Spirit of Summer

 House & Garden magazine's  Spirit of Summer Fair  is at Olympia next week

House & Garden magazine's Spirit of Summer Fair is at Olympia next week

I do love a bit of House & Garden, I don't know if it's an age thing, quite possibly, or the fact I love nothing better than a nose around other people's country piles, but it always feels so incredibly English. If I lived overseas I'm fairly sure I would subscribe and gaze longingly at the green and pleasant countryside through the windows of the houses inside.

I've also got a bit of a fascination developing with Elle Decoration Country a weighty tome which comes out from time to time and which when I first saw it I thought pah! who would spend £10 on a magazine. Turns out I would. I've got all three 'volumes' which feature the requisite country-luxe rural retreats.

Next week House & Garden are bringing their Spirit of Summer Fair to Olympia 14th-17th May with stands selling a slice of chic country living in the form of interiors, food and all things posh. It's open to anyone, you can buy tickets online, I'm going to take my mum.

 Rustic-luxe ceramics at the fair

Rustic-luxe ceramics at the fair