Grand Designs Live London

I’m a huge fan of property shows, (I adore Kirsty & Phil) but the type of properties featured, coupled with presenter Kevin McCloud, on Grand Designs, just makes for an hour of pure, inspirational escapism.

I have never been to the Grand Design Live show, so when my lovely friend Emily offered me a ticket (courtesy of John Lewis) I jumped at the chance to visit.

It seems ridiculous to go to a design show and come away totally inspired by… Ikea! But we were, possibly because as we entered the show, the space is huge and a little overwhelming and we seemed to be surrounded by a lot of brown. Then peeking through, we both spotted a bright yellow chair! We both loved this set up, the ice cream colours, the cheerful armchair and I loved the stools and the desk set up. It all just had a really pretty, happy and homely feel. It was then we spotted the Ikea sign (the set up was put together by interior stylist Maxine Brady) and also includes fab wallpaper by Sian Elin, and pieces by Tesco, Future & Found, Paperchase, Debenhams, Roberts Radio and Lakeland. We loved the stylish, simple, clean designs and these pops of sunny colours would add warm, friendly, happy vibes to any home.

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Moving on we ended up in the food section and I was immediately drawn to the packaging of the Great British Sauce co. I loved the retro bottles and branding and the sample sauces on display smelt amazing. Interesting sounding combinations too with Sweet Chilli, Habanero Chilli & Mustard blended with ‘proper’ tomato sauce. Apparently they have double the tomato quantity of other brands and more tomatoes means less sugar is added. These will be on sale in Asda soon and I’m looking forward to trying them in some recipes!

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Next we found this delightful garden design (put together by designer Georgia Lindsay) showing lots of fun and innovative uses for Tubtrugs, not just somewhere to dump children’s toys but as planters, sandpits, chairs and water features. The hanging chair, firepit / sandpit was a really great use of space so a design like this could squeeze into the tiniest of outdoor spaces.

Garden-Grand-Designs-2014The Smeg stand was just shiny, strokable and I wanted one of everything, please. Emily is lucky enough to own a fridge freezer (I am not) but we were both very much in love with their very soon to be launched kettles and toasters in a range of delicious ice cream colours to the more practical silver and black.

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One of the most innovate design pieces we found was this modula, ice cream coloured (there’s a theme appearing isn’t there?!), coffee table. ‘A Swiss Army Knife of a Table,’ that rotated from a traditional square design, to become a triangle to splitting into 4 individual pieces. It’s quite an investment, price-wise but it’s beautiful, clever and provides ever needed storage. Visit the D*Haus Company website to see the D*Table in action.

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(image credit: D*Haus)

We of course stopped by John Lewis, currently celebrating their 150th birthday, their kitchen display was nothing short of the standard you’d expect from JL, clean, classic design, beautifully thoughtful and functional. Lots and lots of storage ideas but my favourite items on display were the homeware from Sophie Conran particularly these Pasta dishes, I loved the feel and the shape. And I was smitten by the Wesco mini Grandy Storage boxes and these storage tins by Wayne Hemingway.

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(image credits: John Lewis)

I had a very inspiring morning so thank you so much Emily for inviting me and to John Lewis for providing the tickets to the show. The show is on until May 11th 2014, if you have a chance to visit it’s worth going.

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