Raleigh HGTVHGTV's Kitchen Cousins

Anthony Carrino, co-host of HGTV's Kitchen Cousins with real-life cousin John Colaneri, graduated from Babson College in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in entrepreneurship and information systems. During his years at Babson he started his own Web development company, Intricate Design, and by his senior year he was managing more than 30 clients in the Boston area.

In 2004, Anthony and his father, Alfonso, co-founded Brunelleschi Construction. Anthony’s role for the first two years, aside from general business matters, was to be on site every day to run the job. Today, Anthony is focused on a number of different tasks ranging from supporting on-site operations to managing project timelines, including all negotiations with vendors and subcontractors.

John Colaneri, co-host of HGTV’s Kitchen Cousins with his cousin Anthony Carino, graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in labor and industrial relations with a minor in business management.
With most of his family involved in construction, it was natural for John to work as a laborer when he was home from college in the summers. He worked for his uncle’s company, Prismatic Development, where he was involved in many aspects of the construction process.
With John’s experience in construction, savvy business skills and an eagerness to learn, he was ready to devote his time to the family construction business, Brunelleschi Construction.

The Kitchen Cousins appeared on the Fresh Ideas Design Stage at the Fall 2017 Downtown Raleigh Home Show!

Madcap Cottage


John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon are the duo behind North Carolina- and New York-based interior design firm Madcap Cottage. Known for their passion for prints and pattern, the Madcap gents—along with their pound-rescue posse, Jasper, Weenie, and Amy Petunia—scour the world for eclectic finds that capture their unique viewpoint. Imagine a British country house that pairs centuries-old antiques and a spirited dash of Chinoiserie chic with a splash of Morocco-meets-India élan. Shake, stir, then pour.
“If you are looking for beige and boring, bark up someone else’s tree,” quips Jason. “We live and breathe ‘whimsy,’ but our projects are bespoke, sophisticated, and perfectly catered to our clients’ sensibility and ‘brand.’ They are also spectacularly fun—and always livable. John and I have dogs and nieces and nephews—we get it.” Standout Madcap Cottage interiors include a jewel-hued loft in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood; a color-rich, playful beach house in Southampton, New York; a sophisticated 1920s-era bungalow in Des Moines, Iowa; and a historic shotgun-style cottage in New Orleans’ French Quarter.
The Madcap Cottage gents run their firm—an ever-changing design laboratory—from the heart of High Point, North Carolina, the hub for American decorative arts. The Madcaps’ latest book, “Prints Charming: How to Create Absolutely Beautiful Interiors with Prints & Patterns,” will debut from Abrams in October 2017. The Madcap Cottage gents’ vintage and antique selections can be found at One Kings Lane and at 1stDibs.com, and their licensed product collections are available through Robert Allen @Home, Howard Elliott, Smith + Noble, and HSN.
Follow the Madcap Cottage adventures on Instagram and Facebook, and read their design blog, Demystifying Design, recently named by Domino magazine as one of the Top 100 Design Blogs, at www.madcapcottage.com.

Madcap Cottage appeared on our stage at the Fall 2017 Downtown Raleigh Home Show!


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

Faye appeared on our stage at the 2017 Downtown Raleigh Home Show!

Rhonda BenvieRhonda Benvie | Help Me Rhonda Interiors

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 taking your interior design and decor questions LIVE on stage at the show each day! Be sure to check out her new furniture store, Open Door Furniture & Accents, now open!

Rhonda appeared on our stage at the 2017 Downtown Raleigh Home Show!

Corey Jason of Earth Right EnergyCorey Jason | Earth Right Energy

Corey Jason is a proud family man, a business owner and entrepreneur. Corey has been educating people in the area of energy efficiency for over seven years and has helped tens to hundreds of thousands of people around the country save on their energy costs. Corey has partnered with a number of various seasoned individuals and well established companies, such as Bosch to help create what is called Earth Right Energy.

Although the company is still fairly new to the world, it is by no means new to the industry. With over 150 years plus experience combined, the company maintains a five star rating, and is one of the only companies that specializes in full service energy efficiency. That's everything from radiant barriers and hot water heaters of various sorts, to all out solar and LED lighting.

Corey is not only determined to bring great energy into the world through his charisma and vigor, but also through educating people everywhere of all the  great incentives, government programs, and rebates that are available to make simple changes to their homes and business's and how to reduce the demand for utilities and of the benefits as well. (Also referred to by Corey as the "Earth Right Energy word!") In this workshop you will learn the benefits of going green, some key simple solutions that don't cost hardly anything, but bring about real big energy savings too. Savings ranging between 15%-60% every year. Corey has proven time and time again that there is a wrong way to go about saving money and energy and a right way.

Corey appeared on our stage at the 2017 Downtown Raleigh Home Show!