Just as we expect March to come in like a lion – with cold and unpleasant weather - and go out like a lamb – milder and more pleasant – the first day of spring brought a fresh dusting of snow that quickly melted as the clouds drifted apart, allowing the sun to peek out and keep working its magic on all those leftover icy mounds that have been piling up since the first of the year.
It’s definitely time to let a little sunlight into our lives and celebrate the fact that there will most certainly be warmer months ahead. Unlike any other season, spring evokes a sense of renewal, making it the perfect time to rejuvenate our surroundings indoors, while Mother Nature does her thing outside.
Until winter’s chill is permanently out of the air – there’s still a chance of snow in the forecast next week – use this time to enliven your home with a few bright pops of color and new accessories that reflect your personality and style. There are plenty of places to look for inspiration, and a number of local experts are making it easy for you to get some personalized tips as you transition into this exciting and vibrant time of year.
Next week, join host Old Green Shutters Antiques at the Lake County Fairgrounds for their annual Hunt & Gather Pop-up Markets. Featuring food, cocktails, music, art, antiques, vintage and handmade goods, Thursday, March 27 is a special ticketed preview night from 6 - 10 p.m. and Friday, March 28th is open to the public with an entry fee of $3 from 1 - 8 p.m.
There were just a handful of early preview party tickets remaining late last week. For more information, contact Carey Rowell at Old Green Shutters in Crown Point (219) 663-4425 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Old Green Shutters invites you to this unique shop local experience where you can find great treasures and also “support the makers – artists, craftsmen, photographers, writers, designers, musicians, the self-employed, the individuals, the go-getters and do-it-yourselfers.”
Next month, award-winning interior decorator and local St. John business owner Cathi Lloyd of Decorating Den Interiors will be presenting her free 2014 Interior Design Colors and Trends seminar at the Munster Library on April 2 and again at the St. John Library on May 13 starting at 6:30 p.m. in both locations.
According to Lloyd, who has been bringing her smart and simple design philosophy to Northwest Indiana homes for more than 20 years, this inspiring and entertaining interior design seminar is based on the recent High Point furniture market with a great variety of before and after photos illustrating color and style trends in home design. She will also share room makeovers from Decorating Den Interiors, which have been featured in Good Housekeeping, Traditional Home and House Beautiful.
Lloyd, who won first place in the Children’s Room category in the 2013 Dream Room Contest, will also discuss creative design solutions for every room in a home, reminding participants that spaces need to be both beautiful and functional.
For more information, contact Cathi Lloyd at (219) 365-0198 or email@example.com.
Back at the Lake County Fairgrounds, the annual Home & Lifestyle Show sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Northwest Indiana (HBA) will once again bring builders, remodelers and associated industry professionals together on Saturday, April 5 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 6 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
“As a more traditional home improvement show, our focus in on the exchange of ideas,” HBA Executive Officer Vicky Gadd said. “It’s about inspiring people to enjoy their homes. What’s really great about the Home & Lifestyle Show is the fact that you’ll be primarily talking to small business owners, the people who in most cases are doing the work. Not only are they experts in their fields, they keep up with new ideas and will be displaying the latest trends. It’s all here, under one roof.”
Adult admission to the Home & Lifestyle show is $7 (look for $2 off coupons in The Times) and LeRoy’s “Hot Stuff” will be providing concessions both days. Look for a complete schedule of events including face painting for the kids from noon - 2 p.m. both days at hbanwi.com.
Then, in anticipation of enjoying some sustained warmer temperatures, the Illiana Garden Pond Society will host their 13th Annual Waterscape Weekend Garden Pond Expo Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Discover how you can take your backyard and landscaping to the next level with expert advice from local experts on water features, lighting and gardening.
Look for wind twirlers, stone bird houses, hot tubs, outdoor fireplaces, yard art and much more to be on display. Plus, vendors will be selling fish, equipment for water gardens, plants including aquatics, glass art décor, gourd décor, lighting and irrigation options plus much more to enhance outdoor living. Look for Lake County Master Gardeners who will also be on hand to answer gardening questions and host educational workshops. Adult admission is $5. For more information, contact Expo Chair Kathy Bartley at (219) 789-6207 or go to illianagardenpoind.org.