Heart to Home on the road
Spring is always a busy time for trade shows and consumer fairs, and we’ve been on the road in recent weeks attending events up and down the country. Here’s a round up of where we’ve been and what we’ve been doing.
Top Drawer, London
We went along to Top Drawer, a very enjoyable trade show dedicated to design and interiors. We met up with a few existing suppliers – including the lovely folk at Sophie Allport Ltd (the people behind our popular bee and chicken ranges) – and met some potential new suppliers, too. We were particularly interested finding products for our ‘Bold & Beautiful’ range. Interestingly, there seemed to be a lot of big, blowsy floral prints and designs on show, with retro florals a big trend. Rose designs were a bit theme, too. Shows like these are great barometers of styles and trends.
Spring & Autumn Fair International
We went off to the NEC for the Spring Fair, a huge trade show with hundreds of suppliers. The aim here was to work on developing our Spring ranges and choose a few new suppliers to work with. There was a great deal of choice with so much lovely stuff on show! Once again, it was all about flowers, but seemed less retro designs than at Top Drawer. Colours were fresh and bold, with bright oranges and greens dominating. Animal prints and designs were hugely popular, too, with dogs, cats, rabbits, sheep and chickens on show. We met with a number of existing and potential future suppliers, including Ragged Rose, Emma Bridgewater, Susie Watson Designs, SOPAFRA – Clementine Creations, Prices Candles, McCaw Allan/Samuel Lamont & Sons and Walton & Co. Click through to take a look at the lovely stuff they have to offer (and let us know if there’s anything in particular you prefer). We were very impressed and will be placing orders soon – stay tuned to see what we decide to go for.
ETC Gardens and Homes Interiors
We’re getting ready for the etc Gardens, Homes & Lifestyle Show, held in March. It’s a consumer show in Brighton, and we’ll have a stand there. It’s the show’s second year but our first one taking part. We’ll let you know how we get on! If you’re going to be there, do come and say hi.
BBC Good Food
In April, we’ll be exhibiting at the BBC Good Food Show which is in Bluewater (Kent) for the first time. We’re really looking forward to it: we always seem to go down well at the Good Food Shows, so this is a big one for us!
That will be the last of the consumer shows until Autumn and will herald a big influx of new products as we make the final decisions about revamping and expanding our ranges.
If you’re planning on coming along to any of the shows listed on our “Out and About” page, please come and find us and say hello. We love meeting customers and blog readers!
Heart to Home brings you lovely things for the kitchen and dining room. Our website is here.