I hated this house when I first came to see it. The agent kept asking me to view it and I kept telling him to stop calling me, as I didn't want to live in Camden [in north London], but eventually I relented and came to have a look. It's had some interesting past occupiers – the jazz musician George Melly used to live here, and so did the director Stephen Frears.
I thought it was horrible – dark and depressing – but my mother convinced me that it had potential and it feels completely different now. The style in this room – and throughout – is Scandinavia meets The Hamptons. I like clean, airy spaces with lots of white and painted floorboards. Oddly, I hate wearing red myself, but I love it for furnishings and I use it all over the place.
Carpets and curtains are a definite no-no if you are as passionate about clothes as I am, as they're a great hiding place for moths; I prefer the look of American-style shutters. I do have a thing about cushions which drives my husband and sons mad. I must be the only mum who insists her teen sons have scatter-cushions on their beds.
As the only woman in the house I'm top dog when it comes to making decorating decisions, and luckily my husband [Fame Academy "headmaster" Richard Park] lets me get on with it. I'm not precious, though – I grew up in that sort of environment and I'd much rather let the kids have the run of the house. I like the place to look good, but it's not a show home and we don't have enough rooms to make any off limits.
I've grown to love the area, but I am more of a country girl than an urbanite at heart and I think the décor reflects that. Occasionally I go around to friends' modern apartments and think I might just move to some cool, minimalist penthouse, but I know in reality it would never work – I'd just end up filling it with cushions.
Get the look: Red-hot furnishings
1. Glass 'bird' dish, £25
Great on a sunny windowsill, www.debenhams.com
2. Bloom rug, £1,600
Warm up bare floorboards, www.jocelynwarner.com
3. Ruby cabinet, £450
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