Jan 26, 2015

Get ready to go...Ballistech at the Indianapolis Home Show. Ballistech Armour is coming to the show, January 23 - February 1, 2015 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
Before you see this tough exhibitor at the show, get to know them better in our interview below...

Name: Scott Bonnell

Booth Number: 250

Describe your products:
"Crystal clear ballistic glass for the ultimate in smartphone and tablet protection."

Best home or garden tips?
"Ballistech Armour screen protection is the perfect gift for landscapers, tradespeople, and everyday gardeners. Protect your device in the field."

What's your biggest garden pet peeve?
"Puppies weeing on herb garden!!"

Don't miss Ballistech Armour at the Indianapolis Home Show. The home and garden event of the year takes over the Indiana State Fairgrounds January 23 - February 1, 2015. Get tickets to see Ty Pennington, Matt Muenster, and more. Right now you can get 2-for-1 tickets on our Facebook Ticket Deals page - don't miss out!

JANUARY 23 - FEBRUARY 1, 2015.

Jan 23, 2015

Did you ever wonder what happens to the food donated to a food bank? What happens when a family in need takes home those donations and prepares a meal? You will get an inside look with a special event returning to the Indianapolis Home Show: the Choppin' Hunger Challenge II.

A new study by Feeding Indiana's Hungry and Feeding America shows one in six Hoosiers, or an estimated 1.1 million people in Indiana, turn to food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families. Of the households served by Indiana's food banks and assistance programs, 43% include a child under 18, and 25% include a senior aged 60 or older.

So how can you chop hunger and help Hoosier families get a nutritious and filling meal? Donate to your local food bank or food pantry, and make sure you are giving the right type of food.

Participate in the Choppin' Hunger Challenge II at the Indianapolis Home Show! Watch great Indiana chefs, Sam Brown and Nick Mayes, as they battle to win the challenge of creating a unique, delicious meal from chop baskets filled with items from Indiana food banks.

Home show attendees are encouraged to come sample the meals and will also have the chance to learn about the most desired food items needed by Hoosier families. Then, consider making a donation - especially spices, which are seldom donated.

Attendees will also receive a packet of recipes developed using foods shoppers can pick up at Gleaners - you can also find them online. This exciting program was created by the American Dairy Association of Indiana, Gleaners Good Bank, Second Helpings, and CICOA - all working to eliminate hunger in Indiana.

Watch as Indiana chefs compete for the best meal. Stop by the Choppin' Hunger Challenge II on Saturday, January 24 at 11am on the Unilock Outdoor Living Stage for your chance to help truly chop hunger and learn how all Hoosiers can enjoy warm and filling meals every day of the year.

The Indianapolis Home Show takes over the Indiana State Fairgrounds January 23 - February 1, 2015. Get tickets to participate in fun and information events like this, as well as to see home and garden celebrities, Ty Pennington and Matt Muenster. Right now you can get 2-for-1 tickets when you check out our Facebook Ticket Deals page. We hope to see you at the show!

JANUARY 23 - FEBRUARY 1, 2015.

The 2015 Philadelphia Home Show will mark the 10th year that Tommi Mischell will bring her unique style and inspiration to the show floor. Tommi typically pulls her inspiration from various places...and any little thing can lead to a major change in the design of a room, but this year Tommi's inspiration is one very close to her heart.

This year, she will be presenting her own brand: "Tomaggio", in dedication to her father, who recently passed away. Tommi is especially excited to be presenting her Design Room at the Philadelphia Home Show because of how special it is to her.

With this year's Design Room feature focusing on dining rooms, Tommi is eager to bring her unique style to the table. She believes in going against the grain when it comes to designing dining rooms and to always be ahead of the curve. Instead of a rectangular table, she prefers a circle or square shaped table and instead of conventional chairs she will use a bench instead. She also prefers to use one large piece of art that packs a punch with bold colors, which you will notice when you visit Tommi's room at the show.

Although she enjoys designing dining rooms, Tommi's heart lies in the kitchen. It is her favorite room to design in the house because it is the nest of the house where the entire family can have their comfort zone. She believes the kitchen should be held in high regards for families because it is normally the first place where you see each other that day and share a "priceless cup of coffee or tea".

When working with clients her main goal is to help bring their taste to a professional level by using their likes and dislikes to make their vision a reality. Tommi has her clients complete an inspiration file which they fill with things that they want in their room to draw inspiration from. After collecting all of her client's likes, Tommi starts the creative process of making a unique space that will suit the room, while bringing her client's vision to life.

Although Tommi has made a name for herself as a visual designer, she is also very popular in her home country of Croatia for her 2001 self-titled album featuring the hit single "Echoes Of Love". Tommi's husband, Nick Kacic, is a successful sculptor and their daughter Ella Mische, is an actress and singer/songwriter.

Come to the Philadelphia Home Show, January 23 - 25, 2015 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and celebrate ten years of Tommi's unique and fabulous style. Don't have show tickets yet? Get 2-for-1 on our Facebook Ticket Deals. Bring a friend or family member to the show - we can't wait to see you there!

JANUARY 23 - 25, 2015.

Jan 22, 2015

Every homeowner likes to think that they are the DIY master of the renovation world, but sometimes – whether they want to admit it or not – homeowners are not as good with power tools as they think they are. It is important to know when to step back and ask for help, which is why Edmonton Renovation Show presenter Jamie Banfield of Jamie Banfield Design has given us the do’s and don’ts of bringing in an expert. Hint: spending a little extra on a designer might actually save your budget!

For The DIY Master

If you have a full vision for your renovation, if you understand products and know where you need to go, Jamie suggests bringing in a designer because they can get you discounts that you would likely never snag as a consumer.

"Designers typically will take 7-10% of what typical renovation budgets should be, but those designers can fight for discounts, know when to buy thing/when there are sales going on, and know what areas to put cash into."

Jamie also says that good designers will have contacts for trades, whether it's a dry-waller or cabinet installer. Even if you're a self-proclaimed handyperson, hiring a designer could potentially nab you some great deals on products and installation.

For The Not-So-Renovation-Savvy

If you're a renovation newbie, Jamie highly recommends bringing in a designer because they'll know what steps to take and what steps not to take in terms of how to make the most of your new space.

"Professionals can help homeowners make better choices. Designers understand the details going together. They'll know that the countertops are going to be installed on Tuesday, and the plumber is coming on Wednesday. Whereas a lot of consumers won't have that plan of attack."

Designers think of the right planning and logistical aspects of a renovation project, which is definitely something that many consumers don't really consider. If you're just getting started in the renovation world, professional help is key to saving time and money.

Overall, Jamie says the most efficient way to save your renovation budget is to put the most attention on installation. Let's say you're redoing your kitchen and you've decided the best way to save money is to install the cabinets by yourself. This could actually lead to costly mistakes and sloppy handywork.

"If you cheap out on the install you could spend $20,000 on cabinets, save $2,000 by doing the installation yourself, and the whole thing will look terrible. Or you could buy a $5,000 kitchen and spend $1,500 on the installation, and just by having it installed correctly, it'll look like a million bucks."

Calling in experts can save you money, and Jamie has a million tricks up his sleeve to help you create an elegant space on a tight budget. Check out his presentations at the Edmonton Renovation Show, January 23 - 25, to find all the tips you'll need to get started on your project!

JANUARY 23 - 25, 2015.

Kevin O'Connor is set to take the stage at the Home + Remodeling Show on Friday, January 23 at 7pm and Saturday, January 24 at 11am and 2pm. Can't wait to see this home improvement expert and the host of PBS' This Old House at the show? Check out our quick interview with Kevin below - it should tide you over until his appearances this weekend.

Marketplace Events (MPE): Are you on social media?
MPE: What three items do you always keep in your tool belt?
  • Kevin: "21 oz hammer, my speed square, 25 foot tape measure."
MPE: What was your first job?
  • Kevin: "Washed dishes at a restaurant - and was darn good at it!"
MPE: What famous figure inspires your career?
  • Kevin: "Bill Gates - great philanthropic figure."
MPE: Describe your design style in five words or less.
  • Kevin: "Traditional with clean and bright feel."
MPE: What is the most challenging part of your job?
  • Kevin: "Turning someone who is great at their job into a person that will do well on television."
MPE: What is your favorite design or garden-related app?
  • Kevin: "Houzz - it is an aggregator of photos."
MPE: What is your favorite organizing tip?
  • Kevin: "Keep at it and stay on top of it."
MPE: What is your design or gardening pet peeve?
  • Kevin: "Don't like sinks in islands."
The Home + Remodeling Show is on at the Dulles Expo Center from January 23- 25, 2015. With hundreds of exhibitors, local renovation experts, designers, and more, it is the home improvement event of the season. Don't have tickets yet? Get 2-for-1 via Facebook and take a friend or family member to the show.

JANUARY 23 - 25, 2015.

Licensed contractor Matt Muenster gets an adrenaline rush every time he transforms a boring bathroom into a fantastic one on the DIY Network's Bath Crashers series. We hope you'll get an adrenaline rush seeing him at the Indianapolis Home Show. Matt will be appearing live on the Unilock Outdoor Living Stage January 23 - 25, 2015. But before you see him at the show, enjoy our interview with him below.

Marketplace Events (MPE): What got you interested in interior design?
  • Matt Muenster (MM): "It was a course I took in college on architectural history - it got me passionate about design and helped me to focus. From there I enrolled in the interior design program and never looked back."
MPE: Ok, why bathrooms? Is the bathroom typically a room that needs the most renovating?
  • MM: "Bathrooms happened because the show happened. I was designing almost every type of space available until this opportunity came along. What this has done though is help me focus on one space and learn all there is to know. What I've learned is it's not only the hardest room to renovate in your home, but the payoff from a successful renovation, both financially and emotionally, is the greatest. It's an underutilized and underrated room in every home - and my job is to change all that."
MPE: What's the first thing you look at when updating someone's bathroom?
  • MM: "Size - and anything we can do during the renovation to make it bigger. After that, every bathroom demo is exactly the same. The challenge is putting it back together. No one bathroom is more challenging than another; it's all about making it work for those who are using it."
MPE: What are a couple tips people can use to help renovate their bathroom on their own?
  • MM: "Have a plan before you start. Know everything about the step you're working and the next two or three down the line before you even begin. Plan your work, and work your plan. Also, know your limitations. If you've never worked with plumbing before, a few YouTube videos or a book probably isn't going to teach you all you need know. Bite the bullet, and hire skilled labor where you can make big mistakes yourself. The overall outcome will be that much better."
MPE: Have you been to Indianapolis before? What advice do you hope to give Indiana residents at the show?
  • MM: "I have. I was there for the Super Bowl a few years ago. I hope people come out to the show and my presentations with questions to ask. I definitely want to impart my knowledge on bathroom design, but I will have a lot more fun if I can interact with everyone and answer their questions. It keeps me on my toes and is infinitely more interesting to me!"
Join Matt at the Indianapolis Home Show on January 23 - 25 to learn how you can upgrade your most-used room with ideas, inspiration, and practical remodeling advice! Check out our stage schedule for appearance times. The Indianapolis Home Show takes over the Indiana State Fairgrounds January 23 - February 1, 2015. Don't have tickets yet? Get 2-for-1 on our Facebook Ticket Deals!

JANUARY 23 - FEBRUARY 1, 2015.

The story about how a New York Times best selling author and the former Vice President of Healthy Living for Martha Stewart Ominmedia would end up running a goat farm in upstate New York together might be an unlikely one, but it's the story of the Beekman Boys. In 20017, author Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his now husband, Dr. Brent Ridge bought a farm in Sharon Springs, NY, as a weekend getaway from the hectic city lifestyle. What they didn't know was that farm, Beekman 1802, would change their lives forever.

To many, Josh and Brent are known as The Fabulous Beekman Boys, which is also the name of their show on the Cooking Channel (airing Thursdays at 10pm). The Boys offer seasonal recipes, gardening tips, and inspired home decor advice on their website, As a result of their recent success, the Beekman Boys not only took part in the 21st season of CBS' Amazing Race, but were the grand prize winners.

We recently got the chance to talk to Brent and Josh about their upcoming trip to the Philadelphia Home Show and the unique experience they'll be bringing with them.

Marketplace Events (MPE): What will you be talking about at the Philadelphia Home Show?
  • Beekman Boys (BB): "For those in the audience who have no idea who we are, we always start out telling the unlikely story of how two guys wound up on a goat farm in upstate NY, and we always leave lots of time for questions and photos for all the fans who know us from our Cooking Channel show, The Fabulous Beekman Boys, and our time on CBS' Amazing Race."
MPE: Your brand includes cooking, decor, gardening, crafts, cheese...Which projects are you most passionate about?
  • BB: "Beekman 1802 Farm really is our life and we are passionate about every single season of the year on the farm. Each experience helps generate a thousand new ideas. Right now we are most excited about the fact that our Mortgage Lifter sauces, made using real heirloom tomatoes, will be available in every Target store in America this spring. For these sauces we give back 25% of the profits to give other small farms a 'Lift'."
MPE: Where do you gather most of your inspiration for your new projects?
  • BB: "Everything we design, whether it's a book, food product, piece of furniture, or bedroom linen draws inspiration directly from our life on the farm. William Beekman built the farm in the year 1802, and he was our village's original mercantilist, so we always think about what items he would have had in his original store and then put a little modern twist on them."
MPE: Are there any new recipes or tips you'd like to share?
  • BB: "It's been a brutally cold winter so far, so why don't we share one of our favorite soups from our latest cookbook: the smoky corn chowder. People can get the recipe here."

MPE: What is your favorite piece of furniture in your home?
  • BB: "This is a tough question as we are very particular about the things that we bring into the house. We are anti-hoarders and labor over every single decision about what comes in. We would probably have to say the 600lb black walnut table that we built for our dining room from a local tree that had been blown over in a storm." Learn the story of this table here.
Catch the Fabulous Beekman Boys sharing their unique story and expertise on anything horticultural on the Main Stage at the Philadelphia Home Show at 4pm on Friday, January 23 and at noon and 4:30pm on Saturday, January 24. The Philadelphia Home Show takes over the Pennsylvania Convention Center January 23 - 25, 2015. Don't have tickets yet? Get 2-for-1 on our Facebook Ticket Deals.

JANUARY 23 - 25, 2015

Jan 21, 2015

When you picture your dream garage, what comes to mind: heated floors, efficient storage, or the ultimate man cave? Whether your garage is in desperate need of an upgrade or you’ve earned bragging rights for having the best garage on the block, we want to give you a chance to win a $12,500 garage makeover presented by CISN Country and provided by Garage Co. and Liquid Granite Coatings! Click here to enter.

Find inspiration for your newly updated garage at the Edmonton Renovation Show, January 23 - 25 at the Edmonton Expo Center. Check out three awe-inspiring garage designs at the Extreme Garages feature to see the best in garage ideas, storage, tools, and accessories.

If you’re thinking of revamping your garage on your own, we’ve got tips to help you make the most of your space without breaking the bank. Post-Christmas renovations can be hard on the wallet, so consider organization as a key component! Just moving some things around and adding strategically placed shelves can make a big difference without costing a lot of money.

  • Utilize wall space for storage using shelves, hooks, and racks to hang tools. Hang anything and everything to create as much floor space as possible.
  • Don't forget about ceiling space! Creating a sliding storage system is easy and cheap - just grab a few plastic bins, build a simple sliding track, and you're good to go.
  • Installing cabinets is another cheap way to create maximum storage space. You can buy pre-built ones and install them yourself, or even build your own!
  • Sort what you have to organize by similarity. Labelling bins and keeping similar items in one place is super efficient and effective in keep your space clean!
  • Here's a clever tip: use magnets! Attach a magnetic strip to a piece of wood and hang all of your smaller tools with ease.
  • Downsize unnecessary items! Store leftover paint in mason jars that will take up less space than giant paint cans.
These are just a few organization tips to help you kick-start your garage renovation. Visit the Edmonton Renovation Show for even more tips and tricks from our renovation experts. The show takes over the Edmonton Expo Center January 23-25, 2015. Don't have tickets yet? Get 2-for-1 on our Facebook Ticket Deals. Bring a friend or family member to the show - we can't wait to see you there!

JANUARY 23 - 25, 2015.

The Touch of Class team uses soft colors and timeless pieces to create an eclectic vision in the 2015 Indianapolis Home Show Centerpiece Home master bedroom.

For the bed and nightstands, gracefully-shaped architectural forms of Italian, French, and Belgian origin are accentuated by a wire-brushed artisan finished with a reclaimed character.

With an artist's eye, the over-the-nightstand scones skillfully mix modern with rustic, elegant with casual, and romantic with relaxed. It's an eclectic vision that resonates with natural style and a modern new look at how we live today.

Accent chairs next to the fireplace feature the timeless feel of a brushed ikat pattern in soft blues and browns with the aged charm of stripped-down finish layers on the carved arms and front posts.

A wool rug under the bed is a natural undyed handwoven 100% wool rug with mixed tones of cream, taupe, and gray throughout the braids. And a shag rug next to the fireplace sitting area is New Zealand wool at its finest in a plus pile of lush super-soft white wool.
With a preview like this you've got to come see the finished product at the Indianapolis Home Show. The Fischer Homes Centerpiece Home is just one of many reasons to attend the show. Others include presentations from Ty Pennington and Matt Muenster, our gorgeous feature gardens, hundreds of exhibitors, and more! The Indianapolis Home Show takes over the Indiana State Fairgrounds January 23 - February 1, 2015. Don't have tickets yet? Get 2-for-1 on our Facebook Ticket Deals.