Discover new ideas and enjoy learning from the experts at The DecorCafe Home & Garden Festival, with short talks, demos and food & wine tastings taking place throughout the day in the house and garden. Selected highlights are listed below:
Expert Talk: Transform your Home with Colour. Karen Haller
How would you like to use colours to fundamentally affect your quality of life? Join Karen Haller and discover how the science of applied colour psychology can tap into your emotions, creating responses and behaviours that promote wellbeing and a deep re-connection with your personal spaces.
Karen Haller is one of the world’s leading authorities in applied colour psychology, regularly featured in the UK’s leading magazines, newspapers and on radio. She is a published author, consultant, tutor and speaker on the subject of colour psychology, colour association and colour in culture. She consultants on colour in the home, for your brand and business.
Talk Details: 11.45am to 12.05 The Great North Bedroom
Expert Talk: The Healthy Home-Eat to be the best you can be. Hilary Davies
Adjusting your diet and nutrition impacts your health and well-being and can help you to reach your full potential. Nutritionist Hilary Davies, shares her tips and advice to help you to reach peak performance at any stage of life.
Hilary Davies RGN, DipION, FdSc, mBANT, CNHC has spent over 25 years helping people to achieve their health objectives, from addressing specific problems such as thyroid conditions, auto immunity and digestive disorders, to more general concerns such as weight loss, stress, fatigue and depressed immunity.
Hilary writes regularly for the professional press and is the expert nutrition adviser and nutritional therapist on health retreats both in the UK and abroad.
Talk Details: 12.30pm to 12.50pm The Great North Bedroom
Expert Talk: Sensational Summer Wine & Food Pairing. John Harrison
Refresh your knowledge, taste and learn more about wine. Discover delicious food and wine combinations for the summer with John and Sara Harrison, founders of family run wine company, Circle Wine, and enjoy tasting their suggested wine selections.
Drawing on their experience in procuring the very best of the best, whether it be fine, traditional Bordeaux or Burgundy or the latest New World wizardry, they will help you navigate the world of wine and taste some delicious alternatives, to suit a variety of preferences and budgets.
Talk Details: 1.15pm – 1.30pm in the Garden.
Circle Wine will be offering tastings & advice in the garden throughout the day
Expert Talk: Style your Garden with Sarah Speller
This short talk by Sarah Speller is all about inspiring you with new ideas to make more of your garden to enjoy throughout the Summer. She will be sharing her knowledge about choosing plants to create the look and style you desire and new ideas for products to create a more personal room outdoors.
Sarah Speller is a garden designer who helps clients create beautiful, practical and functional gardens to be enjoyed all year round. She enables clients to identify their priorities and inspires them to make bold choices and have confidence in their gardening skills. Sarah is also a trustee for Chelsea Physic Garden.
Talk Details: 3.00pm to 3.20pm Great North Bed Chamber
Furniture Painting Demonstration. Julie Eltham
Discover how to create an authentic French country look using chalk paint, choosing furniture to paint and other preparation tips, matching colours, tips and tricks of dealing with stains, distressing and how to use a variety of waxes to achieve different effects.
Julie Eltham, of bespoke painted furniture company, Cribb and Hammer will be demonstrating and answering your questions in The Garden at Strawberry Hill House.
Bespoke Cushion-Making Demonstration. Victoria Hill
Victoria Hill is a Hampton based soft furnishings designer with a skill for bringing unexpected patte erns, textures and colour combinations together in cushions and throws, curtains and blinds, bringing each individual home to life. At the DecorCafe Home & Garden Festival. she will be demonstrating how to make your own bespoke cushions to add a more personal finishing touch.
Victoria will be showcasing a range of beautifully made designs including a small button backed chair re-upholstered in a fabulous bright green linen union with buttons in fuschia and yellow velvets, sumptuous throws and cushions. She will demonstrate how to design using challenging and unexpected colours and patterns to create something really special and standout.
Upholstery Demonstration. Sarah Jane Hemsley
From her workshop in St Margarets, Sarah Jane restores and re-upholsters antique, mid century and modern furniture, breathing new life into tired or worn pieces through traditional and modern upholstery methods.
She will be demonstrating traditional upholstery techniques at The DecorCafe Home & Garden Festival and will be delighted to answer any questions you may have about restoring your much loved pieces of furniture.
You will find Sarah Jane in the garden at Strawberry Hill House