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Say chi!

Karen Bowers

KEYSTONE – You’ve got to hand it to the Summit County Builders Association for thinking ahead. Because if you didn’t need to remodel or build an addition when you walked into the Home & Garden Show Saturday, chances are good you needed one when you left.Visitors to the the 2002 show walked away from the Keystone Conference Center loaded down with books, brochures, tile samples and giveaways ranging from ballpoint pens to braided rugs.And if they didn’t find themselves in need of an extra room in which to put all that swag, at the very least, they could benefit from a redesigned storage space by California Closets, one of nearly 70 businesses represented at the event.For this one day, the conference center was transformed into a wonderland for do-it-yourselfers, landscaping enthusiasts, armchair interior designers and would-be homeowners. There was even something of interest for the well-intentioned but fumble-fingered – the folks from Man Around the House, a handyman business, had a booth at the show too.Sales reps touted a wide variety of products: log homes, financial planning services, log furniture, stained glass, mosaics, cellular phones and carpeting. And almost every business offered candies or tchotchkes as enticements to visit their booth.But Roger Walls of Heavenly Times Hot Tubs didn’t need such bait – passersby found it nearly irresistible to walk past his spa without dipping a hand in the warm, churning water.”Ooh,” one woman said to a friend when she spotted a four-person Arctic Spa. “We should have brought our bathing suits.”The home show also offered an opportunity to learn more about a variety of topics, whether it be high-altitude gardening or decorating.Beth Faucett from West Winds Feng Shui presented a lecture on “Black Hat” feng shui, which she said is one of nine different schools of the Chinese method of design and decorating.The front door, she explained, is “the mouth of chi,” one of the most important areas of the house because energy flows in and out the portal. “You don’t want the energy rushing out or getting lost,” she cautioned.The front door, she said, also represents one’s career, so it’s best to keep it in good working order: “If you door’s stuck, your career is stuck.”Luckily for some audience members – whose sidelong glances at one another indicated a sagging door and/or career – booths offering handymen and paint supplies were just around the corner from the lecture hall.


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