Country Living Spring Fair 2013

We were invited to Islington Design Centre this week for the Country Living Spring Fair Gala Evening.

Country Living Spring Fair London
Gala Evening at the Country Living Spring Fair | Islington Design Centre

The fair is renowned for showcasing the very best innovative British designer/makers, designer interiors specialists and artisan craftspeople and the exhibition space was filled to capacity. Featuring home and interiors, gardens and outdoor living, crafting, fashion and accessories, artisan food and drink.

Country Living Spring Fair 2013 | Islington Design Centre
Country Living Spring Fair 2013 | Islington Design Centre

With so much to see – we’ve featured just a few of our favourites here:
Interiors Specialists:
The Pret a Vivre team gave us a warm welcome, displays included their new collection of voile drapes and the new Huntsman range alongside their signature curtain and blind collection. London shops are located in Islington, Notting Hill and Fulham.

The Pret a Vivre Team - Expert Advice for Curtains and Blinds
The Pret a Vivre Team – Expert Advice for Designer Curtains and Blinds

Gift Ideas:
We were drawn towards a stand that was surrounded by animated customers all commenting on their preferences – on closer look we discovered the witty mugs and tea towel designs from Bottle Green Homes were the source of captivation. We know a few Londoners that would love these as gifts 🙂 you know who you are!

Witty dog captions for mugs and teatowels
Bottle Green Homes – Dog and Horse Designs for Linen Tea Towels (£9.95) and Bone China Mugs (£12.95)

Garden Design:
Gardens and outdoor living are well represented and metalwork designers Moore Designs had some very beautiful iron garden obelisks, archways and spheres – ideal structures for training rambling roses or wisteria and clematis, these graceful curves are maintenance free, perfect for romantic garden designs. Based in West Sussex their very reasonable prices include delivery and you can buy online.

Garden Obelisks, Archways and Spheres | Moore Designs
Garden Obelisks, Archways and Spheres | Moore Designs

Country Kitchens:
For rustic kitchen enthusiasts – visit Alex Pole’s stand – beautiful Somerset oak boards with Pyranean knives were our favs and we also liked the iron table lamp stands and kitchen utensil racks with butchers s-hooks all made by hand in their Somerset forge.

Alex Pole's table lamps and kitchen racks
Alex Pole’s table lamps and kitchen racks

The Country Living Spring Fair is on every day until Sunday 24th March and with the weather forecast this weekend – why not go along for some inspirational ideas for when spring does actually arrive!

Islington Business Design Centre | Country Living Spring Fair 2013
Islington Business Design Centre | Country Living Spring Fair 2013 Gala Evening

Business Design Centre, Upper Street, Islington, N1 0QH (nearest tube: The Angel)