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It’s time to idea-shop at the Buffalo Home Show
Jason Cameron from the DIY Network’s Desperate Landscapes, Man Caves, and Sledgehammer
Photos courtesy of Buffalo Home Show
One of Buffalo’s most welcome late winter diversions has to be the Home Show. The annual two-weekend event is a signal that the season of hibernation and beach escapes is over, and it’s time to focus on home: fix the broken, update the stale, and otherwise tend to the domestic realm. Every Home Show is different, but there are always several tried and true elements, including:
Home improvement show hunks
Hey, this is word-for-word what HGTV calls them; we’re just reporting. On the menu this year are Brett Tudor from TLC’s Trading Spaces and Jason Cameron from the DIY Network’s Desperate Landscapes, Man Caves, and Sledgehammer. These are interesting men. Tudor was a world-ranked golfer by the age of twelve. After studying to be a carpenter and living in Hawaii, in 2014, he founded the nonprofit Off the Grid International, which helps provide access to clean water and sanitation systems in undeveloped areas. He’s also an Air Force veteran and has worked as a stuntman and adventure guide. In addition to showing off his carpentry on Trading Spaces, his home property inspection business is called Property Doctors.
Cameron, the man behind the sledgehammer, started a window-washing service at thirteen, played “the man with big arms” on a Sex and the City episode, is a fitness model for Men’s Health, and has a degree in criminal justice. Most of his professional life has been spent on renovations, installations, and landscaping makeovers—including some very impressive transformations of America’s most front yards.
Look for these two experts on the Home Show main stage; schedules are available online and at the show.
Every year, a small house is constructed within the Convention Center in order to give attendees an idea of trends within their intended contexts: actual homes. There have been various themes in years past, including hip urban “lofts” and Disney décor. This year, the Design Home is presented in partnership with Cortese Construction and Ethan Allen.
Friday happy hours at the Home Show have always been popular features. The Craft Beer Corner is hosted by Tom Ragan of WEDG’s Shredd and Ragan Show. Expect local brews, funny banter, contests, and other entertainment, on Fridays at 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Make It, Take It workshops
Once again, Buffalo Home Show attendees can get their hands dirty and work on a fun project to take home. Three Make It, Take It workshops, sponsored by Buffalo Spree, are hosted by local and celebrity designers and take place on both Fridays of the show.
Jackie Hausler (shown at left), a Buffalo-based lifestyle blogger and creator of the blog Haus2Home, hosted a workshop last year, and says it was an instant hit: “Our first time running this segment of the Home Show last year attracted so many excited participants.”
Last year, Hausler taught a workshop on how to make and personalize a freestanding picture frame from 100 percent reclaimed wood. “My favorite part was teaching new DIYers who weren’t familiar with certain tools, what the tools were, and how to properly use them,” says Hausler.
This year, Hausler is back with a different craft project: how to make hanging macramé planters. “Participants will receive all the supplies and will take home a beautiful macramé home décor item complete with a living Chlorophytum comosum [spider plant],” she says. “Using mostly recycled and reclaimed materials for this DIY, I hope this project will inspire people to start thinking of more ways that they can be eco-friendly in their homes and lifestyles.”
Workshops are free and all supplies are provided. Seating is limited for each workshop, so be sure to check in with the Make It, Take It space and reserve your seat.
Buffalo Home Show takes place March 9–11, 16–18, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, Call 429-6626 or visit buffalohomeshow.com.