The Birmingham Home + Remodeling Show and the Log and Timber Home Show were both held at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex from September 26-28, 2014.
Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee or nice glass of wine and enjoy everything from home inspiration to gluten-free products. To be honest, we have lots of randomness and things to suit our fancy *smile* But today on the blog, we are not random; we are focused. Well, as focused as we can be with the dryer buzzing and the dog barking at the passersby. Any who. Today on the blog, we are chatting about SSL’s Top Picks from the recent Birmingham Home + Remodeling Show. So, grab a good cup of coffee or nice glass of wine and sit a spell *smile*
SSL’s top pick from the Fall Floral Showdown.
At the Home Show, Birmingham’s most talented floral designers showed off their mad skills by creating elaborate, fall-inspired floral arrangements. The displays were featured along the center aisle of the show floor, and they were not to be missed.
I loved all the arrangements, but this one was definitely my favorite. It was happy and fun with a touch of whimsy. Plus, I am a total fangirl of wheelbarrows and vintage carts.
At the Birmingham Home + Remodeling Show, there were many, many exhibits for remodeling, windows, kitchens, baths, closet systems and organization, flooring, roofing, home building, log homes, gutter protection, home furnishings, cleaning products, and much more. If you were not there, you missed a bunch of awesomeness; and you need to make plans now to attend the Spring 2015 Home + Garden Show.
It was not an easy task to choose SSL’s top picks. I walked around and chatted with vendors for a few hours before I decided on my favorites. Now, my ranking system is not like Sheldon Cooper’s…I just go with what catches my attention *smile* Before I jump into my faves, two exhibitors that really worked it and stood out are Southeastern Salvage Home Emporium (located in Irondale, Alabama–which I love and miss shopping there–believe me…it is AMAZING!) and Window World of Central Alabama (which I really need to be thinking about windows because I have a few at Hathorn Hall that need to be replaced and a few that need to be restored). Overall, the event was packed full of great vendors and exhibits, and it was really hard to narrow down my favorites. *Drum Roll*
SSL’s Birmingham Home + Remodeling Show Top Picks
“Du Monde Furnishings is changing the way we buy high quality luxury home accessories by offering quality items at affordable prices. Du Monde Furnishings works with suppliers in France, Italy, Germany, Finland and Ireland who design and produce luxury products in Europe – with nothing produced in China or Mexico.” —Du Monde Furnishings website My pick of the throw pillow bunch is the Red Mineth Polka Dot. I love them all, but the red spoke to me *smile*
My first pick is Du Monde Furnishings, the brainchild of Jill Rose–“an avid remodeler and home decorator who became disappointed with the lack of selection and quality of luxury home accessories available in the United States.”(www.dumondefurnishings.com) Y’all know I have a thing for pillows, and when I spied those darling polka dots…I was immediately drawn to the booth…like a moth to a flame. Du Monde had me at pillow *smile*
What can I say. I heart polka dots. They are fun and mix well with other patterns like stripes. Oh, my! Who doesn’t have a love affair with dots! I am crushing on the Rogue Sabre Pois porcelain set, but all the colors are fabulous. Hmmmm…one of each, please *smile* P.S. If you are an Alabama (Roll Tide) fan, the Sabre Dumbo flatware is a must-have. Mix it with the dots for the best tailgate party ever.
More fabulousness from Du Monde Furnishings.
DMF has a wonderful collection of throw pillows, tableware, flatware, rugs, throws, luxury Italian lines, and more. And the best part is you can shop in your PJs *smile*
The second top pick is Tinsations–whimsical tin art by Lisa and Ken Riddle of Alabama. They create seasonal, collegiate, and just plain adorable tin creations. Their booth was just too darn adorable, and I could not resist it. I chatted with Ken about their art pieces while he was cutting out one of the fun figures, and the passion he and his wife has for their business is definitely there and contagious. P.S. Did I mention that these door/wall hangers are adorable?
Look how adorable all of these tin hangers are! Those owls…soooo cute *wink*
Our next stop is a lovely fall display that is simple and elegant. What makes this tablescape so phenomenal is the decor items are from a local thrift store! Beautiful on a budget *smile*
I adore this tablescape designed by Betty Bussey and Lucy Farmer of Lucy’s Inspired. The table is by Evolutia, decor items from Lovelady Thrift Store, and succulents from Father Nature Landscapes. Always check your local thrift stores, antique malls, and flea markets for fabulous, budget-friendly finds.
I am always looking for future inspiration when I attend home shows or even visit flea markets. Hathorn Hall was built in 1920, and the hubby and I would love to bring in some of the old charm without turning it into a museum or magazine photo! Joe’s Decorative Tin offered plenty of inspiration, and I will be keeping them in mind for future projects.
Architectural details make a home. And I love these decorative tins from Joe’s Decorative Tin. One of these days, I would love to replace the ceiling in my dining room with ornate tin tiles. But deciding which ones…Oh, my! That will not be easy *smile*
I am an upcycler, and I love upcycled stuff…and wine bottles. Save the junk and repurpose unwanted items–that’s my motto *smile* When I spied the shelves of wine bottle lamps, I knew immediately that it was a top pick!
The Corner Boutique had lots of upcycled options–from bird feeders to lamps–all created by glass artist Deborah Foster.
There are no words to describe how much I am in love with the final top pick. Honestly, I have sat here forever trying to think of spectacular things to say. But I just couldn’t, so y’all just need to check out the photos and the website for yourselves to understand where I am coming from on this one!
Littlebranch Farm has the most amazing wooden art pieces. Yes, art–because it goes beyond home furnishings! This vanity is absolutely gorgeous. It makes me want to build a log cabin in the mountains of Northeast Tennessee…but I have a huge fear of bears…and wilderness…and being too far from a Starbucks.
“Littlebranch Enterprises began in 2001 following the wedding of our oldest daughter. Kelly built several unique garden benches and tables for the reception; friends and family commented on Kelly’s talent and encouraged him to expand his craft. We began selling rustic log furniture at craft shows and by 2003, had expanded to log home shows and internet marketing.” from the Littlebranch Farm website
“Our specialty is custom woodwork, and as such, we do not produce items in volume or provide a catalog. Our customers can be assured that they are getting original work, designed exclusively by Kelly Maxwell. Our greatest satisfaction is a happy customer.” from the Littlebranch Farm website
Well, there you have it! SSL’s Top Picks from the Birmingham Home + Remodeling Show. It was so much fun, and I cannot wait to attend the Home + Garden Show Spring 2015. For more from the show + fabulous chats with Matt Muenster and Todd Wilbur, check out my daughter’s blog, Vintage Inspired Passionista.
Matt Muenster and Abby chatting…about…
I wonder what the VIP and Todd Wilbur talked about…hmmmm…
Matt Muenster was a delight on stage. He took many questions from the audience and gave great advice about bath design and renovation. He chatted about blurring the lines between the indoors and the outdoors using french doors or big windows, investing in your master bath because it is yours, being creative with your products like using art glass and concrete, and putting some technology in your bath. My favorite tip was the beverage bar–I hope the hubby heard that one *smile*
Thanks for sitting a spell with me today! For more information on Birmingham Home + Garden Show, click here.