Thursday, 13 December 2018

Celebrating our love of homes

THE Henley House & Garden Show is a collaboration of the town's property related businesses, retailers, sports clubs, associations and residents to celebrate their love of homes and gardens.

THE Henley House & Garden Show is a collaboration of the town's property related businesses, retailers, sports clubs, associations and residents to celebrate their love of homes and gardens.

Taking place in the town hall, a large marquee on Falaise Square, the King's Arms Barn and the Old Fire Station Gallery on Saturday, February 28and Sunday, March 1, there will be more than 60 exhibitors of luxury interior and garden design products and services, artisans, artists and professionals.

As an interior designer, the show's founder and director, Niki Schafer, spends her time finding the perfect items to fill your home - and what she calls the great green room beyond - and has found a surprising amount of talented businesses, artisans and designers on her doorstep in and around Henley.

Inspired by the town's love of festivals, Mrs Schafer has worked alongside the Henley Business Partnership, Henley Town Council and the Henley Standard to create a new festival to bring together this local house and garden talent.

She said: "We are very fortunate to have such companies based here - from the well-loved Farrow & Ball, Chiltern Antiques, A Stitch in Twine and Life in Nettlebed.

"Craftsmanship and the appreciation for beautiful products are alive and well here. And of course we also have superb professionals to support the industry and we are particularly grateful to our main sponsors Ballards Estate Agents and Mercers who have provided legal home advice to the town for more than 200 years."

Sponsors have been a fundamental part of the show and include Taylor Jones Kitchens, who are exhibiting and providing cooking demonstrations. Macbeths Insurance has sponsored the overnight security - provided by the Gurkhas - and will also be supplying an Antiques Roadshow expert to help you value your collectibles and rare goods.

Outhouse Bathrooms have sponsored the speaker theatre, which will be in the council chamber in the town hall, where there will be speakers on the hour over both days of the show.

These include Philippa O'Brien, the president of the Society of Garden Designers, the BBC's Julia Kendell, Farrow & Ball consultants, multi award-winning garden design sculptor David Harber and Alastair Broom from GarageTek, who will be talking about how to organise your garage.

Love Local has sponsored the stands in the King's Arm Barn where Chandler's Candles, Kreis Design, Mary Smith Photography and many other home accessories will be on sale. Love Local's director, Lynne Lambourne, is also organising the creative workshops taking place in the Old Fire Station Gallery where upcycling lessons by Out of the Dark and Love Nellie will be held. See the website to book for places.

Workshops are charged for to cover material costs, but the rest of the show is free of charge.

"I want everyone to be able to come,"� said Mrs Schafer. "So we are making the show completely free of charge. Renovating a home and garden can be an expensive business, so I'm pleased we can supply inspiration and ideas for those about to set off on that journey."

Exhibitions are spilt between four venues: the town hall, Falaise Square, King's Arms Barn and the Old Fire Station Gallery.

The marquee will house larger items such as furniture from the Good Shelf Company, outbuildings from Malvern, and trees in their natural form from Heritage Trees Services and in their decorative form from Twilight Trees.

Chris Green of Shuttercraft Henley will be available to talk shutters, the Floor Store will have a good range of surfaces on display and if youâ??re looking for planters for the garden A Place in the Garden will be able to help. Billy Fry Garden Furniture and Farrow & Ball will be outside the marquee and local business Veg Pods will also have an outside stand where they will teach children how to grow vegetables in their pods.

The town hall will house the smaller home accessories and arts featuring the Quince Tree, Oliver Richardson Paintings, famous Muhammad Ali and sporting photographs from Victoria Smith and Sonos and Linn music system from Ripcaster, based in Checkendon.

Professional advice will be available from a range of designers and architects including Alison Pressley in the town hall and LAPD Architects in the marquee. Garden designer Rachel Hotston will be able to advise on your garden needs. Bring your plans along to interior designers Life, Sam Appleton and Niki Schafer, as well as the architects, and Grand Designs' garden designer Ana Mari Bull, who is also sponsoring the show.

Sally Webb from Connect 2 Colour is speaking on Sunday, March 1 about her art business, which provides art therapy workshops for special needs children as well as fun team building and family day workshops.

Sally and her team have generously donated a workshop to the Chiltern Centre for disabled children and created a stunning piece of art with the children there.

This masterpiece will be auctioned at the Home Decor Fashion Show taking place on the Saturday afternoon.

Raising funds to build a multi-sensory room for the Chiltern Centre, many local celebrities and sporting heroes will be donating their time to model in the home decor fashion show.

Items of furniture will be modelled by Angie Best, Julia Kendell, Naomi Riches, Mike Read, the Henley Hawks, Emma Jane Taylor of NutritousWorks and our amazing women rowers to create a stunning, if somewhat eclectic, room set on stage. Come along to see the spectacular floral couture dress created by Jo Wise of Floral Circus.

Mrs Schafer added: "The show is not meant to detract from the fabulous showrooms we already have in town and I'm keen to bring attention to our own shops such as the new Slab Tiles on Hart Street, Lots of Living, Sharps and the Barry Keene Gallery on Thames Side.

"I also want to promote our great cafes such as Upstairs and Downstairs, the Chocolate Cafe and Cafe Copia to the visitors, so we have created a design trail which has very kindly been sponsored by Ballards Agents."

The trail will feature the town's interior showrooms such as Brook House Interiors and Broadleaf, on Reading Road, with a laurel tree from Toad Hall Garden Centre an d a poster clearly indicating the shop is part of the show.

The Posters have also been created by graphic designer Mark Wojcicki of Studio Stanley, event support is from Jo Crook and Tracey Pryce of events company White Fox Events and photographs will be taken by Kathryn Fell Photography.

Time for Tea will be supplying tea and cakes in the town hall and local cafes and restaurants are also supporting the show including the Little Angel which is giving away a meal for two in the registration prize draw.

Please register for the Henley House & Garden Show to enter the prize draw where you can win £1,000 of goods from Brook House Interiors or a stunning stone bench from London Stone (T&Cs apply). Visit

The show has been designed to be a collaboration of all things Henley and is backed by Love Henley. If you love Henley, and want to support your local rugby players being models, donate to a fabulous cause or are looking for some inspiration, professional advice or a fun creative workshop then please come along.

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