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Interiors: The Parisian home of Joy de Rohan Chabot

Being dyslexic, de Rohan Chabot found solace in drawing from an early age and has never stopped making art. And what a spectrum of disciplines in the decorative and fine arts she embraces: painting, sculpting, casting, metalwork, lacquering and gilding. Her practical streak is in evidence throughout the house: she has covered walls and doors in extravagantly patterned fabric; reupholstered beds and furniture; painted butterflies on the outside walls; and even sculpted the front gate in steel and bronze, surmounted by one of her signature owls. Then there is her furniture – fabulous baroque creations that she sculpts from wax and casts in bronze before adding the final decorative layer of painting, gilding and lacquering.

While de Rohan Chabot has built up a considerable reputation in France over the years – she holds an annual exhibition at Galerie Matignon off the Champs-Elysées and the fashion designer Valentino is said to be a collector of her work – her whimsical furniture, tableware and clocks are little known on this side of the Channel. This may change with an exhibition in London at the beginning of next year. Simply titled ‘Joy’, it will be held at the Brompton Cross branch of the clothing store Joseph, which has teamed up with Sophie Tremlett’s design company VIP Corner to create a series of three-month artist-designer shows.

Whether in Paris or the countryside, de Rohan Chabot is always busy. She is as passionate now about her art as when she was a young girl drawing portraits of her dolls. The biggest compliment anyone has ever paid her is that she creates an entire universe in her work. ‘I think this mix of painting, sculpting and patina is unique to me. I like working across many disciplines because I love working with new techniques. Once I know how to make something, I get bored because then I am only using the hands – and not the brain.’

A selection of de Rohan Chabot’s work is sold through Belgrave Place (belgraveplace.com)

The Salon

PHOTO: Frédéric Vasseur

The L-shaped salon (main picture and above) connects the drawing room to an adjacent smaller sitting room. Joy de Rohan Chabot covered the walls in fabric herself, with ribbon braid concealing the tacks. The fabric is based on an 18th-century print. She recently refreshed the room simply by taking this down, washing it and rehanging it. The carpet is by Madeleine Castaing. The furniture, objects and paintings are a mix of inherited family pieces and the many auction buys in which de Rohan Chabot’s husband, Jean, likes to indulge. The button-back sofa and chairs were bought from the French decorator Hubert de Vinols.

The table in the doorway is an antique – the first piece of furniture that she and Jean bought together, and an inspiration for her future work. Over the fireplace in the sitting room is a portrait of de Rohan Chabot as a young woman, while to the left of this is a portrait of one of her illustrious ancestors, the Duc de Choiseul, who was one of Marie Antoinette’s most trusted ministers.

Above is another view of the salon, with a console table by de Rohan Chabot that has proved to be one of her most popular designs. Each one is unique, with varied configurations of branches, birds, butterflies and so on. On the wall is a portrait by Hyacinthe Rigaud. On each side of this are examples of the green ceramic leaves from the 19th century that de Rohan Chabot likes to collect.

The Studio

PHOTO: Frédéric Vasseur

De Rohan Chabot converted the basement garage into the spacious studio, where mature trees and other plants thrive under glass. Shown here is one of her gold-painted bronze chairs, Grande Fleur Pensée, and various works in progress.

The Dining Room

PHOTO: Frédéric Vasseur

The de Rohan Chabots extended the house into a small courtyard next to the kitchen in order to add this charming dining room. The glass panels in the floor allow light into her studio below. Above is a terrace garden that is reached via the guest bedroom. The dining table was designed by de Rohan Chabot. The portrait is of her half-Scottish maternal grandmother, May Balfour, who designed jewellery for Chanel among others.

The Master Bedroom

PHOTO: Frédéric Vasseur

The master bedroom adjoins the L-shaped salon, designed by de Rohan Chabot as if it were a hotel suite. When parties are held, she simply tucks the bed out of sight in a cupboard. Above the bed is a photograph of Château de Haroué, where she held an exhibition earlier this year. The trompe l’oeil ‘cushioned’ bedhead was painted by de Rohan Chabot, who also covered the walls in this butterfly-print fabric from Marché St-Pierre in Paris.

The Bathroom

PHOTO: Frédéric Vasseur

An antique double basin takes centre-stage in the master bathroom, which is decorated with several of the handsome Venetian mirrors that de Rohan Chabot collects. She bought a job lot of faux tiger-skin rugs from China, using some here and taking some to the country chateau.

joyderohanchabot.com

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On a roll: the best wallpapers for sale

Fancy something a little more urban? Surface View’s Cracked Concrete wall mural is suitably gritty (£50 per sq m; surfaceview.co.uk), while B?&?Q’s Brick wallpaper has a vinyl finish, so makes a practical choice for a kitchen or bathroom (£20 per roll; diy.com).

To bring a cosy look to a room without shelling out on metres of fabric, Deborah Bowness’s Paper Swags wallpaper is a modern take on an old French technique (£99 per roll; deborahbowness.com).


Deborah Bowness’s Paper Swags wallpaper adds a touch of French luxury to a bedroom

Love decorative wall tiles but can’t afford them? Louise Body’s Paper Tiles range is the way forward (£22 per metre; louisebody.com). There are lots of faux bookshelf wallpapers out there to help you fool guests into thinking you’re well read. Mr Perswall’s Library print is a series of beautifully colour-coded tomes (£30 per sq m; mrperswall.co.uk), or B?&?Q does a chic, neutral bookshelf print for just £13 a roll (diy.com).


B&Q’s book-inspired wallpaper

Subvert the traditional

If you like the idea of something a little bit trad, but don’t want to be boring, try Timorous Beasties’ Glasgow Toile. From a distance, the paper is a charming traditional 1800s Toile de Jouy; closer inspection reveals scenes from contemporary Glasgow, complete with prostitutes (£210 per roll; timorousbeasties.com).


More than meets the eye: Timorous Beasties’ Glasgow Toile

Slightly less edgy, Turner Pocock Cazalet’s Cricket and Tennis papers look from afar like smart stripes or small-patterned papers, but the stripes are miniature cricket bats and the pattern little tennis racquets (£60 plus VAT per roll; turnerpocockcazalet.co.uk).

Doing it for the kids

Want to get your child practising word recognition early on? Paper their bedroom with one of Identity Papers’ Word Search prints – chic and minimalist, they can also be personalised so your offspring can find their favourite words (from £40 per sq m; identitypapershop.com). Save yourself the effort of scrubbing scribbles off the paintwork, and let your children run free with Funwall’s Colour In wallpaper (from £15 for a border; funwall.co.uk), or a wall of Magnetic Blackboard wallpaper by Sisters Guild (from £32.50; sistersguild.co.uk). This also allows you to hang drawings with magnets.


Endless enjoyment: Funwall’s Colour In

For pure decoration, Beware the Moon produces a charming animal paper, featuring 52 beautifully drawn creatures from around the world (£55 per roll; beware-the-moon.com), or for a bold statement go for an enormous cityscape of New York, Hong Kong or Paris from Rebel Walls (£33 per sq m; rebelwalls.co.uk). Looking to show off their knowledge at play dates? Then put up a roll of Osborne & Little’s Penguin Library Wallpaper. It features a collage of front covers of iconic paperbacks from the famous publishing house (£65 per roll; theliterarygiftcompany.com).

Maps, maps, maps

A map on the wall is a great way to tell a story. New company LoveMapsOn produces self-adhesive wallpaper that can be repositioned anywhere. Choose from its range of standard map prints, or go bespoke with an address or area of your choice (from £120; lovemapson.com). For a slightly more erudite vibe, install Surface View’s British Empire Shipping Lanes mural, or highlight your most-travelled paths on its World Air Routes design (£60 per sq m; surfaceview.co.uk).


A wallpaper from LoveMapsOn maps can add a personal touch

Fun and frolics

Still a bit scared of wallpaper? Start with the downstairs loo – traditionally the place to go a little wild with the décor. Graham & Brown’s Loo Loo print is an obvious choice: beautifully rendered water closets in a pretty blue and white print (£22 per roll; grahambrown.com/uk). Or try one of Dupenny’s witty wallpapers – Call Girls will make a talking point (the telephone numbers don’t actually work – £65; dupenny.com). Should you want to look at family photos during a visit to the lavatory, lose the dust-gathering frames and order a bespoke paper from Life on a Wall. The company creates one-off collages using digital or traditional photos (£90 per sq m; lifeonawall.co.uk). To give your guests something to do while enthroned, install Sharon Jane’s Eye Test wallpaper and watch them come out blinking (£100 per roll; sharonjane.co.uk).

What next for the wall? “It’s all about texture rather than pattern – silks and seagrasses are a lovely way to get feeling on a wall,” adds Nicole Salvesen, interior designer and founder of Salvesen Graham. Enthusiastic DIYers take note, however: sticking fabric all over the place might be a job for the professionals.

Good hanging

For perfectly papered walls, don’t forget the following:

If it’s your first attempt at papering, try using a lining paper first. Not only will it give you the perfect surface to hang your wallpaper on, but it will give you good practice – and make the wallpaper proper last longer.

Make sure each wallpaper roll has the same batch number, to ensure consistent colour and pattern.

“Paste the wall” paper is great for beginners: it’s quicker to hang and you don’t need a pasting table. It’s also easy to peel off if you change your mind.

Measure twice, cut once.

If in doubt, call in a favour.

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My space: Gavin Turk

I like to hide away in my store cupboard in Hackney Wick, east London. It’s a tiny little office which is full of bits and pieces. I have a team of people to help me, so they make things in the adjoining studio during the week. That’s much more minimalist.

I cycle here from my home in Hackney at the other side of Victoria Park at about half past nine and spend the first part of the day reading emails before I get going. We tend to have electronic music on in the studio, but it will depend on my mood.

I’ve been here for 12 years. When I moved in, the area was derelict. There are quite a lot of artists around now, but I’m worried they will be priced out.

I must clear these shelves out. But I’m not very good at throwing things away – I don’t like waste. The trouble is, when I have space, I fill it. I might have to start doing car boot fairs.

I bought this at a market because it reminded me of Duchamp’s Fountain. Boot fairs sell all kinds of things. I’m quite nervous about production: things should get used rather than thrown away

Blue Door

I am selling this work in the auction for Macmillan as I lost my dad to cancer a couple of years ago. This image is a photograph from a neon sculpture I made. Neon means doorways to me as it’s often used for signs inviting you in. The door is going to the future, the unknown, the other side. The image suggests the way from life to death

Shoe anvil

I inherited this steel shoe anvil from my father, who was a jeweller. He would use it to fix things around the house. It is about 250 years old and was given to him by his grandfather, an engineer. It’s inspiring to look at – and still useful

Moog theremin

I bought this on the internet six years ago. It came in parts and I had to solder it together. I take it out for gigs, but the instrument often doesn’t survive the journey and I have to fix it at the venue. It works on energy and is temperamental. It makes a crying sound like a violin

Gavin Turk is donating an artwork to the Macmillan De’Longhi Arts Programme, an exhibition and auction at the Darren Baker Gallery in London (Oct 21-27)

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Shopping: the best bread bins

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12 beautiful blue accents for your home

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Style File: the best wet weather gear for men

Under the creative direction of Alasdhair Willis, this season the British welly company Hunter has branched out into a fully fledged fashion label, Hunter Original. Wet weather is clearly the brand’s comfort zone, so expect lots of rubber and water-repellent fabrications.The collection – which features plenty of black with neon highlights – includes novelties such as rubberised Chelsea boots as well as neoprene duffel coats and shorts. Shown here is the Original clear poncho in graphite (£140) and the Original Technical Leg boot (£195). See the collection at the first Hunter Original store, which opens at 83 Regent Street, London W1 (hunterboots.com).

Click here to check out the 10 best lightweight wind- and rain-proof jackets

Holmes and dry: London Undercover

When it comes to quality umbrellas with a modern aesthetic, few can compare with London Undercover. The one shown here is printed with tiny Sherlock Holmes silhouettes on its interior. It costs £145 (londonundercover.co.uk).

Collaboration: Mackintosh x Band of Outsiders

The hip Californian label Band of Outsiders has worked with Mackintosh on a capsule collection of coats in three styles. The Trench jacket (pictured, £1,090) and Anorak (£850) feature vibrant colour blocking details; Mackintosh’s classic Dunkeld jacket (£1,090) has been reinvented in a faded-print style regularly used by Band of Outsiders (mackintosh.com).

Le Chameaux: wellies for Windsors

Each pair of Le Chameaux rubber boots is handmade by one maître bottier from start to finish, which goes some way to explaining the price tag. This French brand has been around since 1827 and is having something of a revival, no doubt thanks in part to its wellies gracing the feet of Princes William and Harry. Chasseur leather-lined boot, £340, from Mr Porter (mrporter.com).

Three of the best: waterproof rucksacks

Lightning in claret, £249, Michaud (michauxclub.com), Jan the Daypack, £165, Millican (homeofmillican.com), Bob in waxed canvas, £160, Sandqvist (sandqvist.net)

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Interiors: the Parisian home of Joy de Rohan Chabot

Being dyslexic, de Rohan Chabot found solace in drawing from an early age and has never stopped making art. And what a spectrum of disciplines in the decorative and fine arts she embraces: painting, sculpting, casting, metalwork, lacquering and gilding. Her practical streak is in evidence throughout the house: she has covered walls and doors in extravagantly patterned fabric; reupholstered beds and furniture; painted butterflies on the outside walls; and even sculpted the front gate in steel and bronze, surmounted by one of her signature owls. Then there is her furniture – fabulous baroque creations that she sculpts from wax and casts in bronze before adding the final decorative layer of painting, gilding and lacquering.

While de Rohan Chabot has built up a considerable reputation in France over the years – she holds an annual exhibition at Galerie Matignon off the Champs-Elysées and the fashion designer Valentino is said to be a collector of her work – her whimsical furniture, tableware and clocks are little known on this side of the Channel. This may change with an exhibition in London at the beginning of next year. Simply titled ‘Joy’, it will be held at the Brompton Cross branch of the clothing store Joseph, which has teamed up with Sophie Tremlett’s design company VIP Corner to create a series of three-month artist-designer shows.

Whether in Paris or the countryside, de Rohan Chabot is always busy. She is as passionate now about her art as when she was a young girl drawing portraits of her dolls. The biggest compliment anyone has ever paid her is that she creates an entire universe in her work. ‘I think this mix of painting, sculpting and patina is unique to me. I like working across many disciplines because I love working with new techniques. Once I know how to make something, I get bored because then I am only using the hands – and not the brain.’

A selection of de Rohan Chabot’s work is sold through Belgrave Place (belgraveplace.com)

The Salon

PHOTO: Frédéric Vasseur

The L-shaped salon (main picture and above) connects the drawing room to an adjacent smaller sitting room. Joy de Rohan Chabot covered the walls in fabric herself, with ribbon braid concealing the tacks. The fabric is based on an 18th-century print. She recently refreshed the room simply by taking this down, washing it and rehanging it. The carpet is by Madeleine Castaing. The furniture, objects and paintings are a mix of inherited family pieces and the many auction buys in which de Rohan Chabot’s husband, Jean, likes to indulge. The button-back sofa and chairs were bought from the French decorator Hubert de Vinols.

The table in the doorway is an antique – the first piece of furniture that she and Jean bought together, and an inspiration for her future work. Over the fireplace in the sitting room is a portrait of de Rohan Chabot as a young woman, while to the left of this is a portrait of one of her illustrious ancestors, the Duc de Choiseul, who was one of Marie Antoinette’s most trusted ministers.

Above is another view of the salon, with a console table by de Rohan Chabot that has proved to be one of her most popular designs. Each one is unique, with varied configurations of branches, birds, butterflies and so on. On the wall is a portrait by Hyacinthe Rigaud. On each side of this are examples of the green ceramic leaves from the 19th century that de Rohan Chabot likes to collect.

The Studio

PHOTO: Frédéric Vasseur

De Rohan Chabot converted the basement garage into the spacious studio, where mature trees and other plants thrive under glass. Shown here is one of her gold-painted bronze chairs, Grande Fleur Pensée, and various works in progress.

The Dining Room

PHOTO: Frédéric Vasseur

The de Rohan Chabots extended the house into a small courtyard next to the kitchen in order to add this charming dining room. The glass panels in the floor allow light into her studio below. Above is a terrace garden that is reached via the guest bedroom. The dining table was designed by de Rohan Chabot. The portrait is of her half-Scottish maternal grandmother, May Balfour, who designed jewellery for Chanel among others.

The Master Bedroom

PHOTO: Frédéric Vasseur

The master bedroom adjoins the L-shaped salon, designed by de Rohan Chabot as if it were a hotel suite. When parties are held, she simply tucks the bed out of sight in a cupboard. Above the bed is a photograph of Château de Haroué, where she held an exhibition earlier this year. The trompe l’oeil ‘cushioned’ bedhead was painted by de Rohan Chabot, who also covered the walls in this butterfly-print fabric from Marché St-Pierre in Paris.

The Bathroom

PHOTO: Frédéric Vasseur

An antique double basin takes centre-stage in the master bathroom, which is decorated with several of the handsome Venetian mirrors that de Rohan Chabot collects. She bought a job lot of faux tiger-skin rugs from China, using some here and taking some to the country chateau.

joyderohanchabot.com

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Design notebook: customisable storage from Ikea

This exuberant floral wallpaper, on which blooms of different sizes mix with berries and climbing fShopping: a bounty of bread bins by David Nicholls oliage, is the star of Sandberg’s new Brunnsnäs collection. There are 11 patterns, all inspired by the 19th-century mansions that line the shores of Lake Åsunden, near the Swedish company’s headquarters in Ulricehamn, east of Gothenburg. It costs £84 per 10m roll (0800-731 9622; sandbergab.se/en).

The frame of Ikea’s new PS wardrobe is a blank canvas waiting for you to decorate in your own style, using coloured plastic tiles that click into place. It fits in with the current trend for ‘customisable’ design, allowing people to put their own creative stamp on their interior spaces. The wardrobe (from £100) is supplied with 160 plastic pieces in black, red, yellow, orange and green (ikea.com).

Past glories

The Young Masters Art Prize was set up in 2009 ‘to celebrate artists who pay homage to the skill and traditions of the past’. This year sees the launch of a separate award for ceramicists, for which 15 artists have been shortlisted. The collector Maylis Grand is providing the £1,500 prize, the winner of which will be announced on October 30. Shown here is Goldilocks by Claire Partington, which is based on the 17th-century Diego Velázquez paintings of Mariana of Austria. Two exhibitions of the shortlisted artists are on show at two locations in London until the end of the month. Visit youngmastersartprize.wordpress.com for more details.

The best bread bins


This powder blue one with a wooden lid is by Nigella Lawson, £73, Unique & Unity

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The 50 best interiors shops


Bert & May
We adore this new tile shop, which runs the gamut from reclaimed Victorian to a modern twist on Moroccan encaustic tiles. There’s a good eye at work in this east London space, with no dud designs among the stacks of tiles, and if you can’t find an old design you like, they can distress brand-new tiles for you. 67 Vyner Street, London E2 bertandmay.com


BHS Furniture
Our prize for best high-street lighting goes to BHS, for its range of incredibly cheap interpretations of design classics. The furniture’s good-looking too, with some smart sideboards and dining-tables. Check out the Oslo and Honley ranges. bhsfurniture.co.uk


Blodwen’s General Stores
There’s no smarter way to stay warm in the winter months than under a traditional Welsh blanket. The bold, geometric patterns might look modern, but they’re based on designs woven in the valleys since the 18th century.blodwen.com


British Standard
The simple lines and solid craftsmanship of a Plain English kitchen are what those in the know hanker after, but they don’t come cheap. That’s where its sister company, British Standard, comes in. Simple instructions walk you through how to measure up, design, order, collect and fit its “no-frills” wooden cupboards and worktops. 41 Hoxton Square, London N1 britishstandardcupboards.co.uk


Caravane
Ready-made curtains sound like a disaster, but Caravane’s are both understated and chic. As you might expect from the London outpost of a hit Parisian store. 38-40 New Cavendish Street, London W1 caravane.fr


Cath Kidston
The megalith of kitsch homeware needs no introduction. Some might argue that it’s ubiquitous, and there’s no doubt Cath K has conquered the world. We say there’s nothing wrong with that when the bright oilcloths pack a punch. Branches nationwide, and a factory shop at 1A Alpha Drive, Eaton Socon, Cambridgeshire cathkidston.com

Christopher Farr
You’ll keep a rug with you forever, however many times you move, so it’s a good investment. Christopher Farr’s collection with Gary Hume is the closest most of us will come to owning a piece of YBA art. 6 Burnsall Street, London SW3 christopherfarr.com

The Cloth Shop
The new collection of washed linens in 10 spot-on, low-key colours is reason enough to visit this temple to cloth. Cotton prints, wools, muslins and, crucially, double-width fabrics for curtains can be found here, as well as a selection of blankets and pots. 290 Portobello Road, London W10 theclothshop.net

Cole & Son
Paint dominates over wallpaper these days, but for a small space, such as an understairs loo, something bold and colourful from Cole is a realistic option. Try Macchine Volanti, a riot of hot-air balloons from its Fornasetti collection, or Vivienne Westwood’s Squiggle. Unit 10G, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, London SW10 cole-and-son.com

The Conran Shop
Conran’s position in postwar design can’t be overestimated. Where others might have run out of steam after so long, it powers on under Sir Terence’s son Jasper, who has injected new life into the stores since taking charge in 2012. It’s still the place to go for modern furniture but it’s the kitchenware we lust after. 81 Fulham Road, London SW3, and 55 Marylebone High Street, London W1 conranshop.co.uk

David Village Lighting
Sheffield shoppers are spoiled for choice at this showroom of ultra-modern lighting, including Foscarini and Artemide. It also offers a full home-lighting design service. 180 West Street, Sheffield davidvillagelighting.co.uk

Dorton Reclaim
Rock-bottom prices for salvage – before it gets cleaned up for the urban market – lure intrepid shoppers to this reclamation yard. Subscribers to its mailing list receive notice of the best finds before they’ve even been removed from demolition sites. Station Goods Yard, Station Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex dortonreclaim.com

Fired Earth Factory Shop
Sort your bathroom and kitchen in one fell swoop at this factory shop. Lavatories, basins, baths, taps and tiles are stylish and well made rather than revolutionary. Modish metro tiles abound. Twyford Mill, Oxford Road, Adderbury, Oxfordshire firedearth.com

Garden Trading
Don’t let the name fool you into thinking that this online shop caters only for outdoors. As well as smart garden furniture and tools, there are simple items for stylish indoor organisation in natural colours and materials. Think wooden drying racks and powder-coated steel storage bins for every conceivable domestic need. Warehouse sales take place three times a year. gardentrading.co.uk

Georgian Antiques
Mahogany furniture is deeply unfashionable at the moment, so invest now in solidly built pieces in mint condition at this 50,000sq ft former whisky bond in Leith. 10 Pattison Street, Leith Links, Edinburgh georgianantiques.net

God’s Own Junkyard
If it’s neon, lights up and looks quirky, chances are it’s the work of Chris Bracey, who’s been in the neon sign business for 37 years. Long enough to have changed a lot of flashing lightbulbs. Unit 12 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, London E17 godsownjunkyard.co.uk

Habitat
Of the furniture chains, Habitat carries the largest stock, and with concessions in Homebase is hugely accessible. Classic stackable dining-chairs and clever storage options have a Scandi feel. habitat.co.uk

Heal’s
We get the feeling that the Heal’s design team has thought about how most of us actually live, assembling pieces that they themselves want. The result is an intelligently curated collection, cleverly displayed. Six branches nationwide and online. heals.co.uk

Hector Finch
What’s not to love about lights that look far more expensive than they are? Kit your house out at this endlessly inspiring shop, with the sort of pieces your friend with the impeccably interior-designed house might find, from lanterns to picture lights to table lamps. 90 Wandsworth Bridge Road, London SW6 hectorfinch.com

Hema
Bargain-bucket prices for colourful, well-designed basics from this Holland-based megalith. Branches in London, Bromley and Kingston upon Thames. hemashop.com

IACF Fairs
Ten thousand stalls selling every type of antique under the sun, at 29 events each year. Newark and Ardingly are our pick of the five locations, though Shepton Mallet has the advantage of being at the weekend. iacf.co.uk

John Julian
We’re convinced that food tastes better eaten off one of Julian Sainsbury’s handmade classical dinner plates with their smart cobalt-blue line around the rim. Guest artists are invited to produce distinctive one-off collections. johnjuliandesign.co.uk

Lassco
By combining showroom with restaurant, the Oxfordshire outpost of this architectural-salvage outfit repeats the trick of its Vauxhall location. It is also the place to find unusual items, such as a Victorian pulpit, among the fittings, fixtures and furniture. London Road, Milton Common, Oxfordshire lassco.co.uk

Looking Glass of Bath
Thirty-five years and still going strong… Mirrors large and small, old and new are what this Bath institution, with its bright-blue façade, does best. It will also make pieces to commission and can antique a piece of new mirror glass cut to fit a particular spot. 96 Walcot Street, Bath lookingglassofbath.com

The Lollipop Shoppe
Find big names at this big-hitter on the design-shop scene, which now has a brand-new space on Brighton seafront. Lighting and table settings with a strong modern aesthetic rub shoulders with Danish mid-century chairs from the likes of Carl Hansen. The whole lot is simply but beautifully curated. 54-55 Kings Road Arches, Brighton thelollipopshoppe.co.uk

Marks & Spencer
It might be best known for being the nation’s underwear provider, but let’s not forget that M&S is also pretty strong on the furniture front. From the new autumn collection, we have our eye on the Marcel Mona dressing-table and stool, and the Padstow larder, which is as smart as its green paint. marksandspencer.com

Mandarin Stone
Simply the best selection of terracotta, limestone, marble, granite etc. You name it, they’ve got it. And at prices that won’t leave you reeling. 10 showrooms nationwide mandarinstone.com

Marianna Kennedy
Proof positive that it’s better to do a few things well, Marianna Kennedy’s shop in the heart of Huguenot Spitalfields sells mirrors, resin lamps, bronze sconces and round-top tables. They’re pricey, but just one of these items will make a room. 3 Fournier Street, London E1 mariannakennedy.com

Modern Shows
Keep an eye on the website for up-to-date information on these fairs in Dulwich and Haggerston in London (with additional pop-ups), which bring together mid-century modern dealers for one day only, four times a year. Disciples of mid-century modern design (and their numbers are ever growing) know to arrive early for the best pieces. modernshows.com

Miles and Wilde
Ceiling moulds and cornices for our Victorian and Georgian housing stock are what these plaster perfectionists do best. Visitors to the monumental dining-room at Berners Street Hotel in London will have seen their work in all its glory. Unit A, Arch 110, Astbury Business Park, London SE15 milesandwilde.co.uk

The New England Shutter Company
Does exactly what it says on the tin. Five styles of shutter, both solid and tilting, made from wood from environmentally responsible suppliers. You can’t go wrong. 16 Jaggard Way, London SW12 thenewenglandshuttercompany.com

Oka
A visit to one of the 11 Oka showrooms nationwide will leave even the pokiest bedsit decked out like a comfortable Cotswold pile. The signature look is slightly Sloaney furnishings that might have been handed down through the generations. Would make a great alternative to a department-store wedding list. okadirect.com

Original BTC
Handmade in Oxford, these table, floor, pendant and wall lights in metal, bone china and prismatic glass are a modern take on elegantly curvy 20th-century designs, at reasonable prices. Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, London SW10 originalbtc.com

Pentreath & Hall
Ben Pentreath and Bridie Hall’s bijou shop is so elegantly kitted out in their twist on the traditional English look that we’d happily move in. There’s upholstered furniture, but it’s the finishing touches – vases, trays, linen napkins and the like – that are the real draw. Those unable to visit can follow Pentreath on his blog. 17 Rugby Street, London WC1 pentreath-hall.com

Pitfield London
Pick up a coffee and a slice of cake at the café on one side of this treasure-trove of vases, candlesticks, teapots and tankards. The buyers’ clever clustering of objects makes for a visual feast. Leave one hand free to grab a bunch from the florist just outside. 31-35 Pitfield Street, London N1 pitfieldlondon.com

Redbrick Mill
Quite simply the best all-round interiors destination outside London, with four floors of the best in the business: sofas from Conran and made.com, Feather & Black beds and Calligaris tables. There’s also a spa for the end of a long day’s shopping. 218 Bradford Road, Batley, West Yorkshire redbrickmill.co.uk

Redloh House
A number of textile tastemakers show their collections in this mews house tucked away behind the King’s Road, from Vanderhurd to Jennifer Shorto to Bird in the Hand. Good for prints-piration. The Old Gasworks, 2 Michael Road, London SW6 redlohhousefabrics.com

Design Centre Chelsea Harbour
A Mecca for interior designers, the 100 showrooms at DCCH also welcome the general public. Fabrics are a particular strength. Our favourite is Tissus d’Hélène, but other options include Colefax and Fowler, Lewis & Wood and Turnell & Gigon. Lots Road, London SW10 dcch.co.uk

Dickinson’s Period House Shops
Sticklers for period detail will appreciate the Bakelite light switches and replica Victorian airing racks at these two Shropshire shops. If they haven’t got what you’re after, their experienced restorers will help you hunt it down. 141 Corve Street, Ludlow, and 65 Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury periodhouseshops.com

Retrouvius
Wooden worktops, windows, slabs of marble and furniture – they’re all to be found in this cavernous warehouse of modish salvage. Look out for hand-dyed velvet cushions by Kirsten Hecktermann. 1,016 Harrow Road, London NW10 retrouvius.com

Tim Page Carpets
Anyone traumatised by 1970s carpet squares will be reassured by the tasteful carpets, rugs and runners to be found here. A full installation service will take away headaches, or have the company make something to the correct size for you and lay it yourself. Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, London SW10 timpagecarpets.com

Surface View
Get designs printed on to blinds, tiles, lampshades, wall hangings, Formica tabletops. Choose from about 3,000 Getty images, various museums and selected designers (or send your own) and start living in a technicolour dreamland. surfaceview.co.uk

Tinsmiths
Ticking stripes? Check. Checks? Er, check. Sturdy fabrics and Irish linens for smart curtains and upholstery abound here. Lighting and artists’ prints complete the line-up. Tinsmiths Alley, 8A High Street, Ledbury, Herefordshire tinsmiths.co.uk

West Elm
High-end New York style at reasonable prices. The rugs and dhurries are particularly good value compared with similar styles elsewhere. Think wood and steel finishes for furniture and neutral textiles. 209 Tottenham Court Road, London W1 westelm.co.uk

Willow & Stone
Once you’ve covered the glamorous bits (sofas, rugs, dining-table) you’re still going to need the less sexy stuff – door knobs, hooks, towel runners and the like. This shop should furnish you with the lot. 18 Arwenack Street, Falmouth, Cornwall willowandstone.co.uk

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