Saturday 14 May 2016

Decorative Living Fair 2016

Being on my doorstep, The Decorative Living Fair is a gift, not only because it is nearby but because Caroline Zoob does have a wonderful knack for putting together the most glorious event. Hedgerow spoils spill from vintage jars and buckets...Cowparsley, fox gloves, dead nettle and more sing like corsages pinned onto stall after stall. Bunting and jam jar posies decorate the Blackbird Cafe, The magnificent backdrop is the ripe, rolling green landscape of Sussex.

Then there are the sellers, each carefully presenting their bounty, beautifully styled vignettes to inspire and delight you. Here are some of my favourites...
Gorgeous arrangement in the entrance foyer by Sophie Hill, the talent behind Astilbe & Sorrel. You can find Astilbe & Sorrel at the Walled Nursery in Hawkhurst, East Sussex. When I left Sophie had sold out of her gorgeous arrangements! I know she is re-stocking for Saturday, phew!
Very fond of a bit of re-merchandising! Here at the King John's Nursery Stand. I love the aesthetic that these guys have, the nursery is a real treat to visit plus a gorgeous cafe and shop..the website is fab too, well worth a visit.

This is Marina Adinolfi's stand, it was my favourite...the colours just sang...really really yearning for that quilt!
My favourite products were Emma Williams' beautifully bound vintage books. Emma sources classic novels, children's books and other old books with beautiful details. Gold leaf edged pages, incredible colour plates, delightful etchings and then matches beautiful vintage fabrics to bind them.
 Find Forget me not originals here.
It was good to feed my cowparsley obsession! I was married in May and the church was smothered with it...the avenue to the reception was a mile of dust track and swathes of frothy white umbelifers...

 I was really taken with these willow platters by Sara Millington from Tray Bon, she also makes amazing willow cloches to support all your leggy plants.
I found myself stumbling into all kinds of good people that I have admired. I was luck enough to catch up with Rosehip the stand was beautiful and too crammed with customers to show you! Have a look at their gorgeous website, it's lovely. My dear friends from How Green Nursery were there too. I bumped into Louise from Love & Lilac imagine that, we hadn't seen each other for many a year!
My favourite nook was inside the house...that green fireplace!
The gardens at Eridge Park are looking wonderful, I recommend a stroll if you are going to the Fair today. I'll leave you with this ridiculously blowsy peony...

Have a lovely weekend whatever you are getting up to.


  1. Up early here and now after reading your beautiful post I'm missing England and the wonderful fairs. So I'm going to drink my tea and look at each and everyone of the websites you've mentioned. Happy Sunday to you and thank you for a lovely read.

  2. Thank you so much for posting about this - I had not heard of it and would love to have gone as about 1 hr drive from here. I am looking forward to browsing the links.

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