If you’ve got the decorating bug, or a hankering for house upgrades, then the Fort Lauderdale Home Design and Remodeling Show this Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 1 is a must.
Before heading out to the Broward County Convention Center, here are five things you need to know.
1. SEE LOCAL ART
Oakland Park-based artist Lena Luckey will feature her work as part of “An Artist Encounter” seminar.
“A home is where the art is. I want to show that art is part of your home design,” said Luckey, who will appear throughout the weekend. “A home without art is not a home; it’s just a house. It’s incredibly important to have art. Otherwise it’s just stuff.”
For more info on Lena Luckey, go to LuckeyArt.com.
2. MEET HOME IMPROVEMENT HUNK
“I give people some quick tips and tricks on how to increase curb appeal,” Gidding says. “I talk about things like house numbers, outdoor seating, color selection, the whole gamut of what it takes.”
As for storage — a particular challenge for South Floridians — he has a suggestion: “Turn the garage into storage. I’m really for de-emphasizing the car when and wherever I can. So many people put the garage ahead of their friends and family and even themselves.”
3. GET DISCOVERED
Looking for TV fame? A production company for HGTV and the DIY Network shows will be casting at the home show. If you are a contractor, do-it-yourself expert, house flipper or a family renovating your home, stop by the Magnetic Productions booth and ask for Cassie Halliwell.
4. LEARN FROM LOCAL PROS
Two stages will have a rotation of demonstrations, ranging from guest chefs as part of “The Culinary Experience” to seminars by Shelly Jaspan of YOLO Interiors in Davie; Jeff Taub of Kittle’s Flooring in Cooper City; and Amelia Rozas of Amelia Rozas Designs in Miami. Click here for a schedule.
5. BUY ADVANCE TICKETS
If you buy advance tickets online, you save $3 off the regular $10 admission. Tickets for children age 11 and younger cost $1 and are only sold at the event box office. Entry is free for babies and young kids in strollers.
IF YOU GO:
What: Fort Lauderdale Home Design and Remodeling Show
When: Noon-9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, May 30-31; noon-7:30 p.m. June 1
Where: Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Contact: 305-667-9299 or HomeShows.net.