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This year I’m matching our new front door in Farrow & Ball Black Blue with a simple green wreath, made from holly, ivy, rosemary and eucalyptus branches.  It is an homage to the original owners of the house, who made their living from a smallholding, selling fruit and herbs to wealthy Chelsea residents across the river. And it also matches the modern, shiny chrome door furniture.

 

 

Making a wreath is simple – all you need is a few twigs and branches, garden wire and a bit of patience.

 

 

 

 

Let there be light

When it comes to interior design, I like mixing it up. I don’t believe you have to stick to one particular ‘era’ or ‘style’. The bay window of our 1850s cottage is adorned with Verner Panthon’s famous Flowerpot light (designed in 1969), some tea light holders from Petersham Nurseries and a planter from Kew Gardens.  The screen in the background is designed by Swedish designer Margot Barabolo.

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A Dreamy Venetian Palazzo

Some interiors make you feel like you’ve transported to a different era and a more glamorous and dramatic life. We recently stayed in the 15th century Venetian palazzo Ca’ Segredo  – a dreamy hotel filled with magnificent frescoes, an imposing marble staircase, huge antique Murano glass chandeliers and gorgeous views over the Grand Canal.

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