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Our home in Bel­gravia was badly bombed in the war and re­built in a Ge­or­gian style. When we bought the house it was hor­ri­ble – very dark and black – and many peo­ple thought we were mad to take it on. We did a to­tal gut job on it, restor­ing all the pe­riod fea­tures. It’s now a warm and invit­ing room and peo­ple can’t be­lieve the trans­for­ma­tion. We’re lucky: it’s un­usual to have such a spa­cious, coun­try-style hall in Lon­don. It is over four me­tres long, and, as the house is dou­ble-fronted – one of the things I fell for – there is an­other hall the same size to the right, where we have the Christ­mas tree, a li­brary and study. It’s not an up­tight, ‘‘de­signer’’ house: it’s cosy and re­lax­ing. www.joan­na­trad­

Ta­ble I bought this Ge­orge III Ir­ish ta­ble at Christie’s. The chairs are Ge­orge IV English from HRW An­tiques. Every­one seems so trans­fixed with an ur­ban look at the mo­ment that Bri­tish an­tiques, par­tic­u­larly quirky ‘‘brown fur­ni­ture’’ – ta­bles and con­soles – have never been bet­ter value Lantern Th­ese an­tique-style lights are from Phillips & Wood. They give out a lovely, soft, dif­fused glow. I love can­dles and th­ese al­most im­i­tate can­dle­light Floor This is 18th­cen­tury French oak, from a com­pany called Vic­to­rian Wood­works in Wal­ton Street, which sells only an­tique floor­ing

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