Celebrity kitchen

March 30 is the last day to gawk at James Denton’s kitchen makeover, which is one of 73 homes open for tours on the Remodelers Showcase.

The “Desperate Housewives” actor and his family now live in Chanhassen, and last month Denton’s home was featured in Mpls.St.Paul magazine.

The showcase is also a chance to see new products, materials and the craftsmanship of remodeling pros, who will be in the homes to answer questions.

Homes are open from noon to 6 p.m. March 30. Admission is free, with the exception of a $5 donation to the Builders Outreach Foundation to tour two “Dream Remodeled Homes.” Pick up a guidebook with a map at Holiday Station stores, or visit www.paradeofhomes.org.


Spring centerpiece

Hosting an Easter gathering in April? Learn the secrets and techniques of floral arrangement to create a spring table centerpiece using fresh flowers, vines and branches.

Ardith Beveridge, an instructor at the Institute of Floristry at Koehler and Dramm, will lead the hands-on class from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 15, at Koehler and Dramm, 2407 E. Hennepin Av., Mpls.

Bring a scissors, sharp knife and stem/ branch cutter. Cost is $40; $35 for members. Register at the Minnesota State Horticultural Society website at www.northerngardener.org.



Gather tips and advice for your next big or small home or landscaping project at the Home Improvement and Design Expo, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 5 at Ames Arena, 19900 Ipava Av., Lakeville. Bring ideas and get bids for your project.

The event also includes demonstrations, seminars, new product exhibits and a kids’ live-animal zoo. Cost is $6; free with a nonperishable food item. Go to www.expoguys.com or call 952-238-1700.


Love at first sight

What turns you on — and off — when house-hunting? How did you know your home was “the one”?

Tell us what triggered you to make an offer on a house you bought within the past year. Or tell us about a house you saw with a feature that was an absolute dealbreaker. We’ll feature some of the most interesting responses in an upcoming Homes story. Please send an e-mail with your name and number to lunderwood@startribune.com.