Sevierville home show offers improvement ideas

Apr. 22, 2013 @ 11:39 PM

Jim Parks from HGTV's "New Spaces" hosted several seminars on home improvement during this weekend's Home Show at the Sevierville Convention Center. The show was Saturday and Sunday.

Guests seeking home updates had the opportunity to attend several seminars, learn from the experts, comparison shop and discover new home trends.

Parks hosted three seminars each day of the event. The first was "Green Living 101," which focused on sustainability and energy efficiency. The second was "Update My Kitchen, Bathroom and Closet," which offered ideas for how to get started on the remodeling process. The final seminar was "Change My Living Space," which emphasized the benefits of switching up your home decor.

"My wife is a professional organizer," Parks said. "She talks about the 'ahhh' sensation when a room just works for you. The opposite of that is the 'ick' room. We want to go for the 'ahhh,'" he said.

He added, "I'm delighted to be here today and to be on HGTV. We're inspiring people all the time."

Connie Fields, from Hasbrook, Ky., came to the show seeking updates for her condo at Wyndham Resorts. "This is the second or third year I've come to the show," she said. "There's a little something for everyone, depending on your needs."

Fields said that she and her husband love the area so much they are building in Savannah Glen, a Sevierville subdivision. "Our retirement will be here," she said. "When I was a kid, this is where my family came. There was a train on the Parkway, and that's basically all there was. Now there's always something to do," she said.

Others who attended were just beginning to look for ideas. Brad Smith, a Seymour resident, said he and his son Hayden decided to stop by after a soccer match. "We're just seeing what's out there for home improvement," he said. "I've never been to one of these before. It's really good."

jfrye@themountainpress.com