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

‘For colour palettes in 2011 it’s all about colour and pattern clash. I think consumers are way more confident with using colour and pattern together in the home, it’s inspiring and a fresh twist on vintage. I love things not matching and like putting a stamp of ‘personality’ on a room - so watch out for turquoise with yellow hues or pink and red combos in floral and stripe designs’
Kate Forman

Kate Forman has just opened her first London shop in what was Cath Kidston's original shop in Clarendon Cross, W11. Sean Cooper's handmade sofas and chairs provide the setting for her pretty floral fabrics.

Members' News

Check out the new downstairs showroom at
Plain English in Marylebone. It’s home to their ‘Urban Cabin’ which they describe as ‘a kitchen for the second decade of the 21st century for those who live in the city but pine for the country’ (no shiny laminates and brushed steel here… ). It’s at 28 Blandford Street London W1. www.plainenglishdesign.co.uk

Top Floor won the ‘Best of Year’ award at the Interior Design Awards in New York with Esti Barnes’ sculptural ‘Emmenthal’ rug. Like all their designs, it’s made to order in any size or colourway. It also works very well as a circular shape. Visit their Chelsea Harbour showroom or go to www.topfloorrugs.com
Chelsom have just won a product innovation award at The Sleep Event for their sleek new SLIM desk lamp, designed specifically for use with a laptop. It’s part of their competitively-priced hotel lighting range. www.chelsom.co.uk

Sources of the month

are specialist fabricators of zinc surfaces, and will make anything in this material (kitchen worktops, cooker hoods, basins, baths, mirror frames), but we’re particularly taken with their charming range of zinc pendant lights in various styles and finishes. The company is based in Switzerland, but products can be shipped worldwide. www.dezinc.ch

The V&A has just opened a stand-alone bookshop/wine bar (the interior was overseen by David Collins) where you can browse books on art and literature but also have a drink and snack. The V&A Reading Rooms are at 8 Exhibition Road, SW7, 020-72250594. Open daily 12-10pm. www.vandareadingrooms.co.uk

Lewis & Wood has launched a series of Creative Winter Workshops, with courses ranging from curtain-making and upholstery to lampshade-making and roman blinds £85 per course). See under ‘News’ on their website (www.lewisandwood.co.uk) or call 01453 878517.

Don't miss this month

The Kensington Antiques Fair (7-9 Jan), Kensington Town Hall, London W8.  The new year has kicked off with this friendly fair since 1979 (sadly, this will be the last). Go to their website for a free e-ticket. www.penman-fairs.co.uk

Adams Antiques Fair (9 Jan), Horticultural Hall, Elverton St, London SW1. The biggest monthly antiques fair in central London. www.adamsantiquesfairs.com

The National Fine Art & Antiques Fair (12-16 Jan), NEC, Birmingham
In association with LAPADA, around 100 leading dealers from across the UK present for sale exhibits spanning 2000 years. All items are carefully vetted to ensure authenticity and quality. The organisers are offering us a complimentary invite for two on presentation of a print-out of this newsletter. www.thenationalfair.co.uk

Top Drawer Spring (16-18 Jan), Earls Court, London. The trade comes here to trawl from around 700 suppliers of gifts, home accessories, jewellery, cards and stationery, outdoor products and more. www.topdrawerspring.com

Interior Design Sale (17-21 Jan), Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, London SW10. Up to 60% off selected fabrics and wallcoverings, furniture, lighting, accessories, carpets and rugs. It’s open to the public as well. For more information call 020-7225 9166 or www.dcch.co.uk

The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair (18-23 Jan), The Marquee, Battersea Park, SW11. More than 140 exhibitors under one roof at this popular and inspiring fair, with well-priced pieces from the 17th to the 21st century. This time the Foyer display will focus on the wide range of mirrors and lighting always found at the fair. www.decorativefair.com. For a special 2 for 1 ticket offer, just email pr@pipparoberts.com

London Art Fair (19-23 Jan), Business Design Centre, Islington N1
Now in its twenty-third year, this fair presents over 100 galleries showing modern British and international contemporary artists. It attracts experienced collectors as well as those looking to buy their first original work. 
For two tickets for the price of one, book before 14 January 2011. The advance ticket price is £11 plus £1.50 booking fee. Call 08448 480 141 or book online at www.londonartfair.co.uk quoting LAF137.

Gentleman’s Library Sale (19 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

Paris Deco Off (20-24 Jan). 50 interior design showrooms all over Paris preview their new collections. www.paris-deco-off.com

Maison et Objet /Maison et Objet Editeurs/Scenes d’Interieur(21-25 Jan), Paris-Nord Villepinte, Paris. The top French fabric and home accessory shows for trade visitors. www.maison-objet.com

Luxury Antiques and Fine Art Fair (21-23 Jan) Mere Golf & Country Club, Chester Road, Mere, Cheshire, WA16 6 LJ. A three-day vetted fair with just twenty exhibitors, all members of either BADA or LAPADA. Jewellery, silver, furniture, porcelain, glass, oil paintings and watercolours, sculpture, oriental carpets, maps and prints, Chinese ceramics are there to tempt you. www.adfl.co.uk

Interiors 2011 (23-26 Jan), NEC Birmingham. A trade event which showcases the latest furniture, lighting, flooring, textiles and accessories from at home and abroad. www.interiorsbirmingham.com

The Ski Sale (26 Jan), Christies South Kensington, London SW7. Atmospheric ski and winter sports posters from the early 20th century to the 1950s. www.christies.com

Date in your diary

Watercolours + Works on Paper Fair (3-6 Feb), The Science Museum, London SW7. This fair presents all types of art on paper from every era, including drawings, watercolours, prints, photographs and posters, with prices from £500 to £100,000. This year over 60 galleries are exhibiting. Go to www.watercoloursfair.com to print a discounted e-ticket.

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.parisceramics.com (until 30 Jan) 15% off all new orders of distressed and new stone flooring; 10% off all antique reclaimed limestone and terracotta flooring and a special promo of 15% off custom mosaics and ceramic tile panels.

www.deferranti.com (until 30 Jan) Up to 15% off all new orders for their unusual surfaces, ranging from pietra dura inlay, cosmati, bone and horn, mica, vellum, rare stones and marbles, mosaics, ceramics, terracotta, leather flooring, effervescence (fused glass), metal work (jalies etc), fools’ gold, wood flooring, the Navajo Handmade Tile Collection by Neisha Crosland and more.

www.rogeroates.com (from 12 Jan) Online sale: up to 50% off selected runners, rugs and cushions.

www.mandarinstone.com (until 31 Jan) 15% off nearly all their extensive range. Up to 50% off discontinued stone.

www.firedearth.co.uk (until 30 Jan) Up to 25% off selected tiles, kitchens and bathrooms. A massive 50% off selected discontinued tiles.

www.thechildrensfurniturecompany.com Up to 40% off on selected items, with discounts offered across the range.

www.simonhorn.com (until 29 Jan) Up to 40% off showroom stock, including beds, linen and lighting. Up to 20% off the following bed frames to order: Florence, Chatsworth, Louis XVI, Louis XV, Nursery collection cot and BCW Hamilton. Up to 15% off the pull-out range.

www.featherandblack.com (until 31 Jan) Up to 50% off beds, accessories and beautiful bed linens.

www.andsotobed.co.uk (until 28 Feb) 20% off a huge selection of beds, bed linen and throws, bedroom furniture, lamps and accessories. Up to 25% off mattresses and divans (plus an extra 10% off Vi-Spring and Tempur). Savings up to 50% on discounted and ex-display lines.

www.wesley-barrell.co.uk (until 31 Jan) Up to 25% off sofas, armchairs and footstools made to order in your fabric choice. Up to 25% off selected dining tables and chairs.

www.georgesmith.co.uk (15 Jan – 5 Feb) Up to 50% off stock items; 20% discount on new orders and 25% off George Smith fabrics.

www.beaumontandfletcher.com Substantial reductions of 20-60% on all furniture, printed and woven fabrics, wallpapers, mirrors and lights.

www.sashawaddell.com 15% off retail price for all new furniture orders placed in January. Plus special offers on ex-display and clearance pieces.

www.ligne-roset.co.uk (until 31 Jan) 20% off all cabinets and 15% off their entire collection.

www.chaplins.co.uk (until 31 Jan) 15% off all new furniture orders and 10% off lighting*; plus great savings on ex-display items. (*Except Ligne Roset which is 15% off the entire collection and 20% off cabinets).

www.interiorsbyvale.com Up to 50% off many lines during January to make way for exciting new stock.

www.exterior-interior.com 15% off new orders placed in January (excluding items already reduced up to 50% on www.ex-display.co.uk). Customers must mention the House Directory.

www.capellashutters.com (until14 Feb) Up to 15% off new orders throughout their entire shutters range.

www.henandhammock.co.uk (until 31 Jan) Up to 25% off a wide range of items including wool blankets, scarves and wildlife products.

www.cphart.co.uk (until 28 Jan) Up to 40% discount on some of their most popular products including 40% off the Laufen - Living range. Call 0845 600 1950 or visit the site for further information and to find your local showroom.

www.ripples.ltd.uk (until 31 Jan) discounts of up to 15% across all ranges.

www.buyers-sellers.co.uk (until 31 January) Up to 7.5% savings on selected cookers, dishwashers, laundry and refrigeration. 5% discount on all Neff and Siemens built-in appliances. No VAT increase.

www.detailplus.co.uk (until 29 Jan) 20% off Samuel Heath bathroom accessories, Samuel Heath architectural ironmongery and 20% off Bisque radiators.

www.pretavivre.com (until 31 Jan) Up to 50% off a range of curtains; ex-display roman blinds from £25; roller blinds from 40% off; plus ends of lines and ends of rolls from £5 per metre.

www.gelfireplaces.com (until 30 Jan) Up to 40% off a featured fireplace; up to 30% off burners and bowls; up to 50% off clearance and ex-display fireplaces across the entire range.

www.okadirect.com (while stocks last) Up to 60% off selected bedside tables, storage units, dining tables and chairs, cushion covers, upholstered furniture, lighting, glass, china, textiles, rugs and home fragrances.

www.lombok.co.uk (until 31 Jan) Up to 30% off furniture, lighting and accessories and15% off all sofa designs.

www.marksonpianos.com Up to 25% off all new, restored and pre-owned upright and grand pianos.

www.puji.com Up to 50% off on a wide range of products, including coffee tables, TV units and buffets.

www.encompassco.com (January only) Discounts on Roll, Lounge Fire and Travelmate contemporary fires.