Grand Designs Live 2012: Anglian Home Improvements highlights

By on 18th October in Home Inspiration

Regular blog readers may recall that we had a rather exciting weekend planned, with a scheduled visit to Grand Designs Live at the NEC.

In a rare trip out of the office, we joined a crowd of thousands to spend Friday October 12th exploring the latest in home design, technology, interiors and gardens. We attended packed out talks where we soaked up advice on how to make a house a home, how to decorate our homes for less and we waxed lyrical with paint giants Dulux about colours to come for the next season. We munched our way through snacks galore from the myriad of food stalls at the show and we even took a little peek at the show’s presenter Kevin McCloud showcasing one of his lesser-known talents – cooking.

Living room

Image from Grand Designs Live Gallery

Something else we did at the show was have a really good look round – well, it would be rude not to, wouldn’t it? Milling around the stalls and looking at some of the fabulous furniture, accessories and furnishings on offer we noticed a real trend towards goods that looked or were homecrafted. From quilts and wall prints through to Christmas decorations, it was easy to see the make do and mend trend is very much here to stay.

Of course, our main purpose in attending the show was to do some research for the blog. With this in mind, we rubbed shoulders with experts and celebrities alike who were kind enough to share their design tips with us. As a result, in the weeks to come if you check in on the blog you can expect to read views from interior design experts Jo Hamilton and Claire Nolan and take in some top tips from Marianne Shillingford, none other than creative director at Dulux. We’ll be sharing their design views and tips and also allowing ourselves to feel a little bit Christmassy by sharing some Christmas Decoration tips. So, if you want to make your conservatory look a little bit special this year, make sure you call back later in the month for some original interiors tips.


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