Karen E Laine and Mina Starsiak
Hosts of Good Bones & Two Chicks and a Hammer
Karen E Laine (Mom), former lawyer and Mina Starsiak (daughter), real estate agent are Two Chicks and a Hammer, Inc. They began rehabbing houses in their neighborhood near downtown Indianapolis in 2007 (before it was a “hot” neighborhood). In the process, they discovered a skill set and passion for neighborhood rehabilitation, one house at a time. They found that they could do well by doing good! In 2014, High Noon Entertainment, who filmed a pilot for HGTV, founded their company. The pilot aired in May 2015 under the name “Two Chicks and a Hammer”. In July 2015, they began filming the first season of the show now known as “Good Bones”. The series follows the expert team as they buy homes in serious disrepair, sometimes gut them to the studs and transform them into stunning remodels. They are now currently filming their third season!
Karen & Mina will appear on stage, Saturday, Jan. 20th
Contractor Extraordinaire Has a Passion for Home Improvement
DIY Network’s Jason Cameron puts all his tools to work
On the outside, Jason Cameron looks like a TV star. But on the inside, he’s all handyman and all business. Watch him work and it quickly becomes apparent this licensed contractor really knows his stuff, especially when it comes to his own personal passions: home improvement and landscaping. Jason says he recently even gutted his own home and completely revamped the backyard. Now he’s putting his extensive hands-on expertise to work for DIY Network building, landscaping, hardscaping and more.
A native of Toledo, Ohio, Jason worked his way through Northern Michigan University as a carpenter, and then moved to the Northern Jersey/New York City area where he continued his carpentry and general contracting business.
Jason can be found on the set of DIY Network’s “Desperate Landscapes,” making a lucky family’s landscaping dreams come true with everything from new planting beds and big, new trees to fresh paint and fencing. A jack of all trades, Jason has to be ready for anything — from building a brand-new porch to removing uneven concrete stairs with a jackhammer. He is also a host on DIY Network’s “Man Caves,” creating rooms that are just as fun to work on as they are to hang out in. With NFL great Tony Siragusa, Jason helps create a custom man cave, plus offer ideas and expert do-it-yourself instruction to help homeowners everywhere construct their own personal hangouts.
And then there’s “Sledgehammer,” a show featuring Jason as he surprises homeowners with a sledgehammer and permission to trash their most-hated rooms in the house. Then, he and his crew clean up the rubble and transform them into the spaces the owners always dreamed of.
Join Jason at the Home Show on Wednesday, Jan. 24 and Thursday, Jan. 25 as he puts his extensive hands-on expertise to work and helps empower others in their own home improvements!
Custom Craftsman Clint Harp Talks “Wood Work”
HGTV’s carpenter brings custom wood creations to DIY Network show
Clint Harp can be found regularly on HGTV’s hit show “Fixer Upper” as the dumpster-diving, reclaimed wood-loving carpenter.
After quitting his sales job in 2011 to pursue his dream of building furniture and owning his own company, the last thing he expected was to be a nationally-known carpenter featured on HGTV.
Now, together with his wife Kelly and their three kids, the Harps spend each day pursuing their dream and blazing the new trail of owning their own company. Harp Design Co. provides quality furniture and home goods to customers across the U.S. and abroad. Constantly adjusting to unexpected national exposure, the Harps work hard each day to grow as a family and a business whose core values are love, beauty and creativity.
Clint appears as a supporting role in “Fixer Upper,” helping his close friends and stars Chip and Joanna Gaines as they remodel homes in Waco, Texas. The show attracted more than 19 million viewers its first season, and is currently airing season five, its last season. Clint takes recycled and reclaimed wood, usually found objects, and creates beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces meant to bring families together, which the Gaines incorporate into their final remodel and home designs.
Up next, Clint stars on the DIY Network series “Wood Work.” Along with his wife, Kelly, and the team at Harp Design Co., Clint uses reclaimed lumber to build new furniture out of old wood for clients.
Crazy requests with tight deadlines are the norm, but Clint and his team are ready to tackle any “Wood Work” challenge.
Devoted dad and avid runner, Clint says he is passionate about woodworking and the craftmanship required to make beautiful furniture.
Come see Clint and more of his rare carpentry creations when he appears at the Home Show on Friday, Jan. 26 and Saturday, Jan. 27!
Queen of Free Cherie Lowe Holds Court on How to Simplify Your Life and Your Budget
Savings expert shares freebies and strategies for everyday savings
Cherie has long been addicted to getting something for nothing. And in 2008, she adopted the alter ego, the Queen of Free. Since then, she has been confidently wearing a plastic crown and encouraging others to dream big dreams.
As the Queen of Free, Cherie shares freebies, strategies for everyday savings and inspiration to those pursuing a debt-free life. Together with her husband Brian, Cherie paid off $127,482.30 in a little under four years. She scribed the ups and downs of their “debt slaying journey” on her popular website, www.QueenOfFree.net. Now, they are officially debt free.
A graduate of Asbury University, Cherie strongly believes something can come from nothing, and there is always a way for her fans to simplify their lives and their budgets. More than anything, through speaking and the written word, Cherie longs for others to know there is hope for getting their finances under control.
Cherie and Brian — the King of Free — live in Greenwood with their daughters, Anna and Zoe. Her family's story has appeared in national publications like The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo Finance, Redbook Magazine, AOL Daily Finance, NBC News, and more. Cherie has also appeared locally as a savings expert on Channel 13 WTHR-TV in Indianapolis, and has blogged for Doing Indy with ways to save when you visit The Circle City.
Cherie’s book, “Slaying the Debt Dragon,” was released in January 2015 and documents her family journey and “how one family conquered their money monster and found an inspired happily ever after.”
Cherie and Brian are currently writing their second book, “Your Money, Your Marriage: The Secrets to Smart Finance, Spicy Romance, and Their Intimate Connection,” due out September 2018.
Queen of Free Cherie Lowe shares how you can fight your financial foes, one bill at a time, when she appears at the Home Show on Sunday, Jan. 21 and Sunday, Jan. 28.
Settings for the Seasons with Liz Henderson’s Tablescapes
Designer Liz Henderson’s team offers unique ways to get festive
Local designer Liz Henderson is bringing all the holidays under one roof at this year’s Indianapolis Home Show in a feature called Settings for the Seasons!
Henderson will present six unique table displays dressed for different seasonal festivities — everything from Christmas and Easter to the Fourth of July and more! Each table will feature items from a wide variety of sources for all budgets, including thrift shops, antique stores, your local Target, etc.
“We will have a taste of something for everyone,” Henderson said. “My overall message will be on the importance of community and how to open your door and spread the table for family and friends. We all want to be invited to the party!”
In addition to presenting these table settings, Henderson will hop up on the Unilock Outdoor Living Stage and join a panel of five local business owners and designers to discuss creative ways to spice up your home for entertaining.
“Whether you’re Betty Crocker in the kitchen or a carryout type of girl, we’ll be sharing tips and tricks for decorating and dining around the table,” Henderson said.
The panel will also be giving away items at every stage presentation, so be sure to stop by the Unilock Outdoor Living Stage on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Henderson’s passion is helping Midwestern folks like herself fill their homes with creative magic all year round. The flourishes here and garnishes there are decorations you can easily display in your own home whenever you’re feeling festive and eager to show your holiday spirit.
Come to the South Pavilion to see unique tablescapes for a variety of holiday festivities.
Also, see Liz and a panel of local business owners and designers at the Unilock Outdoor Living Stage on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. They will be discussing design tips and giving away items at each stage presentation.
Grow a Beautiful Life with Carrie Petty
Hoosier shows Home Show visitors how to bring the outdoors inside
Carrie Petty doesn’t have huge ambitions — she just wants to help everyone “Grow a More Beautiful Life!” The fourth-generation Hoosier, Master Gardener, interior designer, blogger and television personality will help people do just that at the 2018 Indianapolis Home Show, where she will be appearing for four days to share her expertise and inspiration.
Petty wants people to see their home’s outdoor spaces as an extension of the interior, and vice-versa. She helps people decorate their homes with a mind to combining the natural elements surrounding it.
“There’s a great opportunity for bringing the outdoors inside, and really just making the great room extend to the outdoors and making the outdoors extend indoors, especially to the kitchen,” she said. “Even if it’s just a few feet out onto your patio, you can have an herb garden and a real outdoor living space. We have more room than just the rooms inside our house.”
Petty also spent 20 years as a homebuilder along with her husband, winning awards for their work. After the housing crisis, she began to think more holistically about the way we live, transitioning into her current role as an indoor/outdoor designer.
For something as simple as reupholstering a couch, Petty urges her clients to look not at just the piece of furniture, but what lies beyond it. She emphasizes colors, tones and textures that fit together, from window treatments to flower pots.
“I tell them to consider the whole room and even the outside. The windows are some of the most important elements in a room, because they frame the outdoor ‘shot,’” she said. “Whatever fabric they pick should coordinate to make the eye move through the room and extend outside.” One of Petty’s favorite things is to show people how a few simple changes, such as throw pillows or rugs, can reflect the shifting of the seasons.
“Your home feels a lot different at Christmas than it does during a summer barbecue. You can create a light winter scape with some whites and light grays. Just changing a few things can change the room.”
Carrie Petty appears at Home Show on Sunday, Jan. 21; Thursday, Jan.25; Saturday, Jan. 27; and Sunday, Jan. 28.
JO ELLEN MEYERS SHARP
Get the Top Tips for Landscaping from the Hoosier Gardener
Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp offers the top dos and don’ts for your landscape
Jo Ellen is a confessed hortiholic and admits her eyes are too big for her yard. You just can’t have enough plants!
A 25-year veteran of newspaper journalism, Jo Ellen owns Write for You! LLC, a freelance writing-editing business. A contributor to “Indiana Gardening” and “Edible Indy” magazines, she edits “Iowa Gardener,” “Michigan Gardening,” “Minnesota Gardener” and “Wisconsin Gardening” magazines.
She has also been writing a weekly gardening column for “The Indianapolis Star” since 1989, and is a popular speaker and frequent guest on television, radio and web broadcasts.
Jo Ellen is a garden coach and has an all-season, container planting business for both residential and commercial locations called Going to Pot.
For 17 years, she has worked every spring at a large, independent garden center in Indianapolis, where she formerly was the buyer of perennials and nursery stock.
She’s treasurer of Garden Writers Association (GWA): The Association of Garden Communicators; director of the Indianapolis Museum of Art Horticultural Society; member of Indiana Landmarks Cultural Landscape Committee; director of Indy Food Co-op, which operates Pogue’s Run Grocer; a member of GreatGardenSpeakers.com, co-author of “Indiana Gardener’s Guide,” author of “The Visitor’s Guide to American Gardens;” and a recent contributor to “The Gardener’s Garden” (Phaidon Press) and “The Oxford Companion to the Garden” (Oxford University Press).
Jo Ellen blogs at hoosiergardener.com
As a garden coach, Jo Ellen helps clients learn about their landscapes and what to do when, problem solving and other advice.
When she appears at the Home Show, she’ll offer the top dos and don’ts for your landscape.
Ask Hoosier Gardener Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp your greenery questions when she appears at the Home Show on Monday, Jan. 22; Tuesday, Jan. 23; and Friday, Jan. 26.
Stage It Before You Sell It
Krista Bocko of Cachet 317 shows sellers how to make their homes sing
Looking to sell your home? Get tips on how to present your house in its best light from Krista Bocko of Cachet 317, a professional home staging company, at the 2018 Indianapolis Home Show.
Bocko works with homeowners and realtors to get their properties ready to sell. It can be as simple as helping them “edit” their furniture to a bare minimum, rearranging the design completely or bringing in temporary furnishings to maximize the flow of a bare space. In most cases, they work with existing furniture and help choose paint colors, art and accessories, as well as organizing spaces.
“We stage to present the home in its best light. Buyers want to see the space, the architecture, the features. We want people to see the square footage, uncluttered, with nice updated colors,” Bocko said. “If you’ve been in your home a long time, you tend not to see those things a buyer’s eye will pick up. So we come in to help because we know what buyers want to see.”
In this age of Pinterest and HGTV, buyers are savvier than ever about how a home should look when it’s for sale, she added. A well-staged house will usually sell faster, and for a higher price, than one that looks lived-in. Most buyers, particularly younger ones, are not looking for a fixer-upper.
“As a seller, you want to sell quickly. It’s painful to have your house on the market and keep it looking perfect for showing. We give tips on how to make your home its most desirable,” Bocko said.
During her stage presentation, Bocko talks about current trends in the housing market. White cabinets are still prevalent, but a new look is to have different colors for the upper and lower cabinets. Walls should have neutral colors, and there should be large pieces of artwork, mixed metals and plants. Light colors are a must for bedding and bath towels, and updated hardware with a matte-style brass is hot. Granite countertops are giving way to less busy patterns in the kitchen, with subway tile very popular.
“Staging is one part of the puzzle. It also depends on the real estate market and how it’s cycling, and partnering with your agent to make sure you house is priced right. You want to do everything so your house can be competitive in the market,” Bocko said.
Krista Bocko offers tips on how to stage your home when she appears on Monday, Jan. 22 and Tuesday, Jan. 23.
The Secrets to Happiness in Your Vegetable Garden
Blogger and lifelong gardener has seeds of wisdom for veggie growing
How does your garden grow? Gardener and blogger Carol Michel has the answers.
Carol Michel is a lifelong gardener with a bachelor’s degree in horticulture production from Purdue University and a passion for all things gardening.
She is the author of “Potted & Pruned: Living a Gardening Life,” and considers herself a gardenangelist — an evangelist for gardening.
Carol is an avid reader and collector of old gardening books and claims to have the largest hoe collection in the world! Her hoe collection is as real as her passion for plants and her ability to relate almost everything in life to gardening.
She regularly writes about many gardening-related topics for “Indiana Gardening” and her award-winning garden blog, maydreamsgardens.com. Her speaking engagements feature topics ranging from vegetable gardening to garden blogging. She draws inspiration and humor from gardening books, old hoes, and her own adventures in and out of her garden.
The recipient of the 2015 Garden Writers Association Silver Award of Achievement for Blog Writing and the 2015 Garden Writers Association Silver Award of Achieve for e-Newsletter Article, Carol spreads the love of gardening wherever she goes.
Dig in with Carol Michel when she explores the secrets to happiness in your vegetable garden at the Home Show on Monday, Jan. 22 and Tuesday, Jan. 23.
Living in an 80 year old Irvington home, Sean loves spending time at the Home Show! You can hear him weekday mornings on B105.7 and watch his web series “Sean In The City” at b1057.com.