Now don’t as me why but for some reason hubby and I have been going to the Grand Designs show every year for the last 6 years – except for last year because we were on holiday in Malta. I think it started because we were in Birmingham 6 years ago for Dimension Jump (when we got engaged!) and after leaving early we spotted the show was on and went in to have a nosey. Probably we thought it was a good idea since we’d just exchanged on our very first house.
This year, since Travelodge kindly offered me to stay at one of their hotels, we decided we go for two day weekend. This would mean we could see stuff on Saturday and have a night to think it over before committing to anything. Eve done it in the past where we’ve bought products on a whim and regretted it – I still have tubs of Revive that we bought years back that remain unopened at the back of the cupboard (funnily enough the bloke is still there selling them!).
So on Saturday (after a great cooked breakfast at Travelodge) we headed out to the show and here are the highlights….
Airflow extractor fans – this was the first stand we stumbled upon and actually just the thing we were looking for. We have serious mould/condensation problem in our ensuite because we don’t have a window that opens in there. So after much discussion with the lovely people at the Airflow stand (and a night to mull it over) we ended up buying a new
extractor fan for 50% discount. Just need to find someone to install it now!
Lexus – not entirely sure why Lexus were there since it’s not exactly a home improvement branf but they were there. Some very posh cars which hubby loved! He’s booked himself to have a test drive. They also had an origami car which was remarkable.
Berghoff pots & pans – we bought a set of pots and pans fro this stand about 4 years ago. They have a specialised coating on them which make them VERY easy to clean – nothing sticks to them that a little water and fairy liquid can’t get off! So when we saw the stand this year we had another browse to see if they had a smaller saucepan – and they did! Now you’re going to go “How much?!!!” but the small saucepan cost us £38 (at a discount) and you know, it’s going to last for years and will be so easy to clean that it’s worth every penny of that £38! I also had my eye on a flat frying pan (to make crepes) but that was £45 and I can buy a crepe maker in Argos for £20.
Hydrapool gazebo – oh and carrying on with the theme of expensive taste, we stumbled over the hydrapool stand where they were selling the jacuzzi hot tubs. This one particular model was £9880 (after a £2800 discount)! Very nice though!
TheDIYSchool – we stumbled upon the Interiors Stage when The DIY School were doing a demonstration on how to replace silicone around a bath. Was super interesting. They do a variety of different courses and we quite fancy giving plastering a go! Would have been so useful for the house. Smeg – being a Red Dwarf fan you know I love the word “Smeg”! But actually they have some really nice looking products as well. How fab is this fridge?!
A Mondrian inspired Smeg fridge at #granddesignslive2015 #smeg #fridge A photo posted by Rebecca (@becsterdotcom) on
Will Writing Service – I found this stall to be bit of an odd one at a home improvement show but after thinking about it I can see the logic – potentially people with expensive houses or people with second houses. Anyway, we put our names down for a callback as we don’t have wills… I KNOW we should have but we’ve never got around to doing it!
Wall Murals – we’re going to start work on redecorating Little Miss’ big girl room between now and Christmas. We’ve been debating what to do – go for a Finding Nemo themed room or just keep it cream and jazz it up with canvas prints. After coming accross a stand selling murals, we decided to make one wall a mural wall and the other 3 then being a neutral colour. They didn’t have any Finding Nemo murals but they did have a Frozen one. After much deliberation, we went for a non themed farm mural instead. This way we can have fun teaching her names of farm animals and it would match her stuffed toys.