Making a house into a home with the Ideal Home Show

I've hit that point in my life where all I want to do is buy and decorate, buy and decorate. There's one small problem, I've still not bought a house.
Minor issue aside, I dragged my boyfriend to the Ideal Home Show over the weekend and I'd probably still be there if I didn't run out of hands to carry all the bags.
If you haven't been to one of these type of events, then I can't recommend it enough. Not only is everything nearly at trade price, you're thrown discount after discount, get first glimpses of newly released products, more inspiration than you can mentally store and the opportunity to spend the majority of your wages in a small amount of time.
I wanted everything.
I began fantasising amount what my future home could look like - a games room, a gigantic hot tub with a tiki bar on the side, more plants than any garden should have and sliding doors that lead to nowhere. What's even crazier than this idea, is that all of these things exist, I saw them all, cried at the price tags and proceeded to find something I could buy without getting into an argument about how it wouldn't fit in our tiny flat; needless to say, the hot tub and tiki bar didn't make it home.

With my bank account now a little lighter, I'm ready to spend hours on my Pinterest account adding more home design boards than necessary - at least I'm prepared.
The ridiculous home fantasy's are still high on my priority, but a girl can dream, right?
The show is held over a 4 day period, with different speakers and demonstrations held each day, it's no wonder why people go back year after year.
This year saw the Ideal Home Show was join forces with the Eat & Drink festival, and it was just a match made in heaven.
I couldn't think of a better way to spend a rainy day than stuffing your face with alcohol and food samples, then browsing around homewares and attempting to snuggle down into the best looking display bedroom.
You know everyone there was thinking the exact same thing - how many free samples can I grab before I'm pounced on and lured into a yearly subscription to the most unnecessary product on the market.
Luckily enough I've found my tactic - just smile and wave boys, smile and wave.
The shows run on a yearly basis and tickets sell out incredibly fast, so if you're looking for a little inspiration, thrown in with fantasy and an endless supply of cash, then book for next years event - I know I'm not missing out.

I'd love to know if you guys have attended anything like this. Any tips and tricks for making it through the day?


Sarah Bristow said...

Ah wow it looks like you had. great time! I was intending to pop along but was busy last weekend in the end :( I also love love love buying things for my flat! I just wish I had my own home and then it would feel more as though it were my own.

Sarah xxx

Sarcasm and Style. said...

ooooh I would of loved this! We've not long renovated our house so now i've become obsessed with interior design and scowling Pinterest. It looks fun and such a good day out!

Em xx