de­sign tip‘ Don’ t be afraid of colour, but make the ef­fect calm­ing, not chaotic’

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home for her­self, her hus­band Ri­cardo and chil­dren, Max­i­m­il­ian, 10, and Ben­jamin, 7, us­ing colour­ful paint, pat­terned wall­pa­per, bright fab­rics and pretty Moroc­can tiles.

‘When peo­ple ask me about my style, I find it’s such a dif­fi­cult ques­tion to an­swer,’ she says. ‘I think I’ve cre­ated a sur­prise com­bi­na­tion that’s not ob­vi­ous. I take my in­spi­ra­tion from ho­tel in­te­ri­ors when I’m trav­el­ling, as at­ten­tion to de­tail will al­ways make a dif­fer­ence. Ex­tra wide floor­boards, soft tiles un­der your feet and a pretty, pat­terned van­ity sink are just some of the per­sonal touches I love in our home.’

Anna’s team of builders com­pleted the work in ten months, keenly project man­aged by Ri­cardo. ‘The build went very smoothly and af­ter­wards I was so happy when it was time to bring to­gether the lovely colour­ful fab­rics and paints I had dreamt about,’ re­calls Anna. ‘If you chose a safe colour scheme, it won’t give you any feel­ings of in­spi­ra­tion. I en­joy the chal­lenge of pair­ing ex­pen­sive pieces with more af­ford­able ob­jects and be­ing dar­ing with un­usual colour com­bi­na­tions. I think the big­gest suc­cess of this whole project is that after three years I don’t re­gret any of my choices and I still ab­so­lutely love ev­ery sin­gle colour scheme in the house.’

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