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How to Maximize Your Home and Garden Show Experience
by Tammy Ridgley
posted: September 27, 2010
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Whether it’s a Home Show, Flower Show, or Home and Garden Show…here are our tips for maximizing your show experience…
Home and garden shows offer a bonanza of fun, fabulous features you can’t find anywhere else. They showcase information from top industry experts, hundreds of cutting edge ideas for your home and garden and an opportunity to save big dollars on almost any project.  Whether you want to turn your master bath into a relaxation spa, your yard into additional living space, or learn more about energy efficiency, shows provide all the tools to get it done.  If you have challenges with any of your living spaces, you will find solutions at the show.  Home and garden shows in your community will offer hands-on exhibits relating to kitchens and baths, interior design, lawn and garden, pool and spa, all categories of building/remodeling products, and green products. 
What will you actually see at the home and garden show?
Hundreds of actual hands-on displays of the latest products;
Fabulous features ranging from massive gardens, especially in a Flower Show, speakers, complete homes, national touring exhibits and family fun activities – many will have you saying WOW;
Professional speakers provide unbiased information on almost all home related topics;
Factory and local experts can provide solutions to your challenges;

10 tips for maximizing your experience at the home and garden show:
l.   Research the company producing the event.  Not all shows are created equal.  You can waste a lot of time and money at the wrong show.  Many of the best home and gardenshows in the country can be found by visiting www.premierhomeshows.com;
 
2.  Buy your tickets in advance if possible.  This will save you time and in some cases money.  The show’s website or www.premierhomeshows.com offers you an opportunity to purchase tickets in advance;
 
3.  Spend time on the home and gardenshow’s website.  Everything from schedules of events, exhibitor lists, floor plans, show features and special offers will be available to you;
 
4.  Create a list of exhibits you want to visit, map them out on the floor plan, put on your most comfortable pair of shoes and hit the show floor running.  Be prepared with a pen and notepad for the many new ideas and products you will see at the home show.  Planning your visit will save you time and make your visit more efficient;
 
5.  Attend the event with a list of show related questions you need answered.  The industries top experts will be available to answer these questions.  Face to face contact is one of the show’s most valuable resources;
 
6.   The home and garden show is a very competitive marketplace and can save visitors big money.  Many exhibitors will have exclusive show-only discounts, good for show visitors scheduling an appointment at the show or within a limited time following the show.  This can be a huge money-saving opportunity available only at the show;
 
7.   Shows are much more than a place to shop for products and services.  There are many memorable show experiences to be created by you and your family.  Most shows have activities targeted to children.  Your entire family can attend the show and go away saying they had an entertaining and worthwhile time.  Whichever show you’re visiting, check the website for available activities;
 
8.   Most home and garden shows have a show supplement/show directory available in the days prior to the shows opening.  Watch your mailbox or local newspaper for this valuable guide. The supplement will have details not available in show ads;
 
9.  Bring your actual project plans to the show.  Exhibitors can provide input to refine your project.  Take advantage of the show’s “One Stop Shopping”, putting everything you need under one roof;
 
10. Most shows have demonstrations of cash and carry products.  Many of these are products “As seen on TV”.  The home show advantage is you can take the product with you and save shipping and handling charges sometimes costing as much as the product.  You also get to see, touch and experience the product by watching the demonstration andlearning how the product works. 
 
If you’ve never visited a Home Show, Flower Show, or Home and Garden Show, you will be amazed at the experience you’ve missed all these years.  Follow some of the suggestions in this article and your visit can be truly a lifestyle changing experience!

Favorite Tips from Matt & Shari, hosts of HGTV's room by room
by Tammy Ridgley
posted: September 24, 2010
Some of Matt & Shari’s favorite tips:
 
Use latex paint instead of oil-based paint. Latex is very durable and retains color depth longer, which means you won’t have to paint as often, saving time and money.
 
Use leftover paint for a long-forgotten closet, or even the garage. “Latex paints can be mixed together and will usually make a somewhat pleasing taupe color,” says Matt.
 
If you need to get rid of leftover paint, dispose of it properly. Most recycling programs ask that you allow the paint to dry. If you do woodworking, sawdust is a great way to dry paint. Kitty litter works fine also - old or new - the paint won’t know the difference.
 
Shari likes to use old clothing to slipcover old furniture. Use jeans on pillows; sturdy cotton fabrics or even flannel make comfy patchwork quilts.
 
Bored with a room’s look? Simply rearranging the room can add renewed interest. Try angling the furniture or pulling it away from the walls to create a fresh look.
 
Attend “Home Improvement - His Way, Her Way” presented by Matt Fox & Shari Hiller, hosts of HGTV’s room by room. Learn more great tips from two of the industry’s most experienced experts October 1-3, 2010 at the Buiders Home & Remodeling Show! For a complete schedule go to http://stlhomeshow.com/homeremodeling/speakers&features.
The 30th Annual Builders Home & Remodeling Show
by Tammy Ridgley
posted: September 20, 2010
The 30th Annual Builders Home & Remodeling Show, produced by the Home Builders Association, runs October 1-3 at the St. Charles Convention Center. Attendees can visit 200 companies in more than 300 booths on two levels. The show saves you time and money and is the place to find information, products and services for your home, all under one roof.
Matt Fox and Shari Hiller, host HGTV's room by room
Summer is coming to an end, and it’s time to start those fall and winter projects. Save time by visiting multiple manufacturers in one day. Save money by taking advantage of show specials and learning about the latest energy-efficient products and technologies. Improve your home, inside and out, with help from national and local celebrity experts. Attend seminars by Matt Fox and Shari Hiller, Hosts of HGTV’s room by room. Room by room, created by Matt and Shari, was the very first show to run on HGTV and is the longest running decorating show in TV history – 14 years and more than 350 episodes. They will present “Home Improvement - His Way, Her Way,” a seminar that will cover energy saving products and tips from Matt and fall and winter holiday decorating and craft projects from Shari. Don’t miss this exciting seminar by two of the industry’s most experienced experts.
 
Additional seminars at the Home Idea Stage will be presented by local experts. Jeff Holper, The Mole Hunter will help you rid your yard of moles and other pesky creatures. Scott Mosby, KMOX’s Home Answer Man will share information that will help you find good, knowledgeable contractors and build a good relationship with them to ensure your project’s success. And Thompson Price, of Thompson Price Kitchens, Baths, Home will help you make the most of that 5’ x 8’ bathroom.
Attend floral design seminars full of fun, innovative ideas presented by Walter Knoll Florist’s world-class design team at the Walter Knoll Holiday Floral Stage. Learn how to create fantastic floral decorations for the fall and winter holidays that will impress your guests and make your home festive and attractive. You could even be chosen to have a hands-on floral experience!
The Home & Remodeling Show is always a fun destination for the whole family. Don’t miss the 2nd Annual Mills Apple Festival, presented by Mills Apple Farm for fun fall festivities. Enjoy FREE samples of apples, apple pie and cider. Purchase “made from scratch” apple pies, turnovers, cookies and other delicious treats – plus a variety of apples fresh from the orchards in Marine, IL. There will be FREE pumpkins and pumpkin painting for kids 12 and under while supplies last – as well as games and temporary tattoos!
Shop for great bargains at the Building Products Warehouse Sale. Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County, a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, has a retail store in St. Peters. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore sells new and used home improvement merchandise to the public at deeply discounted prices. They are bringing a mini Habitat ReStore to the Show, so visitors can shop for great deals on home improvement merchandise. Some exciting items that will be available are Whirlpool stackable 3.8 cu. ft. frontload dryers that retail for $789 that will be sold for just $200 and Whirlpool laundry storage towers that retail for $299 that will be sold for $35. Other items may include doors, cabinetry, appliances, sinks, and smaller items like nails, screws, tile and light fixtures. The merchandise is great for the average home owner, rental property owners and contractors of all levels. All proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County.
 
Do you have questions about your project or your home in general? The Home & Remodeling Show has the experts who can help. Visit the Mosby Solution Center, an area of the show where some of St. Louis’s top companies come together under the umbrella of Scott Mosby. Get answers to those nagging questions from a variety of home experts all in one place. New to the area will be the Mosby Solution Center Stage, where guest speakers will present useful information to help homeowners maintain, improve, and live safely in their homes.
 
Get your home improvement project started with a $250 Show Shopping Spree. Show visitors can register to win one of three $250 Show Shopping Sprees, good with any exhibitor at the show.
 
The Home & Remodeling Show is your chance to see more than 300 booths featuring the latest products and services for your home all under one roof! More than 200 companies can help you find what you need to get those home projects done.
 
Show hours are 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, October 1 and Saturday, October 2 and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 3. Admission and parking are FREE. For more information, visit www.stlhomeshow.com. 

 
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