We will be joined by a wonderful group of individual retailers, original designers and talented makers to inspire and help you to create a more personal home & garden. Exhibitors include:
Melanie Porter: Contemporary Knitted Furniture & Furnishings
Melanie Porter uses traditional crafts to create handmade furniture and furnishings in bespoke colours and patterns. Trained at the prestigious Central Saint Martin’s College, Melanie’s ability to create exquisite, textured fabrics which are individually knitted and felted for every project has drawn attention from clients and press all over the world.
Melanie undertakes the entire process herself and everything, from the restoration and upholstering to the individual, crocheted buttons. The result is a stunning and unique work of art, destined to be a future family heirloom.
Urban Flowers: Carolyn Dunster signing her new book, Urban Flowers, launching in April 2017.
Carolyn Dunster is an award-winning planting designer, florist and urban gardener. After a career in journalism she trained in floristry with Jane Packer and now runs her business from her home in north London. In 2016 Carolyn designed a small cutting garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show on behalf of Katie’s Lymphoedema Fund, which won the People’s Choice Award.
All about creating abundance in small city gardens, Urban Flowers explores the many ways in which you can bring colour and interest to a small city garden, whatever its location and whatever your taste. Urban Flowers includes advice on planting for well-being, community gardening and plant varieties for floriferous blooms.
Dilli Grey: A contemporary lifestyle collection of bedding, home-ware, clothing and accessories.
Dilli Grey is a beautiful boutique brand offering handpicked pieces chosen from the most talented and skilled artisans that, founder, Vickie discovers on her travels. Most recently Vickie has found herself increasingly drawn to India and more specifically Jaipur, the irrefutable home of incredible hand-block printing, which has been her greatest source of inspiration. With her well trained eye for textiles, colour and design, she has designed and curated a contemporary lifestyle collection of bedding, home-ware, clothing and accessories for women and children.
Funky Bunch: Beautiful Faux Flowers, Foliage and Plants
Fiona Lowe and Mary Jane Palmer are trained florists, having met and studied at Merrist Wood Horticultural College and taken courses with prominent London Florists, Jane Packer and Simon Lycett. “Whilst growing our fresh flower business, we have found an ever increasing demand for great quality faux flowers and so using our extensive knowledge of the fresh flower industry, we are continuously sourcing the very best quality faux flowers and foliage from around the world.
Fiona and Mary Jane love meeting our customers face to face and are looking forward to bringing a large selection of their faux floral stems to purchase and sharing their skills and ideas at The DecorCafe Home & Garden Festival at Strawberry Hill House.
Lorna Syson: Designs Inspired by the British Outdoors
Lorna Syson is a textile and surface designer who set up her business producing wallpapers, lampshades, stationery and cushions in 2009 and has gone on to create her own designer fabric range, which following the launch at the end of 2016 has been featured in the national press and interiors glossies.
Lorna’s extraordinary designs are inspired by the everyday. Camera in hand, she captures fleeting moments like bees collecting nectar and birds foraging for seeds. These memories form the illustrations and patterns drawn by hand and on the computer, created in Lorna’s silhouetted style, using carefully chosen colour palettes.
Paint The Town Green: Launching “The Stones” Nicky Haslam’s first ever paint collaboration.
London’s first environmentally friendly decorating company, Paint The Town Green, is launching Nicky Haslam’s first ever paint collaboration, “The Stones”, a collection of sophisticated colours that he says he has “always loved” but not been able to find in existing ranges. Inspired by gemstones and minerals all colours are available in Paint The Town Green’s fine quality eco paints, with no toxic fumes or nasty smell.
Nicky Heard: Unique one off ikat textiles.
Nicky has always had a passion for fabric, and her hobby became a business when she visited the Indonesian island of Lombok, and returned with bundles of high quality Ikat. Integral to the culture of the island Ikat is woven by the men in the afternoons once they have finished work in the rice fields. Nicky takes this fabric and creates beautiful soft furnishings in her UK studio. Cushions, throws, lavender bags and other products. Commissions welcome.
Jocelyn Horsfall: Atmospheric art for home and business
Jocelyn Horsfall is a fine art photographer, specialising in atmospheric images inspired by flowers and the natural world. She creates contemporary wall art with prints and canvases, that bring an original touch of colour, harmony and well-being to your living or work space. Her style is painterly or impressionistic, with a strong sense of colour and form, and an interest in textural effects and abstracts.
Pomegranate Living: Handmade home accessories with real provenance & exquisite craftsmanship
Boutique retailer, Pomegranate Living, sources beautiful, unique and a little unusual brands from various parts of the world. Nothing is mass produced. Each item has been handmade with a great deal of attention, care and pride by expert craftspeople and artisans who excel in their chosen craft.
The Pomegranate Living collection at The DecorCafe Home & Garden Festival at Strawberry Hill House will include elegant, original designs from Anna Jacobs, Annaloom, Artisanne and Zenza, shown above.
Bond and West: Antique, collectables and decorative items.
Sam and Kat have been best friends for 30 years and, sharing a passion for combining old and new, they formed Bond and West to source quality, timeless pieces. They update unique and eclectic items that are practical but beautiful with attention to detail and a high quality finish.
“We believe in bringing back to life the old and the beautiful….taking the best of the past and adding a breath of new life to root them firmly in the present.” Sam and Kat have curated a considered selection of inspirational and individual pieces to bring to The DecorCafe Home & Garden Festival for you to browse and choose.
Inky Velvet: Fabulous Cushions and Throws to Snuggle into.
Young and vibrant company, Inky Velvet joined us at The DecorCafe Home and Garden Festival at Strawberry Hill in 2016, exhibiting their rich and velvety cushions and throws for the first time. Their striking designs and sumptuous textures fitted perfectly within the stunning interior of Strawberry Hill House and we are delighted that they have returned in 2017 to share their new range.
All cushions are made with the highest quality “featherly fantastic” pads.
Amy Hannigan: Unusual & Useable Gardens.
Working with only excellent and skilled trade and craftspeople, Amy helps her clients to transform their outdoor spaces into creative and useable gardens. Friendly, creative and professional she cover all aspects of garden design from the planning and drawing stage to full construction and planting of the garden. Amy Hannigan will be in the Little Parlour, answering questions to help you to make more of your garden. She will have a selection of beautiful and useful garden accessories for sale.
Josephine Home & Draper London: Luxury linens & towels that stay as soft as the day that they were made.
Inspired by British bespoke tailoring, Josephine Home linen and accessories have the discreet appeal of deliberately understated design, embodied by its signature grosgrain detailing. Draper London is their more relaxed little brother. “Timeless style, skilled craftsmanship, unique creative flair & of course the finest materials set us apart. Our products -brought to life in your home- is what defines us.”
Victoria Hill Bespoke Soft Furnishings: Design and Making.
Having left an established career in advertising, Victoria is inspired by a life-long passion for the decorative arts and interiors, and works from a studio in her home in Hampton. Whether you need one roman blind, advice on colour schemes and art work for your apartment, or a house full of soft-furnishings and shutters, she can help you achieve a beautiful, comfortable home. She is a treasure trove of young British designers and brands not commonly found on the high-street.