With hundreds of exciting exhibits and two seminar stages, the 31st-annual South Bay Home & Garden Show displays the latest trends in home design and pairs homeowners with top remodeling experts. Use your ticket ($10 at the door, $7 online; $8 for seniors at the door, $5 for seniors online) to browse the exhibitors' newest products and home solutions, with displays on decorating, home accents, interior design, and remodeling offering ideas for bedrooms, kitchens, and Batcaves. Guests for this year's event include Ahmed Hassan, the landscaping mastermind of DIY Network's Yard Crashers and Turf War, who'll give tips on how to spruce up the backyard. The Wine Guy Unplugged host Anthony Gilardi will also make appearances on Saturday and Sunday to film segments for his show while leading visitors in an exquisite wine tasting.
The founders of Aaron's Moving know that a quality moving business requires more than an army of workers with biceps capable of hurling meteors back into space. The family-run business prides itself on a team of movers who are strong inside and out. The company never hires day laborers, recruiting only experienced, trained, and background-checked movers.
On moving days, workers arrive punctually in trucks sized to match the job, from one-bedroom apartments to homes with pianos. During the move, insurance options set owners' minds at ease, and a wide selection of supplies—including boxes, bubble wrap, and wardrobe boxes—muffles the hemming and hawing of mustachioed marble busts. Their professional packing services make transit easier and protect delicate items, and the staff labels each box to make unpacking less confusing later.
Each year, more than 10,000 homeowners, business owners, and lazy nomads relocate to new digs thanks to AVL Moving Systems' team of seasoned movers. The movers' experience lends them the know-how and experience needed to help with all manner of moves, be they down the street or across the country. It's not just their brawn that workers put to good use—they're also skilled packers, swathing delicate glass in the proper packaging, crating valuable antiques, or preparing pianos for new homes. AVL Moving Systems also has a modular facility for short- or long-term storage, a simpler alternative for their customers than helping them find a couch for their couch to crash on. To simplify moving day, customers can purchase supplies directly from the company and can even have them take a vehicle along for the ride.
Top Notch Steamers' trucks are mobile arsenals of cleanliness, buttressed by a bevy of weapons in the war on filth. Hot-water extraction purges dirt and debris from within carpet fibers, the deepest grout, or furniture upholstery. After the wash-‘em-up, techs safeguard the floors from future grime with Teflon, saving homeowners the hassle of lining high-traffic areas with plastic runners or a protective layer of cement.
Static electricity is generally considered a nuisance, causing hair to stand on end or clothes to cling awkwardly to the body. But for the team at USAir Duct and Carpet Cleaning, it's an effective pollutant-nabbing technique. The air-care experts outfit HVAC systems with electrostatic filters that attract airborne particles as they float past and hold them until the filter can be washed. Because the non-disposable filters just require regular cleanings, they can provide a lifetime of reuse, and their design includes an antimicrobial material that restricts the growth of mold and bacteria on the filter surface.
Electrostatic filtration is just one of USAir's many natural cleaning methods. Technicians install UV-light air purifiers on blowers, which break down the molecular bonds of viruses, germs, bacteria, and mold in order to eliminate them. A rotary scrubbing brush and 360-degree vacuum de-grime tile and grout while eschewing the soaps, acid-based formulas, and lectures on hygiene that can dull the tile surface.
Porcelanosa’s journey from mom-and-pop design firm to world leader in kitchen and bathware began in 1970 on the Mediterranean coast of Castellon, Spain. Today, the company’s founding family oversees more than 400 showrooms in 70 different countries, exporting the latest in European home design to the rest of the world. Its minimalist, modern designs play on clean lines and muted colors, incorporating elegant accents such natural stone bathtubs or rectified porcelain tile, which mimics the Carrara marble used to build the Pantheon, sculpt Michelangelo's David, and construct the world's first paperweight. Its engineered hardwood flooring draws eyes to smooth planks of white oak in a spectrum of stains, vying for attention against tiled mosaics made of stone, ceramic, or brick.
In addition to turning kitchens and bathrooms into walk-in works of art, Porcelanosa adheres to its founding principles of care for the environment and reducing ecological impact throughout its production chain, using water recycling and gas-burning technologies at its plants to reduce its carbon footprint.