Interior design shows, peeking at people’s houses via estate agent websites and similar obsessions are all things that make me ridiculously happy.
One of these days I will take my love of interior design one step further and actually manage to get to the Ideal Home show. New colours, new styles and more for me to bask in. It sounds heavenly.
Until that day comes I will keep myself going with updates from those that did attend. Dulux sent me a sneaky peak at some of the new colours they chose to highlight at the show this year so I thought I’d share them with you! At the show Dulux took over Santiago House to produce the largest show home exhibition ever seen. Their colour experts used a variety of trends and colour combinations to show an array of contemporary living spaces.
When I do get my bottom in gear and get organised enough to get to the Ideal Home show I’m planning on taking the lovely Karen who kick-started my love of interior design. I just haven’t told her yet! Has anyone reading this been to the show? Is it as good as it sounds? From the pictures sent by Dulux alone I expect the whole event is like the interior design fan’s personal version of heaven. Do let me know if you’ve been and how you found it!
For more details on the new shades visit the Dulux website.
Since falling madly in love with Karen from the White Approach (and AllAboutTheBoys), I’ve been on a bit of a mission to modernise and redesign my home. So far so good. At the moment my main focus is downstairs. If you read my previous post about this you’ll see I’d already started by putting decorative window film in and what a difference!!
The design spurt took a bit of a back seat but my reason stint as a Harvey’s Furniture tester (read here) has changed that and much to Roy’s dismay (every time he comes home something has moved :p ), I’m back on the ball. Now I do not have a DIY SOS budget so it’s a case of little by little but it’s amazing what little changes can make to a room!
I love the new Alexis coffee and lamp table from Harveys, the colour lifts the room but it also had the unfortunate effect of making me realise that other items need updating. The biggie was the desk!
Ideally we’d have got a new desk from the Alexis range but they didn’t do one so it was a case of finding one that matched! We came up trumps at Argos funny enough with this very simple desk. Roy used some spare wood and the runners etc from the old desk to make a keyboard and mouse section and we’ve fitted it in into the alcove. WHAT a difference! The room looks neater, and definitely bigger!
Next up, my mantle piece. The lovely Karen sent me this lovely piece for a focal point and my next challenge will be scouring the car boots and charity shops for unique bits and pieces that take my eye to “build” a mantle that looks much more interesting and less scarily symmetrical than this one does now.
At some point I need a new more neutral suite (burnt orange can limit how you dress a room lol), though finding a 3 seater and a 1 seater, rather than a 3+2 or a 3 piece suite isn’t easy, and also a new TV unit that will fit in with the rest of the room. Then some new art and this room is done. It’s amazing how simple additions and changes can make a room look completely different (thank you Karen & Harveys!). For too long it’s been a functional room, but bit by bit I’m going to turn it into one that reflects us more as a family and really have it as a room we want to show off.
And then (shh don’t tell Roy..), the KITCHEN!
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