April 2007 Newsletter

Welcome to the first of our monthly newsletters, providing you with the latest must go to events, trend forecasts, new sources, and answers to your interior problems.
'This season the colour green has returned to both the catwalk and our homes. It is a colour which, when used sparingly, is both relaxing and invigorating . It works well with other fresh colours such as white or jade green and crimson.' Gail Taylor, Taylor Howes Designs, winners of the Andrew Martin Designer of the Year Award 2006
Don't miss this month
Exhibitions, sales, fairs, courses and events you should know about. Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair (24-29 April) at the Marquee, Battersea Park, London SW11. An inspiring fair with over 100 exhibitors. Dealers in French provincial furniture rub shoulders with experts in 20th Century design, plus tribal art, antique rugs and textiles, and quirky collectors� items. The London Original Print Fair (25-29 April) is the longest-running specialist print fair in the world and covers all periods from early wood-cuts of Durer to the graphic work of contemporary masters like Hockney and Hirst. All work is for sale and prices start at £200. London�s biggest monthly antiques fair is held at the Royal Horticultural Hall, Elverton Street (off Vincent Square), London SW1. The next one is on 22 April. Throw yourself into three of Europe�s biggest antiques fairs: at Ardingly in Sussex (17/18 April) with up to 1,700 stalls, and Newark in Nottinghamshire (31 May to 1 June) with up to 4,000 stalls (for both see Sunbury Antiques Market, held in the vast grounds of Kempton Park Racecourses in Middlesex has over 700 stallholders (10 & 24 April). Don't miss Europe's biggest modern furniture fair in Milan - the trade-only Salone Internazionale del Mobile (18 - 23 April) is in its 46th year and gathers together over 1000 Italian and 220 foreign exhibitors. Over 500 fringe events take place at the same time. Surreal Things: Surrealism and Design (29 March-22 July) at the Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington, London SW7. The V&A�s major spring exhibition is the first to explore the influence of Surrealism on the world of design, still as powerful now as when artists such as Magritte, Ernst and Dali shocked us with them all those years ago.
Note in your diary House & Garden Daily Telegraph Fair (27-30 June)
The Daily Telegraph/House & Garden Fair brings you 500 carefully selected exhibitors. The Fair embraces all elements of stylish living including interiors & soft furnishings, gardens, decorative accessories, kitchenware and gourmet food and wine. Expect a spectacular new look and feel as David Bicknall brings together interior and exterior elements to form stunning Fair surroundings. Book a ticket at the special price of £13 and bring a guest for £7. Visit:
or call 008701212525 and quote HG31.
Ask the experts
Selected from our free Q&A service Q: We have a cottage with original metal casement windows which have an accumulation of paint and areas of slight rust. Is it possible to get them stripped, re-glazed and re-hung? It seems a shame to have them all replaced.
A: The Society of Ancient Buildings has an informative website In their technical Q&A section, there is a very detailed description for the preservation of metal windows. You could also have a look down the list of restorers in the Windows, Metal section of for further help with this.
Q: Do you know of a company that makes new duvets out of old pillows and old duvets? I have several thin pillows and single duvets that I feel sure could be used to make a new one!
A: Are they filled with down? If so do a Quick Search on for the Austrian Bedding Co. The down is removed, re-dusted, washed, dried, topped up if necessary, and filled into a new cotton cover.
Reply: Just to say thank you. It went against the grain to throw out an old thin white goose down quilt and now with your help I've discovered the Austrian Bedding Company who clean and recycle them. Excellent!
Sources of the month The world�s oldest embroiderers Hand & Lock are new members of H&G Addresses. Established in 1767 they are still providing specialist embroidery techniques for military, fashion and designer clients. They also provided all the badges and military accoutrements for Idi Amin�s uniform in �The Last King of Scotland� (you can order these on their website) For years we have loved Celia Birtwell�s appealing printed fabrics for their humour, simplicity and colour. Now she has launched a new range of prints and a brand new range of wallpapers. See your old favourite �Beasties� on the walls now!
New book Perfect English by Ros Byam Shaw (Ryland, Peters & Small, �25) features country cottages, farmhouses and rectories, terraced townhouses and flats � all linked by an informal, comfortable, and quintessentially English, style of decoration. To buy it at a discount of �2 with free p&p, contact Macmillan Direct on 01256 302692 and quote ref GLR M08