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29th Annual Philadelphia Home Show Preview


Got the Winter Blues and looking to spruce up the bathroom, redo the kitchen like you've always wanted, or maybe even venture into green technology at the house?

If so, the 29th Annual Philadelphia Home Show is the perfect place to find answers, advice and fresh ideas.

The show, which starts Saturday and runs though Jan. 24, will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center  and is a great place to find out what's new in home decor, remodeling trends and more.

Over 500 experts in fields related to inside and outside of the home will be on hand to offer information and more than a thousand examples of the latest products will be shown including everything from pools and spas, greenhouses, fencing and landscaping, to window treatments, interior design, antiques and carpeting.

"More so than any year before, the 2010 Show offers a variety of design experts, giving Philadelphians access to virtually every element of home design," said Alyson Caplan, show manager of the Philadelphia Home Show for Marketplace Events. "Here you have access to all you need for any home improvement project and the expert knowledge you can't find anywhere else."

The annual show is one of 27 consumer home shows, Marketplace Events puts on throughout North America, which attracts a total of 14,000 exhibitors and one million attendees in all. Paul DiMeo

This year's event will feature some of the stars seen on the popular home makeover shows including Philadelphia-born Paul DiMeo  of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and John Gidding of HGTV's "Designed to Sell" and "Curb Appeal."

DiMeo will be kicking off the nine-day exhibit on Saturday from 10a.m. to 3 p.m. Not only will he be available to offer money-saving tips for home remodeling, but he'll be sharing some behind-the-scenes details of the popular show during afternoon sessions.

Another special guest, and one who works with fashion of the body more than fashion of the home, is Christopher Straub of Lifetime's “Project Runway” who appeared in season six of the show. Straub will be at the Home Show on Jan. 22 from noon to 4 p.m. to offer ways to incorporate fashion into home decorations.

And Gidding, who has experience in both architecture and urban design, will be making two appearances toward the end of the event, on Jan. 23 and Jan. 24. John Gidding

Another highlight this year, includes the Designer Rooms set-up, where attendees can walk through and be inspired by staged rooms to see how some of the city's media personalities would decorate their homes as they team up with decorator experts.

For example, 6 ABC's Jamie Apody  will have an eco-friendly living room to explore, while Comcast Sportsnet worked with Klazmer-Eiseman Interiors to design a room that the Philly sports fans will love.

Keeping up with the growing trend of "Going Green" a special area of the exhibit will be The Green Zone where some of the latest eco-friendly products from local companies will be featured.

The Marketplace is a new section this year -- an area in which shoppers can find products for the home at good prices.

Every day of the Home Show will be filled with seminars to help bring inspiration and innovation into the home. Starting this weekend, some of the sessions include how to harvest rainwater for the garden, getting started on kitchen remodeling, and lessons on furniture restoration.

Aside from samples of cabinets and floor tiles, there's also some tasty treats from local vendors. Tony Luke Jr. will be showing how to prepare his cheesesteaks on Tuesday, and Chaddsford Winery  will be offering samples on Wednesday and Thursday.

Admission for adults is $12 or $9 when purchased online. Tickets for kids ages 6 to 12 are $3 and those 5 and under are free.

Purchase tickets HERE