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Home Design Tours
Home tours provide great design inspiration for DIY projects.
Whether you’re a design enthusiast looking for inspiration or a DIY expert, the 2012 spring & summer home design shows—usually multi-day events featuring the best in home design—have something for you. Get inspired by some of these shows.
Maine Home+Design Show
This year, the Maine Home+Design Show is taking place from:
June 30 - July 1, Rockport, Maine
- Maine Home+Design magazine’s pages are brought to life in a specially constructed 30,000-square-foot structure in Rockport. Literally walk through the pages of the design magazine.
- More than 150 exhibitors, plus a pop-up gallery of works from art collectors from Maine will be showing.
Marin Home & Garden Expo
Each year’s Marin Expo features demos and lectures for DIYers on home and garden, live music, organic gardening experts, plus hands-on building and decorating projects for the kids.
June 2 and 3, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael, California
- Learn the principles of Feng Shui to create a peaceful outdoor environment with Master Gardener and Feng Shui expert Terumi Leinow.
- Attend a special lecture about saving money on your remodeling project by John Fraine, general contractor and CEO of design/building firm Building Solutions. You’ll learn what to look for in a builder, how to define the scope of your project and ways to pay for it.
- Kids work on problem-solving skills in the Youth Zone, with projects like hard-hat decorating, a prize wheel, and interactive engineering and architectural projects.
Arizona Home & Building Expo
The Arizona Home & Building Expo is one of the summer’s best expos for those interested in solar energy, energy efficient home-building products and services, and home improvement.
June 2 and 3, Phoenix, Arizona
- Kids can create fun, free crafts at the Home Depot Kids Tile Art event
- Bring in old electronics to recycle for cash.
- Learn about new eco, solar and sustainable projects.
- Attend seminars by Rosie Romero of “Rosie on the House.”
- Visit the Landscape Idea Center
Planning a trip? Be sure to research the allergy season at your destination. Some areas experience longer pollination periods than others, and pollination windows vary from region to region. A little research with a resource like Zyrtec’s Allergy Forecast Tool could pay off.