THE WOODLANDS, TX – The Montgomery County Home and Garden Show has proven to be the largest and most comprehensive home and garden show in our area. This show features information on homewares, seasonal decor, handcrafted furniture, home products and plenty of professionals for any type of home improvement or DIY project. This year’s show will feature approximately 200 booths, contractors for every imaginable home project, nationally recognized speakers and free hands-on workshops. If you want to start a home project, need information about outdoor kitchens or gardening, or have an organizational question, the Montgomery County Home & Outdoor Living Show will cover all of these questions and more. It will be an experience you won’t want to miss.
Author and entertainment expert Ronda Carman is one of this year’s national guest speakers. Inspired and influenced by her time in Scotland and her travels abroad, Ronda brings an international flair to cuisine and design. Ronda has been a guest on Martha Stewart Radio and many other shows and podcasts. In 2019, she was named to the Salonnière 100, a list of America’s top party planners that also includes luminaries such as Jennifer Aniston and Oprah Winfrey. Ronda is a frequent speaker and expert in the food, design and entertainment industry.
On August 20 and 21, Ronda will provide the behind-the-scenes details needed to create memorable occasions. It will offer a simple approach to arranging flowers, setting the table, selecting menus and stocking the pantry. There will be a question-and-answer session and a signing session each day.
Woodlands Online recently caught up with Ronda for an impromptu interview:
Ronda, tell us a bit about your background
I grew up in Sugar Land, Texas and graduated from Clemens High School. I moved to Pennsylvania in 2000, to Scotland in 2005, then back to Houston in 2013. Honestly, I’ve always been obsessed with cooking and decorating. I always joke that when I was a teenager, when many of my peers read Seventeen Magazine, I read Better Homes and Gardens. I’ve always been obsessed with cooking and always wanted to write a book. It was one of my dreams. When I moved to Scotland I worked for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. I’ve always worked for nonprofits and fundraisers. I started my blog way back in 2007 when blogging was literally in its infancy and there were maybe two or three design blogs at the time. I came across one of these blogs and was completely blown away. I decided I wanted to write a blog and called my blog All The Best. It was a way for me to tell about the trips I made in Scotland and Europe, as well as the design, the decoration and the food.
Magazines here in the US started talking about it and my readership started to grow. From there I started writing for some magazines in the UK and started researching national magazines in the US. In 2010 I met my publisher at Rizzoli and acquired my first book deal in 2013. That first book was called Designers at Home. Martha Stewart actually wrote the foreword to this book and then hosted my book launch party in New York. Since then, I’ve been writing about design and entertainment.
What do you consider your biggest break?
Domino Magazine, when it was still a monthly publication, featured on my blog. Have you seen this movie Julie & Julia? I felt a bit like that. I went from two readers (my mother and my husband at the time) and woke up one morning to 2,000 readers. It was probably my big break.
What will you be talking about at the Montgomery County Home & Outdoor Living Show?
I’ll talk about cooking creatively from your pantry, entertaining from your pantry, and using everyday items to enhance your home and table when entertaining. I’ll also discuss how to creatively use what you already have to elevate your table and dining experience, as well as your entertainment options during the holiday season.