7 April 2015

IDEAL HOME SHOW WITH STRESSLESS EKORNES

Kensington Olympia Ideal Home ShowDesign floor standing lightI hope you've been having a fab Easter break, I meant to share this post with you yesterday but as we're in full family road trip mode for the holidays, I've been having to grab an hour here or there when it comes to work. Last week I was invited down to London to attend the Ideal Home Show at Kensington Olympia courtesy of Ekornes, to discover all the current interior trends, fixtures and fittings that can help transform your home.

I always enjoy heading into London and my love affair with the city hasn't really stopped, even though I moved all those years ago. After a rather stop/start journey, with a few train delays and bus replacements services, I made my way along with the happy hoards of people, all rushing eagerly to get a glimpse of what the show had in store.
Floating pink water flowers at the ideal home showThe Gap house at the Ideal Home Show
I was met with rows upon rows of stands all showcasing their wears, from kitchens to bathrooms, bedrooms to basements, garden, food, fashion, beauty and gifts. At first it felt a little overwhelming as I didn't know where to turn, so I grabbed a coffee and took my time to wander up and down the stands taking in everything it had to offer.

I always enjoy the showrooms and houses and as much fun as it is to see individual products, I love seeing how designers can pull a room together, styling all those colours and accessories to tell a story. I really loved the Dulex rooms, especially the copper blush.

slate grey and green palm Interior trends 2015Copper Blush by Dulex at the IDeal Home ShowCopper blush showroom by dulex Ideal Home Show 2015Stressless Ekornes stand

I found the Stressless Ekornes stand and was met by friendly staff and a world of leather. Unfamiliar with the brand I sat to chat to the staff who informed me of the Norwegian companies history and why the Stressless range is so popular worldwide. Introduced in 1971 as the first real TV chair, the design was a huge success and quickly grew from there. With it's full swivel, headrest and lumbar support technology, I could instantly see the comfort appeal for people who spend a lot of time in a chair, whether at home or work and for me this would make a great place to watch Game of Thrones work in comfort.

Stressless Ekornes chair Premium leather chair from Ekornes Stressless
Over the years the brand has developed the range and added to their lines with modern bold statement pieces such as the Stressless Metro and Stressless City recliner, and although the stand didn't have their full range on show it was great to test out the comfort of their classic designs for myself.

The super soft leather, smooth lines and colours of the Stressless Vision don't necessarily fit in with my pieces at home but oh my...when it comes to comfort the Norwegians know what they're doing! As I eased into the chair I listened to customers talk about their love of the chair and brand while flicking through their 2015 catalogue and vast leather selection.

Full range of colour leathers available Ultimate comfort of the Stressless Ekornes After a relaxing twenty minutes, and managing to persuade a lovely passerby to demonstrate the chair for me (thanks kind stranger), I used my last bit of time to take in the beauty and fashion stands at the show – reminding myself to book in a teeth whitening session at my dentist soon, as all that caffeine is playing havoc with my pearly whites – before heading back out to blue London skies and back home to my lovely boy.

As part of my trip to London and Ideal Home Show I'm pleased to be able to offer one reader the chance to win £100 worth of vouchers for Scandinavian online store Cloudberry Living with thanks from Ekornes. All you need to do is enter via any of the options below. Good Luck! x

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112 comments

  1. Reading a good book helps me relax xxx

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  2. My slippers, a latte, a good book and my armchair in the conservatory!

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  3. A tidy home helps me relax. I con't sit down and chill out if I'm surrounded by clutter!

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  4. the bed to myself! No husband, no dogs!

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  5. duvet on the sofa watching binge watching a good tv series

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  6. browsing the internet, creating a pinterest board, reading a book x

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  7. Maggie Lee-Roberts7 April 2015 at 19:32

    Chilling in front of my favourite TV programmes

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  8. chillin on the sofa with a film

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  9. Music helps me relax.

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  10. chilling out on the sofa with some good programmes

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  11. My bunnies relax me, so gentle x

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  12. a good book and nice glass of wine

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  13. Honestly, I don't do 'relax', sitting online on Pinterest is about as relaxed as I get.

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  14. I find having half an hour or so to myself, helps me unwind and gives me space to think!

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  15. Relaxing in my hot tub. It's just a cheap inflatable one but it does the job!

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  16. A hot bubble bath and a good book in bed

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  17. Browsing and posting pics on Instagram!

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  18. Entering competitions

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  19. A good book and either a cup of tea or a glass of wine depending on the occasion

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  20. Sitting in the garden in the warm sunshine helps me relax at home.

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  21. A nice long bath and a good book. Great comp, thanks!

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  22. A bath listening to Bobby Womack

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  23. my 3 year old having an early night lol.

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  24. Being warm, music and sitting in tidiness.

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  25. I love putting my feet up with a good book and getting lost in the story!

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  26. Hot chocolate, a good book and having the family around me!

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  27. haha I love that you got a stranger to model the chair for you! they sound like great products! where were the pink shots from? x

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    1. the pink carpet was in the interior section *i had to drag some furniture around* :) x

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  28. The house being tidy helps me relax - this is becoming more and more true the older I get, even though tidiness does not come naturally to me!

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  29. Having a bath

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  30. A nice bath then a glass of wine whilst watching a good movie

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  31. Having my animals around

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  32. bubble bath and a glass of wine

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  33. a nice hot bath and glass of wine

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  34. Candles, chocolate and my kindle.

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  35. No noise,absolutely no TV,no radios,just a good book,a bar of chocolate and a glass of wine.Sheer bliss x

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  36. great pics, wish I had gone too! :)

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  37. A hot bath or cuddling up on the sofa with a good book usually helps x

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  38. As a teenage school boy I found the ups and downs in mood to be too fast too graph as hormones raged. I had read in a newspaper that hospitals in the UK were painted green because it had been found that this colour relaxed the patients. I thought it would be a great idea to stare at a piece of green paper in order to relax myself, but green cardboard from the stationery shop had no effect. Undeterred, I tried other colours and came upon one which did relax me. I then set about testing the colours of the rainbow in the stationery shop on other people that were stressed and found that everyone has a colour of cardboard that has a soporific affect. The Tension Sheet was born. I soon carried out a test on those with high blood pressure, and found that The Tension Sheet reduced the blood pressure to lower than normal figures in just minutes and recommend that a tension sheet is carried at all times, and that a chill-out room should be painted in the right colour in every tension sufferers home. It is certainly easier to stare at a correctly coloured piece of cardboard or wall for a few minutes than the interference with breathing patterns that most mediation involves. And it has better results. The Tension Sheet was also the first treatment I invented for mental illness and cured several homeless people with it in my school town. Both their own Doctors and local Clergy verified that they were cured. The mechanism for the cure is probably that the brain is relaxed by the Tension Sheet, and thus finds it easier to sleep. Sleep experts say that most mental illness is caused by lack of sleep. It would be wise to paint prison cells and hospital rooms in the various colours of the rainbow, the percentage painted each particular colour depending on that Tension Sheet colour ratio in the general population, in order to maximise relaxation and feelings of well-being.

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  39. I love to do meditation and Reiki exercises, and also do a lot of reading

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  40. Nice bath and a glass of vino

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  41. Silence and a book to escape into

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  42. A nice hot bath or reading a book

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  43. reading a good book with a coffee beside me!

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  44. I nice hot bath, and a good book or film x

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  45. A sparkling Rose and some dark chocolate

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  46. Laying on the bed with a good book

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  47. Chill in bed or on sofa watching a good film with some praline chocolate :-)

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  48. Pam Francis Gregory13 April 2015 at 15:28

    A glass of wine

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  49. Snuggled down with a big blanket on the sofa with my husband and dog :)

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  50. music, candles and a long bath

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  51. candles, peace and quiet and some comfort food

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  52. A glass of wine and a good book!

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  53. kids in bed and cuddling up with my husband on the sofa x

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  54. Everything being nice and clean and all essential chores done for the day.

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  55. A hot bath with a good book and a glass of wine

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  56. Cup of tea and a good book on my kindle

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  57. Entering comps online with a beer

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  58. putting my feet up with a nice cuppa

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  59. A good book or TV show to get lost in

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  60. Reading a novel with my feet up!

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  61. I like scented things like candles and diffusers, chills me out!

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  62. Fingers crossed! I'd love to win! I'm a fan of a glass of prosecco and some good telly - a comfy chair helps of course!!

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  63. fresh air and the right lighting and a good book ;)

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  64. A long hot bubble bath with a good book

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  65. Hot bubbly bath and a large glass of wine ..... bliss :-)

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  66. I love to lay in bed with a good book and a nice candle burning and some music playing :)

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  67. Putting my feet up with a cup of tea

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  68. Reading and lots of lovely candles

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  69. Netflix and a cuddle with my cats :) x

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  70. A glass of wine and some trashy TV!

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  71. putting the kids to bed! and a glass of wine

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  72. Having a w a t.v. lavender infused bath

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  73. sarah-dawn pope19 April 2015 at 21:06

    A cup of tea by the woodburner

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  74. An empty house, candles, music my choice, movie my choice, toys away, silence, a great cup of coffee, big socks, big jumper, silence, empty house, silence, empty house, just me, ahhhhhhh just a couple of hours of blissful peace!

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  75. Oh wow so many inspiring room sets - can't wait for all these summer trends to hit the shops

    Laura x

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