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Fresh Design Competition: Win Tickets to the Ideal Home Show 2012

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Home shopping ideas

The nation’s best loved consumer home show is back for its 104 year. The Ideal Home Show, sponsored by Everest, is returning to London’s Earls Court for 17 days from the 16 March to 1 April 2012, and we have 10 pairs of tickets for our lucky readers to win to this year’s show!

The show famous for making home-making a national passion, boasts a new celebrity Ambassador line-up for 2012, over 600 exhibitors and EIGHT inspirational show sections all under one roof.

Flamboyant interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen will be the new celebrity ambassador for the ideal Interiors section, whilst TV gardening royalty Alan Titchmarsh joins the Ideal Home Show family as ideal Gardens ambassador along with Lorraine Kelly, the new face of ideal Woman.

These new celebrity faces will join existing show ambassadors and favourites, Gregg Wallace of ideal Food, Suzi Perry of ideal Gadgets and George Clarke of ideal Home Improvements at Earls Court this spring.

This year’s Ideal Home Show will take visitors through an exciting and spectacular showcase of inspirational living offering everything from full scale show homes to explore, expert advice, must have gadgets and gizmos, live cooking demonstrations, PLUS  stunning interior room sets, creative show gardens, tasty treats to purchase, an indulgent pampering zone and more ideal Shopping than ever before!

Offering an unrivalled range of products, home innovations and top tips and tricks for the home, the ideal Home Show is UK’s biggest home show and a great day out for the whole family!


To be in with a chance to WIN one of 10 pairs of tickets to this year’s show, simply answer the question below and leave your answer  as a comment.

Question: Who is the new celebrity ambassador for the ideal Interiors Section?

Tickets can be either booked online or by calling the Ticket Hotline on 0844 8580 6763. For further information about the show visit the website

The 2012 show is once again supporting the Ideal Homes For Heroes appeal in aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity – see for details.

Follow the Ideal Home Show on Twitter

Show opening times

Opening Day, 16 March: 10am – 6pm

Weekdays & Weekends: 10am – 6pm

Thursday – late night: 10am – 9pm

Are you a budding wallpaper designer?

Design your own wallpaper competition

If you’ve ever fancied designing your own wallpaper, then the Ideal Home Show are also running a wallpaper competition. Aimed at budding interior design fans, you could win the chance to have your own unique wallpaper designed and go on sale at

The top five designs will be chosen and displayed at the Ideal Home Show, with the winner announced by designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

Check out more details of the Ideal Wallpaper Design of the Year 2012 competition, which closes on 2 March 2012.

Ticket Competition Terms and Conditions

1. This offer is only open to UK residents.

2. Complimentary tickets are valid for one day only, on any one day of the show between the 16 March and 1 April 2012 at London’s Earls Court.

3. Tickets are non transferable.

4. Complimentary tickets obtained through this offer may not be duplicated.

5. All tickets will be scanned on entry to the show.

6. The closing date for this offer is midnight on 1st March.

7. A winner will be drawn randomly after the closing date and notified by email within 7 days.

8. The winners names will be posted on Fresh Design Blog.

Top 10 designer wallpapers

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

There’s a still a bit of a ‘love it or hate it’ view associated with wallpaper, not helped by the horror stories of people getting in a pickle putting it up, wallpaper falling down and air bubbles ending up everywhere. But if you learn how to hang it properly – or, better still, get an expert to do it for you – well hung wallpaper can create a stunning effect in your home.

Whether you’re keen to wallpaper a whole room, or simply want to create one wallpapered wall in a room for impact and colour, there are plenty of wallpaper designs to choose from. We’ve rounded up our current top 10 of designer wallpaper favourites. Enjoy!

1. Amy Butler Designer Wallpaper

Designer, Amy Butler, has a great range of wallpaper. Her Fountain design was inspired by trips to India and Indonesia and features a large, ornate motif.

The midnight colour option, featuring a lilac motif on a deep navy background, is particularly striking.

A 10m roll of Fountain wallpaper is available from Godfrey’s DIY for £21.99.

Modern and contemporary purple wallpaper

2. Miss Print Designer Wallpaper

Miss Print specialise in wall coverings with a modern and contemporary feel. Amongst their range, we particularly love the Saplings design.

Inspired by nature, the wallpaper features a distinctive leaf stem design. The paper is available in six different colours and some of the papers are matt, whilst others have a luxurious metallic or pearlescent finish.

Heal’s have the full range of Miss Print Saplings wallpapers in stock, priced at just shy of £60 per roll.

Contemporary designer wallcovering

3. Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen Designer Wallpaper

Designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen has a great selection of wallpaper options available. The Navonna design, shown here in bitter chocolate gets its inspiration from Northern Italy.

The chocolate brown background is coupled with swirls, dots and other patterns in cream and lighter shades of brown. It would look great used as a statement wall in a room decorated in neutral shades, or in a chocolate themed room.

The Navonna bitter chocolate wallpaper is availale from TotallyHome, in lengths of 10m, for £24.99.

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen Navonna wallpaper

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen Navonna wallpaper

4. Sanderson Designer Wallpaper

One of our favourite Sanderson wallpapers (and judging by your responses, the feeling is shared) is the wonderful Dandelion Clocks design.

Based on a retro 50s design, the wallpaper features stylised dandelion in a bold colour combination. We love the Chaffinch shade, but other options are available.

The Dandelion Clocks wallpaper is stocked by various retailers, including John Lewis, where it’s priced at £39 per roll.

If you love this wallpaper design, matching home accessories and fabrics are available too – find more out here.

Designer wallpaper for modern and contemporary homes

Dandelion Clocks wallpaper

5. Barbara Hulanicki Designer Wallpaper

Originally a fashion illustrator, Barbara Hulanicki has been designing interiors since the 90s and now creates highly fashionable, fresh and modern wallpaper designs.

Her Viva design is a modern black and silver square print vinyl wallpaper, which is slightly celtic in nature and very dramatic when in use. The wallpaper is available in rolls of 10m from Wallpaper Direct.

Barbara Hulanicki Viva wallpaper

Barbara Hulanicki Viva wallpaper

If the black and silver isn’t quite to your taste, the Viva design wallpaper is also available in light blue and silver.

Viva in blue and silver

Viva in blue and silver

Another of Barbara Hulanacki’s designs worth checking out are her Disney villains range.

6. Hemingway Design Wallpaper

For a modern, urban industrial style look, how about the Hemingway Red Brick wallpaper?

The realistic wallpaper looks exactly like a red brick wall. The paper comes in rolls of 10m and you can purchase this print from Graham and Brown for £30.

Designer industrial style wallpaper

Hemingway red brick wallpaper

7. Julien MacDonald Designer Wallpaper

Designer, Julien MacDonald, has a striking range of wallpapers, many of which are ideally suited to a modern or contemporary home. In fact, you can’t get more striking than his Easy Tiger wallpaper.

This trendy faux animal print design creates a bold look on the wall – not least as it’s flocked for added effect.

The Easy Tiger wallpaper is available in two colour options (black and white or sandy tiger brown and black) and comes in rolls of 10m. It can be purchased from Graham and Brown for £60 per roll.

Animal print decor decorating wallpaper ideas

Easy Tiger wallpaper

8. Turner Pocock Cazalet Designer Wallpaper

Turner Pocock Cazalet are renowned for producing a range of contemporary wallpapers with a twist. They have some great designs, including owlets and tennis rackets, that prove that unusual subjects can make fantastic wall coverings.

Our favourite is the running zebra, especially in the charcoal grey design. The print mixes gloss and matt effects, and features mirror images of the zebra, and it’s a lovely print to use around your home.

Amongst the retailers selling this wallpaper are Wallpaper Direct, who have various colour options available.

Contemporary designer wallpaper ideas

Zebra wallpaper

9. Fioretti Designer Wallpaper

This Fioretti wallpaper features a striking purple background with a large gold and black flower-like design printed on it. Seen close up, the purple seems quite bright, but when you see it in place on the wall, the colour seems softer.

Either way, if you’d like this wallpaper on your wall, it costs £47 for a 10m roll from Fabrics and Papers.

Designer contemporary wallpaper
Fioretti purple and gold wallpaper
Designer home contemporary wallpaper
Wall adorned with Fioretti wallpaper

10. Mr Perswall Designer Wallpaper

Designer wallpaper doesn’t have to be just for grown-ups – kids (and big kids) will love this colourful Fish Wish wallpaper by Mr Perswall.

Featuring an array of nose-to-tail fish, this rainbow effect wallpaper is brilliant for brightening up a dull room.

It’s not cheap at £65 per roll, but it is gorgeous.

Children's bedroom wallpaper murals

Fish Wish wallpaper

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