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: Meet the Media. How to Get your Home Business Noticed
Join award-winning blogger, and creative director of Humphrey Munson, Louisa Blackmore, leading national design & interiors journalist Serena Fokschaner and Group Editor of the number one SW London lifestyle magazine, Time & Leisure, Fiona Shield to find out how to get your home business noticed in our digital world.
All about how to standout from the crowd, Louisa Blackmore will start the session by sharing her top tips for blogging and social media success. Our influential panel will then share their secrets and answer any questions you may have about getting found online and featured in the press.
Talk details: 10.45am – 11.15am. The Great North Bedroom
Louisa Blackmore, Serena Fokschaner & Fiona Shield will be available in the Round Drawing Room after the talk to answer any individual questions you may have.
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.
Demonstration details: 11.20am in the garden at Strawberry Hill House
Sarah Jane is available at her stand in the garden throughout the day.
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
Curtain Styling Demonstration. Victoria Hill
There are numerous heading styles used on bespoke curtains, but most people only know about the most traditional ones. Victoria will be demonstrating how the different hand-sewn curtain heading styles are created, which styles work best for a variety of looks, from traditional to the more contemporary. Victoria will also show which styles are most suited to different fabric types.
Victoria Hill is a Hampton based soft furnishings designer with a skill for bringing unexpected patterns, textures and colour combinations together in cushions and throws, curtains and blinds, bringing each individual home to life.
Demonstration details: 12.15 in the library
Victoria will be available at her stand in the library throughout the day
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
Hilary Davies will be available in the Round Drawing Room throughout the day
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.
Demonstration details: 1pm in the garden at Strawberry Hill House
Julie will be available at her stand in the garden throughout the day
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: Nicky Haslam shares his passion for Gothic design
Sometimes referred to as the modern Horace Walpole, Nicky Haslam is Britain’s ultimate interior designer.
We are delighted that Nicky will be joining us in the year that he has been awarded Interior Designer of The Year and launched his first ever colour collection, The Stones, for Paint The Town Green.
Nicky will be sharing his passion for Gothic design, inspiring us to create original homes with an insight into his own. There will be time after his talk for you to meet Nicky and ask any questions that you may have also.
Talk Details: 2pm – 2.30pm in The Great North Bedroom
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: 2.45pm to 3.05pm Great North Bedroom
Sarah Speller will be available in the garden throughout the day