The Bright Functional Home Show 2013

One thing I do not get enough time to talk about on my blog is my love of interior design and all things for the home.

I have wanted to work in this area since I was in my teens. It comes from my Mom who in her past life before children worked in interiors and architecture. Unlike me she has natural artistic talent so it meant we were always having room redesigns and that has not changed since I have had my own homes.
Thankfully Ashley is very patient with my love and always embraces redesign and interior projects.

So when we were invited to the Bright Functional Home Show in association with Bright PR, the interior lover in me and the gadget man in Ash both jumped at the chance.
We trained up to London taking Deacon for his first choo choo experience.

1st train ride

On entering The Vinyl Factory (looking like drowned rats, forgot the umbrella) we were met by some eye-catching radios from Roberts.

I personally own a Roberts Cath Kidston radio which is housed in my kitchen. I love DAB as we can get everything from a local radio station to Kiss 100. Ashley has a Pure DAB which is tired so we were both excited to be introduced to the new SS14 lines. We found a couple we are looking at, this one would look fab with the design of our living area on our G Plan sideboard but I think practically will win over design when we choose the new Bluetooth radios so they we can play music straight from our phones/computer.

roberts radio

The company I lusted over meeting the most at the show was Ercol and their stand did not disappoint. As I said our living area has a 60’s feel and this past month I have been looking at purchasing an original Ercol sofa or chair. I was stopped in my tracks when I saw their new sofa design. You just look at it and know it is Ercol. I had to try it out for size and the people at Ercol suggested that we had a little family shot on it.


It was so comfy whilst also being of fantastic design. I am really in love, as I am their whole line of oak furniture. Which was so timeless. Just right for a British company who has been in furniture since 1920, they also told me about their recovering surface for any piece of their furniture. Even if I buy a 40-year-old armchair. Now that is a reliable brand.

ercol sofa

We then had the pleasure in meeting Honeywell, who took a shine to Deacon. They showed us their super new gadget which allows you to independently heat each room at a different temperature, Ashley and I instantly knew we would need one as soon as we move to hopefully our next permanent house. With a disabled child that can not regulate his temperature Grayson’s room has to always be about 24 degrees to keep him warm, it means that Ash and I must have our radiator off in our bedroom as we get too hot, by the most part it is fine, but when getting ready in the mornings it is pretty chilly, this system would change all that and save us money, head to Honeywell for them to explain better.

honeywell evo

We also got to chat the The Kitchen Furniture Co, whom I could have just bought and bought from, they now specialise in more than just actual kitchens, they had the most gorgeous table and chairs which would fit my whole family. Also Rug Doctor showed us the greatness of their cleaning, watch this space for a review.

Lastly Dunelm Mill showed us their new look book, there is just too much goodness to show you in this post so I shall come back and share at a later date so watch this space.

All in all it was lovely, it was like visiting a mini Ideal Home Show, which i am gutted I did not make this year and gave me chance to see some lovely items.

Disclosure – We were NOT compensated in any way to write this post and am purely sharing as we enjoyed the companies we met.

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Kara Janelle, Plus Size Blogging Mama. Vintage Lover, Interiors Obsessed, Chair Crazed, Collector of Much remembering to Smile as it is the 2nd best thing you can do with your mouth.