Hop­wood’s hints

London Evening Standard (West End Final B) - ES Homes and Property - - My Home -

I use stick-on LED strips every­where, as they’re smart, stylish and easy to ap­ply. Try it be­hind a pel­met for in­stant glam­our, then you don’t need lights every­where. A small, dark hall (paint the ceil­ing dark, too) cre­ates space, light and drama when you move to the main room. Use slid­ing pan­els for el­e­gant Japanese style and to save space. Mine are sand­blasted, reeded glass in an oak frame. Have draw­ers rather than cup­boards in the kitchen. Why be on your knees? You’ve just spent a for­tune, so pro­tect your clothes from moths, which adore fine fab­ric. I make one wall in ev­ery wardrobe cedar, and use real laven­der bags every­where. In a kitchen that’s open to the liv­ing area, en­sure ap­pli­ances run silently. Don’t throw money at a rug. Ac­ci­dents with red wine hap­pen. Get a good one at a sen­si­ble price. Don’t be silly about la­bels — learn to recog­nise qual­ity in­stead. Vinyl wall­pa­per beau­ti­fully ap­plied to wardrobe fronts makes them look less like wardrobes. Never put loo rolls on show. Keep them in a small mir­rored cup­board — dou­bly use­ful.

For that spa touch at home: Hop­wood chose an el­e­gant Su­per­nova mixer tap

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