At Decorex there was another good reason for going early: the sheer size of the expo. I am not much of a browser, but tend rather tend to focus only on what I need. Nonetheless, the first time I looked at my watch was when I collapsed into a chair by Stock Home Kitchen Living where small glasses of freshly squeezed juices were being handed out. The ginger shot (non-alcoholic) had me sitting bolt-upright, instantly refreshed. That’s when I realised three hours had passed since my entry.
There was a noticeable focus on sustainability, health and clean living, all couched in luxury. Whether you prefer ultra-modern or a more vintage approach to décor, you would still be spoiled for choice. Stalls offered solar heating and ozone systems, vinyl wall-art, paintings, jewellery, beds, walls, floors, kitchen and household appliances, security systems, homeware, cookware, sweet and savoury edibles, even a few kitchen sinks. In the middle of it all, two refreshment areas provided welcome relief from the overwhelming selection.
Because it is overwhelming. And the fact that everyone is trying to sell you something can be quite trying and tiring. But to be honest, the talks I had with representatives were entertaining, informative, and rather too often persuasive.
As a result, it is more than likely that you’ll walk away somewhat poorer cash-wise, but enriched by the wonderful ideas, innovations, and genuine prettiness to be found at the Decorex expo. Next year, I’ll stash a wheelbarrow in my car boot to make my exit at least marginally more graceful than this year’s stumbling stagger.
Decorex runs at the CTICC 24 to 27 April 2015.