Ideal home – Week 1

Ideal Home – Week 1

As you all know, this year, Kingston Lafferty Design are designing the showhouse for the DFS Ideal Home Show at the RDS, starting on October 23rd.
From initial floor layouts, to moodboards and final conception, we have been working away behind the scenes for weeks to prepare and organize for this event. Last Friday, Roisin, Amy and I went to our first site visit to see the build in progress.


Hard to imagine now but in just a few days, a beautiful showhouse will take shape and thousands of people will visit it.


It was a speedy process that saw these 2D plans which had been poured over for weeks suddenly come to life. A hectic morning saw all sorts of trades coming together, working to make this show home a reality.


The walls are up and the spaces are really beginning to take shape. We talked through all the details with everyone working on site ensuring all was set to stay on schedule.


Can’t wait for the flooring and painting to start and see our vision come to life! Scrawling paint colour names across their intended walls was the last act before packing things up and heading back to the office… heres hoping to see lovely finished walls in a stunning selection of colours by Color Trend.


More progress coming soon, as our exciting build continues…

KLD and DFS for the Ideal Homes Exhibition

Collaboration between DFS and KLD for the Autumn Ideal Homes Exhibition

I am super excited to say that we are currently collaborating with the fantastic DFS on this Autumn’s Ideal Homes Exhibition.

As very much a KLD team effort, we won the pitch to design the DFS Showhouse and the DFS 140m exhibition stand.

I am really excited to get my hands on the house and hopefully provide some inspiration and excitement at the show!

We will be taking on the Interior Architecture of the house and the Interior Design. Taking inspiration from the stunning new DFS look-book, we will be showcasing how the DFS furniture can be used in creative and fun ways, complimenting your own personal taste.

DFS French Connection Zinc Sofa
DFS French Connection Zinc Sofa


The aim for us is to create an exciting showhouse that has maximum impact for visitors, references some key trends and fresh ideas and overall gives visitors a fun and positive experience. So far it is proving to be very exciting.

We have gotten to know DFS a lot more recently and I have to say their products and style is impressive.

DFS French Connection Flint sofa
DFS French Connection Flint sofa


With existing collaborations with French Connection and The Sofa Workshop, they offer a wide range of styles and furniture that suits a vast array of styles. I am particularly in love with the Zinc French Connection cuddler… the perfect size for curling up!

DFS French Connection Zinc Cuddler
DFS French Connection Zinc Cuddler


It was their recent look-book that wowed me. With their fully styled sets and images, I saw the scope and versatility of what they can provide.

We are hoping to use their furniture pieces in an exciting unusual way, combining unexpected pieces with clever interior architecture and interior design to create an overall original and eclectic feel in both the house and the stand.

KLD Moodboard 1 for DFS
KLD Moodboard 1 for DFS
KLD Moodboard 2 for DFS
KLD Moodboard 2 for DFS


We are looking to team up further with some of our favourite interior suppliers and I am delighted to say that Mullan lighting are also on board to provide some stunning lighting features within the stand. Combining some of their well known statement pieces with some bespoke pieces that we are designing, the lighting is definitely going to pack a punch!

Lighting is definitely one of the most important interior elements for me. Not only can it completely transform atmospheres, it can add height and scale to a space. Mullan are well known for their industrial style pieces which will tie in really well with the other detailing.

Three of my favourite lights of the moment from Mullan are below.

Mullan Lighting - Geneva Industrial Brass Pendant
Mullan Lighting – Geneva Industrial Brass Pendant
Mullan Lighting - Bogata Quirky wall light
Mullan Lighting – Bogata Quirky wall light
Mullan Lighting - Cairo Chandelier
Mullan Lighting – Cairo Chandelier

Please click the links for more information; Ideal Homes Show, DFS, French Connection, Mullan Lighting

I will be updating the blog as the job progresses so check out all of the behind the scenes…

Roisin x