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