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Helen Green

While at a shoot, the designer reflects on her life-changing plans

Helen Green

January 19 2012
Helen Green

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My husband Harry’s midweek shoot is held close to our home, hosted by a City friend of ours. We ourselves host several days’ shooting during the year, and I absolutely love the social aspect of the sport. We hold delicious lunches in a lodge located on the estate and feast on hearty steak pies followed by stilton and port. Introductions are made throughout the day; I find the best shoots tend to feature a couple of old friends and a mix of unfamiliar and not-so-well-known faces. Everyone enjoys meeting someone new.

A day out of London allows me to have the morning to myself, and I catch up with planning my diary for the next couple of months. 2012 is already shaping up to be a busy year, both at work and at home. We’re planning to remodel several rooms in our London property, as they’ve been showing signs of wear and tear over the past few years, not helped by our two young children’s constantly evolving lives.

Inspired by New York loft living, I’ve selected pale timbers for the floors, copper lighting and a bold, geometric rug. The look will be comfortable and relaxed, suitable for London family life. I like to take stock of my life in seven-year cycles, and feel it is the right time to look at our lives and see whether any changes are needed. They often are.

We’re also taking the kids skiing to Courchevel during half term, and for all of us it’s Florida at Easter. I always feel tremendously inspired when I go to the States; Nantucket, Miami and LA are some of my most treasured destinations, as they have such vibrant and interesting design scenes.

Every time I come back from a visit to the US, I find myself overloading on printed linen. I adore the casual but chic nature of the prints and can spend hours at Tissus d’Hélène, Chelsea Harbour, sourcing the newest fabrics and designs. When I’m next over the Pond, I must squeeze in a visit to ABC Kitchen in New York City. I love its interiors.

Tea at the lodge completes the day and we part company. A short drive back to London in time to see the children before bed and, as ever, a speedy Wonder-Woman-style change before meeting friends for dinner at Novikov in Mayfair. The tuna tartare there is exceptional and I am always tempted by the lobster.

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