Mar 6, 2015

Gnomes have always been misunderstood. Are they prankster with a mean streak? Or benevolent woodland creatures sent to protect people? Fresh off their century-long ban from the esteemed Chelsea Flower Show, (lifted in 2013), gnomes are making a comeback - and they're brighter and bolder than ever!

Ty Pennington, host of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and TNT's On The Menu, made this sweet little guy.

We are pleased to announce that the 2015 Salt Lake Tribune Home + Garden Festival will be participating in the Better Gnomes & Gardens DIY exhibit. Show attendees will have the opportunity to bid via silent auction on these quirky keepsakes: whimsical garden gnomes decorated by 12 personalities from HGTV (including Ty Pennington!) and Utah's local TV and radio shows. All of the proceeds will go directly to Primary Children's Hospital. Before you see them at the show, get a sneak peek at all the gnomes on our Facebook page - you can even vote for your favorite!

The Good Things Utah team made this gnome and Barbie versions of themselves - that's right, you can go home with Nicea, Jessie, Brian, Michelle, and Reagan.

The KUTV2 News team made some of these fun guys.

This project was designed as a way to promote sustainable urban farming and social enterprise initiatives in a unique and interesting way. Check out the fun gnomes at the show and bid on your favorite. You'll go home with something truly one-of-a-kind and help support sick children in our community. The silent auction will run during the Salt Lake Tribune Home + Garden Festival, March 6 - 8, at the South Towne Expo Center. Don't have tickets yet? Buy 'em early to avoid box office lines and get the best deals. Right now you can get 2-for-1 on Facebook.

MARCH 6 - 8, 2015.

Guests at the Buffalo Home Show can start their weekends off by celebrating the authenticity and creativity of local brews at the new craft beer corner presented by 103.3 The Edge on Friday, March 6th and 13th from 6-8pm.

Small and independent WNY brewers will be creating a buzz at the show offering free samples of a variety of the finest craft beers the area has to offer. From Flying Bison to Big Ditch, Saranac and many more, guests will be treated to a wide selection of local brews to try. Tom Ragan from the Shredd & Ragan Show will be there as well to meet, greet, and sip with visitors!

Ragan is heavily involved with the crew at Niagara Traditions, one of the earliest homebrew shops in WNY, and is a support of the Buffalo Brewfest.

During the 19th century, massive amounts of grain were transferred into Erie Canal boats bound for the east coast. Not all of that grain left town though. The leftover grain fueled the strong brewing industry WNY has today. Small, local breweries will pay homage to this proud Buffalo tradition Friday nights at the Buffalo Home Show.

Come on out for your chance to win lots of prizes and discover new, local, independent brewers. The Craft Beer Corner will be running Friday March 6th and 13th at the Buffalo Home Show. Don't have tickets yet? Get 2-for-1 tickets on Facebook. Bring a friend to the show and enjoy a cold one!

MARCH 6-8 & 13 - 15, 2015.

A visit to the Jacksonville Home + Patio Show is never the same from one year to the next - there's always something new for guests to enjoy. Beyond the interesting and fun home and garden celebrities and experts that join us at the show, the event is also the ideal place to shop, compare, and save on the hottest new products. Below is a round up of new exhibitors at this year's Jacksonville Home + Patio Show. Check 'em out below and prepare for your trip.

Dwell Done Interiors - Booth #S3-37
Need help creating a new look for your space? The stylists of Dwell Done interiors offer services from complete room makeovers, color coordination, to custom window treatments.

Fisher Solutions, Inc, - Booth #334
We proudly offer recycled, repurposed and refurbished furniture and furnishings from reclaimed materials. We actively reduce the carbon footprint while producing stylish products for your home and patio.

Burlington Concrete - Booth #604
Patios, driveways, and walkways! Forget pavers - get permanent cobblestone, slate, brick, etc. Decorative concrete for a fraction of the cost of stamping on cool deck. Virtually maintenance free/custom colors and stains.

EntryPoint by Perrys - Booth #232
It's your door only better. We come to the home, cut your existing door to fit our glass inserts, all in about one hour or less, with over 100 designs to choose from.

Jax Crown and More - Booth #1006
Crown molding, bead board, wainscoting, fireplace mantles, arched windows and doorways, and baseboards.

3-Yard Concrete - Booth #509
We specialize in delivering 1-3 yards of ready mix concrete. Our trucks are lighter and smaller to fit in tight spaces.

LP Building Products - Booth #734
SmartSide Trim and Siding products offer all the warmth and beauty of traditional wood, along with the advantages of LP engineered wood. Backed by an industry leading 5/50 year warranty, SmartSide features the SmartGUARD process which protects against moisture, fungal decay, and termites. SmartSide products are ready for your new home, for re-siding your existing home, and for your outdoor buildings.

Artistic Concrete - Booth #1337
We offer a new metallic effect poxy flooring system. Environmentally friendly and low maintenance. Our expert services include stamped concrete, driveways, pool decks, staining interiors, custom concrete countertops, and much more.

Lumber Unlimited - Booth #S4
Specializing in window and door replacement. Using products such as Hurd, CWS, and Jeldwen & MI.

Universal Roof & Contracting - Booth #826
We are a family owned and operated business, serving Florida homeowners for over 20 years. Licensed roofing and building contractors, we specialize in roof repair/replacement, exterior siding, and home improvements. - Booth #S5-09
Pressure washing, window cleaning, tree service, and much more. All work done by professional, local firemen.

Orkin Pest Control - Booth #135
Orking provides superior pest control, termite prevention, and pest controlled treated insulation for Duval, St. Johns, Nassau, and Clay counties. Free home inspections - call 904-928-9009.

LanVilla Landscaping - Booth #809
LanVilla will be showing what services our company offers and also what products we sell for your home, patio, etc.

Tadlock Roofing - Booth #104
Residential and commercial roofing/repairs. Asphalt shingles, standing seam metal, stone coated steel metal, TPO, GACO Maintenance products, skylights, sun tunnels, tuff-ribbed metal.

Royal Crown and More - Booth #1331
Custom carpentry, installation o fall interior trim products such as crown molding, wainscot squares, base boards, chair rail, and fireplace mantles.

World Class Windows - Booth #124
We are a full service window and door replacement company. We are the first choice for your source of vinyl, wood, and fiberglass window replacement projects.

SnapSports - Booth #233
Our backyard game courts and home gyms all you and your family to play all your favorite sports and are suitable for play at every level, so everyone can get in on the game!

The Jacksonville Home + Patio Show takes over the Prime Osborn Convention Center March 5 - 8, 2015. For a full list of exhibitors, please click here - there will be hundreds on hand to help you with your next home improvement project. Don't have tickets for the show yet? Get 2-for-1 on Facebook.

MARCH 5 - 8, 2015.

The 34th annual Calgary Home + Garden Show took the city by storm this past weekend, and what a show it was! with over 650 exhibitors and features, incredible Home + Garden Stage presenters including HGTV's Carson Arthur and design duo Janette Ewen and Jef Hancock, inspiration and expert advice was nothing short of abundant.

For those of you that weren't able to make it, we've rounded up our favourite moments from the show! Be sure to make your calendars for the Calgary Home + Design Show, coming to the BMO Centre at Stampede Park from September 17-20, 2015.

Carson Arthur from HGTV Canada's Critical Listing took to the Home + Garden Stage to share his know-how on adding value to outdoor spaces.

The crowd loved design duo and co-owners of Parker barrow, Janette Ewen and Jef Hancock, as much as their advice on quick fixes and updates for the home.

With DIY projects on everyone's to-do list (Pinterest, anyone?), many a show-goer got crafty with Blue Grass Nursery, building terrariums and mini gardens at Contain Yourself.

Home Tweet Home was the talk of the town, helping worthy families by auctioning off artfully-designed birdhouses by 20 of Calgary's media personalities and designers. In total, $2,535 was raised for Ronald McDonald House® Southern Alberta.

The revolve home was undoubtedly the biggest showstopper - literally. Shoppers stopped in their tracks to check out the mod eclectic beach design, created by the experts at revolve furnishings.

Thanks so much to everyone who joined us for a great show! Until next time, happy gardening! 

Mar 5, 2015

The Buffalo Home Show welcomes dynamic husband and wife duo, John and Whitney Spinks, from the popular HGTV program Flipping The Block, Saturday March 7th and Sunday, March 8th at 1pm and 4pm.

From easy, affordable DIY hacks to tips and tricks that will lavishly transform any interior on a tight budget, John and Whitney's insights are sure to give anyone a leg up in their next big renovation project. They will also share behind-the-scenes secrets from the show, including before-and-after pictures and how they won so many room challenges on a tight $37,000 budget.

The young couple from Jacksonville, Florida became instant stars on Flipping The Block, taking on three other teams in a home makeover challenge. John's background in building construction management and Whitney's passion for interior design go hand-in-hand. Together, their creative renovation techniques transformed fixer-upper condos into beautifully upgraded properties that landed the biggest resale value in the end.

We asked the Spinks a few questions to help us gear up for their presentations this weekend.

Q: What has been your favorite remodeling project thus far?

John & Whitney: "Our favorite would have to be the full renovation we completed on a 960 sq. ft. condo on HGTV's Flipping The Block. The place was a total dump to begin with, and the Before & After photos show that anything can be beautiful after some much needed love."

Q: What is your go-to tool for 2015?

John & Whitney: "Does a tool box count?! We just purchased a rolling tool box, which is so convenient to wheel everything that e need right out of the truck! The tools that we use all the time (drills, drives, hammers, etc.) are always handy."

Q: What is one simple pro tip that you would give to start-up DIY-ers out there?

John & Whitney: "Start small! It takes time to develop your skills, so don't give up when projects fail. Because they will! Just keep going and you'll get familiar with what works and what doesn't. We started with paint - painting furniture, then building furniture, then trying out hand at tiling, etc."

Q: What one piece of advice or tip would you give to people who plan to attend the Buffalo Home Show?

John & Whitney: "Not only is the home show a great place to get inspiration, but also don't be afraid to ask questions about the products you are interested in. If you are preparing for a kitchen remodel, ask the kitchen vendors about the different cabinets they carry."

John and Whitney Spinks are ready to prove to visitors that home renovation doesn't have to be overly complicated. The Buffalo Home Show hopes to see you get inspired at the Spinks' interactive presentations on Saturday, March 7th and Sunday, March 8th at 1pm and 4pm. Don't have tickets yet? Get 2-for-1 on Facebook!

MARCH 6-8 & 13-15, 2015.

Classic Jack is Utah's own construction and landscaping guru. His commitment to honesty, reliability, and excellence is really what separates him from the competition. His top-notch precision and skill in both commercial and residential construction matched with his creative flair for landscaping makes Classic Jack a one-stop-shop for the ultimate home renovation here in Utah.

Classic Jack has joined us for several of our Salt Lake Home Shows, and each time his display is more elaborate than the last. This year at the Salt Lake Tribune Home + Garden Festival he will be creating his edible table, including a water feature. What is an edible table? It's a combination of the beautiful, the practical, and the delicious! This large picnic-style table has a variety of tasty herbs planted down the middle and on each end. The table includes built-in planter boxes for the herbs, as well as a water feature that runs down the middle. With Classic Jack's edible table you can have your centerpiece and eat it too!

Don't miss Classic Jack and his edible table at the Salt Lake Tribune Home + Garden Festival. The show takes over the South Towne Expo Center March 6 -8, 2015. With hundreds of exhibitors and local experts like Classic Jack ready to help you with your next home improvement project it's the perfect place to get ready for spring. Haven't bought tickets yet? Right now you can get 2-for-1 on Facebook. Treat a friend or family member to the show - we can't wait to see you there!

MARCH 6 - 8, 2015.

Aspiring DIY gurus who comb Pinterest, pinning projects that never seem to make it into real life, take heart. The Diva of DIY herself is coming to the Jacksonville Home + Patio Show to inspire guests to dive into DIY head first!

Leanne, a blogger and expert in upcycling, known as the Diva of DIY, won Marketplace Event's nationwide search for the Home + Garden Trendsetter of the year last year, and she's been sharing creative and trendy ideas with audiences ever since.

Can't wait to see her at the show? She's got tons of step-by-step projects on her website. Here's one popular project on painting chairs.

Painting Chairs
From The Diva of DIY

One tip that I like to give my clients is that not all chairs need to be the same. If you are in need of seating pick up chairs at your local garage sales and thrift stores. I love to paint each chair a different color to brighten up and add fun to a room. This is also great for a kids playroom!


First you need to remove the cushion. To do that, flip your chair over and remove the four screws that hold it in. Now the chances are that the fabric is worn. You can either recover the cushion or you can paint it.

Next, lightly sand the wood frame of the chair and wipe clean with degreaser. Note: Amy Howard's At Home paint instructions say no sanding required. You all know that I am a professional painter so I believe in sanding. Feel free to skip this step if you like, but don't blame me if you aren't happy with the result!

In a well-ventilated area, spray the frames of the chair with the Golden Egg Furniture Lacquer (or whatever color you chose). Let dry completely and give the chair a second coat.

Once everything has dried, you can re-install the seat cushions. You not have a gorgeous looking chair that your friends and family will envy! They may even ask you to paint their chairs!

Leanne will be appearing live at the Jacksonville Home + Patio Show Friday March 6th at 1pm and 4pm, Saturday, March 7th at 12pm and 5pm, and Sunday, March 8th at 12pm and 3pm. To see our complete list of expert appearances, please check out the Fresh Ideas Stage Schedule.

The Jacksonville Home + Patio Show takes over the Prime Osborn Convention Center march 5 - 8, 2015. Don't have tickets yet? Get 2-for-1 on Facebook - avoid box office lines and get a great discount!

MARCH 5 - 8, 2015.

The Ottawa Home & Garden Show will be back March 26-29, 2015 for another exciting display of the latest trends, tips, and tools for all your home and garden needs! The Home & Garden Show has an unmatched reputation in Ottawa as the largest event of its kind in the region, bringing in close to 30,000 attendees each year - and this year's show is going to be better than ever!

There's a lot going on this year, but we managed to nail down the five reasons you need to be at this year's Ottawa Home & Garden Show. Check 'em out below and start planning for the show!

1. "Ask The Expert" Zone is a new feature at this year's show, and gives you the chance to chat one-on-one with leading experts in landscaping, horticulture, design, decor, renovations, and home services. Make sure to check the schedule beforehand so you don't miss your expert of choice! First-come, first-served.

2. Better Gnomes and Gardens Fundraiser gives you the chance to have a statement garden gnome this spring decorated by a celebrity of the city's elite. All proceeds from the silent auction will be going to the Ottawa Senators Foundation and the Community Gardening Network of Ottawa.

3. Landscape Ontario Dream Garden will be dispersed throughout the show space, with a spotlight on the tulip, as this year is the 70th anniversary of the Gift of the Tulip to Canada from the Netherlands, the gift that eventually led to the creation of the Tulip Festival.

4. Bonneville Homes is pleased to debut its EXALT dream home at this year's show. With its exquisite craftsmanship, sleek lines, modern architecture, and inviting open concept design, EXALT epitomizes the convenience and style of modern urban living.

5. Permacon is Canada's leader in concrete products when it comes to landscaping and masonry. The team will be at the show presenting their latest products and creations, and answering any questions you may have about your next landscape design project.

The Ottawa Home & Garden Show takes over the EY Centre March 26-29, 2015. With national celebrities, local experts, and hundreds of exhibitors ready to help you with your next home improvement project, it's the home and garden event of the season. Don't have tickets yet? Buy them ahead of time to avoid box office lines and get the best deals - right now you can get 2-for-1 tickets on Facebook.

Mar 4, 2015

Spring is upon us, and summer cookouts are just around the corner. Have you ever wanted to really learn how to make delicious barbecue? According to grand champion BBQ team and owners of local SLC eatery R&R BBQ, Rod and Rodger Livingston, you "don't need secret ingredients - just some smoke, fire, and a little patience."

One could say that it runs in the family; this brotherly barbecue duo was raised to BBQ "just right". The boys grew up learning all about top-shelf cuts of meat from Dad. Then there was Mom, with her words of wisdom, "If you're going to do something, you do it right or you don't do it at all." This powerful combination of quality and patience led the boys to win several BBQ competitions. After taking claim to the title of Utah's best competition BBQ team, Rod and Rodger decided to open up their own business, R&R BBQ.

Would you like to learn how to BBQ from the best that Utah has to offer? Hone in on your smoking skills with the pros at this year's Salt Lake Tribune Home + Garden Festival. That's right, R&R BBQ will be teaching a BBQ class!

  • March 7th OR 8th from 11am - 3pm
  • 4-Hour class
  • Meat Selection, trimming, seasoning
  • Fire box control, cooking times, and how to know when it's done
Cost fee:
  • $99
Join R&R BBQ Saturday, March 7th or Sunday, March 8th from 11am-3pm at the Southe Town Expo Center in Room 400 in the North-West corner. To enroll in the class, please visit the R&R BBQ website and select the date you'd like to take the class (either Saturday or Sunday) - it's under "Register for Pit Master Class".