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Briefs: Scoop up creative ideas at Tampa Bay Home Expo

Shake ideas loose at expo

Tired of your tile? Bored with your bedroom furniture? Cranky from cramming too much stuff into too little storage space? You'll find solutions to home and garden dilemmas large and small at the Tampa Bay Home Expo today and Sunday.

The three-day expo, which began Friday, features more than 300 exhibits brimming with ideas and products for remodeling, interior design and landscaping. A walk through the aisles will offer products and project ideas for greening and storm-proofing your house, updating your kitchen or bath, reinventing a room, adding a pool or spa and much more. New products, demonstrations, giveaways and advice are featured at many exhibits.

A seminar series spotlights local home improvement experts: interior designer Jaime Rogers from Doxa Design on how to create a look with classic pieces; horticulturist Stan DeFreitas on Florida gardening; Jeff Monsein from Splat Paint on decorative painting styles; and Tony Fatso with new game day grilling creations.

The Tampa Bay Home Expo takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Tropicana Field in downtown St. Petersburg. Admission is $3, free for children 16 and under; parking is free.

Home buyers to 'right-size'

In a speech Wednesday at the NAHB International Builders Show in Las Vegas, Gayle Butler, editor in chief of Better Homes and Gardens, presented the results of a December 2008 Next Home Survey and other research: "Today's buyer is looking for a home that is right-sized, organized and economized."

According to the survey of potential new home buyers from across the country, respondents identified six top priorities when buying their next home:

• Affordable price

• Energy-efficient building and heating-cooling systems

• Natural light

• No-space-wasted design

• Ample storage space

• Comfortable family gathering areas

"Following an era of 'supersizing' our lifestyles and our homes, consumers are coming back down to Earth with a new frame of mind shaped by economic realities," said Butler.

"We are ready to give up the 'McMansions,' the trophy homes and the redundant rooms that have no use. Instead, consumers are telling us that they want a home that's the right size and arrangement for how they live now."

Colette Bancroft, Times staff writer

Briefs: Scoop up creative ideas at Tampa Bay Home Expo 01/23/09 [Last modified: Friday, January 23, 2009 3:30am]
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