RIGHT Karen Blixen’s birthplace at Rungelstund, Denmark, draws in the light from the Baltic Sea it faces. The calm, grey walls and creamy white dado of the drawing-room are accented with panels of gilded wood fillets, which also serve aspicture rails SUPPLIERS Shaker Kitchens, Acacia House, High Street, Mistley, Man-ningtree, Essex (tel: 01206-392030) imports old-fashioned milk paint from Massachusetts. Made from natural materials including milk protein and lime, and using earth pigments, it comes in sixteen colours based on traditional colonial furniture and interiors. It is packaged as a powder, ready for diluting with water or mixing with other hues. Nutshell Natural Paints, Newtake, Staverton, Devon (tel: 01803-762329) sells its own dry casein milk paint, again a form of distemper, DINING XIAMEN which is mixed with their â˜Earth and Mineral’ pigments. Papers and Paints has a range of Scandinavian tones colour-matched with samples taken from historic houses in Sweden. Crown Paints have the widest selection of subtle greys, blues and greens in their â˜Expressions’ colour chart (tel: 01254-704951).