Milwaukee – Contestants on a popular reality TV show, a cable television design expert, and local home improvement and remodeling experts, will share their ideas, insight, and recipes on the American TV Kennedy Hahn Appliance Demonstration Stage at the 20th Annual Milwaukee/NARI Fall Home & Remodeling Show, Fri., Sept. 17 – Sun., Sept. 19, at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park.
Sponsored by the Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council, Inc., the area’s leading home improvement and remodeling industry resource for more than 49 years, this year’s Show theme is “Bring Inspiration Home.”
Special guests at this year’s Fall Home & Remodeling Show on Sat., Sept. 18 and Sun., Sept. 19, will be John Gidding of HGTV’s “Curb Appeal: The Block,” sponsored by Renewal by Andersen, providing remodeling and home improvement design tips and Kristin Steede & Cathy Skell from NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” doing cooking demos and sharing recipes.
Gidding, who will do presentations at noon and 4:00 p.m. on Sept. 18, and at 12:15 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Sept. 19, brings history and architecture to American Design. The designer for the Atlanta team on HGTV’s Designed to Sell, John’s international background infuses a variety of influences into his design portfolio.
Gidding also hosts Curb Appeal: The Block, beautifying homes on the same block with a variety of makeovers. In each episode, he and his team overhaul one home’s exterior to make it the envy of the block, then make their way up and down the street providing smaller-scale makeovers that create instant impact and increase the value of the entire block.
Born in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1977, Gidding attended American schools in Turkey and then Switzerland before moving to the United States for college, where he attended Yale University. An enthusiastic art and math student, he was immediately drawn to architecture and went straight through to Harvard Graduate School of Design for his master’s degree in 2003.
Gidding has worked in architecture and design firms around the world. His experience ranges from residential and institutional architecture to landscape architecture and urban design. His television career started as an offshoot of modeling, which he started to do to pay for graduate school. Having done runway for Armani and Gucci, he was cast to be one of the host/designers on ABC Family’s Knock First, a design show for hip teens wanting to update their spaces.
Following the success of his first TV show, he moved to New York City to start his firm, John Gidding Design Inc., and has done numerous residential renovations there and around the country. Keeping one foot firmly in architecture, Gidding moved to Atlanta to join the Designed to Sell family. While in residence in Atlanta, Gidding has steadily grown his design business in his spare time and speaks frequently at home shows around the country.
Steede and Skell, who will do presentations at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Sept. 18, and at 11:00 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. on Sept. 19, were the mother-daughter team from Greenville, Wis., who combated obesity on NBC’s The Biggest Loser, Season 7. Their vibrant personalities and commitment to each other, combined with their fiercely competitive natures, made them top contenders.
Skell, mother of three and grandmother of four, celebrated her 20th year of sobriety only to realize that alcohol had been replaced with food. As her weight increased, she was diagnosed with high blood pressure and anxiety, which accompanied her already problematic asthma. Growing up as a child with asthma, she never lived an active lifestyle. With a family history of stroke, diabetes, and heart disease, she knew it was time to make a change.
At age 49, weighing 293 pounds, Skell resolved to become a healthier person and stepped into the national spotlight with her daughter on The Biggest Loser. She successfully lost 95 pounds and now, at age 50, has finally begun an active lifestyle for the first time in her life. She credits proper diet and exercise for not needing her blood pressure medication and rarely using her inhaler.
Although Steede struggled with her weight most of her life, she had tried not to let that stand in the way of what she wanted. She and her husband were ready to start a family when she found that her excessive weight was the only thing standing in her way.
She faced her problem head-on and exposed it to the world through the reality TV show. She is an emotional eater, turning to food in stressful situations, and the show helped her reprogram herself to get her weight under control before her biological clock would run out.
Beginning at 360 pounds, Steede was the first woman to lose more than 100 pounds while on the show. She proved that change was possible, and her appearance drew thousands of people to love and admire her courage. She did go on to have a baby, which she believes wouldn’t have happened without The Biggest Loser.
The two women travel the country, speaking with audiences of all kinds about the determination and desire they had to achieve their goals, and helping others achieve theirs. At the Fall Home & Remodeling Show, they will show healthy versions of some football party/tailgate favorites. This will include chicken skewers rather than chicken wings, white chicken chili in place of beef chili, and a healthier version of nachos. Steede and Skell will discuss the substitutions that can be used, with the nutritional value of the new versions they create compared to the traditional options.
More than 325 booth spaces will feature providers of home improvement and remodeling products and services, including design/build, kitchens, decks, cabinets, windows, wall covering, bathrooms, lighting, landscaping, roofing, and fireplaces.
Special attractions at the event will include the Milwaukee/NARI Information Center, the Time Warner Cable Relaxation Station, the Boucher Automotive Group Vehicle Display, and much more.
Hours on Fri., Sept. 17, are 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 18, and Sun., Sept. 19, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $5 in advance, and $7 at the door.
Tickets for seniors, 60 and older, are $5.00, with a special price of $4.00 for seniors at the door on Friday, Sept. 17 for Callen Construction Senior Day.
Children 12 and younger are admitted at no charge with free childcare, sponsored by Pekel Construction & Remodeling, Inc., available for ages 3 – 12.
Free admission for two people will be provided to those that participate in the Fall Show Blood Drive coordinated by the Blood Center of Wisconsin between 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Fri. Sept. 17.
For more information on the Fall Home & Remodeling Show, visit www.milwaukeenari.org or call the Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council at 414-771-4071.
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