Chic Showcase: The Ideal Home Show with Hillarys Blinds

Usually on the Chic Showcase I like to pick out one product or a particular range to highlight but this time it’s a bit different. Last week I was thrilled to be invited to the Ideal Home Show as a guest of Hillarys Blinds. It was a day of inspiration, of home interiors and design, of blogging relationships and window dressings.


Ideal home show

There was a huge amount to look at. The show has changed significantly in recent years and now has a more market feel to it but the old staples are still there and so I’m going to show you some of my favourite bits.

The Showhome:

The infamous show homes are still very popular and so Amanda, Penny and I decided to join the queue and take a peek early on.  We found modern, Eco living with gorgeous, colourful interiors, clever use of space and light, bright rooms. This was just my cup of tea and I could really see myself taking inspiration from this set.


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After a  jolly good browse around the show home and wander around the interiors stand it was time to take a look at what Hillarys have to offer.


Hillarys Blinds:

Hillarys Blinds, a Nottingham based company, offer a bespoke made to measure service for your window dressings. The tour of the stand illustrated how Hillarys appear to have moved with the times and seem to be keeping up with new trends and fashions as well as sticking with traditional designs to please their devoted customer base. I was really impressed by Hillarys roman blind collection as well as their fabric swatch selection which seemed to cater for every taste.  There were blinds, shutters and curtains galore on a stand designed to be touched! I couldn’t help myself, it had to be done. Penny has some lovely film footage of us testing out Hillarys conservatory blinds and putting them through their paces.


hillarys blinds

I was surprised to learn that shutters are really popular with many people having them all over the home, not just in the bedroom as we may have done in years gone by. Hillarys are now focusing much more on their white blind collections and this was evident in their displays. Shutters are great for a modern home, and even better for the family as they are easy to keep clean.


shutters in the home

Of course, roman and roller blinds are still the mainstay of the range and their fabric selection blew me away to be honest. I loved the retro, more mid century feel of many of the colours and patterns and am sure these are extremely popular.


hillarys blinds retro fabric

The Rest:

After our in depth tour of the Hillarys stand and lunch it was time to explore the rest of the show. This is where the show seems to have changed so much in the last decade and there is huge focus on beauty, food and wine now. The whole of the upper floor was dedicated to these areas and, in fact, proved to be great fun. As bloggers we don’t always get to spend much ‘real’ time together even though we communicate online a lot, so having fun, girly time together was a real treat.

We had our teeth whitened!


teeth whitening


We had a Benefit mini makeover!


benefit mini makeover at the ideal home show


And we had plenty of fun!


only fools and horses at the ideal home show

All in all a fabulous day out!

Thank you to Hillarys Blinds for inviting us, providing the tickets and lunch and giving us a tour of their stand.  Here’s to next year.

Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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  1. Jenni
    April 4, 2013 / 9:19 am

    Looks great, and absolutely love the final photo! I haven’t been for a few years but always love all the inspiration it provides.

  2. Alexander Residence
    April 4, 2013 / 12:18 pm

    What a fun day out it was and I learnt lots about interiors from you and Amanda, you enthusiasm is infectious!

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    March 22, 2014 / 6:06 pm

    Nice thought. Glad to see.

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