Festival of lights
Radio 2 DJ and TV presenter Jo Whiley opens the doors of her home to show you how a few lanterns, fairy lights and some boho touches can create a Glastonbury- style vibe for your summer parties
Can’t get a ticket – can’t stand the mud or the crowds? No worries. Set the stage at home with festival decor, and a little help from Jo Whiley. A familiar face at all the major events on the festival calendar in her roles as DJ and TV presenter, she’s opened the doors to her home to reveal that she loves living the style.
“Our house is literally party- central, where the door’s always open. We’re always either leading up to a festival, clearing up after a festival, or planning or having a party,” says Jo.
The 51- year- old lives in a barn conversion in Northamptonshire with her music executive husband Steve Morton and their four children, India, 25, Jude, 18, Cassius, 16 and Coco, 8.
“Our kitchen’s where everyone gets together and we have music on tap, with the radio or CDs playing, and people spontaneously sing, dance and perform – not necessarily very well.” Jo, who’s teamed up with Hillarys homeware company, which specialises in blinds, shutters, curtains and carpets, to reveal how to bring festival style into your home, says: “Sliding glass doors give an open, spacious feel. “We’ve dressed them with thin, floaty voiles, which don’t compromise the light, and dark grey curtains frame the view. For parties, I style them up with fairy and festoon lights, and hanging plants for an relaxed, outdoors- inside feel. “Outside, if you think you might be short on seating space, source some old crates or ask a local farmer for hay bales and simply cover them with cool fabrics or rugs. Add cushions and beanbags for a slouching, lounging area.”