Laurence Llewelyn Bowen ready for festive rest
TV interior designer Laurence Llewelyn Bowen is looking forward for a well-earned rest this Christmas
Laurence Llewelyn Bowen is looking forward to a break this Christmas.
The former 'Changing Rooms' star - who has two daughters, Cecile and Hermione, with his wife Jackie - insists it's as important to rest during the upcoming holiday as it is to enjoy the festivities.
He told BANG Showbiz: "It's very important that grown-ups have time off at Christmas. We work very hard these days. It is very important that grown-ups properly have time off at Christmas. Don't overdo it and don't take on too much. This holiday should be a time to sit back and recharge."
Interior designer Laurence has always been enchanted by Christmas and he has fond memories of his own house and the homes of his friends being transformed by Yuletide decorations.
He said: "All the coloured lights were exotic. I remember being really struck by how transformed ordinary familiar spaces were, like my own home or friend's family homes. They were transformed with fairy lights which seemed so unusual back then.
He jokingly added: "I guess that's one of the pitfalls of growing up in the Victorian era ... Well It was the 60s for goodness sake!"
Laurence was speaking ahead of his appearance at the Ideal Home Show at Christmas (Idealhomeshowchristmas.co.uk) which takes place at Earls Court in London from November 19 to 23 and at Event City in Manchester between November 14 to 16.
Laurence insists visitors to the show will be able to learn ways to improve their house that will last beyond Christmastime.
He said: "The main aim, of course, is getting the visitors to get inspired and excited by Christmas but of one of the great things about the Ideal Home Show is it is not just about Christmas at all. It is about giving people the ideas and inspiration and actually shopping opportunities to be to make sure their homes are Christmas ready on every level. It's about the interior decoration as well."
Other stars appearing at the event include TV chef Gino D'Acampo, Peter Andre, Amy Childs and Millie Mackintosh.