Feb 03, 2020

When she’s not busy designing fabulous features and coordinating the popular Make It, Take It workshops for the Philly Home + Garden Show, Denise Sabia is a  DIYer, house flipper and in-demand designer behind The Painted Home. Her approachable charm and easy style have made her a local favorite, appearing on national and local TV shows, in magazines such as Country Living, and much more.

Family Room

Denise lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. with her three kids, a dog, a hamster, and a revolving door of other "pets," so she knows what to include in a “Family Fun Room” that will serve as the perfect spot for all that a family needs and does together. See her vision, with items from HomeSense, at the Philly Home + Garden Show February 14-16. But first, enjoy our brief Q&A with the stylish designer below:


Q: What should always be included in a family fun room? Any absolute must-haves?

Denise: “Comfy seating! Even if it's a dozen bean bags. Create solutions that can accommodate large gatherings so that there’s space for everyone.”


Q: What are some activities to consider when designing a family room?

Denise: “Group activities, such as a board game or trivia game. Making it interactive is the key to the space being a place where memories are made.”


Q: What kinds of fabrics or surfaces should be used if a family has kinds and pets?

Denise: “Always try to use pet-friendly and kid-friendly coverings such as leathers, vinyls, and washable fabrics.”


Q: Show you let the kids get involved in the design or décor?

Denise: “I always keep the kids in mind when designing a space for kids or families. But, you can’t give them carte blanche; a color they LOVE today might be hated next week. So, I try to find a few options that will work and that I think the kids will like, too - then let them choose from my selections. That way, I can still steer the project in the right direction, while still giving the kids a say in the overall plan.”


Q: Recliners: yay or nay?

Denise: “The lifelong debate of husbands vs. wives! Recliners can be great, if you find the "right" recliner. And I'm on the hunt for one right now, so stay tuned and you can be the judge!”


Get tons of advice, ideas and inspiration for your home from the experts (like Denise Sabia) at the Philly Home + Garden Show. Pick up your tickets today!

Kitchen Inspiration: Backsplashes We Love

Feb 01, 2020

Upgrading your kitchen? From appliances to countertops to lighting and more, there are many facets to consider when you decide to take on this type of project. One of the elements that can really set the tone of your kitchen is the backsplash. Are you going with a modern subway tile, or traditional mosaic? Do you prefer a subtle look or a bold print? The style you select can have a big impact on your kitchen. To help inspire you, we've shared some of our favorite backsplashes below. Enjoy!

Bold Backsplash

What a beautiful, blue pattern. We're loving this stylish look.


White Subway Tile

There's nothing wrong with chic, classic subway tile style.

Unique Shaped Tile

A unique tile shape creates a dynamic look, without the commitment of a bright color or pattern.


Picture Backsplash

Skip the fuss of tiles, and use art to create a bold backsplash.

Blue Tiles

Classic tile, bold color. We love the combination!

We hope these photos help inspire your kitchen renovation. Looking for more ideas and advice? Visit a Marketplace Events Home Show near you to connect with local experts and find everything you need to refresh your space. 

Cooking Stage Preview: Bob Sykes’ Mopping Sauce Recipe

Feb 01, 2020

Birmingham is a town full of foodies, so it was no surprise that the Hometown Flavor Cooking Stage is back by popular demand. All weekend long, Birmingham Home Show guests can watch live cooking demos from some of Magic City’s best chefs. Our favorite part of the Hometown Flavor Cooking Stage is not the demos, it’s the samples. Our mouths are watering already!

sauce hero

To tide us all over, Hometown Flavor Cooking Stage favorite Bob Sykes BBQ has shared with us the recipe for their classic Mopping Sauce. A perfect BBQ sauce for chicken and ribs on a chilly late winter or early spring evening. Remember Mopping is not basting! And should be applied to your meat throughout the cooking process.



Bob Sykes’ Mopping Sauce


2½ cups water

1 tablespoon sugar

2½ teaspoons black pepper

2 tablespoons cider vinegar

2½ teaspoons salt

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 small onion, minced

1 teaspoon powdered mustard

½ teaspoon hot pepper sauce

1 clove of garlic, minced fine

½ teaspoon red pepper

2 teaspoons chili powder



  • Add all ingredient into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil
  • Reduce to a simmer and cook uncovered, stirring frequently
  • Simmer until onion and garlic have melted into the sauce and it has come together.
  • Store in the fridge.



  • Place bone-in chicken on pre-heated grill set at 325 degrees
  • Apply the warmed mop to the meat from the very beginning of the cooking process
  • Turn the chicken over every 10 to 15 minutes according to your recipe
  • On every turn mop the chicken with the sauce
  • Cook chicken thoroughly to an internal temperature 165 degrees.


Check out the Hometown Flavor Cooking Stage’s full schedule and come pick-up more recipes and samples at the show.



Feb 01, 2020

At the 2020 Philly Home + Garden Show, there’s more than ever before to enjoy - here’s our handy guide to the Top 10 Things To See and Do, so you don't miss any of it!


1.Lovely Gardens - For an extra-special Valentine’s Day weekend celebration and a welcome taste of springtime, enjoy some wine from The Renegade Winery while you take a romantic stroll through “Love Grows Here,” the Garden Hall’s 7,500+ square feet of inspirational gardens. Captivating environments by some of the region’s top landscape designers are enhanced by the fresh flowers and plants available from the Pop-Up Flower Market, the Garden Market, and the Succulent Bar.

2. Barry Williams - You know and love him as Greg Brady from TV’s The Brady Bunch and HGTV’s A Very Brady Renovation - now come see and hear actor Barry Williams at the Philly Home + Garden Show on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 1 pm as he talks about his illustrious career and his recent work renovating the “Brady home.” He’ll even perform some musical favorites!

3. Desert Flippers - Fan of HGTV’s Desert Flippers show are in luck! Stars Eric and Lindsey Bennett will share their experience renovating homes in Palm Springs, answer home improvement questions, offer tips, and reveal why this married couple always makes it look like they're having so much fun. See them on the Main Stage Friday, Feb. 14 at 6 pm and Saturday, Feb. 15 at 11 am and 2 pm.

4. Refreshing Décor - Shopping for one-of-a-kind items is a fun and special part of the Philly Home + Garden Show. Join other treasure hunters in discovering hard-to-find and unique items for home improvement and decor at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore Pop-Up Shop, and visit Philly’s Favorites Market for unique decor and special gifts from local artisans. Fresh, beautiful blooms and beautiful small gift items await you at the Pop-Up Flower Market by Cameron Peters, and gorgeous succulents of all kinds can be selected at the Succulent Bar by Floral & Hardy of Skippack.


5. DIY Fun - Making something new for your home by hand is satisfying and rewarding. It’s why our free Make It, Take It workshops are so popular! You get to work directly with local designers, artists and crafters showcasing what’s hot in DIY this year. Prepare to get your hands dirty, ask questions and test new products with the experts. Best of all, you get to bring the results of your efforts home with you! (Pro tip: space fills quickly, so get there early.)

6. Pet Products - Don’t forget your pets while shopping at the show! Stop by The Barking Lot pet market for a new toy, treat or accessory for your four-legged family member - all of its vendors are donating a portion of proceeds back to the Pennsylvania SPCA to support its mission to protect and improve the quality of life for homeless animals. And this year, the adorable, adoptable dogs of PSPCA will strut in style during a special doggy fashion show on Saturday, February 15 at 12 pm!

7. Urban Farming - We're going to help you grow! Don't miss the “Do You Dig It?” exhibit to learn about edible landscaping, planting a children's garden (it's never too early!), raising chickens, beekeeping, and other horticultural interests. Experts will show and share what you need to know about these horticultural interests, and teach you some tips and tricks - whether you've just bought gardening gloves, or your motto is "garden more, work less."

8. Namaste At The Show -  New this year: Start your Sunday at the Philly Home + Garden Show with an all-level yoga class overlooking the Garden Hall. Susan Madden-Cox of Ocean Earth Wind Fire yoga studio in Spring City, PA welcomes all to attend on Sunday, Feb. 16, with class starting at 10 am. Just bring your own mat or towel.

9. Outdoor Luxury -  See how to “connect” your outdoor space so that it offers all of the comfort and conveniences of your home’s interior, in The Connected Backyard built by Burke Brothers Landscape Design and powered by Xfinity. Bringing smart home technology outside will truly make it an extension of your home.

10. Happy Hour - You made it! Congratulate yourself in experiencing all that there is to take in at Philly Home + Garden Show by enjoying Happy Hour on Friday, Feb. 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. featuring Kiki Vodka’s premium, vegan, locally-distilled vodka. All weekend, taste some of the delicious wines being served in the Garden Hall from The Renegade Winery, Stroudsburg, PA


Experience all this and more at the Philly Home + Garden Show, February 14-16 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks. Don’t miss it – get your tickets today!

Our Guide to the 2020 North Atlanta Home Show

Jan 30, 2020
As we get closer to The North Atlanta Show, which starts on Friday, February 7, now is a great time to review the show schedule so that you can make the most of the three days that the show is on. On our website you can find the  many Show Features and a full list of exhibitors, but here are some tips for how to find what you’re looking for. 
1)  Wear comfortable shoes
The North Atlanta Home Show features nearly 200 home improvement experts spread across two convention halls, so plan on lots of walking. Our great vendors will have so much on display, we know you will want to see it all so be comfortable. That being said, the Infinite Energy Center is handicap accessible with elevators and wheelchairs available. We also have seating areas inside and outside the exhibit hall so visitors can take a break and kick back.
2)  Give yourself plenty of time

Give yourself enough time to make your way around the show. Visitors are encouraged to talk to the experts, touch and see products demonstrated, ask questions, take pictures and make appointments. The North Atlanta Home Show is a unique opportunity for you to comparison shop in real-time, you can check out similar products and service providers at once. So, you’ll want to plan on having enough time to ask questions and make decisions.

Ladies chatting
3)  Bring your home improvement plans, photos, and ideas
The home improvement experts are at the show to answer your questions and offer advice.  

Bring photos, measurements even swatches or blueprints so you can get accurate advice and a complete idea about the plans you’re making. Also, many exhibitors offer special discounts if you make an appointment at the show.  Others offer reduced product and service costs for Show attendees, so be sure to ask.

4)  Comparison shop!
Nowhere else in North Georgia will you find such a large gathering of home improvement products, services, professionals and more than at the North Atlanta Home Show. These are the experts and service providers who work your neighborhoods in the north metro area.  Whether you are in the market for outdoor living spaces, a kitchen or bathroom, exterior siding, interior painting or home décor you can talk one-on-one with several exhibitors in your interest area to compare products, availability and costs all on site.
5)  Rapid fire answers for frequently-asked questions:
• There is ample paid parking available on site
• There are food and beverage concessions available inside the exhibit hall.
• There are products available for purchase at the Show.  Most are small enough to be carried with you, but you may need to make arrangements with the exhibitor for larger items purchased.
• You may exit and re-enter the exhibit hall on the day of your visit, though a hand stamp is required for return admission.
• Children are welcome and under 12 years of age get FREE admission, but please keep them close at all times.

TOP 5 Features of the 2020 Birmingham Home Show

Jan 30, 2020

For three nonstop days, February 14-16, the BJCC will be transformed with when the Birmingham Home Show returns. The show will be bursting with interior design trends, cooking demonstrations, renovation experts and the hottest home improvement products on the market. Before you hit the show floor at the BJCC here are the top five, not-to-be-missed features at the show:

show conversation hero


  1. Hometown Flavor Stage

Showcasing the culinary talents of local and regional chefs is the Hometown Flavor Stage. Great recipes and live cooking demonstrations will be on offer throughout the weekend on the cooking stage. Stop by to see and sample what Birmingham Chefs are cooking up! 

  1. Birmingham’s Best

Guests can support local businesses and shop local in the Birmingham’s Best marketplace. Visit this artisanal marketplace focusing on Birmingham's most innovative retailers and artisans showcasing unique items for your home and garden.  

  1. Fresh Ideas Stage

Get the latest trends and DIY ideas., Lively presentations by local and national home and garden experts will be on stage all throughout the show. Get new ideas to refresh your home garden for the new year.  

  1. The Better Business Bureau Presentations

The BBB is taking to the Fresh Ideas Stage multiple times  over the course of the weekend to give valuable advice and tips on aging in your home, avoiding scammers and navigating local politics when you are working on home renovation projects. 

  1. Special Days at the Show

The Birmingham Home Show will be supporting our community through several special days at the showTake advantage of Hero & Trade Day on Friday, February 14. Enjoy Teacher Day on Sunday, February 16. Visit our website for complete details and to learn how you can qualify for FREE and discounted tickets.


Need more ideas of what to do at the show? Visit our website for more details on these and other great show features and the stage schedules.

Exhibitor Spotlight: Perfectly Snug

Jan 30, 2020

The BC Home + Garden Show returns to BC Place February 19-23, 2020 and we're excited to welcome Perfectly Snug to this year's show. Before you visit this unique vendor in Booth #1618, check out our interview with representative Jason Elliott.

Perfectly Snug


Please describe your products and services.

"Snug Topper (Air-Conditioned Mattress Topper), that independently temperature controls each side of the bed to cool or warm; allowing you (and your partner) to sleep more soundly through the night."

What are your featured items this season?

"We are offering $300 towards any pre-order of the Snug Topper (available in Twin, Queen and King), exclusive to BC Home & Garden Show guests."

What's your favourite part about participating in the BC Home + Garden Show?

"We enjoy meeting guests and learning about their sleep / what they prefer when sleeping, and how we can make them more comfortable."

Is there anything else you think folks should know about your business?

"We're a Canadian company (designed and manufactured locally), and are excited to be launching the Snug Topper for sale, for the first time, at the BC Home & Garden Show. Pre-orders will be accepted at the home show, and the products will be available in July 2020."

Don't miss your chance to connect with hundreds of trusted home experts, including Perfectly Snug. Get your BC Home + Garden Show tickets today!

Meet HGTV’s Desert Flippers: Eric & Lindsey Bennett

Jan 30, 2020

On the popular HGTV series Desert Flippers, husband and wife team Eric and Lindsey Bennett transform outdated Palm Springs, California properties. At the Philly Home + Garden Show (February 14-16 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks), they’ll share how they built their real estate empire from nothing, their best lessons learned from doing more than 100 home flips in triple-digit heat, and how they juggle their three children through it all.


Before they arrive from the desert, we asked them a few questions:

Q. What tool should every homeowner own?

Eric + Lindsey: “A 25-foot tape measure. Any home improvement or design project begins with planning. Once we’ve dimensioned and graphed a space, the creativity and productivity can really begin!”


Q. Wallpaper: love or hate?

Eric + Lindsey: “LOVE! It’s one of the best ways to add oomph to spaces big or small, and add a designer look for less.”


Q. Are you a plant mama, or is your green thumb lacking? 

Eric + Lindsey: “We LOVE real plants in our personal home for their natural beauty and benefits to the environment. However, when it comes to staging, faux is the only way to go. Fake plants may be more expensive, but they are easier to maintain and move and can last forever.”


Q. What’s your favorite paint color?

Eric + Lindsey: “Benjamin Moore ‘Simply White’. We use a shade of white in almost all of our designs because it evokes a clean, fresh and timeless feeling.  We add warmth and character with wood and leather accents. Depth with stone and concrete. White is simply the perfect backdrop to the elements of nature we incorporate into our designs.”


Q. Any simple tips for upgrading a small bathroom?

Eric + Lindsey: “Simply changing out the vanity mirror and lighting can make such an impact on a small space. To really modernize the space, remove the vanity light and install a larger, backlit mirror that glows and complements.”


Q. What are your best landscaping tips?

Eric + Lindsey: “Our favorite way to overhaul landscaping is threefold:

1) Lay the framework to include taller border plants and edging, feature plants, and baseline fill (grass, turf, rock)

2) Choose only three feature plants and repeat them throughout, tiering according to size and scale.

3) Create lush depth with taller perimeter plants, trees and hedges.”


 Q. Favorite room in your home?

Eric + Lindsey: “Our Great room. It’s like Grand Central Station with our three boys running around. We work, play, cook, cuddle and entertain poolside in this room all year long. It’s a blessing to have one large room that allows us to be a part of all the crazy of life happening around us!”


Q. Any furniture thrifting tips? 

Eric + Lindsey: “We paint everything to transform it into something new and spectacular. It’s not often in the budget to buy new. So we take what we have and transform it into what we want it to be. From mirrors, lighting and dressers, to concrete patios and pavers. A little paint goes such a long way toward transforming decor and more.”


Q. Which HGTV / DIY Network star would you most like to work with and why?

Eric + Lindsey: “Definitely the Property (Scott) Brothers. They are just as talented, kind and down-to-earth in person as they are on TV. When it comes to renovation, a positive, problem-solving mentality is key. These two have it covered and are the perfect balance of serious and fun.”


Q. What’s your favorite part about speaking at a home show?

Eric + Lindsey: “We enjoy being ourselves and having fun with the audience! Eric loves to practice his stand-up comedy and I enjoy sharing all the tips and tricks we’ve learned along the way.”


Don’t miss your chance to connect with hundreds of trusted home experts, including Eric and Lindsey Bennett. Get your Philly Home + Garden Show tickets today!

Outdoor Living is on Display at the North Atlanta Home Show

Jan 28, 2020

Here in North Georgia, we are blessed with a climate that encourages nearly year-round outdoor living, and spring is right around the corner!  We’re already dreaming of cook-outs on the back deck, relaxing on a porch swing, soaking the aches away in a hot tub and planting a lush garden the neighbors will envy. 

Bridge over water and rocks
The North Atlanta Home Show is full of ideas for extending your living space into the landscape as well as bringing the outdoors in to extend that lush relaxing feeling.  From porches to decks, saunas to pergolas, at the show you’ll find lots of exciting ideas, and meet the experts who can turn your outdoor dream into a reality.
New this year, is a 1,200-square-foot lush Outdoor Oasis designed by Belgard and guest landscapers.  Stroll down the meandering path to see the very latest in modern outdoor living features.  Take advantage of the Ask a Master Gardener booth staffed by members of the UGA Cooperative Extension Gwinnett County to talk one-on-one with a plant expert about your own garden or gardening aspirations.  Let the North Atlanta Home Show gardening pros show you how they work their magic.  They have the green thumbs and technical know-how to transform your yard into a four-seasons garden, an outdoor dining and entertainment area or even a backyard putting green.
Garden flowers
And speaking of outdoor aspirations -- sheds aren’t just for storing bicycles and garden tools!  Who wouldn’t love a home office tucked inside a secret garden?  Maybe a music room, craft space, teen hangout or a yoga studio would suit your backyard?  The options are endless, and you’ll find plenty of inspiration at the North Atlanta Home Show.  
Throughout the North Atlanta Home Show you’ll find experts with the products and skills for all of your outdoor projects. The ones you need to do and the ones you are just dreaming of.  Be sure to check out the selection of barbeque grills, outdoor fireplaces, water features, sunrooms, porches, retractable screens, pools, hot tubs, decks, patios and much, much more, all under one roof.  Spring will be here before you know it.  Are you ready?

Must-See’s at the 2020 Great Big Home + Garden Show

Jan 27, 2020

More than 600 exhibits are ready to explore, over 1,000 experts can’t wait to answer your questions, and home and garden experts and local chefs are ready to inspire you at The Main Stage at this year’s Great Big Home + Garden Show! Before you hit the show floor, Jan. 31 to Feb. 9 at Cleveland’s I-X Center, here’s some tips to make the most of your visit.  

Craving a taste of spring? 
Head to the Garden Showcase first. This year’s theme, One-Tank Trips, will not only give you a hint of spring, but also inspire you to plan a day trip to some of the region’s great attractions, including Put-in-Bay, Tremont, Hocking Hills and more. 
show garden
Need home and backyard inspiration? 

The home and outdoor living feature area is what you’re looking for. From a traditional-style home of the future to more unique home ideas, including tiny and container home options, each will give you fresh ideas. Then experience the latest in backyard design, including an outdoor entertainment center and multi-use cabins perfect for a studio, workspace or storage. 

Is it an expert opinion you’re looking for? 
Talk to over 600 exhibitors on the show floor as you make your way to the combined HBA Main Stage and Loretta Paganini Cooking Stage to hear from home, garden and cooking experts. Presenters include Laura LeBoutillier of Garden Answer, elite garden and landscape designer Margie Grace, and Chef Stefanie Paganini. 
Ready for a break? 
Two great options to relax and get a bite to eat at the show are the I-X White Claw Bistro Lounge, a full-service, white-tablecloth restaurant in the Garden Showcase, or Club Cambria, located in the middle of the show floor and perfect for enjoying a glass of wine and light snack without missing any of the show action. 

I-X bistro hero


Need more ideas? Visit our website for more details on these and other great show features and the stage schedule.

Exhibitor Spotlight: Paws & Pints, LLC

Jan 24, 2020

If anything can bring some additional cuteness to the 2020 Des Moines Home + Garden Show, it’s furry little friends! And that’s just what you’ll get with Paws & Pints, one of this year’s exhibitors who will be at the show to talk about their upcoming facility that offers convenience, fun and bonding time for dogs and their owners. One of the founders, Megan Casey, provides us with a little more insight into Paws & Pints and the exciting opportunities coming up in 2020.


Paws and Pints


Tell us a little bit more about Paws & Pints.

Paws & Pints will be Central Iowa’s, “Ultimate Canine-Retreat.”  There are two major components to our business:
Your Best Friend’s Bar will be a place where you and your four-legged companions can enjoy both an indoor and outdoor off-leash dog park that features a full bar and coffeehouse along with lots of fun things to do for you and your dog.  
In addition to over 4.5 acres of dog park space, the Mo’Tail & Spaw will include all your doggie-related services such as: Boarding, Daycare, Grooming, Retail and The Canine Kitchen.  
Dog training will also be available and sharing a wall with Paws & Pints will be an on-site Veterinary Clinic.
What was the inspiration behind Paws & Pints?
The true inspiration is our dogs but also the love of taking them with us when we go places.  We first ran across a dog-bar concept while traveling in Denver with our first Bernese Mountain Dog, Kora.  We were in true disbelief at how simple it was but also how busy and consistently busy.  
And as dog parents of four dogs, all with some similar needs but some with very different ones, we know the importance, firsthand, of what all goes into owning a dog.  Currently we travel all around town to go to the vet, their favorite dog stores, training, grooming, etc.  The goal is to be able to do all this with one membership, at one place.  
How can attendees interact with you at the Des Moines Home & Garden Show?
Paws & Pints will be at Booth #223, come meet the crew and our dogs.  We will have some fun things to do, free giveaways, door prizes and more.  All of our brand-new facility’s renderings will be on display along with some videos and other visuals to look at to better understand the concept.  
We will have lots of merchandise available, some sample menus so you can get a great feel on all the services we will provide along with membership information so you can see what’s included.  
Kai’s Dog Training will be on-site as well to answer any questions and you can hear a little about their techniques.  
Be sure to follow Paws & Pints! You can check them out at or watch for news and updates on Facebook or Instagram.
Don’t forget to come visit them, Booth #223, at the Des Moines Home + Garden Show! The show runs February 6—9, 2020, at the Iowa Events Center. You can save $2 if you purchase tickets online. 

Kitchen Inspiration: Caprese Quinoa Salad

Jan 24, 2020
Chef Stefanie Paganini will be delighting audiences with fun, new ways to get into the kitchen during the Great Big Home + Garden Show, Jan. 31-Feb. 9 at Cleveland’s I-X Center. Whether you’re a master chef or just getting started in the kitchen, here’s a recipe from Stefanie to add to your repertoire. 
Recipe Hero
Caprese Quinoa Salad
Serves 6 
2 Cups quinoa 
2 ½ Cups water
1 Cup fresh mozzarella, diced
2 Cups tomatoes, diced
Salt and pepper to taste
1 recipe of herb pesto vinaigrette (see below)
Boil water and add quinoa.  Allow to cook until quinoa is al dente.  Drain any excess water. Cool quinoa. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and toss with vinaigrette. 
Pesto Vinaigrette
2 garlic cloves 
3 Cups fresh basil 
1/3 Cup toasted pine nuts
½ Cup grated parmesan cheese 
½ Cup olive oil
1/4 Cup white balsamic vinegar
In a food processor, mince the garlic.  Add the basil, nuts, and cheese.  Slowly add the olive oil until the sauce is desired consistency (you may use more or less of the oil as needed). Add 
Vinegar and allow mixture to blend.  Toss with salad


Stefanie Blog portrait
Get your tickets here to see Stefanie live on the Loretta Paganini Cooking Stage. She will be appearing throughout the show and her cooking demo schedule can be found on the show website.   
You can find Stefanie on the web at the ICASI (International Culinary Arts and Sciences Institute) As well as on Instagram @stefaniepaganini & Twitter @stefpaganini

The Power Of Skilled Trades

Jan 24, 2020

This year, the Minneapolis Home + Remodeling Show will not only provide inspiration for home remodeling, it could inspire you to try a new career path! That’s right, a trip to U.S. Bank Stadium January 24-26 could mean more than updating your home – you could make connections that could change your life.

NARI Booth

According to a recent Deloitte study, the skilled trades gap may leave an estimated 2.4 million positions unfilled through 2028. As generations of skilled trade workers retire, the country will need to fill the jobs of those plumbers, carpenters, mechanics, electricians, construction workers, roofers, and technicians.

Members of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) of Minnesota is bringing their Try a Trade booth to the concourse level of the Minneapolis Home + Remodeling Show. They will be available to answer questions, give advice, and provide a wealth of information free of charge.

While at the booth, learn about the increasing demand for skilled tradesmen, the continued integration of technology in our skilled trades, and support for those interested in pursuing a career in a trades career.

Joining NARI this year will be Big Ideas, a Minnesota organization whose purpose is to provide introductory skilled trade classes to students ages 13 to 113. With the motto “Building Your Future, One Class at a Time,” the mission of Big Ideas is to present the opportunity to discover, explore, and learn a skilled trade.

And, what better way to accomplish this than through hands-on-learning through virtual technology? Check out the augmented reality welders at the booth.

NARI’s Minnesota Chapter, one of the nation’s largest, is comprised of professional remodeling contractors, product manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, suppliers, handyman services, along with trade and consumer publications. NARI-MN prides itself on being an advocate for the consumer and a voice for the remodeling industry.

How to stick to budget on your home renovation project

Jan 22, 2020
According to a 2019 poll, 45 per cent of Canadians were looking to complete home renovations within the year, but the amount they want to spend on their project is down compared with previous years. 
The big question then becomes, how to get the work you want done within the budget you want to spend. 

Dan Seguin, Co-Founder of NeighborBuild, Ottawa’s trusted home renovation and remodelling team, has some tips. 




Educate yourself early

As you are working on developing your budget, before you start getting quotes, you have to get an understanding of the cost of materials and other items you will need for your project. 
“Some of the biggest variables, in terms of cost, are in your hands,” Seguin says. “Do your research on materials such as flooring, tiles and countertops, and big-ticket items such as cabinetry and appliances.”
Think about where you want to splurge and where you want to save
Be practical about where you want to spend your money. If you are replacing your flooring you could buy whatever is on sale, but you have to take into consideration everyday realities: are there pets or kids in the house? How does the material perform in a basement vs. first or second floors of a house? 
Your contractor should be able to help you get a sense of where it makes most sense to invest a bit more in terms of adding value to your home, and where you can afford to find a deal.
“For items that really matter, such as appliances and cabinetry that you want to last a long time, we suggest clients go for quality,” says Seguin. “However, when we are looking at the more cosmetic finishes of a project, we encourage clients to find a deal. Just as small extra expenses can add up, so too can savings. Every dollar matters.”
When getting quotes, ask for a detailed scope of work
Seguin says it’s not enough for homeowners to receive a quote with a simple daily rate. When talking to the company or contractor you are considering, make sure to tell them you want a detailed scope of work with a material allocations breakdown. 
This will not only allow you to compare the pricing with your expectations, but if things change you can easily work out how that will impact your budget. 
For instance, if the contractor includes the cost of flooring in the quote at $4 per square foot, but you find a better deal and decide to purchase it directly, you can quickly deduct that cost from the quote. If you make a flooring selection that is higher than what was quoted, you will know how much more to expect on your final bill. 
A material allocations breakdown is very important as some contractors may reduce the budget for materials in order to artificially deflate the overall project cost, when it comes time to make your selections you will find it difficult to play within the materials budget.
Communicate, communicate, communicate
Once you have selected your contractor and the renovation begins, make sure you are having regular discussions with the team completing the work. If they suggest adding pot lights to a room, and you hadn’t discussed it in advance, find out whether that will fall within the budget or if there will be an additional cost. Put this in writing so everyone remembers what was decided. 
If you change your mind and decide you want a gas line added to your kitchen, discuss what the associated cost will be both before and once the change is made. Again, put everything in writing so there is no confusion at the end of the project. 


Jan 22, 2020

As we get closer to The Ohio Home + Remodeling Show, which starts on Friday, Jan. 10, now is a great time to review the show schedule so that you can make the most of the three days that the show is on. On our website you can find the full Main Stage schedule, the many Show Features and a full list of exhibitors, but here are some tips for how to find what you’re looking for. 


Garden Center


If you want tips for your outdoor projects … 

You’ve come to the right place! When you enter the show, inspiration awaits you as you walk through the Outdoor Oasis display by premier landscaper Peabody Landscape group and Hamilton Parker. And if you’re designing with the family in mind, you can’t miss the Recreations Outlets KidZone, where kids can whoosh down the slides, soar on the swings or jump to the sky for some good old-fashioned playground fun. 

 And throughout the weekend, Jason Bornhorst of Peabody Landscape Group will be on our Main Stage to feature several presentations of Outdoor Living: Tips & Trends for 2020 with Jason Bornhorst of Peabody Landscape Group. You can catch his presentation on Friday at 3 p.m.; Saturday at 4 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m.


If you’re looking for the latest design trends … 

Maybe you’re looking for inspiration on how to upgrade your kitchen, or maybe you’re just wanting to freshen up your home, but you’re not quite sure where to begin. These events and show features might help you figure out where to start. 

On the Main Stage, you can hear Cathy Polta from Kitchens. Inspired. present on Planning Your Appliances in Your Dream Kitchen on Saturday at 12 p.m. Then on Sunday, Michael Koludrovich of Array Design Studio will present on The Universal Design Method at 12, 2 and 4 p.m.

All weekend long, you can tour the He Shed She Shed exhibit and learn how to design and create your own shed oasis. Whether it's a nature-nest, writer's retreat, man cave or wine tasting room, He Shed, She Shed will spark ideas for creating any type of retreat space.

And, if you’re looking for odds and ends to help your home office, dining room or family space come alive, you can shop The Marketplace for unique home products and goods for purchase at the show!


If you want some DIY inspiration … 

Celebrity emcee Matt Fox will present on Great Weekend Projects throughout the weekend: Friday at 2 and 4:30 p.m.; Saturday at 11 a.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. 


Are you having trouble picturing the final result of a room remodel? Be sure to attend Before, During and After Remodeling with Bryce Jacob, CR, UDCP of J.S. Brown & Company on Saturday at 3 p.m. 


Local design experts and DIY bloggers will be sourcing and re-purposing any four-legged item in our Drab to Fab show feature. Check out their projects to help yourself visualize the potential of an old table, dresser or chair. And if you fall in love with a piece, you can bid on it in an auction to benefit Habitat for Humanity. 

For a Full Show Schedule see: HERE


Jan 22, 2020

The Ohio Home + Remodeling Show is all about finding the inspiration and advice you need to tackle your next design or renovation project. While you’re here, try your hand at leaving some inspiration for other people by adding some color and flair to the interactive Columbus cityscape mural, presented by the Greater Columbus Arts Council and created by local artist Bryan Christopher Moss. 

Inspired by the fact that inclusivity, caring, and a sense of place are important parts of life for Columbus residents and visitors, the piece that Bryan has created for the show reflects the Columbus city spirit of ‘If it’s not for all, it’s not for us.’

“I always go for something that's inviting, that brings people in,” said Moss. “I wanted to capture the feeling of excitement - so when people see the coloring page – and it’s just this black and white thing – they want to draw on it. And, I wanted to communicate that enthusiasm, support, and those good feelings. I didn’t want it to be intimidating.”

Bryan is a painter, muralist, illustrator, and educator from Columbus. Working as a professional artist for the past 20 years, he is an Art Makes Columbus featured artist and has been profiled in national publications such as Forbes Magazine. Moss teaches comics and illustration at Columbus College of Art and Design and the Columbus Museum of Art.


Artist Bryan Christopher Moss


You can follow Bryan Christopher Moss’ work on Instagram or through Art Makes Columbus  

You can visit the Coloring Wall at The Ohio Home + Remodeling Show all weekend long. Anyone is welcome to participate, and the project is active during all hours of the show.


Jan 22, 2020

If you had a TV in the early 2000s, you most likely remember Ty as the energetic carpenter from the hit show “Trading Spaces” and then as the charismatic host of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” who knew how to tug at your heartstrings through the level of care he put into each project. Now, he’s returned to TV to revive “Trading Spaces” as a carpenter and designer. 

 Ty will be visiting the Main Stage at The Ohio Home + Remodeling Show on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 1 p.m with his Life to the Extreme - Ty Pennington presentation. Be sure to mark this on your calendar so you don’t miss the laughs and valuable advice he’s sure to share!


Ty Pennington headshot


Wallpaper: Love or Hate?

Ty: I think wallpaper has come a long way from the dated florals and borders that we saw in homes for the better part of the century. I also like how peel-and-stick options have become available so that you aren’t as committed to a look as you would be even if you painted it. Taking it a step further is the option to customize the wallpaper with your own designs, images, or photographs. So yes, I say love it. 


Best décor or home improvement app that folks don’t know about?

Ty: You can’t beat Houzz or Pinterest for getting the design inspiration, and if you want to verify resources for a project is a great place to start.


The best home purchase for under $100?

Ty: I don't know if it is one specific thing since every home could probably use $100 in different ways. I'd say to make sure that you spend the total amount on one room to revitalize it. Don't buy a bunch of pieces here and there and scatter the impact … focus and get one space at a time updated. 


Any simple tips for upgrading a small bathroom?

Ty: Storage is always the problem in any small space, so look to resources that can help you to maximize that part of the room. Boats, ships, and small apartments in Tokyo are great places to look for inspiration – seriously. They use space in the most efficient way out of necessity.


What are your best landscaping tips?

Ty: I like to design in odd numbers, so planting in threes (or fives) is the best advice I can give. And don’t be overambitious unless you’re going to actually have time to maintain it. Or a gardener. 


Q: Are you a fan of the Marie Kondo method? What’s your best organization hack?

Ty: Ideally, we’d all only keep things that ‘bring us joy’ as she advocates for, but in reality, my best organization hack is to rent another storage unit for all of the things I love to acquire and swap in and out of my spaces. Maybe I should start a real estate staging company so all of these amazing pieces get used - ha!


Favorite room in your home?

Ty: I have a room that is an entire room of doors that open up to the outside area and I really love how that merges indoor and outdoor living.


Any furniture thrifting tips?

Ty: Look for good bones. You can change the fabric or paint color of just about any piece you find if it has the structure or size you want.


What are your 2020 resolutions?

Ty: I know I’m the guy that is known for makeovers and hopefully feel-good stories, so I’ve been really focusing my efforts on doing that globally. I’ve got some projects that will “makeover” the coral reefs and oceans, and allow me to be a part of something bigger. At least that’s my goal – to have a positive global impact. Look, I know I'm in a really lucky position to have been given a platform and opportunity to reach a lot of people, and I take that seriously.  


What home trends are you loving? What styles do you think will emerge in the future?

Ty: I’ve always been drawn to Scandinavian and mid-century design. I like seeing how those have not only stood the test of time, but they’ve also morphed into a modern-day design without losing their aesthetic. Simple, functional, but always inviting.


What’s your favorite part about speaking at a home show?

Ty: Actually attending the home shows is amazing because I get to see what’s out there or coming onto the market. But speaking is great because, well, I love hearing people’s stories about their own DIY experience or how they were affected by or my ADHD.

Celebrity Q&A with Laura LeBoutillier of Garden Answer

Jan 21, 2020

We stopped Garden Answer’s Laura LeBoutillier before she heads on to the Main Stage at The Great Big Home + Garden Show and got her to share some landscaping tips, along with telling us about some of her favorite things! 

L Leboutillier Blog Hero


What tool should every homeowner own? 
Laura: How about what tool every home gardener should own? In that case, I would say my most used and valuable tools are a battery-operated blower, FELCO hand pruners, and a Fiskars kangaroo pop up bag! 
Are you a plant mama, or is your green thumb lacking? 
Laura: I try my hardest to be the best plant mama I can be! ;) 
Tell us about your pets. 
Laura: We have two sweet orange cats. First off, we have Russell who is a 6-toed polydactyl we adopted from the humane society. He loves to follow us around and be involved with all our projects. You see him show up in the good majority of our videos at one point or another. And then there’s Cheddar- a stray who showed up in front of our greenhouse one day and we immediately fell in love with his sweet personality. He LOVES our son Benjamin and usually sleeps the day away on our guest bed. 
What’s your favorite paint color? 
Laura: Thunder Gray from Sherwin-Williams. 
What are your best landscaping tips? 
Laura: - Automate your water (run drip to everything)! 
- Choose workhorse plants (think Supertunia Vista Bubblegum, Limelight Hydrangeas, Denim n’ Lace Russian Sage, Rudbekia, Echinacea, Zinnias, etc…). 
- Fertilize!!! You get the very best performance when you are diligent with your fertilizer. 
What are you currently reading? 
Laura: Down the Garden Path by Beverly Nichols for probably the 100th time! 
Favorite room in your home? 
Laura: Our Great Room. It’s where we spend time with each other, work, play, entertain and unwind! 
What home trends are you loving? What styles do you think will emerge in the future? 
Laura: I love seeing the reemergence of blue as a staple color. I do think red will make its way back as well. :) 
Ready to learn more garden tips from Laura? She’ll be taking the Main Stage on Saturday, February 8th at Noon & 3:00 PM and Sunday, February 9th at Noon. Get your discounted show tickets today! 
On the web, Laura can be found at and on Instagram @gardenanswer and Twitter also @gardenanswer

Exhibitor Spotlight: Scraped Timber Co.

Jan 21, 2020
It’s always exciting to talk to business owners who are passionate about their products—and their family. TJ and Sharisse Turner from Scraped Timber Co. will be exhibitors at the 2020 Des Moines Home + Garden Show and they kindly gave us a glimpse into the inspiration behind their quality, hand-crafted wood furniture and what keeps them (and their family) going. 
TJ and Sharisse are a family of 6 as well as the proud owners of Scraped Timber Co., a family-owned and operated custom furniture business. They use wood-joinery techniques that allow friends and families to build memories around forever! 

Just as beautiful as the products they build to tell your story, is the story of what pushed them to finally pursue their dreams and the strength they aspire to everyday.

TJ and Sharisse Turner
What inspired you to start Scraped Timber Co.?
Years ago, we both felt inspired by God to start a woodworking business. Neither of us had any idea how to start a profitable business. We aren’t business people, and we certainly aren’t salespeople; So, we just, naturally, ignored our prompting and kept this passion a hobby for years. 
What finally got us going was our precious 2-year-old. She inspired us to pursue our dreams because life is too precious and fleeting to not do what we were born to do. She was nearly taken from us in a drowning incident. We are so relieved that she is healthy, alive, and happy today, and she continues to be our example and light. As the dust settled from this trauma, TJ and I felt so much love and gratitude for God, and the feeling came back into our hearts stronger than ever—that this business was what we were supposed to do. We owe it to God, and to our children to follow our daughter’s example. We have drawn on her strength many a time throughout the ebbs and flows of business (and we are just getting started). While watching our daughter fight for her life, she taught us how to be prepared, kind, brave, honest, strong, and heroic. These are the characteristics we want our children to maintain as they grow into adulthood, and these are the characteristics we focused on as we started our business. We pour our hearts into every aspect of this business to show our four precious children by example how to live a quality, hand-crafted life. 

Hence, our tagline, “Live a Quality, Hand-crafted life!” This business, and each piece of furniture we build, is built to encourage our children and every family we build for to maintain what character they already possess throughout all of their lives! And we never lose sight of the fact that this was built to show our love and appreciation to God for saving our little girl!

What makes your products unique?

Each piece of furniture we build moves from our family’s hearts and hands to yours. We aim to give family heirlooms; therefore, your furniture is built to last. TJ is currently apprenticing with a very knowledgeable, talented Master Carpenter located in Jefferson, IA, Robby Pederson. This apprenticeship has taken TJ’s work to the next level. He is learning joints, and wood working techniques that were present in 1800 wooden furniture. He builds furniture using antique hand tools that uniquely allows him to leave his artistry in every piece he creates. Each build is an original, one of a kind - allowing you to create the truly custom home of your dreams! Some popular items include heirloom boxes and hope chests that customers plan to hand down from generation to generation; please don’t feel like we are limited to these though. If you want it, he can build it! (tables, doors, benches, nightstands, headboards, etc.) We would love to talk to you more about the joints and techniques that make the furniture last, so please feel free to reach out!

What do you have in store for the 2020 Des Moines Home & Garden Show?

We are so excited to participate in the Des Moines Home & Garden Show! We have partnered with some of our favorite local businesses to provide AMAZING prizes for a Scavenger Hunt GIVEAWAY on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! Times and clues will be given through our Instagram stories. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and FB, @ScrapedTimber so you don’t miss the clues. Our family loves riddles, jokes, and games, so come enjoy this scavenger hunt game with us. See you there!

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Don’t forget to follow Scraped Timber to learn more and check out the giveaway!

Facebook - @ScrapedTimber

Instagram - @ScrapedTimber

Phone: 515-493-8270
The Des Moines Home + Garden Show is filling the Iowa Events Center with hundreds of trusted home experts, like Scraped Timber. Be sure to 

Jumpstart Your Growing Season

Jan 21, 2020

Can’t wait to see the innovative greenhouse Joel Karsten has created for the KC Remodel + Garden Show? The developer of the Straw Bale Gardening method shared a blog post with us outlining this project and how you can create one of these unique gardening spaces for less than $100. Read on below. Article by Joel Kartsen, photos by Tracy Walsh.

For northern gardeners, starting vegetable plants as early as possible is key to a productive and successful food garden, since sometimes it seems we only have about a three-week growing season! That might be a slight exaggeration, but certainly gardening in the north is challenging. One of the key advantages of the Straw Bale Gardening method is that early in the spring when the ground is still very cold, the bales are warm inside as they begin the conditioning process. This allows at minimum a one- to two-week head start if gardeners use the bales to plant warm-season crops. Other gardeners turn to starting seedlings a few weeks early in the house under artificial lights and this works fairly well but also comes with its own set of challenges. Damping off, spindly light-starved transplants, and difficulty maintaining the correct moisture and temperature can all make seed-starting indoors difficult. Outdoor options are better, with more light intensity, but can be expensive if a greenhouse is part of the plan. Less expensive plastic-covered houses can work very well but any year-round structure will need to carry a snow load and be heated in one manner or another.

Six-Week Greenhouse

This spring, consider setting up a 7’x8’6” six-week greenhouse. Placed in service about six weeks prior to your area’s average last frost date, this simple, inexpensive (less than $100) greenhouse will take an hour to build, and once it has completed its service as a greenhouse, the plastic cover is removed and the frame then serves as a trellis for vining vegetables like tomatoes and cucumbers. This tiny structure is heated by six to nine bales placed inside. As the bales are conditioned (using the simple process suggested for setting up a Straw Bale Garden), they get hot. Temps of 140°-155° are not unusual and this heat source provides enough heat when the sun sets to keep the greenhouse warm. The warm bales make exceptional benches to place seed trays inside and start up to 540 vegetable starts in this tiny space. Up to 15 seed trays with 36 per tray will provide plenty of bedding plants for an entire neighborhood!

The basic structure is two cattle panels that can be purchased from any farm supply store, inside a wood frame made of four 2’x4’s. The entire structure is then covered in plastic. In addition to the two cattle panels and four 2’x4’s, you will need a 10’x25’ roll of 4-mil poly plastic that can be purchased at any local hardware store; this will cover the entire roof and both ends. Lastly, you’ll need a staple gun and staples, a bag of zip ties, and a ZipWall® zipper. The zipper can usually be found in the paint section of a hardware store.

Six-Week Greenhouse

The cattle panels are set up inside of a wood frame measuring 7’x8.5’, and once in place, form two arches. The two panels are placed side by side and secured together with zip ties.

Six-Week Greenhouse

A thin piece of wood trim or PVC pipe is zip-tied to the ends of each fence panel arch, to be used as a tack strip. Cover the arch with some of the plastic, so the entire arch is covered from front to back, then staple the bottom of the plastic onto the surrounding wood frame and the ends to the tack strip.

Six-Week Greenhouse

End panels are stretched across the ends of the structure and stapled to the tack strips in the same manner. Apply a piece of wide PVC tape along the roof and end-wall seam to provide strength. Finally, a ZipWall® zipper with a sticky back adhesive is stuck to the end-wall panel. Following the zipper’s instructions, zip open and slit the plastic with the included tool. This creates a zipper door for easy access. This inexpensive greenhouse isn’t a year-round structure, but it’s very effective for early spring.

Six-Week Greenhouse

Once you reach a spring day where you are safe from any potential late-spring frost, remove the plastic off the structure and a few tomato, cucumber or squash can be planted into the bales that are inside the arch. These will quickly send vines up over the cattle panels and make a beautiful and functional garden for the summer.

For more greenhouse tips and tricks, visit the KC Remodel + Garden Show, happening January 31 – February 2 at the American Royal Center. We can’t wait to see you there!