I’ve always been a big fan of the Ideal Home Show, which is 110 years old this year, making it the longest-running exhibition in history. So, I was utterly thrilled when Oak Furniture Land invited me to attend the event. They had asked me to check their pieces of furniture featuring in the Good Homes Magazine roomsets, and ‘takeover’ their Instagram story feed for the day.
I arrived at Olympia bright eyed and bushy tailed and ready to be bowled over by some serious interior & home inspiration. I had been provided with a press pass, which in itself was pretty exciting as I had access to the VIP area. I picked up my pass, press pack and map took a moment to plan my route around the show.
My first stop, and indeed almost everyone’s (as it’s the first thing you see when you come in the main entrance) were the Good Homes Magazine roomsets. Six stunning installations styled by Kate McPhee, and Jessica Taverner of Good Homes Magazine, which took months of planning and organisation.
First on the list was the ‘Luxe Dining Room’, LUXE being the operative word! A seamless mix of golds, brass, muted pinks and blacks had been chosen as a colour scheme, scratching all my Art Deco itches immediately. Kate and Jessica had used the Reflection glass-topped and natural oak crossed leg dining table from Oak Furniture Land, which complemented the dusky pink bucket seat dining chairs from Calligaris perfectly.
Suspended above the table was a striking handmade orchid garland, I’d love to recreate this in my home. There was an oversized mirror above a black fire surround and gorgeous pendant lights hung in the alcoves. Gold floor edging and a stunning bar and media cabinet from Graham & Green. Luxury living in all its glory, I could quite gladly look at this room all day.
Next door to this luxurious dining room was the ‘Wellness Bathroom’. Another stunning sight, that featured an amazing free-standing burnished iron bath from The Albion Bath Company and a two person corner sauna (we all need one of these right!?) from The Wellnesstree Group. The colour scheme chosen oozed sophistication with greys, bamboo and whites, accented with blues and plum.
I adored the colour-pop of plum that the stylists had chosen: the Jasmine Footstool from Oak Furniture Land. To be fair, putting a footstool in a bathroom is actually something I’d never considered, but what a fab idea!? I’m totally sold. Always great to have somewhere to put your drink, book or towel. Colour-pop pieces give an instant wow factor and I just love the way this footstool stands out against the muted colours of the waterproof mural on the feature wall from Wall & Deco.
A few metres on, and it was time to be wowed yet again by the ‘Family Living Room’, which featured colour block walls that were teamed with a neutral colour palette. The room had been designed for dual-purpose living, ideal for both lounging and hobbies. There was a space-saving workstation, which featured a floating desk, a corner fireplace and great picture display on show.
Everyone’s eye was being drawn to the striking Sydney orange velvet accent chair from Oak Furniture Land. Orange can be a difficult colour to place, but it sat there perfectly with all the other tones. The moral of the story here is; be brave with colour and don’t be afraid of using a statement piece in your home.
Opposite from this was the ‘Botanical Bedroom’, with its showstopper four poster bed, a trellis headboard, hexagon floor tiles and an amazing ombre effect wall finish it was a firm favourite with many visitors. All the plants in the room were faux, which was a really impressive sight.
Sat calmly behind the bed was a stunning Shutter Door wardrobe by Oak Furniture Land, painted in cream, its rustic french feel paired beautifully with the botanical theme. Two Jasmine round footstools in Jade and Duck Egg, also from Oak Furniture Land, had also been placed at the foot of the bed, their cool colours coordinating perfectly with the blue and green hues of the bedroom.
Modern living wouldn’t be complete without a ‘Hi-tech Media Room’, which was the next roomset in line. Bold brights had been teamed with slate grey for striking colour-pop effect. There was a hideaway instant home cinema that projected on the wall (Sony), all the must-have smart gadgets, cool peg storage from Kreis Design, trendy pyramid vinyl flooring and easy to recreate paint effects.
Great storage ideas are a must for me, and this room didn’t disappoint. The grey Morgan footstool with its hinged lid, that had been used from Oak Furniture Land looked super stylish, and also doubled as seating. The textured fabric gave it depth too. Great ideas in this room, with full visual impact.
Next door to this was the ‘Dramatic Kitchen, all black units had been paired with metallics and wood with clever lighting used to lift the black. There was open shelving, clean lines and oodles of stunning accessories that added a luxurious feel. And in the centre, a multi-use island that looked great for family living. A very clever use of space indeed.
With the GH roomsets suitably drooled over, it was time for a mooch around the show. It’s quite a vast space with lots of different zones, including interiors, gardens, home renovation, housewares and home accessories, and let’s not forget the Eat & Drink festival which you can access too.
There are also many talks and demos by some great well-known faces at the show daily. I saw Martin Lewis giving everyone some fab Money Saving Expert tips. After my spot of celeb spotting, I took a look around the Liv-In Beach Hut and The Innovation Home, two amazing house installations over two floors that are full to the brim with home inspiration.
Next, I found myself at the Good Homes Kitchens and bathrooms roomsets – these had been designed in association with Victoria Plumb. This bath of dreams below particularly caught my eye, but the whole bathroom was stunning, from the taps to the tiles. I’ll be browsing the VP website later!
The garden section made me dream of summer, with wooden lodges, tropical cabanas, hot tubs, swim-spas and a champagne bar there was plenty to feast my eyes and taste buds on. I came away with so much inspiration I could burst. If you are planning a visit, take notes and pictures, so many great ideas to be had all in one place.
To sum up, I had the best day, I loved the Instagram takeover, it was so much fun. The Oak Furniture Land pieces of furniture that had been used by Kate and Jessica were stunning. If I had to choose one piece to take home with me, it would be the amazing Shutter Wardrobe. In fact, I’m seriously considering the whole range for my bedroom makeover at @littlehouseinlondon.
Thanks for having me Oak Furniture Land and Happy Birthday to the Ideal Home Show!