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Continued: Pro tips on decorating, remodeling and the latest gadgets

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

A: Stay within design principles but still have fun. I bought a pair of gold floral high-heel shoes by Alexander McQueen and display them in a glass case as the centerpiece of my living room. I turned them into art.

Sasha Andreev

The local home-improvement pro has renovated his home in south Minneapolis, is a technology expert on ShopNBC network and has a passion for gadgetry.

Andreev at the show: “Innovation Avenue Live,” a presentation on the latest home-related products and gadgets, 6 p.m. Feb. 27, 5 p.m. March 1, 2 p.m. March 3.

 

Q: What are some cool cutting-edge products for the home?

A: The fantasies of the future on TV shows like “Star Trek” are now making it into our homes and gardens. The Samsung Wi-Fi washer and dryer lets you control washing and drying your laundry with a smartphone or tablet from anywhere in the house or when you’re out running errands. But it doesn’t sort or fold clothes — the robots of the future are working on that. The LawnBott looks like a robot that mows the lawn, but at $2,000, it’s a luxury item. Another trend is sustainability and repurposing. There are stone rolling pins made out of recycled polished boulder fragments from Minnesota.

 

Q: What’s the most practical?

A: One Ap Fertilizer by All American Lawn Care. You apply one application in the spring, and it continues to fertilize your lawn for the rest of the season.

 

Q: What gadget are you most excited about?

A: The Parrot Flower Power wireless sensor that measures a plant’s growing conditions, soil moisture, sun exposure and beams it to your smartphone. It’s not on the market yet.

 

Q: What’s a favorite gadget in your own home?

A: Phillips Hue LED lightbulbs. Use an app on your smartphone to change the color of a bulb in a light fixture. You can match the color of a floral bouquet or re-create the ambience of an Italian restaurant you like.

 

Q: Predict the future.

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

  • MINNEAPOLIS HOME AND GARDEN SHOW

    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 andgardenshow.com.

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