Just under a year ago I bought my first house, a beautiful roomy and bright mid-Victorian terrace with a small suntrap garden. Picking up the keys, sitting in the living room in awe of what I had done has been by far to date my favourite personal proud moment of my life.
My house has had its fair share of issues and has by no means been the plain sailing redecoration job I hoped it would be, I’ve been through a house rewire, the rebuilding of a wall and removal of a tree, the replacement of the whole of my ground floor joists and floorboards and fitted a new bathroom and are currently having a new kitchen fitted. Because of that, the fun part of making my house feel like a home has been somewhat waylaid. Currently, my bedroom is the only room of the house which is 90% complete (just needing a carpet). However, despite these setbacks I am nearing the end of a very long DIY road, I can now start thinking about the finishing touches, like what curtain poles I am going to put up and where to position furniture. That’s why I am so excited about the Ideal Home show coming back to Manchester this year.
I was fortunate to attend last year just as I had put an offer in for my house, I was waiting for it to all be finalised. I walked around inspired and excited about all the potential decorating I could do, however at the back of my mind I was worried that my house would fall through. Thankfully it didn’t and this year I will be in the perfect position to get ideas that I can implement right away!
The event is taking place from 2nd – 5th June from 10am to 5pm, and has a wide selection of areas including,
Interiors, Home Improvements, Food & Housewares, Technology, Gardens, Fashion & Beauty and Shopping. Because of this there is something for everyone, if you are looking for inspiration for your home or garden, you can’t go and not walk away with ideas.
There are dedicated home and interiors areas over the 4 days, these include:
The Ideal Super Theatre – a purpose-built stage will host talks and demonstrations from celebrities and a whole host of other household names, making it the ultimate place to pick up tips and tricks to improve your home
Champagne Bar – located in the heart of the show, visitors can enjoy a well-deserved break as they kick back with a glass of Champagne
The Gregg Wallace Restaurant – the popular on-site restaurant returns for another year, hosted by Ideal Food ambassador Gregg Wallace. You will be able to enjoy a variety of British seasonal dishes and may even see Gregg as you dine
The Duke’s Head – if you prefer a lunch experience that’s a bit less formal than the restaurant, then you can enjoy traditional food plus a range of wine, beer and spirits at the famous Duke’s Head
Our celebrity ambassadors will be on hand to share their top tips and expertise, guiding visitors through the sections of the show and performing on our theatres.
Top foodie Gregg Wallace, interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, architect and TV presenter George Clarke, TV presenter and inspirational author Katie Piper, gardening expert Diarmuid Gavin, tech-guru Suzi Perry and Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis are all going to be in attendance.
With something for everyone, it’s a great day out. You can find out more information about the event such as the talks which are happening and who is exhibiting on the link below.
I’ll be following this up with another post once I have been, maybe sharing with you some purchases and ideas I got whilst I was there. Are you planning on going? If so let me know in the comments below!