Written by Hugh Metcalf

Unmissable interiors talks at Grand Designs Live Birmingham

Heading to the NEC Birmingham between the 9th-13th October for Grand Designs Live? Be sure you catch these inspiring interior design talks.

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Image: Aaron Scott Richards for Grand Designs Live 

With Grand Designs Live taking place between the 9th and 13th October, the Good Homes team are pretty excited to see what the NEC Birmingham has to offer this year. We’ll particularly be looking out for interiors inspiration and advice, and we need look no further than the Grand Theatre and Design and Build Forum, both of which will host a bevvy of talks with an interior design angle.

Here’s our picks of the line up, but you can check out the full schedule of talks online now.

The secret to H&M Home’s success

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H&M Home‘s Concept Designer Guillaume Vaillant will be chatting to Grand Designs Magazine editor Karen Stylianides at 2pm on Wednesday 9th October in the Grand Theatre to discover the ethos behind the brand and why the launch of its homeware range has been such a success. Expect to get some insight into future trends, and keep your eyes peeled for an exclusive interview with GoodHomes team.

Meet the Interior Design Masters

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Image: Frank Newbold

A finalist in the recent series of the BBC’s Interior Design Masters, Frank Newbold will be taking to the Grand Theatre at 1pm and 4pm on Sunday 13th October to talk top interior design tips. Trish Coggans of Outshine Interiors, who also appeared on the series, will be hosting a talk at 1.30pm at the Design and Build Forum on Friday 11th October, to share her knowledge and passion for design.

Reena Simon

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Reena Simon is an interior stylist and the lifestyle blogger behind the hugely inspiring and popular Hygge For Home. Reena, who is also a columnist for Grand Designs Magazine, is currently building her own property. She’ll be talking to Grand Designs Magazine editor Karen about the process, and her best advice for styling your home.

Furniture makeovers

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Image: Grand Designs Live

At 12.30pm and 2.30pm at the Design and Build Forum on the 11th October, upcycling masters Nick Spencer and Jonathan Marc Mendes will be showcasing some incredible furniture makeover skills on stage, including faded grandeur, rust and verdigris, and marbling techniques.

Kitchen and bathroom experts

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Image: Aaron Scott Richards for Grand Designs Live 

On the 9th and 12th of October, the Design and Build Forum is being taken over by kitchen and bathroom experts to fill your head with the latest design ideas. From picking components such as worktops and taps to choosing the best lighting and creating outstanding results on a budget, check out the line up for a varied range of specialist talks.


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