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Ideal Home Show 2014

I've wanted to go to one of these home shows for aaages, and this year I decided to bite the bullet and go. The Ideal Home Show has been running since 1908 - that's a lot of shows! It runs every spring in London. I live no-where near London, and whilst the tickets are only £12, the travel expense makes it a whole lot more, but I think it was pretty worth it..

So, the event itself was pretty darn huge! 



Inside the exhibition, there were 4 actual brick built houses acting as show-homes, and one very quirky tree house. Surprisingly, in my opinion, the tree house was actually the most disappointing. It was so tiny, there was actually nothing in it but a sink. Awesome from the outside, but realistically it would only act as a quirky one-man office.



In addition to the show homes, there were mock-rooms throughout the event. Here's some of my favourites.








Onto the shopping - it's pretty much a home owners dream. From ventilation systems to pink ovens, to cardboard furniture, to childrens playhomes. There was such a huge variety of stuff to buy, browse, or get some inspiration from.






One of my personal favourites was the beach-style hut.. Although slightly outside of my budget I must say ;) In addition to the brick-houses built for the exhibition, there were actual built gardens inside showcasing the work of young gardeners. Here are some of my favourite bits.

(this is actually designed from a pallet! Genius!)


As well as furniture and large home-items, upstairs there were food stalls and smaller homey bits, as well as a few beauty and fashion stalls. There was a bit of everything for everyone.



 Here's a few bits that I bought, (including some fudge, which I didn't manage to get a photo of, as I gobbled them up before I got my camera out)




All in all, it was a great day out! Whist I didn't have the thousands required to buy some of the more finer grander items in life, it was brilliant for inspiration and a bit of dreamy window shopping. The only downfall I would say to the event, was that I had expected to find a few more home-made stalls.. The sort of stuff you'd find on notonthehighstreet.com or etsy.com I suppose. And I would have loved to see some pet stalls selling home petwares. But perhaps I'm just being a bit critical, and let's face it, they can't house everything in one place. There's also the opportunity to meet some of the top TV home renovation show presenters and listen to talks. It was basically my idea of a dream day out ;) I will definitely be going to more of these in the future!

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