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The Annual Bada Fair

The Annual Bada Fair

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The annual and much-anticipated BADA Fair will be held from the 9th to 15th March 2016 at Duke of York Square, on the King’s Road.

It is the leading event for sourcing antiques and fine art of assured quality and authenticity, showing a diverse range of important furniture, objets d’art and paintings.

Legge-Oriental-Carpets-house-12feb16_pr_b_646x430FIVE REASONS TO VISIT THE BADA FAIR:

1. The variety of stock – from Turner to Banksy, 18th century furniture to contemporary sculpture…Mary-Cooke-Antiques-house-2feb16_pr_b_646x430there is something for every taste and style.

2. You can buy with confidence – all objects are pre-vetted to ensure authenticity and quality.

3. The expert knowledge – meet and buy from some of the best dealers in UK.

4. The finest quality stock – BADA dealers only bring their best items to the Fair so collectors can find rare and exquisitely beautiful items.

5. The location – the fair is held on the King’s Road in the heart of Chelsea surrounded by other luxury brands.

Holly Johnson Antiques is renowned for her modern and contemporary furniture and objects by well-known designers. The wonderful array of Fornasetti furniture and objects on her stand continue to be a draw for collectors.

Messums_Rose-Hilton-house-12feb16_pr_b_646x430A new exhibitor this year is Messum’s, a noted specialist in British Impressionist, Modern British and Contemporary painting and sculpture. This brightly coloured canvas by Rose Hilton is a particular highlight.

Wakelin & Linfield will bring some beautiful examples of primitive English furniture, which are versatile pieces to incorporate into a home. The clean, elegant lines of this shawl-back Windsor Chair mean it could be placed either in a city apartment or a country house.

Christopher and Angela Legge (Legge Oriental Carpets) have a fantastic eye for exquisite carpets and textiles, both modern and antique, with bold designs and jewel-like colours.

Thomas Coulborn & Sons is bringing a wonderful selection of some of the finest antique furniture and works of art, but also some surprising and charming decorative objects such as this carved, fruitwood lion.

Tickets cost £10 each or £15 for two



Need some dining room ideas? This room is all about crowding a group of friends around the table with some delicious food, good wine and plenty of conversation. But creating the right atmosphere with some clever dining room design can help. Whether you’re looking for inspiration on the big decisions like dining room furniture or are in search of smaller dining room decorating ideas  (like dining room wallpaper), we have all the inspiring pictures  you need to ensure your stylish eaterie is the hot topic at the table.

A 17th-century oak cupboard and 19th-century American maple chairs feature in this dining room, which is brightened up by a pendant light from Pinch.

WALLS Paint, from left: ‘Plaster III’ and ‘Hot Earth’, £42.50 for 2.5 litres matt emulsion, from Paint & Paper Library.

FLOOR Paint, ‘Plaster III’, £61 for 2.5 litres water-based eggshell, from Paint & Paper Library.

FURNITURE Seventeenth-century oak cupboard, 210 x 131 x 55.5cm, £12,500, from Hawker Antiques at Jamb. Nineteenth-century American maple chairs, 87 x 45 x 50cm, £1,895 for 6, from Giovanna Ticciati. Oak dining table, ‘Planks’, by Max Lamb, 72 x 250 x 90cm, £2,450, from Benchmark.

ACCESSORIES Thirties unglazed ceramic vases (on cupboard), by Fulham Pottery, 39 x 17cm diameter, £2,500 a pair, from Pruskin Gallery. Stoneware vase, £650, and vessel, £330; both by Iva Polachova, from The New Craftsmen. Seasonal floral arrangements, from £50, from Scarlet & Violet. Banana-fibre pendant light, ‘Anders’, 45 x 70cm diameter, £1,180, from Pinch. Terracotta serving dish with leather handles, by Silvia K, 50cm diameter, £300, from The New Craftsmen.


In the dining room of a Hampshire house designed by Fiona Shelburne, a set of Reed & Rackstraw chairs are covered in a French damask from Alton-Brooke.

‘We wanted to move away from the traditional dining-room look,’ explains Fiona, so here the curtains are in a festive Indian fabric called ‘Rossini’ by Colefax and Fowler, the colours of which are not dissimilar to those of the Italian allegorical paintings at each end of the room. Colchester Lister did all the paintwork in the house, and the walls are a pink-tinged mushroom colour that really glows at night.

‘The owners wanted broad, generous dining chairs, so we went to Reed & Rackstraw, which reproduces chairs from 200 designs going back to Queen Anne, and had the chairs covered in a modern French damask,’ says Fiona.


In the dining room of Ugbrooke Park, much of the eighteenth-century gilding on the cornicing and frieze has been conserved and restored. Inrestoring the eighteenth-century gilding as much as possible, they found a rather harsh aqua colour on the walls. Owner Clarissa reinterpreted it using a discreet Pierre Frey damask. The velvet on the walls makes a striking backdrop for Ugbrooke’s seventeenth-century Dutch paintings and the vases on the mantelpiece are first-edition Royal Worcester porcelain.


One change Robin Muir and Paul Lyon Maris  made to their house in the South Downs shortly after moving in was to clad the dining room walls in timber. ‘We had always felt uneasy in the room,’ says Paul. ‘It was fine when it was full of candlelight and people, but cold during the day. So we had a local guy put up some of these vertically staggered floorboards and it transformed the place.’

The black balloon light bulb cages are from Urban Cottage Industries.




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Bedroom decorating ideas: we’ve got them all. Whether you’re looking for a sleep sanctuary or design ideas that are a little more ‘out there’ (and why not?) we have hundreds of bedroom pictures to make bedroom design a cinch. Bedroom designs don’t have to mean a complete overhaul, sometimes a tiny tweak like bedroom fairy lights can have just as much impact as your bedroom furniture. So take a look at these easy-to-steal bedroom decorating ideas. The bedroom of your dreams? It might just be right here…

Kelly Hoppen’s London house shows off her trademark slick, neutral style. The main  bedroom, which has an internal window looking down onto the open-plan ground floor, features a neutral colour scheme of white and taupe.  ‘You probably haven’t even noticed the other major thing I’ve done here,’ says Kelly. And it’s at this point that I come to appreciate not only Kelly’s dedication to detail, but also her refusal to take herself too seriously. ‘I’ve mixed sand with taupe,’ she says with mock triumph.


Earth-coloured walls, green touches and an oak bedside table make up a natural design in this bedroom, decorated by Gabby Deeming.

WALL Paint, ‘Hot Earth’, £42.50 for 2.5 litres matt emulsion, from Paint & Paper Library.  Curtains, ‘Reeds’ (green/blue/white), by Alexandra Palmowski for Virginia White Collection, linen, £125 a metre, from Redloh House Fabrics. Framed print, Figgy, by Kate Boxer, 45.5 x 63cm, £590, from Giovanna Ticciati.

FLOOR Cotton rag rug, ‘Rosepath’ (dark blue), by Vandra Rugs, 297 x 241cm, £3,554, from Sinclair Till.

FURNITURE Metal bed, ‘Tuvalu’, 250 x 210 x 160cm, £2,590 including mattress, from Oka. Early-twentieth-century oak hexagonal table, 75 x 75cm diameter, £1,400, from Alexander von Westenholz.ACCESSORIES Cushions, from left: ‘Verandah’ (burnt orange), by Veere Grenney, linen, £150 a metre, from Tissus d’Hélène; ‘Ombre’ (blue/rust), mohair, 50cm square, £85 each; and ‘Abstract Zig Zag’ (blue), linen, 30 x 50cm, £79; both from The Conran Shop. Linenbedlinen (soft pink), from £30 for a pillowcase; cotton scarf (used as bed throw), ‘Kantha’, 220 x 100cm, £705; glazed stoneware mug, £30; all from The Conran Shop. Maple vessel, by Hans Henning Pedersen, 18 x 15cm diameter, £250, from Flow. Stoneware ‘Round Bottomed Vessel‘ (used as vase), by Iva Polachova, £330, from The New Craftsmen. Glazed ceramic and polished nickel table lamp with handkerchief linen shade, ‘Gallatin’ (moss), 73 x 20cm base diameter, £1,895, from Remains.


On the Caribbean island of Mustique, interior designer Veere Grenney has redesigned a bamboo house that is a study in neutrals and natural materials.  The main bedroom, in a pavilion, has a bed from Soane. Green fabrics complete the room’s natural design while adding another colour to the simple scheme.


The main bedroom of Jo Vestey’s Oxfordshire farmhouse has Jo’s photographs on display and a Japanese light on the desk. Exposed beams, wooden floorboards and the desk contrast nicely with the white rug and walls, giving an overall look that is both clean and rustic.


In designer Ben Pentreath’s flat, both bedrooms are papered. As Ben explains, ‘I like using wallpaper because I love the layers of pattern and colour that it brings to a room.’ Soane’s delicate ‘Seaweed Lace’ wallpaper contrasts with the bold blanket from Pendleton in the main bedroom. A Marianna Kennedy ‘Spring’ lamp in blue adds a different colour to the room.