CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE LEFT: painting eggs is something of an Easter ritual in the Strutt household – Christina’s niece Rose displays finished ones in a wire basket; Christina and Mark’s house, originally two gardeners’ cottages, sits in a beautiful wooded valley in deepest Somerset; dozens of real eggs decorate the house and garden at this time of year. pleases your eye. One person’s taste all put together in one house always works. Joint efforts are usually a disaster. DINING TABLES FOR APARTMENTS And I hate things looking new they have to be old or worn or un-ironed for me to like them. Christina does have some hard and fast decorating rules, however: to put seagrass on the floor and a good comfy sofa in any room big enough. She also lights a fire upstairs and downstairs until long after Easter, and often keeps the lamps in the sitting room on all day. I simply hate a gloomy dark room at any time of day, she says. Christina stresses that it is always worth looking in the latest style books and magazines to gain new ideas – the cleverest ones are well worth copying.