home: event [ Leighton House Museum ] 

home: event [ Leighton House Museum ] 

With various exhibitions running throughout the year, the architectural and interiors gem, Leighton House Museum, is definitely worth a visit. 


12 Holland Park Road London W14 8LZ

Monday to Friday: +44 (0) 20 7602 3316

Saturday and Sunday: +44 (0) 20 7471 9160

Time Out say; 

Leighton House reopened in April 2010 after a £1.6 million refurbishment which has uncovered and restored many of the decorative schemes and features of the house, as well as a previously unseen staircase. In the 1860s the artist Frederic Leighton commissioned his friend, the architect George Aitcheson, to build him a showpiece house in Holland Park, which he filled with classical treasures from all over the world, as well as his own works and those of his contemporaries. The house was a work of art in itself, with every inch decorated in high style inspired by the studios Leighton had seen on his extensive European travels. There were magnificent reception rooms downstairs designed for lavish entertaining, and a dramatic staircase leading to a huge light-filled studio taking up most of the first floor. Four extensions were added over the years, the most striking addition the ‘Arab Hall’, designed to showcase Leighton’s huge collection of sixteenth-century Middle Eastern glazed tiles. The house was created as a stage on which Leighton could play out his role as a great artist, contrasting with the tiny single bedroom, the only private space in the whole house. Today, the house is still an architectural treasure trove which belies its somewhat dour exterior and the museum holds, or has on loan, some fine paintings as well as drawings and sketches.

home: event [ ceramics exhibition ] 

home: event [ ceramics exhibition ] 

Our favourite, London, interiors museum, the Geffrye Museum, has another great exhibition running from Thursday 22 September to Sunday 24 September show casing works of some of the top UK ceramicists. 

‘Meet the makers, browse and buy at the Geffrye Museum’s vibrant annual celebration of ceramics which showcases the work of over 50 leading ceramic artists from across the UK.

An eclectic selection of ceramic work to suit all budgets will be on sale direct from the makers, from practical table-ware to ornamental objects and striking one-off collector pieces. Earthy stoneware will be displayed alongside delicate porcelain and vivid painterly pots will contrast with elegant muted tones in an extravaganza of texture, colour and style. Part of the London Design Festival.’

A definite date for the diary to have a shop of unique ceramics for you, your home or gifts for others. 

home: event [ Designers At Home with OneFineStay ] 

home: event [ Designers At Home with OneFineStay ] 

 A definite date for the diary with a chance to hear from interiors experts, network and ask all the right questions amongst design experts. Book in for the event to be inspired plus enjoy refreshments, goodies and prizes! 

Date : Mon 26 June 2017 // 18:45 – 20:30

At : onefinestay 

300 St John St London EC1V 4PA

They say: Layerhome.com has teamed up with luxury home-rental destination onefinestay for this inspiring panel event, inviting three design greats to share the stories behind their established careers and offer a personal look at the designs of their own homes.

With a penchant for the avant garde and an eclectic trademark style, you’ll meet interior designer Shaun Clarkson who has led the way in the interiors industry for over twenty years. Secondly, Layer is delighted to welcome Harvard educated Dara Huang to the panel, the creative force behind international, award-winning architecture and design practice, Design Haus Liberty. Finally, hear from commodities trader turned luxury interior designer Rachel Laxer who will bring a fascinating insight into the value of investing in antiques that she applies to her loyal clientele from Silicon Valley, New York and London.

Join Layer, onefinestay and the panellists for an evening of design inspiration, sickeningly beautiful home images, stimulating discussions and a good glass of wine.

6.45pm Lovely people start arriving (and drinks are served)

7.15pm Formal chit chat starts

8pm Questions from the bright and the beautiful (aka audience members)

8.30pm End of the organised part of the evening

WHAT TO EXPECT

More than an hour of inspiring career talk

Shoulder-rubbing with fellow design-lovers

Time spent in the beautiful onefinestay offices

Prizes and treats

A glass of wine

home: event [ make a lampshade ] 

home: event [ make a lamp shade ] 

If you’re in London today it’s not to late to get a place on the London Craft Club‘s ‘make a lamp shade‘ workshop in Highgate ( Lauderdale House N6) but if you miss out,  explore their website and find another great creative workshop and sign up. 

Other inspiring tutorials include embroidery, pyrography and decoupage. 

londoncraftclub.co.uk 

home: event [ craft classes ] 

home: event [ craft classes ] 

Creating something yourself for your home is so rewarding. 

Rag rug making is fun, accessible for all ages and a great way to bring colour into the home. 

Search through at CraftClasses.com and find a class near you across the UK to have a go at making your own. 

Prices from £30 

home: event [ garden tours ] 

home: event [ garden tours ] 

For those of us with green fingers or those with a love of outdoors, considering design, layout and purpose of their exterior space, whether it be a garden, land, balcony or courtyard, is just as important as indoor space design. 

Explore our capital’s gardens over a weekend in June, to discover and learn ideas on horticulture, self sufficiency, garden design and making the most of whatever space you have. Spend the weekend in London’s ‘secret gardens’ that you might not ever get to see otherwise. 

June 17 – 18 

Ticket HERE  

Time Out say: Discover London’s secret gardens over this weekend of viewings and openings. In 2017 more than 200 gardens will unlock their gates for a weekend to take part in this annual event, held in association with the National Trust. Spanning 27 boroughs, the gardens take in all sorts of spaces, from traditional squares to roof terraces and allotments, as well as gardens belonging to historic buildings, schools, shops and cafes. 138 of the gardens taking part this year are normally closed to the public. A range of walking and cycle tours, special garden tours, family activities, art trails and poetry events will be announced closer to the weekend.



home: event [ interiors lectures ] 

home: event [ interiors lectures ] 

It’s all about expanding your knowledge about interiors and home design. Time to enjoy learning from the experts with a series of lectures on interior design. Already popular in 2016. Look out for further 2017 dates at The Royal College of Art on their website

Following on from the huge success of the series, the Interior Design department at the RCA has confirmed the Inside/Out public lecture programme for the next academic year.The talks feature international architects, designers, curators and writers who will discuss their own practice and dissect the role of interior design. Forthcoming speakers include Andrew Stevens from London-based design consultancy Graphic Thought Facility; French industrial designer matali crasset; Roberto Feo of post-disciplinary studio El Ultimo Grito; the director of London’s Design Museum, Deyan Sudjic; Alannah Western, former Creative Director of Selfridges and now Deputy Chairman of Selfridges Group; the leading British interior designer Ben Kelly; the visionary architect and designer Gaetano Pesce; the Senior Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art Paolo Antonelli; Christophe Egret of architecture and urban design practice Studio Egret West; the renowned sculptor Richard Wentworth; and the architect David Chipperfield. 

Talks take place in Lecture Theatre 1, Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU at 6.30pm