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Tips & Trends

‘Turquoise inspired by water and sky, and light muted pastel shades will be key colour trends of the season. Making their way into the home and garden through accessories and strong individual statement pieces. Strong vibrant pattern will also be a focal point.’ Isabelle Palmer of

The Balcony Gardener specialises in ready-planted container gardens delivered to your door. It also stocks a great range of hand-picked accessories including some charming new hand-screenprinted gardening notebooks.

This month don't miss

London Festival of Architecture 2010 (until 4 July), There’s still time to catch some events at this city-wide celebration of architecture in the capital. We’re particularly taken with sculptor Brendan Jamison’s sugar cube model of Tate Modern made with over 70,000 sugar cubes ! www.lfa2010.org

Master Drawings London (3-9 July), St. James’s, Mayfair and Bloomsbury. Twenty-one leading drawings specialists from London and overseas come together in a series of exhibitions, all within walking distance of each other. On show will be a wide range of high quality drawings from the Renaissance to the present day. www.masterdrawingsinlondon.co.uk It runs alongside its sister event, Master Paintings Week, www.masterpaintingsweek.co.uk

New Designers 2010 (1-4 July and 8-11 July), Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 . A springboard for the year’s brightest graduate talent. Some 3,500 newly graduated designers from the top 200 design courses in the country exhibit their work – from animation to architecture, graphics to glass and fashion to furniture. For tickets go to www.newdesigners.com

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (6-11 July), Among the must-see features of this year’s largest annual flower show in the world is a traditional russet apple orchard, complete with beehives and a small flock of  lively Brahma chickens. For tickets call 0844 3387524 or go to www.rhs.org.uk/Hamptoncourtpalace

Milton Keynes International Festival (16-25 July), One of the features of this new multi-arts festival will be a luminarium – it may look like an elaborate bouncy castle, but it’s a huge walk-in sculpture by Architects of Air that immerses the visitor in a unique luminous light and vivid colour experience. www.ifmiltonkeynes.org

International Antique & Collectors’ Fair (20-21 July), South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex. One of the antiques world’s key fixtures, this fair boasts up to 1,700 stalls and is only one hour from London. Tuesday is trade day, Wednesday public entry. www.iacf.co.uk

Free Range Art & Design Show (until 26 July), The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London E1. The show provides the best platform for graduate art and design students from over 100 university courses from across the UK to showcase their work to the public and to industry. For full listings and opening days & times see www.free-range.org.uk

Antiques for Everyone (22-25 July), The NEC, Birmingham. 300 specialist dealers at the UK’s largest indoor, datelined event with prices ranging from under £10 to over £100,000. Plus a special display of silver from the Birmingham Assay Office www.antiquesforeveryone.co.uk

1:1 Architects Build Small Spaces (until 30 August) V&A, Cromwell Rd, SW7. The museum has commissioned architectural firms to design small structures, and seven of them have been built at full scale. www.vam.ac.uk/smallspaces

Maison Martin Margiela ‘20’ The Exhibition (until 5 Sept)
Somerset House. A major exhibition celebrating 20 years of one of contemporary fashion’s most influential and enigmatic designers. There are garments, installations, photography and film. www.somersethouse.org.uk

'Siren City: Photographs of Naples by Johnnie Shand Kydd' (1 July-12 Sept), Estorick Collection, London N1. An exhibition of black & white photographs which capture the chaotic beauty of Naples. www.estorickcollection.com/exhibitions

Cornwall Design Fair 2010 (21-22 Aug), Trereife House, Nr Penzance, Cornwall. If you’re here on holiday, pop in to meet designer-makers and see a wide range of furniture, interior products, textiles and accessories, all for sale. www.hiddenartlondon.co.uk/cornwalldesignfair

Sources of the month

One of London’s best kept secrets, Core One Antiques, takes up two floors in a vast industrial building at the Gasworks, just off the Kings Road.  There are nine dealers in period and decorative antiques, twentieth century design, lighting, mirrors and upholstery. Among them is De Parma who have just won the Country Life-LAPADA Object of the Year award for a group of six Buccheri vases made by Carlo Alberto Rossi to designs by Gio Ponti in 1940. The vases were made - using the same techniques as the Etruscans - in ‘bucchero’ pottery, a method revived by Rossi. www.coreoneantiques.com

The Garden Room is Clifton Nurseries’ bright and airy new shop, filled with garden and indoor furniture and accessories including throws and cushions, oversize crystal vases, modern ceramics, and lots more. To celebrate the launch, they are offering our newsletter subscribers a 15% discount (except on Fermob furniture) until end of Sept. Just print up this page and go to 5a Clifton Villas, W9. www.clifton.co.uk

If you need to move an item of furniture from A to B, there’s a useful new service on offer from Anyvan.com. It’s a delivery auction website: you fill out an online form to tell them what needs moving and then just wait for quotes to come rolling in (and you don’t have to accept any of them..). www.anyvan.com

Phase Two: the V&A Ceramics Study Galleries has just opened. It’s a veritable walk-in encyclopaedia of the history of ceramics with some 26,500 objects presented in beautiful new displays of ‘visible storage’ (with detailed information on each object in computer terminals in each room). www.vam.ac.uk


We sent out a Sales Round-up in June, and some of these sales are still running, so here’s our list again in case you missed it : www.thehousedirectory.com


If you’re feeling creative this summer, take a look at The School of Stuff’s inspiring courses – many of them are furniture-related, others simply ‘crafty’ (they even do shoe-making !). They still have places on their five-day upholstery course and five-day introduction to marquetry this July. www.theschoolofstuff.co.uk

New Books

Dream Gardens of England, 100 Inspirational Gardens by Barbara Baker
(Merrell. RRP £24.95) has more than 500 photographs of gardens of all styles and in all parts of the country and is packed with ideas for garden-design. To buy it at the special price of £19.95 (+ free p&p), call 01235 465500 and quote: MPMERDGEHD. (Offer ends 30th September 2010, UK only.)

And finally, to wow you with…

Ulrich Reithofer's brilliant Radiator brooch and Ladder earrings from the Collect 2010 exhibition in May. He was one of the artists being shown by Galerie Marzee from the Netherlands. www.marzee.nl