MATT MUENSTER from DIY Network's Bath Crashers
Licensed contractor Matt Muenster sees every house project, whether he’s ripping apart dated bathrooms using the latest construction technology or completely gutting his own kitchen as a chance to use his clever ideas to achieve great design while integrating earth-friendly elements. Matt earned his degree in interior design from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He initially got his feet wet designing restaurants and casinos and even worked on the Angolan Project in Africa. Eventually, his fervor for design shifted to the residential sector. His professional experience includes high-end interior design, and he gets an adrenaline rush every time he transforms a boring bathroom into a fantastic one on DIY Network’s Bath Crashers
Matt appears on The Fresh Ideas Stage on Friday @ 6pm; Saturday @ 12pm and 2pm.
LUCY FARMER FROM HGTV'S BEACH FLIP
Lucy Farmer has been designing homes with her husband, Connor Farmer, for 15 years. Her background of marketing, fashion merchandising, and working with an architectural salvage store as the creative director inspired her to use reclaimed pieces throughout each home she designs. Loving the story and detail in craftsmanship of each piece is what drew Lucy to create an aesthetic that takes the romance of those pieces and brings them into your everyday life. Her newest endeavor, Lucy's Lockets, is taking the architectural hardware she finds and creating jewelry that not only makes a statement, but also tells a story.
Lucy was a recent contestant on the 2015 HGTV summer series, Beach Flip. Lucy and her friend, Daphney Massey teamed up to complete against other teams renovating a beach house in Gulf Shores Alabama.
See Lucy on the Fresh Ideas Stage on Friday @ 4pm; Saturday @ 5pm and Sunday @ 2:30pm
July 2014, we announced a new contest: the Home + Garden Trendsetter of the Year.
Designed to propel a rising home and garden talent to stardom, we encouraged lifestyle bloggers from across America to apply and tell us why they deserved to win our amazing prize package: a 3-month, multi-show contract, opportunities for media appearances, and access to thousands of potential new, online followers.
The winner of the contest is the newly crowned 2015 Trendsetter of the Year Leanne Lee, and she will be appearing at this year's home show! Leanne Lee is a DIY blogger that loves to share ideas about transforming those spaces and/or items that you love.
Leanne appears on the Fresh Ideas Stage on Friday @ 1pm, Saturday @ 11am & 6pm and Sunday @ 12:30pm.
BORN TO ORGANIZE
As a recovering Messy herself, Kim McBrayer of Space Cadets, understands how her clients feel! She was not born organized, but she was born to organize. Constantly working to simplify her own life and defeat disorganization, Kim founded one of the nation’s first organizing firms over 15 years ago. Space Cadets focuses on good space planning and design and installation, along with hands-on organizing and relocation services. She will be sharing from her personal experience as a wife, mother and business owner how to find a better way to manage the space and simplify the systems in your home. www.spacecadetsorganizing.com
See Kim McBrayer on the Fresh Ideas Stage on Friday @ 2pm; Saturday @ 3pm and Sunday @ 11:30am
For Chris VanCleave aka "The Redneck Rosarian", growing roses has become a passion. Chris is immediate past President of the Birmingham Rose Society and is an American Rose Society Consulting Rosarian. He also serves as the Chairman of the Helena Beautification Board in Helena Alabama. In 2011, Chris created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached hundreds of thousands of listeners with news and information on growing the world’s most beloved flower. His writing appears at About.com, on his popular blog, RedneckRosarian.com where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening.
Chris will appear on the Fresh Ideas Home Stage on Friday @ 3pm.
ARE YOU READY FOR TORNADO SEASON?
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will team up with the Portland Cement Association (PCA) to teach residents how to prepare for the upcoming tornado season which starts in April. Experts will be on hand to promote the importance of building and installing FEMA compliant safe rooms, and to answer concrete construction questions. Copies of FEMA’s latest residential safe room guide P-320 will be distributed.
According to NOAA, Alabama endured over 500 severe weather events in 2015, including more than 30 tornadoes. The Christmas Day tornado that tore through western Jefferson County was one of the strongest tornadoes of 2015 in Alabama.
Fresh Ideas Stage on Friday @ 3pm; Saturday @ 1pm and Sunday @ 1:30pm