Spirit of Summer Fair & House Event.

So I was recently invited to the Olympia in London to attend the Spirit of Summer Fair* and House Event. I have attended lots of events however it was my first time at a Spirit Fair, on first impressions all was good. I got the train to right outside which is so convenient for people traveling from outside London and as for the venue wow, so light, bright and airy. I collected my press ticket and dropped of my case in the cloakroom easily all thanks to the friendly staff. 
It was then time to head back into the main hall and the decide where to start. I  did a quick swerve into the press office to meet the girls and get the heads up. If you’ve never been in one before they are like a little wonderful world full of samples and information on the exhibitors and well as expert advice on the venue, show and brands. I got all my questions answered and was pointed in the right direction. 

This event had a great mix of exhibitors with a strong element of all things home, including furniture, fixtures and interiors. On the opposite end of the scale there was also fashion, accessories, food, gifts and nursery items to peruse. Something for everyone to enjoy. I hope you enjoy some of the highlights I took from the show, I met some great people and picked up inspiration along the way. 

Katherine Pooley and her decadent chairs and dining table caught my eye straight away. Simple yet elegant designs, this is definitely a brand to look out for. Ana Barreto also stood out they had a large stand with some exquisite  pieces. How divine does this bed look? the overside padded headboard is a simple way to add luxury to your bedroom. Instant effect and glamour. 

You can never see too many lamps and beautiful chairs, right? I could of filled my house twice over. 
The interior brand which stood out to me most was that of Juliet Travers, on the day I actually met her mother Pandora who showed me through some of the designs and told me about the next collection which is sounds great. Quintessential british with that special JT touch. The glimpse of metallic and perfectly sketched designs definitely made her selection stand out from the rest.

I didn’t really go for too much fashion on the day however if I was shopping for little ones that day I would have been spoilt for choice. The nursery, clothes, toys and necessity were all amazing, such a good variety of independent brands.
Onto more grown up goodies, if you like something with a bit of sparkle or a little number to drape over your shoulder, they had it covered. The bags from Castellano Ethnic Origins were    beautifully handwoven in bright colours with unique patterns. A brand set up to give something back to the community. These are perfect for festivals or someone who likes bold individual style pieces. 
Estella Bartlett as seen in Selfridges and John Lewis as well as other stores was the stand to be at for fine jewellery pieces. Simple jewellery which brought you something different from the norm. These silver and gold plated pieces are a sweet delight. I was so welcomed by the girls on the stand, we had an amazing chat about jewellery and all things blogging and social media. If you are looking for a present or treat for yourself, please support this wonderful team.

I enjoyed wondering around looking at the gifts and getting a little inspiration for some of the special people in my life. I love shopping for presents and always try to find something unusual, there is nothing better than a specially picked out gift, right? Although a box of Malteasers from the petrol station would be also be grateful received i’m sure, yum!  

Over the course of the day there were several expert workshops and talks to take part in which were hosted by House. I join Oka, who were explaining how to enhance a space with faux flowers. I usually work with fresh flowers so to get some expert tips of how to care, style and enjoy faux flowers was invaluable. Long gone are those silky yellow roses your nan used to have, these arrangements were stunning, more about this session soon though. 

Finally here is a little peak into some of the items I received from the press office to support future posts and build brand knowledge on some of the exhibitors. Look out for a post soon on what it involves to be part of the press team at an event, the pros, the cons and lots of tips to boot.
This was a great day in terms of finding new inspiration, meeting likeminded individuals and seeing the currents trends. I have lots to share with you. 
The next fair will the Spirit of Christmas held in November, I can’t even imagine all the magical delights to come. Definitely a ticket worth buying if you need festive treats for your homes and friends.
Thankyou to the Spirit of Summer Fair aswell as Homes and Garden for inviting me to share the day.

Hannah  
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