Are you planning to go to the Ideal Home Show this weekend? If so, you are in luck, we’ve put together a quick guide covering all the highlights so you don’t have to waste any time navigating the vastness of Kensington Olympia. For us, the show is all about the amazing interior inspo and less about shopping for the latest non stick pan so if you are the same, check out our round up of the best bits.
So let’s get right into it, our absolute favourite has to be:
The Good Homes magazine roomsets
And that's not JUST because some of our products are in the roomsets, we promise. There is inspiration galore in these rooms. You cannot miss them if you try, as soon as you walk through Entrance One, they are right in front of you. Interior stylist Kate McPhee and Good Homes magazine editor Jess Tavener have put together 6 rooms highlighting all the new trends for 2018 and it does not disappoint. Our personal favourite is the bedroom, the ivy trellis headboard is incredible and a fresh take on the botanical trend, if you look really hard you'll be able to see our little jewellery box on the dresser. We have to admit, that probably isn't the highlight of this room! One thing is for sure, we’ll all be mixing faux and real plants in 2018 if this room is anything to go by.
Other highlights from this set of rooms include the dining room which has the most incredible pink dining chairs and black marble flooring. Then there's the pared back living room which has been made into a family friendly living space with work stations for the keen crafter or kitchen table business. We are happy to say that Urbansize provided two of the wall hung desk for this project, our Paris wall desk and our floating oak desk. Can you spot them?
The Victoria Plum kitchen and bathrooms
If you carry on further down the hall in a straight line to the back (google maps we are not!) you will find some further room sets that were designed by Good Homes and sponsored by Victoria Plum. These are also well worth a look and showcase two totally different and achievable styles for kitchen and bathroom.
The model houses are always a big draw at the Ideal Home Show but this year they are really amazing. Top tip: get to the show really early or hang around til late otherwise the queues to view the model homes are insane. These are all located right in the middle of the show. Sophie Robinson has designed a colourful home (omg the pink Devol sideboard), she has done a fab round up on her website so check it out for the images if you can't make the show. The garden shed (woodland guest room) which has been re-imagined as a guest room is utterly amazing, unfortunately we can only dream of the kind of garden space with our tiny London homes! But really the highlight for us is the live/work space in a copper clad quadrant designed by 2LG, have a look at their blog post about how they put the space together and see some more amazing images.
If you are planning any kind of home project then get yourself along to the renovation hub to discuss your plans with designers who you would never normally be able to get free access to (including our friends over at Topology Interiors). You need to book your 30 minute slot in advance and then take along plans and ideas to get as much out of the session as possible, when else will you get the chance to get free advice from these kind of experts?
The champagne bar
There is a vast garden section for all the keen gardeners out there but don’t miss it out if you don’t have a garden because right in the middle there is a champagne bar, what better way to round off the day?
Of course there is so much more going on that show with the shopping area upstairs and all the talks from celebrities but the above are our personal highlights from the show. We’d love to hear about your experiences. If you do go along, do let us know what you thought!