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FILL THIS APRIL SPRING HAS SPRUNG, AND WITH IT AN ARRAY OF BLOOMING WONDERFUL EVENTS, SHOWS AND WORKSHOPS TO GET YOURSELF, YOUR HOME AND GARDEN SPIC AND SPAN MONDAY 1 It’s officially springtime, and what better way to see in April than to visit the Ideal Home Show? It’s the last day today, so pop along to Earl’s Court in London to admire this season’s on-trend interiors, dream gardens and home-improvement inspirations. Open from 10am till 6pm, tickets are £16.50 on the door or £12 in advance. 8 TUESDAY WEDNESDAY The classic drum-shape lampshade is making a comeback, with floral fabrics and geo-print patterns to update your living room. Feeling creative? Go one step further and attend the Lampshade Making workshop at Lewis & Wood studio in Gloucestershire today for £120 (10am to 4pm). Go armed with a metre of fabric! Summer salads may seem a distant dream, but now’s the time to sow lettuce seeds. Do so thinly, in a grow bag or well-raked soil, and a shallow thumbnail-deep trench. For a regular supply of the leafy veg, sow more seeds every two weeks. 9 10 2 If there’s a blank wall in your house that needs adorning, why not head to the Pick Me Up Contemporary Graphic Art Fair in London? Running from 1-11 April, 11am till 8pm, you can pick up a piece of modern graphic art for as little as a tenner. Or, if you’re feeling creative, why not get involved with one of the workshops? Adult tickets cost £7. Turn the kids’ bedside tables or playroom desk into chalkboard furniture with a lick of paint. Buy a can of International Black One Coat Blackboard Paint, £11.99, www. sand the surfaces well and get painting. 3 Let your children learn how wild animals live in the woods at the Homes and Habitats activity day, at Dudmaston Estate in the Midlands. From 12pm till 5pm today, kids can explore the gardens, follow the clues in a fun wildlife trail and get involved in hands-on activities. Cost is £2 for the trail and 50p per craft activity. www.nationaltrust. 15 If the sun has started peeping through the blinds, but your home office décor is feeling far from sunny, why not swap your typical rectangular wooden desk for a less corporate and more ‘friendly’ circular table? It will make your at-home days less dreary and inject some personality into an otherwise functional space. 16 With National Gardening Week in full bloom from 15-21 April ( National-gardening-week) get outside and start planting – whether it’s springtime flowers or edible produce – to give your garden a flash of colour. 22 23 24 Looking to take your knitting to the next level? This Cables and Bobbles workshop at Liverpool’s Abakhan store is ideal. For £35, you’ll try out rope, braided and chain cables, and start a retro tea cosy. Book at www. abakhan. What better time to up your living room’s eco credentials than today, International Mother Earth Day? Opt for eco paint if you’re going to give your walls a fresh lick of colour, or go really green and get a wood-burning stove installed. You could save £580 a year by swapping electricity for a wood pellet central heating. 29 As it’s National Allergy Week (23-29 April), now’s the time to make your home allergen-free. Dust mites love carpets so make sure your vacuum has a good particle air filter. www. Fancy collecting fresh eggs from your back garden? Visit the Keep Chickens day at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, to learn how. Cost £25 (attendees must be 16 or over). 17 If you’ve been longing to give your dining room chairs a new lease of life, Oxfordshire County Council upholstery course may be just the thing. For £100, Carterton Community College will teach you webbing, stuffing, stitching and covering in 10, three-hour sessions, to get you ready and raring to upcycle. 30 For lovers of stone work – from flagstone flooring to granite work surfaces – The Natural Stone Show, at ExCel, London, 30 April – 2 March, will showcase stones from around the globe. Grab top tips from stonemasonry experts while you’re there, too. Open from 10am till 5pm, you can pre-register for a free ticket at 022 | APRIL 2013 22-23 calender.FINAL.indd 22 1/3/13 14:52:54 http://www.nationaltrust

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of At Home with Sarah Beeny 2013

Editor's letter
Sarah's Welcome
It's a date
Mellow yellow
Blooming wonderful
Proper copper
Rent revolution
Home upgrade
Leading locations
Property virgins
Safe as houses
On the move
Good on paper
A distressed look
Turn up the heat
Fire it up
Another 48 hours
Something old, something new
Suite dreams
Inside the box
On stylish ground
On the rise
DIY for girls
The blueprint
A glass act
Final draught
Heat beneath your feet
Silent enemies
Real-life renovation
Eco exclusive
Hot stuff
How very cultivated
Turn over a new leaf
Lofty deals
Keep your antenna up
What Sarah says
How bizarre
Colour cocktail
Last word

At Home with Sarah Beeny 2013