The NOLA Home Show Takes over the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Jan. 27–29. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $13, or for $11 online. Military personnel and first responders get free admission on Heroes' Day, Friday, Jan. 27, and Baton Rouge residents can attend all three days free of charge with ID.
The expo includes exhibitions such as the AJM Design + Build Cooking stage, which features local chefs, cooking demonstrations, tastings and recipes. Reps from West Monroe-based Landry Vineyards will offer wine samples on Friday and Saturday evening.
Guest speakers include Holly Baker, Canadian-born renovation enthusiast and host of the new HGTV series New Orleans Reno (formerly Big Easy Reno). Baker, who transformed herself from zero to hero when it came to her own home repairs, offers pro advice for Home Show attendees to get the most out of the many booths, demos and seminars:
Get chatty. "Talk to [everyone], especially people who are there because of passion and not big business. The average guy in the small booth can have more information than you think."
Stay focused. "It's easy to get distracted by all the new [home] tech, but make a list of [what] you want to focus on in your renovation and start there."
Stick Around. Stay for the Q&A session after seminars. "You may have to pay someone for that answer later on."
To see Baker in action, tune in to New Orleans Reno on HGTV beginning 11 a.m. Jan. 28.