June 2007 Newsletter

Welcome to our monthly newsletter, providing you with the latest must go to events, trend forecasts, new sources, and answers to your interior problems.

'As summer approaches it's time to recover your garden cushions with the wide range of new exciting outdoor fabrics. Check out the fantastic new ranges by Casamance, Osborne & Little (shown here), Larsen, Lulu DK, Donghia, Brunschwig & Fils, Pierre Frey and Lelievre. We like making bean bags up in these bold fabrics and throw them into the garden when extra guest arrive. Also check out the great outdoor sheer fabrics by Perennials so you can create your own cabana over the sunloungers!'Eleanora Cunietti, Carden Cunietti
Don't miss this month
Exhibitions, sales, fairs, courses and events you should know about. House & Garden Daily Telegraph Fair, Olympia Exhibition Centre, London (27-30 June) Finally it’s here - the big interiors and gift show of the year, with over 300 exhibitors hand picked by House & Garden Magazine. Among the attractions are workshops by KLC School of Design and The John Cullen Light House (kitchen shown here) which will show how lighting can dramatically transform a space, with practical ideas and energy-efficient solutions. Book a ticket at the special price of £13 and bring a guest for £7. Visit or call 08701212525 and quote HG31. And don’t forget to visit us on the H&G Addresses stand (B2) ! The Summer Fair Olympia, Olympia Exhibition Centre, London W14 (7-17 June), June is a buzzing month for the finer things of life in London…feast your eyes with confidence on both old and new treasures at Olympia, knowing that each item has been scrutinized and vetted by a team of over 200 experts, for authenticity. Here you will find only the best collectors’ treasures Pulse, Earls Court, London (3-5 June) Keep your finger on the pulse of design trends for retailers. This is where new trends are set and spotted by buyers and consumers alike. The International Ceramics Fair & Seminar, The Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly, London W1 (14-17 June) OK me old china plate ! Check out the definitive collectors’ fair, both antique and contemporary, small but selective, a mecca for ceramic lovers plus a 12 part lecture programme. The Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair, Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London W1 (14-20 June) Feast your senses on everything from jewellery, modern paintings to antiques spanning 5000 years Loire Valley Wines Open Garden Squares Weekend, London (9-10 June) It’s the one weekend a year when London yields up her greenest secrets. So come and be a voyeur: there are some 160 private gardens to choose from. Roger Oates' Sale on the Web (June 23-July 7) up to 50% off his smart runners, rugs, fabrics and cushions (sample stock, remnant lengths and discontinued lines). Log on to

Ask the experts
Selected from our free Q&A service Q: I am looking for a company that is able to supply a traditional striped awning - the type which rolls back into a wooden casing. Would you be able to let me know of any you have come across, as I am struggling to find one.
A: Appeal Conservatory Blinds also specialise in patio awnings and Dutch canopies in durable, hard-wearing fabrics. Have a look at their range on
Q: Please could you tell me where I can find someone that supplies and fits Perspex/acrylic splash backs to use in bathrooms instead of tiles.
A: I am not sure that Perspex would be the best material because it scratches easily. Deco Glaze makes glass splash backs in 40 standard colours which would be better suited to your needs.

Sources of the month It’s time for meals outdoors, so we thought we’d do a round-up of practical, wipeable oilcloths (no longer treated with oil, but actually PVC or vinyl-coated fabrics). Shown below, left to right, one of the smart new range of checks and stripes from, cactus from a range of quirky designs by, pretty florals from, and a traditional Provencal motif by Souleiado from www.pad-dé Prices range from £21.50 to £36.95 a metre.
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