Talks and demos

The Cambridge Home + Garden Show will be putting on another programme of fascinating and informative talks and demos from our marvellous experts. Here is the programme from the 2017 event, which were hugely popular.

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2017 talks and workshops

Loukas Morley and his En Pointe stools from The Loft Life
Loukas Morley and his En Pointe stools from The Loft Life

More than furniture – a makers tale
by Loukas Morley of The Loft Life
Cambridge creative Loukas Morley gives an insight into his artistic world. Find out more about how and why Loukas uses reclaimed materials to create his art and furniture.

How to design the ideal kitchen
by Katie Malik of Katie Malik Interiors
It’s often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. As a space where we cook, eat, socialise and relax, the design of this vital room can be one of the hardest, having to cater to such a range of different requirements. Interior designer Katie Malik will use case studies combined with her expert knowledge and experience to demonstrate how to set up a process to help you create your dream kitchen.

Farrow & Ball
Farrow & Ball

How to Decorate: The Masterclass
by Farrow & Ball
Join us for an inspiring talk on transforming your home with paint and paper hosted by Cambridge Showroom Manager and Colour Consultant, Lauren Bonner and Farrow & Ball’s Regional Business Development Executive, Lindsey Crowley. Discover how to use Farrow & Ball to create a subtle scheme or make a striking statement, bringing your walls to life both inside and outside. Lindsey will share ideas on combining colours and making the most of light, as well as exploring the enduringly popular neutral groups and suggesting how to accent each architectural feature.

Architect: What, Why, When and How?
by Luke Butcher of BBA
Hiring an architect can be a daunting prospect but their skills and expertise can be vital to ensure a home renovation project achieves its full potential. Luke Butcher, architect and co-founder of the new architectural practice BBA, talks through the process or hiring and working with an architect and how they can add value to a project.

Wild Rosamund
Wild Rosamund

Style the Wild – How to decorate your home from your garden
by Bridget Davidson of Wild Rosamund
Learn how to use what grows in your garden (or grows wild) to create a simple, elegant grouped design, displayed in mismatched vases and/or everyday household containers. Florist Bridget Davidson’s demonstration will teach you basic design principles (what makes a good arrangement) and how to prepare and condition your flowers and foliage. You’ll then learn how to place your plant material in containers to build a display that looks effortlessly natural. You can then go home with the knowledge to try it yourself.

Inclusive Design is for everyone
by Vaila Morrison of The Inclusive Home
Inclusive home design has a reputation for being niche, but its not just for wheelchair users or older people, its for everyone!  If we have the choice, why not make sure our homes more welcoming to ALL of our friends and family whose needs may be different to our own. Architect and blogger Vaila Morrison of The Inclusive Home shares her thoughts and ideas on the concept of inclusive design.

Jane Crisp
Jane Crisp

A view into my steam-bend practice
by Jane Crisp
Jane Crisp is a multi award winning international artist making steam-bent products and furniture. Jane’s fascinating talk will give an insight into her background and how she set up her practice in lovely Hale Fen, Littleport. Find out about why Jane works the way she does and what makes her tick in her creative world. Using stunning imagery and example materials, Jane will talk through her process from the design concept to the materials she chooses and the traditional boat-builders processes she uses to form her work.

How to make your home look expensive with clever hacks
by Katie Malik of Katie Malik Interiors
Using completed projects and live examples, interior designer Katie Malik shares her tips and tricks for achieving a high-end look on a mid-range budget. Katie will offer her valuable advice including where to allocate your money and how to update existing furniture to make it look more expensive.

Dining table styling – an interactive workshop
by Victoria Harrison in collaboration with John Lewis
Come along and have a go at creating a beautiful dining table setting with the help of professional stylist and homes writer Victoria Harrison. Using stylish dinnerware and accessories from John Lewis Cambridge, Victoria will be on hand with helpful tips and tricks so you can impress your guests at your next dinner party. Snap a pic of your favourite and share on social media.