For Alison Victoria, the most important room in a home is the kitchen. As the host of DIY Network/HGTV’s “Kitchen Crashers,” the designer knows a thing or two about what makes the space so special. This weekend, she’ll be at the Philly Home Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center to discuss, not only the kitchen, but the entire home.
“It’s a compilation of design tips and talks that encapsulates everything I do from my own business to the show — everything from space planning to lighting to color,” says the designer about her talk, which will take place on the convention’s main stage at 6 p.m. on Friday, and noon and 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Can’t make the show? Victoria shares some tips with us:
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“A lot of people don’t have $100,000 to remodel their kitchen,” says the designer. Her advice: tackle the smaller updates and quick fixes.
Victoria recommends painting cabinets and replacing cabinet hardware with new fixtures. She loves Anthropologie and Amazon for finds.
For the renters
Victoria recommends a few cost effective tweaks that can be easily installed and removed when you leave like temporary backsplashes.
“When you’re a renter, you’re not putting that kind of money into your space,” she says. “You still want it to feel like home, you still want to feel like it’s a little piece of you while you’re living there.”
In her own home?
One of her favorite projects in her home was transforming a former bank vault in the house into a walk-in vault for shoes.
“I’ve been working on my house for years. I’m constantly looking at my space and rethinking different areas,” she says.
Catch Alison Victoria at the Philly Home Show on Feb. 12-13, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch Streets. Admission is $13 at the door.