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Midcentury Modern® at Dulwich College

  60 top midcentury dealers and 25 hot contemporary designers come together at this celebrated show at Dulwich College on Sunday 10th March. “Design Addicts will have a heart attack” Grand Designs If you don’t just wear vintage, you live vintage, you will LOVE this celebrated interiors show. And there’s modern mixed in too. Check out a wealth of contemporary designers and midcentury dealers showing their wares at the next Midcentury Modern®. See the launch of Baines & Fricker’s new room divider with integrated storage alongside superb designs from newbies Workshop no.8, Thurgood Design and From Workshop with contemporary furniture treats in store for all. Also premiering at the show, P.Westwell and Susannah Weiland with gorgeous wallpapers and sumptuous textiles. Eckford Chong will be bringing along flat pack stools which click together with no need for glue or screws and use off cuts so are environmentally friendly to boot. Returning to the show are Design Bros with their exciting graphic and sculptural furniture including their new Kaku sideboard. Kevin Dutton has been a photographer for over …

Honour your Ceiling

I was once told, when walking outside, ‘look up’. Great advice; all that aesthetic beauty to see, instead of uneven paving. Why then, inside our homes, do we give so little attention to the humble ceiling? A well-decorated ceiling can elevate a room, giving it that ‘wow’ factor. It provides an opportunity to add layers, to enhance your chosen scheme, and to be as bold as your creativity allows. The belief that a white ceiling makes a room look taller is often a misconception unless you seek the all-white minimalist look. I recently completed the smallest bathroom redesign imaginable, and, by painting walls and ceiling in the same non-white colour, I successfully blurred their boundaries. The result is a bathroom, not limited by its modest proportions and which feels spacious and harmonious. Ceiling fashion has changed over time, from the elaborate ceilings of the renaissance periods to ‘swirled’ or ‘stippled’ artex, woodchip and, heaven forbid, polystyrene tiles of the 70’s and 80’s! Today’s smooth ceilings bring a myriad of opportunities with a little imagination. Cornicing, …

Homemade Pineapple Centre-sensation

Cherish the last long light days of summer, entertaining and eating al fresco. Decorate your table with this impressive and unique Pineapple centrepiece. You will need… A large pineapple A selection of flowers and foliage A kitchen knife Decorative plate or chopping board Method Step 1 Cut the top of your pineapple off Step 2 Scoop out the flesh, using a sharp kitchen knife. You can use this to make a desert or eat fresh. Step 3 Fill your pineapple vase with water, and place your foliage. Step 4 Add your flowers. I used gerberas and roses Step 5 Place on your plate or board so as not to stain your table or surface. Fire up the BBQ and wait for the compliments! jessica@jessicawalkerjewellery.co.uk

12 ways to leave your garden

Going away? Here’s your pre-holiday to do list. Give your perennials a good cut back. Tired hardy geraniums can be sheared right back – they’ll produce new growth and may flower again for you on your return. The same goes for plants like nepeta and Alchemilla mollis. Deadhead roses before you go away so they’ll put energy into new growth and more flowers, rather than seeds. Don’t be afraid to cut back hard to thick stems and strong buds – it’ll encourage stronger new shoots. Cut off the spent flowering spikes of salvia or penstemon – these may come again. Lightly trim lavender removing old flower spikes with a pair of hand shears. Take a few cm off the tips of leafy growth to encourage side shoots and keep the plants bushy. Trim back taller perennials that have flopped onto the grass or are smothering other plants – or stake them securely so they’ll cope with any windy days while you’re away. Water. This is particularly important given the hot weather we’ve had. Drench your …

Interior Design advice from Bradley Viljoen: Bathroom Basics

Have you walked into a bathroom with washbag and towel, desperately looking for a spare surface, or hook upon which to hang discarded clothes? I know I have. I have also banged my head countless times on those glass shelves placed precariously over a washbasin. A bathroom can be one of the trickiest spaces to design. For a room that has an ostensibly simple purpose, the considerations and compromises can be enormous. Our temptation is to rush to style the room but, before doing so, we must first consider the basic requirements that need to be met to achieve a design that is both practical and comfortable. These basics may seem obvious but, from experience, are often overlooked. Toilets must flush well. I don’t think I need to expand on this point but so often they do not, and it is intensely annoying. Towel rails, preferably heated, need to be large enough to accommodate the maximum number of towels likely to be in use. Damp towels hanging over doors or steaming on radiators is never …