SHINE SOME LIGHT
The house was beautifully proportioned and rich with hidden treasures such as original tiles under carpets and boardedup fireplaces. It needed and deserved a lot of love – but in hindsight, I was a bit too quick off the mark to supply it. I invested in some gorgeous, cost-an-arm-and-a-leg floral wallpaper for the dining room in lush, dark aubergine tones, but I hadn’t considered the lack of light in the room. We had to sacrifice almost an entire wall of it when we had French doors put in. Now, I would do as Alan Titchmarsh does when he plans a garden: see how the light falls at all points of the day, in every season, before deciding on decor.