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The Ideal Home Show, Earl’s Court

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Last Thursday evening I hopped on the tube after work and headed to Earl’s Court for my first ever visit to The Ideal Home Show. The show has been taking place annually in London since 1908 and brings together everything you could possibly want for your “ideal home”. I managed to get a free ticket thanks to the wonderful MoneySavingExpert.com (who usually get around 10,000 pairs of tickets to give away each year) and decided to pop along on the Thursday evening so that I could see Martin do a consumer rights talk in the Super Theatre. In all honesty I didn’t know quite what to expect. The show is split into sections; interiors, home improvements, gardens, food & housewares, technology, woman, shopping and show homes. When I entered I was like a kid in a candy store!

The place was huge and I didn’t know exactly where to head first. Instead I just decided to take a wander and see where it took me. My homing beacon was clearly on as before I knew it I had discovered the MoneySavingExpert stand where there was a big line of people queuing to have their picture taken with Martin. Not wanting to waste the precious time I had hanging around I continued my wanderings and was truly fascinated by so much of the things that were on offer.

This actually folds down to reveal a bed - perfect for student space saving!
This actually folds down to reveal a bed – perfect for student space saving!
Hidden snooker table under the dining table? Yes please!
Hidden snooker table under the dining table? Yes please!
A mirror that doubles as a TV! Possibly my favourite thing ever.
A mirror that doubles as a TV! Possibly my favourite thing ever.

If you’re a homeowner (and you thing it’s likely to be your forever home) or perhaps a property developer looking at ways to increase the value of your properties then the ideal home show is the place to be. If I knew where I saw my life heading (and was a bit richer!) I would have had a field day with some of these goodies.

Denim Fridge!
Denim Fridge!
Candy colour cookers!
Candy colour cookers!
Custom playhouses for the kids
Custom playhouses for the kids

The food and drink section was probably my favourite section of the event with some amazing smells and tasters being handed out. I took too long trying to decide what to try that it was time for Martin’s talk before I knew it. I headed for the main stage (which was flanked by full size show homes!) and managed to snag myself a front row seat. The talk was very different from the one I had seen him do at the LSE a couple of weeks back and I found it much more enjoyable. He had a great rapport with his audience and kept everyone engaged by involving us with some games. I wish I had even an ounce of his confidence/stage presence!

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There was time for a few questions from the audience and while I would love nothing more than to have half an hour to sit down with Martin and discuss the ongoing saga about roofing repairs at my flat back home and my choices for remortgaging when my current deal is up at the end of this month there really wasn’t time for this as he had to get home to his family and that adorable little baby of his. The money-saving nerd in me however, was more than happy to get this piccie before he left! (I started talking to him while the photo was being taken, hence the weird face lol)

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I was even more elated later in the evening when he tweeted me to say it was nice to see me again!

Then when I went to get the tube home from Earls Court I was met with this. More words to live by…

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0 thoughts on “The Ideal Home Show, Earl’s Court

  1. Those custom play houses are amazing, although I wonder if they take the imagination our of a sheet and some clothes horses.

    Also, so jealous re Martin, I think he’s amazing! MoneySaving Expert is my go to website for finances and stuff.

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