Katie Goring Interior Design Course
It’s not often an insider offers up their expertise. Enter interior designer Katie Goring, who recently launched day courses from her home in Brixton, South London. Covering a range of topics from space planning, lighting and kitchen and bathroom design, all the way up to paint, fabrics and sourcing furniture, Katie will also share her tips on how to work with contractors. You'll also have the chance to ask Katie about any current projects or for career advice. She’ll answer all your questions in an intimate setting, with a maximum of only eight people per class. A day course costs £165.
North Farm Durham
Ever wondered what it would feel like to live in the home of an interior designer? Spend some time amid some of England’s prettiest countryside at North Farm Durham, a beautifully refurbished farmhouse and home to interior designer Rita Konig. The property accommodates up to 14 guests, and doesn’t scrimp on amenities either. Think seriously powerful showers and the seriously envy-inducing home décor. Set in 380 acres, the house is only a 15-minute hop from Darlington station (roughly two and a half hours from London by train), It's also the perfect base from which to explore nearby Durham and the Yorkshire Dales.
Mayfair Arts & Antiques Fair
Now in its eighth year, the Mayfair Arts & Antiques Fair features some 40 exhibitors showcasing work across multiple design periods, right up to the 21st century. Art Deco enthusiasts should make a beeline for Jeroen Markies Art Deco, while fans of traditional antique furniture will enjoy visiting S&S Timms Antiques. There’s also a range of art to peruse, from traditional landscapes through to more contemporary works.
The Effortless Trading Company Bowl
Whether it’s hung on the wall or used for its traditional purpose, these handcrafted pieces are good for the soul – as well as your home. Handmade by artisans in co-operatives in Rwanda, workers are paid a fair wage for their work. Each piece also comes with an integral loop if you do fancy hanging it after all. From £45.
Design Centre Chelsea Harbour Interior Sale
Start the new year by heading down to DCCH where more than 30 international showrooms are taking part in the ultimate interiors sale. With discounts of up to 80%, now’s your chance to pick up some exceptional pieces at equally attractive prices. A one-off Saturday opening and two late night shopping events means there’s plenty of time to browse before you buy, too.
After 20 years working for some of the high-street’s biggest interior names, Helen White and Michael Jones created HouseOf. Born out of a shared frustration with the direction of mainstream retail, the aim was clear: to design beautiful, original lighting products at on-budget prices. The Opal Disk Floor Light in Brass is a stand-out piece, but why not go bold and design your own? There are over 140 lighting combinations to choose from in the collection, offering up the chance to really use your creativity.
With a second store now open on Marylebone High Street, Baobab Candles brings together luxury and expert craftmanship. Since its launch in 2002, the Belgium brand has also become synonymous with European standards of excellence, with wax from Germany, glass from Poland, leather from Italy and scents created in the perfume industry's famed Grasse region in France. Visit one their London boutiques to fully experience all the enticing home scents in person.
Colt and Willow
This new range of powerful, plant-based cleaning products looks good, smells good and does good. It help protects the environment, while still properly getting rid of dirt and grime. Made in Britain using sustainable materials, including long-lasting glass bottles and recyclable PET litre refills, we love the Rhubard Washing Up Liquid and the Rosemary Bathroom Cleaner.
Oggetto is a studio and workshop founded by Helen and Charlie Camm. From their base in Dorset the couple design, make and source artisanal products for everyday use. Oggetto (pronounced “or-jet-oh”) is the Italian world for ‘object’ - focusing on function and traditional craft. The latest launches include candle holders, storage jars, servings bowls and mugs - all made using a pottery wheel and minimal tools. We love these rustic jars: whether they're stocked with storecupboard essentials or filled to the brim with your family's favourite biscuits, they’re made to last. From £66.