A couple of years ago, I realised the need to update my ideas on interior design and decor had long become a pressing one. . . Whenever I was invited in to one or other of the neighbouring houses it felt to me that mine was very old fashioned and a bit drab by contrast. However, I had the chance to have a really first class decorating job done by someone I knew through a friend. This was such a fantastic opportunity – especially as the chap was already booked up with other projects – but our mutual pal owed me a massive favour and managed to persuade the expert to divert a 2 week window for my house. Fantastic job – he completely transformed every room – ceilings included. The walls went from dull magnolia to a silky ivory which did exactly what he said – reflected the sunlight from every direction. The feature chimney breast is still a talking point as he painted it a divine shade of dark red that exactly picks out the red in the curtains – it still pleases every time I enter that room!