When Money Saving Expert said they had *free* tickets to give away for the Ideal Home Show, I thought “ooh, yes please, I’ll have some of that!” So I grabbed some weekend tickets and went to check out the event.
When you step off the station at Kensington (Olympia), you’re greeted by a blooming floral façade, faux grass flooring and a cute little coffee van. Once you walk through the entrance doors into the main arena you’re again greeted by a bloomin’ great area with a lovely water fountain.
The building the event is set in is rather beautiful! The glass dome ceiling looks so impressive, so do make sure you take a moment to view the building itself, from the roof to the lovely ornate metal railings.
Now, onto the event itself! There’s a little bit of everything for everyone at the Ideal Home Show. Whether you’re looking for a great kitchen gadget, materials and tools for your home renovations or simply want to gorge yourself on some damn fine food, you’ll be happy.
First we walked around the main arena (after a quick wee and hot drink stop of course!), perusing around some great stands full of clever tools, key home fixtures and fittings alongside appliances including Smeg who had huge stand full with all their aspirational and funky products – we wanted to steal one of their fridges!
Plonked in the middle of the main arena were 3 practically life-sized houses of differing styles, including eco and modern-traditional style. You can queue up to walk through these homes, picking up lust-worthy style inspo and clever home ideas as you go! The eco home was quite intriguing with its figure of eight shape and grassy roof, it’s definitely worth having a peek inside.
Prepare to get “how the other half live” jealousy as you walk past the very fancy hot tubs and huge massaging chairs that look almost like cars by design. Aside from the expensive stuff, of course there are bits and bobs that everyone can afford, from candle holders through to fab lighting ideas, bedding and smoothie makers etc. There was also some rubbery floor brush thing that seemed to be very popular and made me think I’d missed out on some amazing deal somewhere… We played “spot the rubber brush thing” as we stood on train platform ready to leave and it was crazy how many people had one! What did I miss?!
Demonstrations were found in every room, from the latest pan that will make cooking super easy or a great fancy cooker that will make you the next Nigella without your friends noticing. We sat and listened to Rosemary Shrager (celebrity chef) and her crab cooking tips on the main stage in the foodie bit…alongside a guy from the audience whose parents had stitched him up to get him up there helping – he really didn’t look happy about being there and got straight off the stage as soon as they finished!
If you love your food, you NEED to head over to the food section when you’re hungry, it’s amazing! Pizza, indian, duck wraps, noodles, hog roast, burgers, hot dogs, fruit pots, ice cream, plus more and more can be found, it’s definitely one of the most impressive areas of the show. We opted for a huge hog roast roll filled with lovely meat, stuffing and apple sauce, it was so big I couldn’t even finish it.
Don’t forget to head over to the beauty and fashion section where you can check out various fashion styles from upcoming companies, alongside a catwalk featuring the latest high street fashion. There’s also a beauty bar where you can get your nails done.
**Top Tip** at the back of the Fashion & Beauty area you can pick up a free goodie bag. I love a good freebie me! Inside you’ll find some yummy deli crisps, some nice smelly stuff for your washing machine, some Baileys chocolate (yum!), hot sauce, etc. Plus, if you’re not driving, make sure you stop by the bar for a little tipple to drink on the way round!
At the Ideal Home Show you’ll find some big brands alongside lots of smaller companies to investigate and uncover. I think it’s the perfect show for anyone who is thinking of renovating their home from top to bottom as you’ll find everything you need there. Personally I liked walking around dreaming about what I’d like in my perfect home whilst taking inspiration for upcoming home décor purchases.
The Ideal Home Show is on until 3rd April 2016. To find out more and to grab yourself a ticket, head over to www.idealhomeshow.co.uk
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