I admit it. I’m a dreamer. I find inspiration in just about everything, see the possibilities of what could be, and imagine elaborate scenarios. I’m pretty good at generating ideas.
When it comes to writing, that’s a good thing. It helps me stay creative.
When it comes to home improvement projects, though, it’s a double-edged sword. I’m good at dreaming about my new kitchen (Oooh, I like this backsplash! Isn’t this cabinetry pretty? Check out this cool flooring. I LOVE these appliances …), but then—and this is where it’s not-so-good to be a dreamer—I don’t actually do anything about it. My ugly, dysfunctional kitchen remains an ugly, dysfunctional kitchen. And really, at some point in my life, don’t I deserve to enjoy my home and my surroundings? At some point, shouldn’t I take my dreams and, you know, turn them into reality?
And this, my friends, is the whole point of the Midwest Home Show. It’s to help you get from Point A—the fun part, the part where you get to dream of possibilities and come up with exciting ideas—to Point B, actually following through on them.
At the Midwest Home Show, there are over 100 extremely knowledgeable industry professionals waiting for your questions, eager to explain what sets them apart from the competition, and excited to introduce new products. I’m all about doing research online, but it’s so gratifying actually meeting people in the industry and having the opportunity to ask questions, get advice, and learn about innovative new products.
Whether you know exactly what you want to do (but don’t know the best way to get there), or you’re feeling a little overwhelmed about getting a jump on a particular project, this is a great starting point.
In addition to meeting home improvement specialists, there will be auction appraisals by Dr. Lori of the Discovery Channel’s Auction Kings, a Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore sale featuring new and gently used items donated by building supply stores, contractors, demolition crews and individuals, the Midwest Home Kid Zone with interactive games and activities, and Design Matchmaker, an event pairing attendees with local interior designers for free design consultations and advice.
The Midwest Home Show is this weekend at the Minneapolis Convention Center, November 14-16, from 1-6 p.m. Friday, Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free on Friday, November 14. Tickets are $4 at the door Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit midwesthomeshow.com.
The future you—the one that loves his or her new-and-improved space—will thank you later.