Atlanta Home Show will feature Kenneth Brown, tips for kitchen

Kenneth Brown, thankfully, knows nothing of geographic boundaries.

When working with interior design and creating personal spaces, Brown takes inspirations from traditional Southern comfort and clean Southern California simplicity. It's this signature, blended style, as well as his HGTV show "reDesign," that have made Brown one of the most sought-after designers in the interior design world.

Starting today, local homeowners can glean some of Brown's know-how at the Spring Atlanta Home Show, being held through Sunday at the Georgia World Congress Center.

"Kenneth's distinct style brings a new element to the show," said Michael Schoppenhorst, director of the show, in a press release.

Now in its 29th year, the Atlanta Home Show will showcase more than 350 exhibitors and a bevy of information for all aspects of the home, starting with the kitchen.

"The kitchen is the heart of the home, so cooking is a big focus for us," Schoppenhorst said. "With the team of chefs we've assembled for this show, everyone can learn something new."

Throughout the weekend, demonstrations from respected chefs, cooking showdowns and kitchen design displays will be held in the Electrolux Cooking Corner.

Atlanta native and TV chef Marvin Woods will mix it up with his Southern-style, healthful cooking demonstrations. Woods will teach attendees how to prepare some of the dishes he made on his TV show, "Home Plate," as well as give advice on creating individual cooking styles.

Cooking prodigy Max Nania has known his way around the kitchen since he was 3 years old. Now at the ripe old age of 8, Nania, author of "Cooking with Max: 45 Fun and Kind of Messy Recipes Kids Can Make" (Little Five Star, $14.95), will teach chefs young and old how to prepare kid-friendly dishes.

Swedish-based home decor megastore Ikea is a new participator for this year's show. The company will display how homeowners can maximize space for minimal prices. As an added bonus, one show attendee will have the chance to win a $5,000 shopping spree from Ikea.

Interested in going green? The home show has that cornered as well. Laura and Rutherford Seydel will show off EcoManor, the first home in the Southeast certified by the United States Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The booth will demonstrate how homeowners can make simple changes in their lifestyles to better the planet.

The home show is also aiming to fill empty pantries with a canned food drive. Attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to be donated to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Donors will be entered in a drawing for two round-trip coach airfares from AirTran Airways.

n What: The Spring Atlanta Home Show

• When: The show runs today through Sunday. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. today, noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

• Where: Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd. N.W., Atlanta

• Cost: Tickets are $10 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 12, and free for children younger than 5 and seniors older than 65.

• Info: Call 770-798-1997 or visit www.atlantahomeshow.com.