Would you like to see some of the sights from the Ideal Home Show Manchester? We went last month: all sorts of exhibitors congregate there, from one-product entrepreneurs with innovative new gadgets, to established retailers with glamorous room displays.
Going to design shows is great fun (not least for the generous freebies to be snaffled at the food stalls). I don’t think events like this exactly set interiors trends — furniture, colours, decor. To identify burgeoning creative ideas you really need to keep an eye online and all around you: Pinterest, Instagram and magazines; quirky blog pages and house tours. But exhibitions can show you what has passed the consumer test — a place to check out which products and designs are proven or emerging commercial successes in the interiors market.
So here are just a few of my favourite discoveries:
Lighting was still big, glitzy and sparkling.
Populate your sofa. The tidy way.
We loved the nautical rope lamp from Arrighi Bianchi.
On which note…
When your furniture is multi-purpose and cute.
We just can’t stay away from wallpaper.
Taking the safer path to relaxation.
What do you think of my little list? Anything here you’d go for?