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Ohio Home and Remodeling Show to inspire student home decor needs

Ohio Home and Remodeling Show will give a chance to students to explore new decor and DIY ideas. Credit: Courtesy of Marketplace Events

For students looking for apartment or dorm room design inspiration, the Ohio Home and Remodeling Show will help with their home decor needs.

The Ohio Home and Remodeling Show will bring everything home improvement to the Greater Columbus Convention Center, and provide Ohio State students the opportunity to explore trends in decor and DIY projects this weekend.

“Basically it has everything that somebody would need for a renovation project. It can be a small reno to a large reno that can be in a home [or] it can be in an apartment,” assistant show manager Caitlin Dorney said. “You can get ideas on decor and what’s trending.”

This is the show’s inaugural year, and will hold over 200 exhibitors, about 85 percent of which will be local vendors, Dorney said, ranging from home decorators and home improvement contractors to celebrity guests such as Matt Fox, creator and co-host of HGTV’s “Room by Room,” and Clint Harp from HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” and the DIY Network’s “Wood Work.”

Dorney said college students will particularly benefit from the Ohio Home and Remodeling Show because college is usually the first time young adults inhabit and decorate their own space.

“For college students they might be thinking about what they want their first place to look like or they might have a dorm room at this point where they kinda want to make it their own with what’s trending,” Dorney said. “They can come see and say, ‘Oh, OK, I see that Edison bulbs are in … now I know where to find them. Or, ‘Now I know how to decorate the end table by my bed in my dorm room.’”

Dorney said the exhibit Drab to Fab also would interest students. There, local designers and DIY bloggers with a minimal budget “upcycle” items of their choice.

“Visitors will be able to see how they’ve taken a piece literally from Drab to Fab, whatever piece the blogger wanted to choose like an ottoman or an end table,” Dorney said. “That’s cool for college students too because it’s something within your budget … It’s really cool to see what bloggers can do for virtually little money.”

Afterward, visitors will be able to bid on the upcycled items with all proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity MidOhio.

Similarly, there will be a feature show called Home Sweet Gnome, where local TV and radio personalities will decorate their individual garden gnomes will then be auctioned off in a silent auction to visitors with the proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen foundation.

An area called The Marketplace will also give visitors the option to shop for home products, decor and more while enjoying a drink from its bar, Club Cambria.

Tickets can be purchased online via the Ohio Home and Remodeling show website for $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Tickets for children between ages 6 and 12 are $5, and there are discounted ticket prices available for groups. The show runs from noon to 9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

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