London fun: Grand Designs Live 2012

London fun: Grand Designs Live 2012

"Agata on a colorful sofa"Grand Designs Live is the UK’s leading contemporary home show and it is not open and will run until 12th of May. Based on the Channel 4 TV series, and presented by design guru Kevin McCloud, the event is packed with variety of ideas for a home, garden as well as kitchen. The 500 exhibitors cover seven different sections, covering interiors, gardens, home improvement, self-build, renovations, technology and shopping, so there’s really something for everyone. I found the most interesting Grand Food (ha!), Grand kitchens & Bathrooms, Grand Gardens, Grand Interiors and Grand Build.

"Grand designs 2012 Excel plan"

I went to the vent yesterday, on the first day of the exhibition on 5th of May. It is very easy to get to the Excel Venue. The best way is to take a DLR train from Bank station. Unlike the tube, the DLR runs outside and allows you to explore the eastern part of London including Canary Wharf and enormous O2 arena.

At the venue, I was a bit disappointed with the size of the venue. I thought it is going to be much bigger and will take me at least 6 hours to explore the whole place. On the contrary, I managed to see all the departments in less than three hours, including attending the talk with Kevin McCloud. I really enjoyed Kevin’s speech and reminiscences of his first Grand Designs episodes. He  is very enthusiastic and absolutely in love with architecture and that love can be

"Grand Designs 2012 Kevin McCloud"

"Grand Designs 2012 Kevin McCloud"

However, I really enjoyed it and managed to see some cool stuff for the interiors as well as gardens. I also fully explored the Grand Food, where I’ve purchased one or two things, including some German sausages and delicious baklavas….of course.

Not sure if I will be coming back next year though, because I think there are a few better exhibitions to visit in London, including 100% Designs exhibition in September.

Here are some of my favorite pieces from different departments.


Some amazing lamps…

"Lightning - Grand Interiors "

"Lamp - Grand Interiors"


A huge variety of wooden pieces, including lovely coffee tables.

"Wooden coffee table - Grand interiors"

"Wooden coffee table - Grand interiors"

"Wooden bowl - Grand interiors"

"Wooden table - Grand Interiors"

"Wooden balls for garden"


And white wooden Christmas Trees! They are lovely!

"White wooden Christmas Tree - Grand Interiors"

"Christmas Tree decoration - Grand Interiors"


I absolutely love plants covering buildings!

"Wall covered in plants - Grand Gardens"


Nom Nom…

"German sausage stand at Grand Food"

"Baklava stand at Grand Food"


"Baklava at Grand Food"

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