Kevin O'Connor

Kevin O'Connor | presented by spectrum (2019)

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.

See Kevin O'Connor, presented by Spectrum, on the Fresh Ideas Stage Friday and Saturday!

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Tyler Wisler RaleighHGTV'S TYLER WISLER (2019)

With over 18 years in the industry, Tyler Wisler has established himself as one of New York’s most influential and dynamic designers with an international clientele.

Tyler earned a certificate from the New York School of Interior Design, and graduated from Marymount University with a BA in Interior Design. Since then, he has been exciting people with his unique approach to tailoring environments through the integration of vintage industrial elements dovetailed with modern sensibilities. These fashionably aspirational spaces include a hint of the unexpected which keep the environments lively and promotes conversation.

Tyler’s been featured on hit shows like HGTV’s “Design Star’’, ABC’s “Good Morning America”, and NBC’s “George To The Rescue’’. Whether talking trends, demonstrating a DIY project, or creating a rocking interior, Tyler believes everyone has the right to be surrounded by great design!

See Tyler on our Fresh Ideas Stage Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

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!

Catch Faye's classes on our Fresh Ideas Stage Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!

Raleigh Interior Designer Rhonda Benvie

Rhonda Benvie | Help Me Rhonda Interiors and Open Door Furniture & Accents

When you meet Rhonda for the first time, you will see why she has been so successful. Her down to earth personality shines through and makes it so easy to work with her.

“The open dialogue between a designer and a client are very important so that the client feels comfortable telling us how they live in a particular space,” says Rhonda.

After being in the design field for 23 years, she has really found a wonderful niche in her new Wake Forest shop. Joining with Upon the Rock Granite & Marble, Help Me Rhonda Interiors, LLC is really a one-stop shop. Rounding out the one stop shop, Rhonda opened Wake Forest's first furniture store, Open Door Furniture & Accents, in March, 2017. 

Rhonda specializes in telling it like it is when it comes to design. She will not lead you astray. Tell her you have dogs and kids and she will find you a livable carpet and the washable bedding to last. Tell her your husband is 6’5” and she knows the perfect sofa for him.

We all want our homes to be comfortable and a reflection of our style. From complete building or remodel projects to a second home or just a bedroom, Rhonda will make it yours and make it everything you dreamed of.

Bring your interior design and decor questions to the Fresh Ideas Stage on Saturday and Sunday where Rhonda will be taking your questions LIVE!