Welcome to our monthly newsletter, providing you with the latest events and courses, trend forecasts, new sources, and answers to your interior design problems.
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‘This winter season, silk-velvets and luxurious embroidered fabrics with a baroque feeling are making a comeback in interiors. Colours include natural rich tones with gold, copper and greens, and finishes such as blonde walnut, brass inlays and parchment will feature. Sumptuous fabrics will harmonize with clean modern lines and are accented with original pieces of Biedermeier and Art Deco furniture. An eclectic mix, but with an overall (albeit restrained) opulence.’ Birgit Israel

Birgit Israel, known for her compelling mix of vintage and antique furniture and also her contemporary furniture, lighting and accessories (most recently the hand-crafted 'Made in Germany' collection, inspired by 1930s designs) is opening a new store this month at 251- 253 Fulham Road, London SW3. 020 7376 7255, www.birgitisrael.com

Members' News

Trimmings specialists Henry Newbery were involved in an exciting project for the Queen Anne house Avebury Hall, owned by the National Trust. The BBC filmed them making trimmings in their London workshop, and brought together a whole team of historians, designers and volunteers to refurbish the 500 year old manor. To see clips of ’The Manor Reborn’: www.bbc.co.uk www.henrynewbery.com

Oficina Inglesa recently completed a large project for a colonial farmhouse in Barbados. We’re proud to say the client found them through The House Directory! To see their fantastic range of 600 + items of French reproduction furniture, go to www.oficinainglesa.com

Luxury interiors company English Home has launched the most luxurious appliquéd fabrics. From sumptuous crushed velvets in rich burgundy or khaki to delicate silks in white or cream, they are sold by the metre and will certainly add glamour to any project. Available in the UK through the Brian Yates showroom at Chelsea Harbour Design Centre. www.englishhome.com

Don't Miss This Month and 2 for 1 offers…

Adams Antiques Fair (8 Jan), Horticultural Hall, Elverton St, London SW1. The biggest monthly antiques fair in central London. www.adamsantiquesfairs.com

Home (15-17 Jan), Earls Court, London. Running alongside the well-established trade gift and accessories show Top Drawer is a brand new homeware show aimed at buyers, retailers and interior designers. It promises thousands of new products from over 170 brands. Plus a line-up of seminars. www.home-london.net

London Art Fair (18-22 January), Business Design Centre, Islington N1
Galleries from across the UK and overseas will present the work of over 1,000 artists covering the period from the early 20th century to the present. You will see museum quality British art as well as contemporary work from leading figures and emerging talent. For two tickets for the price of one for the Thursday evening reception on 19 Jan 6-9pm (with wine and a free catalogue), book before 13 January. The advance ticket price is £11 plus £1.50 booking fee. Call 08448 480 141 or book online at www.londonartfair.co.uk

The National Fine Art & Antiques Fair (18-22 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. www.thenationalfair.co.uk

Paris Deco Off (19-23 Jan), 50 interior design showrooms all over Paris preview their new collections. www.paris-deco-off.com

Indigo Paris Home (19 -20 Jan), Bourse de Commerce, Paris. Indigo, the trade show for textile design and creation, is launching a new edition for the home. www.indigo-salon.com

Maison et Objet /Maison et Objet Editeurs/Scenes d’Interieur(20-24 Jan), Paris-Nord Villepinte, Paris. The top French fabric and home accessory shows for trade visitors. www.maison-objet.com

Colefax & Fowler Sale (20 Jan), The Royal Horticultural Halls, Lawrence Hall, Greycoat Street, London SW1. A one day only sale with up to 70% off fabrics and wallpapers (open 10am-5pm). www.colefax.com

Interiors UK (22-25 Jan), NEC Birmingham. This show claims to be the UK’s largest interiors trade exhibition. Source furniture, lighting, flooring, fabrics, soft furnishings and accessories for retail and contract markets from leading manufacturers and suppliers. www.interiorsuk.com

The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair (24-29 Jan), The Marquee, Battersea Park, SW11. More than 140 exhibitors under one roof at this popular and inspiring fair, which interior designer and private buyers visit for antiques, 20th century design, works of art and pictures, decorative accessories and collectors’ items from the 17th century to the present day. www.decorativefair.com

Craigie Aitchison Sale (26 Jan), Bloomsbury Auctions, 24 Maddox St, London W1. A sale of props that inspired the artist’s work (paintings & photographs, models, dolls, furniture) along with pieces of his work. The lots will be on view beforehand at the London Art Fair (see above). www.bloomsburyauctions.com

Luxury Antiques and Fine Art Fair (27-29 Jan), Harewood, near Leeds, West Yorkshire. Art and antiques from 30 dealers, all members of the BADA or LAPADA, the UK’s two professional antiques associations. And while you’re there, visit the 100 acre garden by Capability Brown. For two tickets for the price of one, contact The Antiques Dealers Fair Ltd on 01797 252030, email info@adfl.co.uk or take along our newsletter to the fair. www.adfl.co.uk

Interior Design Sale (Sat 28 Jan, Mon 30 Jan-Fri 3 Feb), Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, London SW10. Up to 75% 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

Dates in Your Diary

Watercolours + Works on Paper Fair (2-5 Feb), Level 2 Galleries, The Science Museum, London SW7. This eclectic and lively 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. Print out and take in this newsletter for two tickets for the price of one! www.worksonpaperfair.com

The Collection of Will Fisher, Founder of Jamb (2 Feb), Christie’s South Kensington, London SW7. Antiquarian and collector extraordinaire Will Fisher is selling some 500 lots from his home in Camberwell and from the Jamb showrooms in Pimlico which is moving to new premises. The auction will include ‘objects I have owned since my childhood, items I swore I would never sell, and even fifty of my favourite chimneypieces’. All lots will be on view to the public at Jamb, 107a Pimlico Road from 28 Jan to 1 Feb. www.christies.com

January Sales Round-up

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

www.volgalinen.co.uk (until end Jan) Up to 75% discounts on end of line products; 20% discount on 2011 catalogue; 15% discount on all fabrics.

(until end January) 15% off 'bitter chocolate' limestone and custom-made mosaics.

(until end January) 15% off Pierre du Mont limestone, hand-distressed to look antique. Also 15% off antique reclaimed floors and hand-painted ceramic tiles.

(until end Jan) 15% off stone bathtubs and 15% off the Eco Collection on orders over 20sqm. 

(until 5 Feb) Up to 25% off custom-made upholstery and up to 60% off stock to clear in selected showrooms.

(until 31 Jan) Up to 60% off items in the Tutti Frutti range, ex-display furniture, and bunting.

(until 31 Jan) Cast iron Cleo bath at 25% off original price. 25% off all other sanitaryware (except antique taps).

(while stock lasts) At least 30% off ex-display stock.

(11 Jan – 4 Feb) 50% off rugs, runners and fabrics including seconds, sample stock, remnants and discontinued lines.

(until 31 Jan) Discounts on a complete range of bathroom products.

(while stock lasts) Single curtains from £10; pairs from £40; blinds from £10; fabrics greatly reduced from £1 per metre. Cushions and covers from £5.

(until Jan 31st) Up to 50% discount on bookcases, TV units, coffee, side and console tables, sideboards, chairs and decorative accessories.

(until 31 Jan) 50% off selected sale items including bedroom furniture, dining chairs and storage solutions. Limited stock.

. Up to 40% off with special pieces 'Daisy' and 'Elephants' created especially for the sale. 

(until 31 Jan) Up to £2,500 in part exchange if you trade in your old acoustic or digital piano for a new Yamaha.

(until 31 Jan) 15% off their huge variety of stone including limestone, marble, travertine, slate, sandstones, granite, terracotta, mosaics, porcelain and pebbles (exc. Classic and discontinued lines).

(until Jan 31) Embroidered silk and other jackets half price. 50% off all jewellery. Selected kurtas, tops, trousers in silk and wool and cotton at 50% off. 10% off everything else in store.

(until end Jan) 15% off across the collection. 25% off Pumkin, Anna Bed, Anda and Sala in Indiana leather. See their website for exceptions.

(until 30 Jan) Save up to 40% on furniture and accessories, including current collections, end of line items and ex-display stock.

(14 Jan – 4 Feb) Up to 50% off showroom stock; 20% off new furniture orders; 25% off new fabric orders.

(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.

(until 28 Jan) Up to 25% off selected tiles, kitchens and bathrooms. Also 50% off discontinued tiles.

(until 29 Jan) Current collections discounted by up to 50%, clearance items by up to 60%.

(until 31 Jan) Discounts of up to 30% on major brands and special bargains on ex-display items including door and cabinet knobs and handles and bathroom accessories.

www.cphart.co.uk (until 3 Mar) Up to 50% off selected designer collections including Alessi, Starck and Citterio as well as C.P. Hart's own in-house range.

www.interiorsbyvale.com (while stock lasts) Sale on selected items for the conservatory or any room in your home. Call for details 08458-727626.

www.clifton.co.uk (until 31 Jan) Rummage sale with reductions of up to 40% on homeware including armoires, chandeliers and Linum cushions. Plus garden sundries, tools, light gardening equipment, perennials and shrubs at a fraction of the original price.

www.chesneys.co.uk (until 31 Jan) Discounts on both stove and fireplace collections with special offers of up to 50% off on selected items.

www.chaplins.co.uk Up to 70% off on clearance items. Great savings on new orders and special offers on selected items.

www.capellashutters.com (until 31 Jan) Orionwood shutters colour-matched in any designer paint range (including Farrow & Ball, Sanderson and Paint & Paper Library) at no additional charge.

www.beaumontandfletcher.com (14 Jan – 28 Jan) 25% to 60% off all showroom furniture; 20% off new furniture orders, printed and woven fabrics, wallpapers, mirrors and lighting.

www.andsotobed.co.uk (until 29 Feb) Up to 30% current collections and up to 50% off end of line items and ex-display stock.

www.j-v-b.com (9-26 January) The JVB Furniture sale includes both country and town pieces: up to 75% off dining tables, coffee tables, shelving units and lamps. 

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