There’s No Business Like Show Business
When it comes to gaining inspiration for your renovation, self-build or home interior project, there is nothing better than getting yourself down to an exhibition or show. While home magazines and websites are great, they are no substitute for getting in front of the real thing. Being able to see products up close and personal, as well as getting advice and support, can really help with your purchasing decisions.
We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite home interiors and building shows coming up in 2019.
GRAND DESIGNS LIVE
ExCel, London, 4th – 12th May
Grand Designs Live is always a good bet for home interiors and home building inspiration. Their first show of the year is in London and it’s a pretty big one with a key focus on home building and renovations. There will be project zones dedicated to building, design, technology, kitchens and bathrooms, gardens and interiors. So lots to keep you occupied as well as trying to spot Kevin McCloud! We will be looking out for Tala lighting, inspired by mathematical patterns in nature and one of Kevin’s ‘Green Heroes.’ Ticket prices from £12.
BUILD IT LIVE
Bicester, Oxfordshire, 8th – 9th June
Build It Live takes place annually in three locations around the UK. It is one of the UK’s most practical self build and home renovating exhibitions and a great show if you are considering building your own home or looking to add space or value to your existing property. Hundreds of exhibitors showcase their products over two days and you’ll see a cross section of suppliers from windows and doors, to bathroom and building material companies. They have a focus around eco products, which might be a key consideration when building a new home. Informative talks feature self-builders and teams of experts offering advice. Tickets start from £12
HOUSE AND GARDEN FESTIVAL
Olympia, London 19th – 23rdJune
This festival is great value as it is really three shows rolled into one: the Art & Antiques Fair, House Fair & Grow London and the Spirit of Summer Fair. Over 160 dealers will showcase their arts and antiques, loved by collectors and those looking for unique pieces for stylish interiors. The House Fair & Grow show is the perfect place to source beautiful interiors products and gain design inspiration. At the Spirit of Summer, an eclectic mix of independent designer-makers and boutiques sell lifestyle products, which are not found on the high street. In addition, there will be a Summer Bistro, two Champagne bars and free talks and workshops from the House & Garden editorial team, showcasing the industry’s leading experts offering specialist design tips and practical advice. We are looking forward to seeing some unique designs, such as this fabulous Nutcracker wallpaper from Juliet Travers. https://juliettravers.com Ticket prices are £20 on the door or £16 if you book in advance.
HOME BUILDING AND RENOVATING SHOW
Shows planned in Glasgow, Surrey, London, Edinburgh, Harrogate and Somerset throughout 2019. http://www.homebuildingshow.co.uk/
This popular roadshow comes from the leading Homebuilding & Renovating magazine media house. The next show is scheduled for 1st – 2nd June in Glasgow and the rest continue through to the end of the year in Surrey, London, Edinburgh, Harrogate and Somerset. Discover brands showcasing a huge range of products and listen to experts talk about everything from finding the perfect plot to perfecting your interiors. They offer over 40 free master classes and seminars within the weekend, all supporting you to learn how to design and build your own sustainable home. We are looking forward to seeing these fabulous timber alternative entrance doors from Evolution Windows https://www.evolutionwindows.com Advance tickets start at £8.
Olympia, London 6th – 9th October http://www.decorex.com/
Decorex International is primarily a top end interior design show for the trade which is cited as the must see event in London. It attracts a truly international crowd and features an extensive range of influential exhibitors as well as Thought Leadership seminars on all things interiors and crafts. Usually there is an initial consumer day, which gives visitors the chance to see brand new international design trends.
GRAND DESIGNS LIVE
NEC Birmingham, 9th – 13th October
The Birmingham edition of Grand Designs Live is sure to give you plenty of home building and interiors inspiration. This vast show’s main focus is on home building and renovations. Individual project zones are dedicated to building, design, technology, kitchens and bathrooms, gardens and interiors. There are also plenty of talks and seminars, some by Kevin McCloud himself. We’ll be looking out for Reyhypen who produce hand-woven cloth made of discarded cassette and video tapes and turn them into pieces of art. They are one of Kevin’s ‘Green Heroes.’ Ticket prices from £12.
IDEAL HOME SHOW CHRISTMAS
Olympia, London, 20th – 24th November
Go on, treat yourself! The Ideal Home Show at Christmas is the best place to discover the latest autumn/winter trends and pick up some inspiration on how to get your home ready for your guests and festivities this Christmas. It’s possible to order furniture in time for Christmas and discover some extra finishing touches from home accessories. There will be a line-up of experts on hand giving talks and master classes, while Good Homes magazine brings their ever-popular ‘room sets,’ where their interior designers bring ideas to life using different colours, lights, materials and patterns. To make it even more a treat, get into the spirit and visit the Christmas Restaurant for some delicious dishes or a special Christmas-themed afternoon tea. Tickets available from £11.
We hope you’ll feel inspired to visit one of these shows and discover some amazing companies and products.