The Ideal Home Show is back and is on at the Olympia London from 24th March to 9th April 2017, running for 17 days.
I have been to the Ideal Home Show many years ago and to be honest, I didn’t like it much so I was eager to see what it would be like now and it compared to back then. I visited on a Saturday with my parents and as expected, it was very busy! We spent a good few hours walking through the show, making sure we could see as much as we could.
This year’s show has had a makeover and returns with a fresh face, with new interactive features, expert demonstrations, live entertainment, celebrity appearances from the likes of entertainment, celebrity appearances and expert demonstrations from the likes of Architect George Clarke, Interior Designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, TV Presenter & Author Katie Piper, Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis, and building expert Clive Holland.
The 2017 show boasts a bigger and better shopping experience. There is a variety of stands showcasing the latest products and trends for interiors, home improvements, gardens, style, technology, home accessories and kitchenware, catering for all your home and garden requirements. You name it and it was there…and some. The thing about these events, you find yourself lusting after things you didn’t know you wanted or needed. Especially with the live demonstrations, it was like QVC live and everyone knows once you start watching, you can’t stop. Although I did manage to resist buying a whole load of things I don’t need…a mop, a garlic grater, a wobble board that burns calories as you stand on it and yet another blender slash juicer (I love those things, but I have four already).
There was also the opportunity to explore three iconic full sized show homes on display at the event. These include a 21st century cottage with interiors designed by Chichester College; Property Ladder Apartments sponsored by Barclays consisting of a three-in-one block showing how three different home owners can live and design a functional block tailored to their differing needs; and The Rotating Home as featured on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, a fully functional spherical design allowing the inhabitant to live comfortably in a house created to cleverly revolve on its axis depending on which room is required. Unfortunately there were long queues so I didn’t get a chance to view these. We did get there early but it was packed.
However we did get to see showrooms designed and decorated by Good Homes magazine’s lead Interior Stylist Kate McPhee and Style Editor Jessica Taverner. These included elegant kitchen, mid-century-inspired living room, casual dining area, monochrome bathroom, dual-purpose bedroom and an urbanite outdoor space featuring the latest trends, stylish colours and must have products.
New for 2017 is the innovative Eat & Drink Festival which celebrates the exciting trends in modern cuisine, mixology, extraordinary tipples and street food. I’ve written a separate blog post on this here.
With so much on offer at the Ideal Home show, it was hard to know where to start and I don’t think I have included everything that was on or available to buy. It’s a great way to see the newest products and gadgets available on the market under one roof, but I think it’s good to be prepared with a plan of what you want to get out of the show so you don’t miss out. The interactive areas were busy so you would need to be organised if want to catch them or ideally attend on a week day which I would assume would be less busy. Either way I would recommend getting there early so you can make the most of your day and see as much as possibly can. Oh and wear comfortable shoes, there is a LOT of walking involved and my feet are still throbbing.
Although I enjoyed the show and it does make an interesting day out, I am not sure if I would return next year unless I have home improvements on the agenda.
I will say that if you haven’t been before, it’s worth going for the experience at least once!
Doors open daily at 10am and tickets are available via http://www.idealhomeshow.co.uk