Hello there lovely Buttoneers! As promised in my last blog post Grand Designs Live – Part One, I am back with Grand Designs Live – Part Two! Hooray! Like I said last week…
We had a fabulous time diving into the deep end of gorgeous home decor, beautiful build ideas and innovations and super-duper kitchen and bathroom ideas that our heads were spinning with inspiration and I took a thousand photographs!
Soooo, in this post I am concentrating on glorious gardens and floral fancies alongside some extra homey bits that I just couldn’t squeeze into last week’s post! The first things to catch my eye in the garden section were these beautiful garden screens and trellises from Screen with Envy (What a cool name!) Aren’t they gorgeous!? I can definitely see myself looking into these to grow flowers up and create an unusual seating area on my patio – you could even use them to separate off sections of the garden to create a lovely Secret Garden feel to it. Imagine the possibilities!
I am pretty sure I covered a similar Havana style thatched roof garden room in a previous Grand Designs Live blog post years ago but I am still in love with them. These ones are from Breeze House and they had a lovely range of different styles. I am fortunate that our new garden is big enough but I’m not sure they are in our price range just yet!
Can you imagine sat sipping an ice cool drink, entertaining friends at a BBQ in the summer sat in one of these?
They would be perfect for playing board games by candle light in the warm summer evenings too. I just love the plush luxury cushions and pretty grey slate colours against the gorgeous wood grain and that little round stool and the curve of the bench are delightful.
I am always fascinated by garden design and landscaping. I love the idea of starting from scratch and designing a whole new look for your garden on paper and then implementing it outside.
We do a similar (but much less detailed) version when we are planning out the rooms in our house to see the best fit for our furniture etc…
Garden Design Consultants and Build Management had a gorgeous stand full of technical drawings right through to photos of the finished designs in real life. It is fascinating to see the finished design in a more dimensional view from the birds eye view plans.
This is definitely something we will look into and try ourselves when it comes to landscaping our garden so we can get all of our ideas down on paper to see if they work before getting the diggers in!
Bloom On was a wonderfully colourful and floral stand that naturally grabbed this colour-loving girl’s eye as I walked past! Unfortunately no one was there to chat to or tell us about the business (I imagine it is a flower delivery company) but I had to snap a photo of the bright happy colours and beautiful sunshine yellow bicycle!
Becketts Farm Shop also had a beautifully blooming set up with their flowers and harvest festival feel arrangement. Just look at those gorgeous green cabbages and cauliflowers – It makes me want to make a roast dinner!
Following along with the floral theme, just look at these gorgeous ceramic flowers from the Carneol Glass stand. They had glass versions too but these ceramic florals with their dainty petals and sumptuous autumnal colours were so beautiful.
I can definitely imagine a ceramic vase full of delicate peonies and pretty poppies in the autumn and winter and happy bright sunshine daffodils and sunflowers in the spring and summer.
I love the idea of having permanent floral arrangements and colour in my home decor that would last forever rather than clearing out the fresh ones after a few weeks.
Now, the Wine Barrel Furniture Company really spoke to both of us. With Chris’ love of wine and our joint love of France, these wine crate chests of drawers were fabulous! Made from, you guessed it, wine crate boxes, oak and steel; they were super fun and would look great in our kitchen or dining room. They are lovely and deep too so imagine the clutter you could shovel into them and hide away when you have guests around *cough* *cough* I mean, Imagine the really well organised storage you could tidy up into them…Oh dear…
What I also loved about them was that they handmade each piece in Yorkshire – Handmade is the best (Well, I am a little biased!)
I love the quality craftsmanship that goes into these and that they are hand crafted using products reclaimed from the wine making industry and making sure there is zero waste – right down to the excess wood chips fuelling the log burners in their workshop!
The next item of wonderful home decor to catch my eye was this really unusual wrought iron four poster bed frame made to look like tree branches with leaves and little birds. Can you imagine drifting off to sleep surrounded by such a whimsical Sleeping Beauty-esque bed!?
It definitely looks like it should live in a beautiful forest where you would wake up surrounded by flowers and fluffy rabbits and you would break into song before breakfast! Okay…Okay…Maybe a bit too Disney but can it really be too much to ask!?
We stopped by the Live Kitchen Stage for a short while but it was super busy so we headed past to the Branston Pickle van where are hungry tummies were super glad of cheese on cracker samples! We may or may not have gone back for a second to really try it out – You have to sample it thoroughly though right!? They had original pickle and small chunks which would be great for sandwiches *Runs to make sarnies pronto*
At Grand Designs Live, I always love to stop by Robin Mullen Contemporary Art to watch him paint in real time – If you visit my previous Grand Designs Live posts from a few years ago I featured him before. There is something so relaxing about watching an artist at work isn’t there? Those moody looking clouds were mesmerising as he built up the layers of colour to create the dramatic feel of a stormy beach.
I could definitely imagine myself stood on the white sand beach watching the storm roll in around the tall wooden boats, with the wind whipping my hair and the cool air on my cheeks.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t hang around to see the finished piece but I imagine it took days to complete. The energy he creates in his paintings is just wonderful.
Naturally the prettiest, pinkest front door grabbed my attention! Imagine having this as your front door, maybe surrounded by deep pink roses…*Swoon*
As we have not long bought our new house, a new front door, personal to us is definitely on the list of things to change about the house. I’m not sure how much I will be able to persuade Chris that a pretty pink front door is the way forward but I was impressed by the amount of different colours that were available these days.
Imagine a bright, happy sunshine front door to come home to or a post box red one holding your wreath at Christmas – I wish they were cheaper to buy so we could swap and change them seasonally! Imagine the possibilities!
It reminds me of a beautifully painted blossom tree I saw had been hand painted on someone’s front door in Tewkesbury in the summer. I featured it in my ‘Around Here…I’m Back!‘ blog post if you want a peek.
I think one of Chris’ favourite parts of the show was the Lexus car stand. I have to say, as someone who really isn’t fussed about cars – I was totally taken in by the shiny red sports car feel of this beautiful ruby coloured RX 450h F SPORT hybrid – Better for the environment too so win win! Now if we could only win the lottery!
So there you go, thus ends the Grand Designs Live 2017 adventure! We definitely had a fabulous and fun day out and came home full of new ideas and inspiration for our own home as well as wildly outrageous dreams of things we will never afford! Well, you have to dream don’t you! I would love to go again next year to see what is new and we will definitely still be renovating our house bit by bit and room by room by then!
If you haven’t already , be sure to check out Grand Designs Live 2017 – Part One of this adventure for more beautiful design goodness and inspiring home decor delights!
Have you ever been to Grand Designs Live? What was your favourite thing you read about in this post? I would love to hear all about it!
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