Feb. 28th through Mar. 1st is the Peoria Spring Home Show. Will you be there? Well, I will, and here's a list of a few booths we're excited to explore. Before I dive into them though it's important to share the important changes I've experienced so far this year.
© Joanna & Brett Photography A little over a year ago I found an exceptional woman who agreed to marry me and we tied the knot this past January. With this significant life change, we are beginning our very own process of looking for a home together, which is new for both of us. In the process, we will be educating ourselves concerning everything home related including: architectural style, interior decor, maintenance, sustainability, and so much more. I have been connected to the home construction industry for several years already through photography, but this new chapter marks a significant shift in how I will be approaching my work within Black Olive Photographic. We are excited to take you on our inquiry as we dig into more home construction and architecture.
Additionally as we move forward with our business, our architectural journey will equally focus on developing an increased personal competency of this industry to better benefit the businesses who use Black Olive to capture their craftsmanship. I have been attending the Spring Home Show for several years to touch base and catch up with my clients as well as to see my images implemented in their booths. To prepare, I have identified several booths that we're excited to visit. Shall we begin?
Bass & Son Painting & Decorative Concrete (Booth# 1015)
Industrial and heavy-duty working spaces have aways attracted me. My office incorporates heavy mid-century modern "tanker" desks. I expect a lot from my equipment and that is not going to change when comes to my home. The concept of taking a basic concrete floor and transforming it into a strong foundational element of your space's decor, intrigues me.
Budget Blinds of North Peoria (Booth# 636)
As a photographer, lighting, and the control of it, is paramount. When it comes to photographing homes, window light is wonderful, but natural sunlight can quickly overpower a room creating harsh shadows and lines that distract from your living space. I am excited to see what Budget Blinds of North Peoria has to offer. Window coverings are such a personal preference, and when we purchase our first home we will likely be in the market. It will be helpful to have an comprehensive idea of what's available as we begin our new home pursuit.
Cool Roofs (Booth# 754)
Have I mentioned that I prefer simple and effective solutions? Steel roofing has recently attracted my attention due to it's durability. It wasn't until recently that I discovered the traditional asphalt look was possible with steel. Combined with the other advertised benefits to steel, I am interested to see how Cool Roof approaches the market and what they have to offer.
Curb-A-Lawn (Booth# 905)
Landscaping is such a critical part to the visual appeal of any home. In the short time browsing home listings, the homes framed with beautiful landscaping quickly catch my attention. Botany is not my thing, but I personally I appreciate a distinguished transition between lawn and flower beds. Due to this, Curb-A-Lawn caught my attention. I've never seen anything quite like them, but their finished product produces a defined transition that's clean and beautiful. I'm excited to learn more about their process.
Farmstead Industries (Booth# 1116)
The draw to Farmstead Industries was their business model. Having an ever changing selection is something that will keep me continually coming back to see the fresh deals they have. They boast a selection of the latest styles, so I'm curious to explore further into their product offering and service. They've peaked my interest!
Murray Custom Cabinetry (Booth# 310)
Wood. I love it. While I am looking forward to seeing the work of the many cabinet companies that will be at the show, Murray caught my attention because I had not heard of them before. However, they have been servicing the Peoria area since 2013. I am looking forward to becoming more acquainted with their approach and design process.
Plaster Man (Booth# 1300)
At first it was the name, but after digging into his site, I'm all the more intrigued. Providing both repair work across the country as well as training material for future artisans, Robin is keeping himself busy. I know very little about plaster and as Emily and I embark together on our home search in a real-estate market full of wonderful old homes, we're looking forward to receiving a little education on the topic.
Premier Garden Design (Booth# 739)
As I mentioned above, landscaping is such an important part of any home's appeal and first impression. As we look at the landscaping of homes on the market and consider making improvements of our own, we are motivated to have a better understanding of the possibilities and the corresponding investment. Premier Garden Design conveyed a genuineness in their story that connected with me.
The Mill, Inc. (Booth# 614)
Every home needs decor. And, the avenue one chooses for their interior decoration is their own. Emily and I personally both enjoy the meshing of the rustic aesthetics of repurposed woods with the robust industrial metal look. We are excited to visit The Mill's booth as we sense their style may be similar.
To say the least, Emily and I are excited to visit this year's home show together. We are equally thrilled to include you in our journey as we grow Black Olive Photographic and look for our new place to call home.