My decorating style is: A mixture of French, oriental, midcentury and Hollywood Regency. Best decorating tip: Accessorise. A room that is layered with memories and personal collections makes a house a home. Fresh flowers, great art, lighting with dimmers and burning candles also contribute to a relaxed atmosphere. Best budget tip: Flea market finds can easily be given a new lease of life. The oriental bedside tables were found on Trade Me and were originally bright red. I resprayed them with black lacquer. A piece of embroidered antique silk fabric found in a second-hand shop was made into a beautiful cushion. Proudest DIY achievement: While living in London I spotted a chair left in a skip. I hauled it home and told my bemused husband that one day it would look amazing. It’s now re-covered in cream linen and is one of my favourite pieces of furniture. Best money ever spent: We recently replaced the bare patchy lawn in the front garden with water saving artificial grass. It’s made such a huge difference to the look of the garden. The children love spending time under the crab apple tree on their swing and having picnics with their friends.