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

Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - FRONT PAGE -

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.”

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