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Tips & Trends

‘There is less money around so restaurant visits are down but home entertainment is up. So decorate those dining room walls with gorgeous colours: aubergines, deepest darkest navy blues with some mirroring, panelling painted in beautiful chalky smokey greys and charcoals teamed with nickel and silver accessories. All these look wonderful and if you are concerned it is too dark, then keep your hallway light but really go for it with some dramatic colours in the dining area.’ Stephanie Dunning

Stephanie Dunning runs an interior and architectural design practice in Wiltshire and recently launched The English Joinery Company which specialises in great off-the-shelf panelling, skirtings, cupboard doors and more – all delivered within 5-10 working days.

This month don't miss

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

Watercolours + Works on Paper Fair (3-7 Feb), The Science Museum, London SW7. Several thousand watercolours, prints, photographs and posters will be for sale, spanning every style and period from the 17th century to the present. prices from as little as £100 up to £100,000 and beyond. Don’t miss the loan exhibition of drawings, watercolours and photographs from the Science Museum's vast archive of material, which is not normally displayed. Just print out this page to buy one ticket and get one free. www.watercoloursfair.com

Wallpaper, Art & Culture (6 Feb-3 May), Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.
An exhibition of wallpapers designed by over 30 artists including Andy Warhol, Sarah Lucas and Damien Hirst.  Grouped around themes such as subversion, commodification, imprisonment and sexuality, this is wallpaper as an art form rather than for domestic use. www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk

Heal’s Antiques Selling Exhibition (7 Feb-3 April), 196 Tottenham Court Road, London W1. From original Arts & Crafts to 1950s pieces - to be sold in the same building as they were a century ago. www.heals.co.uk

20/21 International Art Fair (18-21 Feb), Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7. International modern and contemporary art – oils, original prints, watercolours, drawings, photography and ceramics from 1900 to the present, with a very accessible price range. For details see www.20-21intartfair.com

The Chester Antiques & Fine Art Show (11-14 Feb), The County Grandstand, Chester Racecourse, Chester. More than fifty dealers from across the country will offer for sale a wide range of antiques, works of art and objets d'art with prices from under £50 to over £20,000. All exhibits are vetted for quality and authenticity. www.penmanfairs.co.uk

London Plant & Design Show (16-17 Feb) RHS Horticultural Halls, Greycoat Street and Vincent Square, London SW1. Ideas and inspiration for balconies and urban gardens. Some of the UK’s best nurseries will be bringing spring flowering plants, plus books, tools and accessories. www.rhs.org.uk

The Listed Property Show (20-21 Feb). Olympia 2, London. This event provides owners of listed buildings with access to the products and services of around 150 specialist suppliers. Plus information on VAT, grants, insurance etc. For details visit www.listedpropertyshow.co.uk

Osborne & Little Sale (25-27 Feb), BAC, Battersea Arts Centre, London, SW11. A three day sale featuring discounted fabrics, wallpapers and trimmings from Osborne & Little, Nina Campbell, Liberty Furnishings and Lorca, plus a selection of furniture and ex display items. Open 10-6 (10-4 on last day). www.osborneandlittle.com

Luxury Antiques Weekend (26-28 Feb), Tortworth Court, Wotton-under-Edge, Glouc. This ‘boutique-style’ fair will feature specialist dealers in fine furniture, silver, jewellery, sculpture, paintings, oriental carpets, ceramics, book illustrations, prints, clocks, portrait miniatures, arms and armour, glass and other objets d'art. 
 See www.adfl.co.uk

Ceramic Art London (26-28 Feb), Royal College of Art, London SW7.
A selling exhibition of contemporary studio ceramics by over 75 established and emerging artists. Plus talks and demonstrations. www.ceramics.org.uk

Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh (until 11 April), Whitechapel Gallery, London E1. Over 400 photographs spanning 150 years – a comprehensive survey of photography in South Asia. www.whitechapelgallery.org

Dates in Your Diary

International Antique & Collectors’ Fair (2-3 March)
, South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex www.iacf.co.uk. One of the antiques world’s best-known fixtures, this fair boasts up to 1,700 stalls and is only one hour from London. Tuesday is trade day, Wednesday public entry.

Ecobuild (2-4 March), Earl’s Court, London. Billed as the biggest event in the world for sustainable design and construction. www.ecobuild.co.uk

21st Bath Decorative & Antiques Fair (4-6 March)
, The Pavilion, Bath.
45 exhibitors will be offering country and painted decorative furniture from the UK and Europe, lighting, folk art, naïve paintings, needlework and textiles, unusual decorative items for the garden and more. www.bathdecorativeantiquesfair.co.uk

Source of the Month

Josephine Home
’s popular signature tweed, spun and woven for them in Scotland, is now available by the metre. There are four different designs, some in traditional palettes, others with a modern twist, at £37 m. www.jhtrousseau.co.uk

Round and About

At Top Drawer, one of our favourite new products was Swedish company NUD’s great range of lighting flex in 3 styles and a kaleidoscope of 44 colours. www.nudcollection.com

Meanwhile, a high point at the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair was the sight of specialist in 20th century design Sean Berg, reclining on the extraordinary structure which is ‘Living Tower’, a limited edition piece of furniture by the Danish designer Verner Panton, made in about 1970. Only about 40 of them were ever produced, but apparently each member of Deep Purple had one! www.seanbergltd.com