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Hilary Farr is an internationally renowned designer, co-host of Love It or List It, which airs on W Network in Canada and HGTV in the USA, and president of Hilary Farr Design, a thriving interior design company founded over 15 years ago.

She is credited as the first designer to stage properties for sale in Toronto where she currently resides. The internationally-known design sensation has also lived in Australia, England, California, and New York.

Much of Farr’s success is attributed to her ability to anticipate industry trends, understand the personalities of her many unique clients, and to respond with distinctive designs that suit their needs and lifestyles. Drama, timeless glamour and functionality are Farr’s trademarks.

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Kevin O'Connor is the host of the award winning PBS series This Old House and Ask This Old House and has been on the show since 2003.  Kevin serves on the editorial board of This Old House Magazine and he has also hosted shows for the DIY network and The History Channel’s H2. In September 2011 Kevin published his first book, The Best Homes of This Old House.
Prior to his television career Kevin practiced finance and most recently was a Senior Vice President at Bank of America in the Commercial Real Estate Group. Kevin received a B.A. degree in history from the College of the Holy Cross and a MBA degree from Boston University. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and three children.

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Sara Bendrick was born and raised in San Diego, California and started at a young age with a passion for art, nature and an appreciation for anything living. She studied at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and received a Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture and post-college honed her residential design skills working with a local firm before starting her own landscape design business. You can see Sara as the host of DIY Network’s I Hate My Yard where she helps homeowners realize the opportunity in their exterior spaces with a DIY attitude and working side-by-side with homeowners to take back their yards!



Liz Henderson and her husband, Mike bought their foreclosed home on HGTV House Hunters shared their room updates on HGTV House Hunters Where Are They Now and renovated their basement on DIY Network's Renovation Realities. With a passion for decorating and a love for people, Liz enjoys inspiring women to spruce up their spaces here in the Midwest. A former radio and television producer, Liz now spends her time creating cozy spaces, welcoming friends into her home and planning special events in Indianapolis.

Desiring to motivate other millennials, Liz enjoys serving as the Events and Experience Coordinator for EDGE Mentoring, an organization designed to sharpen the impact and influence of emerging leaders.

Follow Liz on Instagram at:@mrslizhendy



What began as two friends/neighbors/co-workers spending weekends exploring antique, vintage and architectural salvage shops as a hobby, eventually evolved into a small business whimsically named, Junkey Monkeys. Barns, attics, estate sales, garage sales, burn piles…you name it, we search for items that can be re-loved, re-used and re-vamped. You can find us in Salvage Sisters Antique Shop located in Franklin, IN along with various vintage markets around Indiana and her bordering states. 



Angela Lerew is a home decor and DIY blogger who loves to create welcoming and inspiring spaces. She has been featured on Elle Decor, Apartment Therapy, Good Housekeeping and HGTV.com.  She shares do-it-yourself tutorials and simple ideas to transform your home.  Her motto is, it doesn't have to cost a lot to have the home you love.
You can find out more about Angela on her blog:  www.UnexpectedElegance.com

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Since 2008, Cherie Lowe has been confidently wearing a plastic crown and encouraging others to dream big dreams.

Together with her husband, Brian, Cherie paid off $127,482.30 in a little under four years. She scribed the ups and downs of their debt-slaying journey on her popular website, www.QueenOfFree.net.

A graduate of Asbury University, Cherie strongly believes that something can come from nothing and that there is always a way for her readers to simplify their lives and their budgets. More than anything, through speaking and written word, Cherie longs for others to know that there is hope for getting their finances under control. Her family’s story has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Yahoo Finance, Redbook magazine, AOL Daily Finance, NBC News, and more. Cherie and Brian reside in Greenwood, Indiana, along with their daughters, Anna and Zoe.

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Heather Tallman is an Indianapolis based food writer, blogger, local food personality and family meal advocate. In addition to managing her website Basilmomma.com, she also teaches cooking classes, does numerous cooking demonstrations a month for various organizations and appears on both IndyStyle (WISH-TV) and B105.7 Soft Rock weekly. When Heather is not in the kitchen working on a recipe she is spending time with her two sons- Noah and Jacob and her husband- Matt at their home in southern Johnson County. Follow Heather online at @Basilmomma on Twitter/Facebook and @BasilmommaHT on Instagram.

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Jo Ellen is a 25-year veteran of newspaper journalism and owns Write for You! LLC, a freelance writing-editing business. A contributor to Indiana Gardening and Edible Indy magazines, she edits Iowa Gardener, Michigan Gardening, Minnesota Gardener and Wisconsin Gardening magazines. She has been writing a weekly gardening column for The Indianapolis Star since 1989, and is a popular speaker and frequent guest on television, radio and web broadcasts.

She is a garden coach and has an all-season, container planting business for residential and commercial locations. For 17 years, Jo Ellen has worked every spring at a large, independent garden center in Indianapolis, where she formerly was the buyer of perennials and nursery stock. She’s treasurer of GWA: The Association of Garden Communicators; director of the Indianapolis Museum of Art Horticultural Society; member Indiana Landmarks Cultural Landscape Committee; director Indy Food Co-op (which operates Pogue’s Run Grocer); a member of GreatGardenSpeakers.com; co-author of Indiana Gardener’s Guide; author of The Visitor’s Guide to American Gardens; and a recent contributor to The Gardener’s Garden (Phaidon Press) and The Oxford Companion to the Garden (Oxford University Press). She blogs at hoosiergarden.com.

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Carol Michel is a lifelong gardener with a degree in horticulture from Purdue University and a passion for all things gardening.  She currently writes for Indiana Gardening and regularly posts on her own garden blog, www.maydreamsgardens.com. An award winning writer, she considers herself a gardenangelist, an evangelist for gardening, and draws inspiration and humor from old gardening books, old hoes, and her own adventures in and out of her garden.