The Ideal Home Show at Christmas was on at Earls Court over the weekend for festive inspiration. We visited last week (totally work-related of course) and are still brimming with excitement and ideas.
There were 600 exhibitors in 6 sections – Interiors & Furnishings, Food & Drink, Home Improvements, Fashion & Beauty, Technology & Gadgets and Gifts & Decorations.
The interior hall includes 2 of Christmassy sets designed by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen – one naughty, one nice. Naughty was glamorous and sophisticated in rich red and black. Nice was fresh and invigorating in pure white with peacock greens.
The outdoor Living area within the home improvement section had lots of great ideas to enhance outdoor spaces and get more use out of it in the winter months, a subject that’s very close to our hearts. This included gazebos, heating, outdoor furniture and décor.
There was a How to theatre with a full program of exciting presentations including-
- How to make up-cycled xmas decorations by Daniel Hill
- How to get your garden ready for xmas by Katie Rushworth
- The perfect floral Christmas by Jamie Aston
A key trend for the 2012 season is reclaimed, recycled, up-cycled and anything that’s hand-made. Visitors brushed up on their present wrapping and learnt how to make delightful homemade cards in the gifts section. Workshops included how to make a wreath and table setting tips. Plus there was an amazing market that was full of hand-crafted goodies.
Gino D’Acampo and Olly Smith were at the food theatre – sharing loads of Christmas tips on spicing up canapés, cake decorating and of course, cooking the perfect turkey. Visitors enjoyed the champagne bar next to the catwalk show too – chatting abour festive fashion and beauty.
Get TV style tips by watching Kristie’s Vintage Home on C4 Thursday at 8pm for some great vintage crafting tips – create the perfect space or hand-make gifts this xmas.