IDEAL HOME SHOW, LONDON 2016
If you follow me on social media, you'll know that I went along to the Ideal Home Show last week. One of the biggest events in the home interiors calendar, I was pretty excited to be going along, as you might have seen from my numerous tweets, counting down the days beforehand.
What I love about going along to shows like this is that you get to see all sorts of home interiors paraphernalia that you might not have discovered before, so it's a great place to learn about new and different brands. An example of this is Culinary Concepts, a company which I hadn't heard of before, but makes some really lovely products:
I love the combination of polished hardwood, brass fixings (escutcheons I believe they're called) and industrial elements. They are right on trend too with their range of glass terrariums filled with plants and succulents, which seem to be everywhere at the moment:
But for me, the best bit of the whole event is the room sets that are styled just like in the magazines. The first time I went to the Ideal Home Show, a few years ago, I expected that the whole show was going to be lots of room sets and nothing much else, and I have to admit that I was pretty disappointed to find that there were just a few room sets in amongst all of the supplier stalls. But this time I knew what to expect, and I headed straight to the Good Homes room sets, designed and styled by the very talented Kate McPhee.
To top it off, they also tell you where to buy the accessories so that you can re-create the look at home. The little console table at the back of the room is from Nexus, and it is styled with accessories from Bloom, Habitat, Sainsburys and Debenhams. The botanical print cushions are from Graham and Green and the curtains are shot-silk in mink, from Louvolite.
The kitchen below had more of an industrial feel to it and is from Clerkenwell:
The walls are painted in Aqua emulsion from Eicó and the units are Eicó Bluegrass. The 'Eat' print is by Christopher Griffith and comes from Surface View and the accessories are from Garden Trading and House of Fraser, amongst others.
Aside from the room sets, there were plenty of other things to see and do: there were interior design demonstrations; exercise equipment which makes your body jiggle in a most undignified way; a range of beds which turn into desks by day; and this Eco home below by Green Unit, covered in a natural, living sedum roof by Green Matters. Oh, and spot the celebrity too!
All in all, we had a great day out, found some design inspirations and discovered new brands and products. I will be booking my ticket for next year as soon as I can.