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Lucy Hirst

Lucy's style is quite eclectic and a bit odd. She says, "Not everyone is going to go for a stuffed unicorn head on the lounge wall."

1. Who is your style hero?

I admire Anouska Hempel for her personal and interior design style. The rooms at Blakes Hotel are a great testament to her global travels and attention to detail.

2. If you had an unlimited budget to spend on your home what improvements would you make?

All the little things that bug me for starters! Where the skirting hasn't been finished properly, I've got a curtain pole with no finials, the things I look at everyday. But ultimately it would have to be a loft room for guests so my daughter no longer has to give up her bedroom when friends and family visit and a glass box extension on the kitchen hung with a beautiful French crystal chandelier, Italian floor tiles and up-cycled furniture.

3. Would you have the room you created in your own home?

Not necessarily the whole room but most definitely elements of it, but then it wasn't designed with me in mind.

4. What did you learn from taking part in ‘Your Home In Their Hands’?

That I actually like grey walls! That making mistakes is ok, they often lead to something better. The most significant thing for me though is the realisation that this is what I would really like to be doing with my life.

5. What is your golden rule when it comes to interior design?

There aren't any. I don't do rules.

6. What is your DIY tool that you just can’t live without?

It's got to be either a paintbrush or a hammer.

7. What is your biggest DIY achievement?

Parts of my house. It's been evolving since I bought it as a wreck three years ago. I've knocked down walls, learnt to tile and fix coving and loved every minute.

8. What’s your biggest DIY disaster?

Re-painting the kitchen at least 4 times over before I found a colour I loved. Although I'm debating changing it again...

9. If you could design a room in any building in the world, what room would you design and why?

All of the run down, boarded up, un-loved spaces. There are so many in London alone. It's madness that we have these buildings and still there are human beings sleeping on the streets.