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Last week saw the return of The Ideal Home Show to Earl’s Court. I find this one of the more inspiring home trade shows and enjoy wandering round taking note of what the big brands in home and design are working on as well as discovering lesser known retailers and listening to some of the fantastic speakers. One of the other reasons I like to visit is because I love imagining I have a million pounds burning a hole in my pocket and can furnish my dream home (who else plays this game?)… I’ll have one sauna and one very large hot tub, please!

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I was invited to the show by Ekornes (makers of the fabulous stressless furniture) who recruited a team of lifestyle bloggers to visit the show and pick out their top finds. It wasn’t really a difficult job, my trained style spotting eye can pick out a beauty with no trouble at all. What was more difficult was spending the £100 we were given to blow on our top picks. I know, I know I’ve got a tough job but someone has to do it. We also had an really informative talk by Ekornes all about their furniture and just what makes it so ridiculously comfortable. As you can see I was totally taken by officially the world’s comfiest office chair.

I’ve featured my absolute favourite finds here as well including the ones that ended up coming home with me which were the beautiful bowl handcrafted in Turkey, the Sass and Belle photo frames, 2 lovely jewellery trees from Sass and Belle and lots of lovely allium bulbs to plant in my garden!

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Another definite highlight for me was checking out the inspirational room sets. Always interesting to look at, it was especially fab to see these were created with a style very close to my own, yes these were very, very much up my street and could happily make their way over to my home, please. As I have a ton of photos to share with you I will also include some more inspiration over on my I’m home honey interiors blog. Overall, I noticed a lot of shades of grey and blue, yellow accents, metallic especially copper and industrial chic this time round which I particularly liked.

The Ideal Home Show is still running up until the 30th of March so there is still time to pay them a visit this week and see it all for yourself! A big thank you Ekornes for inviting me to the show and giving me some spending money.

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Last week I was invited to London by Magnet Kitchens, to pay a visit to The Ideal Christmas home exhibition. All ready to embrace the Christmas spirit and pick up some Christmas trend inspiration and tips I headed over to Earl’s Court where 650 exhibitors were waiting to show me their finest festive fare!

Showcasing Interiors & Home Accessories, Food & Drink, Home Improvements & Outdoor Living, Fashion & Beauty, Technology & Gadgets, Gifts and Decorations, there really was something for everyone and I spent many hours perusing the various stands picking up cool present ideas, here were my top pics!

How about a gorgeous beach towel / sarong / towel / throw for your Bestie? From http://www.foutala.com

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Or a beautiful candle for your Mum? From http://www.ameliacandles.co.uk

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Some absolutely fabulous magic pens for your favourite little girl? From http://www.selkinmedia.co.uk

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A gorgeous name book for your new baby Nephew? From http://www.lostmy.name

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A funky fox cushion for your sister? From http://www.sassandbelle.co.uk

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A new mug for your papa? From http://www.sassandbelle.co.uk

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A Moroccan light for your beloved? From http://www.moroccanbazaar.co.uk

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There were also some gorgeous room sets designed by Laurence Llewelyn Bowen with a very opulent, rich purple theme running throughout. Very Laurance, very Luxurious… Don’t you just love that chrome bath?

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I personally fell a little bit in love with the Tesco Direct stand as I am totally feeling the rustic Nordic Christmas trend. It is so warm and Christmassy :)

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The rest of my afternoon was spent listening to Laurence Llewelyn Bowen giving a talk on how to have a Glamorous Hollywoods style Christmas. It seems black and gold are very much in this Season. Laurence has a new range of decorations for sale at Littlewoods of which he kept reminding us ;) They are pretty fab though… Laurence also gave us some tips on creating your own home made decorations with a personal touch, explaining that originally tree decorations were all meant as mini presents.

Why not try making your own:

  • Miniture frangrance bottles tied with a beautiful ribbon to the tree. Get samples from your local department store and make one for all the family.
  • Vintage alcohol minitures. Find some lovely vintage mini bottles and fill with homemade Sloe gin! Fun!
  • Gold sprayed anything. Take something, spray it gold, tie it to the tree with a ribbon. It could be a mini toy car, an animal… anything looks Christmassy when it is sprayed gold!

I will also be showing you how to craft some of your own homemade Christmas decorations over on I’m home honey so why not come and see what I’ve been making!

Thank you to Magnet for the invitation. If you would like to check out what the kitchen trends are f 2014 visit their trend pages here!

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