Always popular at the annual Decorative Living Fair at Eridge Park in Kent is gardenalia – this is a corner of Woodpigeon’s stand in the Orangery.

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Run since 2006, with the first for two years being staged on Friday and Saturday, May 13-14, this event held overlooking the rolling landscape of the High Weald at Eridge Park, near Tunbridge Wells, has a strong focus on presentation and styling.

“Making stands look decorative is as important as the stock being sold so that people come to be inspired as much as to buy”, said Zoob.

This will be her last as co-organiser as she is planning to concentrate on her work as an embroidery designer and publisher of The Stitcher’s Journal.


Dealer Liz Barnes (on the right), who has exhibited from the start 16 years ago.

Many of the 70 exhibitors buy specifically for this fair which has a strong French and Scandi influence – a few names include Archemilla’s Nest, Nikki Page Antiques, My Nook Shop and Brocante Living. This reporter visited quite a few times over the years and nearly always hammered the card.