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Spring Fair 2020 at the NEC

At the beginning of February I had the opportunity to visit the Spring Fair at the NEC with an Interior Designer based in Henley-on-Thames, Niki Schäfer. It was a great chance to see some of the latest trends in interior design and to get an insight into Niki’s fabulous work.

I have always had a passion for interior design and would much rather shop for my house than for my wardrobe (although I quite like that too, for a short amount of time and I have to be in the right frame of mind). I’m also incredibly lucky that I loved my house the moment stepped foot inside and haven’t had to work too hard to make it feel special and homely. All the original features were still there (thank goodness). It definitely has a very cohesive look as you walk from room to room which isn’t something I have done deliberately, it has just evolved over the years. I’m one of those people who only buys things if I really love it and can see myself loving it for years to come (read wholesaler’s nightmare!)

I definitely feel the same way as William Morris, who said:

Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.

Anyway, back to Spring Fair 2020 at the NEC… Below are a few of the items I spotted as I wandered up and done the aisles, trying not to get lost. Some because they stood out (definite jungle and botanical theme in the air) and others because I could see myself buying them for my home. It’s all a bit random as there was so much to take in but I wanted to summarise it all on here.

See links below for more details. Enjoy!

From left to right:

Dark green pendant light from Light & Living, Melun hanging flowerpot from Chic Antique, hammered glass wine glasses from Nkuku, gorgeous simple wine carafe from Garden Trading, Protea flower print from Vanilla Fly at Amara Living, Protea wallpaper from Emma Shipley, Matamba ceramic hanging planters from Nkuku, Bequai open jewellery box from Nkuku and Beru rattan lampshades from Nkuku.

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