I’ve been lucky enough to attend another home show – Country Homes & Interiors Summer Show to be exact! The show was held at the Business Design Centre in London from Thursday 1st June to Saturday 3rd June. It was packed full of beautiful home accessories, colourful tableware, gorgeously patterned fabrics and very talented people. It was their very first Country Homes & Interiors Summer Show and I have a suspicious feeling they will be coming back next year (or sooner). The show wasn’t as big as The Ideal Home Show held couple of months ago (missed it? click here to look at their stunning interiors), but walking through colourful stalls with hand-made products was just as enjoyable!
So here it is my Country Homes & Interiors Summer Show round-up!
First things first! Let me take you on a visual trip!
Yes! This is an outdoor rug which I definitely need in my life (or in my garden!)
How gorgeous is this collection of bed cushions and throws?! Head to Forever England website to check out their full collection and be inspired by even more colours and textures…
At shows like this I often have to go round couple of times. Usually the first time round I skip through stalls like a little kid in a candy shop, buzzing with excitement, not listening to anyone and easily distracted by all the pretty things. The second time round I look more professional (or at least I try) and pretend that 10 minutes earlier it wasn’t me, but my crazy twin sister! And then often, there is a third time I walk around. And that’s when I finally remember what’s my name and I can go and meet people.
As I’m completely obsessed with anything home and interiors related, I loved every stall, every fabric and every little plate that I saw there. But there were few stalls that made me stop and gaze for more than I normally do.
Botanical Inks is an artisan natural dye studio based in Bristol. They provide contemporary traditional dyeing service and run workshops around the UK. The woman behind it all is a lovely Babs Behan, who’s on a mission to spread awareness and make people switch from using synthetic based materials to natural alternatives that are safer to use and wear on the skin and can be “put back in the Earth after use”. I met her at the show where, surrounded by flowers, she was ice-flower dyeing her fabrics so effortlessly, as if by magic. I was mesmerised! It really made me re-think the way our fabrics are made and what is it exactly that we decide to wear every day.
Designer-weaver Katherine Fraser creates hand-woven textiles for interiors and fashion using traditional waving looms. She offers ready-made pieces as well as bespoke design service and also runs weaving workshops in Bath. In a machine-made world it is so inspiring to meet people like Katherine. People with a real passion and commitment. I stood there watching her weave on this old wooden machine and couldn’t stop myself from smiling. I must have looked like a weirdo and almost had to be dragged away (I’ll blame that crazy twin sister if someone asks).
While there I also jumped at the opportunity to introduce myself to Lauren Gilberthorpe, who was talking about how to become your own interior designer. Lauren is an award-winning Cotswold based interior designer with an eye for detail and definitely not the one who shys away from colour. Her philosophy is that “great design should be effortlessly functional and comfortable whilst bringing a smile to your face”. Lauren also runs her very popular design master-classes, where she shares her decorating tips and tricks of the trade on how to create a beautiful home. So if you live in or near Cotswold check out her website here for the upcoming workshops dates, or follow her on her Facebook page.
Obviously that wasn’t the end of the show, so here are just few more highlights from this year Country Homes and Interiors Summer Show:
Fancy adding some colours to your life? Check out Petronella Hall’s collection of fabrics, wallpapers and cushions. Highly recommended!
Or how about this gorgeous collection by Prints & Press and their digital printing service.
If you can’t decide between them two this Georgia Wilkinson’s collection (below) will make it even harder. Honestly, at this point I was pulling my hair out because I FORGOT MY PURSE!!! (Someone else was very happy on the other hand, that for once I wasn’t spending any money… Little that he knows that I’ve already made a list for my online shopping spree next month!)
In need of some marble platters or coasters? Check out this rather beautiful collection from Kate of Kensington. As they are all hand-made there are no two exactly the same pieces! (I’ve just added them to my rather long list of things I must buy!)
There were many more beautiful stalls and hand-made products to buy (which I couldn’t buy because I’m sooo forgetful). There are just not enough words in this post and not enough memory in my camera to introduce you to all the talented people at the show and their fantastic products, but I hope you enjoyed the best bits from this very first Country Homes & Interiors Summer Show! I’m sure there will be more!