Join Country Life at the Hay Festival and Coworth Park
Leading figures in design will be appearing at events in May and June
Colour inspiration with Edward Bulmer
The architectural historian and interior designer will be in conversation with Country Life’s Interiors Editor Giles Kime about the importance and possibilities of colour at the Hay Festival on June 1 at 5.30pm at Llwyfan Cymru.
Edward Bulmer, who worked on the redecoration and restoration of Goodwood and Althorp, has created a range of paints using only 12 natural pigments that have been used by artists for centuries and which delivers incredible depth of colour and high-quality finish, allows buildings to breathe and is toxin-free.
The literary festival, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, runs from May 25 to June 4. The programme includes appearances by Eddie Izzard, Nick Clegg, Miriam González Durántez, Helen Fielding and Rowan Williams.
When: June 1 2017 Where: Llwyfan Cymru, Hay Festival, Powys Tickets: £8.30 To book: 01497 822629; www.hayfestival.com
Summer flowers with Willow Crossley
The floral designer has built a reputation for her relaxed, rustic approach to flowers, which she describes as ‘more cabbage roses and cow parsley than carefully arranged orchids’. Her refreshing signature style has attracted commissions from a wide range of clients, including Mulberry and Jo Malone.
She recently created a hugely successful range of faux flowers for OKA which achieve her distinctive look without having to touch a pair of secateurs.
On May 17, Willow will be talking to Giles Kime at Coworth Park, the Dorchester Collection’s luxurious country-house hotel and spa on the borders of Windsor Great Park. Guests are invited to arrive at Restaurant Coworth Park for a glass of Champagne at 12pm as they listen to a short talk on the story behind OKA. After a threecourse lunch with wine, coffee and petits fours, Willow will describe how she uses flowers to transform a space and enhance an occasion.
She will demonstrate how she made the bunches she has created for OKA and will sign copies of Flourish, her latest book. The event will finish at 3pm.
When: May 17 2017 Where: Coworth Park, Berkshire Tickets: £55 To book: 01344 876600; www.dorchestercollection.com