The journalist and presenter, who fronts on Radio 4, has been voted ‘Britain’s sexiest voice’ more than once, so it’s fitting that Mariella Frostrup recently edited an anthology of erotica called Desire: 100 of Literature’s Sexiest Stories, published this
I really love the colours of Morocco—the ochres, reds and russets: they’re my kind of colours. I’ve walked a lot in the high Atlas mountains and seen where Berber rugs are made and I have a man in the Medina in Marrakech who I’ve been buying rugs through for years. For me, the colours really help to create a warm nest in the English countryside. I love to mix them up with the beautiful Bath stone of my house in Somerset and, wherever I move, the first thing I do is put down a rug—i’ve now run out of space!
I was outraged when my husband bought me a new perfume, Eau d’hadrien by Annick Goutal, as I’d only ever worn one scent before. However, he got it right and it’s so light and subtle that I now wear it every day. My mother only wore one scent, too—shalimar by Guerlain—which will always remind me of her. I like the idea that, in a blind line-up, my husband and children would be able to sniff me out. £67 (www.johnlewis.com; 0345 604 9049)
I started The Great Initiative foundation in 2010, which promotes advocacy and equality for women worldwide. To raise funds, we collaborated with Bond Street jeweller Boodles to make The Great Bangle, which is like a friendship bracelet for adults. I’ve given them to many of the women in my life whom I treasure—penny Smith, Gina Bellman, Renée Zellweger and Jemima Khan all have one— and I wear mine every single day. Having grown up in Ireland, it reminds me of a Claddagh ring, which represents love, loyalty and friendship. There’s something so intimate about giving something special to a woman of value in your life. £299 (0845 6436412; www.ethical-goods.com)