Our Keynote Speaker

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Jeff Devlin, HGTV/DIY Network Host

Everything you need to know about Remodeling your Kitchen or Bath, "The Inside Scoop" 

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About Jeff

From a very young age, Jeff began building and creating with tools and scraps of just about anything he could get his hands on. He spent most of his early days breaking things. And now his days are filled with fixing them. It’s funny how things work out!

Jeff’s professional foray into carpentry began over twenty years ago as an apprentice for an historic home remodeler, where he honed his skills in the trade and gained a deep appreciation for the character, craftsmanship and beauty of historic dwellings. This passion for designing, creating and building is what led Jeff to his chosen career path. 

As an apprentice for a company that purchased antiquated properties on the verge of extinction, Jeff helped to rehabilitate them back to their original splendor of 100, or even 300 years past. Jeff was often in awe of the fine craftsmanship, attention to detail and heart that these structures demanded of carpenters. As a result, he came to demand from himself this same level of investment and dedication. To satisfy his natural tendency for precision and excellence, Jeff strived to replicate the craftsmanship that he saw in these timeless homes with each and every project he adopted.

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Jeff’s passion and dedication, his natural ability to entertain those around him with humor, honesty and a smile, led him to the world of television. Jeff has many years and numerous shows under his belt for HGTV & DIY Network, including I Hate My Bath, Good, Better, Best…, Spice Up My Kitchen, Ellen’s Design Challenge, Most Embarrassing Rooms and many others totaling well over 200 episodes. At the end of the day Jeff still remains grounded and passionate about character, integrity and quality.

Jeff has remained very hands on behind the scenes with his own company, SchoolHouse Woodworking, a custom woodworking company that delivers on the promise of excellence.

Jeff’s love for fixing things and his hard-earned experience perfecting his craft has led him to independently accomplish the complete renovation of two historic Pennsylvania farmhouses. One of which is the current house of his dreams, a 250 year old Stone Farm House. He shares this labor of love with two children, Reese and Aidan; Gretel, a St. Bernard; and a handful of chickens.

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Stone House Revival

Jeff is the host of Stone House Revival, which airs on the DIY Network.

He is the go-to guy when it comes to historic houses in and around Buck’s County PA, where the structures are literally older than the country itself. In each episode of Stone House Revival , Jeff and his team of restoration experts work with homeowners to help revive these dilapidated structures into modern living spaces — while preserving their historic integrity. Watch as he brings the amazing character of these old, rundown homes back to life.

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Other TV Experience

Jeff has been host to several DIY Network and HGTV shows, including:

  • Spice up your Kitchen
  • I Hate my Bath
  • DIY Network’s Hot List: Baths 
  • 25 Biggest Renovation Mistakes
  • 10 Ultimate Kitchens
  • Drill Team
  • Good, Better, Best
  • The Most Embarrassing Rooms in America
  • HGTV’s Design Stars

Description of Presentations - 2019

Conquering Clutter

 Annie Kilbride of Life Simplified is a mother of two who has always loved everything about organizing.  She uses her assessment, communication, and planning skills to develop a Critical Care Plan to conquer clutter.  Her passion and knowledge has turned many homes and offices into beautiful, functional spaces!  She prides herself on her ability to use the items her clients already possess to create functional, attractive organizational systems.  Any unwanted items she removes from her clients' homes are properly disposed of, donated, or recycled. Annie uses her talents to help individuals, families, and community organizations, such as Mother's Home in Darby, PA.   

Beekeeping

 Sam Krakow and his wife Lauren Warner own Beeleavers, an apiary dedicated to helping honeybees thrive in a changing environment. Beeleavers offers various services, including free removal of honeybee swarms, relocation of established hives, low cost cut-outs, hive sponsorship, custom made hives and local, raw, honey sales.  

Learn how to save over $1,000 on your annual energy bills!

Join Phil Coleman to learn how you can save energy and reduce your bills each month with little to no up-front investment.  Phil has an MS in energy management and policy from PENN and works as technical advisor to the federal government in their energy management initiatives.  He co-founded and is President of A Few Steps, a non-profit organization that promotes energy conservation in the communities of the Wallingford/Swarthmore School District.

Bookshelf Decorating Challenge

Watch interior decorator Liz MacDonald from the video series Shelf Help as she takes the challenge to transform a cluttered bookshelf into something functional and beautiful, while teaching the class how they can replicate the process at home.

Solar Options for Homeowners

Organic Land & Lawn Care

Want to learn how to take care of your yard without using harmful chemicals?  Architect Sangeetha Sambandam, an accredited organic land care professional, will introduce you to the basic techniques.

Planting a Pollinator Garden

Claudia Kent, Director of the Haverford College Arboretum, will discuss the benefits of planting a pollinator garden, how to choose your plants and care for them.  They will be selling pollinator plants at their outdoor booth throughout the day.

Tree Selection & Care

Learn from Arborist Bill Johnston of Bartlett Tree Care the basics of tree selection, planting, pruning and care.

Attracting Birds to your Yard

Are you interested in hosting bees in your yard and collecting your own honey?  Beekeeper Bruce Cooper Gill, Executive Director of Harriton House will explain the basic techniques and what supplies you would need to get started.

Stormwater Management for the Homeowner

Join Peter Puglionesi to learn about the importance of managing rainwater in our communities and what steps homeowners can take, such as planting trees, rain gardens, or installing rain barrels or rain chains.

Container Gardening

 Join Master Gardeners for a presentation and demonstration on container gardening for your porch, patio, or even planted as an herb or vegetable garden. 

2018 Speakers & Workshops



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