Grand Designs Live – Part One

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Hello there Buttoneers! Today I want to share with you my adventures to the Grand Designs Live show at the NEC in Birmingham earlier this month. You may have seen some of my sneak peeks on Twitter live from the show if you follow along over there but if not then you can pop on over and catch up. 

My fiancé and I were thinking of attending the Grand Designs Live show for ages as we bought our first house this year and just knew it would be a great place to find ideas for our own home and use as a huge source of inspiration. However, we came to the conclusion that we would maybe go next year when we had a bit more money until we had a letter through the post to say we had won tickets! So it was a total no-brainer! We were so excited and set out super early to make the drive up to Birmingham. 

As soon as we walked into a huge main circular hub I was super excited to start exploring and this was felt in the buzzing atmosphere too. 

Interiors Sign - Grand Designs Live - Part One at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

The lighting section was gorgeous! I have never seen anything like it. 

Funky Lighting - Grand Designs Live - Part One at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

Glass Lighting - Grand Designs Live - Part One at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

My absolute favourite lights were these Kilner jar lights. How fabulous are these!? I can imagine them with their brightly coloured cables hanging in my kitchen or even complimenting all of the jars of beads and buttons in the Eliston Button Headquarters! 

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I had to tear myself away from the glittery letter stand. I am like a magpie when it comes to glitter and shiny pretty things! I was already planning spelling out both of our names and am pretty sure if they had of had an ampersand I would be trying to hang then in my living room as we speak! 

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The Tech Box was thoroughly interesting too. I am sure if I had of taken my eye off my fiancé, he would have been gone for the rest of the day and so would the rest of the months budget!

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This oversized angle poise lamp would look so great in a living room or leaning over a reading nook. It caught my eye and I had one of those moments where my brain went crazy with ideas and locations for this sunshiney goodness! 

Giant Anglepoise Lamp - Grand Designs Live - Part One at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

The same goes for this happy yellow carousel wardrobe…I mean what girl (or guy) wouldn’t want a remote controlled viewing platform when trying to figure out what to wear!? I am pretty sure I would, as much as I tried to convince my fiancé otherwise, still find that I had nothing to wear! 

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The 3D printer is what sparked out imaginations and was extremely popular. It is so crazy to me that technology has advanced so much that people can potentially create their own things made of plastic in their own home. It was really fascinating to watch the printer create thin layer after thin layer of plastic that grew to form actual objects that moved or clicked together or forms items you could use in your home. The possibilities are endless and it made our imaginations run wild! 

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Smeg was also one of my favourite stands at Grand Designs Live. The explosion of colour all over the household appliances was certainly eye-catching and within about five minutes I had already mapped out in my mind my dream kitchen with pastel pink fridge freezer and a matching washing machine that would stand alongside a baby blue toaster and coffee maker…who am I kidding…It would have all totally been pink! 

Smeg Stand - Grand Designs Live - Part One at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

I am pretty sure my fiancé was mentally planning how he would fit this really cool car bonnet fridge for his Batcave too…

Smeg Car Fridge - Grand Designs Live - Part One at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

…and whether or not we needed an extra fridge in the house so that we could also own this fun stripy one! 

Smeg Stripy Fridge - Grand Designs Live - Part One at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

The kitchens we so dreamy. This one below was my favourite. I loved it unusual soothing colour and its rounded curves that made it so sleek looking. 

Curved Kitchen Counter - Grand Designs Live - Part One at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

This amazing dining table come pool table was also up there on the ‘If I win the lottery’ list! You can see how people who come into money spend it all so quickly! 

Dining Table Pool Table - Grand Designs Live - Part One at www.elistonbutton.com - Eliston Button - That Crafty Kid – Art, Design, Craft & Adventure.

The whole day was super fun and I took so many photographs to share with you.

I have had so much fun reliving Grand Designs Live too so keep your eyes peeled for the second instalment!

What was your favourite thing so far? Can you picture any of the items in your own home? I can’t wait to hear all about it! 

Meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments below. I’ll click the kettle on!

0 Comments

  1. Sharron
    October 20, 2014 / 1:36 pm

    love the Fridge – sure you can do that with your washy tape 🙂

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