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Marketplace Events Produced Shows Recognized By Better Homes & Gardens Magazine

Jan 13, 2020

Better Homes & Gardens Magazine released their list of the 5 Top Flower and Garden Shows and we're proud to announce that Marketplace Events produced shows take the top two spots! The well-respected industry publication listed the 2020 Northwest Flower & Garden Festival and 2020 Southern Spring Home & Garden Show as the #1 and #2 flower and garden shows worth visiting to help cure your winter blues. For more information and to view the full list, please see the complete article

Northwest Flower & Garden Festival
Northwest Flower & Garden Festival

Deciding to participate as an exhibitor or sponsor in a Marketplace Events produced show means working with the very best. Congratulations to Northwest Flower & Garden Festival Manager, Jeff Swenson, to Southern Spring Home & Garden Show Manager Jennifer Smetana, and to their Show Teams for earning this recognition. 

Southern Spring Home & Garden Show
Southern Spring Home & Garden Show

Interested in participating in these or other Marketplace Events produced shows? Fill out a Booth Request Form today. Don't miss your opportunity to connect with thousands of qualified customers at some of the best shows in the industry. 

2020 Show Recognized As The Best By Better Homes & Gardens Magazine

Jan 13, 2020

We're pleased to announce that the 2020 Northwest Flower & Garden Festival has been rated #1 in a list of the Top 5 Flower and Garden Shows as ranked by the experts at Better Homes & Garden Magazine. The review of the upcoming show, which returns to the Washington State Convention Center February 26 - March 1, notes that guests should expect "indulge in 'Spring Fever', which is the theme of this year's Northwest Flower & Garden Festival."

Northwest Flower & Garden Festival

We can't wait for you to experience this unique feature and many more at the show. You can enjoy Better Home & Garden Magazine's full sneak peek of the show here, and get your tickets here. The Northwest Flower & Garden Festival is just the thing to cure your winter blues. See you soon!

2020 Show Recognized As One Of The Best By Better Homes & Gardens Magazine

Jan 13, 2020

We're pleased to announce that the 2020 Southern Spring Home & Garden Show was rated #2 in a list of the Top 5 Flower and Garden Shows as ranked by the experts at Better Homes & Garden Magazine. The review of the upcoming show, which returns to The Park Expo and Conference Center February 28 - March 1 + March 3-5, notes that guests should expect "travel back in time...by touring display gardens celebrating this year's theme of 'Vintage South'."

Southern Spring Home & Garden Show

We can't wait for y'all to experience this unique feature and many more at the show. You can enjoy Better Home & Garden Magazine's full sneak peek of the show here, and get your tickets here. The Southern Spring Home & Garden Show is just the thing to cure your winter blues. See you soon! 

Exhibitor Spotlight: Snappy Services LLC

Jan 13, 2020

We're excited to welcome Snappy Services to the Indianapolis Home Show, happening January 17-26. Before you visit this fantastic company in Booth #6514, check out our brief interview with Jerry Snapp below. 

Snappy Services logo; a cartoon image of a portly plumber wielding a plunger and wearing a hard hat.

 

Describe your services.

We are a full-service plumbing and drain company.

 

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

When temperatures drop below freezing, we strongly advise homeowners to leave a faucet or two dripping to help prevent water lines from freezing!

 

What are your featured items this season? 

Mention that you saw us at the Indy Home Show and receive a $50 Home Plumbing Inspection!

 

What are your home or garden pet peeves?

I don’t really have any, to be honest.

 

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

No comment, haha!

 

What is your favorite part about the home show?

Meeting all of the great people from this area!

 

Any additional company info you'd like to include?

Snappy is a family-owned and operated company that would love the opportunity to help your family with your Plumbing and Drain needs! Let Snappy make YOU happy!

 

The Snappy Services team walking towards the camera outdoors.

 

Visit Snappy Services in Booth #6514 at the Indianapolis Home Show, January 17-26 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Don't miss your chance to connect with hundreds of local pros at the show.


Five Tips for First Time Gardeners

Jan 13, 2020

With raised garden beds, container beds, and the multitude of other options now on the market, starting a garden is no longer the time and space intensive project it used to be. However, before you go buying seeds and dreaming of freshly made salsa, there are a few things you should think about when designing and executing your green space.

 

Garden Tools

 

1. Location, location, location – It’s a given that plants need sunlight to grow strong and bear produce. But not all plants need the same amount of sun, or the same type. Morning sun is considered gentler than afternoon sun. While some plants are extremely hardy, too much harsh sun is a surefire way to burn your garden to a crisp.

2. Space is an illusion – If you’re planting vegetables from seeds, it can be tempting to see your garden container as a vast and open field, ready for tons of plants. The reality is much different. When spacing your seeds or starter plants, you need to account for the width of the fully mature plant. Otherwise your garden will be overfilled with a stunted, poorly performing crop.

3. Pest control – There’s nothing worse than tending to your plants religiously for two months, watching them slowly produce veggies, and then coming out to see a squirrel or insects have been gnawing on them in the night. For the bugs, there are a wide variety of eco-friendly sprays you can douse your garden in every few days. However, make sure to check the label and ensure they’re specifically formulated to be safe for edible plants. Squirrels are much simpler. Take some cayenne pepper and sprinkle it in the soil and plants. Next time they go for a bite, they’ll get something hotter than anticipated and stay away!

4. Know your growing season – In Kansas City, may people wait until Mother’s Day to start their garden. That way they don’t have to worry about any late spring frosts wiping out all of their plants. Not all vegetables mature at the same rate. Some pepper plants may be yielding in one to two months. Others could take over three months to really get going, meaning you might only receive one good crop before the variable weather of fall.

5. Enjoy all the benefits – There are so many reasons to have a garden, even a small one. It reduces your carbon footprint, helps local pollinators (like bees and butterflies), gets people outside and active, as well as the obvious benefit of having freshly picked fruits and veggies. Whatever your primary motivation, make sure to take time and savor your green space this spring.

Get more garden tips and advice at the KC Remodel + Garden Show, January 31-February 2 at the American Royal Center. Connect with hundreds of experts, experience inspiring displays, and more. This exciting three-day event is a must-attend!

Supporting Our Local Community: Special Days at the Show

Jan 13, 2020
The Home + Remodeling Show returns to the Dulles Expo Center on January 17-19, 2020 to help DC and Northern Virginia homeowners create the space of their dreams. This year, two days have been designated to honor important segments of the Washington DC population with free admission as our way to show our appreciation for what they do to enrich our community. Get the scoop below to see how you can qualify, and be sure to share with individuals you know who do qualify so they can take advantage during the show. 

 

On Friday, January 17 the Home + Remodeling Show will honor local heroes with free admission granted to active duty military, veterans, firefighters, police officers and first responders as part of Hero Appreciation Day. Simply present valid ID at our Box Office to take advantage. Accompanying family members and friends will receive half price admission as well. Thank you for your service, sacrifice, and everything you do to keep our community safe.

On Sunday, January 19 the Home + Remodeling Show will tip our hat to the men and women in the construction trades, without whom none of our construction-related exhibitors and sponsors could maintain a business. Trade Day offers all home-related tradespersons or members of an affiliated association or organization free admission. To take advantage, simple show a form of valid identification at our Box Office. That ID can be a business card, an association membership card or an employee identification card.

 

Also, on Sunday, January 19 the Home + Remodeling Show will honor those who work for the Federal Government with free admission as part of Federal Government Employee Day. Government employees or contractors may simply show a valid federal ID at our Box Office to receive a complimentary ticket.

The Home + Remodeling Show is your source for home improvement inspiration, project ideas, and expert advice. We hope everyone can join us at the Dulles Expo Center January 17-19. Enjoy presentations from This Old House host Kevin O’Connor, tour our inspiring displays, connect with hundreds of home experts, and more. This three-day event is a must-attend for local homeowners. Don’t miss it!
 

Insider-Tips and Team Picks: A Showgoer’s Guide to Opening Day

Jan 10, 2020

Today’s the day to make your dream home come to life! Whether you’re just starting to plan or you’ve already begun your renovation, the Winnipeg Renovation Show has something for every project. Opening today at the RBC Convention Centre, the Show is happening all weekend from January 10–12, 2020.

With so much to see, we’ve compiled a list of must-sees and insider tips from Marketplace Events, the team behind it all! Take in the Show like the pros and walk away filled with knowledge and inspiration!

Before you Go

Before you make your way down to the RBC Convention Centre, be sure to have your tickets in hand. Save yourself $2 by purchasing your tickets online at www.winnipegrenovationshow.com, courtesy of All Canadian Renovations.

Now that you’re set, find your way to the RBC Convention Centre (375 York Avenue, Winnipeg, MB). If you’re coming by car, parking is available at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg Parkade, or you can park at any of the nearby outdoor and indoor lots, as well as on metered spots on the adjacent streets. Check out the RBC Convention Centre Parking Information for more details, including price points and directions.

At the Show

The fun begins once you’ve arrived at the Show! Grab a Show Guide at the entrance to help make the most of your day. You’ll find a full list of the Lifestyle Stage schedule, exhibitor list and floor plan to guide your way!

And now, for the insider tips to visiting the Show! Here’s what the Marketplace Events team suggests:


  • Visit the HGTV Canada Lifestyle Stage, presented by KAT Reno and Winnipeg Free Press. You will be able to hear from experts about topics including bathroom and kitchen renovations, boosting your home's value, and more. View the Lifestyle Stage schedule for the full list of presentations and be sure to come early and grab seats for the presentations you don’t want to miss!


  • Who wants to meet Bryan Baeumler? You might just have the chance to snap a photo and chat with Bryan if you stick around after he presents on Saturday, January 11 at 1PM! You can also catch him on the HGTV Canada Lifestyle Stage presented by KAT Reno and Winnipeg Free Press on Friday, January 10 at 6PM.


  • With so many quality exhibitors and features, you may need to take a break during the Show! There are many spaces for you to take a second and relax, one being the Show Lounge, designed by Kelsey Kosman of Dollhouse Designs. At the Lounge, you can take a second to chat about which exhibitors you want to visit next, take in the beautiful design and even enjoy a glass of wine. Go at your own pace and make it a full day activity with a partner, family member or friend!


  • If you’re seeking design advice or looking to renovate your home, make sure to stop by The Design Studio, presented by Style Manitoba, sponsored by Cloverdale Paint and designed by IDESIGN - Interiors by Kristin and Ask a Renovator, presented by Manitoba Home Builders’ Association and Home Decor & Renovations. The experts will leave you with inspiration and direction on how to tackle your project!

  • Looking to add those finishing touches to your newly renovated home? Look no further than m(ART)ket to dress up your naked walls and add that much needed final touch to your space with one-of-a-kind pieces from this curated collection of canvases, prints, and photographs by local artists. 


Share what you’re loving at the Show with us by using #WRS20 and find us on Instagram and Twitter! Buy tickets online and save $2 courtesy of All Canadian Renovations at www.winnipegrenovationshow.com. Satisfaction guaranteed - or the price of admission is on us!

The 2020 OKC Home and Garden Show Non-profit Partner: Rebuilding Together OKC

Jan 10, 2020

Our homes are places of refuge, and they hold our whole lives - from treasured photos and memories of loved ones, to our most prized possessions and creations. But as we grow older those places of refuge become much harder to maintain. That’s where The Oklahoma City Home + Garden Show’s partner non-profit, Rebuilding Together OKC, comes in.

 

Rebuilding Together OKC has partnered with the Oklahoma City Home + Garden Show to help the aging population of Oklahoma learn about their home mobility options. This year’s Home + Garden Show will feature an expansive exhibit called Baby Boomer Boulevard in the Centennial Building, that features home safety modifications like grab bars, ramps, lifts and other accessibility items. The large, interactive space will allow attendees to test out the look and feel of these home features, and the experts on hand can answer questions and make recommendations.

Tasks that feel simple for younger people - like walking upstairs, cooking dinner or washing your hair - become complicated as we age. Those difficulties often mean older residents cannot comfortably stay at home by themselves. An overwhelming majority of seniors want to remain at home as they grow old, and thanks to accommodations at home, like those installed by Rebuilding Together OKC, aging in place is possible for many seniors.

Often it only takes a few tweaks of regular daily life to make homes safer and more comfortable for seniors living in their home. If your own needs are changing or if you are caring for aging loved one, visit the Baby Boomer Boulevard at the Home + Garden Show from January 17-19 to learn how to outfit a home for better safety and comfort.

Learn more about working with Rebuilding Together OKC at http://rebuildingtogetherokc.org/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Rebuild2gthrOKC

Keynote Speaker: Gardener, Beekeeper & Columnist Dee Nash

Jan 10, 2020

Horticulturist, writer, speaker and podcast host Dee Nash, wants plant experts and novice gardeners alike to get started planting right where they are. Much of Nash’s career is dedicated to helping everyone feel empowered to start gardening in any capacity they can. Showing that gardens aren’t only for those with expansive land or thorough knowledge. They’re for apartment dwellers, older folks downsizing their homes and suburban homeowners as well. At the Oklahoma City Home + Garden Show, this January 17-19, Dee will be offering a variety of presentations and discussions to help gardeners at every level.

While Nash’s personal garden spans several acers and has been growing for 31 years, she says not everyone has to do it as big as she does. She loves having a wide variety of plants, but what’s important, she says, is that people do not feel intimidated to get started. You can start today right in the space you’re in. At the Oklahoma City Home + Garden Show, Nash will teach those in small living quarters how to use common plastic containers as “raised beds” to grow veggies, she’ll help people find the right houseplants for their space and offer demonstrations on arranging cut flowers.

An Oklahoma native, Nash says she’s grateful to garden here for two key reasons: the state has wide climate range (zones six through eight to be exact), and it is located along the “pollinator superhighway.” Those two factors make Oklahoma a fascinating place to grow, and Nash has expanded her operation to include the whole ecosystem around her garden. Pollinators like bees, butterflies and hummingbirds are currently under threat, but growing the right plants in the right places can help these crucial creatures survive their yearly migrations. Nash’s most recent undertaking is beekeeping, and she has created a whole wildflower field at her rural home to help feed them. Come to the show to learn how you can help pollinators, too!

To create more sustainable environments for pollinators, Nash believes that the last best hope is suburban neighborhoods. She encourages people in more densely populated areas to plant wildflowers, in particular milkweed, either in their yards or as potted plants on balconies and patios to provide pollinating insects something to eat as they migrate every fall and spring. From the US coasts, to the Mexican desserts, Oklahoma is tied to a much larger pollinator ecosystem, and Dee Nash is helping Oklahomans learn how to be better stewards of our environment as well as more thoughtful gardeners.

Learn more about Nash’s speaking schedule at the Oklahoma City Home + Garden Show website

You can find Dee on Instagram @reddirtramblings and on her blog https://reddirtramblings.com/

Get the Kitchen of Your Dreams With Tips From Daniels Design & Remodeling

Jan 10, 2020
 Longtime Home + Remodeling Show exhibitor, Daniels Design & Remodeling, is known as one of the top kitchen remodelers in the DMV region. Founder and CEO Ted Daniels says that most people who contact him have the kinds of issues we’ve all found true in an older home: no counter space makes meal preparation challenge, lack of cabinet and storage space means most of your dishes are in storage, and old appliances aren’t energy efficient or up to date.
 
If you’re suffering from one or more of these common issue, don’t fear! Ted says “People can adapt to just about anything, even to a kitchen that is not quite right for their needs. But, with a kitchen renovation from the right home remodeling contractors, you can enjoy a number of wonderful benefits.”  
 
Here are his guidelines if you’re considering a kitchen remodeling in your home. A new kitchen can:
 
• Add value to your home – Regardless of whether your renovation consists of a minor facelift or a major redesign, any kitchen remodeling project is a great way to add value to your home. Remodeling the kitchen is one of the best home improvement projects to take on when it comes to the return on your investment.
• Help you save more on your energy bills – When you’re remodeling, it’s the perfect time to consider investing in new, more efficient appliances for your kitchen. This can translate to big energy savings every month, especially if you use the kitchen frequently.
• Add beauty to your home – If your kitchen looks old and outdated, it has a way of making the whole house feel old and outdated. Remodeling your kitchen is an incredible way to add a whole new level of beauty to your home and make it look more modern and updated.
• Help you get more enjoyment out of your home – If your kitchen just isn’t what you want it to be, then spending time in your kitchen can often feel like much more of a chore than it has to be. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and many people consider it to be the number one place to hang out. Remodeling your kitchen can make it a place where you want to spend your time instead of a place where you have to send your time.
 
Daniels Design & Remodeling is a full service remodeling company that has been based in Northern Virginia for nearly 20 years. Ted will be on the Home + Remodeling Show’s Main Stage, sharing “The Secret to Designing a Home Remodel on a Budget”. Catch him January 17, 18 and 19. You don’t want to miss his informative advice, trust us!
 

What’s Happening at the 38th Annual Oklahoma City Home + Garden Show

Jan 09, 2020

It’s that time of year again, everyone, come check out the 2020 Oklahoma City Home + Garden Show! Over the January 17-19 weekend, the show will roll out full-size landscapes, tons of flowers and plants and the newest home products, all at the State Fair Park.

More than 400 exhibitors and experts in landscaping, gardening, remodeling and home décor are selling artisan items and offing their expertise for your DIY projects. Come see:

  • Dee Nash – Oklahoma’s favorite garden writer and speaker, beekeeper and butterfly rancher will share her vast knowledge on gardening and growing in our unique state.
  • Landscaper’s Lane – Over than 3,000 sq. ft. of the Bennett Event Center will be transformed by three OKC landscapers into a lush backdrop of trees, plants and flowers.
  • Ask a Designer – The latest styles will be showcased in a design lab space by Decorating Den Interiors, and interior decorators will offer consultations on your DIY and renovation projects.

  • Workshop Stage – See demonstrations from local experts on home décor, gardening and remodeling. Professionals will offer advice for all your questions in the Centennial INSPIRATION Building.
  • Baby Boomer Boulevard – Learn about the latest trends and innovative ideas to help people to live in their homes longer as they age. Things like specialty products, remodeling ideas and thoughtful innovations can outfit homes to be more comfortable and livable for seniors. Check it out in the Centennial Building.

  • Wine Village – Stop in the Bennett Event Center to sample and learn about some of the best wineries and vineyards in our region. 

  • Garden Market – Find inspiration for spring among the fresh plants and garden accessories in this abundant market.
  • Homegrown Marketplace – Local artisans will showcase crafted items like home décor, specialty food, art and other one-of-a-kind finds.

  • Trades Day – Friday, January 17 we are offering people who work in the skilled trades industry free admission! Wear your uniform or bring an industry-specific business card to the box office.

  • Hero Day – Active and retired military, firefighters and police officers can attend free on Sunday, January 19 by showing a valid service ID. We thank you for your service.


The show is open Friday, 12 to 9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission for adults is $12 at the box office or $10 when purchased online at www.oklahomacityhomeshow.com. Seniors tickets are $9 and children under 12 get in free. You can find discounted tickets at the customer service desk at Buy For Less and Uptown Grocery locations.

We’re excited to share this expansive showcase with every DIY-er, gardener and craftsperson in Oklahoma! See you there! 

Nailing it with NAIT

Jan 09, 2020

Ever watched your favourite renovation show on TV and thought: “I could do that!”, then tried it yourself and wish you called an expert? Although tackling a project yourself can seem like the best way to save money on your renovation, by not calling in a professional, homeowners often find themselves spending a lot more. 

The Edmonton Renovation Show is a firm supporter of the Trades Industry. We believe in the value of hiring skilled professionals when it comes to your home improvement projects and are excited to be supporting the Northern Alberta Institute for Technology (NAIT) at this year’s show. NAIT in Edmonton is a leading Canadian polytechnic whose programs in carpentry and cabinet making see thousands of students annually. They’re shaping the next best and brightest in the home-improvement world and we can’t wait to see their skills in our ALL NEW Nailed It! feature. 

At the Nailed It! feature, NAIT students will be showing off their talent in two live skills competitions: one showcasing apprentices in cabinetmaking and the second in carpentry. NAIT instructors will also be on hand to provide rationale and answer any questions from show-goers. Winners will go on to the Skills Canada National Competition. 

The skills from students are not to be taken lightly: “The Skills Canada National Competition is essentially the Olympics of trades,” explains NAIT Dean, Malcom Haines. “We have individuals competing at the provincial level who progress to the national level and even international thereafter at WorldSkills. The competition is intense, the caliber of skill is remarkable and the students deserve all the recognition.” 

It’s no surprise that technical schools are evolving and trades workers continue to be vital to our communities and our cities. “You would find it very difficult to identify an area of our daily lives that has not been touched by a tradesperson,” says Malcom. “They are responsible for physical structures like residential housing, to office towers. Trades keep the world of transportation on the move. And they even cook our food!” 

Get in on the action and cheer on the next renovation superstars at the Edmonton Renovation Show, January 24-26 at the Edmonton Expo Centre. A must-attend for any Edmonton homeowners, don’t miss your chance to connect with hundreds of trusted home experts and get the help you need for your home projects. We can’t wait to see you at the show!

 

The Best Advice Bryan & Sarah Tell Their Clients

Jan 09, 2020

Building or renovating a home is a complicated process — one that takes time, money and a whole lot of patience. Bryan and Sarah Baeumler offer advice to help you make the right decisions for you and your family.

 

Building or renovating a home is about building your future. And in both cases, input and advice from experts can be enormously helpful along the way so that you’re truly happy with the end result.

 

Expert home builders and HGTV Canada stars, Bryan and Sarah Baeumler are committed to serving clients with the kind of honest and straightforward advice that’s necessary to keep a plan on track and help a vision take shape. Using their expertise — developed from years of experience — they help their clients build or renovate a home that’s right for them, their budget and their lifestyle.

 

 

Here are five tips the Baeumlers share to help Canadians renovate or build a home they’ll love:

 

1. Set Your Expectations from the Beginning.

Whether you’re renovating your current home or building a home from scratch, it’s always easiest when you’re dealing with a blank slate — there are so many things you can do, so many ways to make your home fabulous, that the options are virtually limitless. But while you may be tempted to do it all, remember that everything has a price. To avoid running out of cash or cutting corners at the end of your project, it’s important to establish your budget before you even draw up the plans.

 

With well thought-out and realistic financial limits, you will be in position to separate your must-haves from your wish list. As Bryan likes to say, “Dream within your means.”

 

2. Start with the Essentials.

As you envision your new home, you may be dreaming of sleek stone counters, a soaker tub, hardwood floors, and that industrial faucet you saw in a design magazine. Nobody fantasizes about an energy-efficient furnace, double-glazed windows, or wall insulation. But these functional elements — as well as a structurally sound foundation, safe electrical wiring and well-constructed roof — are what’s going to make your home functional, sustainable, efficient, and cost-effective to maintain.

 

“The real value of the home is in the asset. Not what the asset looks like,” Bryan is famous for saying. On that list of must-haves and want-to-haves, be sure to prioritize the essential elements of your home over the cosmetics.

 

3. Work with People You Trust.

Your home is an important part of your life, and your build or renovation is a big investment, so take the time to meet with the people you are thinking of hiring. You need to feel confident in the team building your home — that they have the expertise, all the necessary legal requirements, and a solid reputation.

 

What’s more, it’s important to hire people you can get along with. You need contractors you can communicate with, who handle pressure and surprises with confidence, and who you can reach when you have questions or concerns.

 

“You have to find somebody who works well with you,” Sarah says. “That’s a really important part of the relationship that people may take for granted. Just because he did a great job somewhere, doesn’t mean he’s going to do a great one for you.”

 

It’s smart to ask lots of questions, request initial ideas and input, and ask for some trade references. Getting insights from people your contractors work with on a regular basis can help establish their ethics, timeliness, and the value they place on relationships.

 

4. Be Patient.

This is a tough one, because you want your home built as soon as possible. But it’s important that you’re realistic about you project timelines and trust your contractors — they’re the ones who have the best sense of how long a job will take to get it right.

 

“If I had a cent for every client who had an unrealistic time lines on their project, I wouldn’t have to work again,” says Bryan. “I understand where this stems from: We all want our new life within those walls, but a project done well takes time. Have a realistic schedule in mind, and if this is something you’re currently considering, start talking to professionals and contractors now to get a sense of the time required. Then add 25 per cent more time to what they say, and you’ll probably be close to the realistic finish date.”

 

5. Enjoy the Process.

Building or renovating a home is not easy. It can challenge your patience and your emotions. If you’re going to launch into this kind of project, be prepared to make the time and financial commitment top priorities in your life so you can enjoy the experience. “I love going through all the stages and seeing the project come to fruition. It’s almost like watching the progression of when Sarah and I were having kids. From the day you find out you’re pregnant till the baby is born, it’s such an interesting process, and the final product is just so mind-blowingly cool,” says Bryan.

 

In building a home, expert advice is vital to the success of the project and long-term confidence in the finished product. The same goes with building a future. And like the Baeumlers, RBC is committed to providing great service and advice to their customers, knowing the very important role it plays in helping them achieve their goals — however big or small.

 

Diane Amato is a Toronto-based freelance writer who loves to talk about finances, travel and technology.

The Best Advice Bryan & Sarah Tell Their Clients

Jan 09, 2020

Building or renovating a home is about building your future. And in both cases, input and advice from experts can be enormously helpful along the way so that you're truly happy with the end result. 

Expert home builders and HGTV Canada stars, Bryan and Sarah Baeumler are committed to serving clients with the kind of honest and straightforward advice that's necessary to keep a plan on track and help a vision take shape. Using their expertise - developed from years of experience - they help their clients build or renovate a home that's right for them, their budget and their lifestyle.

 

Bryan and Sarah Baeumler

 

Here are five tips the Baeumlers shared to help Canadians renovate or build a home they love:

1. Set Your Expectations from the Beginning.

Whether you're renovating your current home or building a home from scratch, it's always easiest when you're dealing with a blank slate - there are so many things you can do, so many ways to make your home fabulous, that the options are virtually limitless. But while you may be tempted to do it all, remember that everything has a price. To avoid running out of cash or cutting corners at the end of your project, it's important to establish your budget before you even draw up the plans.

With well thought-out and realistic financial limits, you will be in position to separate your must-haves from your wish list. As Bryan likes to say, "dream within your means."

 

2. Start with the Essentials.

As you envision your new home, you may be dreaming of sleek stone counters, a soaker tub, hardwood floors, and that industrial faucet you saw in a design magazine. Nobody fantasizes about an energy-efficient furnace, double-glazed windows, or wall insulation. But these functional elements - as well as a structurally sound foundation, safe electrical wiring and well-constructed roof - are what's going to make your home functional, sustainable, efficient, and cost-effective to maintain. 

"The real value of the home is in the asset. Not what the asset looks like," Bryan is famous for saying. On that list of must-haves and want-to-haves, be sure to prioritize the essential elements of your home over the cosmetics.

 

3. Work with People You Trust.

Your home is an important part of your life, and your build or renovation is a big investment, so take the time to meet with people you are thinking of hiring. You need to feel confident in the team building your home - that they have the expertise, all the necessary legal requirements, and a solid reputation. 

What's more, it's important to hire people you can get along with. You need contractors you can communicate with, who handle pressure and surprises with confidence, and who you can reach when you have questions or concerns.

"You have to find somebody who works well with you," Sarah says. "That's a really important part of the relationship that people may take for granted. Just because he did a great job somewhere, doesn't mean he's going to do a great one for you."

It's smart to ask lots of questions, request initial ideas and input, and ask for some trade references. Getting insights from people your contractors work with on a regular basis can help establish their ethics, timeliness, and the value they place on relationships."

 

4. Be Patient.

This one is a tough one, because you want your home built as soon as possible. But it's important that you're realistic about your project timelines and trust your contractors - they're the ones who have the best sense of how long a job will take to get it right.

"If I had a cent for every client who had an unrealistic timeline on their project, I wouldn't have to work again," says Bryan. "I understand where this stems from: We all want our new life within those walls, but a project done well takes time. Have a realistic schedule in mind, and if this is something you're currently considering, start talking to professionals and contractors now to get a sense of the time required. Then add 25 per cent more time to what they say, and you'll probably be close to the realistic finish date."

 

5. Enjoy the Process.

Building or renovating a home is not easy. It can challenge your patience and your emotions. If you're going to launch into this kind of project, be prepared to make the time and financial commitment top priorities in your life so you can enjoy the experience. "I love going through all the stages and seeing the project come to fruition. It's almost like watching the progression of when Sarah and I were having kids. From the day you find out you're pregnant till the baby is born, it's such an interesting process, and the final product is just so mind-blowingly cool," says Bryan.

In building a home, expert advice is vital to the success of the project and a long-term confidence in the finished product. The same goes with building a future. And like the Baeumlers, RBC is committed to providing great service and advice to their customers, knowing the very important role it plays in helping them achieve their goals - however big or small.

The Best Advice Bryan & Sarah Tell Their Clients

Jan 09, 2020

Building or renovating a home is about building your future. And in both cases, input and advice from experts can be enormously helpful along the way so that you're truly happy with the end result. 

Expert home builders and HGTV Canada stars, Bryan and Sarah Baeumler are committed to serving clients with the kind of honest and straightforward advice that's necessary to keep a plan on track and help a vision take shape. Using their expertise - developed from years of experience - they help their clients build or renovate a home that's right for them, their budget and their lifestyle.

 

Bryan and Sarah Baeumler

 

Here are five tips the Baeumler's share to help Canadians renovate or build a home they love:

1. Set Your Expectations from the Beginning.

Whether you're renovating your current home or building a home from scratch, it's always easiest when you're dealing with a blank slate - there are so many things you can do, so many ways to make your home fabulous, that the options are virtually limitless. But while you may be tempted to do it all, remember that everything has a price. To avoid running out of cash or cutting corners at the end of your project, it's important to establish your budget before you even draw up the plans.

With well thought-out and realistic financial limits, you will be in position to separate your must-haves from your wish list. As Bryan likes to say, "dream within your means."

 

2. Start with the Essentials.

As you envision your new home, you may be dreaming of sleek stone counters, a soaker tub, hardwood floors, and that industrial faucet you saw in a design magazine. Nobody fantasizes about an energy-efficient furnace, double-glazed windows, or wall insulation. But these functional elements - as well as a structurally sound foundation, safe electrical wiring and well-constructed roof - are what's going to make your home functional, sustainable, efficient, and cost-effective to maintain. 

"The real value of the home is in the asset. Not what the asset looks like," Bryan is famous for saying. On that list of must-haves and want-to-haves, be sure to prioritize the essential elements of your home over the cosmetics.

 

3. Work with People You Trust.

Your home is an important part of your life, and your build or renovation is a big investment, so take the time to meet with people you are thinking of hiring. You need to feel confident in the team building your home - that they have the expertise, all the necessary legal requirements, and a solid reputation. 

What's more, it's important to hire people you can get along with. You need contractors you can communicate with, who handle pressure and surprises with confidence, and who you can reach when you have questions or concerns.

"You have to find somebody who works well with you," Sarah says. "That's a really important part of the relationship that people may take for granted. Just because he did a great job somewhere, doesn't mean he's going to do a great one for you."

It's smart to ask lots of questions, request initial ideas and input, and ask for some trade references. Getting insights from people your contractors work with on a regular basis can help establish their ethics, timeliness, and the value they place on relationships."

 

4. Be Patient.

This one is a tough one, because you want your home built as soon as possible. But it's important that you're realistic about your project timelines and trust your contractors - they're the ones who have the best sense of how long a job will take to get it right.

"If I had a cent for every client who had an unrealistic timeline on their project, I wouldn't have to work again," says Bryan. "I understand where this stems from: We all want our new life within those walls, but a project done well takes time. Have a realistic schedule in mind, and if this is something you're currently considering, start talking to professionals and contractors now to get a sense of the time required. Then add 25 per cent more time to what they say, and you'll probably be close to the realistic finish date."

 

5. Enjoy the Process.

Building or renovating a home is not easy. It can challenge your patience and your emotions. If you're going to launch into this kind of project, be prepared to make the time and financial commitment top priorities in your life so you can enjoy the experience. "I love going through all the stages and seeing the project come to fruition. It's almost like watching the progression of when Sarah and I were having kids. From the day you find out you're pregnant till the baby is born, it's such an interesting process, and the final product is just so mind-blowingly cool," says Bryan.

In building a home, expert advice is vital to the success of the project and a long-term confidence in the finished product. The same goes with building a future. And like the Baumler's, RBC is committed to providing great service and advice to their customers, knowing the very important role it plays in helping them achieve their goals - however big or small.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibitor Spotlight: Kristen Hennke Photography

Jan 08, 2020

If a picture says a thousand words, then your wedding photos can convey your entire love story. Often, they showcase the moments we remember most from a loved one’s wedding. We chatted with Kristen of Kristen Hennke Photography to see what she uniquely brings to her wedding photography clients.

 

 

Describe your services.

I'm a wedding photographer, specializing in candid, documentary-style photos that tell my couple’s story.

  

Kristen Henneke Photography - Bride and Groom';s first kiss at sunset, outrdoors

 

 

What are your best tips for planning a wedding?

Think about what you want to remember most about your day and don't be afraid to step away from tradition. When the day is over the only thing you'll really have left of it are the photos so take extra special care in choosing your photographer and print your photos! 

 

 

What are your featured items for this wedding season?

During the Arizona Bridal Show, I'll be including amazing special bonus items in every Photo+Video Package purchased!

 

  

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

To photoshop an explosion into one of their photos. It was awesome though and I was happy to do it!

 

 

What is your favorite part about the bridal show?

Meeting couples face to face and sharing in their excitement! 

 

  

Any additional company info you'd like to include?

We only take on 20 weddings a year. We do this so that we have more time and availability for our couples during their wedding planning journey.

 

 

Visit Kristen in the Kristen Hennke Photography booth #934 at this year’s Arizona Bridal Show.

KRISTEN HENNEK Photography - Logo


 

 

Experts Are Coming To The Minneapolis Home + Remodeling Show

Jan 08, 2020

The Minneapolis Home + Remodeling Show returns to U.S. Bank Stadium January 24-26, 2020. This exciting three-day event is sure to inspire homeowners with more than 300 resources and vendors. Plus, multi-talented and all-around Renaissance man, Brett Tutor will be appearing LIVE all weekend long.

Brett Tutor

A born and bred Texan, Brett began apprenticing as a carpenter under his grandfather at age 15. Since then, Brett has kept busy by studying mixed martial arts, being an EMT and SWAT medic, working as a stuntman and actor (including an Old Spice commercial!), becoming a house flipper and home inspector, writing songs and recording music, and founding a non-profit called Off The Grid which builds clean water and sanitation systems in remote regions around the world.

Oh, and did we mention that he was named one of People Magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive” in 2018?

Most recently, Brett was on the TLC hit series, Trading Spaces. He’s also known for his work as a security and survival specialist on season two of Discovery Channel’s hit show, Treasure Quest.

Brett will appear on the Main Stage sponsored by Slumberland Furniture throughout the weekend. You can catch him:
• Friday, Jan. 24 at 5pm
• Saturday, Jan. 25 at 12:30pm and 4:30pm
• Sunday, Jan. 26 at 12:30pm

Other inspirational presenters will include:
• Susie Passons for Slumberland: Style Tips from SP Design
• Nolan Miller of Miller Custom Remodeling: The Latest and Greatest for your Kitchen & Bathroom
• Brita Sailer of the Recycling Association: Take Recycling to the Next Level for your Home and Yard Remodeling Project
• Jon Friesner of GroShed: Local Winter Food Production
• Joan James of A Backyard Farm: Vertical Gardening for Small Spaces

Check out our complete stage schedule to plan your visit to the show. With several informative speakers, stunning displays, and hundreds of experts ready to help with your next home project, this event is a must-attend for anyone in the Twin Cities area.

150 Square Feet Redesigned for Fresh Inspiration at #CRS20

Jan 07, 2020
As we ramp up for the Calgary Renovation Show, we are very excited to share the details about our 3 unique theme days, brand new to this year's Show! From DIY to Reno + Decor, to Sustainability + Energy Conservation, our theme days will bring you everything you need to freshen up your home for the fresh new year. Explore our three new features and get inspired on each one-of-a-kind theme day. 
 

This year, we welcome Two Queens Home, ANA Interiors and Green Calgary to the Show as we explore their expert tips for home improvement in three different spaces.

  • Get inspired to tackle a brand-new DIY project and find ways to refresh your space, as Two Queens Home uses do-it-yourself strategies in designing "Upcycle DIY"
  • Discover top Reno + Decor tricks from ANA Interiors to bring your vision for your home to life, as you visit "Inspiration: Reno + Decor"
  • Check out "Sustainable Solutions," as the Show team creates a green-focused space that relates to Sustainability + Energy Conservation, helping you learn how to make your home more efficient.

Find everything you need to make the most of your space and achieve your new year's home resolutions. Learn more about these exciting new features and what you can look forward to in three unique 150 sq. ft. designs below!

 

Two Queens Home

Image courtesy of Two Queens Home

 

DIY Day

Introducing Two Queens Home, the DIY, thrifting & restoration duo here to help you tackle your daring "do-it-yourself" projects. Up your DIY game with upcycling and explore 150 sq. ft. of bold DIY designs and artfully restored furniture at Upcycle DIY, designed by Two Queens Home. From custom furniture refinishing to restoring your decor pieces, Two Queens Home will help you bring your vision to life through thoughtful thrifting and radical restoration.This space is sure to inspire creativity and bring new life to your space with DIY.

 

Reno + Decor Day

For over 10 years, ANA Interiors has taken inspiration from travel, architecture and nature to create beautiful designs across Calgary. Ready to bring your dream home to life this new year? Whether you're looking to refresh your space or begin a full renovation, ANA Interiors is here to guide you and bring you inspiration. Find 150 sq. ft. completely transformed with renovation hacks, decor how-to's and nifty design ideas with Inspiration: Reno + Decor, designed by ANA Interiors. Find all the tools and tricks to remake and space this season.

 

Sustainability + Energy Conservation Day

Are you ready to reduce your carbon footprint? Redo, reset and reduce with Green Calgary as you explore 150 sq. ft. of Sustainable Solutions. Top tips and tricks from local eco-experts and sustainable products and services from select Calgary Renovation Show exhibitors, this innovative new feature will help you bring eco-friendly elements into your home this season. Learn about some energy-saving hacks that will help you save a few pennies in 2020 and inspire your family to make your space and lifestyle more sustainable. 

 

Whether you're looking for fun ways to spruce up your space with DIY projects or are interested in tackling a new renovation project, the Calgary Renovation Show has all the inspiration and how-to's you need. Even find ways to go more 'green' this year with tips and designs catered to help you save energy and introduce sustainability at home.

Stay tuned for more features to be announced and get excited to see local industry experts at this year's Calgary Renovation Show! Prepare by getting your tickets online and save $2!

 

 

At the Indianapolis Home Show Davis Homes Crafts a Classic, Yet Contemporary, Centerpiece Home

Jan 07, 2020
This year’s Centerpiece Home built by Davis Homes aims to attract multiple generations with its bohemian chic interior design style and Flex Suite geared toward grandparents, college-age children, nannies or used as a guest suite.
 
Davis Homes is showcasing its Woodford floor plan with a Modern Prairie exterior design elevation. This one-story home welcomes you with a dramatic volume foyer and an open gourmet-style kitchen, flowing comfortably into an expansive great room. 
 
Designed with families in mind, the home includes three bedrooms, a study, 2½ baths, spacious master suite with a fireplace and private outdoor porch area, three-car garage, and a laundry room with pet amenities. The home also features the on-trend Flex Suite attached to the main living area, with a private and separate living, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. At the end of the day, you can relax and unwind in the beautiful covered rear patio area featuring the warmth of an outdoor fireplace for those cooler evenings.
 
Collaborating with Calvin Landscape and Luxe Home Interiors, Davis Homes delivers an innovative piece of property that is beautiful inside and out.
 
Shelby Rouse of Luxe Home Interiors infuses the Prairie-style house with modern yet bohemian décor that makes it a beautiful, comfortable home. “My inspiration for this home is the Sophisticated Bohemian Chic design currently trending across the country,” she said. “I am drawn by the weighted earthy textures and eclectic feel from the blending of old and new. The design features a simplistic, clean look that is so dominant in this trend.”
 
Thanks to Calvin Landscape, the outside of the home is just as beautiful, spacious and inviting. 
 
“Gorgeous flowers with trees galore will frame the Centerpiece Home,” Jim Calvin said. “Then in the backyard, Home Show visitors will find a one-of-a-kind space with an outdoor kitchen and an extra-special water feature. It will be an amazing refuge fit for relaxation and surrounded by the beauty of nature.”
 
The backyard boasts a bevy of water features, including a luxurious hot tub with a waterfall cascading into it as well as a pool surrounded by fire bowls overflowing with water. Behind the pool is an outdoor kitchen covered by a cedar pergola. While these features will fill attendees with inspiration for summer parties, the fire pit will warm them up this winter.
 
The Centerpiece Home is located in Exposition Hall at the 2020 Indianapolis Home Show.

Kevin O'Connor Returns to Home + Remodeling Show

Jan 06, 2020
Emmy award nominee Kevin O’Connor returns to the Dulles Expo Center to headline the 2020 Home + Remodeling Show, which happens January 17-19.
 
Kevin has been the host of this hit PBS series This Old House and Ask This Old House for 17 years. A former bank executive, Kevin came to this post in the most unusual of ways: he and his wife, longtime fans of the shows, purchased an old home and submitted an inquiry to appear on an episode. Their home was featured in a wallpaper removal project segment. After this episode, the producers of the shows approached Kevin about becoming the third host in the show’s history. Too fun!
 
Since then, Kevin has been nominated for an “Outstanding Service Show Host” Emmy Award for his debut season on the show. He is an avid traveler, a TV show host on PBS and DIY Network, the author of The Best Homes From This Old House, and serves on the editorial board of This Old House Magazine.
 
Can’t wait to see Kevin at the Home + Remodeling Show January 17 and 18? Enjoy our brief interview with the home improvement expert below. 
 
Q: What is a common mistake homeowners make when they take on a home improvement project themselves?  

Kevin:  "Without fail they underestimate the time and money it will take and overestimate the amount of work they want to do themselves. I guess we’re all optimists when it comes to renovation when we should all be skeptics." 



 
Q: Where do you go online to find inspiration? 

Kevin:  "I read more than I watch online. I consume a lot of news despite how painful that is these days. I also like long form articles and non-fiction writing that blows your mind with new ideas and stories of people changing the world." 


 
Q: Would you rather upgrade your closet, bathroom or kitchen? 

Kevin:  "The kitchen, without question. It’s the heart of the home, where everyone gathers and where all our time is spent. A dollar spent there gets the biggest return in my opinion. Put your money where your life is." 


 
Q: What are your best outdoor décor tips? 

Kevin:  "Use a lot of natural materials like wood and stone, pump up the color and pay attention to lighting. Good lighting draws you outside, keeps you outside and lets you enjoy the outside from the inside. And make sure there’s fire." 


 
For inspiration from Kevin, visit http://www.ThisOldHouse.com
or connect with him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KevinOConnorTOH/
Instagram: @KevinOConnorTOH host of @ThisOldHouse & @AskTOH on @PBS and Twitter: @KevinOConnorTOH host of @ThisOldHouse & @AskTOH on @PBS 


 
See Kevin O’Connor on the Main Stage at the Home + Remodeling Show: 

• Friday, January 17 at 2 pm 

• Saturday, January 18 at Noon and 2 pm
 
We can’t wait to see you there!