getting to Know Clint Harp

Mar 10, 2019

Fans of the HGTV hit, Fixer Upper, will remember Clint as a talented woodworker and artisan who could transform almost anything into the perfect piece of furniture. Now you can see more of his passion for woodworking on the DIY show “Wood Work.” Together with his wife Kelly and their three kids, the Harps spend each day working on Harp Design Co. As they create quality furniture and home goods, the family deals with everything from national exposure to the small challenges of managing a business. Get to know Clint in our brief interview below. 

Q. What décor items are worth splurging on?
A. I’m biased but I would say all furniture. Ask around and the things that get handed down from generation to generation are tables and beds and dressers and benches and chairs…spend money on things that last and you will bless generations of people long after you’re gone.

Q. Would you rather upgrade your closet, bathroom or kitchen?
A. I’d rather upgrade my kitchen because we live in it as a family. I need a clean bathroom & an organized closet.

Q. What are your best outdoor décor tips?
A. If you don’t love doing it or have an eye for it…find someone who does and rely on them. Curb appeal is so important, and the beauty and functionality of your backyard can add so much to your life. So I say spend time, effort, and money if you have to, to really make it right…you’ll be glad you did.

Q. Could you live in a tiny home?
A. By myself? Yes…With a wife and 3 kids? For a weekend!

Q. What’s your best organization hack?
A. Throw crap away!!!! We hold on to so much stuff that we just really don’t need and we find ourselves organizing stuff we don’t even need. Before you organize anything, go through everything and only hold on to the stuff that you truly, truly need and use.

Make sure to see Clint on March 8 and 9 on the Living IN Kansas City Stage. DOn't have your tickets yet? Buy online and save $2.

MARCH 8 - 10, 2019OVERLAND PARK CONVENTION CENTER

Grow Your Own Food With Carson Arthur

Mar 08, 2019

Are you frustrated with the increase in food prices around town? Well lucky for you, we have Carson Arthur of HGTV Canada’s Home to Win on the Blue Moon Furniture Main Stage who can teach you all about growing your own food anywhere and anytime. The best part? It’s cheaper than the grocery store and you know exactly where your food is coming from.


Now there are a lot of reasons why people want to grow their own food. The top reasons?

  • Increasing food prices

  • Concerns regarding the humane and ethical treatment of animals used for meat production

  • Use of GMOs and carcinogens in the farming world

To take out the feeling of being unsure of what we’re eating and where the food is coming from, it only makes sense to start growing our own food in our very own outdoor spaces. Although different spaces require different growing methods, growing your own food is always possible.

Step 1: Try Container Gardening
If you’re new to gardening, try growing in containers first! Anyone can do this as long as you have a sunny spot for your plants. To start, you’ll need two large pots and a sunny area that gets at least 5 hours of sunlight per day. Some common spaces include a deck in the backyard, on a patio or even in a south-facing window. For the flower pots, make sure they are at least 24” tall and 12” wide.

Step 2: Plant Your Tomato
Your first pot will be the home for a tomato plant and some friends! When you’re choosing a tomato, think about what shape and size you want, whether that be cherry tomatoes or big beef tomatoes. Be sure to include a support stake and a wire cage in the planter to help hold up your tomato.

Step 3: Basil Time
Now it’s time to plant some basil! Not only does basil happily grow in the same conditions as tomatoes it also helps control and deters insects and other pests from attacking your fruit.

Step 4: Grow Some Beans
In your second planter, grow some beans! Instead of pole beans that require a tall trellis, we’re going to plant some bush beans. As they grow on a bush, they are perfect for a planter. There are many varieties of bush beans including green, yellow and even purple options. Have some fun and plant a variety that you don’t usually buy at the grocer. With your beans, plant some frilly kale as beans and kale are true garden buddies, happily growing together in the same space and they are also colour coordinated. For every colour of bean out there, there is a kale with the exact same tone in its leaves!

Step 5: Positioning
Finally, place your two flower pots away from each other. The opposite side of the deck works well for this. As much as these plants like their pot-companions, they do not grow well with the plants in the other pot.

Step 6: Don’t Give Up
This year, just try. You really have nothing to lose given the rising costs of fresh produce. You can purchase and plant both of your containers for less than fifty dollars, which is equal to the cost of 5 heads of cauliflower or 8 iceberg lettuces.

Excited to start gardening and growing your own food? We’ve partnered with ChrisD.ca to giveaway the Ultimate Gardening 101 prize pack for any Winnpiegger looking to jumpstart their garden this season. This prize pack includes:

  • Two tickets to the Winnipeg Home + Garden Show

  • Two glasses of wine at the Lounge

  • Reserved front row seating at one of Carson Arthur’s presentations

  • The opportunity for a one-on-one landscape consultation with Carson to take place at the Show

  • A signed copy of Carson’s new book – Vegetables, Chickens and Bees; An honest guide to growing food

  • Black & Decker’s 4-in-1 Garden Tool valued at $130


For more details about how to enter head over to ChrisD.ca.


Catch Carson Arthur on the Blue Moon Furniture Main Stage on Thursday, April 4 at 6PM, Friday, April 5 at 3PM and Saturday, April 6 at 11:30AM for more advice and explore the Show for home and garden inspiration! Purchase your tickets online for the Winnipeg Home + Garden Show and save $2!

APRIL 4 - 7, 2019
RBC CONVENTION CENTER