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Trends

‘Children are now invited into the whole of the home instead of being confined to their bedrooms! That’s why there is a growing demand for high-end design for ALL the family that maximises the physical and visual space in the whole house. This inclusive approach demands clever and flexible design solutions that will work both short and long term as a family grows and as its tastes and personalities evolve’, says Rebecca Sharman of Lionwitchwardrobe.

Go to www.lionwitchwardrobe.co.uk to check out their contemporary furniture and innovative storage solutions – all British-made. They also make bespoke furniture.


Our Stand at Decorex

A big thank you to Genesis Imaging for the production and installation of our giant home page (look at their vast range of photographic and display graphics services on www.genesis-digital.net ), and to Fermob for lending us their Facto steel stools which retail at £162. See www.fermob.com for stockists and to see their full range of colourful garden furniture, or call 0870 974 9848 for more details.

And the lucky winner of our competition to win the fabulous Nicole Farhi chunky, hand-knitted wool throw was florist Vicki Hatton-Vincent. To see the new Nicole Farhi Home collections visit the shops at 17 Clifford St, W1 or 202 Westbourne Grove, W11 or go to www.nicolefarhi.com




This month don't miss

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

The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair (until 5 Oct), The Marquee, Battersea Park, London SW11. If you’re quick you can still get to this inspiring fair, with more than 130 exhibitors. Plus a special selling exhibition called MODEL LIVING: Architectural Models, Miniature Furniture, Apprentice Pieces, Patents, Ships and Toys. www.decorativefair.com Just print out this page to buy one ticket and get one free.

Art London (2-6 Oct), Royal Hospital, Chelsea. 80 galleries will be showcasing their very best paintings, drawings, prints, photography, sculpture, glass and ceramics. www.artlondon.net

The Cotswold Art & Antique Dealers’ Association Autumn Selling Exhibition(4-18 Oct). Eleven shops in seven towns in the Cotswolds will take part. www.cotswolds-antiques-art.com

Origin (7-12 and 14-19 Oct), Somerset House, Strand, WC2. Come here to see the very latest work in glass, ceramics, jewellery, metal, furniture, paper, basketry, wood and textiles. You can buy and even commission original and one-off pieces. Over 300 artisans, with works priced from £20 to £20,000. www.craftscouncil.org.uk/origin

Grand Designs Live (10-12 Oct), NEC Birmingham. The sister show to the London Grand Designs – there are interactive features, seminars, and 400 exhibitors under one roof. www.granddesignslive.com

Frieze Art Fair (16-19 Oct), Regent’s Park, NW1. This fair takes place every October. 150 galleries from around the world provide visitors with the opportunity to see and purchase works of art by over 1000 of the world’s leading contemporary artists. www.friezeartfair.com

Design Art London (12-14 Oct), Hanover Square, W1. London’s first fair devoted to modern and contemporary furniture and decorative arts from around the world. www.designlondonfair.com

Zoo Art Fair (17-20 Oct), Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, W1. Now in its fifth year, this is a showcase for up-and-coming contemporary art talent. www.zooartfair.com

International Antiques & Collectors’ Fair (30-31 Oct), South of England Showroom, West Sussex. Around 1700 stands selling everything you could possibly imagine. www.dmgantiquefairs.com

The Affordable Art Fair (23-26 Oct), Battersea Park, London. Some 110 galleries from across the UK and overseas gather to exhibit contemporary art. The fair’s easy going atmosphere invites you to browse amongst the thousands of paintings, sculpture, photography and original prints - all priced under £3,000. There’s also a complimentary shuttle from Sloane Square and a 2-4-1 ticket offer - simply print out this page and show it at the ticket desk. See www.affordableartfair.com for more info.

TVADA Autumn Antiques & Art Fair (24-26 Oct), Radley College, Abingdon, Oxfordshire
On offer at this established antiques fair will be an extensive selection of art, plus sculpture, glass, clocks & barometers, carpets and decorative accessories. Also advice on interior design and colour schemes. The fair hopes to raise funds for a children’s hospice by holding a children’s circus workshop each day. www.tvada.co.uk

International Antiques & Collectors’ Fair (9-10 Oct), Newark & Notts International Showground. The largest antiques fair in Europe, with over 4000 stalls. www.dmgantiquefairs.com















Date in your diary

Spirit of Christmas (5-9 Nov)
, Olympia, London. This annual Christmas shopping event brings together hundreds of exhibitors. Gifts, decorations, specialist foods and wines galore. Visit www.spiritofchristmasfair.co.uk



Sources of the month

As one of our most frequently asked questions is where to find 'fake book', or 'trompe l’oeil' bookcase wallpaper, we thought it was time for a round-up.…

The standard is set by ‘Bibliotheque’ from Brunschwig & Son, at £236 for a 4.5m drop roll (www.brunschwig.com or 020-7351 5797) and ‘Ex Libris’ from Cole & Son, £65-£75 for 10m roll ( www.cole-and-son.com ) On a related theme, check out the false antique leather book panels from The Manor Bindery ( www.manorbindery.co.uk ) and The Original Book Works ( www.originalbooks.net ) who also do paperback and vellum versions.

If your budget doesn’t stretch to such refinement, what about two great giftwrap papers? There’s ‘Spines’ featuring Penguin Classics, only £1.95 a sheet from www.bloomsburystore.com or 0225-461049 (available from end Oct) and several different ones from the Bodleian Library shop in Oxford, including this design (ST1080) with 17th and 18th century books, which is £4.95 for 6 sheets. Buy it from their shop or online at www.shop.bodley.ox.ac.uk







New Book

‘The Wonderful Weekend Book: Reclaiming the Weekend with Life’s Simple Pleasures’
by gardening writer Elspeth Thompson is about reclaiming the weekend to re-charge our batteries and relationships. A book packed with practical suggestions for restoring the balance in our lives, organised around the seasons. Published by John Murray, £12.99 www.johnmurrays.co.uk




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