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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!
 

This Year's Indianapolis Home Show's Marketplace in South is a Treasure Trove

Jan 06, 2020
The South Pavilion at this year’s Indianapolis Home Show is home to Marketplace in South, a collaboration between The Artisan Markets Indianapolis and Tia Gross of Seek and Find Furniture and Home Décor. The Artisan Markets is an online marketplace showcasing high-quality, refinished and handcrafted furniture. Marketplace in South is the place where Home Show attendees can find everything from affordable furniture to unique knick knacks you won’t see anywhere else!
 
“We are delighted to be back at the Indianapolis Home Show for our third consecutive year,” said BJ Massa, owner of Junk’d Up and founding member of The Artisan Markets. “Once again, we are bringing a boutique shopping experience with hand-painted furniture and curated home decor and gift items. The Artisan Markets is excited to pair with Seek and Find this year to bring even more variety and unique furnishings.”
 
“At Seek and Find, we offer a diverse selection of boutique furniture, antiques, artwork, Dixie Belle paint, Amish-built furniture, candles and clothing,” Gross said. “We are looking forward to partnering with The Artisan Markets for our debut at the Indianapolis Home Show.”
 
“We are happy to help you make selections for your home or to answer decorating and DIY questions,” Massa said. “We will also have a couple furniture paint experts on hand to answer questions and empower you to make your home beautiful on a budget.”
 
The artisans will host the following onstage presentations at the Home Show:
· CeCe Restyled: CeCe Hunt, Dixie Belle and Prima Ambassador (Monday, Jan. 20; Tuesday, Jan. 21; Wednesday, Jan. 22; Thursday, Jan. 23)
· Get Empowered to DIY: Meaghan Wolf from Metamorphosis Design (Monday, Jan. 20)
· Listening to Your Decorating Style: Marie Lowe from Marie’s Creations (Tuesday, Jan. 21)
· Easy-to-Do Paint Techniques: Kelly Huskins from Whimsykel and Eye Love Hue Paint (Wednesday, Jan. 22)
· Furniture Fashion Show: Angie Brown from Gravel Road Home (Thursday, Jan. 23)
 
Visit Marketplace in South in the South Pavilion. Plus, Seek and Find Furniture and Home Décor along with several local furniture artisans from The Artisan Markets show you creative ways to take your next step in home décor on the Outdoor Living Stage Monday, January 20 through Thursday, January 23.
 

Tips to Start 2020 with an Organized Home

Jan 06, 2020
Organized Home 2020

The start of a new year is the perfect time to make a change and organize your home. Check out four simple tips to help add some order to your space, just in time for 2020.

1. Declutter

A new year means out with the old and in with the new! With the holidays behind us and a few new gadgets and treasures in our home, January is the perfect time to declutter and donate what no longer works for your lifestyle. Plus it’s easy on your wallet after a month of big spending! Donating gently used toys your kids have outgrown, a few of the many pots and pans cluttering your kitchen cabinets, or the clothes that have hung in your closet untouched for more than a year is a great way to get organized. Listen to Elsa, and “let it go.”

2. Start Small

Organizing a whole house can be daunting. Before you get discouraged, remember to start small. Whether it's the junk drawer, the bedroom closet, or the mess of dishes that linger behind closed cabinets, no one’s asking you to organize the entire house the second the clock strikes midnight. It’s okay to take it one day at a time.

3. Invest in New Tools

Once you have decluttered specific areas of your house, invest in tools that will help you keep these spaces tidy and well kept. There are lots of items that can make staying organized easier and investing in them will be completely worth it! A filing cabinet for your mail and bills, baskets or tubs for toys, and hooks for the tools in the garage will help. Remember, extra storage space is never a bad thing!

4. Set a Routine

In a perfect world, after organizing your space, you could sit back and relax for the rest of the year and admire your tidy home. Unfortunately, with school projects, extracurricular activities, and a hectic work schedule, dishes start to pile up, the dust starts to accumulate, and the newly cleaned drawer slowly starts to earn its name as the junk drawer once again.

 

To help your home stay organized, set a routine for yourself. On a daily basis, make sure your items are stored back in their original homes—thanks new organizational tools!—clothes are back on their hangers, dishes are in the dishwasher, and toys are in their tubs. On a weekly basis, grab your tub of cleaning products and do a once over of your space, even if it's just one room at a time. This week, the kitchen. Next week, the laundry room.

 

The Austin Home & Garden Show takes place at the downtown Austin Convention Center January 10 - January 12. Guests will be able to meet local home improvement experts ready to help with your next project! A must-attend event for Austin homeowners and those looking to organize and beautify their home, it’s not too late to get your tickets! Tickets available in the link here. Follow along for updates on social media on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

 

FROM MAN CAVE TO FAN CAVE: HOW TO ENJOY YOUR FAVORITE SPORTS IN STYLE

Jan 04, 2020

Every fan should be able to enjoy their favorite sport or cheer for their team in a comfortable, inviting and yes, even stylish space. So, we propose replacing the well-worn Man Cave idea with a new one: the Fan Cave. The Fan Cave is a special place in the home where family members (and friends) can watch the game, yell at the TV, and snack with gusto.

fan cave

Almost any room in the house can be used for a Fan Cave, but if you want to transform the basement, we recommend you take any necessary steps to ensure that it’s dry and insulated before filling it with people, furniture and food. Go ahead and paint the walls, ceiling, or accents with your favorite team’s colors. For a more subtle touch, use a stencil to paint a team logo in a strategic spot.

Here are a few of our Fan Cave essentials to help you create your own sport loving space:

-       Do we need to mention that a big-screen TV with stereo sound is essential?

-       Also essential: comfortable seating, such as a sectional sofa or recliners, and some poufs and floor pillows

-       A coffee table and smaller side tables for resting drinks and snacks

-       Wall art and other decor featuring favorite team logos, players, or historic moments. Look to local and online retailers that offer team logos on pillows, throws, lampshades, wastebaskets, and many more items.

-       Food! Of course you can make your own, or buy it prepared - just make sure to offer dishes that are easy to serve and eat, such as a variety of finger foods. Bowls filled with plenty of crunchy snacks like nuts, pretzels, popcorn, or your own special mix, are always a hit.

-       Beverages! Installing a dedicated small refrigerator, kegerator, or wine fridge will ensure that you don’t have to run to the kitchen (and possibly miss a key play).

-       A box of tissues… just in case.

 

If you have or know of a great Fan Cave, share some pics with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest. And get more home décor ideas, inspiration and advice at the Philly Home Show. We can’t wait to see you there!

Steal the Look: Designer Inspirations

Jan 03, 2020
In this year’s Steal the Look feature, local Indianapolis-area designers Liz Henderson, Jessica Madison and Jenny Hollander are taking a blank 20x30-foot space and turning it into a designer’s dream — at an affordable price! These designers offer a vignette of designer-inspired looks throughout the home, complete with landscaping.
 
“This year we've put together a team of three designers to create an open-flow, studio space to be on display,” Henderson said. “We're excited to feature a bedroom by Jenny Hollander, dining room by Jessica Madison and living room I’ll be working on, all in an open-concept setting. Our styles will be distinct, but our color palette neutral, allowing for a unique collaboration and space flow.” 
 
Jessica trends toward farmhouse style, Jenny more toward modern, and Liz falls somewhere in between. It will be a special design collaboration that offers something for everyone!
 
“I’m always inspired by the tradition farmhouse vibes of chippy white wood and textures, but I’m also drawn to the boho trend,” Madison said. “I always buy things I know can be used in other spaces when I need a new look in certain rooms. I love to mix new items with older, thrift store finds to not break the bank.”
 
“The main idea I’ve designed the bedroom space around is a black, metal canopy bed, which is very on trend right now,” Hollander said. “I am pairing this modern bed with a vintage rug to give a cozy and comfortable feel.” Always designing on a budget, Jenny typically “splurges” on just a couple pieces in the room she absolutely loves. “If every time you walk into a room, that piece you splurged on makes you smile, it’s worth the investment,” she said.
 

“Decorating and re-doing a room can intimidate people as they don't know where to begin,” Henderson said. “During our stage presentations, we're excited to play a fun little game based on the ‘Price is Right,’ showing attendees how you can achieve high style for less with a few tricks of the trade. We'll use pieces just as nice that look high-end but cost way less. Our hope is that attendees leave inspired to tackle their own space — even with a minimal budget.”

Check out the “Steal the Look” feature to learn about on-trend designs and how to design an upscale look on a budget. Plus, find the designers on stage at the Home Show for a fun, interactive “Price is Right”-like experience on Sunday, January 19 and Sunday, January 26.
 
 
Jessica Madison Can be found on Instagram at @jessicamadisonhome and on their website at http://www.jessicamadisonhome.com/, Jenny Hollander Can be found on Instagram at @hollanderhomestyle and on their website at https://www.hollanderhomestyle.com/ & Liz Henderson Can be found on Instagram at @thehendyhouse
 
 

What is a Tool Library?

Jan 02, 2020

The Ottawa Tool Library is not only about borrowing tools, its about learning new skills, reducing waste and discovering community. Co-founder and Tool Goddess, Bettina Vollmerhausen chats about all that the Ottawa Tool Library has to offer and takes us behind the scenes at one of OTL’s Repair Café events. 


PHILLY STYLE: WITH DESIGNER TOMMI MISCHELL

Jan 02, 2020

The Philly Home Show returns to the Pennsylvania Convention Center for two exciting weekends (January 10-12 + 17-19, 2020) and we’re thrilled to welcome seasoned designer Tommi Mischell back to the show.

We caught up with the talented professional ahead of this year’s show to talk Philly Style and how you can welcome it into your space. Enjoy our brief interview below!

Tommi headshot


Q: What’s your definition of “Philly Style”?

Tommi: “I would use the art term triptych to apply to the fusion of these three art forms: architecture, music, and sport. The fusion of these three elements best describes what Philly Style means to me, and how I feel about the city.”

 

Q: You’re a world traveler. What makes Philly different or appealing? What do you look forward to about Philly when you’re returning home?

Tommi: “What I love about Philly are all the people and landmarks that make the city so special. For me, music is equally as important as the design world, and Philly is home to so many great individuals that have made such amazing contributions - from the Philadelphia Orchestra to our R&B and jazz musicians and singers such as Grover Washington Jr., Boyz II Men, and so many more. My heart bursts with joy when I’m abroad talking about Philly, and I’m so proud to live here - especially after amazing our Eagles' success in winning the Super Bowl!

My favorite thing to do after a long trip is to stop by the Wanamaker Building and take in the sounds of that grandiose organ (the largest fully functioning pipe organ in the world). It’s become a sweet addiction that I can’t and won’t stop.”

 

Q: What are some ways to bring Philly Style into a home?

Tommi: “Bringing Philly Style into the home, whether in a big or small way, has to start with your inner feelings and which part of the triptych you would like to spotlight. Simple pictures of architecture, or depictions of music, or a favorite sports figure could be used as wall decorations, and bring quite a bit of charm and Philly Style to your home.

Another way is by using brick as an accent wall. This would emphasize elements of Philly Style in the interior, and mixing some Art Deco elements through furniture or art objects would provide that eclectic fusion of components that makes it Philly Style.”

 

Q: How can people feel more confident in their design choices? What’s one design or decorating tip you like to share with clients?

Tommi: “I often talk to my clients about this crucial question, and one of the starting points when planning a redecoration or designing a new space is to ask yourself what kind of character and function you want to transfer or add to your space.

A second important tip is to make the core or skeleton of the design timeless, like an evergreen piece of music. If you want to follow the fashion and trend of that year, do it through smaller items and accessories that are more cost-effective.”

Philly Style at Home

 

 

Q: What’s your favorite part of the Philly Home Show?

Tommi: “After 21 years as a designer for the Philly Home Show, it feels like my home. It is always a pleasure working with the friendly staff and attendees. An important aspect of the Home Show is talking to clients one-on-one, as I strongly believe that getting to know them, and giving them the opportunity to talk to me in person, is the best approach to have in this industry. And what more could you possibly ask for than having all the trades together under one roof?”

See interior designer Tommi Mischell’s special feature “Just theTwo of Us - Philly Style” at the Philly Home Show, and visit her at K Gallery Art & Design in Philly’s Old City. You don’t want to miss these unique displays, trust us!

 

 

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EXHIBITOR SPOTLIGHT: YBSPROS

Jan 02, 2020

Everyone knows that second to food, the atmosphere and music are the top elements guests remember from a wedding. We chatted with Kelvin West of Arizona Bridal Show exhibitor, YBSPROS to get their approach to wedding DJ-ing and Emcee hosting.

Describe your approach and services 

YBSPROS is your one-stop shop for wedding entertainment for living your best life! Hype Man Entertainment & Red Hot Mirror are a husband & husband owned and operated dual approach to ignite the party within your guests and capture those magical moments of your friends/family living in the moment.

We do fun weddings and know our clients well...because we have been them! December 2019 was our three-year anniversary, though we have been building/living our best lives for six years!

We are not your traditional DJ by design. Host/Emcee Special K (Kelvin West) has a long extensive history in being that guest at the wedding who was "the life of the party" somehow granting people the permission to celebrate the occasion. Hype Man Entertainment utilizes the best in DJ equipment to host/emcee the ceremony including recording video/sound, cocktail hour, wedding games, and of course bring your friends and family together on the dance floor!

Red Hot Mirror Photo Booth is the latest edition to our line up and is the best in the valley. This 6ft tall user-friendly, engaging, high tech technology is operated by Special T (Taylor West) providing you and your guests absolute peace of mind in capture real moments in real-time!

We look forward to meeting all of you beautiful love birds! The wedding day is about one thing in our opinion/experience and has been a deciding factor for clients whose focus was elsewhere. Celebrating the love shared between two best friends and celebrating what the future will bring. That will always be our main priority throughout the process. We are a relationship company. We don't take every wedding by design. We will have limited availability in 2020 as we are booking no more than two a month. Please review our reviews on Google!

 

What are your best tips for planning a wedding?

 Don't sweat the small stuff. Focus on what truly matters, the life you are building together and don't forget to dance!

 

What are your featured items for this wedding season?

 

 We are featuring our; Red Hot Mirror Photo Booth, Hype Man Entertainment, Recording/Producing Ceremony as well as Speeches/Announcements

 

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

I actually haven't the opportunity. LOL Although I may have not noticed as well as I enjoy taking care of our client’s needs. I enjoy it! 

 

What is your favorite part about the bridal show?

When we make that connection with our clients who are living their best life. 

 

Anything else readers should know?

 Take the opportunity to visit our website www.ybspros.com. Join our mailing list and we will be an additional percentage off our Arizona Bridal Special! 1 lucky couple will win our services absolutely...FREE!