my colleagues and i ventured off to grand designs live on bank holiday monday and in short it was rather disappointing. i’d only been once before, many years ago, when i believe it was only in its second year. my then husband and i bounced around excited to be amongst cutting edge, ambitious, head turning, awe inspiring design. i recall it being a great big adult funfair of creative bliss. hence i was all excited at our having scored free tickets to this year’s big top! alas it was not to be and in truth the most memorable design feature from the excel centre were the cable cars in the distance, effortlessly gliding over east london in preparation for the olympics… however amongst the drab, dreary, seen it all before, middle class mediocrity i did snap a few glitzy gifts. these are no major head turners but merely a couple moments of quirk & sparkle!
cute colleagues (defo a quirk!)
strangely mesmerised by the shower bed – though can’t help but fully agree with the comment posted on the guardian house and home blog
vintage chandeliers – one of the few authentically beautiful items on show
scruff and sparkle
singer sewing machines revive the black and gold with a nod back to their original creations
but my ‘best in show’ is definitely this little guy…