Pro tips on decorating, remodeling and the latest gadgets

  • Article by: LYNN UNDERWOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 23, 2013 - 3:17 PM

Home-improvement pros share their tips on decorating, remodeling and the latest gadgets.


Home-improvement pro Sasha Andreev will talk about the latest products and gadgets on Feb. 27, March 1 and March 3.

Every Home and Garden Show has its headliners, and the place to see them in action is the Lifestyle Stage, where national and local celebrities offer live demonstrations on a wide variety of topics. To get the inside scoop on this year’s show, which opens Wednesday, we caught up with three presenters — Christopher Straub, Sasha Andreev and Nicole Curtis.

Christopher Straub

Self-taught designer Straub is an Edina High School graduate, was a contestant on Season 6 of “Project Runway,” has designed clothing collections for retailer Maurice’s and now lives in Shakopee.

Straub at the show: “Runway to Room,” 7 p.m. Feb. 28, 6 p.m. March 2.


Q: What’s your presentation about?

A: I’m partnering with Che Bella Interiors to show how fashion and home decor share similar themes of color, print and texture. For example, a model will wear a white sweater I designed with cutouts all along the arm. It will be paired with beautiful white vases with similar cutouts. I’ll talk about illusion elements that are on the runway and in your home.


Q: How can someone apply fashion sense to home interiors?

A: Think of your home like a body you dress and accessorize. The clothing is the furniture, and the jewelry is the accessories, like a lamp, pillows and ottoman. Think about color, print, pattern and texture and how that all works together. If you’re wearing a sleek outfit or have a neutral room, there’s more opportunity to dress it up with color and texture. And like fashion, you want a room’s look to be on-trend and not outdated.


Q: What’s next for home decor?

A: I’ve seen hints of nautical — which was a hit on the runway three seasons ago. It takes time for red, white, blue and stripes to get reinterpreted for the home. Digital prints from the runway are coming into the home on pillows, fabrics and printed on ceramic vases.


Q: What are some basic guidelines to follow when decorating a home?

A: Always bring in three-dimensional texture, whether in a fringe on a pillow, or on a lamp or vase. You need to have a tactile moment in a room. For color, use different shades of the tone you are working with — such as different shades of blue.


Q: What’s your design philosophy?


    What: The latest home products, trends, themed gardens, presentations on remodeling, interior design, landscaping and hundreds of exhibitors. Attractions include a 1,700-square-foot fully furnished “Idea Home” decked out with a spa bathroom and gourmet kitchen, TV-themed gardens and a Naturally Urban Apartment packed with home decor geared for condo and apartment living.

    When: Noon-9 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. March 3.

    Where: Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Av. S.

    Admission: $13 for adults; $11 when purchased online; $4 for ages 6-12; free for ages 5 and under.

    Information: www.home

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