My Beautiful Home Show

January 24, 2015

Bill Melver, a retired executive of General Electric and a SCORE counselor, wants to bring a trash museum to Akron. It would be similar to one that he and his wife visited in Hartford, Conn.,where people can see what happens to their garbage in real time. Bill has put the wheels in motion for this educational and environmental initiative. You can learn more by contacting him through Score (Service Corps of Retired Executives), 330.379.3163, or calling him on his cell, 330.256.0741.

Chef John Verlinden is the author of To Cook is to Love: Nuevo Cuban Lighter, Healthier Latin Recipes, a multigenerational cultural tapestry of Cuban history, life, food, wine and music told through the heartwarming experiences of his mother-in-law Mami Aida, who immigrated to the United States and raised her family. The book is particularly timely now that the U.S. and Cuba are normalizing relations. You can buy a copy through amazon or go to John's website and get one signed.

Chris Kamis, president of Absolute Roofing and co-chairperson of the NARI Home Improvement Show, agreed with us that this year's 34th annual NARI show is the best one yet. NARI stands for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. This is a great show to attend to get ideas for remodeling your home and to talk to remodelers in a no-pressure environment. The show continues at the I-X Center in Cleveland today until 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For a discount coupon go to the NARI website.

January 17, 2015

Artist Julian Severyn was a wedding planner for 18 years. As such, he knows a lot about gowns and is putting that knowledge into his new series of works in which he embellishes 23-inch-high dress forms. The results are artistic representations of clothing. You can see the work in progress at his studio, 1969 North Cleveland-Massillon Road in Bath. His paintings in watercolor, acrylic and oil also are on display. Julian, who rents space in the Garth Andrews Studios, is available by appointment Monday through Saturday. To reach him, call 330.665.0565 or 440.838.1754.

Medium and author Carolyn Molnar suggests different ways of creating a sacred space in your home that will give you a sense of peace and comfort away from the stresses of modern living. Dedicate a personal place where you can surround yourself with meaningful objects, books, candles, sounds and scents. Carolyn, the author of Compassionate Messenger: True Stories from a Psychic Medium, which she wrote with her husband Benjamin Gleisser, has a monthly e-newsletter. You can subscribe by visiting her website: CarolynMolnar.com

Sarah Binder, president of the local NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry), talked about the first event of the 2015 home improvement show season, which her chapter is presenting. The NARI show takes place Thursday, Jan. 22, through next Sunday, Jan. 25, at the I-X Center in Cleveland. There will be more than 200 exhibits, including a cottage lake house and a home and landscape display done in a modern rustic style. Visit the website for more information and discount coupons: NARI Home Improvement Show

January 10, 2015

Paul Swan, owner of Swan Plumbing and Heating, is getting a lot of calls this week from homeowners whose pipes have frozen. He fixes the problem and gives them advice on preventing a recurrence. One of his helpful tips is to run a thin stream of both hot and cold water in a bathroom, laundry room or anywhere that has plumbing in an outside wall. By the way, Paul, whose grandfather started the company, wears a tie on all his housecalls, which is one of his ways of enhancing the professional image of plumbers. Contact Paul at 330.659.6233 or visit his website.

Chuck Buechele of Mouldings One says that his company, which was founded in 1958 and is still family owned, had a great year in 2014 and is expanding its facilities. Mouldings One has its own sawmill and can make mouldings, interior doors, railings and spindles out of many types of wood and in numerous styles. Check out its showroom in Burton, or visit the Mouldings One booth at the NARI show later this month or at the Great Big Home+Garden Show in early February. Both home shows will take place at the IX Center in Cleveland. Visit the Mouldings One website for more information or call 877.708.4095.

Frank Satullo started OhioTraveler.com more than a decade ago. The site, which covers events and attractions in Ohio, offers residents and visitors a great perspective on so much that the state has to offer. Every month, Frank sends out an email with a link to the site, which he updates regularly. To receive the monthly notifications or to read this month's feature on "Standouts in Ohio Tourism," visit OhioTraveler.

January 3, 2015

Toronto medium Carolyn Molnar is the co-author with her husband Benjamin Gleisser of Compassionate Messenger: True Stories from a Psychic Medium. The book is available on amazon.com. On this week's show, she spoke about clearing the energy in your home, which is important for your health and state of mind. There are many ways to clear your space, including painting the walls, washing fabric (curtains are major dust collectors, trapping energy in the process), decorating with plants and fresh-cut flowers and playing music that's uplifting, whether it's rock and roll or classical in major keys. Carolyn sends out a monthly e-newsletter. You can get on her mailing list by going to her website.

Health and wellness teacher Kathy Hammonds helps clients get healthier and happier by making positive changes in five categories of life. She calls these "the five pillars of wellness," which are mind, breath, movement, food and lifestyle choices. Kathy gives workshops and classes in Kent, Chagrin Falls and Cleveland Heights, where she's based. At this time of year, people have big goals when it comes to health and fitness. She advises that slow and steady wins the race, because if you try to achieve too much too fast, the effort becomes unsustainable. Check out Kathy's Facebook page for more tips. Her next appearance on "My Beautiful Home": May 2.

Steve Sherhag is the show manager for the Hudson, Ohio Antique Show, which takes place Saturday, Jan. 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Clarion Inn, 6625 Dean Memorial Parkway off Route 8. The show features 60 exhibitors who will be selling furniture, decorative arts, jewelry and other wares from the early Americana era through the 1950s. Admission is $8, unless you're 30 or under, in which case it's free. Dollar-off coupons are available on the website. Steve also makes and restores furniture. If you have furniture-related questions, he can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . His next appearance on "My Beautiful Home": May 23.

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