Alis­tair McGowan

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Ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with the im­pres­sion­ist com­ing to Wind­sor

Sara Dav­i­son, best known as ‘The Di­vorce Coach’ and one of the UK’s most sought af­ter au­thor­i­ties on break-up, sep­a­ra­tion and di­vorce, lives in As­cot with her son San­ti­ago

Prior to her own mar­riage com­ing to an end, Sara was en­sconced in a swish Lon­don house full of clean lines and sharp an­gles, bare wood floors and neu­tral tones.

This time round, she was de­ter­mined to cre­ate a wel­com­ing but quirky fam­ily home which re­flected her own spirit and cel­e­brated life with her son. So there’s a lot of ‘cur­va­ceous’ mix-and-match fur­ni­ture, shaggy rugs to sink your feet into, warm and earthy yel­lows and greens, and art ev­ery­where.

But you’ll also find glitzy sparkle such as Swarovski wall­pa­per glint­ing in her bed­room and the sur­prise of an ex­tra­or­di­nary bath­room decked out in leop­ard skin print.

What you no­tice most is the sheer num­ber of framed, mostly small pho­tos, of­ten clus­tered to­gether in what seems a ran­dom man­ner on walls and just about ev­ery­where else. They in­clude dozens of un­posed and in­for­mal shots that we might nor­mally re­ject for var­i­ous rea­sons if they’d been of us, but these are the trea­sures of this home.

Sara ex­plains: “I don’t care if my hair’s all over the place, we’re ac­ci­den­tally or de­lib­er­ately pulling faces, or if the fram­ing or fo­cus could be bet­ter – these fam­ily pho­tos cap­ture magic mo­ments.”

Al­though there’s a lot of Sara and her fam­ily on dis­play here in the fur­ni­ture choices, she’s keen to point out that Bar­clay In­te­ri­ors of As­cot helped enor­mously with ideas and sourc­ing items to turn her ‘wish list’ into re­al­ity.

HIDE­AWAY

This is what you can have when you move from a swish Lon­don apart­ment – a tree­house in the gar­den green­ery

SET­TLE IN STYLE

The swivel chair, right, is a de­signer piece by Ital­ian spe­cial­ists De­siree

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