Manchester Ideal Home Show and Eat & Drink Festival 2017

It’s that time of year again! Topher and I had a great time at the Ideal Home Show last year so when I was offered a free ticket to go again this year I said yes straight away. Since Topher works during the week at a school now, I brought along Emma.

Eat & Drink Festival - chair

There was an eat and drink section of the show last year but now they’ve gone all out and given it an official festival right alongside the home show. Being a foodie, this was definitely the bit I was looking forward to the most!

Eat & Drink Festival - entrance

There were so many amazing stalls and we had such a good time trying samples and storing away cards for a later date. I may have also purchased some flavoured tequila! It was too much to resist. Otherwise I was very well behaved with my purse. I do have a honeymoon to save for after all.

Eat & Drink Festival - decor

It wasn’t too hard to find the rum…

Eat & Drink Festival - rum ship

Eat & Drink Festival - macaron

How cool is this little drinks van? I wish we could have had something like this for our wedding!

Eat & Drink Festival - prosecco van

Eat & Drink Festival - fudge

How awesome is this fudge? So pretty!

Eat & Drink Festival - fudge closeup

And this Pimm’s teapot was amazing. I wish I had one of these in my garden.

eat & drink festival - pimms teapot

There was loads going on from workshops, to live demonstrations and we walked away with so many ideas.

Eat & Drink Festival - stage

Eat & Drink Festival - stalls

Then it was over to the Ideal Home Show section.

Eat & Drink Festival - ideal home show

My favourite bit definitely had to be the little room set ups they had. I don’t even have kids but I want this room below. The wallpaper is gorgeous.

Eat & Drink Festival - kids room

This room really makes me happy but I now want to go on holiday!

Eat & Drink Festival - dining room

I really like the wallpaper in both the room above and below though I don’t think I’d use it in such a large room. I have an idea to use it in our downstairs bathroom to give it a bit of personality. At the moment it just looks like more of a store cupboard than a guest bath.

Eat & Drink Festival - living room

Eat & Drink Festival - giant table and chairs

We had a great day and will definitely be back next year – especially for the Eat & Drink festival. 

Thanks to the Ideal Home Show for my ticket!

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Winner of Tickets to Manchester’s Ideal Home Show and Eat & Drink Festival

And the winner is…

Lorraine Kirk! 

Well done! Check your inbox for an email from me 🙂

As for everyone else, thank you so much for entering. If you were unlucky this time, take yourselves to the tickets page of the Ideal Home Show’s website as tickets only cost £12.50 in advance (£16 on the door) and children under 16 go free. It’s an event not to be missed.

I know I’ll be going!

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My Living Room – The Before Shot

As you know, I’m currently decorating my living room. Exciting times! So here are some photos of what it looked like before.

Living Room - main view

As you can see I have kind of started already with the bit of paint on the wall and the ripping of the wallpaper but apart from that, this was how the room looked.

There were 3 main things about the room we didn’t like.

The Light

As I mentioned in my living room inspiration post, the light fixture we currently have is terrible. It barely gives off any light so the room always feels a bit dingy and yellow.

The Floor

As much as I like carpet, with 2 cats and having long hair, it was always a nightmare to clean. So we’ve got in wood flooring! It’s already down and I love it so much.

The furniture/decor

For a room that we spend most of our time in, I’ve always felt very bleh about it. Everything was functional but I just didn’t like it. The sofa set is around 15 years old and has served its purpose for us. We can’t wait to get a corner sofa set and we’ve already picked it out.

Living room - wallpaper

As for the rest of the furniture, being renters and now first time homeowners, none of it matches. Plus, it all attracts clutter like the plague. Topher and I aren’t the tidiest of people and this furniture is not helping! So we’re getting rid of the dresser entirely and getting a TV unit that has a little more storage.

Eventually I also want to sort out the cupboard under the stairs so that there’s room for things like our bags that as you can see, we just dump in a pile behind the door at the moment. And we’re also looking to replace the cat tree as it is dying a slow death. Besides, Pickles especially needs something were he can stretch to scratch if that makes any sense.

living room - dresser

So at the moment the floor and the walls are done, it’s just all the furniture we need to sort out now. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to show the finished room by the end of the month!

Check out the rest of our makeovers around the house:

Snippets of Home

Our Guest Room Quote Wall

The Landing: The After Shot

My Office Reveal (Hello Polkadots!)

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My Office Reveal (Hello Polkadots!)

It’s finally finished!

I am completely in love with my newly decorated office. Check out the before shot. What a difference right? With some new furniture and a fresh coat of paint, it feels like a completely different space.

office reveal complete

My first job was to cover up the previous shoddy paint job and get some colour on the walls. The colour, “Nordic Sky” turned out to be a little darker than I would of liked but overall I’m happy with the end result. My favourite part of the walls is of course the polka dot statement wall. I’ve been wanting one for years and now I’ve finally got one!

office reveal corner desk

As for the desk, I’ve been after a corner desk for awhile and this one bought on a whim from Amazon* turned out to be absolutely perfect for both the space and my needs. As you can see, it fits everything from my laptop, monitor and printer, right down to all my little bits and bobs I like to have at arms reach.

office reveal desk closeup

The hang and peg kit was a present at Christmas from Emma and I was so happy to finally get it up. Unfortunately I ran out of pegs so will have to get some more as I want to fill in the gaps. But for now it looks great.

office reveal photos

office reveal printer

Apart from the desk, the main feature of the room is the Ikea bookcase I waited weeks for. It was definitely worth the wait!

office reveal bookcase view

I’m so happy to be able to finally display all my knick naks including vintage cameras that used to belong to my grandad. I finally got to put up a jewellery holder I’ve had for 2 years and never used. At last!

office reveal bookcase top

Everything has a place now.

I’ve successfully decluttered the room to fit in only the essentials and things that have sentimental value. My mind feels so clear now that I know where everything is.

office reveal bookcase

And Luna likes it too!

office reveal luna

So what do you think? And how would you decorate your dream workspace?

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Living Room Inspiration – Mood Board

It’s no secret that I am not currently pleased with the way our living room looks.

It’s our favourite place to spend time in in the house, however it is by far the ugliest room. It’s currently a mis-match of our second hand furniture; the sofa from my parent’s house that has a tear in the cushion and gives me a back ache when I sit in it, the oak dresser that is just there for convenience, the stripy rug that I love but doesn’t really fit, the concrete coffee table that weighs a tonne and the tv unit that is just there for function.

Then there’s the dirty magnolia walls and the pièce de résistance that is the flowery wallpaper I hate.

Living room now

That’s going to be so satisfying when I rip it all down!

So to the topic of this post. Inspiration!

Topher and I both look forward to decorating this room and we’ve decided on our favourite colour of purple along with grey. We’re not sure which will be on the walls but it will be one of the two. Either way, once that’s been done the next thing to go will be the beige carpet.

Hardwood Floors

Being cat owners and also owners of our own hair, you can imagine that vacuuming is a laborious task that is a bane to our existence. Introducing hardwood floors will be the cure. Yes they get dirty and dusty but it’s so much easier to clean! The cat hair tends to get embedded in the carpet at the moment and Topher has to brush the floor with a lint brush to free it before vacuuming. So being able to just vacuum, sweep or mop will be amazing!

Lighting

Another annoying feature of the room at the moment is the current lighting fixture. It’s one of those traditional three armed lights (kind of like this) with frosted glass. It’s absolutely useless. You turn on the light and you wonder why you did. You get barely any light from it. The lights point to the ceiling so any light just goes up there and because of the frosted glass, no light escapes out to the actual room.

I can’t wait to get a lighting fixture that actually lights up the room! Currently the room just feels really dim and dark all the time.

Furniture

We’re planning on having a grey corner sofa which will definitely ease the arguments on who gets to stretch their legs out and we’ll also get a two seater snuggle chair so that we have room for guests. The two arm chairs we have at the moment just take up way too much room.

I also can’t wait to get a TV unit that hides cables away. Currently all ours are out on display which isn’t ideal when you’ve got curious cats about.

And speaking of the cats, we need to get a new cat tree. Part of their’s has broken and the rest is on it’s last legs so our eyes are peeled for a replacement.

Finger’s crossed we can save up for this room redecoration by the end of the year!

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