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The House Directory has been featured in the FT’s How to Spend it magazine. See the full piece about our ‘Directory of bright ideas’: www.thehousedirectory.com

We’ve teamed up with Bridge for Design, the well-known interior design resource, and we have a link from the home page of their brand-new website. Go to www.bridge4design.com to see highlights from the latest edition of their magazine or to subscribe (it’s just £20 for 2 years).

This month we have a free copy of Nina Cambell’s Decorating Notebook to give away - all you have to do is 'Like' our facebook page to enter our prize draw. Closing date is Sat 11 June. www.facebook.com/TheHouseDirectory The lucky winner of last month’s prize draw was Debi Harris of Porous Designs www.porousdesigns.com

Tips & Trends

'Some green rooms…

What with all the buds in the garden…it’s easy to get inspired about using leafy hues around the home…And when described on the paint charts with tempting culinary imagery, such as ‘pea’, ‘cooking-apple green’, ‘bean’, and ‘cabbage’, a green theme is even more inviting. Recently I painted a north-facing room in a deep citrine green which I was worried about embarking on, being such a lover of white, but the effect is rich and enveloping, almost like being in the garden. This use of wraparound colour in one shade creates continuity and has made the proportions of this small room actually seem larger. To introduce contrast I have used paler shades of a blue-green to paint chairs and a simple junk table.’

We don’t usually feature cookery books, but Jane Cumberbatch’s new ‘Recipes for every day’ (Pavilion, £25) is much more than just a cookery book. It’s a simple and beguiling -and nicely personal- ‘how to book’. It includes her tips on everything from growing herbs and planting trees to making shortbread or decorating the garden for a party.
www.purestyleonline.com; www.anovabooks.com

This month don't miss & ticket offers !

Just Desserts: Silver for a Perfect Summer Pudding (4 June-30 Sept), The London Silver Vaults, Corner of Chancery Lane & Southampton Buildings, London WC1. The serving of dessert forms the theme of this summer’s selling exhibition. Dessert cutlery sets with pretty mother of pearl handles, liqueur glasses and decanters, grape dishes, ice cream spoons, bon-bon and petit fours dishes. www.thesilvervaults.com

Pulse (5-7 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

Pinta Art Show (6-9 June), Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London SW5
After the success of their first London Fair last year, and four editions in New York, this show dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American Art is back in London. With such diverse cultural repertoires on display – including from Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Peru – a feast for the eyes is assured. www.pintaart.com

Summer Nights at Clifton Nurseries, (each Wed evening from 8 June to 20 July at 6.30pm), 5a Clifton Villas, London W9. The perfect way to spend a summer evening: glass of wine in hand, and an interesting talk on a garden topic (from 'Victorian Medicines' to 'Guerilla Gardening'). Tickets £10. To book call 020 7289 6851 or email events@clifton.co.uk

The 38th Olympia International Fine Art & Antiques Fair (9-19 June) Olympia, Hammersmith Rd, London W14. London’s most established art and antiques fair attracts over 30,000 visitors and is renowned for the variety of objects on offer and the inspiring presentation. 150 specialist dealers will be selling works from all eras and from all corners of the globe. Quote HD1 for 2-4-1 tickets when booking. For more information, visit www.olympia-art-antiques.com

The Original London Antique Textile, Carpets and Tribal Art Fair ( 12 June, 10.30-5), Olympia Hilton Hotel, Kensington High St, London W14. Fifty dealers will be selling decorative textiles, carpets, lace, embroideries, wall hangings, rugs and tribal artefacts at this twice-yearly fair. www.pa-antiques.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

Art Antiques London (8-15 June), Albert Memorial West Lawn, Kensington Gardens, London, SW7. The venue for this glamorous art and antiques fair is a custom-built pavilion opposite the Royal Albert Hall. It incorporates the International Ceramics Fair & Seminar, and brings together 70 of the world’s leading art dealers. Plus a full programme of lectures. www.haughton.com

International Antiques & Collectors’ Fair (9-10 June) Newark & Notts International Showground. The largest antiques fair in Europe, with around 3000 stalls. www.iacf.co.uk

Cockpit Arts Open Studios (
10-12 June in Holborn; 17-19 June in Deptford). Meet hundreds of designer-makers, watch live demonstrations and buy their products. www.cockpitarts.com

Open Garden Squares Weekend, London (11-12 June), Your chance to visit gardens in London not usually open to the public or that you didn’t even know existed! 213 gardens are taking part this year (shown here are the allotments in Regent’s Park). For more details, visit www.opensquares.org

Reflect London (12 June), Kensington Town Hall, London W8. A 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 (19 June), Horticultural Hall, Elverton St, London SW1. The biggest monthly antiques fair in central London. www.adamsantiquesfairs.com

The Manchester Vintage Fashion & Textiles Fair (12 June)
Armitage Centre, Fallowfield, Manchester . 150 stalls selling vintage clothes, couture designer items, accessories and textiles. www.decorativefairs.co.uk

Blue (15 June- 3 Sept), flow gallery, 1-5 Needham Road, London W11. An exploration of the different ways current artists use the colour blue whilst recognising its roots and heritage (especially in textiles and ceramics) in Europe as well as in the Far East. www.flowgallery.co.uk

Drummonds’ Relocation Auction (18 June), Drummonds, Hindhead, Surrey. 500 lots, including baths, antique furniture, fireplaces and garden features. Auction begins at 10 a.m. Viewing from the 1st of June www.drummonds-arch.co.uk

Adams Antiques Fair (19 June), Horticultural Hall, Elverton St, London SW1. The biggest monthly antiques fair in central London. www.adamsantiquesfairs.com

Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair (19 June, 12-6pm), 146 Brick Lane, E1. Now in its sixth year, this trendy event describes itself as an ‘afternoon of serious art and frivolous fun’. www.artcarbootfair.com

Salvo Fair 2011 (24-26 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 85 dealers from all over the UK, and everything is for sale. For more details, visit www.salvo-fair.com

Masterpiece (30 June-5 July), South Grounds, The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3 . Now in its second year, this fair is described as a showcase of ‘the best of the best’. It combines old and new, from Bugatti to bronzes, Cartier to Cognac, Picasso to pink diamonds. Buy a £20 ticket online by entering the code THD and enjoy a glass of R de Ruinart Champagne at the Fair. A voucher(s) will be sent to you with your tickets or call 020 7499 7470. www.masterpiecefair.com. For a free Masterpiece app go to: www.itunes.apple.com

New Designers 2011 (Part 1: 29 June - 2 July, Awards Preview 29 June;
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. Readers of our newsletter can purchase tickets in advance for just £8.50 (plus £1.50 booking fee) instead of £14 on the door. Please quote ‘ND145’ when booking online before 24 June. www.newdesigners.com

Members' News & Offers

Great Little Trading Co are offering our readers 10% off plus free delivery and returns when you spend over £50. They have over 1,000 products – anything children might need for their rooms, bathtime, mealtime, picnics, parties, swimming, and more. Just enter code THD in your basket at www.gltc.co.uk Valid on online orders only until midnight on Sunday 12th June.

Ella’s Kitchen Company has introduced a mini-version of their popular food and spice storage cabinet and is offering it to our readers at the special price of £98 (and will personalise it with the name of your child for free) if you quote EKC4KC. www.ellaskitchencompany.com

Sculptor Jane Robbins will be exhibiting her acrylic resin ‘Ice Angels’ and other work in New York at an exhibition of fine art from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland called "United in Art". It’s at Agora Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, NY, from 4-25 June. www.janerobbins.com; www.agora-gallery.com

New Books

SAVE’s annual catalogue of buildings at risk is just out. ‘Take a chance on me’ lists delightful and unusual historic buildings in need of rescue and re-use. There are farmhouses, chapels, barns, mills, a factory shop, an observatory, a fortified house dating from 1300s, country houses, a mortuary chapel, old inns, cinemas, theatres, libraries, school houses, an old forge, a magistrates’court and a home for seamen’s widows. Every page is a cry for help…It’s £15 + £2.50 p&p www.savebritainsheritage.org

The Yellow Book 2011, published by The National Gardens Scheme lists an astonishing 3,700 private gardens (from large country estates to allotments) open to the public on certain days of the year (they raised 2.6 million for charity last year). It’s £9.99 from www.ngs.org.uk

Sales & Offers

The Children's Furniture Company is holding a one-weekend-only workshop sale June 4-5, 9am-5pm at Unit 25, Mahatma Gandhi Trading Estate, Milkwood Road, Herne Hill, SE24, with 15%-50% off their high quality children's furniture. www.thechildrensfurniturecompany.com

Beaumont & Fletcher are offering substantial savings of 20% - 60% off furniture, printed and woven fabrics, wallpapers, mirrors and lighting between 4-30 June. www.beaumontandfletcher.com

Mandarin Stone is offering 15% off their extensive stone collection (excluding classic and discontinued lines) throughout June. www.mandarinstone.com

George Smith summer sale 11 June – 2 July with up to 50% off showroom stock; 20% off new furniture orders; 25% off George Smith fabrics. www.georgesmith.co.uk

Fired Earth summer sale is now on with up to 25% off wall and floor tiles, kitchens and bathrooms. And 50% off discontinued wall and floor tiles. www.firedearth.com

And So To Bed sale from June 25 – Aug 29 with up to 50% off clearance lines, plus discounts on beds, furniture, classic linens, mattresses and accessories. www.andsotobed.co.uk

Wesley-Barrell have a sale preview from the 4 – 18 June with up to 25% off custom made upholstery and up to 50% off floor samples in selected showrooms www.wesley-barrell.co.uk

Hastens’ sale is now on with 30% off ex-display, luxury hand-crafted beds in their King's Road, Crawford Street and Walton On Thames showrooms. Call 020-7384 2020 for a complimentary sleep consultation. www.hastenswestend.co.uk

Hastens Amersham are offering discounts on selected showroom and ex-display beds. www.hastensamersham.com

Sweetpea & Willow are holding a massive warehouse clearance sale with up to 50% off many items of furniture and home accessories www.sweetpeaandwillow.com

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