The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

August 11, 2013

29th annual Southern Ideal Home Show nears


Sunday, August 11, 2013 — The following release is from the Southern Ideal Home Show:

Charlotte  – A beautiful, well-functioning home is more than what meets the eye. It can lead to greater peace of mind. Your ideal home is a place that makes you and your guests feel comfortable. Simply put, your home is representative of how you live your life.


More than 200 exhibitors are gearing up to showcase the best in lifestyle trends at the venerable Southern Ideal Home Show. The show features the tools, trends and materials that will help homeowners live their best lives at home, in the garden and beyond. The 29th annual show takes place Friday, August 23 through Sunday, August 25 at The Park Expo and Conference Center at 2500 E. Independence Blvd. in Charlotte.


Many of the same exhibiting companies return year after year, but several exhibitors are new for 2013. The show brings experts from homebuilding and home improvement companies (and their products for kitchen and bath, the lawn and garden and every part of the home) together with homeowners looking for creative ideas, good deals, the latest trends and how-to advice.


“When we talk about the concept of home, we’re not just talking about bricks and mortar,” said Show Manager Mardee Woodward.

“We mean everything that makes a house feel like a home. And more than that, a home that is well-designed, well-organized and makes intelligent use of space helps its occupants lead more peaceful and productive lives.”


“The Southern Ideal Home Show has always been about both the structure of a home and the look and feel of it,” continues Woodward.

“Your home is your biggest investment and the most visible expression of you.”


Most people say the kitchen is the heart of their home. The IDEAL Cooking Stage – hosted by Heidi Billotto, sponsored by Walker Woodworking and featuring JENN-AIR appliances –  will help guests create delicious meals in their own kitchens. Some of Charlotte’s top chefs are bringing out their best recipes for daily cooking demos and sharing them with guests.  


Show guests will get to see demos on everything from preparing barbecue to cooking with local organic herbs and vegetables. In addition to the demos, there will be kitchen gadgets, jams and dips, wine and more available for sampling and purchase.


“We all spend a lot of time in our homes,” said Woodward.

“Why not make them as attractive and efficient as possible? A home should be a refuge and a source of comfort. The Southern Ideal Home Show helps homeowners create a home that works, aesthetically and functionally, for the way they live their lives.”


Show hours: Friday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. (This year, the show starts two hours earlier on Fridays than in previous years.) Saturday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Admission: $9 at door. Youth (15 and under) free with paying adult. $7 in advance online. Second annual $5 admission after 5 p.m. on Friday (with free parking).

Sponsors: The Charlotte Observer, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI)

Walker Woodworking for the IDEAL Cooking Stage featuring Jenn-Air Appliances, TheHomeMag for the IDEAL Remodeling Stage featuring NARI experts

For information: call (704) 376.6594 or visit