Now it’s May, and spring is officially here (even the weather is catching up), it’s the perfect time to give your home a spring clean – and a general makeover. Here are some of our top tips for rejuvenating your home, and adding something new to the mix:

1. Inject some green

Houseplants have seen a massive boom recently, with everyone wanting to decorate their homes with all things green and growing. We’re loving the new trend for terrariums – little mini plant beds that are usually displayed in glass bowls or geometric containers.

Make your own at a terrarium workshop by geo-fleur near you.

Lots of interesting new plant emporia are also springing up – make sure you visit Grace and Thorn or Conservatory Archives in Hackney Road.

2. Re-jig shelf space

As well as adding the aforementioned greenery, jazzing up your shelves and mantelpieces can make a big difference. Update photo frames by adding more recent photos, and add decorative objects like candles and books to really enhance the space. De-cluttering and spacing objects out will bring a more minimalist feel.

3. Upgrade your bedding

Walking into a bedroom, the first thing you notice is the bed – so a change of bedding will make a big difference. This is also a  quick and effective way to change up a bedroom’s colour scheme.

4. Finish your floors

Over time, wooden floors get scuffed and worn out, and this isn’t something we often notice straight away. Waxing your wooden floors or applying a sealant will leave them gleaming again, and will make a huge difference to the overall effect of the room. Or, for a more dramatic change, why not paint the floor instead.

Farrow and Ball offer a wide range of floor paints in contemporary shades. Check out the colour samples at the Islington shop.

5. Give the cushions an upgrade, too

Although small, cushions make a big difference. Colourful or patterned cushions can really bring a sofa to life, and add something special to the room. Changing the cushions and other small accessories can change the entire colour scheme of a room, and a bring a different feel, without spending too much!

6. Get organised

There are lots of ways you can organise your stuff to refresh your home. Labelling containers and jars in the pantry will make cooking feel a lot easier, and help you keep track of supplies. Take the opportunity to put photos into albums, and to throw out anything in your wardrobe you don’t wear anymore. Spring means new beginnings, so it’s time to declutter and pass on old belongings to friends or charity shops.

7.) …Don’t forget the garden

Outdoor furniture often gets neglected during the winter months – so give your chairs and tables a good scrub down to leave them looking new again, perfect for when your guests come to visit.

Spring is the perfect time for planting, so if you have an old sandpit that’s been outgrown, or an area you’re not sure what to do with, why not create a herb garden or a flowerbed.


Issue 02 of The Linen Draper: The Urban Food Issue has landed in our offices and online!

To read about some amazing artisan food producers that are here on our doorsteps in north and eats London, as well as find the best property on the market, pop into one of our local offices or click here to read it online.

A sneak peak of some of our top stories inside the issue…

A feature property with big a difference

A feature property with big a difference

Our lead story this issue...Urban Food Fights Back!

Our lead story this issue…Urban Food Fights Back!

A fishy trip to Forman & Son

A fishy trip to Forman & Son


If you are interested in your business or charity featuring in an upcoming issue of The Linen Draper please email Gina at

This month we round up the hottest new winter interior design trends for the approaching season and find the North London properties to match.

Excellent Entertaining Space

Not really a trend but a winter party season essential. Why leave home, when you can throw the party of the season under your own roof? This beautiful house in Albion Square has a stunning reception space with beautiful hardwood floors and a large kitchen which leads out into the garden; perfect for entertaining.

Stunning reception space at Albion Square

Stunning reception space at Albion Square

Albion Square, E8 £1,850,000 Call Hackney on 0207 241 4111

Subtle Tones of Grey

Grey is the hottest colour in interiors this season and adds a touch of luxury to even the smallest of spaces. Buy into this trend at Mulberry Mews, a brand new London development by Taylor Wimpey of five luxury townhouses in Highbury, where the show home has been beautifully decorated throughout in shades of grey.

Mulberry Mews show house

Mulberry Mews Show House

Mulberry Mews, N5 £2,350,000 Call New Homes on 0207 261 6611


Statement Bathtubs for Winter Interior Design

This season is all about the statement tub; the more colourful or stand-out the shape, the better. A free standing pewter bath, like the one in this Hackney property, is hard to beat.

The stunning bathroom in Quilter Street

The stunning bathroom in Quilter Street

Quilter Street, E2 £1,200,000 Call Hackney on 0207 241 4111

Open Fireplaces

You can’t beat an open fire in winter, especially in your own home. This property in Tooting Bec, has not one but two stunning, original Victorian fireplaces. One warms up the the main living space and the other the master bedroom.

Master Bedroom in Thornton Avenue

Master Bedroom in Thornton Avenue

Thornton Avenue, SW2 £660,000 Call Battersea on 0203 668 1000

Despite the threat of rain, Battersea and Clapham still have fantastic events on offer this weekend come rain or shine!

16th, 17th & 18th August – Feast at Battersea Park. The largest selection of restaurant, street and artisan food in one venue with pop up restaurants, farmers markets, BBQ tents and loads more. There will also be childrens entertainment as well as cider and wine tatsing for the adults.

Sunday 18th August Open air cinema screening of Top Gun in Battersea Park. Starts at 7pm in teh Boules area of the park. Screened with subtitles.

Proposals for a new leading fashion destination known as the Hackney Fashion Hub have been submitted for consultation by Manhattan Loft Corporation and Chatham Works.

The plans, which cost tens of millions of pounds, aim to deliver a retail led fashion destination that will include shops, art galleries, restaurants and design studios where local designers can showcase their work.

The development will consist of two seven storey buildings and pedestrianized open space, designed by renowned architect David Adjaye at Adjaye Associates.

The designers of the scheme believe that Hackney Fashion Hub will create hundreds of news jobs in the local area, create space for local designers and fashion start-ups and attract more people to spend their money in this part of Hackney.

The hub builds on Hackney’s already fashionable reputation and the hope is to make Hackney Central into a premier retail destination in the capital.

To see the propsals for Hackney Fashion Hub click on the link here:

To see the Textile Building Penthouses, at the heart of Hackney Central click here:

Saturday 3rd August 12pm – 10pm Holi One Colour Festival at Battersea Power Station. Festival inspired by the Hindu spring festival, expect lots of coloured powder being thrown around and DJ’s.

Saturday 3rd – Sunday 4th August Ride London 2013. This cycle ride will be taking over most main road routes in London so find a spot on the side of the road to enjoy the view.

Saturday 3rd August 12pm – 6pm Putback Festival, free community family friendly festival on Clapham Common.


This weekend there are great events in Clapham and Battersea for the whole family to enjoy so make sure you don’t miss out.


Saturday 27th JulyRoyal Kitten Shower at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, in honour of the birth of Prince George and including crafts, quizzes and a naming ceremony.


Sunday 28th July, 8-11.30am – Sumo Run in Battersea Park. A 5km run in a sumo suit all in the name of charity!

Currell Battersea give you this week’s round up of local events in Wandsworth to enjoy in the sunshine.

Sunday 21st July 11.00 – 16.00

Battersea Flower Station Summer PARTY, 16 Winder’s Rd.
Games, music, Pimms and popcorn!

Sunday 21st July 10.00

Open Day at Battersea Park Millennium Arena.
Sports activities for children and adults, raising money for Cancer Research.

If you’re looking for something to do over the next few days, get some ideas from our list of events taking place in Battersea and Clapham. Enjoy!

From 2nd July – 31st July Edinburgh Festival 2013 Preview Shows at the Battersea Arts Centre

From 3rd – 6th July Our Share of Tomorrow at Theatre 503 – Last chance to catch this coming of age love story

Saturday 6th July 20.00 – 22.00 Comedy Carnival at the Clapham Grand

Sunday 7th July 12.30 – 17.00 Friends of Clapham Common Summer Fete – food stalls, children’s events, dog show, BBQ , cricket, fishing and a large outdoor TV to watch the Wimbledon Men’s final.

Sunday 7th July 11.00 – 17.00 Northcote Road Summer Fete – the road will be closed to traffic and play host to funfair rides, food stalls and a large outdoor TV to watch the Wimbledon Men’s final.