Colour, competitions, and culinary delights summed up my experience at the House & Garden Festival, Olympia London last week.

The festival featured four separate fairs; the Art & Antiques Fair, House Fair, Spirit of Summer and Grow London.

Travelling by train to Clapham Junction, followed by a short onward overland journey to the exhibition hall, could not have been easier.

It was the first time that I had ventured to the festival of a weekend and I must admit I was pleasantly surprised by the calmness.

The light and airy halls accommodated a vast array of exhibitors but there was plenty of room to negotiate each one without the hustle and bustle of a weekday visit.

This may, of course, have been due to the glorious summer that we are experiencing, or alternatively because the football World Cup is in full swing!

My friend, who accompanied me to the fair, was looking for inspiration to decorate, and update, her spacious two bedroom lateral apartment.

Both of our attentions were drawn to The Recycled Glassware Co whose stand featured these gorgeous table lamps and botanical shades. Prices were reasonable, and choices immense with various shapes, colours, sizes and flex to mix and match.Next my attention was grabbed by Wallace Cotton as I had seen many people wandering the show with Hydrangea-print totes. The bedlinen, featured on the bag, was up for grabs in a prize drawer. Irresistible!Pattern played a large part in the show. Contemporary and classic sat side by side providing inspiration for some playful interiors and room sets.I couldn’t ignore these colourful characters on Charlotte Gerrard’s stand; they were adorable. As were this pair of chimps who looked as though they had done far too much walking around the hall.

Taking our lead from them we ventured to the first floor mezzanine to revive ourselves with some culinary delights.

Bombarded with an array of health boosting, rejuvenating, and turmeric lattes that could guarantee instant pain relief, we settled for a small Stinging Nettle gin liquor. Now that’s what I call a “pick me up”!

Suitably refreshed, we wandered a while longer before ambling gently towards the exit. On the way we passed the Edward Bulmer natural paint room set where I took a particular fancy to this console table and wall-art combo.

Unwittingly, we hadn’t realised that full range of Edward Bulmer colours adorned the entrance/exit tunnel in the form of a cylindrical paint chart.