10 fun things to see at Indianapolis Home Show

January 25, 2014 by  
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Want to be inspired? Tour a four-bedroom model home, chat with landscape experts and learn some do-it-yourself projects. It’s all at the Indianapolis Home Show that opened Friday and continues through Feb. 2 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds,1202 E. 38th St. Show Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 pm., Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $13 adults; $3 children 6 to 12; 5 and younger, free. Info: www.indianapolishomeshow.com.

Here are 10 things you might see and few surprises:

1. Celebrities

Kevin O’Connor, host of “This Old House” will appear at 1 and 3 p.m. Jan. 25. Other celebrities include Kimberly Lacy of HGTV’s Curb Appeal, 1 and 3 p.m., Jan. 26, and Todd Davis, host of HGTV’s Room Crashers, who will appear at 1 and 4 p.m., Feb. 1. There will be 10 celebrity guests throughout the 10-day show.

2. Housewares

There are more than 900 booths at the Home Show. Bright and cheery Tupperware is just one of the featured products. New products showcased include the Aerus home filtration system, Louisville; Icon Solar power, MIlford, Ohio; and American Gas Lampworks, Springdale, Pa.

3. Models

Not just model homes; there are actually models draped in towels promoting a hot water system.

4. Water features

From one-of-kind sculptures to simple stone architectural items, there are many inspiring fountain and water features. Exhibitors include Country Gardens Lawn and Landscape, Noblesville, the Garden Club of Indiana, and Franco Landscaping. Look for a box sculpture that squirts water on a small forest of tree trunks.

5. Kitchens

Thinking of updating your counter tops or renovating your kitchen? There are a number of ideas from local experts. Chateau Kitchens Home Remodeling, Carmel, offers this rich wood design. Look for: The Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis energy-efficient kitchen that includes a new, low-flow waterless tank.

6. Patio furniture

Whether you’re a fan of bright Adirondack chairs or natural wicker, there are many options to explore. American Patio Enclosures, Indianapolis, and Aspen Outdoor Designs, Noblesville, are among the patio exhibitors. Pub tables are still popular, and some builders are showing rustic wooden settings paired with new homes.

7. Butterflies

Step out of the cold and into an 80 degree Butterfly House. The walk-through tent is filled with free-flying butterflies. William H. Brown Landscape, Zionsville offers this feature that measures 40 feet long and 12 feet wide.

8. Fire features

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What outdoor Midwest entertainment area doesn’t need a little warming up? Family Leisure, Indianapolis, Fireplace Builders, Whiteland, and Fireboulder, Fortville, offer ideas. Look for a fire pit by Family Leisure that doubles as a granite outdoor table, a good fit for small patios.

9. Flowers

Yes, it’s winter in Indiana but you will still find lots of colorful blooms throughout the show. These tulips are outside the Centerpiece Home. Calvin Landscape, Indianapolis, completed 25,000 square feet of landscaping and gardening.

10. Cooking demos.

It doesn’t matter if you’re in the market for new pots and pans, you can always pick up a few pointers from guest chefs. Look for Top Secret Recipes with “Food Hacker” Todd Wilbur at noon and 3 p.m. Jan. 30. Smells are free.

- Contact Star Reporter T.J. Banes at (317) 444-6815 and follow her on Twitter: @tjbanes.

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