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Tendence I’m so excited because I’m off to Frankfurt during the Summer, to cover Tendence, a forward thinking International trade fair for consumer goods.

As it is one of the first fairs in the second half of the year, it means that buyers will get to see first hand the latest Winter and Christmas trends. They will also be able to place early orders for the 2019 Spring Summer collections.

Here’s a little floor plan of the Tendence Fair.

As you can see, there is such a huge product portfolio to explore, from Homewares, to Seasonal decor and more.

Tendence is much more than a trade fair.

Recently, I was at a press lunch, where Tendence director Bettina Bär, told us about the amazing programmes that will be running.

There will be a Concept Store Inspirations product presentation in Hall 9.0, showing visitors how to turn their own shop into an experiential venue, a place that will encourage customers to spend.

Also new at Tendence 2018, is the Paper & Friends special area curated by Angelika Niestrath, aimed at book shop owners and stationer’s. This will be a beautifully curated space with wall calendars, cards and gift books. Tendence trade fair According to Group Show Director, Philipp Ferger, there will be a new Pioneers of Lifestyle Congress. Here, participants will gain an insight into the lifestyle scene, from experts and innovative newcomers.

Last but not least, there will also be a Tendence Academy, showing retailers how to start up their online businesses.

They will learn how to predict trends, and will get to participate in mood board workshops.

Isn’t this fair amazing? There is so much giving. Don’t you think it’s so worth going even for just the amazing programmes on offer? I am also looking forward to visiting the Outdoor Living area, where garden plants will be displayed with lifestyle products.

Here’s a little peek at what the Outdoor Living area looked like in 2017. I hear that 2018 will be bigger and better. A little heads up for crafters and jewellery designers, there will be a Talents’ competition organised by the German Arts and Crafts Association and Messe Frankfurt. Applications for both those areas are still possible until 19th March 2018.

So what do you think of Tendence, taking place from 30 June to 3rd July 2018? Doesn’t it sound like a great fair?

It’s not all about buying, but there is so much more on offer for buyers and designers.

I can’t wait to cover this on social media.

If you are interested in Tendence, you can register here. 

( All photography and graphics are provided by Messe Frankfurt, organisers of Tendence fair. I have written this as a sponsored collaboration with Tendence, but all views are my own).

The Cook and Share hall at Maison & Objet 2017 Paris.

I am so excited, to be invited by Maison & Objet to Paris.

Maison & Objet is a lifestyle fair for the home and interiors market. It brings together a curated collection of brands, whose product offerings span the world of design, decor, furniture and more.

It is the place to go, to discover new trends and products for the home. This will be my first time at the fair, and I can’t wait.

I am also truly honoured to have been asked to be one of Maison & Objet’s star Discovery Jury member. I will be selecting, and rewarding, my favourite new exhibitor in the Cook and Share hall.

Since I will be judging that section, I thought I’d take a little peek at what was on offer there. Cook and share Maison et Objet Andrée Jardin, a French brand, caught my eye with their beautifully designed kitchen aprons.

Then I delved a little bit more into their story and loved what I found. They specialise in making the most beautiful brushes and brooms for the home.

Check out that pastel blue broom and pink dustpan and brush.

They now collaborate with a range of designers to bring modernity to their products. The pastel collection above was designed by Mr & Mrs Clynk. What do you think of these pink heart shaped SRDCE bowls by Tablo?

I can see them becoming an Instagram hit, for breakfast photos. I would fill my heart with endless varieties of berries, cereals and yoghurts. Do you have a set of pepper and salt grinder at home, or are you like me, who can’t resist having more than one, especially when a new design hits the market?

I console myself after the spend, that salt and pepper mills make great decor features on kitchen shelves.

These Peili salt and pepper grinders are by Zone Denmark, and have such a pared down beauty about them

If you are looking for a nut cracker for your Christmas festivities, I’ve found this elegant one from Zone Denmark too. As Autumn and Winter approach, there is a temptation (for me at least) to paint my walls dark. Styling it dark with pops of bright will be a big trend for the colder season, but I’m such a ‘style it light’ person, that I’m having second thoughts.

However, there are other ways to do the bright on dark trend, without having to paint your walls.

How about a set of vibrantly coloured plates, against a dark table? Would give your Winter table a great impact.

These beautiful hand decorated Limoges porcelain plates are from the fovéa Collection of Edition Porcelaine. I adore their colour pigments, in line with this season’s colour palette. All this talk of Summer ending is getting me down. I need a splash of colour to remind me of a sunny Mediterranean, and these vibrant table ware from DaTerra certainly do the trick. So pleased to find these remakes of the classic Cathrineholm enamel bowls. I can still remember buying the vintage Cathrineholm sets on ebay. Last but not least, are these amazing cutlery from Herdmar.

The ones I’ve shown above, may be slightly out of my budget, but browsing through their catalogue, there seems to be something for everyone there.

Hope you’ve enjoyed a little peek into what will be on offer, at the Cook and Share hall, at Maison & Objet. I can’t wait to discover more and to pick my absolute favourite.

I have also done a pre show curate of furniture and decor for Maison & Objet, if you fancy checking it out.

Please do follow me on Instagram and insta stories next week from 8-10th September to see what I get up to at the fair.

Have a lovely start to your weeks.

( All photography have been supplied by the brands mentioned.)

Spring-fair-2017-Little-Big-Bell Last August, I attended the Autumn Fair at Birmingham’s NEC, and wrote a post about my curated finds. This year, I have been invited back again, to the Spring Fair, to do an instagram takeover of the show. For this post, I have also decided to do a little pre event curate of the exhibitors.

The Spring fair is UK’s premier gift and home trade event, with over 2500 exhibitors, divided into 14 sectors, with the DIY and Home Improvement sector as a new addition.

The Spring fair will be taking place from 5-9th February 2017 at Birmingham NEC. It is a place for buyers to source new products and discover the upcoming consumer trends for the next season.

Visitors who attend vary from homeware buyers of large department stores, to independent local gift stores, both high street and online.

Retailers come from all over the UK, Europe and other international countries.

There will also be high profile keynote speakers at the fair. During the Autumn fair, I got to hear Jo Malone speak about her highs and lows of building her business. This year, the Spring fair will be hosting talks by Mary Portas and  Baroness Karen Brady, also known for her role in the TV show ‘The Apprentice’.

Anyway, back to the pre show curate of exhibitors. I have browsed through and visited the extensive list of exhibitors online.

The image above is a compilation of items that I have curated from my chosen exhibitors. I will definitely be visiting their stalls to see what other new offerings will be on display.

Beautiful stationery from Artebene. ( Top row image)

Scanpan pink cook knife from Haus.

Manto teapot  in white and brass by Bredemeijer from Haus.

Genesis coffee table from Coach house.

Cashmere heel toe contrast socks in pink from Caroline Gardner.

Concrete Manhattan bench from Muubs.

Lithuanian linen fringe napkin in Forest Green from Canvas Home.

Fairmont & Main Spot On dinner plate.

White marble table with hammered metal base from Cozy Living.

Interior-trends-for-2017 One exhibitor that really caught my eye was Canvas Home, founded by British designer and entrepreneur, Andrew Corrie. Their design philosophy is to create artisanal homewares and furniture that are modern and sustainable, that can fit into any home.

Here are a few of my selections from Canvas Home along the lines of my interior trends prediction for 2017:

Beaded pendant lamp in blush and gold.

Hand dyed silk and linen pillows in pastel hues.

Crosby club chair in a sage green colour.

Morandi bud vase in blue.

Mercer tufted sofa in blue.

So, will you be attending the Spring Fair to stock your shop? or perhaps attend to find inspiration for your home?

I’m looking forward to discovering the new products and furniture on show. Do keep an eye on Spring & Autumn fair’s instagram account for my takeover.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the curate. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

( Images for the post are from the various stores featured, this is a sponsored collaborative post with Spring Fair, but all opinions and selections are my own).

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