Last week, I shared a few of my favourite DIY hacks and interiors ideas with you guys and it’s clear that I’m not alone in wanting to create a happy, colourful living space! It’s also pretty clear that upcycling and producing our own fun updates from scratch is becoming more and more popular too, which is amazing.
Personally, I picked up a lot of inspiration during last year’s Ideal Home Show Scotland (and I was still renting at the time!), so when this year’s event was announced, I was excited to see the exhibitors and gather some tips as a brand new homeowner (how grown up – I still giggle when I think about that!).
The theme of this year’s event was reusing and transforming and we were introduced to a selection of local companies championing this. One that I enjoyed hearing a bit more about was Revolve, a community recycling business who upcycle and repair homewares to give them a new injection of life.
Revolve have developed from a simple idea to ambassadors for buying second-hand, with over 30 stores in Scotland. What really sets Revolve apart is the quality and reliability guarantee they offer on products in store; created to build confidence in thrift shopping. It’s pretty disappointing to pick up something great in a second-hand store only to watch it fall apart as soon as you get home – it’s Revolve’s goal to make sure that’s a thing of the past.
Look out for these guys if you are trying to kit out your pad on a budget!
Before setting off to check out the hundreds of vendors, I enjoyed a demonstration from Emily Rose Vintage, who refurbish and upcycle vintage furniture in Glasgow. Not only does this process help avoid more unnecessary waste, but it also results in the creation of eye-catching, bespoke pieces – perfect if you are looking to put your own stamp on interiors.
Emily showed that a lick of paint, switching up hardware, or some sanding and stripping, can completely transform a piece of furniture. The aim is to help reduce throwaway culture – and I was amazed at some of the makeovers on display!
After hearing about the work of Zero Waste Scotland, I took a look at their Something Old Something New display room. I loved the mid-century modern vibe and bright colours – but was even more impressed that everything in the room was upcycled or thrifted from the likes of Revolve. It just goes to show that second-hand doesn’t always mean second best.
Exploring the rest of the show, I couldn’t wait to check out the home interiors exhibits – although I must admit I was slightly sidetracked by some of the yummy food pop-ups. It’s never too early in the morning for cake, right…?
Back in Glasgow for its fifth year, Ideal Home Show Scotland was packed with tips to furnish, decorate, update and makeover your home – talk about a Pinner’s dream! As always, it was also a great opportunity to discover new and independent companies – especially the ones on our own doorstep! Highlights for me included the super-chic and eco-friendly Home For Life (complete with a rooftop desk – hey, a gal can dream…), Bagno Design’s dreamy bathroom, and stunning prints from Robertson’s Fine Art.
I had a lot of fun at this year’s show, and left with a few ideas that I’m looking forward to trying myself at home.
Here’s to less trash and more treasure,
With thanks to all at Ideal Home Show Scotland and Parlez for showing me a good time!