Ideal Home Show 2016 Review

Ideal Home Show 2016When 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.

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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.

Bush stand at Ideal Home Show 2016

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Ideal Home Show 2016

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!

Ideal Home Show show houses

Ideal Home Show show homes

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?!

Homewares at the Ideal Home Show

Furniture at Ideal Home Show

Food Demonstrations at Ideal Home Show

Rosemary Shrager at Ideal Home Show

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!

Food at the Ideal Home Show

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.

Fashion at the Ideal Home Show

Catwalk at Ideal Home Show

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

Amanda :)

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Affordable Furniture: £14 IKEA Lack Coffee Table

“Don’t buy any cheap tat and ruin the look of your home!” my Dad exclaimed when I talked about buying cheaper pieces of furniture for my new home. I don’t blame him! Sometimes you genuinely have to pay out for quality that will last etc. etc. So with that in mind I treated myself to the (more expensive but still affordable) Made.com Hooper Coffee Table in Walnut. A coffee table that I’d had my eye on for a while and just had to snap up when it landed in a flash sale a few weeks ago. So I was super disappointed when I opened the box to find one end of the table poorly finished. Whoever had done the wood staining must have swished their cloth across the end, as they left an obvious swoosh mark. So back to Made.com the table went, not wanting the fuss of exchanging it for another, so as I type I’m waiting to receive my £130+ back.

There I was, left coffee table-less, so what was I to do? Head to IKEA of course! So I took a trip to IKEA and spent a whole £14 on their Lack coffee table in white. What a buy! Granted, the table might not end up being as hard wearing as the other one I originally purchased, and yes, it might not look as super stylish – but I don’t think it’s doing a bad job at all!

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IKEA Lack Coffee Table in White

 

The table feels rather sturdy and more hardwearing than I thought. It has a separate shelf underneath the top of the table, which is perfect for magazines or books.

I thought the white table may be a little too stark white for my living room which has shades of dark purple, black, silver, alongside warm cream coloured carpets. However, with my walls still being white since the building was built and with a few accessories adorning the table…it actually looks pretty good! Well done IKEA!

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The sunlight was beating through this morning – so gorgeous!

 

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Coffee table books are a must! (…yes I like cake!)

 

Have you got any IKEA furniture recommendations? I’d love to receive some inspiration for the rest of my home, so please feel free to leave links below to your own IKEA posts.

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Homeware Haul & Affordable Décor

If you read my I’ve Moved! post you’ll know that I bought my first home back in March of this year. It was a super exciting yet scary time…and still is to be honest, but I’m getting there bit by bit! Obviously, with any new home comes the need to fill it with some lovely things to make it feel like home. Today I thought I’d share with you a few bits I’ve picked up over the past few months, including some real bargain buys! So here we go…

Cushions

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First up are these wonderful cushions, all different, but all lovely! The beautiful floral watercolour style cushion was a gift from a friend, so I’m not sure where he got it from, but it’s perfect for my living room as I’m using purple as the accent colour – so this is sitting pretty on one of my sofas. The initial cushion was also a gift from a friend, so again I’m not sure where the cushion was from (I would guess Next as she’s their biggest fan, but I can’t be sure!) – this is a really fab cushion and will probably end up living in my office room once I’ve completed the layout in there. The final cushion was one I bought myself and I love it. I kept walking past it and it caught my attention every time, so I just had to have it! It’s from Habitat and cost me around £9 in a sale – it’s currently £12. Again, I think this will also sit in my office, as I’m looking to have a bright fun theme in there so this will cheer it up no end.

Bowls 1

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Everyone loves a pretty bowl don’t they?! I picked up this bold purple one for around £7 in TKMaxx, it’s a Turkish handmade bowl, which has a slightly uneven edge which I love. The inside is smooth and the underneath has a matte foil-like look to it, it’s beautiful. As mentioned above, I’m using purple as the accent colour in my living room, so this will sit on my coffee table…once I get one! I picked up the blue and green plate from a store called Tiger. I’d heard bloggers and vloggers mentioning this store and wondered where I could find one – so I was so pleased to hear that Milton Keynes’ shopping centre was getting one! Oh my! What an amazing shop! It’s full of beautiful and unusual items that are all affordable – perfect. So that’s where this beautifully ornate plate came from and I think it only cost me around £2. I currently use it as a candle plate on which I place some simple white tealights. The final item in these photos is my charity shop bargain. I bought this quite a while ago now in a charity shop in my home town and it cost me £3 – I later found out that it is the Timeless Dimple Vase from Dunelm, and usually costs £9.99. So I was quite pleased with my find! I love the dimple effect on this vase, it’s such a lovely texture. This sits in my living room to match in with the other silver features I have.

Floor Lamp

Floor Lamp

Floor Lamp

Finally, I wanted to show you this stunning floor lamp that I bought (brand new and still with the cellophane around the shade!) …for just £10! When I saw this floor lamp at that price, I just had to snap it up for my living room. (Completely forgetting that I had to drive it home in my little car – it just about got in!). Lamps like this can easily cost around £40 if not more. I bet you’re wondering where I got it from right? A charity furniture store! I must say, I visited our local ones once before to see if they were any good and I wasn’t very impressed. Quite a few pieces were marked and I didn’t feel they were worth buying. Personally I thought I’d rather save my money and buy something brand new. But, one Saturday I got up and decided to give them another shot and was pleasantly surprised – so do search online for your nearest ones and check them out! I’m really happy with the lamp, it fits perfectly in my living room and gives out a lovely level of light in the evenings.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my little homeware haul and it’s inspired you to check out some different places for affordable décor. I’m sure I’ll be sharing even more buys as I go along on my home owning journey… Do you have any favourite places to buy homewares?! I’d love to know!

Amanda :)

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