Last Friday I zipped up the motorway to Birmingham to the Grand Design Live Show at the NEC. I like watching the TV show and often dream of how I would have an amazing home if I won serious money. I mean I love my home now – but if money was no issue there are other plans I would make! I took my dad with me as he is a man of all trades and loves nothing better than designing and mooching about looking at homes and interiors. This is the man afterall, that drew the plans and built my above garage extension he then went on to do the the plumbing, electrics and everything else. He is very talented. He did make me promise not to let him near any section that encourages you to build your own home from a scratch and a kit as he just doesn’t have the time or the land to do it!
We arrived and liked that everything was split into zones with similar products grouped together. We first wandered through the food and home areas which were full of new products and dad even gave a powerplate a try out! As driver I also watched dad whilst he got to sample some toffee flavoured vodka!
Afterward snacking on plenty of samples of cheese we went to have a look at the new inventions section. There were some beautiful designs from cars, to lamps and taps. Dad being dad did point out that although the tap looked shiny and was very clever he did point out to me just how many things could go wrong with a tap that had so many wires and tricks! Typical dad ever the practical!
I adored this light fitting and really want it in my lounge which I hope to decorate next year.
By then I was searching for coffee and thankfully British Gas were on hand not only giving great advice about smart meters and being more environmentally friendly they were also making coffee! They had a great lounge area where you could rest for a while and just chat with their team.
As we looked in the interior section I was glad I didn’t have Dylan and Lee with me as there were some beautiful dining tables that sswiveled to become high quality snooker tables. Anyone that knows my boys knows just how much they would want this! Thankfully I also found the massage chairs where I could have stayed for hours had I not needed to get back to pick up the children from school!
Going to the show was a great day out, it was inspiring and makes me think about what I’m buying when I win the lottery!
Disclosure: I’d like to thank British gas for the complimentary tickets.