Win Tickets To The Decorative Living Fair May 13th & 14th 2016

Three weeks to the annual Decorative Living Fair at Eridge Park, open on two days for the first time.

Talking to people booking tickets it is so touching to hear how excited people get about this fair, held only once a year, in such a beautiful setting. We have some inspiring new exhibitors this year, some of whom are launching their businesses at the fair.

‘It is my favourite day out of the year’ one customer told me, and we know that visitors tend to linger all day, browsing and shopping, enjoying lunch at the Blackbird Café, with glorious views across the Sussex Weald, and exploring the gardens and parkland.


The Blackbird cafe

You can book tickets online here or enter our giveaway to win a pair tickets for entry on either Friday May 13th or Saturday May 14th We have 10 pairs of tickets to win

To enter use the simple Rafflecoptor widget below:

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Terms & Conditions:
Start date is 12am, 21st April 2016 and the closing date is 12am, 1st May 2016 The winner will be notified within 1 working day by email. The winner will need to provide a postal address so we can arrange delivery. If the winner does not respond with a postal address within 1 day of contact the giveaway will be re-drawn and the prize re-allocated. The winner must have fulfilled the mandatory requirement. The prize is not transferable and there is no monetary alternative. UK entry only.


pretty plates at the Decorative Living Fair


Fair Details:

Friday 13 May 9.30* – 4

Early Bird Tickets £11

Standard Tickets £7.50 (11.30 – 4pm)

Saturday 14 May 10-5


Friday Early Bird ticket holders can come back on Saturday for no extra charge (not transferable).

Under 18s free

Plenty of free parking

All tickets available on the door on the day


Haberdashery rummaging

Those who are lucky enough to live within easy reach of The Old Haberdashery in Ticehurst will understand why the thought of its owner, Sonia Boriczewski, ‘hoarding finds for Eridge’ can set the pulse racing. The shop is always a cheering delight, and I am unable to leave it without acquiring more silks and threads, or vintage books, bottles, buttons and ribbons. A trained and well-travelled textile artist, Sonia has a fabulous eye for colour and texture, and half an hour in the shop can leave you reeling from the beauty of her intricate displays. She always has a good stock of vintage sylko threads, which I have been using for machine embroidery (yes, they do break, but the colours are so lovely it is worth it) and also for some hand embroidery, especially for ‘slow stitching’ and kantha work.

Hoarding for Eridge! Hold that thought….and buy a ticket so you can walk in as soon as we open.



Finding vintage paintings

The Decorative Living Fair is good hunting ground for vintage and antique paintings, whether you are looking for a finely painted portrait or seascape, or a charming little canvas, perhaps with a few holes in it.

Dealers who often have good paintings include Paul Drewett and Hellish Designs. Lisa Brown specialises in vintage flower paintings, and most dealers tend to have one or two little canvases propped up among their treasures.

The charm of blue and white

Many years ago I stood for a long time in front of Mantegna’s painting The Adoration of the Magi, transfixed by the delicate blue and white porcelain vessel in which one of the Magi was presenting his gift of gold coins. The cup is Ming porcelain, and in 1490, when Mantegna painted this picture, it was incredibly rare and precious, and so its inclusion in the painting is symbolic.


It is a tiny feature of the painting and yet so exquisitely painted that I have always remembered it. My mother collected blue and white china, and in the way that we daughters like to be different, I have not. And yet, the fresh charm of a blue and white striped jug, or French everyday tableware of the 1930s, or even an Asiatic Pheasant plate worn to the softest blue can be hard to resist. Even white enamel with a crisp edging of navy is appealing – remember the 1990s rage for blue and white ticking and navy-edged enamel ware?

Many of the dealers at the fair will have blue and white ceramics, textiles, or decorative objets such as the collection of books below, so if this is your palette you should find something to add to your scheme or collection.

Collecting white china

If you have decided to confine your tableware to the colour white, the Decorative Living Fair offers many opportunities to stock up on practical additions to your cupboards. There is something unfailingly satisfying about the way the light falls on the glaze of white china. Even the humblest little pot or kitchen storage jar glows, like well worn pearls.


The curved shapes of tureens and bowls are particularly appealing. Even lidless tureens can be useful: consider using them as serving dishes for vegetables or salads at parties, or plant bulbs in them or fill them with potted herbs on the kitchen windowsill. Particularly charming are the small paste and potion pots used by chemists for various preparations. If you need an excuse not to resist yet another little pot, you might take inspiration from Edmund de Waal, who creates intriguing and fabulously expensive installations featuring hundreds of his exquisite hand thrown pots.



Bloggers at the Fair


Of course we think our fairs are pretty wonderful, but don’t just take our word for it, here are some bloggers and members of the press who have also been and liked what they saw. We love to look through your pictures and see what inspires you – it always gives us fresh ideas for next years Fair. And if you have blogged about our fair and would like to be included on these pages do let us know.

City Girl at Heart

Jessica Zoob




These were visitors to our Decorative Living Fair in Chelsea Old Town Hall