Matt BlashawMatt Blashaw of HGTV's Yard Crashers and Vacation House for Free (2016 Show)

The Orange County, California native began his building career at a very young age in his dad’s lumber yard, and worked on everything from plumbing to electrical. Shortly after graduation, Matt received his contractor’s license and began working as a self-employed general contractor, specializing in remodeling homes. 

He has hosted several series for the DIY Network and HGTV including Project Xtreme, Money Hunters, Blog Cabin and Professional Grade, and specials such as Cool Tool Builders Show and Worst Kitchen In America. Currently, Matt hosts the hit HGTV series Yard Crashers and Vacation House for Free. You may have also seen him on season 2 of Ellen's Design Challenge! 

See Matt on the main stage Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

Serena Appiah Marketplace Events’ 2016 Home + Garden Trendsetter of the YearSerena Appiah | Marketplace Events’ 2016 Home + Garden Trendsetter of the Year (2016 Show)

Home Improvement DIY Blogger of

Serena was recently crowned Marketplace Events’ 2016 Home + Garden Trendsetter of the Year after a nationwide search for a home blogger turned home show celebrity. She is a mother of three boys and has been helping folks decorate, improve and maintain their homes on a DIY budget since 2010. She’s not afraid to use power tools and wants to make sure you aren’t either. Come learn new ideas from repurposing DIY projects to power tools and more-- all without breaking the bank!

Serena will be presenting on the main stage Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Faye Prosser Downtown Raleigh Home Show CouponingFAYE PROSSER | WRAL-TV SMART SHOPPER (2016 Show)

Join Faye for a money saving workshop that will teach you how to save on your grocery expenses each and every week. Our guest speaker is Faye Prosser, WRAL-TV Smart Shopper and author of The Smart Spending Guide. This workshop will change the way you shop and teach you to save more than you ever thought possible!

Faye will be teaching on the main stage on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Help Me Rhonda Interiors Raleigh

Rhonda Benvie | Help Me Rhonda Interiors (2016 Show)

Rhonda is a native of the area.  She grew up in Fuquay-Varina and now calls Wake Forest home.  Help Me Rhonda Interiors is a Best of the Best winner and has been spotlighted in local magazines.  Rhonda has also authored design articles in local publications.  Come learn the basics of design as Rhonda shares her 20+ years of experience in the design field and see why her clients love her down-to-earth, tell it like it is, work with any budget approach to design. 

Rhonda will be presenting on Friday and Sunday on our Fresh Ideas Design Stage; visit her in Booth #1116 at the show! Be sure to check out Rhonda's new furniture store, Open Door Furniture & Accents, opening soon (visit her display in our show lobby for a sneak peek)!
Upcylced Furniture Raleigh Home Show

Shanna Labrador | The Refab Lab (2016 Show)

Shanna Labrador is a Wake Forest resident, wife, and mom to three young children. Her passion for repurposing and refinishing furniture was born out of necessity, then became a creative outlet that evolved into a business. The ReFab Lab offers furniture refinishing, an assembly service, and eclectic home decor from repurposed and upcycled materials.

Don't miss Shanna's decor at the show entrance and her stage presentation on Friday!