My Grand Designs Live Adventure

It is that time of year, where once again I head north to Birmingham NEC to see what wonderful finds await me at Grand Designs Live.  For those of you that don’t know, Grand Designs Live is the ultimate destination for home owners and self-builders, due to the range of innovative and inspirational ideas across the now four day show, from interiors to build, gardens to bathrooms and kitchens.  Grand Designs Live, Birmingham 14, Citrus ContentGrand Designs Live, Birmingham 14, Citrus ContentWhat makes this show special is the wealth of expert advice on hand.  Our friend, Liz Ackerley from Poppyhead Consultancy was one of the experts in Ask the Expert area. I got chance to quickly catch up with Liz, who told me she had seen a whole range of people from all over the UK, her skills were very much in demand.

Courtesy of Poppyhead Consultancy
Courtesy of Poppyhead Consultancy
Courtesy of Poppyhead Consultancy
Courtesy of Poppyhead Consultancy

Amazing Spaces hero, George Clark and Mr Grand Design himself, Kevin McCloud, provided detailed advice on the main stage.

Grand Designs Live, Birmingham 14, Citrus ContentGrand Designs Live, Birmingham 14, Citrus ContentSo what caught my eye, I hear you cry!

Found hidden in a small area in the unlikely Tech Zone, were couple of stunning pieces from lighting designers.  Tom Raffield is a designer we have featured before, but I never get tired of his Bloom Pendant.

Grand Designs Live, Birmingham 14, Citrus ContentWe also met Alkesh Parmar who designs and creates light pendants from champagne corks.  Grand Designs Live, Birmingham 14, Citrus ContentGrand Designs Live, Birmingham 14, Citrus ContentA lighting company that was in great demand in the Designers Arcade was Jam Jar Lights, here you could buy ready made kits to create your own inspired designs.

Grand Designs Live, Birmingham 14, Citrus ContentGrand Designs Live, Birmingham 14, Citrus ContentGrand Designs Live, Birmingham 14, Citrus ContentGrand Designs Live, Birmingham 14, Citrus ContentMy favourite interiors company has to be by far Culinary Concepts, their twist on classics and antiques create a range that is luxurious and utterly delicious.

Grand Designs Live, Birmingham 14, Citrus Content Grand Designs Live, Birmingham 14, Citrus Content

Grand Designs Live, Birmingham 14, Citrus Content Grand Designs Live, Birmingham 14, Citrus ContentGrand Designs Live, Birmingham 14, Citrus ContentNew to Grand Designs Live was Marcus Steel Design, his Fine Dining for Birds collection really caught my eye with its distinctive take on the classic bird table design.

Grand Designs Live, Birmingham 14, Citrus Content Grand Designs Live, Birmingham 14, Citrus Content Grand Designs Live, Birmingham 14, Citrus ContentSmeg always have a special piece to make you smile.  A couple of years ago it was the denim fridge, this year the same designer created the Smeg cooler.

Grand Designs Live, Birmingham 14, Citrus ContentWith cooking in our minds following the end another fantastic series of the Great British Bake Off, I fell in love with the Smeg 50’s Style collection.

Grand Designs Live, Birmingham 14, Citrus ContentGrand Designs Live, Birmingham 14, Citrus ContentThe food demonstrations are another way of getting your taste buds excited.  The Grand Design celebrity experts all take their turn to show off their culinary skills.  We managed to catch renowned interior designer, Jo Hamilton impressing us with her baking skills.  I wonder, could we see her on Celebrity Great British Bake Off in the future?

Grand Designs Live, Birmingham 14, Citrus Content Grand Designs Live, Birmingham 14, Citrus Content Grand Designs Live, Birmingham 14, Citrus ContentThere is only one way to end a busy day and that’s relaxing and I’ve found the best place.  Fancy a sauna?

Grand Designs Live, Birmingham 14, Citrus ContentGrand Designs Live, Birmingham 14, Citrus ContentThank you to the team at Grand Designs Live for making us feel so welcome as always.  See you next year!

2 thoughts on “My Grand Designs Live Adventure

  1. I went to Grand Designs on Sunday and I missed half of what you showed here! the show was pretty big or I was just clueless. I do remember the sauna barrel and thought that was a lot of fun. I love the Smeg appliances. Very pretty in pastel.

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