Archive - February 2011

Karen Starr

How Ed Begley Jr. made my day

Posted February 28, 2011

Hi friends! Well, I’m all done with the Akron Home and Flower Show. Thanks to those who came out!

I am exhausted, but all the hard work was well worth it - it was a very good experience for me and for my design business. I had the chance to meet and talk to a lot of people over those three days. From this, a handful of cool new people are now friends and some really interesting new projects are coming our way.

Me, explaining Hazel Tree and my redesign work (talking wildly with my hands apparently!), to Ed Begley, Jr. and Cheryl Schmidt.

One of my favorite moments of the weekend was meeting and talking with Ed Begley, Jr. A Californian green guru, he was the main attraction/speaker of the weekend. Before his main stage appearance, he walked around the EcoVillage Experience to see what was up. We chatted for a bit and I had the opportunity to tell him what we do over at Hazel Tree, with redesign and with using existing materials and local artisans when we can. At the end of our conversation, he told me that he was proud of us for doing the work that we are doing.

Way cool.

(And that’s how Ed Begley, Jr. made my day.)


Karen Starr

Akron Home and Flower Show this weekend

Posted February 21, 2011

Hi folks! If you’re planning on heading down to the Akron Home and Flower Show at the John S. Knight Center this weekend, make sure you stop by my booth and say howdy!

I’ll be in the section marked “The EcoVillage Experience” (follow the green footsteps to find us!) The EcoVillage Experience is a grouping of over 20 “green” local home improvement and landscaping businesses. I was asked to become involved with this group since my design work often fits into this category…and to bring some eco-pretty to the nuts and bolts business of things such as composting toilets, energy efficient windows and the like.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the exhibitors in The EcoVillage Experience, or to see the schedule of green-living workshops, visit The NeoHaus Institute’s website by clicking here.

In addition to my booth in the exhibit hall, offerings from Hazel Tree Interiors will be represented inside the cottage being built on-site at the Knight Center. The cottage will showcase a sampling of locally-sourced, sustainable home building, remodeling and redecorating options.

So come on down! All the info you need on the show is available by clicking here.

For the roundup of details, here it is:
The show runs this Friday, Saturday and Sunday - 2/25-2/27.
Show hours are Friday and Saturday 11-9 and Sunday 11-6.
Free parking in city lots on the weekends.
Show admission is $8, kids 12 and under are free.

Think Spring!