Feb 6, 2016

Whether you’re rooting for the Broncos or the Panthers there’s one thing we can all agree on: the Super Bowl is a great reason to get together. While the snacks aren’t quite as important as the snap, now is the perfect time to start thinking about the game day goodies you’re going to serve up. There are plenty of opportunities to have a little festive fun with your offerings, check out some of our favorite ideas below.

Pigskins In a Blanket – This marvelous munchie is bite-sized, easy to make, and almost too clever for its own good. Definitely a must-make!

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Wonderful Wontons – The Basil Momma’s presentations at the Indianapolis Home Show were a hit, so we couldn’t help sharing one of her delicious recipes. These wontons won’t leave you wanting – trust us!

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Vivacious Veggies – Trying to keep that new year’s resolution? We salute you! It can be tricky to find healthy tailgating treats, but this vegeta-ball should do the trick.
Super Bowl Sundaes – Celebrate Super Bowl Sunday with a Super Bowl sundae! Top with sprinkles or something a little more decadent (like caramel sauce) to take these treats to the next level.

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Creative Cupcakes – Satisfy your sweet tooth with these fabulously festive double chocolate cupcakes.

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(Very) Cool Cooler – This field inspired cooler will make the perfect addition to any party! Fill it with soda, beer, water (or whatever, really) it’s sure to add a little charm to every beverage it chills.

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We hope these ideas help you have a super fun Super Bowl party! Tackle any of our festive suggestions? Make sure to share some shots of all the fun with @HomeShows on Instagram and Twitter!

Jan 20, 2016

For the 2016 Indianapolis Home Show, Fischer Homes is again debuting an all-new home design for this year’s Centerpiece Home: the Allerton. It is built entirely inside Exposition Hall at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

What’s this majestic 4,010-square-foot home look like as its coming together? Check out these photos!

A European Romantic elevation with soaring rooflines and a painted brick exterior, the Allerton boasts four bedrooms and 3½ baths spread across a majestic 4,010 square feet. It features an expansive great room and adjoining kitchen, ground floor study, formal dining room and family gathering room. The second floor master suite, including spa-like bathroom and large walk-in closet with adjoining laundry, is accompanied by two child bedrooms, boy and girl, and a guest room.

“With its eye-pleasing mix of form and function, the Allerton is sure to inspire Home Show attendees,” said Indianapolis Market President for Fischer Homes Brad Kriner. “We invite everyone to come to the show and see how Fischer Homes is working to give people the opportunity to create their dream home.”

Come check out the Centerpiece Home in Expo Hall at the Indianapolis Home Show, from Jan. 22-Jan. 31 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds! Don’t have tickets yet? Get 2-for-1 on Facebook and treat a friend or family member to the show! We'd love to see you there!

JANUARY 22-31. 2016.

As the winter weather moves us indoors, it’s important to focus on simple ways to boost the look of your interior space. The changing of the seasons provides the perfect opportunity to get away from the cold and spice things up inside. This winter, why not try a simple DIY project? With our Christmas bills still hanging around, a DIY project will not only save you some money but will also add some interior flair to your home.

Adding an Accent Window. It’s no surprise that adding a bold accent can really boost a room. Adding a new focal point brings a pop of colour to a room, livening it instantly. If the idea of painting a whole wall seems a bit daunting, try painting an accent window. If you can balance it with the other windows in your space, painting the window trim a bold colour will achieve everything an accent wall does without the hassle of a big paint job.

Creative Lighting Cover-up. To bring a new dimension and life to any room, try drawing eyes up to the ceiling with a statement lighting fixture. A simple switch of fixtures can make all the difference in livening a room. But wait! If a whole new fixture isn’t in the budget this season, the same thing can be accomplished by adding a DIY drum shade to your pre-existing fixture. Using embroidery hoops, fabric and ribbon, you can make an incredibly simple drum shade for any fixture in your home. The shade will cover the old fixture and give the illusion of a fancy, modern addition to your room, for under $50.

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Make a “Brand New” Headboard. To refresh your bedroom this winter, try updating your headboard. Though it may seem like a big task, a DIY headboard is an inexpensive way to bring new colours and textures into your bedroom. To keep things simple, reupholster or paint the headboard with an updated fabric or colour. For the more daring DIYers, create a unique headboard out of repurposed wood, painted window shutters or even shelving units!

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Give Cabinets a Facelift. We can’t forget the kitchen! Change things up with updated, polished cabinets. You don’t need an entirely new set of cabinetry to make a big impact in the kitchen. By simply repainting or staining your pre-loved cabinet doors, you can brighten the entire room while also giving it a more polished, modern look. Switching out the hardware on your cupboards and drawers can also do wonders in making a kitchen feel more modern. Bold, uniform hardware paired with the updated cabinets is sure to make a huge impact with minimal effort.

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Don’t miss the all-new Ottawa Home & Remodelling Show, January 21-24, 2016, for the latest trends for 2016 and over 150 renovation experts from the Ottawa region to help you accomplish them. Don't have tickets yet? Get 2-for-1 on Facebook and treat a friend or family member to the show. We can't wait to see you there!

JANUARY 21-24, 2016.

Jan 19, 2016

We're thrilled to have Belfort Furniture sponsoring the Home + Remodeling Show. The largest furniture store in Washington DC and Northern Virginia is not only providing high quality furniture for the show's Main Stage, they'll also be participating in our Designer Rooms feature.

Belfort Furniture is the area's premier furniture mall, with the largest selection of quality home furnishings. They offer styles for every decor and budget. Customers can choose from a wide variety of in-stock options or custom order the perfect piece for their space.

Can't wait to see what Belfort Furniture is bringing to the show? We sat down with their team to talk about what they had planned for the upcoming event and what home decor trends they envisioned for 2016. Check it out below!

Please describe your products.

"Conveniently located in Dulles, Virginia, Belfort Furniture features 100,000 sq. ft. of showrooms. As Washington DC's premier furniture mall we showcase the area's largest selection of quality name brands, including premium mattresses. We are are source of inspiration, expert advice, great ideas and latest trends. With over 500 room settings on display including over 300 sofas, over 100 dining rooms and over 100 bedrooms, plus home office and youth, we strive to make decorating easy and affordable. Make one stop to see inspiring displays of furniture for every room and in-home design services."

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

"1. Conversation Starters: Mix your furnishings with a few artisanal, one-of-a-kind finds to create a unique look in your space. From tapestry poufs and live edge accent tables to painted chests and accent pillows. 2. Metallics are big right now. Think about including a metal accent table in your room. Or, you could add gold lamps, candlestick holders, a mirror, bookends, a tray, or a gold tone accessory for a bit of bling. 3. Textures: Integrating texture adds an organic touch to your decor. Think in terms of layers: sofa fabric, a toss pillow in a bold print, or add a faux fur throw for fun."

Will you have any show specials?

"Our trendsetting Belgian linen sectional will be featured at $500 off. Reg. $1999, now $1499."

What are your biggest home decor pet peeves?

"Matchy-matchy rooms. To achieve a unique look, mix tables, add an accent chair in a complementary fabric to a room instead of a chair that matches the sofa. Rooms without accessories. Like jewelry is to the little black dress or outfit, accessories like wall art, lamps, table decor, accent pillows, throws, complete a room and give it the wow factor."

What is your favorite part of the Home + Remodeling Show?

"The show inspires customers to think about how they can enhance their surroundings to live life beautifully."

The Home + Remodeling Show will be filling the Dulles Expo Center with home improvement experts, design professionals, several home and garden stars, an all-new Cooking Stage, and much more! Don't have tickets yet? Get 2-for-1 on Facebook and treat a friend or family member to the show - we'd love to see you there!

JANUARY 22-24, 2016.

Jan 18, 2016

If you live in Kansas City and have never heard of Chef Jasper Mirabile, Jr., there is a good chance you have been living under a rock. Jasper, assisted by his nephew Jasper III (3J), heads up the kitchen at of Kansas City's most award-winning restaurant and Italian market, Marco Polo’s, located at 1201 West 103rd Street, in the Watts Mill Shopping Center.

The doors to this family-owned business opened 1954, as a small neighborhood Italian restaurant and bar by Jasper's grandfather, Leonardo Mirabile and his son, Jasper, for whom he named the restaurant. In 1984, Jasper. Jr. and his brother Leonard joined the family business. In his own style, Jasper creates dishes from his Sicilian background with heavy influences from Tuscany and the Piemomtese regions of Italy. Jasper attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Hotel and Restaurant School and Kansas State University. Additionally he has studied in Paris, Venice and Milano.

Mirabile is an acclaimed Chef who has made three guest Chef appearances at the James Beard House in New York. He has been featured in several major newspapers and magazines across the United States of America. Mirabile's other activities include; hosting a popular weekly radio show on KCMO 710, Live! From Jaspers Kitchen; Chairman of Slow Food Kansas City, Vice President - Midwest of Gruppo Ristoratori; and board member of The American Institute of Wine and Food Kansas City.  Additionally, Mirabile is The Wisconsin Cheese Chef Ambasadore author of two cookbooks and working on his third (entitled On The Cannoli Trail). He also creates recipes for many local and national companies such as Hen House Markets, American Italian Pasta Co., Wisconsin Milk Marketing, Farmland, Plugra Butter, Smart Chicken and Red Gold tomatoes.

Jasper's has made a name for itself for one of Kansas City's most popular dining attractions and received national attention as well. Zagat has given it the distinction of being one of America's top 25 Italian Restaurants and Travel & Leisure named it one of country’s top Italian Restaurants.  Jasper’s has the honor of being named one of the best restaurants in North America for 25 years in a row, while USA TODAY has rated it as one of the top 10 Italian Restaurants in America.

On Friday at 2 pm, attendees of the Johnson County Home + Garden Show will have the opportunity to watch one of the city’s most acclaimed and engaging chefs on the Main Stage by Ikea prepare several of the new winter items on the menu at Jaspers including Tuscan Ribolita Soup & a mulled wine, "Vin Brûlée" for a winter fireplace dinner. Delizioso!
This is a woman who knows her way around power tools. Kayleen McCabe, the star of DIY Network's Rescue Renovation, will headline the Home + Remodeling Show in the Washington DC suburbs at Northern Virginia's Dulles Expo Center January 22-24, 2016.

Kayleen is a licensed contractor who never met a trouble renovation she didn't like. The premise of Rescue Renovation is that she can take a terrible property and turn sad rooms into jaw-dropping spaces in seven days. She says she's willing to go to any length to bring out the existing charm of a home.

Kayleen's great endeavor is to bring young people into the trades. She is an industry leader, teaching kids how to pick up a trade and use it to create a better life.

Kayleen was featured last week in The Washington Post's live chat moderated by Post Home and Design editor Jura Konicus. Readers submitted questions and Kayleen answered dozens of queries within an hour. Here are some of the best excerpts from the chat:

Q: What's the worst room in the house to renovate?

Kayleen: "The worst room? The worst room is a space that was worked on by someone who did things incorrectly the first time. But the most challenging room to work in would be the bathrooms (because of space) followed by kitchens. In each of these spaces you have plumbing and electric and many other trades. In addition, a lot of coordination needs to be done to get the timeline as efficient as possible."

Q: How can you decide if your 80 year old wood floors can be sanded yet again without disappearing? How often do you really need to sand them?

Kayleen: "Old floors are commonly 3/4" thick, but that doesn't mean you have that entire space to use for refinishing. Floors go together in a tongue and groove style. That really gives you one third of that 3/4" to sand - roughly 1/4". When you sand past that you are likely to see larger gaps in the wood, possibly fasteners starting to show, and the integrity of the wood starts to decrease. There are a few ways to preserve them and not go through an entire refinishing process, but I would have to suggest you contact a local flooring expert for their best suggestions."

Q: Hi Kayleen! So excited you are coming to Northern Virginia next week - We have a kitchen floor problem. Bought the house with a tile floor in the kitchen and thought we loved it - until the tiles started to crack. Come to find out that it was a DIY job and the floor was not prepared correctly. Trying to figure out if we start over, use something different, or what? We are overwhelmed and can't seem to make a decision!

Kayleen: "I am very excited to be heading to the east coast as well! With a tile problem like that I would suggest starting over. You could patch it one tile at a time, but the problem might never be truly fixed. Starting from scratch will let you control the outcome, not trying to guess or work around what the previous DIYer did."

Q: It is such a pain to have a full bath redone. We only have one in our house. How long should a total gut of the room and rebuild take?

Kayleen: "A full gut and remodel of a bathroom could take on average 2-3 weeks. The process can go much faster if the project is properly pre-planned - like all of the materials are on the job site before the project starts, and the sub-contractors are scheduled."

Get all your renovation questions answered January 22-24 at the Home + Remodeling Show. Kayleen McCabe will be on stage Friday, January 22 at 6pm and Saturday, January 23 at 2pm and 6pm.

Don't have tickets yet? Buy in advance to save big and skip box office lines. Right now you can get 2-for-1 tickets when you connect with us on Facebook. Click here to take advantage of this exclusive offer.

JANUARY 22-24 2016.

The New Year offers the perfect opportunity to update your living space with the latest trends. We’ve outlined 5 of 2016’s top interior design trends to help you bring your home into 2016!

Bring the Outside In. Maybe the simplest home trend of 2016 to incorporate into your home is the concept of bringing the outside, inside. Be prepared to see a definite increase in plant life being brought into inside living spaces this year. Small plants, succulents and flowers are coming in full force, with a twist. This year, trade in the classic pots and vases for more eclectic, creative displays. The inside plant life trend is being taken just a few steps further by displaying the plants in everything from antique bird cages to rustic crates and everything in-between.

Mixed Materials. In 2016, mixing design materials will make a huge statement in any room. Don’t be afraid to pair different metals with wood, marble or even ceramic elements! This design trend is breaking all the rules of mixing and matching materials – and we love every bit of it. Instead of limiting yourself to all gold accents or all wood touches, get creative! For example, gold and silver mirrors can be perfectly balanced out by rustic, wooden bowls or frames. By ignoring the interior design laws of mixing materials, you’re on the fast track to the most modern living space around.

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Ethnic Fabrics and Textures. Get ready; this year will see a huge rise in the use of ethnic fabrics and textures. Design influences from across the world have come together to bring us the inclusion of an array of different patterns and textures into this year’s hottest designs. Aztec patterns, woven wood furniture and colourful, bright carpets are only the beginning of this new design trend. These new patterns and textures are sure to bring vibrancy and life into any room!

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Warm Colours. Say hello to warm-toned colours again! 2016 is ushering in a new slough of colours to pick from when redesigning any room in your home. From light pinks to burnt oranges, 2016 will feature every warm, cozy colour you could ask for. We suggest using these warm-toned colours in the “social rooms” of your home, such as living rooms, dining rooms and kitchens, as the warmer colours evoke a comforting, welcoming feeling.

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Don’t miss the all-new Ottawa Home & Remodelling Show, January 21-24, 2016, for the latest trends for 2016 and over 150 renovation experts from the Ottawa region to help you accomplish them. Haven't got your tickets yet? Get 2-for-1 on Facebook and treat a friend or family member to the show - we can't wait to see you there!

JANUARY 21-24, 2016.

Jan 16, 2016

We’re thrilled to have American Family Insurance sponsoring the Johnson County Home + Garden Show! American Family Insurance, along with their brand Ambassador Kathy Ireland, will share the latest safety tips and home decor trends. Check our blog frequently for more of American Family Insurance’s insights, or follow @amfam and @kchomeshows on Twitter to get the latest information!

Hanging Art Properly

The beauty of a painting or photograph can be lessened when it's not hung properly. It's important to be considerate when mounting art on your walls.

For more homeowner advice visit the American Family Insurance team in Booth 404 at the Johnson County Home + Garden Show. Learn how they can help you, your family, and home stay safe.

Sweepstakes Alert: When you're chatting with the American Family Insurance team at the show, don't forget to enter their sweepstakes. You could win a one-on-one consultation with Kathy Ireland and $15,000 in her home decor to reimagine your living space from American Family Insurance and Kathy Ireland World Wide. You can enter in Booth 404 or online

Don't have tickets yet? Buy online and save $3! Click here to take advantage of this exclusive offer.

About American Family Insurance

Madison, Wis.– based American Family Insurance is the nation's third-largest mutual property/casualty insurance company and ranks 358th on the Fortune 500 list. The company sells American Family-brand products, including auto, homeowners, life, business and farm/ranch insurance, through its exclusive agents in 19 states. American Family affiliates (The General,Homesite and AssureStart also provide options for consumers who want to manage their insurance matters directly over the Internet or by phone). Web: Facebook:; Twitter:, and Google+:

Jan 15, 2016

The time has come to dust off your long awaited home improvement wish lists and the Winnipeg Renovation Show (on now until Sunday!) is bound to help you do just that. Take a peek below at some of our top features and celebrity appearances that can’t be missed.

The Lifestyle Stage: presented by Kitchen Craft Cabinetry
Kick your stalled projects into high gear at The Lifestyle Stage, where HGTV star Bryan Baeumler and Winnipeg’s top renovation and design experts from Inclusive Design Group, Mr. Electric, Maximum Impact Plus Staging and more will offer easy advice and inspiration. Click here for the full stage schedule.

Meet Bryan Baeumler: presented by Baeumler Approved
After appearing on the The Lifestyle Stage, Bryan Baeumler will be sticking around for photos and autographs at the Baeumler Approved booth (#76). Catch him on Friday, January 15 from 8-8:45PM and Saturday, January 16 from 3-3:45PM - be sure to snag a spot in line early to avoid disappointment.

Ask a Renovator: presented by the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association
Avert renovation disaster with a free 10-minute consultation with the city’s top home improvement experts at Ask a Renovator. Come with your demo plans and blueprints and leave with the plan to make your dream home come true. This is where dreams start to become reality!

Ask a Decorator: presented by Inclusive Design Group
Suffering from style paralysis? Pop by Ask a Decorator for a free 10-minute consultation, where top interior stylists will help you nail down your design style, craft a home makeover plan, and offer tried-and-true design advice. If a beautiful, well designed home is your goal for 2016, this is the perfect starting point.

Variety Children's Charity Raffle:
How does a $10,000 Kitchen Makeover sound? Visit the Variety booth (#815) and purchase a raffle ticket for the opportunity to win the kitchen makeover of your dreams, courtesy of Springfield Woodworking & Variety the Children's Charity,

Join us today and the rest of this weekend for these exciting features (and much more!) at the Winnipeg Renovation Show. Buy your tickets in advance to skip the box office line and save big. Right now you can get 2-for-1 tickets when you connect with us on Facebook. Click here to take advantage of this exclusive offer.

JANUARY 15-17, 2016.