Hip (Hop) Easter Eggs: 7 Stylish Creations to Try

Apr 17, 2019
Easter is this weekend - are you ready? One of the best parts of this spring holiday (besides all the chocolate, of course!) is making Easter eggs. As fun to decorate as they are to hide and seek, Easter eggs are a fabulous tradition enjoyed by folks of all ages.

To help add some style to all your simple dip dyed eggs, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Easter eggs from a few of the best bloggers out there. Try your hand at these clever creations and spice up your Easter basket.

Groovy Galaxies - These Easter eggs are out of this world! As Allison from Dream A Little Bigger explains, all you need is dyeable eggs, paint, brushes and cups to create these celestial beauties. Get the full tutorial here.

Galaxy Easter Egg from Dream A Little Bigger

Cute Cacti - These sweet creations from Delia Creates have us prickled pink! Green dye, terracotta pots, a fine tip marker and some pink tissue paper come together in an Easter egg that can definitely handle the heat. Get the full tutorial here.

Cactus Egg from Delia Creates

Intricate Indigo - We’re big fans of these marble eggs. The team behind Alice & Lois made them using nail polish, nail polish remover, and water – genius! Get the full tutorial here.

Indigo Egg from Alice & Lois

Brilliant Babouchkas - Anyone with eastern European ancestry or an appreciation for eastern European culture will flip over these unique eggs (we did!). Arguably the most adorable on our list, Amaryllis from OhOh Blog has some serious painting skills, so take your time putting these together. Get the full tutorial here.

Babouchka Eggs from OhOh Blog

Terrific Typography - These gorgeous glam eggs will pop in any space and are the perfect platform for all of your Easter puns. Lovely Indeed used printed letters, but if you’ve got a steady hand we’re sure you could paint ‘em on too. Get the full tutorial here.

Typography Eggs from Lovely Indeed

Sweet Silver & Speckled - A great addition to any Easter tablescape, these marvellously minimalist eggs are simple to create. Erica from Fashion Lush used a toothbrush, some paint and vinegar to create the speckled look (can you believe it?). And the silver eggs are just spray painted. Get the full tutorial here.

Speckled Eggs from Fashion Lush

Cool Cones - Paint a cute little face on an egg and we’re pretty much sold, but turn that egg into an ice cream cone first? Oh man! We are loving these sweet soft serve creations from Karas Party Ideas. Get the full tutorial here.

Ice Cream Eggs from Karas Party Ideas

We hope you enjoyed these egg-cellent Easter eggs and that you and yours have a wonderful holiday weekend. Tackle any of these ideas? Be sure to share them with us (@HomeShows) on Twitter and Instagram. We love seeing your creations!

Gardening for Beginners: 3 Tips to Get Started

Apr 09, 2019
With warmer weather on the way, now is the perfect time to start thinking about your garden. Not much of a green thumb? No problem! We’ve got three simple tips to help get you started. Are you ready to watch your garden grow? Read on.

Garden Supplies

1. It’s All in the Mix
When picking up bulbs from your local garden center or nursery be sure to select a good mix of annuals and perennials. Fill your plots with bright pops of color that will fade with the end of the season and flowers that will bloom again next year.

2. Maintain
While you may not have the interest or free time to dedicate hours every day to your garden, do make regular gardening part of your schedule. Maintenance is key to a successful garden.

3. Patience is a Virtue
It’s important to remember, especially if this is your first foray into gardening, that these things take time. Gardens do not sprout overnight. It could be weeks before you see your first bloom, but the wait is worth it. Be patient and watch your garden come to life.


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The Great(er) Outdoors

Apr 04, 2019

Spring has definitely sprung inside the Fairgrounds Raleigh Home Show, especially at the Outdoor Living Oasis throughout the Jim Graham Building. Show guests will want to visit  for new ideas and inspiration to spruce up your curb appeal, presented by local landscape designers including Standard Construction & Landscaping, RB Landscaping, Majestic Outdoors, and COVIS Raleigh.

Whether you’re looking for a major curb appeal upgrade or small improvement to make outdoor space even greater, here are some easy (and budget friendly) tips from special guest John Gidding from back in his Curb Appeal days:

House Number: Those little gold stickers have to go. There are many great examples of house numbers out there - make the $100 investment in some new numbers and you'll never regret it. Try to keep the numbers in the style of the house, or with a metal finish that is used elsewhere on the house. Black, nickel, stainless - just have it match elsewhere like with the lighting and door hardware. 

Front Door: Almost every front door I've come across needs some work, and the effect of a beautiful front door is very powerful for curb appeal. Paint is always a great option, especially if you already have a painted door. Use bright jewel or berry tones that complement and contrast with the various colors of your house, and pick a glossy finish and new hardware to give the final sheen. The threshold is also important - if it's seen better days, replace it with a new one in wood or steel.

Welcome Mat: They are affordable and come in a variety of colors, shapes, motifs. There's no reason to hold onto the same muddy mat year after year.

Pedestrian Path: It's important to have a pedestrian-friendly path that doesn't involve the driveway. Even though many homeowners drive out of and back to their house, rarely needing a path to get to the sidewalk, it's important to create path to the front door that's just for someone that might walk up. It is also a great way of calling attention to the front door or porch area which, if it's a successful renovation, will have many eye-catching details to show off.

Mulch Matters: Don't forget to mulch and re-mulch for immediate effect. Once your planting beds have been created and filled in, spend an afternoon with a few bags of mulch and some gloves. There are many types of mulch out there from chipped bark to crumbled car tires - use it as a graphic element that contrasts with the greenery. 

APRIL 5-7, 2019

The Perfect Guide to Visiting the Winnipeg Home + Garden Show

Apr 04, 2019

Excited to start those spring home projects? It’s time to begin on some home and design updates–whether you haven’t made any changes, or you’ve already made big moves–it’s time for some inspo! Springtime is the perfect season to make new changes and celebrate the sun that’s on its way! This year’s Winnipeg Home + Garden Show is perfect for sparking creativity and giving you the motivation you need to take on home projects. Whether it’s decisions about paint colours or functionality of furniture, your home is all about you. Find out what you like and what works for you and your vision, with the help of over 280 trusted brands.

Opening today at the RBC Convention Centre, the Show is happening all weekend from April 4-7, 2019.

With so many booths and features to check out at the Show, you don’t want to miss a thing. This Perfect Show Guide will give you all of the details and tips so you can absorb as much as you can during your visit. Get ready to dive into all things design and grab expert advice so you can get started on your projects with inspiration and knowledge! 

Before you go:

Before you head down to the RBC Convention Centre, be sure to have your Winnipeg Home + Garden Show tickets in hand. Save yourself some time and money when you buy your tickets online and save $2!

Now that you have your tickets, it’s time to head to the Show at the RBC Convention Centre, located at 375 York Avenue, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. If you’re planning to drive, parking is available at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg Parkade or you can park at any of the nearby outdoor and indoor lots, as well as on metered spots on the adjacent streets. For more details about parking, rates and directions, check out the RBC Convention Centre parking information page. 

First things first: 

You’ve made it! Now that you’re here, it’s time to soak up all that the Show has to offer, including special Show features, presentations and must-see stops! An absolute favourite is the Blue Moon Furniture Main Stage, where home and garden experts can be found chatting about all things design, gardening and home renovations. 

Presentations at the Show this year include Kortney and Dave Wilson from HGTV Canada’s Masters of Flip, speaking to all things about home value. Other headliners include Carson Arthur from Home to Win, with advice on designing and creating the perfect landscape for your home. Stop by to see creative designer Amanda (Forrest) Aerin as she inspires and guides you in the right design direction. Other presentation topics from experts cover food gardening tips, how to get a good sleep and so much more about design and home renovations. 

Insider tip: Be sure to stick around after each presentation for your chance to take a picture and chat with the celebrities at their selfie sessions directly after their presentations.

When: April 4-7, check out the Blue Moon Furniture Main Stage schedule available here.  

Kortney & Dave Wilson, HGTV Canada's Masters of Flip
Friday, April 5th at 6PM 
Saturday, April 6th at 12:30PM

Carson Arthur, HGTV Canada's Home to Win
Thursday, April 4th at 6PM 
Friday, April 5th at 3PM
Saturday, April 6th at 11:30AM

Amanda (Forrest) Aerin 
Thursday, April 4th at 7PM
Friday, April 5th at 5PM
Saturday, April 6th at 2PM

Where: The Blue Moon Furniture Main Stage, presented by the Winnipeg Free Press

Talk to the experts:

Now that you’ve watched some presenters on the Blue Moon Furniture Main Stage and you’ve made your way around some of the popular booths, visit The Design Studio presented by Style Manitoba, sponsored by Cloverdale Paint and designed by Adorn Interior Decorator Service with furniture provided by Blue Moon Furniture. If you need help picking out the perfect colour or designing a small space with new furniture, The Design Studio has you covered! Visit local decorators and experts for a 15 minute free consultation to discuss all the design or home related idea/questions you have. They’ll be sure to guide you in the right direction and provide you with personal, valuable insight you can’t find anywhere else. 

If you already have your design vision and need help on the renovation side, chat with the pros at Ask a Renovator presented by the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association and Home Décor and Renovations Magazine. You can book a free consultation and ensure your questions get answered before you start tearing your house down.

Where: The Design Studio (Booth 1474) and Ask a Renovator (Booth 543)

DIY Inspirations: Bedroom and Living Space, sponsored by Rust-Oleum Canada:

Need to revitalize your home this spring? Be sure to have DIY Inspirations, designed by Winnipeg’s own J & J Dwellings on your must-see list! Get inspired and motivated to create your very own DIY projects to add some fresh personality to your bedroom or living space. They have revamped this bedroom and living space with easy DIY projects to inspire you; it’s the perfect stepping stone to designing personal and unique home décor.

Home Away From Home, Landscaped by Galay Landscaping. Patio furniture provided by LCL Spas, Storage Solutions provided by Garage Masters

Did someone say new Show feature? Want to create your very own home away from home, but don’t have enough inspiration? Visit Home Away from Home, a fully decorated and outfitted cabin and shed that will provide inspiration for your dream cottage space. This wonderful feature is presented by Premier Portable Buildings, and is a great stop at the Show to dream up your personal escape!

Where: Home Away From Home (Hall C)

Pop-up Market

After spending the day absorbing all of the home and garden information your brain can handle, it’s time for something new. The Pop-up Market is where you can do some one-of-a-kind retail shopping that will be sure to spark some joy! Who doesn’t love local and chic options, while brainstorming the design of your new space? Pick out some accessories for yourself this spring and treat yourself.  

Where: Pop-up Market (Hall C)

Eat, Drink & Relax in Pure Style

After hours of designing, planning and imagining your dream home, it’s time to take some time to fuel yourself. Head to The Lounge and grab a glass of wine (or two) and sit back and relax; it is the weekend after all! The Lounge is designed by Premier and it’s the perfect place for some much needed time to reflect on everything you’ve learned from the various presenters, booths and experts at the Show.

Where: The Lounge

Share your special moments

Did you have a favourite booth, presentation or expert? Once you’ve seen it all, be sure to share the moments you loved most from the Show on social media using #WHGS19 so we can see your favourites! Follow along with @wpghomeshows and #WHGS19 on Twitter and Instagram for everything happening this Show.

Get ready to have an exciting and eventful weekend at this year’s Winnipeg Home + Garden Show! Visit the Help Desk at Booth #716 where you can find out more information about the Show and plan out your visit. Leave the Show feeling ready to tackle your spring home projects with knowledge, advice and inspiration from this fun weekend! Purchase your tickets online for the Winnipeg Home + Garden Show and save $2! 


Upcycle & DIY

Apr 03, 2019

The Fairgrounds Ideal Home SHow is again teaming up with the Triangle's most talented furniture artists for the Habitat for Humanity Furniture Flip Auction. This feature showcases pre-loved furniture pieces that have been upcycled into swoon-worthy décor fit for a second chance at love.Guests can bid on these one-of-a-kind upcycled pieces, with all proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. Look for this Pinterest-worthy furniture gallery in the Jim Graham Building.

If you’re inspired to try your hand at flipping a piece of furniture you found at a ReStore, thrift store or garage sale, check out these tips from ReStore:

Checklist for selecting furniture for a DIY upcycle project

● Is the furniture piece solid?

● Does it need any reinforcement?

● Is it the right size for the area you have available in your home?

● Does the piece feature dovetail joints, which are generally the strongest wood joints?

● What are the estimated costs of improvements?

● Is your skill level up to the task?


Now that we’ve factored in what to look for in a furniture find, here’s what to do after you get it home.

Steps for completing your next DIY furniture makeover

● Head back to Pinterest to get redesign ideas specific to the piece you’ve chosen.

● Bring out the drill, saw, nails, staple gun – whatever’s in your arsenal.

● Strip down the piece, removing trim or features you don’t want.

● Build up the features you do want: add a shelf, permanently remove doors, swap out legs – anything that fits your new vision for the piece.

● Reinforce any features that need regluing or tacking.

● Sand and prime, if necessary.

● Consider upgrading the hardware. This little effort can provide a lot of return.

● Paint.

● If you are using chalk paint (like in our example below) or want to give surfaces extra protection, finish with a water-based polyurethane.

For more information on the Southern Ideal Home Show check out our website. Don't have your tickets yet? Buy online and SAVE $2!

APRIL 5-7, 2019


4 Simple Chores to Get Your Home Ready for Spring

Apr 02, 2019
Spring is here and you know what they say: April showers bring May flowers. Are you ready for this rainy season? Just as grey skies and weather warnings have us bringing out our rain boots and jackets, it’s important to ensure that your home is protected in the event of a storm. To spare you some headaches and a few costly repair bills, we’ve outlined our top four home maintenance items to tackle this (and every) spring.


Gutters collect rain and help move it off of and away from your home. Uncovered gutters will fill with debris (leaves, sticks, rocks, trash, etc.) over time and should be cleaned out regularly. Unkempt gutters are unable to adequately move water away from your home; instead it will pool in the gutters and overflow onto your roof - which can cause serious damage. Cleaning out your gutters twice a year (in the fall and the spring) can help save you from major repairs.



It’s a good idea to assess your roof after the snow has melted. The several inches of white stuff that’s been on your roof for two or three months can hide damage. Once it’s gone grab a ladder (and a pal; don’t do this on your own!) and see what shape your shingles, flashings and chimney are in. You want to make sure that everything is attached properly and in good condition. Winter weather hits roofs very hard, so it’s important to ensure yours has fared well when things start to warm up or else you could be at risk for water damage when your first major rain storm hits.



While you may look at your lawn and yard in terms of gardening and landscaping regularly, how often have you thought about your grading? The slope of your outdoor space can have a big impact on the state of your indoor space. If your yard slopes away from your home, there’s nothing to worry about. However, if your yard slopes toward your home, you might be in trouble. Rain, like everything else, has to follow the laws of gravity. If your home is at the bottom of a downward sloping lawn, water will follow that slope, pooling around the base of your home and seeping into your foundation. This can cause all sorts of damage. Setting up your lawn so that it is flat or sloping away from your home is a must-do.


Here’s hoping you sealed all your cracks before the winter, but if you weren’t able to take care of this chore a few months ago, it’s still valuable to do it now. Go through your home and caulk all the cracks in the walls and around windows and doors you see. These holes allow air to seep out and pests to get in. Sealing minor cracks will help make your home more energy efficient and deter unwanted bugs and rodents from making their nests in your space.


Taking care of these chores will help make your space more comfortable this spring and summer, and these little home improvement projects can prepare for your next big renovation or remodel. Not feeling confident enough to tackle these chores on your own? Connect with a local pro in your area and see how they can help with your space. Referral based websites like Angie’s List and HomeStars can put you in touch with the right company. Looking for more advice, ideas, and inspiration for your home? Follow @HomeShows on Twitter and Instagram, and like Home and Garden Events on Facebook.

5 Things to See & Do at the Show

Mar 29, 2019

Spring has officially sprung, and the Fairgrounds Southern Ideal Home Show is back and abloom with ideas, inspiration and advice on home improvement, garden, interior design, outdoor living projects and so much more. The three-day show is so packed with features, so to help visitors plan their itinerary, here are the top 5, must see, can’t miss activities (aside from the obvious - see TLC’s John Gidding): 

1. Shop Smarter—and Save Bigger 
WRAL’s money-saving expert and author of The Smart Spending Guide Faye Prosser leads a workshop that will show you how easy it is to save on groceries and other everyday expenses. You’ll learn tips and tricks that will change the way you shop and teach you to live more comfortably within your means. Don’t miss “How to Cut Your Grocery Bills in Half” on the Fresh Ideas Stage Friday, April 5 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; Saturday, April 6 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; and Sunday, April 7 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

2. Make It, Take It Workshops
If you’ve ever watched a DIY show and tried to re-create a project at home but only wound up with a #fail, we’ve got just the thing. Our Make It, Take It workshop experts will lead you step by step through a DIY project from start to finish. The workshops take place daily in a custom craft room built right on the show floor by Affordable Closets. There is no additional cost to participate in the workshops. Space is limited, however, and workshops are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Classes and experts will be posted online at in the Make It, Take It Workshop section.

3. Celebrating Local Heroes
The Fairgrounds Southern Ideal Home Show celebrates Hero Day on Friday, April 5 with complimentary admission for all EMTs, firefighters, police, medical personnel, and active duty and retired military personnel. SImply show your valid ID at the box office for a free ticket. Offer valid Friday, April 5 only.vOn Sunday, April 7, the show honors another group of heroes—teachers. To thank educators for their hard work and dedication, the Show offers complimentary admission on Teachers Day. 

4. The Great Outdoors.
A home is much more than simply the building one lives in. More and more people are incorporating the outdoors into their living spaces from landscaping to outdoor kitchens to water features. Local landscape architects Standard Construction & Landscaping, RB Landscaping, and aquascape designers Just Pondering have joined forces to create Outdoor Living Spaces, a unique and inspiring area specifically for the show.

5. Habitat for Humanity for Furniture Flip Auction.
The “upcycle” movement shows no signs of slowing down -- consumers are hungry to breathe new life and purpose into old furniture pieces. The show is teaming up with Habitat for Humanity of Wake County ReStores for the Habitat for Humanity Furniture Flip Auction. Raleigh’s favorite bloggers and designers will come together to show guests how creative they can be at turning something old into something new.  These pre-loved pieces will be upcycled into a swoon-worthy décor item fit for a second chance at love. Don't miss your chance to take home these one-of-a-kind pieces (and get ideas and inspiration from checking out all the pieces) at the silent auction (located in the Jim Graham Building). 

For more information on the Southern Ideal Home Show check out our website. Don't have your tickets yet? Buy online and SAVE $2!

APRIL 5-7, 2019

Get to Know John Gidding

Mar 28, 2019

When TLC’s Trading Spaces returned with it’s 2018 reboot, fans of popular show tuned in to see their favorite original designers -- and to meet a couple fresh faces, including John Gidding.  One of the show’s new designers is already familiar to fans of HGTV - as host and designer on Curb Appeal and Curb Appeal: The Block, John guided many homeowners on how to boost their house’s value and transform it into a neighborhood gem. 

The new season drops on March 16, so before it airs (and before he appears in Raleigh April 5-7 at the Southern Ideal Home Show) let’s get to know a little more about the architect and designer. 

Born in Istanbul, Turkey to a Greek mother and an American father, John majored in Architecture at Yale and received his masters in Architecture from Harvard's Graduate School of Design. He embarked upon a career as a designer on television, with shows on HGTV, ABC, FOX, Logo and currently on TLC's Trading Spaces.

Before he touches down in the Triangle to share his design wisdom with show guests, we got him to give us some advance scoop:

Q. What’s an easy DIY project homeowners can tackle to improve their space?
A. Make your own welcome mat - great project with kids. Spray paints come in pretty pastels and stencils you can download or cut yourself.. Another one is IF you have access to bunches of branches, use you spray paints to make them all uniform in color and use those large old vases in storage. 

Q. What was the last picture you took with your phone?
A. It's of a sketch of some front stairs I'm building for a client.  This was to send to the contractor who was asking for dimensions of some of the details.

Q. If you had to move to another country, which would you pick and why?
A. Japan - they've been precise for centuries.  Their aesthetic influence is everywhere good, plus there's the whole matter of the food.

Q. What’s a must-have at any party you’re throwing?
A. A piano.

Q. What project have you been most proud to work on?
A. Union Square Park, New York City.  I was working at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and they tasked me with laying out the paving pattern for the northern half of Union Square.  I still can't believe it when I'm there walking over my CAD work in the heart of the city.  Feels like a thumbprint. 

Q. Where do you go online to find inspiration?
A. I follow some brilliant artists and creators on Instagram - it’s such a rich environment. 

Q. What’s one thing you wish every homeowner knew?
A. You don't need trendy decorative objects, you need art on your walls and dimmers in every room. 

Q. What are your best small space living hacks?
A. Go for cozy over minimal / use the walls for decoration and storage / task-lighting in multiple locations breaks a room up nicely.

Q. What’s your best organization hack?
A. Wall of Bookshelves wherever I go.  It's the first thing I install if it's not in any new home - ends up storing everything from books to clothes to art.

Q. Which HGTV / DIY Network star would you most like to work with and why?
A. Genevieve Gorder because she's my best friend and gives freely of herself, plus there's the whole matter of her cooking.

For more information on John’s appearance or on the Southern Ideal Home Show check out our website. Don't have your tickets yet? Buy online and SAVE $2!

APRIL 5-7, 2019

Take Your Home into Your Own Hands with J & J Dwellings

Mar 26, 2019

Looking to take on some home improvement projects on your own? You might find our new Winnipeg Home + Garden Show feature this year, DIY Inspirations, the perfect spot to start your design and décor crusade! Decorators Jennifer Knight and Julie Janzen of J & J Dwellings have revamped a bedroom and living space entirely with creative and approachable DIY projects that anybody can take on!

Springtime is the perfect season for reorganizing and redecorating. While decluttering the closet and going through your clothes with the guidance of Marie Kondo, you might realize it’s time to get creative. A new season means a new look, a new style and some new decor. Freshen up the look of your room with creative DIY projects that not only create memories, but also spark joy!

Jennifer and Julie of J & J Dwellings are the owners of a creative design company that offers the service of staging your house in order to showcase the true potential of your home space. They provide custom design stages for each and every home to match each home’s own personality and custom look. This is their first time at the Winnipeg Home + Garden Show and they are thrilled to bring their unique style and inspiration to home lovers this spring.

Their goal with DIY Inspirations feature at the Show is to share how fun and easy at-home projects can be! It’s all about creating a piece that’s new and unique, something that can’t be bought in a store. The feature invites the idea that decorating is approachable, affordable and that DIY projects are the perfect way to ease yourself into creating a space that speaks to you.

Learn how to easily turn outdated pieces of furniture into something current that you love, using paints from Rust-Oleum Canada and of course, your creativity. Get inspired to tackle DIY décor without fear and without having to drop big bucks, all at DIY Inspirations (Booth #1453) at the Winnipeg Home + Garden Show. Grab your tickets online and save $2!

APRIL 4 - 7, 2019


Spring Cleaning: Home Maintenance Musts

Mar 25, 2019
With winter weather behind us and spring temperatures consistent and warm, it’s important to make sure your home is ready for the change in seasons. As you organize your closet, putting away sweaters and bringing out shorts, consider adding the following items to your spring cleaning list. These five simple chores are often overlooked, but can have a big impact on your home. Check ‘em out below and get your space ready for summer.


1. Gutters and Downspouts – Everyone may be familiar with the adage April showers bring May flowers, but we can see a lot of rain throughout the spring and summer. Make sure your gutters are clear of debris so they can handle precipitation. Remove leaves, sticks, and rubbish to allow water to pass through them. Blocked gutters can cause water to overflow and damage your roof. Additionally, make sure your downspouts extend well away from your home so the water your gutters are collecting doesn’t seep into your foundation.

2. Roof - Now that the snow has melted off your roof, grab a ladder (and a friend!) or a pair of binoculars and see what shape it’s in. Are your shingles in good condition? Pay close attention to the area around your chimney, as winter’s freeze/thaw cycle can be especially hard on your flashings.

3. Foundation – In addition to extending your downspout, inspect the area around your home. Is the ground sloping toward or away from your property? Are your window wells collecting water? Doing everything you can to keep water from pooling around your home will help to keep your basement dry.

Pro Tip – Walk around your home right after a heavy rainfall to see where water is pooling to fully assess your space.

4. Windows and Doors – Make sure your windows and doors are properly sealed to help with heat management and pest control. Simple caulking and crack repair can help ensure you don’t end up cooling the neighborhood this summer and can keep critters and bugs out.


5. Smoke Detectors – You should test and change our smoke detector batteries approximately every six months. The change in seasons is a great reminder to tackle this vital task. You can also practice your evacuation techniques and go over other safety procedures.

Adding these maintenance items to your spring cleaning list will help keep your family and property comfortable this season. Think something is missing from our list? Share your maintenance musts with us on Twitter and Facebook. We’re always on the lookout for new tips!

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10 Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home Without Breaking the Bank

Mar 24, 2019

Tis the season for home projects. Spring is here (well…almost) and our friends at NeighborBuild are excited and ready to share their knowledge and advice on how you can increase the value of your home within a set budget. There are many things you can do to increase your home’s worth without engaging in a full-scale renovation. A home’s value is determined by how well it is maintained, by how modern it is, but also by how it feels. A well-loved home can prove just as valuable as a brand-new house – it’s just a matter of how well that home has been taken care of. Here are 10 tips for increasing the value of your home, without breaking the bank:

Plan Your Upgrades
Like with any project, a little planning goes a long way. Upgrades that are made intentionally and not on impulse will end up looking better and costing less. Start slowly. Make a list of rooms that need attention, and then prioritize what projects are nice-to-haves versus must-haves. When you have a categorized list, choose one project to start with and only start on your next project when the first one is finished. This will prevent you from ending up with several “half-finished” renovations and feeling overwhelmed. When you start with a strategy, not only will things get done, but they will get done well and ultimately add value to your home.

Update your Kitchen
The number one renovation to tackle to add value to your home is the kitchen. Any real estate expert will tell you that kitchens are key to selling a home. What this means is even small upgrades in your kitchen can go a long way. A remodel can be as simple as painting your kitchen cabinets and replacing old fixtures. A lot of wear and tear happens in the kitchen, so anything you can do to minimize these effects is a big plus for the value of your home. Invest in stainless steel appliance, add a rolling island, paint your cabinets and hang a fancy pot rack, and your kitchen’s value will increase three times what you paid to refresh it.

Check for Curb Appeal
First impressions are important and can set the stage for a successful sale. If your home appears welcoming and structurally sound from the outside, it’s value will reflect that. Walk across the street and check out your house. Ask yourself: does my home have curb appeal? If there is anything detracting from the initial impression of your home such as flaking paint, or a cracked walkway, make sure you add those projects to your list. Keep your lawn and garden tidy and encourage your neighbours to do the same. It’s these little touches that tell a potential buyer this home has been well cared for.

Refresh your Bathroom
A bathroom is almost as important as a kitchen in the eye of the home-buyer. This is another room that experiences a lot of wear and tear, so it’s important to stay on top of keeping it clean and modern. There are some simple ways you can refresh your bathroom without engaging in a full-on renovation. You can replace old light fixtures, install attractive window coverings, and restore tile with a special cleaner.

Keep it Clean
This is perhaps the simplest but most important part to maintaining the value of your home. A house can never be too clean, and if you keep up with cleaning, you will experience less maintenance issues later down the road. For example, things like mold in windows can build up over time and become harder to clean. If you stay on top of simple maintenance, then you will be saving time and money in the long run. It’s also healthier for you and your family. Air quality will be better, and you’ll be able to spot potential problems before they become expensive ones.

Small Upgrades that Pay
Things like décor can add value to your home just as surely as big-ticket renovations. Little touches like a custom kitchen nook, replacing old faucets and window treatments are the type of things that set a home apart for a buyer. It is often the little things that can have the biggest impact, so pay attention to detail. Do a couple little things every month, like replace yellowing electrical outlets, and in the long run these things will add up to real value for your home.

Get an Inspection
You take your car in for regular check-ups, so why shouldn’t you do the same for your home? Even if you aren’t planning on selling any time soon, an inspection can be a valuable thing. An inspection can reveal issues that would’ve snow-balled if gone unchecked. You can also keep inspection records on hand for the day you do decide to sell. Being able to prove you have maintained your home is a definite value add for potential buyers. This way you can also take care of anything critical before you tackle more superficial projects… Instead of spending a bunch of money, and then finding out you need to redo your plumbing!

Add a Layer of Paint
This is something anyone can do, and it doesn’t cost much. Re-painting a room is one of the simplest and most effective home improvement projects of all. A freshly painted room is instantly rejuvenated, and that is valuable for your home. Neutrals are always the safest best, and appeal to the highest number of people. A neutral color like a beige or light gray can also lend the illusion of additional space, just like darker colours can feel imposing. A fresh layer of paint is an easy value add that will instantly make your home feel cleaner, fresher and more modern.

Increase Energy Efficiency
An energy efficient home is more valuable both to you right now, and to a potential buyer down the road. By making changes to cut your energy costs, you will be putting money back into your own pocket that you can then use to make other upgrades. Many local utility companies will provide a free energy audit if asked, and they will be able to show you where you can cut on your energy costs. Investing in low-energy appliances, installing energy efficient lighting like LED bulbs, and remembering to turn off the heat or AC while you are away from home, are all easy ways to quickly cut on energy costs.

Water Filtration SystemsInstalling a water filtration system in your kitchen is a quick way to cut on costs while also adding value to your home. It’s these kinds of features that catch the interest of potential homebuyers, and in the meantime, makes a practical addition to your home. No more bottled water, or space-eating water filtration jugs. You’ll be able to drink purified water straight from the tap whenever you like.

MARCH 21-24, 2019

Learn About Sogetsu

Mar 24, 2019

Plenty of folks have Marie Kondo on the brain these days. If you’ve gone through your home testing whether objects bring you joy, definitely head to Denver Home Show’s Annual Sogetsu Colorado Ikebana Show -- you’re sure to find it here. 

Sogetsu, one of the largest schools of ikebana (the fine art of Japanese floral arranging) and based in Denver, will display their incredible and unique flower arrangements at the show. These Marie Kondo-like masters of flower arranging create (and teach how to create!) simple, sculptural floral masterpieces that inspire not only joy, but peace and calm too.

Throw in a few special performances by Denver Taiko Drum, and you’ve got it all.

Friday, March 22

12 p.m.            Ikebana Demonstration

2 p.m.              Ikebana Demonstration

4 p.m.              Ikebana Demonstration

Saturday, March 23

12 p.m.            Ikebana Demonstration

1:30 p.m.         Hands-on Workshop 1

2:30 p.m.         Hands-on Workshop 2

4:30 p.m.         Ikebana Demonstration

Sunday, March 24

12 p.m.            Ikebana Demonstration

1:30 p.m.         Denver Taiko

2:30 p.m.         Denver Taiko

3:30 p.m.         Ikebana Demonstration 

MARCH 22 - 24, 2019

Small Space + Sustainable Living Hall

Mar 22, 2019

Whether attendees are looking to conserve space or other resources, the all new Small Space & Sustainable Living Hall is sure to inspire.

Tiny homes alongside gypsy wagons and a container home inspire, making the most out of every square inch of space. Throw in some small patio inspiration, and Denver residents are set!

Energy alternatives and green building choices like turf (saves so much water!) and solar (saves so much on the energy bill!) will surely impress Denver Home Show guests on the hunt for sustainable living.

Don’t forget to stick around for our Tiny Home Talk panel discussion, too. Learn more about what is becoming a big movement in Colorado from some of the state's leading advocates in the tiny living movement. Dates and times below:

●      Friday, March 22 at 6 p.m.
●      Saturday, March 23 at 12 and 2 p.m.
●      Sunday, March 24 at 12 and 2 p.m.

Exhibitors include:

●      Tesla - Accelerating the world into sustainable energy
●      Simblissity Tiny Homes - Embracing a sustainable lifestyle through tiny living
●      RGS Energy - Bringing local focus backed by decades of knowledge and experience to solar power
●      Colorado Container Homes - Converting containers into offices, homes, studios, tack
rooms, concession stands, garages and more
●      Norwex - Improving quality of life by radically reducing chemicals in homes
●      Excel Energy’s Tiny House - Introducing energy efficient products you can install into your own home to save energy and money
●      Next 2 Natural Turf - Artificial turf means no more watering, mowing, or fertilizing
●      Einstyne Tiny Homes - Building the strongest, most airtight tiny house shell you can buy
●      Liqui-Dirt Organics - Increasing growth and nutrition for all plants with a fully digested elemental, all natural plant supplement
●      Mitchcraft Tiny Homes - Customizing tiny homes that are sustainable and livable

MARCH 22 - 24, 2019

Learn About the Backyard Wars

Mar 22, 2019

What's a sure sign that spring is around the corner? A little leisurely landscaping challenge, of course!

Don't miss all the action at this year’s Backyard Wars at the Denver Home Show. Local landscapers will use their design prowess and battle it out for the best backyard space.

Bragging rights and prizes are at stake for our backyard warriors, so stop by and cast your vote for your favorite design and enter for a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize.

Colorado companies competing this year are:

Living Earth Design
Living Earth Designs is a full-service landscape design/build firm dedicated to improving your quality of life through landscape.

TLC Land Care, Inc
TLC offers full-service landscaping from new construction to updating current landscape and everything in between.

Stone Falls Custom Masonry & Landscape
Stone Falls helps customers actualize their perfect landscapes treating each project as high art: beautiful, timeless, expressive.

MARCH 22 - 24, 2019

10 Things About Me - Brett Tutor on Eddie Vedder, Costa Rica & Guacamole

Mar 22, 2019

Viewers may know Brett Tutor as the handsome, charismatic carpenter on TLC’s hit series Trading Spaces, which returned last year and airs a new season in Spring 2019. The chiseled Renaissance man who People Magazine named one of the ‘Sexiest Men Alive’ has an incredibly diverse resume reflecting his seemingly endless talents.  He has worked as a stuntman, EMT and SWAT medic, house flipper, home inspector, white water rafting and rock-climbing guide, singer, songwriter and guitarist, as well as a security and survival specialist on season two of Discovery Channel’s hit show “Treasure Quest.”  Brett appears on March 29 and 30 at the show, but here are 10 things to know about him:


  1. The last picture I took with my phone was of a really funny coffee cup I found. I love Eddie Vedder the musician and on the cup it just read, “It doesn’t get Eddie Vedder than this.”
  2. f I had to move to another country it would be Costa Rica. I spend a lot of time there and between the culture, the nature and the surf it always feels like home.
  3. Something you would not guess about me is I spend a lot of time song writing.
  4. The biggest mistake I see home owners make when trying to renovate their own space is definitely under estimating the cost of materials, the time a reno takes with just two people and the fact that you usually don’t get everything right the first time.
  5. The 3 things I can’t live without are music, good friends and surfing.
  6. A must have at a party that I am throwing is definitely guacamole.
  7. The project I have been most proud to work on is doing over seas humanitarian builds, like one with the Peace Corps in Panama where I helped build a bathroom and a birthing house in the remote jungle.
  8. I find a lot of inspiration on Instagram.
  9. People should take a little time to research their contractor/ designer. Experience just means you have already made most of your mistakes, you don’t want to be one of those mistakes of a new contractor who is still learning on the job. Make sure there are insured and or bonded and take the time to call a reference or two.
  10. A décor item worth splurging on? Dining room table. So much of life is centered around it plus it is my favorite thing to build.


For more information on Brett’s appearance at the Greensboro Ideal Home Home Show, please visit  

Get to Know Jason Cameron

Mar 21, 2019

The Denver Home Show is excited to welcome TV personality Jason Cameron who will take the stage to bring sage advice from his three hit shows, Man Caves and Desperate Landscapes currently on the DIY Network and past show While You Were Out on TLC.

We had a chance to chat with Jason about everything from where he gets his inspiration to his top tips for DIY projects. Check it out!

Q. What’s an easy DIY project a homeowner can tackle to improve their space?
JASON: Paint! The easiest way to change or improve a room in your house is to paint it a new color. Paint is inexpensive and can drastically change the energy of any room. In addition, painting is fun & easy enough for everyone to enjoy as a DIY project!

Q. What’s the one thing you wish every homeowner knew?
JASON: One of the most important things for homeowners to know is the location of the main water shutoff Valve. Homeowners should also make it a habit to turn off the main water valve when going on vacation. The last thing you want is to have a major water leak when no one is home to stop it.

Q. Would you rather upgrade your closet, bathroom or kitchen?
JASON: This really depends on why you’re doing it. However, if your goal is to increase the resale value of your home, then the kitchen is the way to go! You get the best return on your investment with kitchen renovations. It is also the first room to be scrutinized by potential buyers.

Q. Which HGTV/DIY Network star would you most like to work with & why?JASON: I’ve had the opportunity over the years to work with many of my fellow HGTV/DIY Network Hosts and always enjoyed the experience. However, there is a group of guys I have not had the chance to work with but would welcome the opportunity. That group of guys I’m referring to are the guys from DIY Network’s Barnwood Builders. I’m a big fan of what they do & would enjoy working with them.

Q. Where do you go online to find inspiration?
JASON: Like a lot of people, including my wife, I tend to go to Pinterest for design inspiration. I also frequent Ted Talks, Design Sponge, Fierce Gentleman & Men’s Fitness.

Q. Fill in the blank: The three things you can’t live without are________.
JASON: My wife, my blender & my tool belt!

Get Jason’s expert advice on how to save your landscape after a long winter, spice-up your home for spring, and more presentations in the Small Space & Sustainable Living Hall on Friday, March 22 at 5p.m.; Saturday, March 23 at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.; and Sunday, March 24 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. We can’t wait to see you at the show!

MARCH 22 - 24, 2019

Organizing for a Stress Free & Successful Life

Mar 20, 2019

The warmer weather brings about a resurgence of energy. Longer days motivate us to get moving and make things happen. With Spring quickly approaching, so to comes the urge to organize, declutter and refresh. Here are some top tips to consider during your spring clean-up and how you can get organized for a stress-free and successful life!

Where to Start?Cleaning and organizing an entire house all at once can be a completely overwhelming and daunting mission. Instead, consider making a list of everything you want to accomplish this spring. Make sure your list is realistic. Don’t over promise and under deliver or you’ll feel like you failed. Set reasonable goals and target completion timelines for yourself. For example, your goal may be to try and complete four tasks from your list each week. You can pick your weekly jobs by deciding what you feel like doing at the time or, by tackling the items that are driving you the craziest. However you decide to attack your home organization objectives this season, nothing is more satisfying than seeing those to-do tasks slowly and steadily being checked off the list. 

You’re Not AloneJust because you’re leading the charge, doesn’t mean you have to go to war on your own.  Don’t be afraid to assign roles and involve the whole family. Organizing is a team effort and is a benefit to everyone in the household, even if they don’t see it that way. Go through your to-do list and find tasks you can delegate to your spouse and kids. Give them their own list of everyday jobs and weekly tasks that they are responsible for. Having their own jobs will teach your spouse and your kids to get and stay organized so you don’t have to continue to pick-up after them day after day.  

A Place for EverythingIn an effort to be more efficient and successful in your organizing goals, having a place for all your items is essential. Investing in containers and labelling them is an easy and cost-effective solution.  Containers come in many different sizes and shapes and can be used for organizing just about everything, from your food pantry, to your home office, to your kid’s closets.  Containers are easy to stack and store neatly away and out of sight but, can also be placed in accessible areas. Labelling makes it easy to find containers when needed.

If you have an overwhelming number of sheets of paper around your home, consider consolidating the information and storing it electronically. Having all your information on stacks of paper takes up unnecessary space and is difficult to keep tidy. Consider receiving your bills online as opposed to paper versions, a cleaner option for your home and the environment. 

Practice Makes PerfectGetting organized is one thing, staying organized is a whole other level of commitment. A great way to stay on the organization path is to commit to putting things away immediately after use. Allot certain hours of the day to be deemed de-cluttering and clean-up time.  It doesn’t need to be a huge chuck of time, 15-30 minutes per day should suffice and keep you on top of your clean up efforts.  Be aware of those hotspots for clutter. Usual suspects are the sink, dining table, cubicle, night stand, and bedroom drawers. Take note of these places and tidy them up daily.

Purge, Recycle, DonateIs your closet full of clothes you have not worn in years? Are your storage areas full of stuff that has not seen daylight since the 90’s? Is your basement full of kids toys and books from when they were toddlers and they’re about to graduate from high school?  If so, it’s time to purge, recycle and donate.  Chances are, you’re not going to use these items again. Donating to a charitable organization is a great way to feel good about giving away, your stuff will be going to someone who really needs it. You could also consider posting your items on Kijiji or similar sites, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure and you can make a little money on the side. Another great way to lighten the load is to try this tried and tested rule: for every new item purchased, a old or unused item most be disposed of. If you’re a complete pack rat, just throw out one old thing a day until you can’t find any more items to toss. Do that for a month and I guarantee you’ll have less clutter in your life.

You can find more inspiration at the Ottawa Home & Garden Show. Don't have your tickets yet? Buy online and SAVE $2!

MARCH 21-24, 2019

Your Modern "Canadian" Kitchen: Shaun O'Neale

Mar 19, 2019

Shaun O’Neale was a DJ before being crowned a winner of MasterChef season 7. After becoming champion and turning in the turntables, Shaun has become one of the world’s most renowned chefs and released his first cookbook My Modern American Table: Recipes for Inspired Home Cooks. Shaun will be firing up the Home + Garden Stage this year at #EHGS19 and we can’t wait to taste what he’s got. Here’s a sneak peak on what he’ll be serving up tip wise this year at the show. 

Shaun’s cookbook is known for its worldly inspiration from becoming home cook to chef. “There are truly thousands of inspirations in the pages of my cookbook, it is really an accumulation of the years I have spent in love with food. Some of the recipes are dishes that I have been making for years and some are heavily influenced by some of the chefs who have inspired me but all of them come from some time or experience I have had in my life.” When it comes to home cooks in their own kitchen, Shaun has some advice when it comes to playing with food, style and taste: “My best advice is to never be afraid of failure, not everything is going to work on the first try. Michelin Star chefs will work on a recipe for years before it goes on a menu which means hundreds if not thousands of hours spent perfecting the tiniest components.” His favourite style of dish to experiment with? “I really love to put new spins on classic Italian pasta dishes like my Squid Ink and Lobster Ravioli with Pernod and Lemon Air.”

So many homeowners are utilizing their kitchens more than ever. We love spending time in our homes entertaining and socializing. If you’re looking to up your kitchen game, Shaun suggests perfecting two “simple” dishes: “Two dishes I think everyone should know are a perfectly roasted chicken, and a perfectly cooked medium rare steak.” He also advises not to be afraid of heat! “The biggest difference in home cooking and professional kitchens are fires and plating. In professional kitchens we are not afraid of cooking over the highest heat possible because we have to get the plates out the door. I feel like a lot of home cooks are afraid to crank up the heat,” notices O’Neale. “As far as creating restaurant type dishes at home, I would say take the time to present the food in an artistic way, it is very true that we eat with our eyes first so if the food looks delicious it will taste that much better.” 

We can’t wait to taste what the MasterChef will be cooking up on the Home + Garden stage this year. Perhaps his favourites from his book? “ I really love the Bourbon Braised Short Rib Ravioli and the at home dry aged ribeye!” For more cooking tips from Shaun and other amazing local chefs, visit the Home + Garden Show March 21-24 at the Edmonton Expo Centre!  Don't have your tickets yet? Buy online and save $2.

MARCH 21-24, 2019

Carson Arthur: Vegetables, Checken & Bees

Mar 19, 2019

Carson Arthur’s extensive 15-year television career and his recognition as an international landscape designer has made him a go-to expert when it comes to your backyard. Making his career through outdoor development, Arthur is adamant about taking the time to invest in your property, especially outside. He’ll be a featured guest speaker at the 2019 Home + Garden Show at the Edmonton Expo Centre March 21-24. Before releasing his new book, Vegetables, Chicken, and Bees: An honest guide to growing food this spring, we chatted with him about the changing needs behind growing our own food. 

“I’ve wanted to write this book for several years, but it wasn’t until I bought a head of iceberg lettuce for $4.99 that I really committed to sharing my experiences,” says Carson. He continues, “Food prices will continue to rise indefinitely. Our changing climate will challenge growers and farmers on a global scale. As a result, we, as homeowners, need to start looking at our own spaces and learning how to best make use of what is around us.”  

What can seem like a very big challenge to some, Carson is adamant that anyone can grow their own food. “I have tried all of the different approaches; from local experts to on the internet, and several passed down through my family. Some of them work, others are better skipped, but for a new do you know what is going to work best for you? I really tried to hone in on this and give my advice for the new (and expert!) home gardener.”

The backyard is often considered an oasis during the warmer months. For Carson, it’s important to find balance between a garden and your dream backyard escape. “That is the key to creating a space outdoors that allows you to grow food, but also lets you escape at the end of a stressful week is finding the perfect balance between the two. Sometimes it’s as simple as a perfect bench under an apple tree, or even a stroll through a bee-friendly meadow. When we create harmony between our own demands and what nature needs from us, life just seems so much more complete.”

Carson’s love for food from the yard has definitely now become a lifestyle. Growing most of his food from his garden at home, it’s been the best experience so far. “Every single meal from my garden has been so rewarding. This morning, I had fresh eggs from my chicken paired with a spicy salsa from my tomatoes and peppers.” Is your mouth drooling yet?  

Carson will be on the Home + Garden Stage at the Home + Garden Show March 21-24, 2019 at the Edmonton Expo Centre. You can catch him chatting about his new book, and get even more green tips and tricks from the expert gardener himself on Thursday March 21 at 7pm and Friday March 22 at 4pm! Don't have your tickets yet? Buy online and save $2.

MARCH 21-24, 2019

To Prune or Not to Prune: What Plants to Trim

Mar 19, 2019

The snow is melting, and it won’t be long before it’s time to start planting your garden. But what about perennial plants that need to be cut back? When to prune can be confusing. A good starting point for pruning any plant is to remove dead, diseased, or damaged stems as soon as you see them. Dead stems attract insects and invite diseases to develop.

To help you take the guesswork out of pruning, here is a guide to educate you on when is the best time to prune the different species of plants in your garden.

Spring Flowering Shrubs and Trees
Early-spring bloomers, such as lilacs, forsythia and rhododendrons bear flowers on wood formed the previous year. The best time to prune them is late spring and early summer—immediately after they finish blooming. If you prune them later in the year, you'll remove flower buds and decrease the amount of blooms you’ll get the following spring.

Hedges Shrubs such as boxwood and privet are frequently used to form a hedge. To maintain a healthy, solid wall of green, shear the new growth frequently during the early part of the growing season. Pro tip? Keep the top narrower than the base so that the upper branches don't shade the lower ones. Stop shearing the hedge approximately six weeks before the first frost.

RosesRoses are a flower that often intimidate even seasoned gardeners, as different varieties require different types of care. To keep climbing and old garden roses that bloom only once per year healthy, prune them after they finish blooming.

However, repeat bloomers such as hybrid teas, miniatures, and modern shrub roses can be pruned to shape the plant or to remove winter-damaged canes. If they become overgrown, cut them back in early spring.

GrassesDecorative grasses such as fountaingrass or ravennagrass that have stood over winter can be cut back hard in early spring. Remove all the brown growth, leaving any new green stems.

EvergreensMost trees with needles such as sprucejuniper, and firs are best pruned early in the growing season. Avoid cutting back into wood that has no green needles as it may not sprout new growth. You can also trim a few branch tips in midwinter to take indoors from some festive, seasonal greenery.

What not to prune?Peonies are a bright, fragrant flower that can almost be mistaken for a tropical bloom. And while they look fragile, they need a period of cold weather to set buds for the following season. This plant can also be prone to mildew, meaning rotten foliage can be removed and disposed of in late summer. Healthy foliage will turn golden in fall and can be removed once it has turned to mush, after the first frost.

Clematis are a popular perennial and are often seen growing up walls and fences, they bloom in late summer and early fall. Blooms for the following year are created on new growth, so it should be cut back in the fall.  

You can find more gardening tips like these at the Ottawa Home & Garden Show. Don't have your tickets yet? Buy online and SAVE $2!

MARCH 21-24, 2019