Breaking the Rules at the Home & Garden Show

By Lavender February 29, 2008

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The 2008 Home & Garden Show, running through March 2, not only features some of the hottest must-haves of the year, but also, more importantly, HGTV’s Design on a Dime star Lee Snijders. Known for designing on a budget and his unconventional design choices that break the rules of typical designs, Snijders quips, “If you like it, don’t follow the trend; do what you like”—something many designers would cringe at, yet it works well with his designs.

Lee Snijders.

As a former Walt Disney Imagineer, Snijders always has had a passion for interior and furniture design. With his high-energy and motivational spirit, at the show, he’ll share his tips for breaking those rules of design when it comes to color, furniture choices, special effects, and selecting home accessories.

This year’s event includes, besides Snijders, 10 Royal Gardens, created by local landscapers. Each has a unique theme—such as “Beds and Borders,” a topiary garden with manicured trees and shrubs—that will provide guests with ideas, tips, and trends beyond compare.

But, after all, this is a Home & Garden show, so it also will encompass the E-Lounge by Best Buy, which displays the latest electronics for the home. Let’s face it: No home is complete until the home theater is plugged in, and a bowl of popcorn is sitting next to it.

For those who need a little extra motivation—away from the TV—Brenda Booth will show people how to make their home more fitness-friendly, while sharing workout tips and fitness advice as well.

Another must-see of this year’s show is Innovation Avenue, presented by Montreal’s renowned product designer, Jean-Michel Gauvreau. Here is where you’ll find the hottest new items for decor, kitchen, bath, and the outdoors.

As Snijders observes, “It’s a great place to go look at new products that aren’t in retail stores.”

Snijders believes this year’s biggest theme will be “what can be used for the environment. The whole green thing is going to dominate and take over.”

If you don’t believe Snijders, a thousand-plus home and garden experts also are expected to be at this year’s show to give great tips and advice on the green phenomenon.

Or check out The Green Scene. The show is dedicating a special area just for products and services to help make homes more energy-sustainable.

Supermodel Cheryl Tiegs, who is in the process of greening her own home, will be present February 29 to discuss her eco-friendly insights.

Going green means more then just leaving your carbon footprint in history (or not). As usual, a five-day plant sale will be part of the event.

With so much going on, Snijders promises “lots to do, and lots of resources for people to walk away with.”

But, let’s not forget, Snijders offhandedly mentioned that he “gives great design tips.”

Home & Garden Show
Through Mar. 2
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Ave. S., Mpls.
(800) HOM-SHOW
www.homeandgarden.com

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