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Deseret News Home Show offers tips for improvement, decorating

The 19th annual edition of the Deseret News Home Improvement, Remodeling and Decorating Show will open Friday in the Salt Palace.

A better name might be the Deseret News' "Better Ideas" For Home Improvement, Remodeling and Decorating.Many visitors come to the show simply to get ideas for home improvement and decorating. The obvious reason, of course, is that among the 250 exhibitors are some of the most experienced and talented people in those professions.

It's not often people can find so much information crammed into one location, from spas and windows to furniture and draperies.

"It's a million and one great ideas under one roof," says Jonathan Greenband, show manager. "In fact, it can be overwhelming because there is so much going on."

Among the more popular home trends are spas, cabinets, closet organizers, new furnishings, heating systems and home security systems.

A popular feature of the show is the Designer Room Vignettes. These are fully decorated display rooms showing the latest in interior design. Professional designers will present the latest ideas for the living, dining and family rooms, as well as the bedroom, kitchen and entertainment areas.

Over the years, spas have grown in popularity to a point where they are now the accessory of choice with many new home owners. Why?

- Spas are therapeutic, especially for people with muscle and joint aches and pains. Owners also report that sleep comes more easily after a good soak.

- Spas are relaxing for those without the aches and pains. A good soak can relieve the stresses and strains of the day.

- Spas are a social event. Get-togethers can be more enjoyable when highlighted with a good soak in the spa for good friends.

The popular trend in kitchens these days is the solid-surface countertop.

Among the reasons people list for buying solid-surface tops are the fact that they are easy to care for and that there are no seams. Open joints allow water to sink in.

Also, the fact they are solid means they can be machined into virtually any shape. And installing solid-surface tops adds value to the home.

Where cabinet makers used to confine their talents to the kitchen, now they're spreading out into other areas, such as dens, offices, entertainment centers and laundry rooms.

People are putting cabinets, bookshelves and desks in office areas and bedrooms. It used to be this was something reserved for very expensive homes, but now it's becoming more common in a full range of homes.

As for what's popular in cabinets these days:

Oak still remains the No. 1 choice of today's buyers, but maple is slowly creeping its way up the list. In both woods, the natural look is the most popular style. Whitewash maple, very popular last year, is not as popular with buyers this year.

On the high end, cherry wood is going into a number of the larger custom homes. It is elegant, stylish and more expensive than some other woods.

What every woman dreams of is an organized closet with lots of room and a place to put everything. Some even contend that an organized closet is a key to keeping a marriage stronger, kids out of trouble and the woman of the home much happier.

As for home security systems, they are becoming as much a part of houses these days as cabinets, tubs and lighting fixtures. Especially since technology has brought the new systems within easy reach of most buyers.

The show opens Friday and runs through Sunday. Hours are 3 to 10 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for juniors. Kids six and under are free.

This year, says Greenband, the first 2,000 people attending the show on Friday will receive a free pager from Pagenet of Utah.

Timberline Manufacturing, maker of lodgepole furniture, will be offering a master bedroom set, valued at $10,000, as the grand prize.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Points of interest

Place: Salt Palace

Date: Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Hours: Friday: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Features: More than 300 displays showing home improvement, remodeling and decorating ideas and products.

Admission: $4 adults, $2 children 7-12, kids 6 and under free.

Information: 485-7399.