STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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As the temperatures turn more seasonally appropriate, more time is spent indoors and thoughts turn to refreshing your living space.
Or maybe the uncommonly mild December got you thinking about what’s happening in your garden.
The all-new Philly Home + Garden Show Jan. 15-17 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center aims to introduce you to the very latest in home/gardening tips, tricks and products. It’s also a place to compare prices on flooring, windows, cabinets and landscaping.
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As you enter the show, stop by six gardens that will provide ideas for creating a dream backyard.
Produced by Marketplace Events in Fort Washington, which also orchestrates the Philly Home Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City (happening the weekends of Feb. 12-14 and Feb. 19-21), the event will also feature a smart home and DIY workshops.
At 1 p.m. Jan. 16, identical twins Jonathan and Drew Scott of HGTV’s “Property Brothers” will offer expert renovation and home-buying tips. They flipped their first house when they were 17 years old.
The Scotts will do a one-hour meet-and-greet immediately after their presentation. You’ll need a wristband, which will be given free on a first-come-first-served basis at the box office/ticket window at the Hall A entrance.
Also speaking during the weekend will be Chip Wade of “Elbow Room,” “Ellen’s Design Challenge,” “Curb Appeal: The Block,” “HGTV Showdown” and “HGTV Design Star.” At 2 and 5 p.m. Jan. 15 and 11:30 a.m. Jan. 16, Wade will speak on “The Art of the Amazing Space: Lessons Learned from 10 Years of TV Make-overs.”
In a phone interview, Wade clarified that besides breaking down his design process — which has also gotten him face time on CNN and “Oprah” — he’d cater each talk to the renovations you want to know most about. “I’ll actually ask the audience: ‘What projects are you working on?’ I’m gonna tell you the truth. It may not be what you wanna hear, but I’m gonna tell you the truth,” he said.
Wade’s Atlanta-based Wade Works LLC is a custom remodeling design firm, that also assists with real estate matters. Wade’s wife is a CPA. “I love to help educate people when it comes to any home purchase. I use my production background in television for creating high end collateral for my clients,” he said.
Wade said he was taught at age 6 how to safely handle power tools by his father. He’s enjoyed working with his hands ever since, and has had “no significant accidents.”
He shared that he has two new home improvement-related TV series set to start airing in the spring — one for HGTV and one for DIY — and that casting for them is currently open. Information on what you need to submit is at www.chipwade.com.
Other guest speakers include interior designer and “The Painted Home” blogger Denise Sabia; Sarah and Nick Karakaian of HGTV’s “Beach Flip;” and several professional organizers. Show publicist Jeff Cronin noted that because of New Year’s resolutions, this is the busy season for professional organizers.
Other things to do include an open market to shop for hand-made craft items, antiques and original art for your home; a display of mailboxes designed by local artists, designers and Philly VIPs; and an interactive “Front Door Challenge,” where you’re given two minutes to transform a plainly decorated front door surrounded by accessories and post a photo to Instagram @phillyhomeshows. A panel of show designers will choose the winner.
See the complete show schedule at www.phillyhomeandgarden.com.