It's that time of year, when you're either contemplating why you live in frigid Winnipeg or how to make your homebase more bearable.
In that vein, the Winnipeg Renovation Show happening this weekend can offer some tips on creature comforts.
Today through Sunday, about 200 exhibitors will showcase everything from hot tubs to cold ones — yes, there's a lounge area — at the RBC Convention Centre.
Show manager Jenn Tait said "98 per cent" of the companies attending are local. Some offer free reno advice in 15-minute consultations, so bring blueprints and photos of what you have in mind, if possible, Tait said.
If you buy tickets online ahead of time (it's $12 per adult), you'll save $3 on the door price.
Winnipeg-based Dollhouse Design has a "Double Take" booth set up in the far right-hand corner of the convention centre's third-floor space. Interior design consultant Kelsey Kosman set up near-identical dining room and living room sets at drastically different costs, showing would-be customers they can renovate on the cheap... or not.
"It will basically be reinforcing the idea you can create a stylish room on any budget," Kosman said.
She called the Winnipeg Renovation Show "a great resource if you're thinking about renovating or building, because it's a lot of great companies under one roof."
"It's really kind of one-stop shop," she said.
Kosman will also be presenting about "style on any budget " on the Lifestyle Stage at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
If you've barely begun contemplating renos (or are already over them), Bryan Baeumler, from HGTV's Disaster DIY and House of Bryan, is presenting twice about "taking the frustration out of your renovation." His pep talks are scheduled for today at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Altogether, the convention centre won't be a bad place to keep warm this weekend, with free beer and cocktail samples being doled out during demos. For the full schedule, visit winnipegrenovationshow.com
"A lot of work goes into putting these shows together and with it being so cold outside, I think it's a great time to come be at the beautiful convention centre," Kosman said.
Jessica Botelho-Urbanski covers the Manitoba Legislature for the Winnipeg Free Press.