I just went to a Christmas wander-round of Dennis Severs’ house in Spitalfields. The 18th century silk merchant’s house is decorated as a kind of living museum, or ‘three dimensional novel’ as its late owner suggested. For a full explanation of the house see Decorator’s Notebook’s post about her visit, here.
Chances are, if you live in London at least, and you’re reading this blog, you’ve either been here already or it’s on you to-do list. But my top tip is to do a Christmas visit if you can. The already crowded rooms were filled with sugar mice, decorations and the smell of mincemeat and clove-studded oranges. It was a treat for all the senses, all the better for being an experience undertaken in near silence. It also got me looking for dark rooms. My house is white, white, white, but maybe one day I’ll be brave.