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My Ideal Home Show Christmas wish-list

Ideal Home Show

This week, I was invited to the Ideal Home Show at Christmas.

As an Ideal Home Show virgin, I wasn’t sure what to expect. On leaving the Earls Court tube station at 9am, this was the sight that greeted me:

Ideal Home Show

Christmas-tastic, or too much too soon? You decide….

I have to admit, I’m a sucker for Christmas, with all its baubles and frippery. And, of late (now that the kids have stopped weeing and pooing all over the floor, and only rarely scribble on the walls) I’ve started to try and take a little pride in our home. We’ve even redecorated the front room. So, I was looking forward to a little inspiration from this renowned exhibition.

The headline offerings were the celebrities – Gino D’Acampo, Lisa Faulkner, Suzi Perry, Olly Smith and of course Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen (who I sat behind in the press room breakfast reception – ooooh!). These big names, and other experts, were giving talks and demonstrations in the Christmas Theatre throughout the day. As well as all that, there was a splendid ice-rink, in case exhibition-goers wanted to really get into the festive spirit:

Ideal Home Show

Skaters were serenaded by a live band

The best thing for me, though, were the stalls (650 exhibitors, apparently). If I go along to the Ideal Home Show again next Christmas, I’ll definitely take along a bigger wodge of cash, so I can buy more presents. Most retailers seemed to be selling their goods at a large markdown, and there were some beautiful, quirky ideas for Christmas gifts.

As well as some lovely items I’d like to own myself. So I’ve decided to compile my first Christmas wishlist, based on what the Ideal Home Show had to offer.

This was the first item to catch my eye: a glasshouse star light, in zinc, from Culinary Concepts. If this goes up in our house this December, I doubt I could be persuaded to take it down come January….

Culinary Concepts

Star light, Star bright

Ok, I know I would’ve had to have been a very good girl for Santa to bring me this present, a table and chairs set from Oakita. But I nearly keeled over when I saw it. I love the chairs – perfect for sinking into on Christmas Day, as the family sup wine and tell rotten jokes around the table.

Oakita

A table fit for a feast

Speaking of wine, I did like this rack, by Vintage Apple Crates. I’m a big fan of upcycled furniture; this company source their crates from Europe, and create unique pieces out of them. I loved the look of their festive hampers, too.

Vintage Apple Crates

How do you like them apples?

Back to lighting again (and probably proving D’s conjecture that I went off for the day to look at lamps), I spotted these cute Christmas items by Plaristo. They also displayed some beautiful Christmas market globe lamps.

Plaristo

Twinkle, twinkle…

A couple of things for me, now, not just the home. These gorgeous bags were by Katie Bonas, and I could have spent a good half hour riffling through the goods on her stall. They were subtle and classy, but unique – cushions, dressers, rugs, throws….I’m definitely going to be returning to this retailer.

Katie Bonas

These would match my new dining set….;-)

I found a treasure trove of a stall called Red Gecko, who design their own items as well as importing, from places like Bali, Thailand and Germany. Aren’t these clutch bags beautiful?

The Red Gecko

All I need now is an invite to a party swish enough for these accessories

And finally: I loved these fox and deer cushions, from Sass and Belle, so much that I had to buy them there and then, in case Father Christmas didn’t read my letter properly. The fox is for Gwen – she’s still at that age where Mummy can give her things she’d like to own herself. If you’re an owl-lover, this is a company you need to check out.

Sass & Belle

Surprise! We out-foxed you….

There it is: my first Christmas wishlist of the year. I’ll be posting a different one each week. So, if you’re looking for gift ideas with a difference, come back and visit in a few days’ time.

What’s on your ideal home Christmas list?

The Ideal Home Show at Christmas runs until 23 November, and I was given tickets. All views are my own.

12 Comments

  • Shell Louise
    November 21, 2014 at 7:29 am

    I would love to go to an Ideal Home Show at Christmas.
    Those chairs are gorgeous but I’d never have anything so nice while these children are here, especially chairs, they tend to get hit the worst by scuffs and stains!

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  • The Diary Of A Jewellery Lover
    November 21, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Those clutch bags are gorgeous. I’ve never been to the Ideal Home show but would love to go one day.

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  • Emma (My Little 3 and Me)
    November 21, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I just adore those fox cushions! They are going in my Dear Santa letter!

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  • Sarah Ebner
    November 21, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    What lovely things you saw – and the picture at the beginning of the snow – my goodness……I last went to the Ideal Home Show some decades ago (ahem) and it certainly looks to have changed. Much more fun now!

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  • Rachel
    November 21, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    I love going to the Ideal Home show, I didn’t make it there this year, but those fox cushions would have come home with me x

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  • Jen aka The Mad House
    November 21, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    I wouldn’t take the star lamp down in January either of those lovely tealight candles

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  • My Family Ties
    November 21, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Some lovely items to see, they always have fabulous things there I love the fox cushions and the wine crates!

    Caroline
    http://www.my-family-ties.com

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  • cassfrugalfamily
    November 21, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Oh it’s all so pretty isn’t it?

    I would have wanted everything x x

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  • Kara
    November 22, 2014 at 6:51 am

    I have always wanted to go to the ideal home show, but i would probably want to buy everything too

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  • Globalmouse
    November 22, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I would love to go to the Ideal Home Show at Christmas – I love those fox cushions!!

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  • Polly
    November 23, 2014 at 11:26 am

    hoping to go next year! love that table

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  • Louisa
    November 23, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    I’d love to go next year. I adore the fox cushions and the beautiful lamps.

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