December '07 Newsletter

Welcome to our monthly newsletter, providing you with the latest events and courses, trend forecasts, new sources, and answers to your interior design problems.
‘Tartan is back in fashion on the Christmas table’ says Kate Dyson, owner of The Dining Room Shop. On this one she has teamed a cheery cotton tartan patterned cloth and napkins with a red linen undercloth. Why not develop the Scottish theme with some antique tartanware of which Kate has a selection? Her 22nd Christmas Show is a good place to spice up your table decoration with a festive twist. 62-64 White Hart Lane, Barnes, London SW13. Open Mon-Sat 10.15 to 5.30 and until 9pm on 11 Dec for their charity street open evening. Tel:020-8878 1020
Don't miss this month
Exhibitions, sales, fairs, courses and events you should know about. Late Night Christmas Shopping Party (6 Dec. 5-9pm), Gray’s Antique Market, Davies Mews, London W1. An opportunity to shop here after hours, and visit some 200 dealers. Gray’s will also be open every Saturday in December. By invitation only, but call 020 7629 7034 and you’ll be sent one for free. 400 Years of Seasonal Traditions in English Houses (until 6 Jan 08), The Geffrey Museum’s period rooms are decorated in authentic festive style. Plus Christmas workshops and talks. While you’re here - don’t miss the final part of the exhibition of urban domestic interiors and gardens – this one covers paintings from 1960 to the present (until 4 Feb 08) Galvanize (until 9 Dec), Sheffield. A new annual celebration of contemporary metal design which gives an insight into the city's vibrant metalwork creative industry. There are special exhibitions, tours and events. See and buy stunning contemporary metalwork produced by over 25 Sheffield based makers. Meet the designers and learn about the making process. To find out more visit Christmas Deluxe, Covent Garden (12-23 Dec). A ‘12 days of Christmas’ foodie market in the cobblestone piazza. The place to buy your four-bird roast, figgy pudding, Stilton, hot spiced cider and much more (Open Mon-Sat, 4-9pm. Sun 12-6pm). Plus street performers, a couture gift-wrapping service and even a Christmas decoration exchange where you can swap your old baubles or buy some recycled ones (Open Mon-Sat, 12-8pm. Sun 12-6pm). For details look up Bankside Frost Fair (14-16 Dec), Bankside Riverwalk, London SE1. Not a frost fair actually on the Thames (as in the 1600s when the Thames regularly froze over), but near enough – outside Tate Modern. A Christmas Fair with over 70 stalls, plus music and entertainment, street theatre, workshops, ice sculpture, even husky dog sledding! The Savoy Sale (18-20 Dec), The Savoy, London WC2. This landmark hotel, synonymous with luxury and glamorous guests since it opened in 1889, is closing for a £100 million refurbishment. The auction will include 3,000 items of furniture including lighting, mirrors, works of art and silver plate. There will be selected items from some of the most magnificent suites and the public areas, including the River Restaurant, the Manhattan Room and the Thames Foyer. Everything will be offered with no reserve, so items could sell for as little as £20. (But some of the more important furnishings are expected to fetch in excess of £15,000 !). For details contact Bonhams on 020-7468 8200 or Let There be Light (until the New Year) The London Silver Vaults, London WC2. A selling display of candelabra, candlesticks and other Christmassy lighting and an excuse to visit the warren of 30 silver shops located at The Vaults.

Ask the experts
Selected from our free Q&A service Q: Do you know of a company that makes double-glazed sash windows for listed buildings?
A: Regulations are such that you cannot replace existing windows with double-glazed windows in listed buildings. However there’s a company called Storm Windows which specialises in bespoke secondary glazing for heritage properties. Their unique slim-line window systems have been approved by The National Trust, English Heritage and Historic Scotland and are virtually invisible from outside.
Q: Hi, do you know of anyone who supplies or makes retro looking lino?
A: You should contact Sinclair Till ( who supply linoleum and can cut it in any geometric pattern and even inlay it for more elaborate effects. They have 100 different colours to choose from, with 30 of the colours available as standard 50cm square tiles.

Sources of the month You could certainly do all your Christmas shopping through companies on our website ! For gifts, have a look especially at the One-Stop section in our Accessories chapter. For Christmas decorations, check out the Danish company Rice for fun and colourful sequinned baubles, crochet Santas and Christmas tins; for gilded musical notes, clove stars, wooden angels and pretty mother of pearl decorations; for a wide selection of unusual decorations and bunting; for jolly Xmas stockings. Frolic Lighting stocks a huge range of candle shades in seasonal motifs; and has a great range of wreaths with a ‘just cut from the garden’ look – except that they are everlasting !
Finally, Clifton Nurseries can supply you with a clever ‘edible wreath’, made with fresh herbs and topped with ginger, chillis and whole cloves of garlic – all fresh and ready to be used (020-72896851 or

New book Caroline Clifton Mogg’s new book Textile Style (published by Jacqui Small) provides ideas and projects for using fabrics in the home. It contains details of all the fabrics available and their characteristics and shows us how textiles can be used today in contemporary interiors. You can order it at the special price of £14.99 (rrp £16.99) with free p&p by calling 01903 828503 and quoting ref JS159.