Birmingham Home Show 2013

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The new fall version of the Birmingham Home Show debuted September 20-22 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC). The three-day consumer show spotlighted home remodeling, renovation, home décor, and fall outdoor projects.

In addition, the show brought celebrity guests including home improvement superstar Ty Pennington and Mark Brunetz, host of Style Network’s “Clean House” and author of “Take the U Out of Clutter.”

Throughout the show, two interactive stages were packed with presentations including culinary demos from local celebrity chefs and the culinary talent at Jefferson State University. Other demos featured experts sharing DIY projects that helped guests to save time and money.

More than 300 home improvement experts were on hand to provide one-stop shopping for guests–making the Birmingham Home Show the ultimate destination to shop, compare, and save. Exhibitors also showcased show-only exclusive offers for guests with a new program that identified these businesses with consumer-friendly and easy-to-identify floor stickers.

Both the Birmingham Home and Garden Show and the Birmingham Home Show are the only shows in Alabama endorsed by Ty Pennington.

With the Birmingham Garden and Home Show in February and the Birmingham Home Show in September, every homeowner/garden lover is sure to find something to suit his/her fancy! Whether you are looking to renovate, update, or landscape, the Birmingham Home Shows have it all! To learn more about the Birmingham Home Show and stay up-to-date on upcoming special events, please visit www.homeshowbirmingham.com.

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While touring the Birmingham Home Show, I had the opportunity to chat with vendors about the 3400 square foot renovation my parents and I started back in December 2012. There were a couple of weeks where the VIP blog was not so glamorous and glitzy…it was more “kicking in walls” and ripping up carpet”–Oh, why did my parents buy a 1981 time capsule!

To see another side of the VIP! (see pictures below)

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Wendy from Champion and the VIP chatting at the Birmingham Home Show 2013.

Wendy from Champion and the VIP chatting at the Birmingham Home Show 2013.

When Wendy from Champion complimented me on my shoes, I just had to go over and chat with her! All of the ladies from Champion were so precious.

Me: “How is the show going so far for y’all?”

Wendy: “It is going awesome! We have had a lot of referrals! It is quite busy here today because Ty Pennington is here, of course! I am so excited, and I am very excited to be here for Champion as well!”

Me: “What all does Champion offer?”

Wendy: “We offer windows, sunrooms, roofing, and siding….We have a lifetime warranty protection so anything from Champion is guaranteed to last!”

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Because of my overwhelming fear of tornados, I decided to speak with a representative at Lee’s Storm Shelters, INC.

Dear Santa or Birthday Fairy…please bring me an above-ground storm shelter that meets or exceeds FEMA 320/361 and ICC-500 Standards. Please and thank you.

Me: “How many shows does Lee’s Storm Shelters, INC. exhibit at annually?”

Representative: “The shows are new for us; however, we have done about four shows this year.”

Me: “How is the Birmingham Home Show?”

Representative: “This show has been good. It is quite a bit smaller than the spring show, but we have had a lot of interest in our storm shelters.”

Abby: “What is the difference between an above-ground shelter and an in-ground ?”

Representative: “Above-ground storm shelters are handicap accessible. For people who have claustrophobia, an above-ground shelter helps them feel more comfortable.”

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Mark Brunetz with fans at his book signing at the Birmingham Home Show.

Mark Brunetz with fans at his book signing at the Birmingham Home Show.

Mark Brunetz chatting with the VIP...what did we talk about? Stay tuned for the wonderful interview coming soon!

Mark Brunetz chatting with the VIP…what did we talk about? Stay tuned for the wonderful interview coming soon!

Ty Pennington on stage with

Ty Pennington on stage with Ronda Robinson from Fox6 News at the Home Show.

Ty Pennington and the VIP chatting backstage before his appearance. Can you guess what Ty's favorite color is, and what kind of power tool he recommends for the VIP? Stay tuned to find out on the upcoming interview! Whoo hoo!

Ty Pennington and the VIP chatting backstage before his appearance. Can you guess what Ty’s favorite color is, and what kind of power tool he recommends for the VIP? Stay tuned to find out on the upcoming interview! Whoo hoo!

Oh, the 2013 Birmingham Home Show was a lot of fun! I cannot wait to get back to renovating the house! Wait…did I really just say that? Yep, I did! Time to get back to helping put down floor moulding!

Y’all do NOT forget to stay tuned for the VIP interviews with the fabulous Mark Brunetz and the amazing Ty Pennington!

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Abby Hathorn

Christmas in My Mailbox- Part Dos

  In today’s post “Christmas in My Mailbox- Part Dos”, I will show you the jewelry I ordered from Rare Daisy Jewelry and Hearts of Stone Jewelry! Enjoy:)

 

Rare Daisy Jewelry on Etsy makes “healing crystal jewelry” such as anklets and stretchy bracelets. I enjoyed shopping for my set of mystery hemp anklets from Rare Daisy! I picked eight words to describe myself, and Rare Daisy made my anklets especially for me! This makes me feel special:) I also love the fact that Rare Daisy’s jewelry is very eco-friendly! Save our planet:) I cannot wait to order some more jewelry from Rare Daisy! You should get some too!

Would you like to own some of Rare Daisy’s eco-friendly jewelry? Then take a look at her Etsy shop, and find something you love:) http://www.etsy.com/shop/RareDaisyJewelry?ref=ss_profile

Rachel Leathers is the owner of Hearts of Stone Jewelry. I was very honored to have interviewed her as my second VIP Guest! Rachel has made jewelry for the Oscars and is a part of  The Artisan Group. She creates handmade gemstone earrings, necklaces, and sets. They are truly elegant and gorgeous in every single way! I have fallen in love with everything that Rachel has for sale in her Etsy shop! To aid in my shopping addiction…I need a credit card with no limit!

 Would you like to own a piece of handmade gemstone jewelry by Rachel Leathers? Then check out her Etsy shop!http://www.etsy.com/shop/HrtsofStone?page=5

On my mini road trip to Starkville/Columbus, Mississippi this weekend, I went into what is probably my new favorite store…Deep South Pout! Oh, how I love Deep South Pout! In my next blog, I will be sharing with y’all the ADORABLE things I got there! You can follow them on twitter @deepsouthpout and find them on facebook to get a peek at what they have to offer….Be warned…They are addictive!

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Also, if you have any ideas for future blogs, or things you would like to see on the VIP blog, shoot me an email!

Email: vintage.passionista@gmail.com

Thanks&Hugs

Abby Hathorn

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