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Tips & Trends

Geraldine James is Home Buying Manager at Selfridges. In her new book, Creative Walls (Cico Books, £19.99) she shows how walls can be used to create havens of self-expression, and illustrates how to display virtually anything from scratch. The image shown here is of a narrow hallway with a panel made up of vintage paperback covers to provide a vibrant splash of colour. www.cicobooks.co.uk

If you are inspired to do the same, there’s an easy way: just buy ‘Postcards from Penguin’, a box set of 100 postcards, each featuring a different and iconic Penguin book jacket. £14.99 from www.penguin.co.uk

We’ve also discovered that Penguin in Australia have reissued 200 orange-covered ‘Popular Penguins’. Not yet available in the UK, but they will be next year… www.popularpenguins.com.au

Sources of the month

Ann Sacks’ recently-opened showroom at Chelsea Harbour Design Centre offers a wealth of artisan floor and wall tiles in all sorts of materials: ceramic, porcelain, glass, leather, wood, concrete, metal, limestone, marble and terracotta. Their website also has an inspiring installation gallery, and you can sign up to their newsletter for product news and ideas. www.annsacks.com

Bazaar Velvet, the bespoke rug company with a showroom in King’s Road, is exhibiting a new collection inspired by the San Francisco artist and graphic designer Rex Ray, as famous for fine art as for his rock ‘n’ roll tour posters for groups such as The Rolling Stones and U2.  www.bazaarvelvet.com

Brabin & Fitz, have launched a smart new range of IP44-standard bathroom wall lights in chrome and opal glass. See the collection on  www.brabinandfitz.co.uk

And while we’re on bathrooms, Balineum have brought back the bath stool, in three distinct styles. The one shown here is ‘Rondelle’, a nickel-plated utilitarian design with a casual terrycloth seat cover.  www.balineum.co.uk

This month don't miss

Master Drawings London (1-8 July), St. James’s, Mayfair and Bloomsbury. Twenty-two leading drawings specialists from London and overseas open their doors for a series of selling exhibitions and lectures. 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

The Fine Art Society (until 14 July), 148 New Bond Street, London. W1S 2JT
A large-scale Centenary Exhibition of the Camden Town Group to mark its foundation and first exhibition in 1911. The show will consist of around sixty pictures, many of which have come from the artists' descendants and have never been seen before. www.faslondon.com

New Designers 2011 ( Part 2: 6 - 9 July, Awards Preview 6 July), Business Design Centre, London, N1. Over 3,500 of the brightest and most creative talents from Britain’s leading design courses will come together. From architecture to animation, furniture to fashion, graphics to illustration. www.newdesigners.com

Textile Bazaar (6-7 July), Hellens Manor, Much Marcle, Ledbury, Herefordshire. A textile fair and an excuse to visit this beautiful old house. The textile writer John Gillow be giving a lecture on Wed 6th at 6:30. www.hellensmanor.com

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (5-10 July). Among the must-see features of this year’s largest flower show in the world are an ‘Edible Garden’, a ‘Wonderland of Roses’ and a ‘Swinging Sixties’ floristry and fashion show.
For tickets call 0844 338 7505 or go to www.rhs.org.uk

Adams Antiques Fair (10 July), Horticultural Hall, Elverton St, London SW1. The biggest monthly antiques fair in central London. www.adamsantiquesfairs.com

Home & Gift (17-20 July), Harrogate. This trade fair is targeted at retail buyers looking to source a wide range of products across gifts, home accessories, greeting cards & stationery, jewellery & fashion accessories, and food. www.homeandgift.co.uk

International Antique & Collectors’ Fair (19-20 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. www.iacf.co.uk

Free Range Art & Design Show (until 25 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 both public and industry. Categories include fashion, art, graphics, photography and interior design. For full listings and opening days & times see www.free-range.org.uk

Antiques for Everyone (21-24 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

Art in Action (21-24 July), Waterperry House, Wheatley, Oxfordshire. See over 400 artist demostrate their crafts, from calligraphy to printmaking, and take part in one of the many practical classes on offer. www.artinaction.org.uk

Making Britain Modern (until 30 Oct), Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD. A retrospective of the pioneering British designer Kenneth Grange who is responsible for some of the most iconic products that shape our daily lives. Kodak cameras, the silhouette for the Intercity 125 train, Kenwood food mixers, Parker pens, and the re-design of the London black cab are just some of them. www.designmuseum.org

Vintage Festival (29 to 31 July), Southbank Centre, London SE1. Music, fashion, film, art, dance, design from the 1920s to the 1980s. An enormous outdoor Vintage Marketplace will sell clothes, accessories, mid-century modern homewares, records and music memorabilia. www.vintagebyhemingway.co.uk

Cornwall Design Fair( 20-21 Aug)
, Trereife House & Country Park, near Penzance, Cornwall. Organised in association with Hidden Art, an organisation that helps promote and support designers throughout the UK, this year’s fair will feature some of the best up-and-coming and established designers in Cornwall, as well as a wide range of furniture, ceramics, glass, lighting, jewellery, textiles and fashion accessories from across the country. www.hiddenart.com/cornwalldesignfair, or for more information on Trereife House visit www.trereifepark.co.uk

Sales & Offers

Volga Linen 20% off all bed linen and table linen and up to 75% discount on end of line products until 31 August. Plus special summer offer of 20% discount on new softened linen throws. www.volgalinen.co.uk

OKA’s ‘Summer Sizzler’ sale starts on 8 July and continues until stock lasts. Up to 60% off dining tables and chairs, stylish storage solutions, cushion covers, upholstered furniture, as well as some of their outdoor furniture, lamps and rugs. www.okadirect.com

Chaplins sale now on until end of July 2011, with up to 70% off ex –display items, up to 15% off new orders and up to 10 % off lighting. www.chaplins.co.uk

Vintage furniture boutique West Egg have just restocked and are offering our readers a 10% discount on all products on their website until 31 July. Just use code HOUSE10. www.westegg.co.uk

The Linen Shop are having a one day sale on 14 July, with 10% off everything. www.thelinenshop.biz

David Linley’s summer sale runs 7-16 July with discounts of up to 50% on ex-display and discontinued furniture & upholstery, gifts & accessories. Up to 15% off new furniture & upholstery orders. www.davidlinley.com

Ligne Roset’s sale is on until 15 July, with 20% off all dining tables, 15% off everything else. www.ligne-roset.co.uk

And So To Bed sale until Aug 29 with up to 50% off clearance lines, plus discounts on beds, furniture, classic linens, mattresses and accessories. www.andsotobed.co.uk

Occa-Home up to 50% off all cushions, BBQ items and accessories, lanterns and candle accessories, 40% off designer furniture. www.occa-home.co.uk

The White Company up to 40% off bed linen, home, accessories and The Little White Company. Plus free delivery when you spend over £25. www.thewhitecompany.com

Emma Bridgewater’s summer sale includes lots of their bestselling patterns as well as discontinued lines. www.emmabridgewater.co.uk

Fine Cell Work cushions, quilts, bags, gifts and one-off samples at less than 50% of retail prices. www.finecellwork.co.uk

Simon Horn sale now on until the end of  July. Save up to 70% on bed frames, mattresses, pull out sofas, nursery  cots, furniture, bedroom furniture, linens, duvets and pillows. www.simonhorn.co.uk

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The lucky winner of last month’s prize draw was Daniela Boyce of www.londoninteriorshopping.com