A day of inspiration at The House Fair 2016

A couple of weeks ago I headed to The House Fair at Olympia in London. It was the first event that I’d been to with a real interior styling /design hat on, rather than oohing an aaahing over pretty things (which naturally I also did a bit of!) It was a fabulous event, really friendly and welcoming, but also hugely insightful… I was able to talk to loads of experts and lovely people too, so I thought I would share with you all my day at The House Fair

I went to a seminar where Farrow & Ball’s Head Colour Consultant Joa Studholme (I mean that’s her job and she has a F&B white named after her!!) presented and talked through all things colour. It was such a fascinating talk about colour theory, how she consults in colour and how to make a room wow in colour, whether its all the F&B whites or its teal and clashing pink! She reminded us all that we have six walls in a room; four walls, a ceiling and a floor… and that we need to use all of them to make a space truly unique and ours! Food for thought – thank you Joa! IMG_6176.JPG

At the same talk, Joa also talked about using colour as a surprise, whether its using a dark and moody tone in a tiny cupboard-esque downstairs loo, or muted tone outside cupboard doors and a super neon inside, go wild and trust your instincts when it comes to colour, they are normally right! It got me thinking how I can use colour to surprise, for the bedroom make over i have gone really muted with scandi greys and blush, but we have now painted the inside of wardrobe a bright fuchsia which I am just loving! I will show you guys in a couple of weeks time once all is completed!


One of my favourite spots of the show was the Amara Blog Awards Style Room designed from some of my favourite bloggers; Flat 15, Martyn White Designs and Interior Style Hunter.

Martyn White showed that minimal, clean and a simple design can be Oh. So. Elegant. and those pops of green against the moody tones of dark wood just lift the room to another level. Beautifully styled wouldn’t you agree?


Then I headed to Gabriella of Flat 15’s room which was styled with current trends in mind; with the greenery, the natural textures, the beautiful moroccan rug and metallic elements. It was a delightful space and the shelving styling with all the greenery and all the styling books made me feel very much at home in this space!


There were also some wonderful rooms set up with House & Garden. There was the beautiful mediterranean dining room with the coolest of cabbage dinner sets (never thought I’d type those words!) but it really was! the green, against the beautiful white linen and blooming peonies, as well as the room smelling like a sunny day in Greece…


There was also a beautifully designed sitting room, with blush walls and green accents, alongside clashing green prints and taxidermy! It was an electic delight!


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Anybody else just totally in love with these monogrammed brush holders (but used as vases!) from Pentreath & Hall  – really, really want ‘W’ now to go in the house! Such cool typography!

I also snapped some gorgeous pieces in the shop element of the show, there were loads of clothes and stuff, but it was the interiors and art that i was so taken by – here’s a few of my favourite pieces i found..

Gorgeous prints by the totally lovely Anna Jacobs (I may have a cushion at number five now!)IMG_6146So vibrant and Anna’s art is just incredible! IMG_6158

Faux flowers are here to stay (for a little bit any way!) just look at these beautifully brightly coloured fauxs! IMG_6163

Gorgeous patterns from Korla Home! I love that blue paint splattered material! IMG_6173

Gorgeous  scandi vibes from House of Rym… thinking of getting one of these for the new bedroom, when it can be styled up and look pretty!


One of the main take aways was that the design world is so inspiring and everyone is so nice and trying to do their own thing in this amazingly creative space! I met some amazing brand & shop owners that just love what they are doing. An inspiring day for me… for sure!

5 thoughts on “A day of inspiration at The House Fair 2016

  1. Oh wow it looked fabulous there, I am not surprised you treated yourself bet your mind was a whirlwind of beautiful things, so many gorgeous things under one roof…..I would be so excited, love how you have now gone for the bright pink inside your wardrobe doors…..the faux flowers above whose were they? I am a suckered for faux plants and flowers xx

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    1. Thank you Donna, it really was a fab day with so much inspiration in one day! 🙂 I’m really sorry but can’t remember the name of the store of the fauxs… I will take a look through the exhibitors and let you know! If I can’t find it OKA do amazing fauxs (but pricey!) I found mine in home sense, and they had such a cool and colourful range for 4 pound a stem! Xx


    1. Thank you Fiona! Anna Jacobs was just the loveliest person too, currently doing a what’s new at number five post so will share that soon! 🙂 yes the wardrobe surprise… I’m excited to reveal!


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