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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You may have noticed that The House Directory has two smart and savvy new sections: we have collated some of the frequently asked questions from the hundreds we receive, in an easy to access format, by category, in our new Q&A section. And in our Design Topics pages we’ll be posting tips to help you avoid costly mistakes (we’ve done Outdoor Flooring and Kitchens so far). You can even subscribe to these sections by RSS feed and be updated monthly !

Tips & Trends

'For your al fresco table settings this summer, use your assorted pastel glasses for flowers and leaves, as well as for water...'
Bernadette Bishop

Bernadette Bishop and June Summerill opened their inspirational kitchen shop Summerill & Bishop 16 years ago. It’s at 100 Portland Rd, London, W11. They sell beautiful and practical kitchen utensils and tableware from all over the world and have just launched their new website and online shop at

This month don't miss

The West London Art & Antiques Fair (3-6 June), Kensington Town Hall, London W8. A small and friendly fair with a good selection of art & antiques in all styles and at all prices (and all carefully vetted). www.penman-fairs.co.uk

Free Range Art & Design Show (4 June-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 both public and industry. Shows rotate weekly over the eight week season and are curated by discipline, including design, graphics, photography, art and interiors. For full listings and opening days & times see www.free-range.org.uk

Pinta Art Show (3-6 June), Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London SW5
After the success of their New York Fair, this show dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American Art is coming to London. With such diverse cultural repertoires on display – including from Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Peru – a feast for the eyes is assured. www.pintaart.com

London International Fine Art Fair (4-13 June), Olympia, Hammersmith Rd, London W14. Over 150 prestigious British and international galleries will exhibit at the revamped Summer Olympia Fine Art and Antiques Fair showing a selection of unique pieces, ranging from ancient Chinese ceramics to art deco jewellery, 20th century design classics, old master paintings and furniture from English formal, oak and country, to painted and continental. What’s more, they are offering our newsletter subscribers free tickets (worth £18 each) ! To grab one for you and a friend: just click on this link www.lifaf.com

Pulse (6-8 June), Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, London SW7
500 leading brands and designers launch new products at this trade-only fair. www.pulse-london.com

Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair (6 June, 12-6pm), 146 Brick Lane, E1. Now in its fifth year, the Wall Street Journal has called it ‘the funkiest car boot fair around’. www.artcarbootfair.com

Antique Textile, Carpets and Tribal Art Fair (6 June), Hilton Olympia Hotel, Kensington High St, London W14. www.pa-antiques.co.uk

Art Antiques London (10-16 June), Albert Memorial West Lawn, Kensington Gardens, London, SW7. A glamorous new art and antiques fair which will be held in a custom-built pavilion opposite the Royal Albert Hall. Art Antiques London will incorporate the legendary 29 year old International Ceramics Fair & Seminar, and will bring together leading international dealers, curators and collectors. Each object is examined and vetted for quality and authenticity. Plus a full programme of lectures.Ticket hotline: 0871-2301560 www.haughton.com

International Antiques & Collectors’ Fair (10-11 June) Newark & Notts International Showground. The largest antiques fair in Europe, with around 3000 stalls. www.iacf.co.uk

Cockpit Arts Open Studios (
11-13 June in Holborn; 18-20 June in Deptford). Meet hundreds of designer-makers, watch live demonstrations and buy their products. www.cockpitarts.com

Open Garden Squares Weekend, London (12-13 June), Your chance to visit gardens in London not usually open to the public or that you didn’t even know existed! For more details, visit www.opensquares.org

Reflect London (13 June), Kensington Town Hall, London W8. A new specialist glass fair with dealers in Georgian drinking glasses and other tableware, Victorian pressed glass, paperweights, arts and crafts, art nouveau and art deco glass, including Lalique. www.reflectlondon.com

Adams Antiques Fair (13 June), Horticultural Hall, Elverton St, London SW1. The biggest monthly antiques fair in central London. www.adamsantiquesfairs.com

The Manchester Vintage Fashion & Textiles Fair (13 June)
Armitage Centre, Fallowfield, Manchester . 150 stalls selling vintage clothes, couture designer items, accessories and textiles. www.decorativefairs.co.uk

Hand Sale (17 June 6-9pm, 18 June 10-8, 19 June, 10-6), 20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Grove, London W11. A twice-yearly sale with an inspiring mix of stands including Trouver Antiques (decorative French furniture) and Kirsten Hecktermann (embroidered cushions); plus unusual clothes, homeware and jewellery. For more info call 020 86771848 or 0788 768 0672

Masterpiece (24-29 June), Former Chelsea Barracks, Chelsea Bridge Rd, London SW1. A new grand-scale fair which describes itself as a ‘showcase for the most covetable objects in the world’, it will combine old and new - fine & decorative art, but also classic cars, fine wine, photography and contemporary design. www.masterpiecefair.com

Salvo Fair (25-27 June), Knebworth House, Hertfordshire. This is still the only fair in the world for architectural salvage, garden antiques and reclaimed building materials. It’s outdoors, with some 80 dealers from all over the UK, and everything is for sale. For more details, visit www.salvo-fair.com

Sales & Offers

For June only, Mandarin Stone are offering 15% discount off all interior and exterior stones in their main brochure and on their website (exc. Classic & discontinued ranges). There are eight UK showrooms. For more info or a brochure call 01600 715444 or go to www.mandarinstone.com

There’s 15% off retail sales from the Rosendal range of painted furniture at Sasha Waddell Furniture until the end of June. www.sashawaddell.com

Limestone Gallery are holding their first warehouse clearance sale for five years. Special offers on stone bathtubs and basins (30 June-3 July) and on flooring, fire surrounds, basins and more (10 July-17 July). www.limestonegallery.com

Members' News

Stevensons of Norwich’s new National Trust Cornice Range is a collection of 48 historically authentic plaster cornices covering the period 1700 – 1840. The patterns have been measured and drawn by architectural designer Ben Pentreath, from original mouldings in fifteen historic properties owned by The National Trust. www.stevensonsofnorwich.com

Volga Linen have just launched their classy new catalogue with stylish black and white photography and close-ups of their smart new linen fabrics. Order one from www.volgalinen.co.uk

Sources of the month

Hollywood artist and design legend Tony Duquette (1914–1999) was known for his over-the-top style in interiors, jewellery, costumes, and set design. His clients included Elizabeth Arden and the Duchess of Windsor, and he was the first American to have a solo exhibition at the Louvre. Remains Lighting have recently launched a range of bold and colourful lights based on his original designs (www.remains.com). See them in the Remains showroom at Chelsea Harbour Design Centre. And while you’re there, pop into the RIBA Bookshop to pick up a copy of the lavishly illustrated book about this legendary figure, ‘Tony Duquette - More is More’ (£ 45). www.ribabookshops.com

New Books

SAVE’s ‘Live or let die’ Buildings at Risk 2010-2011 lists over 100 buildings almost pleading for restoration, from weather-boarded Essex farmhouses to ex-town halls. Every page is a cry for help…It’s £15 + £2.50 p&p www.savebritainsheritage.org

The Yellow Book 2010 published by The National Gardens Scheme lists an astonishing 3,700 private gardens (from large country estates to allotments) open to the public for charity on certain days of the year. Buy it for the special price of £6 inc UK p&p (normally £8.99) from www.ngs.org.uk or 01483-211535. Quote code HD10