Grand Design Live was held at the NEC, Birmingham, this was my first visit to the show and I was surprised at just how big it was. Its layout is easy to navigate with a central hub and four main paths.
The four large dedicated areas focused on Build, Garden, Interior and Kitchen and Bathrooms. Each had experts on hand to give talks with advice and tips. It was refreshing to see lots of exhibitors using sustainable materials and many demonstrated innovation products using recycled and environmentally friendly materials.
The garden section was huge and for those with large gardens a pod or lodge is a real luxury, it is an extension of the home often used as a second living room, office or guest house. We also saw a lot of lovely bespoke rustic garden furniture.
Jo Hamilton an interior designer renowned for her use of colour and space ran a great lecture on ‘Creating an exciting interior’, a how to guide in creating luxury interior on a budget. It was packed with lots of great tips, ideas, advice and inspiration for revamping your home. It got me thinking about how our homes should be shaped around our lifestyles, what do we want from a space, what is the purpose of the room, what is the vibe you wish to convey. Jo talked about how lighting plays an important role when designing a room, think about where you place it, how it operate and the job it has to do, this can be key to successful interior design.
Grand Design really is great for those looking for some creatively led inspiration when it comes to interior design, garden plans and re-designing your kitchen, it has something for everyone and I could have quite easily spent more time discovering the latest gadgets and designs.