Flora Bathurst shares her top dec­o­rat­ing de­ci­sions

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1 Art and pho­tog­ra­phy I have built up my col­lec­tion with time and pa­tience. I in­her­ited a few lovely things and I’m sur­rounded by pho­tog­ra­phy at work, so I have man­aged to col­lect a de­cent amount of pri­mar­ily black and white por­trai­ture. I’m get­ting more into land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy now, but you have to save up, so that’s what I’m do­ing. 2 Mar­ble man­tel­piece I found the per­fect slab of mar­ble in a garage at my Mum’s house in Scot­land and, af­ter dis­cussing ideas with my builder, he said that he could in­stall it as a float­ing shelf with the struts un­der­neath. 3 Util­ity room I’ve al­ways wanted one. As I spend more time in there than I would like, it had to be a nice space. Ev­ery­thing is func­tional but looks good, from the paint-splat­tered re­claimed iroko work­top to the Welsh slate splash­back and the hid­den wash­ing ma­chine and dryer. 4 Kitchen work­top We used a mix of con­crete and iroko wood; the lat­ter was re­claimed from a school lab­o­ra­tory. I love their prac­ti­cal­ity, as well as the slim brass trim that sep­a­rates the two ma­te­ri­als. It al­ready has small signs of dam­age, but our kitchen is ef­fec­tively bombproof. 5 Cre­ative cur­tains I be­lieve that cur­tains are the most un­der­es­ti­mated ele­ment of a home and can make a huge im­pact. When you draw them, you are ef­fec­tively cre­at­ing a huge wall panel, so it’s es­sen­tial that they look great.

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