Oct 5, 2015

From cozy log homes and timeless timber homes, to beautifully restored and redecorated old homes, Log and Timber is a place for avid enthusiasts. It provides a unique opportunity to bounce ideas off of builders and designers and even provides informative workshops that could turn you into an expert. You can find everything you need from land for sale to decorations that can turn your log and timber house into a home. Samantha Waters gives us a feel for what Log and Timber will be bringing to the Deseret News Home Show this year in these three questions:

Describe your design style in 5 words or fewer.

“Elegant, Rustic, and Back to Nature.”

What are your featured products this season?

"Attendees can walk through a log home base structure, feel and see some of the different types of logs and timbers available, purchase rustic furniture for their homes, discover the difference between a log, timber frame, or hybrid home, & lastly, but most importantly, they can discover and bring their dreams to life."

What types of techniques will you be teaching?

"Our exhibitors are teachers at heart. They will have demonstrations, pictures, etc. in their booths to help teach you log and timber home terms including what chinking is, what a hybrid home is, what a handcrafter is, and more. When you leave the Log and Timber Home area at Deseret News Home Show, you will have learned something. We are more than just entertainment; we will give you education from the experts."

This is Log and Timber’s 20th year traveling the United States connecting buyers with the right manufacturers, builders, restoration companies, etc. to fulfill their needs. Attendees are encouraged to bring their floor plan designs and questions to the Show. At Log and Timber, they equip people to achieve their dreams. To find out more about Long and Timber, please visit their website.

Discover rustic living at its finest at this year's Deseret News Home Show, featuring the Log + Timber Home Show. The home and garden event of the season takes over the South Towne Expo Center October 9-11, 2015. 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!

OCTOBER 9-11, 2015.

Staying ahead of the design trend curve is no easy task, with countless looks dipping in and out of the popularity pool and a seemingly overwhelming array of options. Luckily we have Vancouver Home + Design Show headliner Cheryl Torreneuva from W Network’s Game of Homes to set our style straight this season. Herewith, Cheryl’s top tips for staying on-trend in 2016.

Handmade Futuristic 

Celebrate one-of-a-kind prints and streamlined shapes combined with the latest in high tech finishes. These mix-and-match cushions in a variety of patterns from geometric to handcrafted embroidery are just the thing to put your space on the cutting edge of design.

Classic Luxury

Introduce classic patterns (think romantic pieces inspired by the renaissance and art deco periods) into contemporary design for an updated, modern mix. Assorted home accessories displayed in cubbyholes or along a mantelpiece add instant interest to your home.

Exotic & Ethnic

Focus on well-traveled elements like filigree metal lanterns, natural inspired hues and ethnic prints to add a dash of character and drama to a space, a la this fresh and fun patio setup.

Hungry for more? Catch Cheryl Torreneuva live on the Vancouver Home + Design Show Main Stage at the Vancouver Convention Centre West on Saturday, October 24 at 12-noon & 5PM, and Sunday, October 25 at 2PM. Don’t miss out, get 2-for-1 tickets when you connect with Home + Garden Events on Facebook. Buy tickets now to save big and avoid box office lines!

Anyone can revamp their space with a little bit of elbow grease, but it takes a special design mind to bring real life to the room. If you think you are lacking in the creativity department, you’re likely selling yourself short. Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault, the DIY queen herself, says using your personal touch to upcycle a pre-loved piece of furniture is just what you need to take your reno to the next level.

Picture this: you’ve got your budget in place, you’ve found the perfect piece of furniture to restore, so what’s next? How can one frugal find change the entire look and feel of a room? Leigh-Ann says it’s all about originality.

“Who hasn't dreamed of having a flamingo pink antique armoire with a gold leaf interior and vintage crystal knobs?" Leigh-Ann asks. "Okay, maybe that's just me, but I don't know of a store where I could buy precisely that item. However, when I find the perfect affordable second-hand armoire, I plan to roll-up my sleeves and create the ultimate upcycle piece to showcase my style.” 

The beauty of upcycling is that you are able to use your own personal style to create a statement piece that is a one-of-a-kind conversation starter. Not to mention it can create the illusion that the whole room got a fabulous makeover. 

 “Not only does upcycling provide a creative outlet to fully showcase your personal style, but it also ensure that unique piece will be unlike anything your neighbors could buy from a generic furniture store,” explains Leigh-Ann.

If you’re not sure where to start, check out Leigh-Ann’s favourite frugal furniture finds for inspiration: solid wood accent chairs. 

"They are so easy to find and often incredibly affordable," Leigh-Ann beam. "And I particularly love them because they are quick to makeover in any colour or finish imaginable, and also can be tucked into any corner or even used as a side table or plant stand."

Or you could try upcycling an antique china cabinet or sideboard. Leigh-Ann "loves when their cold charm meets a fresh coat of chalk paint in a vibrant, unexpected hue!"

As you can see, the possibilities are endless when it comes to upcycling old furniture. If you'd like to learn more about how to master the art of DIY, check out Leigh-Ann's presentations sponsored by Rust-Oleum at the all new Edmonton Fall Home Show, happening October 23-25, 2015 at the Edmonton Expo Centre. 

Deal Alert: Get 2-for-1 tickets to the show when you connect with us on Facebook! Buy 'em early to save big and avoid box office lines.

Oct 2, 2015

Teresa Collins Webber is a local Utah designer, traveling the world and inspiring others to create from the heart. This creative trendsetter is the owner of Teresa Collins Studio. Her designs include eye-catching stationary, apparel, crafts, party, home and office products - all available worldwide.

Teresa has a powerful personal story that she tells through design. Each product is carefully created to protect a memory. That’s why Teresa encourages people all over the world to not only take photos, but print photos! She takes it one step further, challenging you to at the very least put your photos in a page protector album. Or if you’re the crafty type, Teresa has everything you need to create custom, heartfelt, visual reminders of these special moments. She even makes clean up easy with efficient, well-organized storage systems.

3 Design Tips from Teresa:
  1. Spray paint is the best way to alter anything!
  2. Create to tell a story.
  3. The number one rule of design is "THERE ARE NO RULES!"
See one of Teresa’s fabulous designs here:

Teresa will be sharing her design ideas and inspiration at this year's Deseret News Home Show. Everyone's favorite home and garden event takes over the South Towne Expo Center October 9-11, 2015. Teresa will be on the Design Stage on Saturday, October 10th at 4pm. 

Buy tickets now to save big and avoid box office lines. You can get 2-for-1 tickets when you visit the Home + Garden Events Facebook ticket deals. Get yours today!

OCTOBER 9-11, 2015.

We can’t deny it any longer, it’s starting to get cold. That extra sweater you’d wear in the morning but ditch at noon is staying on longer and longer, your open-toed shoes have moved to the back of your closet, and you’ve even brought out your scarf once or twice. As the days get shorter and frosty temperatures continue to greet us, most will begin to feel the overwhelming urge to snuggle up with a good book, blanket, and a cup of tea. We know everyone loves getting cozy when it’s cold, so we thought we’d share some simple and delicious soup recipes to tide you over this season. Check ‘em out below and stay warm!

Sausage, Potato & Spinach – One pot is all you need to enjoy this savory goodness. These tasty ingredients combine in about 30 minutes to create the perfect weekday meal. You could also try doubling the recipe and make a week’s worth of lunches. Yum!

Image via Damn Delicious

Red Lentil – This vegan soup is one seriously hearty dish, and it also clocks in at about 30 minutes of cooking time. One of the reasons we love making soup so much is that is it super easy to make. Chop veggies, add broth and a few spices, then leave it on the stove and do whatever you need to do for half an hour. Another amazing weekday dinner!

Image via The Kitchen

Chicken Pot Pie – You will need a slow cooker or crockpot to make this dish, so if you don’t have one skip along to the next recipe. (That said, you probably should get a slow cooker because they are amazing.) Anyway, this cross between a soup and a stew is amazing. It’s rich, warm, and just what you need on a cold day.

Image via Baked By Rachel

Kale & Chickpea – Expecting guests with dietary restrictions? This soup’s for them, (unless they’re allergic to kale or chickpeas!). All kidding aside, this dish is vegan and gluten free, making it a good choice to serve your food conscious guests. Plus, it’s absolutely delicious!

Roasted Vegetable – This is a pretty classic recipe, but we just had to share it. Roasted vegetable soup is a staple dish during the winter. It’s easy to make, lends itself to lots of variations, and can feed an army if you’ve got enough vegetables!

Image via Savory Lotus

Carrot, Ginger & Potato – Do you love rich, creamy soups but are worried about what they’ll do to your waistline? Then this recipe is for you! Enjoy all the flavor and richness of a cream-based soup and stick to your diet!

Image via Averie Cooks

Mulligatawny – Add a little spice to your seasonal soup rotation with this eastern dish. Its complex flavors will impress every dinner guest, but it’s pretty easy to make. Mulligatawny is fun to say and twice as good to eat!

We hope these soups help keep you and your family warm and cozy through the fall and all winter long. Make sure to share your favorite fall dishes with @HomeShows on Twitter and Instagram – we’d love to see what you cook up!

Looking for more ways to get your family and your home ready for fall? Visit the Marketplace Events Home Show nearest you! Discover the latest trends in home decor and design, get expert advice, see your favorite home and garden celebrities, and more. Right now you can get 2-for-1 tickets to the Marketplace Events Home Show of your choice when you connect with us on Facebook. Visit our Facebook Ticket Deals and save big!

Sep 30, 2015

We're thrilled to have SunFire Defense joining us at this year's Deseret News Home Show. This innovative company creates products to help protect families and homes in case of fire. SunFire Defense SPF3000 fire blankets, sealants, and sprays help lower energy consumption, increase energy efficiency, improve agriculture, scale up enzymatic transformations, and protect what matters most.

SunFire Defenses uses only the best eco-friendly fire protection materials to help ensure the best future for our planet and its people. To learn more about this revolutionary company and how it can help protect your loved ones visit them in booth #1743/1745 at the Deseret News Home Show.

But before you see them at the show, check out our brief interview below to see what they have planned for this event!

Please describe your products.

"SPF3000 degree clear spray fire retardant for homes and fire retardant escape cloak for families."

What are your best safety tips for homeowners?

"Treat your home if you are in a wildfire area to prevent burning embers from burning down your home."

Will you have any show specials?

"Free fire escape cloak with SPF3000 fire stop treatment to your home."

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

"Spraying blankets for horses to keep them safe during an evacuation from wildfires."

What's your favorite part of the Deseret News Home Show?

"Visualizing all of the applications for our fire spray."

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

"Jim Moseley is the 2014 Patrick Soon-Shion Los Angeles Business Journal innovator of the year recipient for saving lives and property."

The Deseret News Home Show takes over the South Towne Expo Center October 9-11, 2015. With hundreds of home improvement experts ready to help you with your latest project this is a must-attend event for Salt Lake City homeowners.

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!

OCTOBER 9-11, 2015.

Color has a big impact on our everyday lives – from what we decide to wear, to what we order for lunch. Just as important as choosing the right colors for our clothing, we all need to understand the effects various room colors can have on our mood and sense of well-being. This year, at the Jacksonville Home + Patio Show, designers Becky Harmon and Sandra Millis are creating a design feature with side by side rooms that showcase both warm and cool colors. The display will feature beautiful flooring, neutral colored seating, end and coffee tables,accent chest, wall art, area rugs and accessories.

The designers will use color to dictate the look and feel of the two rooms -- cool colors are thought to be calm and relaxing, while warm colors are often considered to be energetic.

The ladies are utilizing shades from Sherwin Williams. To help you get ready for their unique display at the show, below are some color findings from Sherwin Williams.

Color and Mood

How does hue affect mood and behavior? Science can offer clues, but the answers are rarely black and white.

To understand the impact of color on the human mind, consider the operating room, says Shashi Caan, chairwoman of the interior design program at Parsons School of Designer. Dominant colors in an operating theater don't come from the decor, she points out. They are the red of human blood and tissue and the seafoam green or blue-green of surgical scrubs.

Aesthetics aside, this color combination is unlikely to change. As long as blood is red, Caan says, the complementary colors of the scrubs will severe the important function of absorbing the surgeon's visual afterimage when she briefly looks away from her patient. If scrubs were, say, white like a doctor's lab coat, staring into all that crimson without a visual respite would nauseate surgeons.

Like the surgeon, we are all affected by environmental color. But unlike the operating room, where the need to maintain sterility demands a minimum of architectural color, the colors in most interior environments can be planned to achieve desired effects. Color can be employed to energize, subdue, inspire, aggravate, or stimulate.

Of course, none of this is news to design professionals. Fast-food restaurants have used appetite stimulating orange for decades, while (appetite-suppressing) blue restaurants are as rare as blue moons. Pink, thought to dull aggression, has been used to subdue prisoners in correctional institutions - and players in opposing teams' locker rooms.

For years, parents heeded the advice of color expert Carlton Wagner, who cautioned against painting nurseries yellow because, he said, the stimulating color would make babies cry.

You won't find red walls in your cardiologist's office, not just because he sees enough of it in the operating room, but because the color has been proven to raise blood pressure. Freudian analyst Bruno Bettelheim was rumored to have painted patients blue to quell their anxiety.

Color and Context

For the most part, many of these color assumptions remain intact today, says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. However, she and others caution designers to dig deeper into the science of color psychology and the context of their projects before applying paint.

"Anybody can figure out that you want soothing colors in bedrooms and more stimulating colors in high-activity areas," says Janet Friedman of Friedman & Shields, a California-and-Arizona-based design firm. Though color psychology rules are far from universal, she notes. Just as people have differing color preferences, they also have different psychological and physical reactions to color. Their reactions can be influenced by everything from gender and age to socioeconomic status and heritage - and can be as individual as fingerprints.

For example, a study conducted at the University of Texas found that women experienced more depression in white, gray, and beige offices. Men, meanwhile, reported the same feelings in orange or purple rooms. Retailers routinely use color to attract desired customers. "The more money you pay," Friedman says, "the more you expect [store design to include] deep soothing colors," that suggest luxury and invite lingering.

Subdued nursing home color palettes may be more stereotypical than senior-sensitive, since many seniors are color blind. If they do see color differences, they might be put off by au courant chartreuse - but nostalgic in the presence of vintage peach.

Primary colors have long been a favorite in kids' rooms. Still, Friedman cautions, "If your children tend to be hyperactive, you're going to give them a much quieter palette."

Color in Flux

Color can be a shape-shifter in different settings. Most designers test colors in their intended environment to anticipate changes that might occur with different lighting. Colors that everyone loved on a selection board can take on a whole new feel in the context of a finished room, Friedman notes. The turquoise-and-yellow combination that looked merely spunky on sample chips can positively vibrate in large doses.

Even memory plays a role in human reactions to color. Green borrows from nature its benevolent effect on most people. But a child scared by a costumed witch's green face may find this color disturbing even as an adult. On the other hand, that response might depend on the particular shade of green. European researchers concluded that color saturation has a greater effect than hue. They found most deep colors to be equally exciting, while dull colors, no matter the hue, were calming.

The translation from the lab to real life though, can be complicated and tricky. The Baker-Miller pink devised for use in prison cells does have an immediate calming effect, Eiseman points out. However, studies conducted after prisoners adapted to the color found that the effects diminished over time. An Arizona sheriff learned this the hard way. After extended periods in their pink cells, inmates in Maricopa County jails for more, rather than less, agitated, Friedman says. Now the prisoners are issued pink underwear.

As for the yellow embargo in infants' rooms, feel free to break it, Eiseman says. "Wagner just hated yellow," she says, to the extent that he even denigrated those who liked the color, calling them "neurotic". After much searching, Eiseman hasn't found any research that supports Wagner's claim that the sunny color bugs babies.

Color is Subjective

Indeed, too much reliance on external justification troubles Caan, principal with the Shashi Caan Collective. "We need to rely more on intuition," she says. "Life is messy." And too complex to replicate in a lab. "We as designers need to become not only scientists and psychologists, but also rational people and artists." That means considering color holistically in the vernacular of the people with whom it interacts and the context of the place where it will be applied.

Teresa Cox, a St. Paul artist known for her exuberant, color-filled canvases, is a case in point. Cox responds viscerally to color, and her artistic experimentation reinforces to intuition. Her studio, which is also her home, is filled with color: a saturated golden-green floor, and deep-indigo walls; not to mention her colorful paintings everywhere. The tension between all these intense and competing hues would overstimulate many people. For Cox, they are like an elixir. When she once tried to create an 8-foot canvas in shades of only gray, black, and white, Cox felt uneasy/ "I was literally having cravings for color," she says. "I broke out my other paints and started to add red, which gave me and immediate lift."

 Just as a few brush strokes of scarlet gave Cox a jolt of energy, even a tiny dose of color can profoundly affect a design.

Use the wrong color in the wrong place and "you'll know it," Friedman says. "Your teeth will start to itch."

Get it right, Eiseman says, and "there is a bell that rings".

See the powerful effects of color when you visit the Designer Room feature at the Jacksonville Home + Patio Show. The home and garden event of the season takes over the Prime Osborn Convention Center October 1-4, 2015. Don't have tickets yet? Get 2-for-1 when you connect with us on Facebook!

Sep 29, 2015

John Gidding can simply be described as an architecture and design expert. After graduating from Yale with a BA in architecture and completing a master’s program at Harvard School of Design, you could say he has the knowledge to prove it. He has gone on to become the host of HGTV’s Curb Appeal and works to enhance the outside of a home by incorporating design techniques into the exterior space.

As owner of the New York City-based John Gidding Design Inc., John has had success with design and construction projects all around the world and he isn’t planning on scaling back any time soon.

We talked to John to about upcoming trends for this year and even tried to get some hints about this year’s Deseret News Home Show.

What are some of your favorite interior or outdoor design looks this year?

"Outdoor living is skewing away from massive planting beds and horticultural expressions to hardscapes, overhead pergolas and projections, and interesting seating styles, be it hammocks and swings or large collections of whimsical seating options. In other words, both in front and back yards, people are focusing on creating courtyards and patios with a real focus on seating and comfort. This is a huge departure from when I first started Curb Appeal and everyone would chastise me for putting a few options for seating in the fronts of homes! As for interiors, I'm in love with everything Ken Fulk is doing."

How would you describe your design aesthetic?

"I'm a modernist at heart, but the more I work, the more I'm adapting to a softer approach. Finally, the most successful tenet of modernism is open-plan living - we are no longer hampered by structure defining every space, and instead find ourselves in open floor plans that allow life to flow easily from one space to another. This is easily married with color, pattern, and comfort; elements which mean more and more to me with each project."

What is one piece of advice you would give a homeowner who wants to improve the look and feel of their space?

"The key to improving the look and feel of your space is to identify needs that will be newly met by the redesign. If all you're looking to do is breathe new life into your home, playing with fabrics and colors will be the least expensive and most effective way to do it - but if you want to take your project to new heights, identify some needs you've always had (need more storage? more seating? more light?) and make the design address your needs if you want your project to be 'next level'."

Since you’ve been to Salt Lake before, is there anything you love about the city, or is there anything you would like to experience while you’re here?

"I love SLC because of the people. I've met some life-long friends there and look forward to visiting every time. I'm definitely going to stop by to check out the latest pieces by The Mandate Press when I'm there - I've always been a huge fan of letterpress artwork and one of the foremost studios in the country is in SLC."

Join John Gidding at the Deseret News Home Show October 9-11, 2015. John will be appearing live on the Design Stage on Friday, October 9th at 7pm and Saturday, October 10th at 3pm. Don't miss him!

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OCTOBER 9-11, 2015.

There's so much to do, see, and experience at the Jacksonville Home + Patio Show when it returns to the Prime Osborn Convention Center October 1-4, 2015. To help make planning your trip a little easier, below are the top five, not-to-be-missed features at the show.

1. Bath Crasher Matt Muenster. Bath renovations rank as one of the most popular home improvement projects homeowners take on, and Matt Muenster has transformed hundreds of bathrooms as designer and host of DIY Network's Bath Crashers. Matt will share advice, behind-the-scenes secrets, and great before-and-after bath projects to help show guests with their own projects. Matt appears on the Fresh Ideas Stage on Friday at 6pm, Saturday at 1pm and 5pm, and Sunday and 1pm.

2. Double DIY. Aspiring DIY gurus, who pin countless DIY projects that never seem to make it past the "Want to Try" board, take heart. The Diva of DIY herself, Leanne Lee, is coming to the Jacksonville Home + Patio Show to inspire guests to jump into DIY feet first. Leanne appears on the Fresh Ideas stage on Friday at 4pm, Saturday at 12pm and 4pm, and Sunday at 12pm. In addition, Chris the "DIY Guy" Tice returns to the show with great DIY projects he'll demonstrate daily in his booth!

3. Shedtastic Showcase. She-Shed, Pub Sheds, Backyard Bars...whatever you call them, sheds are one of the hottest trends in the home industry. Guests can visit a shed showcase at the show, featuring an office shed, a "grounded" treehouse, and a grown up sanctuary.

4. Hero Day. On Friday, October 2, the show will celebrate local heroes - retired and active duty military and first responders will receive FREE admission to the show on this date. For your service and your sacrifice, we thank you.

5. Psychology of Color. The colors picked for a nursery or kitchen go beyond pure aesthetics. It's important to understand the effects of various room colors on mood and well-being. Local interior designers, Becky Harmon and Sandra Millis, are designing side-by-side rooms with examples of warm vs cool colors to invite guests to take the "color test" and see what emotions are evoked by simply switching colors in an identical room.

The Jacksonville Home + Patio Show takes over the Prime Osborn Convention Center October 1-4, 2015. With hundreds of home and garden celebrities, experts, and retailers, this is one must-attend event for Florida homeowners.

Don't have tickets yet? Get 2-for-1 when you connect with us on Facebook. Treat a friend or family member to the show - we can't wait to see you there!

OCTOBER 1-4, 2015.