On Sunday 23rd March 2014 we held the decorcafe decorfest at King’s College School in Wimbledon. More than 1200 visitors enjoyed the original exhibitors, demonstrators, talks, food and music all about inspiring people to create a more personal home.
It is difficult to capture just how wonderful it was. We have had the most incredible feedback from exhibitors and guests. It really was exactly what The DecorCafe is all about – bringing people together and watching the magic happen!
We were delighted and really appreciative of local photographer, Lisbeth Pedersen who took some lovely pictures of the day. Here are a few:
The DecorCafe expert member Jo Peirse of www.marthaloves.co.uk demonstrated lampshade makingand showed us how to make beautiful bespoke lampshades. Some of the fabrics she used featured a wonderful hand-painted effect.
Auntie Planty www.auntieplanty.co.uk gives garden advice to help people to make the most of their gardens from dealing with bugs and slugs to what to plant where.
We had a number of wonderful local food suppliers to keep us going throughout the day – althoughh some people prefered to loiter by the champagne bar! The secret pizza society were very popular and were voted a must for when we do decorfest again. www.secretpizzasociety.co.uk
We were thrilled to be joined by experienced and renowned artist, John Whittall. Most well known for his portratits we also loved his amazing landscapes, still lifes and wonderful paintings of Wimbledon Common. www.artistlondon.com
We were joined by a number of bespoke furniture makers. Tim Chadsey added to the event not just through the quality of his work but by keeping everyone entertained. It helped that he was located close to the piano which was played throughout the day by a number of talented pianists. www.timchadsey.co.uk
Helen Edwards of The Velvet Daisy was one of The DecorCafe’s founding expert members. An extraordinary florist, her stand was one of the most popular and we were astonished just how many people had weddings, family parties and corporate events coming up and booked her immediately!
A few exhibitors came from further afield including www.romneymarshwools.co.uk who have a fully functioning farm in Kent and make all sorts of gorgeous natural products from lambs wool and bees wax.
Local Landscpae gardeners Harrington Porter have a wonderful reputation and DecorFest proved to be a very successful way for them to connect with a broader number of our our home and loving SW London community www.harringtonporter.co.uk
Another popular food stop. Yummy burgers! www.upinmygrill.co.uk
The Painted House exhibition stand was buzzing all day long with people fascinated about how to create a hand-painted effect on walls and fabric. www.the-painted-house.co.uk
Father and daughter team David and Elysia are both wonderful artists www.elysiabyrd.co.uk
Sarah Speller is a local garden expert who also makes cushions and accessories for the room outside. DecorFest was a wonderful way to build awareness of her business and she has created some wonderful garden spaces we will be sharing with you soon.
It can be tricky to demonstrate how to light your garden at a daytime event but we got round it by providing www.light-your-garden.co.uk with their own little dark room – and they have gone on to light rather a lot of gardeners in the SW area and actually far beyond.
Dining room expert and wise down-sizing advisor Kate Dyson took the opportunity to officially launch her new business www.katedyson.com
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