‘Amber glass and bronze are particular aspects to incorporate. They are a rather nice alternative to glass and polished chrome’. Helen Green

Helen Green has just launched her second furniture collection, for which ‘I combined richness and depth of colour with highly polished timbers, which work beautifully with our new fabric collection’. These new fabrics in smart neutral colours will be launched at Decorex in September. The new Helen Green Showroom will be opening mid-July in the pub where the Stones used to hang out, the Australian, at 29 Milner Street, Chelsea SW3

Special Event

We are joining forces with London's oldest garden centre Clifton Nurseries on 25 June for an evening of gardening, shopping and entertainment ! It will include a talk by their Chelsea Flower Show team on how to make the best of the space you've got, plus any gardening queries; a demonstration on how to put together a perfectly balanced flower arrangement; hands-on window box planting, with a selection of flowers or herbs, which you can then take home; light summer foods and drink, and even a fortune teller ! Plus 20% discount off purchases and a chance to win £50 worth of Clifton Nurseries vouchers. Tickets are £20 and include all food, drink, window boxes and fortune teller. Contact or tel 020 7432 1871.

This month don't miss

Exhibitions, sales, fairs, courses and events you should know about.

Primal Art: Form & Function in Tribal Artefacts (5-8 June), The Gallery, 5 Blenheim Crescent, London W11. Specialist tribal art dealer Clive Loveless’ summer selling exhibition, with functional objects with wonderful abstract shapes and textures: African shields, fibre woven fish traps, cane woven combs from the Congo, painted bark panels from New Guinea. For details call 020 8969 5831

Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair (5-15 June), London. With over 250 exhibitors, this is a great opportunity to see and buy from the world’s leading international dealers together in one place. This is real top-of-the-range art and antiques, and just the brilliant displays and room-sets make it worth a visit.

Open Garden Squares Weekend, London (9-10 June), Your chance to visit gardens in London not usually open to the public. In fact you probably didn’t even know they existed ! For more details, visit

Hand Sale (11 June 6-9pm, 12-14 June, 10-6), 20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Grove, London W11.A twice-yearly, four day sale with an inspiring mix of stands including Trouver Antiques; Kirsten Hecktermann (embroidered cushions); Karen Downing (porcelain), Orchard (pestle and mortars and marble platters); Janette Farrier (Kantha throws); Tamara Fogle (bags); MFV53 (antique linen cushions); along with clothes and jewellery. For more info call 020 7229 4179/ 07887 680 672.

Prison through the needle’s eye (13 June), Downing College, Cambridge. Exhibition and sale of exquisite needlework designs stitched by men and women prison inmates in projects run by Fine Cell Work

The International Ceramics Fair & Seminar (12-15 June), The Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly, W1 Now in its 26th year, this fair brings together 1st division ceramics dealers from around the world to display and sell exceptional quality European pottery, porcelain, glass and enamels. Plus a popular lecture series.

The Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair, Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London W1 (12-18 June), This fair boasts some of the most exceptional works of art on the market today, from the ornate to the minimal, from antique to contemporary.

The Chelsea Book Day (25 June), Potterton Books London, Lower Sloane St, SW1. A day of book signings and talks by leading figures in the world of  design, decoration, photography and architecture. Stephen Calloway of the V&A will talk on the society decorators of the 20s and 30s. Also on the cast-list are designer and author Stafford Cliff, photographer Derry Moore and architect Quinlan Terry The event is in association with the Chelsea Festival (14-27 June), a two-week programme of performing and visual arts.

Salvo Fair (28-29 June), Knebworth House, Hertfordshire. The UK’s largest architectural salvage fair. An outdoor exhibition, with some 65 dealers from all over the UK, and everything is for sale. There will be a new ReUse Design enclave with imaginative one-off creations. For more details, visit

Special Offers

Home office specialists Flujo are offering 15% off their furniture and accessories to readers of our newsletter. Check out their website for their wide range of desks - (see the Swedish ‘Ala’ desk shown here, but they also do modern designs), contemporary shelving, innovative storage and filing, and ergonomically designed chairs. The code you need is 3006, and the offer ends on 30 June.

There’s a competition to enter with online furniture boutique Sweetpea and Willow , who specialize in affordable ranges of hand-painted French-style furniture and accessories. To celebrate the relaunch of their website they are offering you a chance to win the luxurious silky cushions shown here (worth £80 per pair). Go to and sign up to their newsletter before 10th of June.

Ask the experts
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Q. I am looking for low voltage mood lighting for a bathroom. I would like wall
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Sources of the month

This month we thought we’d do a round-up of garden houses and a quick search on came up with all sorts of styles: for their National Trust summerhouses, inspired by Virginia Woolf’s and George Bernard Shaw’s garden retreats. for a huge range – from revolving versions to garden buildings with sustainable living green roofs. and for bespoke garden rooms. for contemporary garden houses. And finally, for cosy shepherd’s huts..

New book

The Yellow Book 2008, published by The National Gardens Scheme (£7.99) lists an astonishing 3,500 private gardens (from large country estates to allotments) open to the public for charity on certain days of the year. To find out more visit.