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" I admire anyone that follows the road less travelled. "
" If I welcomed people into my lovely home every week in the pages of a magazine, they'd soon see how incredibly dull it is. It's important to maintain a bit of mystique. "
" Every decently-made object, from a house to a lamp post to a bridge, spoon or egg cup, is not just a piece of 'stuff' but a physical embodiment of human energy, testimony to the magical ability of our species to take raw materials and turn them into things of use, value and beauty. "
" It's possible to be satisfied with a day's work or a cake, but a life... what is a life but a history of events badly remembered? "
" I'm quite shy. Television presents an amplified version of yourself. When I'm on camera I'm pumping more adrenaline, I'm being a bit more engaging than I am in everyday conversation, but that's normal, isn't it? Otherwise nobody would want to watch. "
" I've got a farm in Somerset, and I think it's God's own country. I love it. "
" Luckily I have never missed a day's filming or work due to asthma. "
" I have a recurring nightmare that I wake up in a gutter with nothing. I've had it all my life. That's why I work, I think. "
" I'm not too fond of really cool design. I've got quite kitsch taste really, in things like tableware. I'm quite a sucker for 1930s pressed glass. "
" I don't look at what people do with their homes in terms of money, but the social and personal value of what they're trying to do and achieve. "
" My favourite authors include Trollope and Dickens. "
" Your home should be about enriching the daily experience. "
" There's nothing you can do about busted ribs. You just have to wait for them to pop back into place again. "
" When I left university, I idled around without focus for much too long. "
" What happened in 2008 stopped people in their tracks. People stopped looking at their homes simply as commodities to exploit and starting thinking about how they might personalise that space and make them less bland and more autobiographical, and that's healthy, I think. "
" I don't know whether other asthma sufferers find this, but I've noticed that even when I've got my asthma under control, I often develop another problem such as an ear, chest or sinus infection and sometimes even joint pains. "
" I'm really quite conscious of clothes and the way they fit and don't regret wearing anything. Not even the five-inch stack heels I wore with three-button high-waisters at comprehensive school. Regret is for wimps. "
" People have got to get over the fear of not being able to trust others. I come across people who are very successful in their own sphere, and really believe they can do it all themselves, but they can't. "
" I've forgiven all my enemies - even those who have stolen money from me. "
" I'm driven by issues, not driven to be political. "
" Life involves other people and it is a compromise. "
" Building design isn't trendy. "
" I am a big fan of long drop, composting toilets - I like the cycle of using waste. When you have experienced one and seen what comes out of the bottom, it is amazing stuff. It's the most beautiful, driest, sweet-smelling compost. "
" My father, an engineer, was the gentlest man I knew. "
" I don't enjoy living in a white box flooded with light. I like shadows, small spaces, old furniture. "
" One mustn't mistake bling for excellence, just as one mustn't mistake quiet for mediocre. "
" There's no reason for your imagination to be fettered by money. "
" Self-builders are the adrenalin junkies of the DIY world; it's the equivalent of base-jumping off the top of the Gherkin to land in a paddling pool. "
" A friend of mine once wrote a silly article about all these metrosexuals like David Beckham wearing sarongs, and she described me as a 'heteropolitan.' I don't know what that means. I think it was a joke. "
" I don't want anything that I buy to have done any harm to anyone or anything. "
" A great deal of energy is wasted in hating people, and I can honestly say I've no wish to expend such a precious resource on being outraged about anyone. "