East Coast Radio House and Garden Show celebrates 40 years of trends

The East Coast Radio House and Garden Show celebrates its 40th anniversary this year as the longest-running and largest consumer home event in the country.


From bold accent colors, minimalist interiors, the wallpaper craze to eco-conscious interiors, the last four decades have revolutionized our homes and gardens so we’ve seen it all!

This year, East Coast Radio’s House + Garden Show celebrates its 40th anniversary as the longest-running and largest consumer home event in the country.

“For the last forty years we have always strived to provide the home, outdoor and decoration industries with a platform to bring the latest offerings and trends to the public and this year will be the same with around 400 exhibitors who will be attending and are expected to be no different an average of 80,000 visitors. It’s always exciting to be on the cutting edge of the latest home and garden designs and trends, but it’s also been fun reflecting on the last four decades and remembering what came before – the good, that Bad and ‘different’,” shares Clive Shedlock, owner of H&G Expo.

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As with fashion, home trends come and go, but according to Cairey Baxter-Bruce, director of East Coast Radio House + Garden Show, there are always a few key elements that see them return.

“Stainless steel and rose gold are being replaced by the popular 1980s brass in hardware, faucets and kitchen fixtures. Jewelry comes out of the closet and is displayed instead of hidden,” shares Baxter-Bruce.

  • Merchandise thrown back to the 1980s when bold colors and excessive decor were all the rage for housewives around the world.
  • Deep sofa sections and brass fittings were some of the key elements in this decade.
  • The 1990s saw the movement of minimalism.
  • Many homes swapped out their brightly colored linen for white and neutral colors to create a cozy home.
  • Entering the new millennium, we saw the emergence of a modern new age living room with green, low-rise and reclaimed design in the 2000s. At a more prominent level, concrete floors, floating stairs, and home office sheds were introduced.
  • Our homes now have large entertainment centers to catch the latest shows and subway tile backsplash in our bathrooms.
  • Mason jar decor has arrived and we also use faux fur in most of the living areas. This decade focused on innovations like open spaces that we have come to know and love.
  • 2010 focused more than anything on a tailored modern look. In the face of climate change, the millennial generation focused on a clean look that included all white kitchens, accent walls, and bold patterns including chevron and florals. Matte black became more popular and rose gold found its place in the world decorating coffee tables, desks and even faucets.


At the beginning of the 2020s, our life with the pandemic has fundamentally changed, which has led to a change in many living spaces. As one of the main exhibitors at this year’s East Coast Radio House + Garden Show, POP Interior Design Studio will present their design vision for 2022.

The trend towards home design and well-being is also right at the top of the agenda.

“The need for flexibility, and therefore flexible living, has become clear during the lockdowns we have faced. We were compelled to look at the spaces in which we exist, how these spaces promote healing, how they encourage us to let go, connect to them, move and hold. We’ve gone back to basics – to house, to nurture, to collect,” says Giselle Ferreira, co-founder of POP Interior Design Studio (PDS).

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