January 20-22, 2023

Seminar Stage Headliners

The Design-It Stage

The Design-It Stage

When you need to make your spaces more functional, learn the latest trends in color, layout and design with our Design-It Stage. Experts in interiors design, kitchens and more can help you transform and update your current spaces!

Alyssa Cairns, Alyssa Designs & Co.

Alyssa Cairns, Alyssa Designs & Co.

Alyssa Designs & Co. offers interior design and decorating services in Grand Rapids, MI and online. We focus on creating happy homes for busy families- specifically designing from the perspective of a parent creating dream homes for clients that they can enjoy now (not after the kids graduate and move out).

As a busy mom herself, running a business and caring for two kiddos (and one on the way!), Alyssa knows how important it is to have a home that functions smoothly and makes you HAPPY to be there. When a home is harmonious, so are the people in it.

We believe in the importance of quality furniture, stain-proof fabrics, and sensible storage- the basics required to help our clients best enjoy their time at home with active families. Head to the website to learn more about our Design Process, or please book an Introduction Call to meet with Alyssa and learn which of our design services is the best fit for your project!

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Buy it. Fix it. Love it. Renovating your dream home with the FHA 203(k) Program
January 21, 2023
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Build-It Stage
The Real Scoop on Why and How to Work with Your Designer
January 20, 2023
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Design-It Stage
Kid-Proof Fabrics!
January 21, 2023
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Design-It Stage
How to Update your Home for Best Market Value
January 22, 2023
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Design-It Stage
Leslie Hart-Davidson, HDD Studios

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 her extensive writing career. She has written two home improvement books full of snark and great content: Remodeling Your House without Killing Your Spouse in 2014 and It’s Not Your Room, it’s You in 2016.   Leslie’s most recent book is a combination kitchen design/memoir/cookbook titled Food is Love that will be showcased during the 2023 season’s seminars.

The design philosophy Leslie adopted when she started her business more than 20 years ago is straightforward: design is a democracy, not a dictatorship. This guiding principle 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,” and “Leveling Up from Live, Laugh, Love.  When she’s not on stage or on camera, you can find Leslie posting witty lifestyle content to her Facebook page and whipping up delightful meals in her charming 140-year-old Michigan farmhouse.

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Food is Love:  5 Tips for Designing a Kitchen You Really WANT to Use
January 20, 2023
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Design-It Stage
The Reveal:  Hilarious, Heartfelt and Headshaking Stories from a Professional Interior Designer
January 20, 2023
6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Design-It Stage
Food is Love:  5 Tips for Designing a Kitchen You Really WANT to Use
January 21, 2023
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Design-It Stage
The Reveal:  Hilarious, Heartfelt and Headshaking Stories from a Professional Interior Designer
January 21, 2023
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Design-It Stage
The DIY Homeowner Series

The DIY Homeowner Series

Want to learn a new skill? Home Repair Services is here to teach you the basics of electrical, plumbing and more with hands-on classes throughout the show! Included in your show admission, space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

Home Repair Services

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.

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Keep Cold Air Out with Simple Air Sealing
January 20, 2023
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Hands-On Workshops
Beyond a Reasonable Grout – Ceramic Tile 101
January 20, 2023
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Hands-On Workshops
More Than a Pipe Dream – Plumbing Basics 101
January 20, 2023
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Hands-On Workshops
Mud Slingers – Drywall Repair 101
January 20, 2023
7:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Hands-On Workshops
Keep Cold Air Out with Simple Air Sealing
January 21, 2023
11:00 am - 11:45 am
Hands-On Workshops
Knowledge is POWER – Electrical Basics 101
January 21, 2023
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Hands-On Workshops
Beyond a Reasonable Grout – Ceramic Tile 101
January 21, 2023
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Hands-On Workshops
More Than a Pipe Dream – Plumbing Basics 101
January 21, 2023
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Hands-On Workshops
Mud Slingers – Drywall Repair 101
January 21, 2023
7:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Hands-On Workshops
More Than a Pipe Dream – Plumbing Basics 101
January 22, 2023
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Hands-On Workshops
Keep Cold Air Out with Simple Air Sealing
January 22, 2023
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Hands-On Workshops
The Build-It Stage

The Build-It Stage

If you’re looking to build or remodel, plan your visit by checking out the schedule on the Build-It Stage! With topics ranging from new home builds to when to DIY, you’re likely to learn something crucial to your journey to a fresh, new living space.