Whether you’re in the process of decorating a home or are simply a design enthusiast, you’ve most likely experienced it: that sudden rush of inspiration that pushes you to complete an old project you’ve been meaning to get to around the house, or finally come to a definitive decision on what color paint to use in the kitchen. Maybe it’s sparked by something relatively ordinary, like an interesting vase that catches your eye while window shopping. Maybe a life-altering event comes along that leaves you ready for a change. In any case, getting motivated is usually the fastest way to move past your frustration, and whatever you’ve been struggling with probably won’t seem quite so complicated anymore.
Unfortunately, as effortless as things feel when you’re in the zone, the flipside can be daunting. When you’re this close to throwing in the towel because you’re stuck in a rut and beginning to feel hopelessly in over your head, the term “overwhelmed” probably seems like a huge understatement. These days when we’re at a loss, most of us turn to the very same place: Google. The internet is, of course, a powerful resource with plenty of home improvement advice to be found, but sometimes scrolling through photos and reviewing the opinions of strangers just isn’t enough. So, for all of our fellow Dallas residents and interior design aficionados, here’s a list of upcoming local events that are a bit more hands-on. Check them out to experience the latest products firsthand and hopefully get inspired!
1. Lightovation: Dallas International Lighting Show
June 20-23, 2018 at the Dallas Market Center
Lightovation is one of the largest trade shows in the lighting industry, attracting thousands of buyers and hundreds of brands from around the world. Every year, interior designers, members of the industry, and interested buyers arrive in Dallas to get a look at all of the latest and greatest lighting systems and collections. Exhibitors come to showcase an expansive variety of goods, including many ingenious pieces and fixtures that could just as easily double as art. Highlighting everything from the latest trends to the most cutting-edge technologies, the event features a wealth of innovative lighting products that are made with impeccable quality and suited for both residential and commercial projects. It’s the perfect outing for homeowners who are looking to purchase a unique item or just get some ideas.
2. Dallas Total Home & Gift Market
June 20-26, 2018 at the Dallas Market Center
This event actually overlaps with Lightovation, which will also be at the Dallas Market Center, so one could easily attend both for a double dose of inspiration. The Dallas Total Home and Gift Market is an internationally-recognized destination, aiming to join brands and manufacturers with buyers looking to browse a wide selection of products related to interior design and decorating. Exhibitors offer everything from home accessories to gift items – whether for you or someone else – including various décor, furniture, holiday and seasonal items, gourmet food, jewelry, apparel, toys, bedding, crafting supplies, and much more. With hundreds of vendors all under one roof it’s a convenient one-stop-shop marketplace, but that isn’t all; there will also be special and events and seminars for those interested.
3. Metrocon Expo & Conference
August 9-10, 2018 at the Dallas Market Center
Metrocon Expo and Conference is an annual event that showcases the newest and most exciting interior design and home improvement-related offerings to decorators, architects, facility managers, design students, industry members, real estate professionals and buyers. This occasion introduces attendees from across the Southwest to a large range of exhibitors and brands who represent some of the most groundbreaking products and ideas within the world of architecture and design. Featuring everything from lighting fixtures to soundproofing systems, the various wares available for browsing also include artwork, flooring, fabrics, furniture, windows, hardware, and more. Registration for those interested in attending opens on Friday, June 1st, 2018.
4. Texas Home & Garden Show:
September 7-9, 2018 at the Dallas Market Hall
A staple among Texan home design enthusiasts and professionals for over 40 years, the Texas Home and Garden Show has been bringing customers and industry members together for as long as it’s been around. Along with access to hundreds of vendors and brands, the event offers consumers a chance to get expert advice from industry professionals, attend a number of different workshops, learn about the latest indoor and outdoor products and trends, and get a face-to-face with the companies in attendance. While you’re there, you can take advantage of show-only exclusives and specials, comparison shop, and even make appointments to gather project estimates. It’s a fantastic opportunity to shop for all your home and garden needs, and a great source of inspiration as well!
5. Collin County Home & Garden Show
14-16 September 2018 at the Allen Event Center
Like the Texas Home and Garden Show, this event also offers consumers a chance to browse the latest products, technology and services designed for the home and garden. Attendees will have an opportunity to view the various wares on display and learn more about them too, with hundreds of trusted brands, builders, contractors, and other industry professionals on hand to give expert advice. Covering thousands of square feet, the exhibits will feature everything from decks, pools, and spas to entertainment systems, interior décor and landscape displays. Also on display will be plants, kitchenware, furniture, home accessories, carpet and flooring, sprinkler systems, windows and doors, storage, appliances, security systems, roofing and fencing materials, and more.