Ok London, I know all you homeowners have been waiting for this.

This weekend is the Lifestyle Home Show at the Western Fair grounds. What better way to beat the dreary winter we have been having than with a few makeover dreams to perk up your home. If you are thinking about renovating or redecorating your space, it is worth your while to pop by the show this weekend. The show opens Friday January 27th at 12pm and will feature local service providers, a wide variety of home products, eco-living suggestions and tips to save you money, plus presentations throughout the weekend. The highlight of the weekend will surely be British duo Colin and Justin from HGTV fame that will take the stage to dish out their two cents worth on Saturday at 1pm and 4 pm. You know that will be standing room only! If you plan on going, the show runs 12pm-9pm Friday, Saturday from 10am-8pm and Sunday from 11am-5pm and spans the Progress Building, West Annex, Canada Building, through the link and into the Special Events building. Make sure you bring your walking shoes and a few hours to take it all in! For more details on show times, vendors contests and more, check out the London Home Builders Association website.


If  the idea of all those people is less than appealing, but you still want to think about how to spruce up your home this weekend, why not think about gardening? I realize that it is a little early to be buying pansies or planting spring bulbs, but what you can do is start to look at seed catalogues  and figure out what you might want to plant this year. Now is the perfect time to explore what is new in flowers, fruits and vegetables. The satisfaction of growing plants from seed is pretty nice too. While it does take time, patience and a little bit of effort on your part, you can get a head start on the gardening season and do it at a fraction of the cost of buying bedding plants at your local nursery in the spring. Plus, you have a wider variety of cultivars to choose from and can select according to your personal taste, lighting and soil requirements. You still have to read the seed packets to figure out how soon to start the seeds, but once you get your fingers dirty  you will be surprised how quickly spring will seem like it has arrived. For a few suggestions, check out this Gardening Life page that lists several local Ontario seed catalogues.


As for me, I suspect that I will be headed over to Charlotte St to get in a few hours on my FOLLOW THE FLIP house. The kitchen awaits! Perhaps I will even get you a few new photos to tempt you with next week. Make sure to come back and check! Have a great weekend in your neighbourhood!