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Vellum books

Seen at the Winter Fine Art & Antiques Fair, this magnificent library of 17th and 18th century books is being sold by Dutch dealer De Eenhoorn (stand …



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Colefax and Fowler’s new collection

A few of our favourites from Colefax and Fowler’s new collection: ‘Gresham Check’ and ‘Gresham Stripe’ in blue, with cushions in ‘Kashmir Leaf’ and ‘Suffolk’.



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Clay plaster

These warm, earthy colours are created with Clayworks’ naturally-pigmented clay plasters. Available in 27 pre-mixed natural earth colours they are ready to use (you simply add water …



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Ottoman wallpapers

  This sweet package arrived from Fired Earth to tell us of the launch of their Ottoman wallpaper collection. There are three eye-catching designs which use pigments inspired …



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Block printing course

I spent a really enjoyable Saturday learning how to block print fabrics and wallpapers. The class was taught by artist Jenny Stringer and held in the airy …



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‘Best of British’ at Ann Sacks

American tile company Ann Sacks hosted an inspiring talk last week on ‘Best of British Design’ by Philip Cooper, Design Director at Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler. …



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Heavy Metal

Spotted at the Palace Art Fair this month: freelance artist Bridget Davies’ charming watercolours of antique cutlery and other second-hand shop finds. Her ‘Heavy Metal’ paintings, in acrylic …



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‘Retrospectives’ paint range

‘Retrospectives’ is a range of 32 authentic 60s and 70s colours just launched by Little Greene in association with English Heritage. They show us what an explosion …



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Decorex ’11 highlights

A brilliant Decorex by general agreement: buzzy, a high foot-fall and a real sense that the top end of the decoration market is more than holding its …



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Ester & Erik candles

  Danish company Ester & Erik  were exhibiting again at Top Drawer with this great display of their hand-made taper candles. Ester and Erik Møller began producing …



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Soane Fabrics

Soane Britain, who have been creating wonderful furniture, lighting and accessories for 15 years, are launching Soane Fabrics with a range that features eight designs in different …



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Holkham Linseed Paint

Linseed oil paint, which was first used in the 1700s, is enjoying a revival. A natural and environmentally-friendly method of protecting wood, it is also easy to …



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Tartan silks

It’s traditional Highland games season and silk specialists James Hare have launched a new collection of silk tartans in 73 authentic Scottish patterns, ranging from the monochrome …



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