Last Friday saw the launch of the Ideal Home Show in my home city, the first time it has come to Manchester, and I was excited to be there for the opening. I arrived at 9.00am with my team (hubby and two younger sons who were on half term holiday). We were welcomed into the press area with tea, coffee, juice, pastries and copies of Ideal Home magazine. My boys checked out the show’s brochure…
…while I kept my eyes peeled for the celebrities who were arriving to officially open the show; the inimitable Laurence Llewellyn Bowen, bubbly TV personality Melinda Messenger, Money Saving Expert, Martin Lewis and Architect/presenter, George Clarke.
I ambushed George in the foyer and asked him for a quick photo, to which he kindly obliged – what a gent!
(And yes I am a bit vertically challenged at 5’3″, but still…!)
The official opening was due to take place outside where the sun was shining and a brass band playing. A long queue had formed for the show.
There was a funny moment when a truck driver tried to cut through the proceedings, before being turned away…
George Clarke welcomed everyone and said a few words, then it was over to Melinda to cut the ribbon and the show was open!
We headed back inside for a good look around the vast venue and our boys thought the giant overhead lampshades were cool…
Some of the highlights for me were the inspirational room sets; this one was a HomeSense design:
Next had gone with a coastal look:
There were Flamboyant Florals from Laura Ashley:
While BHS had created a vintage festival room:
And I was pleased to take a look inside a Hivehaus; the unique and innovative modular build by husband and wife team Barry and Ed Jackson that I first saw featured on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces.
Although compact, the space works beautifully. Rooms are created by interlocking hexagons that can be configured in many different ways.
We also enjoyed a walk around the Flexible Living House which was beautifully styled and accessorised:
The star light below is one I have featured on my blog before, from BHS:
So I hope from this glimpse you can tell there was plenty on offer for the home enthusiasts amongst us and I’ve really only shared an edited selection of what was there. There were also stands for keen gardeners, technology buffs, a Greg Wallace restaurant, plenty of opportunities for shopping and beauty treatments, advice clinics and more. I really hope the Ideal Home Show will be returning to Manchester next year!