For The Visitor

Why Visit?

Electric Interior DesignAt the heart of the Resource Home Show is the desire of a community to preserve history through the restoration of original architectural features and respectful renovation and design, while offering homeowners the option to imprint their own individual vision, employ practical problem-solving techniques, and maintain or upgrade systems, mechanics and structural integrity.

Beyond what the internet or individual referrals can offer, the Resource Home Show provides a forum for a community of regional homeowners who seek out home-improvement professionals on a continual basis to meet, engage, and exchange information, firsthand, with numerous home-industry professionals in a variety of fields. Conversely it offers home-industry professionals an opportunity to expand their client base and cultivate opportunities to forge business-to-business relationships with other industry professionals.

Through the exhibition and display of projects, DIY demonstrations, and partnerships of local independent makers, this event aims to address an industry call for supply and demand that benefits all involved.

In the spirit of what home means in our hearts, the 2019 show benefitted Isaiah House, an organization that has “provided shelter, nourishment and support to Essex County’s most fragile families and individuals since 1988.”

DIY Demonstrations

For some, being a homeowner means “doing it yourself” instead of hiring a professional. We call it “Doable DIY.” Sure, it requires a bit of education, but we believe a demonstration with an expert can enable you to take on a project that simultaneously empowers you and beautifies your home.

Our lineup of demonstrators from the 2019 show is below. If you are interested in joining our line-up in 2020, please email carla.labianca@gmail.com and ldanbrot@gmail.com.


Antique Window Repair

Paul Lewis

Learn how to repair and improve the functioning of beautiful historic windows. Paul Lewis, of the window-restoration company, 2GFN, will praise the virtues of older windows, while explaining, step-by-step, how to repair and rejuvenate them.

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Understanding Your Home

Ernie Borsellino

Ernie Borsellino, president of All Pro Home Inspections, will teach you about your home’s systems and operations, and will discuss common issues including info on chimneys, sump pumps, wood-destroying insects, radon, flooding and more.

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Indoor Botanicals

Laura Janney

One plant can change everything. Nothing brings calmness and brightens a room more instantaneously than a lush green plant. Laura Janney, owner of The Inspired Garden, will explain how to use indoor botanicals to transform your space with a completely new and fresh energy. She will show which plants are the easiest to care for as well as how to decorate with succulents.

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Curate, Don't Decorate

Sarah Gee and Amy Hughes

Learn how to update your living spaces using the pieces you love most. Sarah Gee and Amy Hughes, seasoned designers and partners at Maplewood Mercantile, share tips on creating clean, classic, and character-rich homes that defy that straight-from-the-catalog look.

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A Greener House

Neil Chambers

Want your home to reflect the authentic you by being healthier, sustainable and beautiful, but are confused as to how to get there? This panel with Neil Chambers of chambersdesign is geared to jumpstart your journey to a house of your dreams and will be followed by a speed-dating-like session with professionals from a variety of fields.

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Buying Art

Matthew Deleget & Rossana Martinez

A friendly and informative conversation about the key things to consider when buying art. Matthew Deleget & Rossana Martinez, long-time owners of the Brooklyn gallery MINUS SPACE and new South Orange residents, will lead this workshop for both seasoned collectors and the art curious who are interested in acquiring their first piece.

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Shelfie Station

Perch Home will be doing a DIY demonstration on styling shelves, something that doesn’t always come naturally! They will offer interactive demos and provide tips and design rules (and when to break them!) to help homeowners and novice designers take their rooms up a notch. Using 3 shelving units/bookcases and an assortment of props, attendees of the show will be encouraged to explore, play and learn while we offer advice and inspiration.

The Swag Bag

Each Resource Home Show visitor received a swag bag that included the Resource Home Show program, a compilation of all Resource Home Show Exhibitor and DIY Demonstrator contact information, and relevant articles. It also included a tool set for on-the-fly-home repair needs and surprise promotional goodies from a variety of Exhibitors.

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Clear Casual Tote Bag

Made of PVC and 600 denier polyester, this tote has 22″ handles for easy carrying. With an approximate size of 18″ W x 13″ H x 4 1/2″ D, it’s great for carrying all the goodies you’ll pick up at the Resource Home Show, at concerts, or just “tooling” around town!

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Multifunctional Tool Set

Crafted from high-quality aluminum alloy with mirror finish, durable, rust-proof, and scratch-resistant, this tool set with plier, folding pocket knife, nail file, bottle opener and flashlight will surely help in a pinch with your minor home repair needs!

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The Venue

The Resource Home Show takes place at The Woodland, a historic staple of the Maplewood community that hosts many local events each year. Embodying the architecture of the 1920’s and 1930’s, which is characteristic of the New York City bedroom communities of New Jersey, the Woodland, nestled in picturesque Maplewood Village, perfectly reflects the spirit of appreciation for older homes that is at the essence of the Resource Home Show.

  • 5,000 square feet of open space (See the floorplan)
  • Hardwood floor
  • Spectacular 40-foot-high barreled ceiling
  • Located in the heart of Maplewood Village
  • Walking distance to Midtown Direct NYC trains, eateries & retail

Visitor Show FAQs

The Resource Home Show offers its visitors an invaluable opportunity to connect with and obtain information from a host of regional talent in the field of home improvement all gathered under one roof. Whether you are considering a renovation, pondering a cosmetic interior project, or are curious about how to refurbish features of your 1920’s home, you will meet numerous specialists in the fields of architecture, design, restoration, landscaping and more who will be present and available to answer your questions and discuss their services with you. You will also have the opportunity to view live how-to demos of chalk paint, antique window restoration and seasonal decorative planters.

What is the entrance fee and what does it go toward?

Tickets in 2019 were $10 in advance and $15 at the door. In addition to supporting Isaiah House, an organization that has “provided shelter, nourishment and support to Essex County’s most fragile families and individuals since 1988,” all attendees received the following:

  • Access to 30-40 professionals/tradespeople in the home-improvement industry who are gathered to provide examples of their work and answer your questions.
  • A program of exhibitor contact information and articles on interior and architectural design.
  • A tote bag and handy tools to help you with your next on-the-fly home project, and swag from the exhibitors.

Will there be any demonstrations or seminars?

Yes there will be demonstrations designed to inform and empower you to take on your own DIY. projects. Please visit DIY Demonstrations for further details.

How many exhibitors are there, who is exhibiting?

There will be 30 to 40 Exhibitors under one roof showcasing a wide array of talents in the area of architecture, contracting/building, interior design/styling,  Click here to see our full list of Exhibitors.

Where are the Exhibitors from and what counties in New Jersey do they serve?

While the Exhibitors of the Resource Home Show hail from a variety of locales, they all service the Morris and Essex County “bedroom communities” of NYC as well as nearby Bergen, Union, and Hudson counties. They are well-versed in the common housing stock of the area – older Colonials, Victorians, Arts & Crafts, Tudors, Ranches, Mid-Century Moderns, etc.

Is there designated parking at or near the venue?

The Woodland offers ample onsite parking. There is additional parking around the lovely and walkable village of Maplewood.

If I can't attend, are my tickets refundable or transferable?

Tickets are non-refundable, but you are welcome to print them and give them to a friend if you can’t make it.

If I don’t buy tickets before the event, can I still attend?

Yes, you are welcome to purchase your ticket at the entrance, however pre-registering will save you time and money

Do the Producers of the Resource Home Show endorse the Exhibitors?

The selection of Exhibitors present at the show are a compilation of individuals and businesses from the local community and greater region. They have come to Resource via referrals, recommendations, and word of mouth, but are not specifically endorsed by the producers of the Resource Home Show.

Is there Wifi at the Woodland?

There is wifi although the strength of the signal can be inconsistent. We suggest using your mobile device as a hotspot as an alternative.

Who produces the Resource Home Show?

Lisa Danbrot of LD Homes and Carla Labianca of  Carla Labianca Real Estate produce the Resource Home Show. Both are Realtor®-Salespeople with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Maplewood. Carla is the founder of the blog, Inhabit Your Home, “the ultimate guide for the stylish & functional home, because life happens in the place you love,” for which Lisa is the Editorial Director of “Inside Stories,” a section that showcases impactful interior designing and styling.

To find out more about Lisa Danbrot and Carla Labianca, please visit their profiles. From here you will be able to connect with them via social, mobile, and email.