Update your home for spring at New York design fair

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Glossy magazine Architectural Digest will again host its Home Design Show, running March 17-20 in New York.

During the four-day event, some 300 brands will exhibit their designs from the fields of home furnishings, accessories, art and antiques, kitchen and bath products, flooring, fabric, lighting, and outdoor products.

As opposed to many other design fairs, this show is largely open to the public (from March 18 onwards), aiming at connecting design fans with professionals. At the Architectural Digest Designer Consultations, for instance, you can access some of the world's leading interior designers for free. Presented by flash sale site Gilt Home, these one-on-one, 20-minute talks offer expert advice from the principals of New York's top firms. (Register at gilt.com.)

Meanwhile, the Designer Seminar Series organized by the New York Times gives tips on common interior design dilemmas, such as how to make the most of small spaces or how to use color in your home.

If you're in the mood for shopping, you will like the MADE area, whose 150 participants will showcase art, design, furniture, objects, and lighting, all of which are available for purchase during the event.

The Architectural Digest Home Design Show takes place at Pier 94, 55th Street at the West Side Highway.

For more details and tickets, visit http://www.archdigesthomeshow.com.