Ideal Home Show, Glasgow.

Each year I attend the Home Show here at the SECC in Glasgow but this year seemed so much more lively, had a great buzz about the place, great businesses showing too - so much to see, do, shop - I had a really great time at this year's event. 

where to start first! 

where to start first! 

I arrived in time just to see George Clark start his talk about his programmes - Restoration man, Shed of the Year and Small spaces (all of which I love watching). He was really charming and funny and offered a really down to earth approach to how they find the projects, do the projects and seems a really lovely guy who cares about great design and people's projects whatever their budgets. The talks penciled in for the weekend were diverse and just a pity I couldn't go to all the days to hear the other speakers. 

George's talk was so busy - managed to get a good seat! 

George's talk was so busy - managed to get a good seat! 

If you've been before you'll know it's a well laid out plan of areas for shopping, eating, exhibitions, gardens, home interiors, food and more shopping. Highlights for me were viewing the new Lloyd Loom company stand with their new modern colour ways on the traditional furniture, squeezing, and I mean squeezing into the food hall (so busy!) in which I sampled so many goodies and drinks - the Lidl market stand was by far the busiest (see pic) thanks to the huge amount of drinks and samples they were giving everyone. 

Beautiful Lloyd Loom brochure - showcasing the new modern take on a classic design.

Beautiful Lloyd Loom brochure - showcasing the new modern take on a classic design.

Taking a breath at the back of the hall before bracing the crowd again.

Taking a breath at the back of the hall before bracing the crowd again.

I stopped by the Interior section to find the 'Room set ups' each year designed by the lovely John Amabile. His sets are always presented so beautifully, and this year he did lovely collaborations using Dwell products. Also was a collaboration with zero waste scotland about the importance of re-using pieces for your home (fab!) by giving them an update and a room was created for this. It looked great - but it was a shame there was no information to see/or read in the room about the pieces they had up cycled. If I was little confused at that, I'm sure others were but all the room schemes looked really great and were getting a lot of attention! 

My image of the collaboration with zero waste Scotland in the room scheme by John Amabile.

My image of the collaboration with zero waste Scotland in the room scheme by John Amabile.

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I really enjoyed the show - it was great to see I felt, a lot more representation for Interior stands & companies, designers, shopping and if anything, please go and visit the Home for Life - you'll see it before anything else - quite stunning!