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{Dear Miss Lily’s diary} 23rd January 2012

Posted by Abbey on Jan 23, 2012

Its been a long cold busy month since my last post {more to come on that dear friend! but there is a pretty immense, exciting, scary, wonderful reason that there has been a distinct lack of posts, I PROMISE you that!}, anyway enough about me...what about you! what to entertain on the long wintery days and nights?

But I am BACK and here are my hot picks of what is on and in this week, just for you..

{Interiors UK}

Totally, totally gutted {family friends very sad loss} I couldn't make Interiors UK It is an excellent {trade only} exhibition running from 23rd to 25th January at the NEC in Birmingham. A wonderful showcase of all things home and is THE place to source furniture, lighting, flooring, fabrics, soft furnishings and accessories for retail from leading manufacturers and suppliers.

I would strongly suggest you try and make the time for this showpiece.

{Bright Young Things}

Following the success of 2011’s ‘Bright Young Things’ {the pioneering project by Selfridges to seek out and champion the most exciting young creators in the UK}  January 2012 sees the re-launch of the campaign on an even greater scale.

The second Bright Young Things scheme features a total of fifteen UK-based emerging talents from the worlds of fashion, art and design and food.

From 6 January 2012 until the end of February, each of the Bright Young Things will take over an Oxford Street or Duke Street window – their brief is solely to communicate the essence of their work. With one million people walking past the famous windows every week, the displays provide an incredible launch-pad for these fledgling designers to showcase their creations to the public.

The Bright Young Things’ products will be available to buy from three pop up shops in store as well as online at

{An Exhibition of Illuminated Manuscripts {from between the 9th and 16th centuries}}

Please ignore the slightly long winded title...exhibitions at the British Library are often utterly brilliant - in part due to the institution's unparalleled collection of amazing {stuff}. Highlights include Henry VIII's personal Psalter and two of the three remaining copies of Thomas Hoccleve's Regement of Princes - a guide to being an ideal courtier by the crazy bureaucrat/writer/visionary who is one of the finest and most underrated writers of the era.

{David Hockney: A Bigger Picture}

One of the first big art shows of the year opened on Saturday and it’s a great one {until 9th April 2012} at The Royal Academy of Arts.. It’s also going to be hugely popular so if you haven’t got tickets yet, book them right now (advance tickets for January and February are sold out already).

This is a big show in every sense – lots of tall, airy rooms and most of the paintings or prints are huge. Also, Hockney insisted that the RA hang every picture as high as possible so you can see the art above everyone’s heads. And that says it all – accessible and populist, it also promises to be beautiful and incredibly moving.

{and last but by no means least...}

this sounds a little bit special {ok its not this week, its the following week, but you have to book} Lost in Lace  at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, this one-day conference will draw on the themes explored in the exhibition Lost in Lace. A panel of artists, architects and scientists will consider how they have been inspired by the aesthetics, techniques and cultural associations of lace.

Have a truly wonderful week.

aml xx

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