The American Society of Interior Designers dream team, from left, includes Camille Naimy, Linda Shears, Gayle McNally, Michael Alessio and Debra Christy. They were photographed inside the Michigan Design Center showroom Decoroom at a past event.

The American Society of Interior Designers dream team, from left, includes Camille Naimy, Linda Shears, Gayle McNally, Michael Alessio and Debra Christy. They were photographed inside the Michigan Design Center showroom Decoroom at a past event.

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Novi Home Show features expert renovators, appraisers

By: Nick Mordowanec | C&G Newspapers | Published January 24, 2018

 Lori Verderame is a world-renowned appraiser and TV personality who is making another appearance at the Novi Home Show, which runs from Jan. 26 to 28.

Lori Verderame is a world-renowned appraiser and TV personality who is making another appearance at the Novi Home Show, which runs from Jan. 26 to 28.

Photo provided by the Novi Home Show

 The winner of the $1,500 Designer Shopping Spree, sponsored by the Novi Home Show and the Michigan Design Center, can spend the winnings at showrooms like Decoroom at the show.

The winner of the $1,500 Designer Shopping Spree, sponsored by the Novi Home Show and the Michigan Design Center, can spend the winnings at showrooms like Decoroom at the show.

Photo provided by the Novi Home Show

NOVI — If you’re inspired to begin new home improvement projects, or aim to find professionals who can turn your dreams into realities, look no further than the Novi Home Show. It’s taking place from Jan. 26 to 28 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi.

According to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity, released by the Joint Center of Housing Studies of Harvard University, home improvement spending is expected to increase approximately 7.7 percent, or $330 billion, by the third quarter of this year.

A trends study conducted by U.S. Houzz and Home Renovation and released in September revealed that people who bought their first homes in 2016 spent an average of $33,800 on renovations — a 22 percent increase when compared to 2015 spending levels. Kitchen and bathroom renovations top the list of the most common renovations.

The show will feature special exhibits by the American Society of Interior Designers, or ASID, Michigan Chapter; Kohler Bold Experience; and IKEA.

“There are many good reasons to renovate your current home, including increasing your property value, availability of low-interest equity loans and the opportunity to enjoy your home while living in it,” said Michael Stoskopf, CEO of the Homebuilders Association of Southeast Michigan, in a press release.

International celebrity appraiser Lori Verderame, who is known from the popular History Channel program “The Curse of Oak Island,” is returning to Novi.

In addition to discussing antiquing tips and how to spot a bargain, she will be appraising audience items. The first appraisal will be free, with additional items costing $25 each. For objects too large to bring to the show, she can appraise them by looking at images. Her appearances will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, and from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

“I found a lot of people were being lied to by appraisers,” Verderame said in regard to why she got into the business. “Everyone thinks every appraiser is the same, and I’m not.”

She said most people have objects that are worth a lot of money, but they don’t believe it. She recalled appraising one particular item, in which an individual purchased it for $2.50 at a yard sale. The item ended up being sold at an auction for $50,000.

The number of items Verderame has appraised in 25-plus years is vast, ranging from “Seinfeld” TV scripts to AC/DC vinyl records to Civil War drums to sports memorabilia. She’s even appraised George Washington’s wallet, Thomas Jefferson’s writing desk and a moon boot from one of the Apollo missions.

The most money garnered was $2.5 million for Napoleon Bonaparte’s good-luck charm, with sculptures and paintings garnering $250,000 and $150,000, respectively.

“I continue to enjoy it,” she said. “I think the objects have fascinating stories, and I think people should learn what they’re really worth and what they really are.”

Debra Christy, an ASID designer, talked about how granite is becoming less of a trend and more of a thing of the past. Quartz surfaces are becoming more commonplace due to the material being antibacterial, presenting no staining or discoloration, and it offers a more contemporary feeling.

“The trend in kitchen design is calm, clean and simple, and to let other elements be the focal point,” Christy said in a press release.

And it’s not just quartz. Wood is coming back too, as it brings a sense of warmth to a living space. Subway tiles are also all the rage.

“Wall coverings — an upgrade to traditional wallpaper — are very utilitarian for a backsplash,” Christy said. “They are made of great materials with plastic in them to make them stronger, and they offer a surprising depth of colors and texture.”

She added that spending money on appliances should echo how much is spent on cabinets, saying, “Appliances have come a long way, and people need to budget better for them. These are items you will be using daily for 10-15 years.”

The show hours are 2-8 p.m. Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 27 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 28. Tickets cost $10 for people ages 13 and older, and $9 for seniors. Tickets are free for children ages 12 and younger, and tickets are discounted to $5 when bought after 5 p.m. Jan. 26-27. For more information about this year’s show, including coupons and offers that discount the price of tickets, visit www.novihomeshow.com.