January 11-13, 2019Buy Tickets
Seminar Stage Headliners
Amy Matthews, HGTV’s Renovation Raiders
With a passion for innovation, architecture, design, and education, Amy Matthews has followed her dream and is changing how people view one of their most important investments in life, their home. Amy inspires people to tackle just about any home improvement task as she hosts shows on HGTV and DIY, including Renovation Raiders, Sweat Equity, Bathroom Renovations, Blog Cabin, and This New House. Throughout her career, she has done every home improvement job imaginable, from wielding a sledgehammer to overseeing construction of complete home builds. Her shows remain popular because of her willingness to take on any project and break it down for even novices to understand.
Amy studied at Boston University and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City before she found her passion within the home improvement movement. This passion can be seen not only in her television shows, but also in her work with Habitat for Humanity and the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in cities such as New Orleans, Los Angeles, St. Paul, St. Croix Valley, Nepal, and Chiang Mai, Thailand.
In addition to HGTV and DIY, her work has been featured in publications such as People magazine, Esquire, Country Living, Real Simple, Men’s Health, Good Housekeeping, Fox Business, MarketWatch, HomeStyle Weekly, USA Today, This Old House, US News and World Report, Parents, FleaMarket Finds, the Examiner, The New York Times, and theNew York Daily News. She has also appeared numerous times on national news programs such as the TODAY Show, CBS Morning News, ABC, and CNN.
Lauren Figueroa, Lauren Figueroa Designs
Lauren Figueroa is founder and principle at Lauren Figueroa Interior Design (LFID), a full service design firm located in Grand Rapids. Her firm holds that the spaces where we “do life”―whether that’s home, work, or play―impact our moods, productivity, and overall quality of life. Working in both the residential and commercial sphere, her team thinks strategically about the function of a space to develop designs that enhance your unique way of living. They are especially known for their streamlined, efficient, and enjoyable process that allows you to do life while they design.
Lauren is energized by emerging partnerships with local artists, tradespeople, designers, and other businesses in the growing city of Grand Rapids. She believes that building a sustainable business is about good systems, local partnerships, and good relationships: with your clients, vendors, partners, and community. She is a member of the Grand Rapids Chamber, an active member of Local First, a proud sponsor of St. Cecelia Music Center, and is involved in several other organizations in Grand Rapids. Learn more about LFID at www.LFdesigns.co, and be sure to check out their space in our show’s Designer Showcase!
Leslie Hart-Davidson, HDD Studios
Leslie Hart-Davidson is a nationally recognized professional interior designer, author, and owner of HDD Studios in Michigan. Leslie holds a B.A. in interior design and has nearly two decades of industry experience, but credits her family for the desire to enter the world of design. The Hart family practiced real estate flipping while she was a child, so her calling for home improvement came early.
Leslie lives and breathes interior design not only in her successful design business, but also through monthly live tv segments on WZZM’s My West Michigan. She has written two home improvement books full of snark and great content: Remodeling Your House without Killing Your Spouse in 2014 and her new release It’s Not Your Room, it’s You. Her next book is a combination kitchen design/cookbook titled Food is Love, due out late 2017.
The design philosophy Leslie adopted when she started her business in 2001 is straightforward: design is a democracy, not a dictatorship. This guiding principal helps audience members and clients better understand design language and the psychology behind how they live in their homes. Her innovative seminars include “Thing or Not a Thing: The Best and Worst of Today’s Design Trends,” “It’s Not Your Room, it’s You” and “Remodeling Your House without Killing Your Spouse.” When she’s not on stage or on camera, you can find Leslie happily pinning to her designdemocracy Pinterest boards. and creating helpful videos for her designdemocracy YouTube Channel
Home Repair Services
Home Repair Services has specialized in post-purchase homeownership services for lower-income homeowners since 1979. Those services include free hands-on training in home repair skills, affordable kitchen cabinets for remodeling projects, emergency repairs when health or safety is at risk, financial counseling for homeowners and much more.
As a non-profit organization, Home Repair Services depends on the generosity of caring people in our community. You can help us continue our mission by volunteering to help or making a much-needed financial donation. Most donations are tax-deductible and all are much appreciated!
Part of our DIY Homeowner series, Home Repair Services offers DIY classes in a variety of topics at the show, all included with your admission.
HBA Pro Series
The Home Builders Association has created a series of seminars on both the Design-It and Build-It stage from it’s vast collection of HBA members to bring you the most current information from the area’s finest professionals.
Julie Wynalda, True Vine Creations
Julie Wynalda is the owner of True Vine Creations, a professional design service and retail store located in Hudsonville, Michigan. Julie’s business and primary inspiration was born out of her love for nature, implementing an outside/inside design philosophy. She enjoys working on both commercial and residential design projects and finds joy in serving clients design needs in a timely and creative way.
Whether the project is a simple remodel of a living room or has the complexity of a new build, Julie’s unique sense of style brings a fresh approach to any project. She believes that design should be driven by creativity, individuality, and a genuine sense of humor. Julie’s love for design is evident as she works diligently to meet the needs of each client producing both current and timeless interiors. Incorporating one’s dreams and desires while paying close attention to detail is what sets Julie’s work apart; design is in her DNA.
Since she established True Vine Creations more than 15 years ago, Julie’s projects have been recognized for excellence through Houzz receiving “Best of Houzz 2018” in both categories for Design & Service, Home Builders Association, and numerous awards from the Parade of Homes. She was featured in the Fall 2018 HBA Guidebook for her article on, “How to get your furniture arrangement right.” In addition, Julie’s work has been showcased in Cosmopolitan Home, Great Lakes By Design, and The Grand Rapids Press.
Polly Timmer, Polly Timmer Design
Polly Timmer is a designer filled with energy and desire to transform your project into reality. She will give you inspiration and use her years of experience to incorporate ideas with direction for good design. She likes to create memories and turn blueprints into life.
Living in the Grand Rapids area and working in the field everyday gives Polly the product knowledge of current materials and her background with textiles, flooring, and building materials round out her expertise. Color vision and creativity along with function are her passion. She is also a Realtor which gives her a great sense of current market conditions, and true value in making changes to your existing home or building a new one.
She is a wife. mother, and grandmother to five awesome boys and lives with her husband in the Caledonia area.