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" I like the absurd and the surreal: the Coen brothers, Bunuel, Kubrick. "
" 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. "
" 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 terribly fastidious. I like symmetry and neatness, but my house is as chaotic as any other family's. "
" Every breath we take as human beings damages the planet. "
" Your home should be about enriching the daily experience. "
" We are borrowing money from future generations. We are borrowing the carbon impact, the resource impact from future generations to get stuff cheap now. We have swept the dirt and dust from our society under the carpet - but this carpet is on other side of the planet. "
" I've got a farm in Somerset, and I think it's God's own country. I love it. "
" I'm driven by issues, not driven to be political. "
" I cannot look at modern buildings without thinking of historical ones. "
" My father, an engineer, was the gentlest man I knew. "
" 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 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 favourite authors include Trollope and Dickens. "
" I hate negativity. I hate people who say the phrase 'I hate'. I really don't like the word 'hate.' Dislike, frightened of, terrified of, or yukky - but not 'hate.' "
" Living an environmentally responsible lifestyle can seem like a Scrooge-like list of don'ts. Don't take that flight, don't buy that car, don't eat those blueberries flown in from somewhere far-flung. "
" I've got lots of friends who are musicians, and there is a fair proportion of broken marriages and relationships as a result. You are on the move all the time. It's difficult if you have kids, and it's hard to make money unless you are in the premier league. "
" I spend a frightening amount of money on books. "
" I don't want anything that I buy to have done any harm to anyone or anything. "
" Generally speaking, I think that if you do anything with commitment and passion, it will come good. "
" The more of your private life you put into the public domain, the smaller your private life becomes. "
" 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. "
" I was never a hugely successful theatre designer. I painted a lot of scenery and did the lighting, and my lighting business grew out of that. "
" 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. "
" Life involves other people and it is a compromise. "
" 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. "
" 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? "
" Building design isn't trendy. "
" 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. "
" Architecture was pretty much the sexiest thing to be doing from 1700-1800. "
" I'm terrified of being poor, I always have been. It's growing up as a Methodist. I'll spend that bit of extra money to get a better seat on a train sometimes, because it's quieter and calmer, but I refuse to spend money on clothes. "