Aurora Quality Buildings, of Marysville, will display a “She Shed,” a woman’s version of a “man cave” for the back yard. (Seattle Home Show)

Aurora Quality Buildings, of Marysville, will display a “She Shed,” a woman’s version of a “man cave” for the back yard. (Seattle Home Show)

Seattle Home Show to feature more than 20 local exhibitors

A Marysville shop’s backyard “she cave” will be in the spotlight this weekend.

What’s trending this fall in Pacific Northwest home decor?

Find out at the 20th biannual Seattle Home Show, set for Oct. 19-21 at CenturyLink Field Event Center. A spring version of the Seattle Home Show is held in February.

This year’s fall show, “Fall into Focus,” will feature landscape displays, home decorations, garden sheds and backyard studios — all with a distinctive regional flair.

“You’re not seeing what people are putting in their homes in Florida,” said Belinda Young, spokeswoman for the show. “This is what people like and what works for the Northwest home.”

More than 250 exhibitors, including more than 20 from Snohomish County, will have booths at the show.

Show organizers track the latest home decor trends. One of those are interior barn-style doors.

That’s the speciality of Everett’s Born In A Barn, which will be on display. Owner Mike Hayes, 39, started his business about a year ago.

“I’ve always wanted to have my own business,” he said. “I asked around and found some good potential for it.”

He designs, builds and installs barn-style doors that function as everything from front doors to television cabinets. They can be rustic or contemporary and coated with paint or stain.

At the show, Hayes plans to show off a new barn door made of reclaimed alder with a chalkboard in the middle that can be used as a household message center.

When Hayes first started his business, he mostly made barn doors for affluent homeowners, he said. But now the average Joe wants them, he said. They can go just about anywhere in the house, and add an artistic dynamic because of their large presence.

They can be as big as 8½ by 9 feet, and as small as 2 by 7 feet.

“It’s getting very popular,” Hayes said. “You can add to the existing character (of a home) by matching it to the existing floor, painting and design scheme.”

Another local exhibitor, log home builder Aurora Quality Buildings of Marysville, will feature its popular “She Shed,” a woman’s version of a “man cave” for the back yard.

“The She Shed will be one of the bigger things that will be there,” predicted Young, the home show spokeswoman.

In addition to backyard accessory buildings, the home show will feature the “small is big” trend, in which downsizing folks opt for smaller dwellings, including 200-square-foot tiny houses.

Evan Thompson: 360-544-2999, Twitter: @evanthompson_1.

If you go

What: Seattle Home Show 2

Where: CenturyLink Field Event Center, 1000 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle

When: Oct. 19-21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Cost: $13 for adults, $9 for seniors (60 and older) and military, $3 for kids ages 7 to 15, free to ages younger than 7

More: 425-467-0960 or

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