Blog posts of '2019' 'February'

3 Best Design Shows in the UK This Year

If you’re looking for a few interior design shows to spice up your 2019, then we’ve got a whole lot here for you. We have put together a list of our favourite shows that are happening in the UK this year.

Whether you’re an interior decorator or designer by profession or if you’re just a homeowner/tenant looking for something to inspire you for a renovation or redecoration, then you’re bound to get some joy out of these three shows.


Whatever your purpose is for attending; you’re going to see heaps of new talents, cutting-edge ideas and mouth-watering designs that will make you eager to get home or back to the office and get started.


  1. The Ideal Home Show

Where: Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London

When: Monday 22nd March 2019 to 7th of April 2019

At the Ideal Home Show, you’re going to be wowed by new, innovative solutions and on-trend technology and products that could revolutionise your home. The show is sponsored by Zoopla and is one of the UK’s most anticipated design shows every year.

With over 600 companies taking part, over 100 talks and sophisticated out-the-box ideas from a country-wide team of experts, it’s promised to be a great show. It’s not just all interior design either, as they also offer health and wellness advice as well as opportunities for some good ol’ fashioned pampering, which is all included in the price of your ticket.

As if that wasn’t enough, this year they’ve decided on celebrating all things British with the best of British theme. This is one show that simply has to be added to your calendar.


  1. Grand Designs Live

Where: London ExCel, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London, E16 1XL and National Exhibition Centre, North Avenue, Marston Green, Birmingham

When: 4th - 12th May 2019 at London ExCel and 9th - 13th October 2019 at NEC Birmingham

Undoubtedly one of the UK’s most popular design shows, Grand Designs Live returns for a two-tier run in London in May 2019 and in Birmingham in October 2019.

Grand Designs Live is a spin-off from the popular Channel 4 series and will be presented by the sought-after Kevin McCloud. If you want to get real expert advice and opinions, find out all about the hottest new products and see some of the amazing projects by some of the world’s top designers, then this is the show for you.

The six designated project zones will also include a Grand Interior spot with rooms styled and designed by new, up and coming designers, decorators and stylists.

This is the perfect show if you are looking for inspiration for a renovation, complete build or just something to help you put some finishing touches in your home. This is a multi-award winning event that is attended by some of the design world’s most renowned industry professionals.


  1. Clerkenwell Design Week

Where: All over Clerkenwell

When: 21st - 23rd May 2019

Clerkenwell is known for its high number of creative businesses and overflow of professionals in the industry, such as architects. It is undoubtedly one of the world’s favourite and most prolific design hubs and for good reason.

Clerkenwell Design Week came about as an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the most diverse and experienced talent in the industry from all over the world. Leading UK and international companies, brands and individuals come together in a plethora of talent through a number of events, exhibitions, showrooms and other special celebrations throughout the area.

Clerkenwell Design Week is now in its 9th year and is an award-winning, established design festival that attracts people from all over the world every year. There are over 300 brands exhibiting so we have no doubt that you will come away feeling inspired.

These are obviously just some of the amazing shows that you can see in the UK over the coming year. So remember to pop them into your diary. If you’d like to know more about the UK design scene or see some of our stunning products, simply get in touch with us as we’d love to chat.


The Best Way to Overcome the Post-Christmas Blues

Now that Christmas—and 2018—is over and done with, you may be feeling the post-Christmas blues. You’re not alone in that.

It’s easy to feel down now that the celebrations are over for another year, and so quickly at that. It often seems that holidays take years to arrive and then pass by in mere seconds, leaving you feeling empty and perhaps even grieving the past moment.


If that’s you, maybe it’s time to invest your energy in a new and different kind of project. Maybe it’s time to redesign your interior! Redesigning your interior is a great way to revitalise your house and also your mind, giving you something new to focus on.

If all goes well, the end result of such a project will be a happier you—and a fun and inspiring space that you will love for days, weeks, months and years to come.


Choose a new colour theme for your rooms

Christmas is often a time for red and green, blue and white, and silver and gold colour themes so putting away your decorations and leaving Christmas behind for the year may leave your house looking bland or colourless.

If that’s the case, consider what you can do to brighten things up. Choose a colour theme that makes you happy and find a way to inject it into one room or even all the rooms in your home. Christmas isn’t the only time of year that you can decorate and create an environment that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside.


Include indoor plants in your decorating

Indoor plants can bring life into your home—both literally and figuratively. Plenty of plants are well-suited to life indoors, whether in a pot, hanging pot, or planter box, and all can thrive in the right conditions.

Put plants in pots or planter boxes that match their size and position them based on their size too. For example, a small tree might go well in the corner of a room or next to a couch. A small plant in a pot may make a great centrepiece to a table or be a good focal point to take up most of a side table.


Repaint your walls

Even if all you do is repaint your walls, you will notice a huge difference in the feel of the room that you redecorate. Choose a paint colour that complements your furnishings and one that creates the right mood.

For your kitchen, you may prefer lighter, airier colours, while pastel colours may suit a bedroom. If you don’t want to repaint entire rooms, an alternative is painting smaller images or shapes onto some walls. Some people paint quotes from books that inspire them and we suggest using a stencil for the best possible result.


Rearrange and redecorate

Another way to redesign your home is to rearrange your pre-existing furniture and redecorate. Put away some of your more commonly used items and bring out something new. You can even swap furniture and knick knacks around between rooms for a different vibe. Mix and match old and new to create a new look without having to go over your budget.

There are plenty of ways to freshen things up so you just have to be a little creative.

If you’re feeling the post-Christmas blues, redesigning your interior can refocus your energies and help you to find some inner peace again. Sounds like a win-win, right? We certainly think so!