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

‘When I think about new trends for the seasons ahead I see bright fresh colours - so bright in fact they are luminous!

Neon is a big thing for next year. Vases can play a big part as well as flowers that clash. If your colour scheme has been focused on neutral greys and whites don’t worry: simply adding a bright pink vase with orange flowers can bring your look up to date.’ Jane Packer

Jane Packer opened her own innovative flower store over twenty years ago in London's West End. Today, she has stores in the UK as well as outlets in New York, Tokyo and Seoul. For her online shop and flower school go to www.janepackerdelivered.com

This month don't miss

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

The Kensington Art & Antiques Fair (7-10 Jan), Kensington Town Hall, London W8.  This fair with some fifty dealers from all over Britain marks the opening of the New Year season for the UK antiques trade. There’s a strong contingent of specialists in 20th century style and design, including Art Deco furniture, original movie posters, ceramics, bronze sculpture and works of art. www.penman-fairs.co.uk

Interior Design Sale (16-22 Jan), Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, London SW10. Up to 80% off selected fabrics and wallcoverings, furniture, lighting, accessories, carpets and rugs. Entry is free ,with 2 hours free parking (closed Sun 17th). For more information call 020-7225 9101 or www.designcentrechelseaharbour.co.uk

Top Drawer Spring (17-19 Jan), Earls Court One, London
A trade show with over 650 suppliers of gifts, home accessories, jewellery, cards and stationery, outdoor products and more. www.topdrawerspring.com

London Art Fair (13-17 Jan), Business Design Centre, Islington. N1.
Now in its 22nd year, you will find over 100 exhibiting galleries here, showing work by modern British and international contemporary artists. Readers of our newsletter can get two tickets for the price of one, if booked before 8th January. The advance ticket price is £11 plus £1 booking fee. Call 08448 480 141 or book online at www.londonartfair.co.uk quoting LAF137

Luxury Antiques Weekend (15-17 Jan), Kilhey Court, Lancashire. A ‘boutique-style’ fair with some 20 dealers in art, furniture, rugs and jewellery. www.kilheycourtfair.com

The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair (19-24 Jan), The Marquee, Battersea Park, SW11. Some 140 exhibitors under one roof at this popular fair, which is always an excellent source of high quality, competitively priced antiques and 20th century design. This time the foyer display will focus on Chinoiserie, highlighting the many eastern influences on British interior design of the past 300 years. 020-7624 5173 www.decorativefair.com. For a special 2 for 1 ticket offer, just email pr@pipparoberts.com

The Country House Sale: Newton Hall, Northumberland (20 Jan), Christies South Kensington, London SW7. A single owner collection belonging to the Widdringtons of Newton, who were a powerful and influential land owning family associated with Northumberland as far back as the 12th century. The sale will feature over 290 lots with estimates ranging from £200 to £50,000. Items on offer include furniture, works of art, Old Master, Continental and British pictures, watercolours, silver, Asian art, sporting art, miniatures, clocks, books and manuscripts and medals. www.christies.com

Gentleman’s Library Sale (20 Jan), Bonhams, New Bond St, London W1. A popular fixture in Bonhams’ annual calendar and a good source of traditional library furniture, as well as globes, scientific instruments and curiosities. www.bonhams.com

The National Fine Art & Antiques Fair (20-24 Jan), NEC, Birmingham
In association with LAPADA, around 100 leading dealers from across the UK offer for sale exhibits spanning 2000 years. These items are carefully vetted to ensure authenticity and quality. They are offering us a complimentary invite for two with a print out of this newsletter. www.thenationalfair.co.uk

The Ski Sale (21 Jan), Christies South Kensington, London SW7. 300 lots of ski and winter sports posters from the early 20th century to the 1950s. www.christies.com

Maison et Objet /Maison et Objet Editeurs/Scenes d’Interieur(22-26 Jan), Paris-Nord Villepinte, Paris. The top French fabric and home accessory shows for trade visitors. www.maison-objet.com

Adams Antiques Fair (24 Jan), Chelsea Town Hall, King's Road, London SW3 Wide and eclectic range of antiques, jewellery, silver, objets d'art, pictures, ceramics & glass. Visit their famous 'vintage' tea room for cream teas, cakes and sandwiches. www.adamsantiquesfairs.com

David Chipperfield:Form Matters (until 31 Jan), Design Museum, Shad Thames, SE1. The first major UK exhibition devoted to this architect, recently knighted in the New Years’ Honours list 2010. www.designmuseum.org

At the dressing table (until 30 Jan), London Silver Vaults, Chancery Lane, WC2. Last chance to catch this selling exhibition of jewellery and accessories dating from the 1700 to the Sixties. Prices from £200 to £12,000. www.thesilvervaults.com

Date in your diary

Watercolours + Works on Paper Fair (3-7 Feb)
, The Science Museum, London SW7. Several thousand watercolours, prints, photographs and posters pictures 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. www.watercoloursfair.com

Members' News

New member Georgia Horton produces wallpapers in lively designs including florals, ribbons, feathers and lobsters, using traditional hand screen-printing techniques. See her collections at www.georgiahorton.com

Georgia has also got her hands on a fantastic collection of vintage scenic murals rescued from the old Arthur Sanderson & Son factory in Perivale, London. They are all authentic and in their original wrappings, as bright as the day they were hand screen printed and hand block printed, nearly a hundred years ago (the latest dates from 1948). They range from £840 to £1680 for a complete set. Tel/Fax: 01795-530755

Rainbow London, known for their wide range of glass chandeliers - from elegant deco to funky 1960s styles – have launched a new range of furniture and accessories. Check out the good range of coffee tables, mirrors and picture frames at www.rainbowlondon.com

Esti Barnes, owner and creative director of Top Floor, has collaborated with Spina to produce a new collection of hand-tufted wool and silk rugs based on traditional Japanese Kokeshi dolls. www.topfloorrugs.com

Sales Round Up

This is the month to pick up a bargain from many of the companies on our website. Here are some to check out:

www.andsotobed.co.uk Up to 20% off bedsteads, up to 35% off mattresses, up to 50% off discontinued linens and ex-display items.

www.beaumontandfletcher.com (9-30 Jan) Substantial discounts of 20% to 60% on new orders, display furniture, fabrics, mirrors and lighting.

www.bronzino.co.uk Samples, discontinued items, special sizes and seconds all reduced. Prices will increase in spring, so now is a good time to buy.

www.buyersandsellersonline.co.uk Up to 5% off Neff and Siemens appliances; up to 6% savings on Miele appliances; up to 10% savings on Maytag appliances; up to 10% off on Britannia cookers; up to 6% off on AEG built-in appliances; savings on multi purchases to include Miele laundry, Neff and Siemens built in appliances.

www.cphart.co.uk (until 30 Jan) Sale items are listed on this weblink; there’s an extra 10% off all items bought before Sat. 9 Jan.

www.detailplus.co.uk (until 31 Jan) Discount on Samuel Heath bathroom accessories and door furniture plus 15% off Bisque radiators.

www.elemental.uk.com Lots of reclaimed, vintage and antique pieces reduced by up to 30%, plus a further 5% off any online sales using code WS0110.

www.exterior-interior.com 15% discount on contemporary furniture and lighting orders in January.

www.firedearth.com (until 30 Jan). Up to 50% off wall & floor tiles, and up to 25% off kitchens & bathrooms. 57 stores nationwide.

www.freestanding-kitchens.com (until end Jan) The Bohemian Company is offering 10% off all painted freestanding kitchen units and furniture.

www.geoffreyharris.co.uk (until 30 Jan) Sale on selected ex-display design classic lighting.

www.georgesmith.co.uk (16 Jan-6 Feb) Up to 50% off showroom stock, 20% off new furniture orders, 25% off George Smith fabrics.

www.jhtrousseau.co.uk 30% off selected bedlinen, 20% off throws and 50% off suede cushions. Plus free delivery.

www.henandhammock.co.uk (6-31st January) Up to 25% off garden products including picnic blankets, alpaca scarves and garden notebooks.

www.kellyhoppen.com From 10 to75% off selected shop stock.

www.maharanitrading.com Reductions of up to 50% on some clothing and shawls and 20% off everything else in the store, including antique textiles and jewellery.

www.marksonpianos.com Centenary Celebration Sale. Substantial discounts on a selection of upright and grand pianos including designs by Conran and Peter Maly; the Steingraeber Twist & Change model; the Bosendorfer designed by Porsche; and the Yamaha Diskalvier. Special offers include a free stool and tuning with the purchase of any piano in the sale.

www.okadirect.com (until 28 Jan) Savings up to 70% on sale items. 15% off selected non-sale items, subject to availability.

www.pretavivre.com (from 6 Jan) 100 pairs of ex-display curtains half price. Single curtains from £25 each. Cuts and end of rolls of fabrics from £10 m. 10 to 40% off selected made to measure curtains and blinds. Up to 50% off selected curtains in the Wandsworth Bridge Road showroom.

www.ripples.ltd.uk (until 30 Jan) Huge savings on a complete range of products.

www.rogeroates.com (13-30 Jan) Web sale with up to 50% off selected runners, rugs, fabrics and cushions.

www.sashawaddell.com (until end Jan) 15% off all retail orders placed on fabrics and furniture. Discounts on ex-display stock.

www.surfacetiles.com Introductory offers and up to 30% off selected tiles.

www.thechildrensfurniturecompany.com (until 18 Jan) Great discounts on all their ranges.