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Event Recap: Great Big Home and Garden Show

Barnes Nursery's Beverly Hillbillies themed garden

I have the tendency to go a bit crazy when thinking about home improvement. Don’t get me wrong – I love our house. But although I thoroughly enjoy some of the vintage touches like the laundry chute and milk bottle delivery box, there are a number of updates on our to-do list which can get overwhelming for someone who’s impatient (like me!). 

You would think, then, that the Great Big Home and Garden Expo would be sensory overload. But after going in with a game plan on Saturday, the expo helped narrow down and organize our home improvement goals.

While I'm not ready to get a pinball machine just yet, it can't hurt to try them out

We started the afternoon by walking through the exhibitors. Thanks to Scott, we stayed on target, systematically browsing each aisle. We even met a few contractors to add to our list for our eventual four-season room and kitchen upgrade. 

I’m happy to say I only got distracted a couple of times and bought only one small garden chotsky (tiny gnomes are my weakness).

Creative Construction Solutions' Idea House

While in the vendor hall, we stopped by Creative Construction Solutions’ Idea House where we found some inspiration for the family room we’re re-doing. From paint color to Timan Custom’s window treatments, the plan for the room finally has a sense of direction. And even if it is only a wish list item, I kind of want North Coast Integrated Technologies’ thermostat-lighting-security system.

It was then off to my favorite part of the show – the Garden Showcase. Although I hate gardening, I love showstopping gardens (as long as they are in someone else’s yard and I don’t have to weed them). 

A stone carver from Tri-R Stone hand-carving a sculpture of Dino

What made this year’s Show Gardens even more of a don’t-miss for me was that they were themed around classic tv shows. For the most part, the gardens impressed. I think that  Brian-Kyles Construction‘s Yogi Bear, The Ohio Valley Group‘s Fantasy Island, and CK Stonescapes/Tri-R Stone‘s Flintstones gardens overall captured their tv shows the best. The stone carver live-carving a Dino statue was a great touch.

However, my favorite part of the entire showcase was the fountainwork in Complete Outdoor Installation‘s Batman Garden (surprise! I love comic books!).

Besides the fact that my office at home is decked out in comic book memorabilia, I really liked owner Zach Goebelt’s incorporation of Batman details in the stonework.

Zach Goebelt, owner of Complete Outdoor Installation, with his Batman Villians fountain

In particular, he had handcrafted a one-of-its-kind fountain that had Batman villians Joker, Catwoman and the Penguin as the fountain faces. A hilarious touch was that the water coming out of their mouths fell on stone replications of the Bat symbol in the fountain’s base.  So they were literally spitting on the Batman. 

Of course, it helped that Goebelt also had a “Bat Cave” behind the garden display, featuring some very nice Batman memorabilia along with a video demonstration of how he constructed the fountain.  

Brian-Kyles Construction's Yogi Bear-themed garden even featured a geyser

While we were in the Garden Showcase, we ran into WhyCLE and CLEGuy scoping out fences and riding lawnmowers for their new house. You can read about their experience here.

We ended our day at the Main Stage for John Hall’s talk, 25 Design Tips Towards that Perfect Kitchen. In addition to running The Hall Design Group, Hall also teaches a variety of courses for individuals who want to learn more about kitchen design.

John Hall during his presentation, 25 Kitchen Design Tips

It was helpful to see some of the different options out there for kitchen lighting, proper spacing for kitchen islands, and the different styles of kitchen cabinets and countertops. This last one was important for us because that’s the part of our kitchen we’ll eventually be focusing on.

If you missed the first weekend of the 2012 Great Big Home and Garden Expo, you have all week and this weekend to check it out.  It will be at the IX Center through Feb. 12 (show dates and times).

The Great Big Home and Garden Show is family-friendly with a playground zone and the Angry Birds Cornhole game (catapult not pictured)

Tickets are $14 at the door for adults, but buy your tickets online before the show and save $3. Tickets for children 6-12 are $5, and 5 and under are free.

Plus, Clue into Cleveland readers can save even more: Use the code “CLUE” when you’re buying tickets online and Adult tickets will cost only $10 – a total savings of $4.

Purchase tickets here and hopefully you’ll likewise find the inspiration you’re looking for.

"The Plane! The Plane!" (The Ohio Valley Group's Fantasy Island)

Disclaimer: I was offered two tickets for myself and two to giveaway to a Clue Into Cleveland reader. The opinions expressed and events I choose to cover are 100% my own.

Great Big Home and Garden Show Giveaway

One of the goals on my 30×30 list is to start a major home improvement this year. Scott and I have settled into our house over the last two years, and it’s time to start a couple projects. Short-term? We’re hoping to re-tile one of our rooms this summer. Long-term? We have plans to add on a 3-season room to the back of the house.

Fortunately, The Great Big Home and Garden Expo is back – February 4 through 12!

The first time I went to this annual show was a few months after we moved into our house. As a new homeowner, I was a little over-zealous … stopping at every landscaping and home improvement booth. While there, I picked up a few things for the garden, including a locally handmade glass hummingbird feeder we still hang in our backyard.

This year, I’m heading back with more of a game plan – doing some research for the key projects we’re looking to accomplish.

The 2012 Great Big Home and Garden Expo will fill the IX Center from Feb. 4 through Feb. 12 (show dates and times). Features of this year’s show will include:

  • More than 650 exhibitors to help you with your gardening, home improvement, and decorating projects.
  • Celebrity guests, including Chip Wade of HGTV’s Curb Appeal; The Block and Designed to Sell and Christopher Straub from season 6 of Project Runway.
  • Tours of an eco-friendly Idea Home and two efficient log cabins.
  • The Home Builders Association Pavilion, featuring a 53-foot-long interactive mobile display and the Dream Home Theatre.
  • Celebrity Designer Rooms created by a Northeast Ohio interior designer and local tv and radio personalities.
  • The Gardening Stage presented by Petitti Garden Center with daily gardening seminars on landscape design, flora and furnishing outdoor rooms.

In addition to researching our upcoming home improvement projects, I’m also looking forward to having some fun by checking out the classic tv-themed gardens (Batman, Twilight Zone and The Flintstones are top on my to-see list) and the Easy, Elegant & Entertaining Eats demonstration from Fahrenheit Restaurant’s Chef Rocco Whalen on Feb. 11 and 12.

I hope to see you there too!  Tickets are $14 at the door for adults, but buy your tickets online before the show and save $3.

Plus, Clue into Cleveland readers can save even more: Use the code “CLUE” when you’re buying tickets online and they will cost only $10 – a total savings of $4. Purchase tickets here.

I also have 2 tickets to give away that are good for any one day of the Great Home and Garden Expo, Feb. 4 through Feb. 12!


There are 5 Easy Ways to Enter the Giveaway
**You must leave a separate comment on this post for each entry**

1) Leave a comment telling me how you plan to spruce up your home or garden space this year.

2) Follow @ADHicken and @GreatBigShow on Twitter and leave a comment letting me know you did both.

3) Like “Clue Into Cleveland” and “The Great Home and Garden Expo” on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know you did both.

4) Add Clue Into Cleveland to your Google Reader or subscribe to receive Clue Into Cleveland posts and leave a comment letting me know you did.

5)  Twitter users can get an extra entry each day for tweeting: “Want to spruce up your home and garden? Enter @ADHicken’s giveaway to win @GreatBigShow tickets http://wp.me/pPIgG-10Q″.  (Each day you do this, you must leave a new comment.)


You have until Tuesday, January 24 at 11:59PM to enter.  On January 25, I will select a winner using Random.org and will announce the winner’s name on my blog.  Remember to leave a separate comment for each entry – good luck!

***Disclosure: I was provided 2 Great Big Home and Garden Show tickets for myself and 2 to give away to a reader.  As always, though, my thoughts and the choice of events I share are 100% my own.***