Last week I was invited by Ekornes, makers of the famous stressless furniture, to visit the Grand Designs Live exhibition. Having watched Grand Designs faithfully for years I was excited to see what and who would be there. With over 500 exhibitors across all areas of  interiors, gardens, home improvement, self-build, renovations and technology, I knew it would be a busy day! The show was absolutely buzzing, packed with people from all walks of life, young and old, from shoppers in search of the latest foodie gadget to couples actually building their own houses (with blue prints and all – jealous!).

I started off in the interiors section as this is after all, my biggest love. I adored walking the aisles and admiring the beautiful products and rooms sets. It definitely appealed to my expensive taste (I have a distinct knack of choosing the most expensive thing in a shop although strangely I’m actually hardly materialistic at all!). Saying this I could easily have spent a million pounds here and it was very enjoyable to do an imaginary shop with my partner and dream up our beautiful ideal home, down to which hot tub we would choose!

From the interiors section we moved onto the eco home area which was fascinating and inspirational and then onto self build where we let our imaginations run wild. Moving onto the gardens area which showcased a gorgeous array of luxury hot tubs, modern gazebos and small outhouses for guest lodgings. The food section was all about feeding yourself, trying new flavours and gadgets and was packed! We squeezed our way through to the kitchen and bathroom section which was all about the latest technology and luxury must haves.

As it was very much a visual feast, here is my photographic report featuring my absolute favourites from the show! Enjoy :)


This ship come bench appealed to my love of the coast and mermaids soul ;)


I have a cupboard very much like this in my house and I adore it. But now I want this one too!


Stressless office chair. You have NO idea how comfy the stressless furniture is until you have tried it. I swear it is made of dreams and bouncy clouds…


Love this way of storing firewood!

design book shelf

I’ve always liked storing books like this. Price tag was rather large on this bookshelf though :/

fun kids room

Amazingly fun kid’s bedroom. I’ve taken some inspiration from this and am planning on redoing Littlelish’s bedroom soon. Watch this space.

geometric desk

I am still a lot in love with geometric patterns

gorgeous play equipment

This would be amazing for Littlelish. Such clever, thoughtful design.

my new hot tub

This is our new hot tub ;)

mussell in glass table

I thought this was a really interesting way of personalising glass. You could have anything set inside it!


Some really fab kitchens. This one is by Miele and featured some pretty impressive technology. Made me realise how old school my kitchen is, but I love it just the same :)

hanging tent

Immense hanging tent!

halo table

I really adored the originality of this buckle table by Halo

beautiful lights

I love the movement and elegance of this design.

zero bills home

Fascinating zero bills house. Food for thought indeed.

record art

Fab way of displaying record covers by Art Vinal

reborn paints

Reborn paint. Totally natural paint.

patterned office

I would love this office. Very, very me.

outside table

Not sure about the decor but I love the idea of a covered round table for dining al fresco with friends.

original design

This room was designed with originality as the theme. I just love mixing and matching old and new and finding interesting peoples that appeal to your personality.

What about you? See anything that you fancy for your dream home?


About Ekornes

Ekornes ASA is the largest furniture manufacturer in the Nordic region, owning such brand names as Ekornes, Stressless and Svane. The company’s vision is to be one of the world’s most attractive ergonomically designed suppliers of furniture for the home. Through their brand Stressless, they have one of the most famous furniture brands on the planet, while Ekornes and Svane are household names on the Norwegian market. The business concept of the organisation is to provide products that appeal to a broad audience in terms of both price and design; as well as manufacturing furniture that offers both excellence when it comes to comfort and functionality.

The Stressless recliner was introduced by Ekornes in 1971, developed to provide the body with the ultimate in comfort and support while sitting upright or reclined. This philosophy of offering comfort has been a commitment for decades and is a vital part of the pursuit of perfecting the ultimate seating comfort in the current range of recliners and sofas.