John Gidding Trading SpacesJohn Gidding | TLC's Trading Spaces

Born in Istanbul, Turkey to a Greek mother and an American father, Can Danny Gidding — pronounced “John” in Turkish— has been subjected to a world of byzantine influences since birth.  Art and music were his earliest loves, and he was drawn to both while attending high school in Leysin, Switzerland.  Afterwards, he majored in Architecture at Yale, received his masters in Architecture from Harvard's Graduate School of Design, and embarked upon a career as a designer on television, with shows on HGTV, ABC, FOX, Logo and currently on TLC's "Trading Spaces" where John has moved back into the field of art and art’s applications for interior design.

John has maintained a steady stream of sketchbooks since 1995, sketching whatever provokes his interest with the same skill, precision, and hand-written notes, that were used by illustrators before the age of photography and was taught to him in Leysin.  He splits time between the USA where he lives, and Turkey and Europe where his family lives.

John will be presenting on the Fresh Ideas Stage on Friday and Saturday!

WRAL Smart Shopper


Join Faye for a money saving workshop that will teach you how to save on your grocery expenses each and every week. Faye Prosser is WRAL-TV's Smart Shopper and author of The Smart Spending Guide. This workshop will change the way you shop and teach you to save more than you ever thought possible!

Don't miss Faye's "How to Cut Your Grocery Bills in Half" workshops on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!

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David became president of Witherspoon Rose Culture in 1983 (now CEO) and has worked diligently to build a staff of caring rose professionals who put a very personal touch on their impeccable service of installing and maintaining rose gardens.    

David is a frequent speaker at garden clubs, rose societies, gardening shows, and radio talk shows. By the American Rose Society, he is named a Consulting Rosarian and he shares his love of roses and how to properly care for them with thousands of rose lovers. David has been featured in numerous local and national print media, including Southern Living.

There are now six Witherspoon Rose Culture service locations caring for roses across the state from the mountains to the coast.The main office is in Durham and it is graced by a rose garden of over 2000 roses. 

David will be sharing "Five Essentials to Growing Beautiful Roses" on our Fresh Ideas Stage at the show!

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JJ Thompson & Sarah Hall | Rustic Charm Design

At Rustic Charm Design, we are just a couple of ladybosses doing what we love. We’ll show you how we blend different elements: rustic woods, hard-working metals, and sprinkles of farmhouse whimsy, to create that modern farmhouse feel in every nook and cranny of your home. Our goal is to make you love the space you’re in. We feel deep down in our bones that life is better when you can breathe a sigh of happiness upon entering a room. We will help you achieve that by making your space feel welcoming, beautiful, and functional for your family. Life happens in the home, so let’s make yours a reflection of you.

JJ and Sarah will be presenting "Modern Farmhouse Decorating Ideas" on Saturday!