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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: Greater automation, greater convenience, streamlined design, sustainability and environmental awareness are all driving product design. I love the idea of utilizing technology to make your everyday life easier and better. You might be a hard worker, but when you come home, you want to relax and unwind.

Nicole Curtis

Super-handy Curtis is the “Rehab Addict” on the DIY and HGTV shows. The old-house advocate saves dilapidated dwellings from the wrecking ball and fixes them up.

Curtis at the show: “Salvage to Sold,” 1 and 6 p.m. March 1, noon and 3 p.m. March 3.

 

Q: How many homes have you rehabbed in the Twin Cities?

A: I’ve done 10, and one was my own home in Uptown. Right now, our focus is on revitalizing north Minneapolis. We want to show people how we get these old homes off the city’s demolition list, restore them using salvaged materials and make them owner-occupied.

 

Q: What are some easy ways to revamp an outdated room?

A: Clean — I use Bar Keepers Friend by the case — reorganize, strip wallpaper and put on a fresh coat of paint. If you have the time and patience, it will make a big difference.

 

Q: What was the lowest amount you’ve paid for a home?

A: $1 for a Dutch Colonial in Minneapolis. The city was going to tear it down. We rehabbed it within $100,000 and sold it in a day.

 

Q: What are some of the your favorite local places to find salvaged stuff?

A: Bauer Brothers — I pretty much have a cot there. If you want clean, organized and heated, go to Guilded Salvage and Architectural Antiques.

 

Q: What’s your favorite part of doing rehab?

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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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