Tuesday, 29 November 2016

The Ideal Home Show at Christmas


I feel like the fact that I'm writing this post somehow means I should suddenly own different wine glasses for red and white and a proper expensive cutlery set otherwise I haven't really earned the right to attend the Christmas Ideal Home Show. I went to London at the weekend with my mum and because we're such home magazine junkies we spent Saturday pottering around the show.







The show is held at the Olympia Exhibition Centre, which is actually a bit of a ball ache to get to, but is a beautiful venue. It was absolutely packed, but as long as you don't mind crowds it's fine to wander around. There were so many stalls, mainly homeware and Christmas decorations, but also some health and beauty and food stalls so it caters for everyone really.  You can even buy a hot tub if that's what takes your fancy (if only it wouldn't take up my whole back yard lols).

We weren't sure what the show would be like and I think we were both expecting there to be more display rooms to get some inspiration from, but in reality there was only a small corner set aside for those with about four rooms so we didn't get as much inspo as we'd hoped! Just look at that marble sink though...plus there were definitely enough stalls to keep us happy! We managed to spend a good four and a half hours there so that's a pretty good indication of how much there was to see!

We weren't patient enough to join the enormous queue for goody bags, but we did get a free manicure from some London College of Beauty Therapy students who were doing them for free practice so that was a nice little bonus! I could have spent so much more money than I did at the show, but I'm actually pretty restrained these days so I just bought a cute print from The Old English Company (which is basically me all over in one phrase), a candle holder (obvs), a planter (again, obvs) and a cute little gift for a friend which I won't specify because she's probably reading this!

I'm feeling incredible festive now, which is surprisingly early for me (Christmas is usually forbidden until after my birthday) but I'm so excited for next year when hopefully our house will be finished and I can go to town on Christmas decorations. Seriously, it's going to look like Christmas has thrown up inside my house next year.

Have you ever been to the Ideal Home Show?

Amy x

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  1. I love Christmas so much, all of this looks perfect! I can't wait to start decorating my bedroom as well as the rest of the house. Christmas is the best season and the only reason why I don't completely hate winter haha!

    Naomi in Wonderland

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    1. It was so festive I loved it! I'm going to go to town on decorations next year when I've got a house to decorate! xx

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  2. Awwh I love how beautiful it looks here! So Christmassy <3 x

    www.hello-cat.blogspot.com

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    1. It was so festive and such a beautiful location! xx

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  3. That looks like such a beautiful place, i can imagine that the good bags queue must have been so long!
    Aleeha xXx
    http://www.halesaaw.com/

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    1. The queue was so long we just couldn't be bothered haha! xx

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous photos! Looks so beautiful there <3

    xo,


    aikocunanan.com

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    1. Thank you, it was so lovely and festive :) xx

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  5. I always want to go to this as my sister lives just down the road from the exhibition center! It looked like you had a lovely time and got some great things and I will make sure to go next year!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. That's so handy, means you'll avoid all the busy public transport! You should definitely go :) xx

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  6. I haven't been to Ideal Home Show. Is it still there in December? I will be in London and wouldn't mind checking it out. It looks so nice! The sign you bought is also completely me. haha

    Marlies - Magnificent Escape

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    1. Unfortunately it's not there in December no :( The print is great isn't it! xx

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  7. Such gorgeous, festive photos! I'm feeling super Christmassy this year too! Love your purchases :)

    Style Sunrise☀

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    1. Thank you! Yeah I've got the festive bug so early this year! xx

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  8. All of these photos are making me feel all festive! I love decorations, especially the ones around the fireplace :)

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes | Giveaway

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    1. Ah I'm so glad, I'm feeling super festive already this year! xx

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  9. All of these photos are so so dreamy! Christmas is my absolute faveouirte time of years so I'm mega jealous!

    Bethany|Curly and Wordy

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    1. Thank you! Such a lovely thing to do at this time of year :) xx

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  10. These pictures are really pretty it's just a shame they didn't have more inspiration like you say. Sounds like you still had a great time though :)

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog
    My Instagram | Instagram

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    1. I did still have a great time but yeah would have been nice to get more inspo! Xx

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  11. This looks like such a great show to attend. Have a lovely day Amy!

    Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. Thanks Gemma, it was definitely worth attending it made me feel so festive :) xx

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  12. This looks great! I love Christmas, and this has just gotten me excited :)

    Funmi x
    www.funmialabi.co.uk

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    1. Yay glad it's got you excited, it got me excited too! Xx

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  13. Oh my word, that sink! I want my bathroom to have a sink like that please

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. Soooo nice isn't it! My bathroom isn't even big enough unfortunately haha xx

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  14. Sorry for being late, I was away and now back :) So sorry that the fair only had 4 rooms for inspo, but good to have a free manicure and also, to buy something that you liked! The pictures you showed are really cute!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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    1. No need to apologise, I've been away too and just so busy! Hope you're well. Yeah it was a shame but still nice! Xx

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