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House & Garden Show 2015

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If you follow me on instagram, you might have seen that we just moved into a new house.
Now after being in a flat for a few years, a house all of your own is a big deal and it comes with a whole new list of things to be done – and that list seems never ending!
For once I have decided not to rush things and to take some time to live in the space for a while and only then start deciding what we should do. But I’m already starting to get antsy and my to-do list is getting longer.
So I’m really looking forward to the House & Garden Show this year – I’ve gone almost every year since I was a teenager – I even worked there during school holidays years ago!
The last few years have seen a vast improvement in the type, as well as the number of brands that take part in the show and the best part about it – this year I’m actually looking forward to The Gardener Live Zone, which I have always bypassed!
Yay – I have a garden!

We are on the hunt for outdoor furniture that will last, so am looking forward to seeing the Envirotimber stand – they source and process plastic waste and transform it into 100% recycled picnic tables, benches, pallets, tables and chairs, which outlast wood (as they don’t rot) and support the environment too.

The theme for this year’s show is ‘Love My Home’ and you’ll be able to share why you love yours, by using the hashtag #lovemyhome on your social media channels and follow them on theirs for all the show info. They’ve divided the exhibition area up into various zones again, both inside and outside and there’s a pop-up restaurant, as well as the food court, along with a kids entertainment section – so you can drop them off while you browse in peace.

These are the show zones you can look forward to this year:
The Gardener Live Zone
The Builder’s DIY Zone
The Kitchen Zone
The Kid’s Zone
Artisan Food
And my favourite part of the show – The Homegrown Design Fair.

The Homegrown Design Fair has been my favourite aspect of the House & Garden Show since it was first introduced a few years ago. I’m an ardent supporter of local crafters and brands and this section, curated by Terry Angelos, is a creative hub not to be missed, showcasing some of SA’s most talented artists & designers. This year’s Homegrown theme is ‘re-cycle, re-use, re-create’ and Terry has some exciting plans for decorating the space. I’m really keen to see newcomers Paper Republic who design & make functional paper products & installations for retail, as well as home use and special events. And they have a great minimalist aesthetic, using lots of white – which is very much up my alley!

My new home office is calling for a trestle table with either a glass or wooden top – I’m liking these from Trestle and am keen to see what new products they have added to their range.

We’ll also be headed to The Builder’s DIY Zone, as we’re planning on making a shelving system like this one below, so will need a bit of advice. I’m really looking forward to seeing the Dremel Multi-tool System which can be used for engraving, carving, routing, cutting, sanding and polishing – I know someone who would want this in the garage! ;)

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So whilst there’s loads I’m looking forward to, I’m sure you’ll find something your home needs too.
Make sure you head to the Durban Exhibition Centre between 26th June and 5th July for masses of inspiration and advice and share online using #LoveMyHome.

Visit the website for more info and tickets are available from Computicket.
Venue:
Durban Exhibition Centre
Show Times:
Mon-Thurs: 10am – 8pm
Fri – Sat: 10am – 10pm
Sunday: 10am – 8pm
Entrance Fees:
R85 Adults
R100 per Adult Multiple Entry (unlimited Access for 10 Days)
R60 Seniors over 60
Under 16 Free when accompanied by an adult

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