Visiting this year's Ideal Home Show in Manchester was a fun place to find inspiration and design ideas for the whole house.
With everything under one roof, I browsed furniture and interiors whilst pondering ideas for the garden, checking out the latest kitchen
gadgets and looking at flooring options for the hall. I also enjoyed a free facial and some rather nice samples of Italian Prosecco!
There were demonstrations from the pros too, like Gregg Wallace, Diarmuid Gavin and Restoration Man himself, George Clarke.
I was pleased to see interiors moving away from the grey and colour playing a much bigger part now, especially as an accent, with fabric stools, cushions and rugs all adding a big splash of wow.
Bold, floral designs add a contemporary twist to the more traditional patterned rug, with lots in store and on line for you to choose from at Arighi Bianchi.
The Calisto Range are a gorgeous riot of colour, available with a black or white background.
If you want to add colour, but don't fancy flowers, the Funk might be just what you're looking for.
Our own Arighi Bianchi Flooring and Rugs stand had a great selection on show.
The plush, Luxe look was everywhere, with sofas and armchairs upholstered in gorgeous fabrics like velvet and silk. I especially love the mix of silver and gold, which adds a touch of opulence to any room. A shimmering deep pile rug and glass and chrome coffee table finish the look off nicely.
If you love this look, the Strand or Savannah sofas at Arighi Bianchi will tick all your boxes, with their dreamy velvet upholstery and plump scatters.
The Savannah is a lovely contemporary twist on a classic sofa shape, with striking gold and black upholstery.
Mirrors are important for any interior and have come into their own recently. Gallery walls aren't just for pictures these days, and designers love to cluster them together, reflecting light and the room back on itself. This Ideal Home Show stand won recognition from Good Homes Magazine for its impressive collection of mirrors and frames.
Try grouping different styles of mirror to create a really interesting focal point: it works especially well if you don't have a fireplace but want something interesting to anchor the room. It's also lovely above a bed or dressing table, or above a console table in the hall as a nice alternative to the single mirror. There are lots of styles to choose from, including these from Arighi Bianchi.