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YEAR OF THE DOG

Dec 31, 2019
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If you follow the Chinese Zodiac, you’re probably confused! According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2020 is the year of the metal rat and it should bring with it a strong and prosperous year. That said, the Salt Lake Home Show is honoring the year of the dog as well because we have so many fun, pet-friendly features!

Looking to add a new furry friend to the family for the new year? Maybe you enjoy spoiling the one you already have? The Salt Lake Home Show presents PETopia: a place for dogs, cats, bunnies and much more, sponsored by Notched. Adopt a new friend from the Salt Lake County Animal Services. Pick up some goodies for your pet from one of the many local pet product vendors.

Dog lovers, Saturday is your day. Come early, stroll the aisles, and check out Dog Training Elite with Therapy Dog Basics at 2pm on the Design Stage. Then don’t miss Utah’s most fashionable four-legged friends in our first ever Pet Fashion Show!

Please note, animals are only welcome at the show for Dog Training Elite with Therapy Dog Basics, and through the Salt Lake Country Animal Services display. Outside of these instances' animals are not allowed at the show, except for service animals. Thank you for your cooperation. Surprise your pets with the perfect gifts when you return from the show.

Got Junk? Meet The JunkHunks

Dec 30, 2019
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Brandon and Mike Kay are the hunky bros behind Utah’s own JunkHunks. These small-town, country boys have a talent for taking junk and transforming it into beautiful creations. A passion for design started at a young age for these two, being born into a family with an extensive background in construction. These trendsetters have made TV guest appearances and are top-sellers at market venues across the country.

They are an excellent team in renovating and flipping houses. Mike is a real estate agent, and Brandon is a creative entrepreneur. Currently, they are at work restoring their family’s historical 1900’s mercantile store as the new JunkHunks headquarters in Mona, Utah.

This January at the Salt Lake Home Show the JunkHunks will teach you how to achieve high-end without the high price! See them on the design stage for a few hands-on DIY projects to sharpen your design skills.

Find these free spirited, rugged wanderers, thrift store junky, DIY enthusiast, flannel wearing craftsmen, salvaging and reclaiming on Facebook and Instagram.

JunkHunks on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/myjunkhunks/posts/

JunkHunks on Instagram: @junkhunks

For some farmhouse DIY from the JunkHunks check out this video for DIY Pumpkins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5MN_LiVlb8

Catch the Junk Hunks live on the Design Stage:

- Friday, January 12th at 3:00 P.M.

- Saturday, January 13th at 3:00 P.M. & 6:00 P.M.

- Sunday, January 14th at 2:00 P.M.

We can’t wait to see you at the show!

Exhibitor Spotlight: VBS Furniture

Dec 30, 2019

We're excited to welcome VBS Furniture to the 2020 Winnipeg Renovation Show, happening January 10-12 at the RBC Convention Centre. Before you visit this local furniture company in Booth #528, please enjoy our brief interview with representative Vernon Schellenberg below.

VBS Furniture

Please describe your products.

"Custom hand crafted solid wood furniture."

What are your best home and garden tips for the season?

"Keep your furniture clean and dry."

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

"A crib designed from five different cribs."

What's your favourite part about participating in the Winnipeg Renovation Show?

"Meeting new people."

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

"We're a local small business that only uses eco friendly finishes on our products."

Find everything you need to make your dream home a reality at the Winnipeg Renovation Show. Shop hundreds of local businesses, like VBS Furniture, and refresh your space for 2020. We can't wait to see you at the show!

SHOW SURVIVAL GUIDE: WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE AUSTIN HOME & GARDEN SHOW

Dec 30, 2019

The 22nd Annual Austin Home & Garden Show will return this year on Friday, January 10 - Sunday, January 12. The event will offer innovative products and hundreds of experts all under one roof! We’ve got a few tips for the show so you can take full advantage of all the exhibitors on site. Here are some of our featured favorites you won’t want to miss:

 

●     Ty Pennington - Design television was never the same once we were introduced to the quirky and creative Ty Pennington from TLC’s Trading Spaces and ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. With the groundbreaking home improvement series Trading Spaces returning after a 10-year hiatus, we have the chance to get reacquainted with Ty as a carpenter—and also as a designer! Ty will be appearing on stage at the show Friday, January 10!

 

●     Container Homes and Garden - Don’t get tied down to a traditional home build; design a one-of-a-kind home instead! Presented by Stackhouse Container Homes, be sure to check out the two decorated container homes surrounded by imaginative garden landscaping at this year’s show!

 

●     Funky Fun Shops - Stop by our Funky Fun Shops full of local artisans, craftspeople, and unique Austin boutiques.

 

●     Backyard Cantina - Looking to spruce up your yard a bit or on a grand scale? Visit the Backyard Cantina and enjoy a break from shopping! Get the latest landscaping trends for your own backyard project.

 

●     Home Decor, Art, Interior Design, and Furnishings - With aisles and aisles of exhibits featuring products and consultations with experts, you’ll find just about everything for your home at the show! Be sure to check out some of our home decor exhibitors, including Circle and Line, King Silk Art, Mediterranean Ceramics, and more!

 

The Austin Home & Garden Show takes place at the downtown Austin Convention Center January 10 - January 12. In addition to these fun and fabulous features, we will have hundreds of local home improvement experts ready to help you with your next project! A must-attend event for Austin homeowners, 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.

TOP 5 QUICK DESIGN TIPS FROM DESIGN PRO DENISE SABIA

Dec 28, 2019

Denise Sabia of The Painted Home is an in-demand home designer who is also creative leader of the Make-It, Take-It workshops at the 2020 Philly Home Show. The stylish designer is also lending her talents to our ALL NEW Petite Retreats feature. If you need help with your space, be sure to connect with Denise at the Pennsylvania Convention Center January 10-12 + 17-19, 2020 – ask her about her flat-fee design consultations, she’s the ultimate resource on ways to add character to your home.

Can’t wait until January? We caught up with Denise ahead of the Philly Home Show to talk simple design advice. Check out her top five tips below.

 

1. Window Woes - You’re doing it wrong! Rehang your window treatments high and wide to better define the look and feel of your space. This simple hack will make any space feel taller and grander than it actually is.

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2. Fierce Front Doors - Want to make a good first impression? Give your front door a fresh coat of paint. Don’t be shy, make the color count! Add a new knocker or doorbell and refresh the door hardware, and don’t forget to match the hinges to the hardware finish. Add a wreath or a plant, and you’re all set!

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3. Perfect Pillows - Pop some color into your living area with some new pillows. With so many budget-friendly home stores available, this is something you can do seasonally. Mix up the patterns for a fresh and eclectic look!

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4. Magnificent Mirrors - Strategically placing a mirror (or two!) can change the whole look of your space. Try adding a mirror on the wall across from a window or door. You’ll be surprised at the depth and light it will add to your space.

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5. Declutter! Please! Nobody functions well among chaos. You don’t need to display every home item you’ve ever purchased. Stash some away, and rotate your home decor items every few months to keep your space fresh, clean, and organized.

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For more design tips, tricks, and inspiration, be sure to visit the Philly Home Show (January 10-12 + 17-19, 2020 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center). Connect with design experts (like Denise Sabia) tour inspiring displays and get great ideas you can use at home. Buy your tickets today. We can’t wait to see you at the show!

 

MEET HGTV’s CHRIS LAMBTON

Dec 26, 2019
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Our favorite landscaper and lifestyle expert, Chris Lambton will be back in Utah for the New Year. You may know him from his last visit to the Salt Lake Home Show, but he first won our hearts in season six of The Bachelorette. He’s the host of DIY Network’s Lawn and Order and Yard Crashers. He appears with his wife Peyton on HGTV’s Going Yard, where they transform broken-down backyards into brilliant spaces for entertaining and relaxing.

Chris has been creating impressive outdoor spaces for years. As the owner of his family’s landscaping business E.Lambton Landscaping, he and his brother operate out of their hometown in Massachusetts. Chris’ expertise includes landscaping, hardscaping, garden planning, lawn care and general understanding of outdoor living spaces.

Start your 2020 homeowner planning off right with a trip to see Chris and the Salt Lake Home Show, January 10th-12th at the Mountain America Exposition Center.

Can’t wait to see Chris on the Design Stage? The home expert shared some of his best tips with us ahead of his appearance:

Three Tips to Homeowners from Chris

1. “Every homeowner should own a quality shovel. It’s that basic, but a reliable one can not only dig holes, but also help you weed, spread gravel or mulch, scrape ice off of driveway or walkways, and even be used as a pry bar. A reliable, durable shovel is a must have.”

2. “My favorite kitchen gadget is our Jura coffee maker. I love a good cup of coffee in the morning and this makes the best.”

3. “My best landscaping tip is to buy plants in the fall. Not only is the Fall a great time to plant due to the cooler days and nights and more frequent rains but the Fall is when nurseries put plants on sale to get rid of their stock. Plan ahead, make a list and get some great deals on plants.”

Three Things You Didn’t Know About Chris

1. “I have a 6-year old Swiss Mountain Dog named Summitt. She is so good with our kids and a great watch dog for when I travel too!”

2. “I love watching Fixer Upper. Have you heard of this show? It’s gonna be a hit.”

3. I love plants and am proud to boast that I have a green thumb. I don’t think you would want a landscaper that didn’t have one. I love plants both indoor and outdoors. My pride and joy right now is a coffee bean plant I have growing inside my house!

For more from Chris, visit him online here: http://www.chrislambton.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chrislambton/

Instagram: @ChrisLambton13

Twitter: @ChrisLambton13

Learn how you can create your own TV-worthy backyard oasis with Chris at the Salt Lake Home Show, live on the Design Stage:

• Friday, January 10th at 6:00 P.M.

• Saturday, January 11th at 10:00 A.M. & 12:00 P.M.

Timeless vs. Trendy: What to look for when buying furniture for your space

Dec 24, 2019
Have you been struggling to find functional and long-lasting furniture that doesn’t need to be replaced every season? Maybe trends have changed since you last renovated and the furniture that you bought hasn’t kept up. Happening January 10–12, 2020 at the RBC Convention Centre, the Winnipeg Renovation Show not only has great advice and tips for renovations but also helpful design recommendations for homeowners and renters alike! We’ve caught up with local interior designer Kristin Hayward of IDESIGN to provide you with some tips and tricks for choosing some key furniture pieces that will stand the test of time!
 
Look to the past 
If you are looking for furniture that is not trendy, but rather will stand the test of time, your best bet will be to take inspiration from the “past" rather than the “right now!”  Take a look at the furniture pieces that have been popular and in-style for decades, if they have lasted this long, chances are they won’t be going away anytime soon.
 
There are pieces for those who like various design styles too.  If you tend to like mid-century modern design, look to classic furniture designed by Charles and Ray Eames like an Eames Lounge Chair, which is often paired with an Ottoman or the Organic Chair which was one consistent piece of molded plywood.  A couple other great examples of timeless furniture from this era would be the tulip dining table or a great sideboard.
 
If you lean to a more traditional style there are options out there for you as well.  There has never been a time when a great wingback chair was not in style or a Chesterfield sofa with great button tufting, or even a four poster bed.
 
 
 
Play around with the finish, material and colour
Colour: when it comes to colour, go with a neutral rather than a bold colour that is on trend.  A good neutral will be much more likely to stand the test of time and will translate through the seasons better. Pops of seasonal colour can be incorporated through the use of accessories. 
 
Material: choose materials that have been around and have been always in style. For example, a marble coffee table has never been out of style and is therefore a safe choice!
 
Finishes: try to avoid choosing a trendy finish. For example, although a worn or aged finish may make a piece of furniture look like it’s been around for a while, it may go out of style faster than a regular smooth stained piece.
 
Overall in order to keep your house looking timeless, look to the past, keep it neutral and don’t choose anything that is too out there. This will help create a space that will be the envy of your neighbours for years to come! Feeling inspired to redecorate with these tips and tricks provided by Kristin of IDESIGN? Go all out! Regardless if you’re in a house, condo or apartment, these tricks can help you to enjoy your space for a long time. 
 
Want more helpful advice to make your home feel timeless? Be sure to check out Kristin on the HGTV Canada Lifestyle Stage on Sunday, January 12 at 3pm. Click here to buy your tickets online and save $2, courtesy of All Canadian Renovations!
 

Exhibitor Spotlight: Lite Visions Landscape Lighting

Dec 23, 2019

We're excited to announce that Lite Visions Landscape Lighting Inc is a sponsor of the 2020 Downtown Raleigh Home Show, happening January 24-26, 2020 at the Raleigh Convention Center. You can find this innovative landscape lighting company at booth #1132 at the show. Before you visit them, enjoy our brief interview with Joseph Yanulevich.

 

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

Make sure if you hire an outdoor landscape lighting designer that they are not using cheap Chinese lighting fixtures or low-quality transformers that you yourself can buy online or at a big box store. I have replaced several of these lighting installations and some of the fixtures were falling apart.

What are your featured items this season? (sales, popular services, show specials, etc.)

The most popular item is our FREE annual maintenance contact, where we come out and re-adjust your lighting if needed as well as cleaning fixtures and checking timers. We also give a 3-year guarantee on our installations above and beyond any manufacturer warranty. No One else will give you that kind of guarantee.

What are your home or garden pet peeves?

Bad outdoor lighting, I recently did a beautiful new home in Hastentree in Wake Forest. The couple asked to drive thru the neighborhood and look at the lighting they liked. After riding thru and looking with them I can't believe how many bad lighting designs we all saw. Lighting design is about proper knowledge of color temperature as well as beam spreads and wattage. There is nothing that looks worse than a beautiful crepe myrtle lit with a too-white light making it look unnatural. Also, wasting lighting on such trees as pine trees.

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

Probably the email from a person requesting me to install a cheap Chinese fixture package that they bought themselves online.I would never do that because I have to stand behind my work for a long time. Lite Visions does not cut corners on installations or use inferior lighting equipment.

Any additional company info you'd like to include?

Lite Visions' owner, Joe has over 35 years of experience as a lighting technician and lighting designer. Joe has worked with many bands and concert acts over the years from starting his career with local NC music favorites The Embers and Nantucket to working with Tim Mcgraw, and Alan Jackson. Joe's name is in Alan's Who I am CD to the Christmas sensation the Trans Siberian Orchestra who awarded Joe a Platinum album award for his help on their first couple of tours. Joe looks at each individual project as it was his own property and designs something specifically for that property, No cookie-cutter designs. Joe and Lite Visions as his many 5-star reviews on google say, is the only choice for distinctive landscape lighting in the Raleigh area. I look at my customers as members of my family, we are not just installing lights and walking away. We are creating a relationship for years to come from coming back and readjusting fixtures as plants grow to do an annual maintenance checkup. We want your lights to keep looking like the day we installed them. We get so many word-of-mouth referrals and even have some customers invite friends over to see their lighting the first night we turn them on. We are a member of the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals. Please check out our google reviews.

 

Don't miss your chance to connect with hundreds of trusted home experts, including Lite Visions Landscape Lighting Inc. Get your Downtown Raleigh Home Show tickets today and get ready to make your dream home a reality. 

 

Exhibitor Spotlight: Stackhouse Container Homes

Dec 20, 2019
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The countdown is on! The Austin Home & Garden Show takes place at the downtown Austin Convention Center January 10 - January 12. We chatted with vendor Zach Hargraves from Stackhouse Container Homes, the premier shipping container home builder in Cedar Park and Austin, Texas.

Learn more about Zach and container homes below, and be sure to stop by their booth to see how you can make your custom-home dreams come true!

 

Q: What three items do you always keep in your tool belt?

Zach: “Something to write with, something to measure with, and courage.”

Q: What was your first job?

Zach: “I used to mow lawns to earn money for skateboard shoes, but cleaning dog poop out of the yard for $3 a week to earn my first 20” bike stands out the most. Very rewarding, that experience. It taught me that sometimes you have to deal with some “stuff” to get the things you want.”

Q: What famous figures inspire your career?

Zach: “That’s a tough question. I am infatuated with people whose goal is the betterment of society but also the kind of people who don’t brag about or socialize their efforts to effect these changes. Maybe someone like Nicola Tesla or Mother Theresa. The yogi Paramahansa Yogananda also comes to mind.”

Q: What was your first ever DIY project?

Zach: “Growing up in the country with very little money, DIY was how one lived. As a kid I made bows and arrows, built forts, and fashioned metal scrap and old tools into pretend guns. My dad and I took two dirt bikes apart and put all the parts we liked together to make a better bike. At 17 or 18, a buddy and I built and tuned an engine for my daily driver, a 1977 Toyota Celica. If it was broke and you needed to work, it got DIY’ed!”

Q: How long have you been building container homes?

Zach: “I have been designing and building container structures since early 2016.”

Q: Where do you find your design inspiration?

Zach: “I speak to my clients regarding the way they live and what they want to achieve with the project, but mostly I listen. Every prospective container home buyer has a story and the home should be built around that story. That is truly a forever home.”

Q: Can patrons customize their container homes?

Zach: “No, never; I won’t stand for it! (Tongue in cheek.) Of course they are customizable. If you can dream it, we can build it. We are truly excited by and frequently amazed at our customers design ideas and contributions.”

Q: What’s a common misconception people have about container homes?

Zach: “That they are inexpensive to build. The container homes we build are custom homes. A custom “anything” is nearly impossible to create “on the cheap.” This is not to say that there are not ways to save money building with shipping containers, because there are and we utilize them. In essence, anything that is worth doing is worth doing well—and usually costs a little money.”

Q: What are the benefits of living in a container home?

Zach: “They’re just plain cool. Your domicile can be a reflection of who you are. These days, we are allowed and encouraged to be different. I don’t want to be just like everyone else, and I don’t want to build like everyone else. We attract clients who want their home environments to be unique, as well. Luckily, there are many of us “different” kinds of folks out there who are excited and willing to try something out of the ordinary. Not to mention that container homes are nearly indestructible steel structures, eco-friendly, and can be optimized for efficiency in a multitude of ways.”

 

The Austin Home & Garden Show returns to the Austin Convention Center January 10 - January 12. Don’t miss your chance to experience Zach’s Container Home display and more! Get tickets today. Follow along for updates on social media on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram

Zach from StackHouse (Container Home)

Sponsor Spotlight: RenovationFind

Dec 20, 2019

We're excited to have RenovationFind as a sponsor of the 2020 Edmonton Renovation Show. Before you visit this innovative company at the Edmonton Expo Centre from January 24-26, please enjoy our brief interview with the RenovationFind team below. 

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Q: How does your service work?

"Homeowners can visit RenovationFind.com to access a directory of certified home improvement companies, including trades and contractors. All of the companies on the director are certified and it’s completely free to use. The companies have gone through a thorough pre-screening process. We use a third-party to run extensive background checks on seven of the most important criteria. Those criteria include legal background checks, credit background checks, monitoring for customer complaints, checking for proof of a valid business license and insurance, as well as WCB coverage, making sure that you know you’re getting the best companies recommended. Companies who are a member of the Better Business Bureau receive a higher ranking on the directory. We continue to monitor the companies based on these criteria to ensure they’re keeping up to standard and will remove companies from the directory if they fail to do so. 

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

Q: What can we look forward to from you at the Edmonton Renovation Show?

"We are going to have a booth at the show where people can come say hello and learn more about us. At our booth, homeowners can post their projects and we will get them three quotes from RenovationFind certified companies for that project. For example, if they are looking to do an update on their home plumbing, we can connect them with the best plumbers in Edmonton, providing them with actual quotes for their project from companies on the site.

We will also be doing a big prize giveaway for signing up as a RenovationFind Member. When you sign up for a membership, you will receive exclusive pricing and promotions from select partnering businesses, which is helpful if renovations are in the future. Also at the show, people can enter to win $1000 and an iPad when they sign up for a membership at our booth at the show."

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Q: What advice do you have for homeowners?

"Research is the key. Create a plan for the project, and use it as a guide throughout the project. Make sure everything is on paper and documented, signed and legally executable. Check the contractor’s credentials and consult with sites like ours, ask for references and ask for documentation of their credentials such as prepaid contractor licence, permits pulled for your job and a detailed breakdown of your bill. 

Homeowners should not be afraid to ask for documentation as it is within your right to ask.

A tip when asking for references: I recommend to ask for the last three jobs and contact the references to verify the information. Request the contractor provide you with a valid invoice or documentation to prove the customer was real. By asking for the last three jobs, the contractor can’t pick and choose because it’s unlikely people ever want to give bad references. This is like you apply for a job and got the interview, and then you’re asked for references – the chances of you providing bad references is not likely. Once you get the necessary information, you’re decision-making process is that much easier."

Q: What inspires your services?

"I met a lot of homeowners through my granite counter top company that were being taken advantage of by people in the industry. K &J’s is one of the last companies in the house (during the construction or renovation process) so people would come to us and say ‘oh, my plumber, he took a deposit and disappeared’ or ‘I bought cabinets, I put 50 per cent down and I can’t get a hold of them and their company is out of business. I just started hearing so many horror stories, and it was kind of ridiculous. Everyone was being taken advantage of and no one knew how to find a good contractor, and then I started thinking about a better way to connect homeowners with trusted trades."

Q: What is your favourite part of the Edmonton Renovation Show?

"We love meeting homeowners and getting the opportunity to promote the companies on our directory. If we can connect a homeowner who needs work done with a reputable contractor, we’ve helped them both out. Everybody wins.

Q: What design or decor trends are you loving in 2019 or anticipating for 2020?

"We’ve learned that most people would rather renovate the home they are in than buy a new one. We talk to a lot of homeowners and conduct surveys at every show. People like to improve the house they’ve put down roots in, to stay in the neighbourhood they love; and are renovating their home so it functions better for them. Whether it’s a bedroom addition, a new and improved kitchen, or a basement suite, we’ve loved watching this movement of renovating to make a home better for the long-term."

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

"Homeowners have been pleased with the RenovationFind website. Feedback has shown that having a listing of companies that have already been pre-screened as well as the subsequent ongoing monitoring. This ensures quality companies are put forward, and takes a lot of stress out of the renovation process. For the companies, we can market their business to an engaged and interested target demographic. The companies on our site have seen increased business from quality leads generated from their listing and content posted on RenovationFind.com."

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

"For homeowners, you can expect honest, down-to-earth advice on hiring a trades or home renovation company. They can trust that we are doing our due diligence screening and continually monitoring all the companies on the website to provide you the professionals to get your job done right. If you become a RenovationFind Member, you will receive exclusive pricing and promotions from select renovation and home improvement companies in your city. They’ll find a huge list of categories including general contractors, cabinet installation, electricians, Edmonton Window Companies, indoor or outdoor painting, flooring companies in Edmonton, and more!

For companies, we are committed to promoting them to homeowners in their target geographical market, and highlighting their skills to help you get your projects completed. Their content and messaging will reach our vast membership through email campaigns, blog postings, social media marketing and search engine optimization targeting. We work hard to promote the best-quality companies on our site and love to see how our work helps their business grow."

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: RENOVATIONFIND

Dec 18, 2019
We're excited to have RenovationFind as a sponsor of the 2020 Calgary Renovation Show. Before you visit this innovative company at the BMO Centre from January 17-19, please enjoy our brief interview with the RenovationFind team below.

 

RenovationFind

 

Q: How does your service work?

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

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

 

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Q: What can we look forward to from you at the Calgary Renovation Show?

"We are going to have a booth at the show where people can come and learn more about us and what we do. At our booth, homeowners can inquire about their home projects and we will get them three quotes from reputable and RenovationFind certified companies for it to help make the renovation process go as smoothly as possible. For example, if they are looking to give their home a new and improved paint job, we can connect them with the best painters in Calgary, providing them with actual quotes for their project.

We will also be doing a big giveaway for signing up as a RenovationFind Member. Members receive exclusive pricing and promotions from select partnering businesses, which is helpful if renovations are in the future. As an incentive to grow our membership, people can enter to win $1000 and an iPad at our booth at the show."

Q: What advice do you have for homeowners?

"Research, research and research. This is the key. Make sure everything is laid out on paper and documented, signed and legally executable. Keep a plan handy with you to stay on track. Check the contractor’s credentials and consult with sites like ours, ask for references and ask for documentation of their credentials such as prepaid contractor licence, permits pulled for your job and a detailed breakdown of your renovation costs.

Homeowners should not be afraid to ask for documentation as it is within your right to ask. When asking for references, I recommend asking for the last three jobs and contact the references to verify the information. Request the contractor provide you with valid documentation to prove the customer was in fact real. By asking for the last three jobs, the contractor can’t pick and choose because it’s not likely people ever want to give bad references. This is similar to how you apply for a job and get the interview, and then you’re asked for references – the chances of you providing bad references is not likely. This way you get an honest picture of what you’re getting into."

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Q: "What inspires your services?

"I met a lot of homeowners through my granite countertop company that were being taken advantage of by people in the industry. K&J’s is one of the last companies in the house (during the construction or renovation process) so people would come to us and say ‘oh, my plumber, he took a deposit and disappeared’ or ‘I bought cabinets, I put 50 per cent down and I can’t get a hold of them and their company is out of business.’ I just started hearing so many horror stories, and it was kind of ridiculous. Everyone was being taken advantage of and no one knew how to find a good contractor, and then I started thinking about a better way to connect homeowners with trusted trades."

Q: What is your favourite part of the Calgary Renovation Show?

"We love the chance to meet with homeowners and get the opportunity to promote the companies on our directory. If we can connect a homeowner who needs work done with a reputable contractor, we’ve helped them both out. That is why we do things like this home show: to make sure that everyone ends up happy."

Q: What design or decor trends are you loving in 2019 or anticipating for 2020?

"When speaking with homeowners and reviewing survey results, we’ve learned that most people would rather renovate the home they are in than buy a new one. It may be that they don’t want to leave their neighborhood, or find it more practical to remodel their home to meet their changing needs. Whether it’s a bathroom addition or a new paint job, we’ve loved watching this journey of renovating to make a home better for the long-term stay or to age-in-place."

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

"Homeowners have been pleased with the RenovationFind website. Feedback has shown that having a listing of companies that have already been pre-screened as well as the subsequent ongoing monitoring takes a lot of stress out of the renovation process, as well as letting people know what they’re going to get out of the company they choose. For the companies, we can market their business to an engaged and interested target demographic. The companies on our site have seen increased business from quality leads generated from their listing and content posted on RenovationFind.com."

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

"For homeowners, you can expect honest, accurate, and helpful advice on hiring a trades or home renovation company. They can trust that we are doing our due diligence screening and continually monitoring all the companies on the website. If you become a RenovationFind Member, you will receive exclusive pricing and promotions from select renovation and home improvement companies in your city. They’ll find a huge list of categories including general contractors, concrete contractors, painters, electricians, Calgary drywall companies, siding contractors, Calgary home additions, and more!

For companies, we work hard to market the businesses on our directory to customers in their city or region. We use email marketing, blog/content marketing, search engine optimization and are very active on social media, promoting the companies on our site. When they are successful, we are successful!”
 

TIPS FOR WINTERIZING YOUR HOME

Dec 13, 2019

Unlike everyone’s favourite ice princess Elsa, the cold does bother most of us, and can make an impact on your home’s efficiency. Prepping for winter and the cold is an important step in general home maintenance and ensuring optimal energy savings. Here are some tips to help make certain your home is operating effectively and efficiently this winter season.

 

Review your heating system

Hiring a professional to test and clean your furnace or system is a great way to make sure you’ll be running at full steam during the colder months. If you are on a budget, replace your furnace filters before the cold and have some replacements handy for quick changeovers.

 

Inspect your home for leaks or cracks

Take a look around windows or doors, specifically for any cracks or openings where warm air can escape. Use caulking or weather stripping for any problem areas.

 

Check your outdoor exhaust pipes

Will your furnace intake or exhaust pipes be covered by drifting snow? Extend any pipes which could see a build-up of snow or make sure you’re monitoring and shoveling regularly. The blocked pipes can shut down your furnace and pose a safety concern with gases returning into the home.

 

 

Keep your pipes toasty

Insulate any plumbing pipes which may need an extra layer of warmth to ensure they don’t freeze.

 

Point drainpipes away and inspect gutters

As we know, water freezes and expands which, could cause foundation and drainage issues. Be sure to point any drainpipes away from your home and inspect and clean your overhead gutters.

 

Reverse ceiling fans

Something so simple, with a big impact. Changing your fan direction so blades are blowing air upwards will help force the warm air trapped by the ceiling down into the room.

 

Window treatments

Insulated blinds or heavier drapery can help keep the cool air out, make your home more energy efficient, and keep your rooms feeling warm and cozy.

Exhibitor Spotlight: RenovationFind

Dec 13, 2019

We're excited to have RenovationFind as a sponsor of the 2020 Winnipeg Renovation Show. Before you visit this innovative company at the RBC Convention Centre from January 10-12, please enjoy our brief interview with the RenovationFind team below.

Q: How does your service work?

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

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

Q: What can we look forward to from you at the Winnipeg Renovation Show?

"We are going to have a booth at the show where people can come and learn more about us. At our booth, homeowners can post their projects and we will get them three quotes from RenovationFind-approved, certified companies for that project. For example, if they are looking to get help finishing their home, or are seeking advice on any home project they may be neglecting, we can connect them with general contractors in Winnipeg, providing them with actual quotes for their project.

When you sign up for a RenovationFind Membeship, you can enter to win $1,000 and an iPad at our booth at the show. Members receive exclusive pricing and promotions from select partnering businesses, which is helpful if renovations are in the plans down the road.

Q: What advice do you have for homeowners?

"The most important thing you can do for any home project is to research everything. Make sure that every part of the project is on paper and documented, signed, and up to the current legal standards. Check the contractor’s credentials and consult with sites like ours, ask for references and ask for documentation of their credentials such as prepaid contractor licence, permits pulled for your job and a detailed breakdown of your bill. Doing this will keep you prepared for anything that might be thrown your way.

Homeowners should not be afraid to ask for documentation as it is within your right to ask.

A tip when asking for references: I recommend to ask for the previous three projects and contact the references to verify the information. Request the contractor provide you with a valid invoice or documentation to prove the customer was real. By asking for the last three jobs, the contractor can’t choose the projects they may have done better on, and concealing perhaps a poor outcome. It’s not likely people ever want to give bad references. This is like you apply for a job and got the interview, and then you’re asked for references – the chances of you providing bad references is not likely."

Q: What inspires your services?

"I met a lot of homeowners through my granite countertop company that were being taken advantage of by people in the industry. K &J’s is one of the last companies in the house (during the construction or renovation process) so people would come to us and say ‘oh, my plumber, he took a deposit and disappeared’ or ‘I bought cabinets, I put 50 per cent down and I can’t get a hold of them and their company is out of business.’ I just started hearing so many awful stories, and I felt like I needed to do something about that. People were getting ripped off and no one knew how to find a good, trustworthy contractor, and then I started thinking about a better way to connect homeowners with trusted companies that will complete their project properly."

Q: What is your favourite part of the Winnipeg Renovation Show?

"We love meeting homeowners and getting the opportunity to promote great companies in our directory. If we can connect a homeowner who needs work done right, and a great-quality contractor looking for a job to tackle, we’ve helped them both out. That is why we do things like this home show."

Q: What design or decor trends are you loving in 2019 or anticipating for 2020?

"When speaking with homeowners at these shows, we’ve learned that most people would rather renovate the home they are in than buy a new one and move. It’s a lot less stressful, and people have the ability to keep their neighborhood or other home features they can’t bear to give up. Instead, they can renovate their home to meet their changing needs, and work towards the perfect forever home. Whether it’s a kitchen renovation or a new basement development, we’ve loved watching this movement of renovating to make a home better for the long-term stay, and making families comfortable and happy in their homes."

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

"Homeowners have been pleased with the RenovationFind website. Feedback has shown that having a listing of companies that have already been evaluated and continuously monitored takes a lot of stress out of the renovation process. You will choose a company for your project, and be able to move forward knowing you’re making a great choice. For the companies, we can market their business to an engaged and interested demographic. The companies on our site have seen increased business from quality leads generated from their listing and content posted on RenovationFind.com."

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

"For homeowners, you can expect honest and reliable advice on hiring a trades or home renovation company. They can trust that we are doing our due diligence screening and continually monitoring all the companies on the website. If you become a RenovationFind Member, you will receive exclusive pricing and promotions from select renovation and home improvement companies in your city. They’ll find a huge list of categories including general contractors, plumbers, painters, electricians, Winnipeg insulation companies, window installations, cabinet refinishing in Winnipeg, and more!

For companies, we love to see how our efforts helps their business expand. We promote the companies on the directory to potential customers in their regional geographical market. We do this through email marketing campaigns, social media, search engine optimization targeting and blog content marketing. We want to help promote all those great companies out there.”

 

DIY Gift Idea: Mason Jar Elf

Dec 05, 2019
From colleagues and coworkers to your children's teachers and bus drivers, your holiday shopping list can get pretty long. Not sure what to get the acquaintances in your life? This year, skip the generic gift card and go homemade! A mason jar, some green goodies, and a bit of felt come together quickly for a fun, festive and unique gift. Read on to find out how you can make your own merry mason jar elf.

MasonJarElf_2

Supplies
  • Mason jar (empty)
  • Small, light green goodies (we used jellybeans, but you can also try M&Ms) 
  • 3-4 Pom poms (we chose grey and white)
  • Red felt
  • Ribbon
  • Glue gun

Directions

Step 1: Plug in your glue gun and let it heat up.
Step 2: Glue your pom poms on the mason jar. Spacing, size of pom poms, and amount used are up to you. We chose four grey and white pom poms to keep things simple.
Step 3: Cut your felt into triangle shapes to look like an elf collar. 
Step 4: Glue the felt around your mason jar.
Step 5: Fill the mason jar with your green goodies.
Step 6: Put the lid on and tie a ribbon around it.
Step 7: Give to folks who need some holiday cheer.

We hope this craft helps you this holiday season. For more festive ideas, and general home improvement project advice, be sure to follow @homeshows on Instagram and Twitter and Like Us on Facebook

Exhibitor Spotlight: Artful Sweets LLC

Dec 04, 2019

We're excited to welcome Artful Sweets LLC to the Arizona Bridal Show, January 11 and 12 at the Phoenix Convention Center - South Building. Before you visit this ALL NEW vendor in Booth #229, enjoy our brief interview with owner Susan Kolmna.

Artful Sweets

Please describe your products and services.

"Artful Sweets creates custom, made-to-order cakes and desserts for weddings, bridal showers, and all other special occasions and every “sweet tooth”. I pride myself in delivering cakes and desserts that are dazzling to look at and bursting with flavor. As a custom business, I help make celebrations extraordinary by bringing people’s visions to life. Using my classical French training and my artistic skills, my designs range from whimsical to sophisticated; simple to intricate; trendy to traditional."

What are your best tips for planning a wedding?

"Be yourselves. This special day is all about you as a couple and the life you look forward to sharing with each other. Make your wedding day reflect your personalities and the joys that brought you together."

Artful Sweets

What are your featured items this season?

"Wedding cake designs reflect the couple's personalities, choice of venue, and personal style. My booth will feature cakes in an array of design textures, finishes, and colors along with decorated cookies for bridal showers, save the date, as well as table numbers or name place cards."

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

"I love a good challenge!"

What is your favorite part about being in the Arizona Bridal Show?

"This is my first time exhibiting. I anticipate the energy in the room to be electrifying. So much joy and excitement surrounds planning a wedding. I can't wait to share in the smiles and laughter of the show weekend!"

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

"Artful Sweets strives to create cakes that are individualized to the couple and the occasion. I enjoy getting to know my customers and working closely with them to design the cake of their dreams."

Don't miss your chance to connect with hundreds of vendors like Artful Sweets. Get your Arizona Bridal Show ticket today and start planning your visit. We can't wait to help with your special day!

Sponsor Spotlight: Art Flow

Dec 04, 2019

We're excited to announce that Art Flow is a sponsor of the 2020 Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo. Before you enjoy the interactive feature Art Flow is bringing to the I-X Center March 20-22, check out our brief interview with the team below.

Art Flow

What can we expect from you at the show?

"We are so excited to have several make & take options for you! We will be offering your choice of tie dye kitchen towel, tie dye scarf, tie dye pillow case or create your own pendant necklace! Pick one or pick several!"

What inspires your products?

"We absolutely love helping people create artwork that is unique & something they will be proud to display in their home or even wear! Art should be fun for everyone, all skill levels & ages! We offer so many fun themes & techniques, we always keep it fresh!"

Art Flow

What is your creative process like?

"I love to turn on some good music & let the creative energy flow. This is such a fun, freeing way to create beautiful pieces of artwork. One pour & you will be hooked!"

What can we look forward to from you at the Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo?

"A lot of fun creating something super cool for yourself or your home!"

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

"We also create custom resin river tables & upcycled tables, check out our website or Facebook page to learn more."

The Cleveland Home + Remodeling Expo returns to the I-X Center March 20-22, 2020. Don't miss your chance to connect with hundreds of unique vendors, like Art Flow Experience, and find everything you need to refresh your space. Pick up your tickets today. We can't wait to see you at the show!

Baking 101: Simple Tips Worth Trying

Dec 03, 2019
With relatives coming in from out of town, children off school and in need of entertaining, shopping to do, gifts to wrap, and so much more, it’s very easy to ruin your holiday cookies. Baking is a science and when you add in a distraction (or ten) treats don’t always come out as planned. To help you avoid baking woes this holiday season, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite culinary hacks. Check them out below, and get ready to whip up goodies your family will love.

Christmas Cookie

Dough Must-Do’s
• Chill cookie dough before rolling. This will give you an opportunity to wrap a gift, or watch a holiday favorite with your little ones (we recommend A Muppet Christmas Carol).
• Roll smaller rather than larger pieces of dough; keep unrolled dough chilled until you’re ready to work with it. In addition to better baking, this will also help you keep your mess contained and make clean up simpler.
• Bake and cool three or four test cookies before baking the whole batch. If you have made a mistake (like not adding enough butter or sugar), test cookies will let you know and can save you from throwing out a lot of cookies.

Christmas Cookie

Rolling Tips
• Roll out your dough and cut cookies directly onto a sheet of parchment to fit your cookie sheet. This is a great idea if you’ve got little ones helping – it can be hard to delicately move a piece of cut cookie dough onto a cookie sheet, so take it out of the equation and cut right onto the sheet.
• Leave enough space between cut shapes for the cookies to spread when baked. Spoken from experience. We’ve had Christmas trees turn into giant blobs. Much less festive than intended.
• The bigger the cutter, the simpler your cookie will be to decorate. Again, if you’re baking with little ones, this is a must-do. Plus, you end up with a bigger cookie to eat! We hope you and yours have a wonderful and delicious holiday season!

For more home tips, be sure to visit your nearest Marketplace Events home show. We can’t wait to see you there!

Festive Style: A Guide to Wreaths

Dec 01, 2019
Whatever the holiday or season you’re celebrating, wreaths are a great way to add some festive flair to your space – inside and out. Deck your front door, back door, tables and more. With winter upon us, now is the perfect time to find a wreath (or two) to brighten up your home. Check out some of our favorite styles below and get ready to be inspired.

Traditional
Oranges, cinnamon, cranberries, and cloves – this is a wreath that would make Charles Dickens proud. Hung on your door, we’re sure you’ll have a few spirits come to show you the true meaning of Christmas.

Traditional Wreath

Boxwood Beauty
This bowed boxwood is a more modern creation. Ideal for warmer climates, its simple style will add some festive fun to your porch without going overboard.

Boxwood Beauty

Frosty
Dreaming of a white Christmas? Put this angelic creation on your mantel. Sparkling silver and knotted wood make this wreath the perfect fit for your space all winter long.

Frosty

Natural
Love going for long winter walks in the woods? This is the wreath for you. Fir branches, large pinecones, and stunning red ribbon highlight the natural beauty winter brings.

Natural

Ornamental
Another indoor wreath, this purple piece uses ornaments as well as natural elements for its festive style. Try using it as a centerpiece for one of your holiday get-togethers.

Ornamental


We hope these wreaths help inspire your holiday décor. For more festive ideas and great tips year-round, follow @HomeShows on Twitter and Instagram and Like Us on Facebook.

Sponsor Spotlight: Dollar Bank

Nov 27, 2019

The Great Big Home + Garden Show returns to the I-X Center January 31-February 9, 2020. We're excited to announce that Dollar Bank is a sponsor of this year's show. Before you visit this full-service regional bank serving both individuals and business customers, please enjoy our brief interview below and discover what Dollar Bank has planned for our 2020 event.

 

Dollar Bank

 

What can we look forward to from you at The Great Big Home + Garden Show?

"Dollar Bank offers a variety of loan options with flexible terms and great low rates. Our Loan Experts are onsite at The Great Big Home + Garden Show to create personally tailored financial solutions to bring your home and garden projects to life. Our experts are non-commissioned and will focus solely on providing the right loan for you, including:

- Home Equity Loans or Lines of Credit
- Home Improvement Loans
- Fixed or Adjustable Rate Mortgages
- Unsecured Loans

For more information, stop by our booth at the show (498e), visit any office or dollar.bank/loans or call 1-800-242-BANK (2265)."

The Great Big Home + Garden Show is a must-attend event for any Cleveland homeowner. Connect with hundreds of home improvement and home service professionals, like Dollar Bank, and find everything you need to transform your space. Get your tickets today and start planning your visit. We can't wait to see you at the show!

Exhibitor Spotlight: Kat Reno / Maximum Impact Plus

Nov 22, 2019

We're excited to welcome Kat Reno / Maximum Impact Plus to the 2020 Winnipeg Renovation Show. Before you visit this vendor at the RBC Convention Centre January 10-12, 2020, please enjoy our brief interview with representative Angie Kendel below.

 

Kat Reno

 

Please describe your products and services.

"General Residential Contractor providing complete design & residential renovations including kitchens, bathrooms, basements, sunrooms, decks, electric fireplaces & masonry, windows and doors, and more."

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

"Plan your projects in advance with as much detail as possible."

Kat Reno

What are your featured items this season?

"Kitchens and bathrooms and fireplaces."

What are your home and garden pet peeves?

"Homeowners who do not do their due diligence and end up having bad experiences."

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

"Each project is unique and we strive to achieve each clients' vision for their new space."

What's your favourite part about participating in the Winnipeg Renovation Show?

"Meeting new people and sharing our expertise!"

Don't miss your chance to connect with hundreds of home improvement experts, like Kat Reno / Maximum Impact Plus. Get your Winnipeg Renovation Show ticket today!