Hello there lovely Buttoneers! Welcome back for Part Two of my adventure to Grand Designs Live this year at Birmingham’s NEC. Did you catch last week’s Grand Designs Live – Part One?
If you caught Part One then you know just how many photographs I took and how much inspiration I came back with after a full days adventure into design goodness. I couldn’t just leave it at one blog post so here we are with Part Two!
I think my favourite part of Grand Designs, bar the wonderful talks by inspiring people on the theatre stages, is the smaller booths of handmade and independent sellers (I know…I know…totally predictable!) So many bits and pieces caught my eye so I was eager to share them with you!
I have never really watched The Great British Bake Off but these wooden egg holders were fabulous! They are from a company called Culinary Concepts, London and are hand-crafted from solid beech wood. The ‘Bake Off’ one grabbed my attention to begin with but I think my favourite is ‘Crack On’! How much fun would it look in the kitchen…
Smeg filled my heart with 1950’s style and a dreamy pastel colour palette all over again from last year! I fell in love the ballerina pink coloured stand mixer – pretty sure I could also deal with having the matching fridge freezer, kettle, toaster….okay you get the point!
The most innovative design I found from Smeg was their creative bird stove tops – what a great idea instead of the boring rings that you normally find! I have an electric hob at home because I used to hate cleaning around our old gas one in the old house – I think these could swing me back to gas! What a talking point they would be!
The Meile Live kitchen looked great too and held a good range of interactive cookery demonstrations, kitchen design talks as well as fun ‘cook off’s’.
We actually stopped to talk for a while with the people behind Wine Cellar Pods because they were so darn cool looking! It is basically an underground wine cellar that is installed into the floor of your kitchen! (Where do I sign up!?)
Unfortunately I don’t think it came fully stocked! It is a really clever design of just three circular shelves that hold up to 81 bottles of wine (who has this much wine still sitting in their house!?) and a clever mirror on the bottom that makes it look as if you have an actual well of wine in the floor!
I also loved the laid out kitchen model show rooms around the kitchen section as you could really see the design in person and not just as a design on paper. I liked seeing all of the different worktops and colour options (much like when we bought our house) that made me want to change my kitchen at least ten times over!
This one felt really homey and I liked the natural wood combined with the painted grey cupboards and contrasting ceramics.
We seriously contemplated a concrete theme in our bathroom too after seeing these really great concrete Lyon Beton Concrete Cloud toilet paper shelves from Design Wharf. They believe that by “Adding poetry, humour and singularity to areas and rooms who are so often deprived of these qualities…remind us of the great outdoors” and I think I have to agree with them. They make the storage of everyday objects a lot more fun and interesting.
The paparazzi photographer in me came out to play when I spotted George Clark from the TV show ‘George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces’. This talk was called ‘George Clark’s Amazing Spacemen and Women and talked to people who had conquered the designs, processes and overcoming the hurdles of interior spaces and appeared in his ‘Amazing’ series, just like these ladies talking about a camper van renovation.
I couldn’t resist a snap of this fun looking guy either made out of recycled metal!
Speaking of metal…these pressed metal letters of the alphabet were great too. I was tempted by the ampersand but the top part was a bigger than the bottom part and I am a bit particular about my ampersand obsession! & <3
This pom pom poodle made me smile! We spotted it straight away at the Fabulous Furniture booth. Wouldn’t it just inject a whole lot of vibrancy and a pure dose of happy into your house!?
Dog lover or not, I think pom pom’s make everything a lot more fun!
The Grand Interiors Theatre was really interesting. I surprised myself by getting really absorbed by a D.I.Y tiling talk! I sat down to wait for my fiancé and because my little legs were tiring after a full day walking around but actually got totally absorbed into listening about tiling and grouting and silicone around your shower or bath. So much so that when my fiancé found me I relayed all of the fun facts I had learnt! (As long as he doesn’t get the wrong idea and think I am the one for the job if we ever re-tile!)
I have to say, as a huge colour lover, I was a little transfixed by the multi-coloured patchwork of colours at the back of the stage too!
Tanchoi was a company that stood out to me. I loved their beautiful furnishings and fabrics in their rich, sumptuous colours and textures…
Each piece is hand embroidered patchwork on velvet soft fabric.
Whether it is a poof, a stool or a foot rest, each piece is also unique, so no two items are the same – That’s what I love, love, love about handmade!
It was mesmerising watching artist Rob Mullen painting at his easel in his booth.
I love watching other artists at work and it was easy to be swept away in his rich blue sky, imagining those fluffy translucent clouds whisper by.
There was something very relaxing about watching his brush stroke the paper – which was very welcome by that point in the afternoon! Coffee time I think!
As well as seeing everything around me in person, I also loved seeing the designs drawn out on the drawing boards at this garden landscapers booth. I like seeing the ideas down on paper, all measured out and well thought out – maybe that’s just the ‘graphic design perfectionist’ part of my brain!
These garden tables were fabulous too! I can totally imagine having these out at a garden party or BBQ in the summer – Ice bucket section built into the centre of the table for the drinks – no more running back to the cool box or fridge! Then when the evening gets a little cooler and darker, how cosy would it be to sit around the central fire pit.
Perfection in garden table form! Cosy and cool – What more could you want!?
Wowee! What a lot of design goodness to feast your eyes (and hearts) on! I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Grand Designs Live this year and I am so glad I went along this year with my blog head on and managed to capture so much to share with you all! I was so lucky to win my free tickets in the photograph competition last year – so here’s my fingers crossed for another opportunity next year! 😉
I think I need to win the lottery to be able to buy it all! What was your favourite part? Did you spot anything you want for your home or garden? I would love to hear all it!
Meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments below. I’ll click the kettle on!