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Former 'Bachelorette' to share design tips at Home Product Show

By Jessica Rodrigo
March 17, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Updated March 16, 2014 at 10:17 p.m.


If you go

• WHAT: 2014 Home Product Show

• WHEN: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday

• WHERE: Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St.

• COST: $6 presale, $8 at the door, $5 students, $6 seniors on Sunday; tickets available at Sherwin-Williams locations, Budget Blinds, Ashley Furniture and the Builders Association of Victoria office, 5105 E. Airline Road.

• CONTACT: Call the Builders Association of Victoria at 361-578-7711.

Tips from the pros

• Ask questions about products: Does it have a warranty; will it fit; is it functional; etc.

•  Choose items to design and build a space around.

• Come prepared with measurements, photos, swatches, etc.

• Stick to the original concept plan, or if you see something you like, go back and adjust the plan to include what you saw at the show.

• See what kind of discounts and services are available. They may not have everything there.

• Spend your time wisely, and lineup which booths to see and know when and where the presentations will be.

Source: Jillian Harris, "Love It or List It" host, and Steve Seekamp, Sherwin Williams

Now is the time to add personality to your home.

The Builders Association of Victoria presents the 2014 Home Product Show on Saturday and Sunday at the Victoria Community Center.

In addition to vendor displays in the dome and the annex, interior designer Jillian Harris, host of "Love It or List It," will give a presentation on home decorating. Steve Seekamp, manager of the Sherwin-Williams on Mockingbird Lane, will give a presentation on the year's top colors.

During Harris' presentation Saturday in the annex, she plans to share ideas on how to design a space that reflects the personality of the homeowner.

"What's most important is not what's trending, but bringing in elements into your home that allow you to connect to who you are," she said.

The television host and designer said she tries to create links to a homeowner's cherished memories with textures, colors and patterns.

Bringing different elements into a room can introduce feelings of being on vacation or other memorable experiences without being so literal, all while being design savvy, she said.

"I'm a mix of high-brow and low-brow. I love a beautiful, expensive pair of shoes, but I also love hunting, fishing and camping," she said. "So, my home reflects that."

Harris might include objects, such as lures or a boat anchor, to incorporate into a design to show a husband's hobbies while still using feminine colors to reflect the wife's interests. Making a home comfortable for living in and enjoying day in and day out is something she said she strives to achieve through her designs.

Aside from 10 years of design experience under her tool belt, she's not afraid to get help from outside sources. One of her most useful design tools is Pinterest, an online idea board where users can file photos and links to reference at a later time.

"Instead of having to spend money on magazines, I really think it's one of the greatest inventions of this decade for designers," Harris said.

Mobile applications are now available to help homeowners choose the right color palette for a space, said Steve Seekamp, Sherwin-Williams manager. His presentation will take place Sunday in the annex.

"It's the easiest way to update a home or redesign a room," Seekamp said. "Choosing the color can be the hardest part."

The season's new mobile applications can identify colors that will complement a chosen swatch. Users can take photos of objects around the home to match in the store, he said.

An easy way to get started in choosing a color, he said, is to look in the closet or around the house for ideas.

"We also have an updated list of the 50 most popular colors of 2014," Seekamp said.

The Sherwin-Williams presentation will also show the HGTV Home collection, which he said can also take the guesswork out of design.

"Everyone can find what they need in one place," he said about the show. "You might not have any projects in mind, but you might leave with some new things for that honey-do list."

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