Fabric from Manuel Canovas is used to dramatic effect in the dining-room. A Regency mirror flanked by eighteenth-century wall sconces hangs above a Queen Anne chest-of-drawers (4). The painted chairs are eighteenth-century. Flowers are by Wallflowers. The house she found was nearby and had been untouched for over forty years. â€˜The place was in a dreadfully sad and dilapidated state,â€™ she recalls, â€˜but offered the possibility of a suitable layout, and architecturally it was a dream. I had little doubt that it could be made into the house we wanted.â€™ Needless to say, the main structural alterations were required in the basement. The garden, on the same level, was pushed back to allow extra space for a conservatory-style exten- sion and exterior seating-area. An extra bathroom was installed on the top floor for the children, and the main bedroom was opened up to incorporate a bathroom en suite. The originally discrete but adjoining library and office were also opened up to form one space.