Ideal Home Show – autumn 2015

Let’s not focus on how haggard my hands are. #DIYproblems

For the second time this year I was asked by Colortrend to conduct video interviews for their Interior Design Forum room sets as part of the Ideal Home Show. I did the same interviews earlier this year during the spring exhibit and found it great experience to see the goings on behind the camera. I was more than happy to help this autumn by interviewing some exceptionally talented designers and of course, oogle at their room sets. 
I couldn’t resist sneaking in a photo [or twelve] between takes of the fantastic room sets this years’ show had to offer … 

The Dust girls did not disappoint with their dark design, pops of colour and jungle of faux flowers. Ladies after my own heart.

My college wife Catherine Murphy and her beautifuly whimsical nursery. Check out the laser-cut wood flooring and  the bespoke giraffe night light. Srsly.

Nina Kati‘s feng shui living room had shades that did not disappoint. 
There were also room sets by Ciara Drennan Interiors, Noelle Interiors, State of Grace and Thelma Henry Interiors, but I didn’t have the opportunity to take some sneaky photos before the doors opened to the public. 

I also had the opportunity to interview Roisin Lafferty of Kingston Lafferty Design about the DFS show house her and her team designed. Roisin took me on a tour and I proceeded to tell her how much I hated her and her mad wizard design skills. This is a show house, people. The entire set was built from the ground up in just 2 weeks …

Kitchen, study, bathroom and bedroom. That bathroom in particular needs to happen in our future when we grow up and have a real life home #Goals. I’d strongly suggest you check out the whole process from start to finish on Roisin’s blog here
The autumn Ideal Home Show was a real treat. I find it so inspiring for getting the creative brain juices going. When you’re among such incredible designers, it’s really hard not to. 

p.s. I was armed with only my phone for taking pictures, so please excuse the shoddy quality. My pictures don’t do nearly enough justice to all the room sets. Trust me, they were all amazing.


  1. October 26, 2015 / 16:43

    So jealous, didn't manage to make it there myself. Thanks for sharing the photos, the showrooms look amazing. Love the colours of the Dust showroom.

    • October 28, 2015 / 05:10

      Isn't the Dust room amazing? I tried to take a picture of the rest of the room but they were still setting it up at the time. Trust me, it was amaze. They even won Best Colortrend Room Set! So well deserved.

  2. October 27, 2015 / 20:30

    I'm not usually a fan of contrasting grout but that kitchen might have won me over. Is that pencil tile on the edges?

    • October 28, 2015 / 05:16

      It is pencil tile on the edges! Oh, the kitchen and the bathroom were an absolute sight. My pictures don't do them enough justice.

      I'm very much a fan of dark grout. As a renter, I've had to live with neglected (aka, yellow) grout thanks to previous tenants and landlords not cleaning them properly or regularly. For that reason, I'm on Team Dark Grout.

  3. October 28, 2015 / 10:24

    Ya, that giraffe… So special. I love it. And the moodiness of the room with the ottoman. The bathroom tiles! Yep. Nice.

    • November 1, 2015 / 09:51

      I know! That giraffe is so sweet. I'm so proud of Catherine for designing it as well as having a stall at the show! #CollegeWife

      And yes. Roisin is a genius. Mad skills.

  4. October 29, 2015 / 17:42

    That bathroom! *picks jaw up off floor* Actually that whole "house"! Is that flooring on the wall of the bedroom?

  5. October 29, 2015 / 17:42

    That bathroom! *picks jaw up off floor* Actually that whole "house"! Is that flooring on the wall of the bedroom?

    • November 1, 2015 / 09:53

      It looks like it Linda! It was an incredible show house. It made me want to buy a house and buy ALL OF THE THINGS!

  6. October 31, 2015 / 19:37

    Oh my god that BATHROOM!!! WANT. I'll take that kitchen as well while we're at it. Lush. xxx

    • November 1, 2015 / 09:54

      I know. I took about 20 pictures of each room and swore a lot. It was even more immense in real life. Life goals!

  7. November 2, 2015 / 22:37

    Oh my goodness – I absolutely love that bathroom!! Those ball light thingies in front of that round mirror!! (I know, I have such a way with words…)

    • November 7, 2015 / 10:09

      Oh I died in there. I took serious mental notes on the layout and design of that bathroom as it was sheer genius. Absolutely going to happen when I grow up!!! I am determined.

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