One of the oldest exhibitions in the UK opens it’s doors at Earls Court, on London Friday 14th March, with businesses large and small displaying their goods for the prestigious Ideal Home Show. It is such a massive event, we thought we’d give you the low down on the areas, stands and companies you must visit.
Will this change the BBQ forever?
We will start outside with the Dragon’s Den approved Barbeskew. Ed Wray’s clever invention turns a basic, manly classic BBQ of coal, fire and food into a finer dining experience allowing you to cook your food evenly, rather than turning everything into charcoal on the outside, but raw in the middle.
The skewers fit into motors that rotate your food for you – from kebabs, to burgers and hot-dogs thanks to the cage skewer. Apparently the advantage of rotisserie cooking is that the juices from the meat or vegetables don’t drip off and dry out the food, instead it marinades and absorbs the delicious smoky flavour.
It is available as a traditional coal BBQ or gas and if you feel like doing it the old fashioned way, it does come with a grill. Get the ciders on ice, summer time is approaching!
Find Barbeskew on stand 1C100
Beautiful house styled by the best
Let’s step inside and explore the House Beautiful show home. This modern and contemporary building aims to be interchangeable for the modern family of multiple generations with its flexible floor plan. Although it starts its life as a 2 bedroom house it can be modified to increase the amount of bedrooms -up to 4 in total.
The décor will be inspiring to all generations, pleasing the mix of ages that would potentially be living here. A large open plan kitchen living area with a space saving ‘teen den’ attached on the side offers a modern style of living. This den could easily be converted into a guest room, an office or even an annex. All rooms will house space saving furniture and sleek storage to ensure the house uses every inch of space.
The upstairs has a beautiful, low maintenance roof garden which can be accessed from both bedrooms. This gives a lovely area to unwind and a green space to enjoy in a world where shrubbery is being lost in the big cities.
Find them on stand 1V34
Good for the environment and divine furniture
You may love the House Beautiful show home, but want a more rustic feel or your home may not be a modern, contemporary style, so this company should be your next stop.
Why you ask? They are launching a new range of furniture, all of which is made from reclaimed solid wood. We recently wrote about creating a shabby chic kitchen and this look can be achieved with such furniture.
Loftcat Home are already known for the quality of their furniture, but the director Elin Kristiansen wanted them to do a range that had less of an impact on the environment, and maintained their high quality image. What better way than upcycling unwanted products offering a wonderful aged texture to each piece they design.
Their unique range of furniture is inspired from designs in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, bringing you glimpses of far away style and introducing it to your living room, office or kitchen. I cannot wait to see what delights they have on show.
Find them on stand 1H11
The big projects
This is a huge section with lots to see, but if you are looking to modify your home to keep it warmer during winter, or looking add more living space, I know just the stand for you.
The large stand from Anglian Home Improvements provides a beautiful home setting with pristine white woodgrain style uPVC windows with a grand entrance from a burgundy front door.
The entrance to this ‘house’ is made even more majestic by the immaculate front garden and shrubbery, whilst inside there’s an open living area with furniture from Laura Ashley and a dining set from Multiyork.
As well as the great advice on all things home improvement, you should visit this stand because you can win £1,000 cash. Find the ‘Green Homes’ located on the stand and you are in with a shout. It might come in handy if you’re thinking about a improving your home, a holiday or maybe even a new car…go on treat yourself!
Find Anglian on stand 1S86
I’ve heard of VPL but PBL?
You’ve been to the show homes, you’ve tried out the Barbeskew, you’ve even admired the reclaimed furniture at Loftcat Home, but you’re yet to visit the fashion section of the show. There are a couple of stands I imagine the ladies will be keen to visit.
The first stop should be the Venus Cow stand for their Perfect Black Leggings (PBL). They achieve perfection thanks to their creator Shirley Yanez who had a strict set of requirements she wanted to achieve. They had to fit well with no muffin tops, they should be dense so they didn’t turn see through when stretched and they had to not become baggy or sag whilst wearing. Although I don’t wear leggings, my other half does and she often finds these issues with the fashion staple.
Once you have sorted your leggings out and put to the test, chill out at the Ideal Champagne Bar sponsored by Miele. Situated by the Ideal Catwalk, you can unwind, relax and enjoy the fashion show with a well-earned glass of bubbly.
Find Venus Cow on stand 2W74
Okay, so there is a lot more to see at the show than just these stands including the QuietMark Treehouse, which is fantastic. What do you look forward to seeing at the Ideal Home show and what stands have we missed that you think should be on our list?