Ideal Home Exhibition

I have been a subscriber to Ideal Home Magazine since we bought our first home 18 years ago. It is one of life’s little pleasures when that magazine drops through the letter box. I often save it until I’ve got time to sit down for a quiet half an hour with a cup of tea and pore over it cover to cover. It’s probably been around the same amount of time that I have thought about going to the Ideal Home Exhibition in London but for one reason or another, I’ve never actually been….until now.

We had an offer of some complimentary tickets and due to some last minute changes of plan for last weekend, suddenly found ourselves with a free Saturday while the show was running. I didn’t have to be asked twice! We decided to have a family day out and visit the exhibition. Both of the children were surprisingly keen to go so we all got up early and hit the road.

We had a great day! My daughter especially enjoyed it. Her favourite bit was the shopping area and mine was the home tours. I will take you through the day in pictures. Bear with me, it’s a long and picture-heavy post!

This shot was taken from the mezzanine looking over the main area. It was big and busy!

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On arrival there were a few room sets as you moved into the main area. There was definitely a theme which ran throughout all the sets on display. It was a mix of urban and rustic with lots of plaid/checked fabrics, exposed brick and wood, natural textures and animal prints.

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This desk was in one of the room sets in the entrance. My daughter loved the metal storage on the wall.

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These outdoor rooms were actually on one of the sales pitches but I was very taken with them! I could live with this set up on a summer’s evening!

photoThe thing I was most looking forward to about going to the exhibition was looking at the room sets. The main ‘theatre’ area was surrounded by several full-size exhibition homes.

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We did have to queue to go through the show homes and it was difficult to get a picture without a dozen other people in it as there were so many moving through at once but I did my best to get a flavour of what the homes were like inside.

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This was the living room in the first house we toured. As I said, there was a definite theme running through the day. Lots of layered textures with a ‘country’ feel. Notice the dark, tartan curtains and large bird print. You can also just see in the mirror the heavy patterned wallpaper through in the hallway. There were lots of William Morris inspired prints and heavily patterned wallpapers which were used in whole areas and not just on accent walls.

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The kitchen also had a rustic feel, I thought the ‘leather’ door handles were interesting. I’m not sure how they would wear but I’ve never seen anything like these in a kitchen before, they were a different touch.

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Even the downstairs loo featured a very busy wallpaper which was balanced out by some tongue and groove panelling.

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Upstairs, there were more rustic touches and layered textures. I liked the check fabric used in this room and the colour on the walls. I apologise for the dark images. Obviously, there was no natural light at all and I was using my phone camera – my husband and children were pretending they didn’t know me by the time we got to the end of the tour :-0

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I liked this little storage nook on the upstairs landing. I have always loved the idea of wallpapering the insides of cupboards and closets. Such a nice little surprise when you open the door. This was an open shelving area so the wallpaper was permanently on display. I may have to find a way to paper the inside of a cupboard some time soon!

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My daughter was really taken with this child’s bedroom. I thought it was a brave use of a very bold pattern!

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This was the kitchen/living area in the second show home. Just a quick tour through this one…

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More checked fabrics and layering of textures. This did look lovely and cosy!

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I thought this little row of owls was very sweet but wonder how I would feel about them staring down at me in the middle of the night!

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Another rustic kitchen with wooden worktops in the third house. This one was a kitchen/dining area.

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This was the master bedroom in the final house we toured. It was, again, a very ‘country’ look. There were animal prints used in the pictures and the cushion covers as shown in the following picture.

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There was a great attention to detail and I really liked some of the room sets.

On the whole, we had a lovely day out and I would definitely go back. We toured the food and shopping areas on the upper level and the samples of sausages and cheese kept everyone going! We even managed to purchase a few Mother’s Day gifts while we were there. There were definitely some bargains to be had.

How about you lovely readers? Have you had a good week? Have any of you ever visited the Ideal Home Exhibition? What were your thoughts? I am off gallivanting again this weekend but will be back here to check in with you all next week. Have a good one….

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