May 2007 Newsletter

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

Other things being equal, we’re inclined to trust John Stefanidis’ instincts. 'For summer 2007' he says, 'there will be masses of white and some blue with washable loose covers on the increase'. Who are we to disagree?
Don't miss this month
Exhibitions, sales, fairs, courses and events you should know about. RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2007, Royal Hospital, Chelsea (22-26 May) This year’s event merges green fingers with green practice. Six roof gardens will highlight ways to help cities be greener; ideas for growing your own fruit and vegetables and for drought-tolerant plants; plus the Marshalls Sustainability Garden, which will include solar panelled sculptures which produce electricity and the recycling of 'grey water' from the house through reed bed filters. Ticket booking line 0870 8422234. Objects of Desire: The Lapada London Fair (10-13 May 2007), 6 Burlington Gardens, W1. In it’s 2nd year, this fair attracts young professionals as well as collectors and international visitors. 70 dealers will offer antiques and collectors items with prices ranging from £100 to over £100,000. Special offer of 2 tickets for the price of 1 if you print and present this page. May is also Museums and Galleries month. There are activities, talks and workshops planned at museums all over the country. This year’s theme is 'People: who are we?' For more details visit: or, a very useful database of what’s on when at over 3800 museums, galleries and heritage sites. During the Brighton Festival of Artists Open Houses over 1000 artists will throw open their galleries, studios and homes. Taking place over the first four weekends in May - visit: for more information.

Note in your diary House & Garden Daily Telegraph Fair (27-30 June)
The best retail therapy is creative therapy as well. This year’s 300 exhibitors, hand-picked by House & Garden magazine, offer a heaven-sent opportunity to pick up ideas for every room in your house - and your garden.
A visit to Olympia will give you the chance to see all the latest design trends and new products at once. The New Generation: Designers feature showcases the latest in young British design with the ISOS Collection - a range of stunning products from designers including Max Lamb and Massimo Fenati - available to buy for the first time at the fair. 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: For my new kitchen I want something quite specific: lime green high-gloss cabinet doors with white worksurfaces.
A: Parapan manufactures a glossy acrylic material which can be used on kitchen doors, splashbacks, cabinet fronts, cladding and any other vertical surface. It comes in 18 colours – including lime. Visit: The German company Rational also has an acid ‘apple green’ kitchen in its Cambia range. For more details contact Kitchen Co-ordination on 020-8958 6262 or
Q: I wish to reupholster an early 20th century garden parasol shade sympathetically- I was thinking deck chair style canvas.
A: Have a look at They sell traditional striped deckchair canvas in narrow 45cm (and wider widths too) which might be suitable for your parasol. They also sell old-fashioned parasols!

Sources of the month We are nothing if not resourceful: we can help you source animals as well ! (only interesting ones, mark ). New members Farrlacey Alpacas breed Peruvian and Chilean alpacas in mid-Lincolnshire and convert their fleeces into luxurious duvets, mattress toppers, shawls and clothing. They also sell the animals. Odd - suppliers of great garden swinging sofas and other nostalgic garden furniture - are also selling Mungo the donkey as he is not very friendly and horrid to the other donkey they have!