Homes and Interiors Scotland Exhibition at the SECC this weekend

Now in its seventh year, the annual Homes & Interiors Scotland Exhibition is returning to Glasgow’s SECC this weekend, 28 – 30  October 2011, bringing together a wide range of exciting attractions over three days to improve your home and lifestyle. Former Miss Scotland, Katherine Brown, was there today to try out some of the funky furniture on show.

Show highlights include the inspirational Interior Design Showcase, where the country’s leading interior designers show their unique takes on six different rooms sets, a Kids’ Zone filled with fabulous ideas for children and, for the first time, a Christmas Fair featuring luxurious gifts and decadent décor ideas.

Returning to the show for the second year is the Talented Makers section which presents the work of the country’s finest up-and-coming furniture and craft makers including eight makers from the Scottish Furniture Makers’ Association.

This year also sees the return of Editor’s Picks, the show’s most popular attraction, featuring modern and contemporary designs from around the world, plus talks by one of the UK’s leading artists and interior designers, and President-Elect of the British Institute of Interior Design, Sue Timney.

This year’s Homes & Interiors Scotland Exhibition will present a host of high profile chefs, landscapers and gardeners who will be on hand over the weekend sharing their tips, tricks of the trade and trend predictions for 2012.

The exhibition will be split into zones with exhibitors grouped together by sector to make it easier than ever to find exactly what you’re looking for. There will even be a state-of-the-art cinema room kitted out with the latest high tech gadgets from Loud & Clear, and a demonstration area where you can pick up some fantastic tips from the experts.

There will also presentations over the course of the weekend in the show’s Design Theatre in addition to TV personalities, including interior designer John Amabile.

Katharine Brown & Andrew McNeillie (3) horse around ahead of the launch of the Homes & Interiors Scotland Exhibition

Foodies won’t want to miss Jacqueline O’ Donnell, head chef at The Sisters Restaurant in Glasgow who will be cooking up a storm each day and John Quigley from award-winning restaurant, Red Onion. Meanwhile the hugely popular champagne bar and wine tasting area will give you the chance to take a break from browsing to sample some fine tipples.

Gillian Welsh, Editor of Homes & Interiors Scotland, said: “The exhibition has always been about celebrating Scotland’s vibrant interior landscape, supporting local talent, finding dynamic interior designers and craft makers and bringing them together under one roof. We’re delighted to have Jim Hamilton from Graven Images, Nick Priestley from Mood Flowers and Sue Timney in the Design Theatre.

“Editor’s Picks is back showcasing some of the most innovative pieces from international and national designers. We’re also looking forward to our first ever Christmas fair and expect it will be a huge hit with visitors who are thinking to purchase unique gifts for family and friends.

“The exhibition’s popular Interior Design Showcase features room sets created by some of the country’s most talented designers: Lee Sowerbutts and Anna Murray of Rehab Interiors, who specialise in revamping vintage pieces, will make their mark on the garden room and lounge; Henrika Simpson of Designworks will focus on an elegant master bedroom and dressing area, while TV celebrity John Amabile and his partner Carol Yates from Amabile Design will create a head-turning hall and living room.”

There will be a host of retailers exhibiting with something to suit every style and budget including Kitchens International, Busby Interiors, PD Stokes Landscaping, Brodie Lighting, Arran Aromatics, Skye Skyns, Wooden Baths, StudioKap Architects, Energy Saving Scotland, Athena Fireplaces, Angus Ross Furniture, Strathearn Stone & Timber and Purdies Homes Interiors & Gifts.

Homes & Interiors Scotland Exhibition 2011, SECC, Glasgow.

Opening times:  10am until 5pm, Friday 28th to Sunday 30th October 2011

On-the-door tickets, £10 per person.

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