A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited to the Ideal Home Show at Kensington Olympia by Ekornes, so the Husband and I shuffled the kiddos off to the Grandparents and set off for a day packed full of interiors and homewares. Heaven! (Although possibly not for the Husband, who thinks than more than one cushion is too many. Pah.)
I love, love, LOVE getting the train to London, and even though we’re only a couple of hours away, I don’t go all that often – childcare and school runs and train fares all get in the way a bit too much. The journey is half the fun for me; two hours worth of crocheting, reading and watching the countryside zip past is ace – the best way to start any trip! The best thing was that the overground train took us straight there, so there was no need to go on the Underground – I have absolute Tube-Fear, and always avoid it if I possibly can – and we got the BEST pretzels ever at Clapham Junction station. There would have been a picture, except I was too busy shovelling it into my mouth. Blogger fail.
When we arrived, I found the Ekornes stand straight away; I’ve never really been familiar with the concept of ergonomic chairs, but the helpful staff explained that the Stressless chairs are designed to adjust to the movement of your body, meaning that you constantly receive the correct support in all the right places. The lumber support and adjustable height basically make them the perfect chairs for naps / watching Walking Dead episodes back-to-back / sitting up at your desk and doing lots of work, and most excitingly for me, they’ve just released a new design in Petrol. That’s right folks, they do a chair in TEAL. You all know I love a bit of mustard and teal, so when I saw this display, I almost felt it was like they knew I was coming:
Once I’d had a good
sit down look around the Ekornes stand, we decided to wander around some of the other exhibits; my hands down favourite were the real-life homes, where you queued up outside and then got to nosy round a styled house, Through-the-Keyhole-stylee. We went in the Home for Life produced by House Beautiful, and the Future Proof House, which was built by Trivselhus by Esh, and I can honestly say that I would have been happy to stay in either one forever; geometrics, colours, wood, white and mid-century styling all had me drooling like mad.
The rest of the Ideal Home Show was dedicated to food (waaaaay too much choice – the Husbands face lit up when we got upstairs!) and the marketplace where you could buy things to take home. We had a wander, but didn’t have time to stop as we had to get back for the kiddos – any other day and I would have been sampling food and getting my nails done faster than you can say ‘interiors’.
As well as kindly supplying my tickets for the Ideal Home Show, Ekornes have also generously donated the prize of £100 worth of vouchers for online Scandinavian store Cloudberry Living for one lucky reader. If you’re not familiar with Cloudberry, pop across to the site and you’ll find beautiful homewares from brands such as Ferm Living, Markimekko and Sagaform – be prepared to want everything!
To enter, simply complete any of the options below, and you’ll automatically be entered into the competition. Good luck!
Huge thanks to Ekornes Stressless for their generosity and for collaborating with The Owl and the Accordion.