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Friday, September 12, 2014

Celebrity Spotlight: See J. Allen At The Capital Home Show

The Capital Home Show is taking place September 19-21, 2014 at the Dulles Expo Center. This show is a great place for homeowners to get the tips, advice and exclusive deals they need to help make their home projects happen. We know that undertaking a home renovation, remodel, or redesign can be an overwhelming process - there's budgets to balance, expectations to meet, and work to do. That's why we enlist the help of lots of home experts at the show, like J. Allen.

J. Allen is an accomplished interior designer whose talents have been features on HGTV's Design Star, in Home & Design Magazine and in The Washington Post. J. is the founder of Perceptions Interiors and has over 11 years experience in residential, commercial, and hospitality interiors. J. will be sharing the ultimate guide to decorating in five steps. But before you cure your design woes and learn how to pull a room together like a pro, enjoy our interview with J. below.


Twitter: @perceptionsid
Facebook: Perception Interiors by J .Allen
Pinterest: Perception Interiors
Houzz: Perception Interiors

Marketplace Events (MPE): What three items do you always keep in your purse/pockets?
  • J. Allen (JA): "Tape measure, phone with camera, hand sanitizer."
MPE: What was your first job?
  • JA: "Designed a basement apartment in Alexandria Virginia. It was my first paid gig, single mom with two kids. It had a $1,000 budget and I was so excited that someone wanted to hire me, I stretched that budget like no other job and she is still a client today in her third home.”
MPE: How were you discovered?
  • JA: “I had clients who recommended that I audition for the show – on a whim I tried for casting in Philadelphia and drove and they asked me to come back the next day and there was a blizzard and I ended up going back and forth to the show in the storm – a little voice in my head just said just do it and it worked out.”
MPE: Most memorable career moment to date?
  • JA: Design Star was a pivotal moment – being selected for that top 12 and being a small fish in the big pond and being selected was a big deal.”
MPE: What famous figure inspires your career?
  • JA: “Mary McDonald’s design style – her outlook and how she tackles her projects – I love a lot of different designers for different reasons, but I love her drive, great attitude and energy.”
MPE: What’s your personal mantra
  • JA: “Perception is reality – which is the reason for the name of my company.”
MPE: What is the most challenging part of your job?
  • JA: “Identifying my clients’ taste and style and creating a style that is them and not me and something they are happy to live in every day – capturing their lifestyle.”
MPE: What do you see as a new trend?
  • JA: “1. Grey has been my favorite color for a long time – and it is coming back right now.
    2. Designers are being seen as more than a luxury service – and people see them as a viable service.
    3. Reclaimed industrial trends – we are finding ways to reuse/recycle – it makes things more interesting.”
MPE: What was your most embarrassing moment?
  • JA: “First day on camera we were eating Chinese food and I was so nervous that I shoved a fortune cookie in my mouth and wound up eating the fortune inside!”
MPE: What is your favorite design or garden-related phone app?
  • JA: “Houzz.”
MPE: What is your favorite room in your house?
  • JA: “My closet – because I took a lot of time with it and I don’t have to share it with my husband – I could live in my closet.”
Make sure to catch J. at the Capital Home Show. Grab your tickets online early to save $3 courtesy of Thompson Creek Window Company. We can’t wait to see you there!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Holiday Boutique Exhibitor Spotlight: Gourmet Goodies

We're excited to have Gourmet Goodies at our Holiday Boutique show in Kansas City, November 6-9, 2014 at the Overland Park Convention Center. 

Check out an exclusive interview with this fabulous exhibitor below...

Elizabeth Culberson

Booth Number:

Describe your products & services:
We offer hand dipped Belgian Chocolate items such as: Oreos, pretzels, marshmallows, turtles, almond bark, coconut clusters, apples, pears, strawberries, espresso beans, orange peels, raisins, cherries, blueberries, malt balls, gummy bears, fudge, etc.

Price Range:
$ - $0-$20

What are you featured items?
Our turtles and fudge.

You can catch Gourmet Goodies at the 2014 Holiday Boutique at the Overland Park Convention Center, November 6-9, 2014. Make sure to buy your show tickets online early to get the best deals. 

This Or That: A-DOOR-able Front Doors

A recent trends that's been gaining popularity is having a loud front door - and no, we're not talking about your doorbell volume. Painting your door a non-traditional color is becoming more and more commonplace. Rich tones like eggplant and ox blood were easy to adopt, but now homeowners are attempting more vibrant colors like chartreuse and magenta.

Check out the painted doors below and let us know which one you'd prefer. Would you dare to try Option A's sunny hue? Or would you feel more comfortable with Option B's purple perfection? Which choice makes you yell shut the front door (so I can look at it)?

Option A

Image via Bob Villa

Option B

Our Choice:

Although we really like both doors, we prefer Option A. The yellow complements the white trim and antique lantern, and isn't too flashy. The plants surrounding the door are also a very playful accent. This seems like a lovely door to kiss goodnight in front of or to lock up every morning on your way to work.

You probably have a few colorful front doors in your neighborhood, so we have to ask: what color is your door? Have you thought about painting it recently? Is there a color that you absolutely would not paint your door? Let us know below. And of course, for  more home design tips and inspiration make sure to head to the Marketplace Events home show nearest you - US Shows and Canadian Shows.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sponsor Spotlight: Samsung

We're thrilled to have Samsung join us for the Calgary Home + Design Show (September 18-21 at the BMO Centre) and the Vancouver Home + Design Show (October 16-19 at BC Place). Here's a little inside scoop on what's cooking with Samsung.

1. What are your featured products this season?
This season we're introducing the new Samsung Chef Collection - a suite of premium culinary appliances inspired by renowned chefs from around the world. Every appliance in the collection combines breakthrough technology and sophisticated design to build the best kitchen possible and ensure the highest quality results.

  • Food Preservation at its Finest - With its thoughtful attention to innovation and design, the Samsung Chef Collection 4-Door Refrigerator represents the next generation in food preservation, storage, organization and meal preparation.
  • Meal Prep Innovation - Samsung's Chef Collection features three new sleek slide-in range innovations (gas, induction and electric) with Flex Duo technology to conveniently make two different dishes at the same time at two different temperatures and provides a custom, built-in finish that instantly upgrades any kitchen.
  • Cook Every Meal to Perfection - Samsung's Chef Collection Over-The-Range (OTR) Microwave's new sensor cooking equips home chefs with the ultimate in cooking performance with a simple touch of a button. 
  • Don't Forget the Dishes - Beautiful spotless dishes are just as important to the dining experience as the food itself. But the basic technology and design of dishwashers - with their inefficient conventional rotary and circle water sprays has not advanced in 40 years, until now. 
2. What inspires your products?
The new Samsung Chef Collection was designed in collaboration with some of the world's finest Michelin Star master chefs. Inspired by their insight and expertise, we've revolutionized everything but the kitchen sink, creating innovative ways to store, prepare, and present your favourite foods. From innovative touches to impeccable design, it's everything you need to go from cook to chef.

3. What can we look forward to from you at the show?
At this year's show, three home cooks will each partner with a top chef in Calgary and Vancouver in a battle for culinary supremacy. Armed with Samsung's Chef Collection appliances, fresh ingredients, and plenty of ambition, the dueling duos will race against time as they take turns behind the burner to create the perfect entree and dessert. Expert judges, including Chef Corbin Tomaszeski, will select the winners, with the last home cooking standing scoring $5,000 worth of Samsung Chef Collection appliances for their own kitchen.

The Samsung Cooking Challenge: Tag Team Kitchen will take place on Saturday, September 20th at 1PM in Calgary and Saturday, October 18th at 2PM in Vancouver. Don't miss out on Samsung's fine features - buy your tickets to the Calgary Home + Design Show and the Vancouver Home + Design Show now!

Celebrity Spotlight: Meet Todd Wilbur, Food Detective

Have you ever wondered what’s in your favorite restaurant dishes? Todd Wilbur has made a career out of uncovering the ingredients behind America’s most popular foods. The author of Top Secret Recipes has shown that secret ingredients and family recipes are no match for him! He’s committed to bringing great copycat recipes of the world’s favorite foods to the masses.

We’re thrilled to have Todd joining us at the Capital Home Show, September 19-21, 2014. Don’t miss him as he shows you what makes McDonald’s special sauce so special, and lets you in on the ingredients that go into Mrs. Field’s sensational cookies. Make sure to bring your appetite; you might be asked to taste test some of Todd’s creations – will you be able to tell the difference between the famous dish and its copy? But first, let’s get to know the man behind the apron! 

Meet Todd Wilbur

Name: Todd Wilbur
Facebook: Todd Wilbur
Twitter: @ToddWilbur

Marketplace Events (MPE): How many books have you published?
  • Todd Wilbur (TW): “10, with a new one coming out fall 2015.”
MPE: What three items do you always keep in your pockets?
  • TW: “Chap stick – I live in Las Vegas and it is always dry. And a dollar bill with a sharp edge for measuring food in a restaurant.”
MPE: What was your first job?
  • TW: “Worked for my parents at a plant nursery that they owned – and helping people out to their car – I’m a big gardener to this day and grow my own herbs.”
MPE: How were you discovered?
  • TW: “Wrote a book in 1993 called Top Secret Ingredients – it was more like a pamphlet. Printed 10,000 copies, and then I was asked to be on Live With Regis and Kathy Lee and could not keep the book stocked after the appearance – a USA Today article and more followed.”
MPE: Most memorable career moment to date?
  • TW: “That first show with Regis and Kathy Lee – and four years later in 1997 when my first restaurant book came out, and then my interview on Oprah.”
MPE: What famous figure inspires your career?
  • TW: “The show Sherlock – food detective – like the way he thinks.”
MPE: Any embarrassing on-the-job moments you’d like to share?
  • TW: “On one of our shows we were cloning Dipping Dots. I needed liquid nitrogen and told a doctor that I had warts and needed to do the application at home. The doctor made me drop my pants in the office and I was not wearing underwear that day and it was caught on camera. Embarrassing!”
MPE: What’s your personal mantra?
  • TW: “Try to find the humor in everything.” 
MPE: What is the most challenging part of your job?
  • TW: “Trying to find out how to clone the food before the dish I’m cloning goes bad – time is my challenge.” 
MPE: What is your favorite design or garden-related phone app?
  • TW: “Always a camera for taking pictures of food and the Facebook app.” 
MPE: What do you like to cook when you are home?
  • TW: “BBQ – smoked foods – right now I’m working on a book and that is what I’m making - smoker and grill are my favorite tools at the moment.” 
MPE: What is your most popular cloned recipe?
  • TW: “KFC coleslaw recipe - very easy to make - #1 searched recipe on the website.” 
MPE: Is there anything you haven’t cloned yet?
  • TW: “Bush’s Baked Beans.” 
MPE: What’s the craziest clone request you’ve gotten?
  • TW: “People have asked me to clone a recipe from a remote restaurant or a closed restaurant, and dog food...” 
Todd will be appearing at the Capital Home Show on Friday and Saturday, so make sure to check him out! Learn how to make your favorite foods at home and more. Grab your tickets online now to get the best deals. We can't wait to see you at the show!