Designer appearance

Meet Ecuadorean furniture designer Adriana Hoyos during a free reception at Gabberts, 6 p.m. Feb. 25. Hoyos' design aesthetic has Latin American roots but is redefined for a contemporary American and international market. The businesswoman and luxury furniture maker heads Adriana Hoyas Furnishings showrooms in Miami, Venezuela, Peru and several other locations. The event is at Gabberts in the Galleria, 69th St. and France Av. S., Edina. Space is limited; to register call 952-927-1500.

At Home in Burnsville

If you're a fan of HomeGoods, you might want to check out At Home. The national furnishings retailer just opened a supersized store in Burnsville. The 107,000-square-foot space offers furniture, wall art, rugs, housewares, accessories, patio settings and seasonal decor. At Home will give out $50 gift cards to the first 100 customers at the grand opening on Feb. 13. The store is at 14230 Burnhaven Dr. A second location is planned for Blaine in May. Call 612-406-2992 or visit

Going green

Find out about smart green strategies for your home-improvement projects. Natural Built Home's free class "Incorporating Energy Upgrades Into Your Remodel or Addition" at 10 a.m. Feb. 13 explores the design process, typical project budgets, cost-saving ideas, homeowner participation in the remodeling, rebates and incentives, timelines and design tips. Bring photos and measurements of your space. Attendees will receive $100 off remodeling design and planning services. To register, call 612-605-7999 or go to


Design with nature

Want to incorporate more native plants into your landscape? Learn strategies at "Design With Nature," the annual conference of Wild Ones Minnesota. Presentations will focus on native bees, gardening for winter and natural floating islands to improve water quality. The conference will be held 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 20 at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, $74.49 for individual nonmembers, $21.99 for full-time students. Registration closes Feb. 10,