Hello lovely Buttoneers! As promised today I am sharing with you my Grand Designs Live – Part Two photographs! I know it is a little later and far from Part One than I would have liked but I had my 100th Blog Post you know!? How could I not celebrate that with you all!? 🙂
If you missed my Grand Designs Live – Part One post you can catch up in the link.
One of the biggest structures under the roof of the NEC in Birmingham, was this huge wooden house structure with a fake fire in the centre of it. It certainly caught our eye and drew us towards the main stage to listen to the talks about house renovation, designs and eco-living.
I did a little gasp of delight when I turned the corner into the gardens section to these beautiful autumn light-up trees. They definitely brought the beauty of autumn into the show and I loved how magical they looked all glittering and twinkly. I wanted a whole forest of them in my garden!
And…Who wouldn’t want a summer house in their garden that looked just like Hagrid’s Hut in Harry Potter! I loved this whimsical little house and imagined sat in there covered in blanket with a roaring fire in the centre, blowing the swirls of smoke out of the chimney at the top like something in the depths of a fairy tale forest. In fact add a few of the light-up autumn trees and I could live here so happily with my buttons and craft supplies!
Maybe I could surround the hut with veggies and flowers in these lovely grey raised beds….
…and plant the hundreds and hundreds of bulbs that they were selling on this stall. Imagine how beautiful that would be in springtime if you planted them all!
The food at Grand Designs Live was amazing too. My favourite was The Continental Bakery, which made me feel like I had just stepped into a Boulangerie or Patisserie in France…
…The cakes looked amazing, I mean just look at those doughnuts! They really didn’t look real! We had cheese and chorizo filled brioche and it tasted so good.
These little bath tubs were adorable on little shelves on a copper bath stand. I wanted to take them all home and arrange them like this in my bathroom! How lovely are all of those metallic colours!?
Talking of bathrooms, these beautiful glass fish and blue fish mirror would look great in my nautical themed bathroom at home. They glistened in the light and looked as if they were swimming around in the sun-rays that hit the water and dazzled.
This designer was very talented. He used reclaimed Teak root and found driftwood to create amazing tables and ornaments for the home. The horse was huge and so well made in its organic form, it was as if the horse was galloping with the wind in its mane. The horse was one of the designers commissioned pieces. I can only begin to imagine the size of the person’s house!
These fish were fun too! They were made entirely out of found materials like metal washers and scrap metal painted in vibrant colours and hung together to make a really interesting stand at the show. I love to see artists and designers using found materials and upcycling them into pieces of art, it is so resourceful.
These little carved wood birds were so cute. Their little wire feet were sat perched on a beautiful piece of wood amongst a whole stall full of wooden giraffes!
I couldn’t walk past this kitchen stand either without taking a photograph of this long line of little potted cacti! They are so cute and all individual. I am more of a softer edged succulent person myself but I couldn’t resist this shot and love how they look in their little matching terracotta coloured pots.
How could I write about my adventure to Grand Designs Live without posting my snap-shot of Kevin McCloud!? This Instagram photo here also won me two tickets to Grand Designs Live next year too via a competition they held on Twitter! How amazing is that!? I am super excited to go back again and see all of the new designs next year and am sure to share my adventure here on the blog!
My fiancé and I came away from a fantastic day out at Grand Designs Live feeling tired and weary but full of inspiring ideas for our home and a lot of crazy design ideas that we may have got a bit carried away chatting about on the way home!
I am in no way affiliated with the show; I just had a fabulous time and wanted to share my adventure with you all to inspire you! Maybe I will see some of you there next year!? I also loved that there was a large portion of artists and designers there with handmade products, and that always goes down well in my book!
Have you ever visited Grand Designs Live? What inspired you most? Which is your favourite thing about the show from the pics on here or in Grand Designs Live – Part One? I would love to her all about it.
Meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments below. I’ll click the kettle on!