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.
See Matt on The Fresh Ideas Stage - times TBD
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 - times TBD
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.
See Leanne on the Fresh Ideas Stage - Times TBD.
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 and his wife of 29 years tend a rose garden of over 150 roses in Helena, Alabama.
Chris will appear on the Fresh Ideas Home Stage on Saturday and Sunday - Times TBD