Celebs' home truths

Marco Pierre White, 52, celebrity chef, restaurateur and television personality

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Marco Pierre White, 52, celebrity chef, restaurateur and television personality

"I like all areas of my home but, of course, I spend most of my time in the kitchen which is set up to the standard of a professional one," says White, who recently relaunched his specially 'brewed for food' amber ale, The Governor, produced in partnership with independent Manchester brewery, JW Lees.

"I'm comfortable in this room and have things around me which delight me, including my collection of antique toys.

"I don't have a dishwasher, instead I wash everything in an old Belfast sink as I was taught to do as a trainee years ago. My pride and joy are two black 3-oven AGA Total Control cookers. It means I have six ovens, four solid tops and lots of space - you can't ask for more."

  • Get the look: AGA prices start at £4,995, but during the winter sale selected models are reduced by up to 20% (www.agaliving.com/0845 712 5207).

Jane Seymour, 62, actress and artist

"My art studio at my beach-side home in Malibu, California. It's a really personal, really private place and very inspirational to me," she says. "It overlooks a koi pond with a waterfall and a rose garden and it's a quiet spot with beautiful light.

"I can lose track of time there, forget my worries and become totally absorbed when I'm designing furniture, lamps, jewellery and fabrics or painting."

  • Get the look: Evoke a pond teeming with exotic fish with a dazzling fish design wallpaper, Koromo Clearwater Designer Wallpaper, £95 a roll, A Shade Wilder (www.ashadewilder.com).

Alan Titchmarsh, 64, celebrity gardener, writer and presenter

"My study is in a converted barn in the garden with a large window overlooking a wildlife pond, so I can gaze out at ducks and moorhens," he says. "It's totally relaxing and my favourite spot."

  • Get the look: Ducks On Parade hand-gilded print, £50, Mountain & Molehill (www.mountainandmolehill.com).

George Lamb, 24, presenter

"I live in virtually an open-plan space in my Hackney [East London] home. It's a part-converted factory and I'm on one floor with around 1,200 square feet, which is amazing," says Lamb, who has teamed up with Hygena to create an essential Guys' Guide for the modern man looking to buy/rent his first home (visit www.issuu.com/hygenaguysguide).

"It's bohemian, with exposed brick walls and the original massive red firehoses and industrial steel pipework visible in the ceiling, and a huge skylight so it's flooded with light.

"I've screened off the sleeping area with antique doors but the rest of the space is zoned by using beautiful Berber rugs, and I have lots of reclaimed furniture. My favourite piece is a huge pink antique cupboard which was used by a Sunday school in a church."

  • Get the look: Eivissa Pink Bookcase Shelves, £895, The French Bedroom Company (www.frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk/0845 644 8022).

Lisa Snowdon, 41, TV presenter and radio DJ

"I love cooking and I recently got my dream kitchen, a Smallbone Walnut & Silver kitchen, with mirror panels on the kickboards which gives an illusion that the room is larger, and granite work surfaces," says Snowdon.

"There are dark wood floors throughout the house but the kitchen has a heated tiled floor, a treat for the toes. I practically live in that room as it's such a joy to be in.

"My other favourite area is the conservatory, where I have an Indian daybed, colourful cushions, drapes and mementoes from my travels abroad and lots of photographs."

  • Get the look: Walnut & Silver Kitchen from bespoke luxury cabinet maker, Smallbone of Devizes. Kitchens start from £40,000 (www.smallbone.co.uk/020 7589 5998)

Piers Morgan, 48, TV personality and journalist

"My favourite room is the den at my home in Beverley Hills, Los Angeles. It has leather armchairs, a well-stocked built-in bar with French wines and classic English beers, and charcoal grey painted walls on which I've hung brilliant memorabilia.

"There are framed front pages to remind me of my time editing the News of the World and the Daily Mirror newspapers, as well as framed album covers of one of my heroes, Frank Sinatra. I also have a small collection of Winston Churchill plaster busts," he says. "It's a dark little den where I relax on my own or with friends."

  • Get the look: Frank Sinatra in Los Angeles, 1969, framed print from £75 or as a mounted print from £45, Sonic Editions. (www.soniceditions.com).

Michaela Strachan, 47, TV presenter

"We live in Cape Town [in South Africa] high up on the outer slopes of Table Mountain nature reserve, and my bathroom has spectacular views of the ocean," says Strachan who shares her home with her partner Nick Chevallier and their son Oliver, 8.

"The bath is big enough that we can bathe in it as a family if we want to, and we've used natural materials, stone and wood, throughout.

"Next favourite area is my kitchen with a huge wooden table and old pine church pews for seats. The walls are a dark mud colour, and there's a real African-feel with artefacts we've collected hung on the walls.

"The view's also amazing to the harbour below us, then to one side the township, where there's a lot of poverty, contrasting with a beautiful residential area on the right. There's nature all around us and we can spot wild birds of every description because of the reserve."

Get the look: Cabrits bath, £3,575, West One Bathrooms, made from volcanic limestone (www.westonebathrooms.com/020 7324 9780).

Janet Ellis, 58, TV presenter and actress

"My kitchen is my favourite, because it runs from the front of the house to the back, and at each end the windows look out on to gardens," says Ellis, whose daughter is singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

"It's got fitted cream Ikea kitchen units, stainless steel worktops and a huge oven. There's a large central island and running on from that, a dining table which seats 12. It's great for family meals when Sophie and her family come over, as well as my other children.

"The whole room is serene in cream shades, and an oasis compared to rest of the house, which is filled with colour and lots of art. On guard by the kitchen door is a life-size model of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier."

  • Janet Ellis supports Sainsbury's campaign urging people to recycle their Christmas cards and wrapping paper at their local store (www.sainsburys.co.uk).
  • Get the look: Ikea's Stornas extendable table, £300, Almsta chairs, £70 each, are good value from Ikea. (www.ikea.com); Abigail Ahern bulldog lamp, £295, The French Bedroom Company (www.frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk)

Kelly Hoppen, 54, international interior designer and Dragons' Den judge

"I love all the rooms in my home. However, the room I spend the most time in is probably my bedroom - it's like my own sanctuary where I retreat at the end of the day," says Hoppen, who recently published a new book, Kelly Hoppen Design Masterclass: How To Achieve The Home Of Your Dreams (Jacqui Small, £40).

"It contains lots of cushions to add cosiness and a wonderfully comfy bed, made by Duxiana. I have a rather large en suite with a big bath tub to help really enjoy a soak."

  • Get the look: Kelly Hoppen Embroidered Coral Design Reversible Bedcover, in taupe, from £43.92, QVC (www.qvc.com).

Danny Wallace, 37, writer, actor and radio presenter

"My attic study, where I feel relaxed and in charge and do all my writing. The light is brilliant and the walls are white, apart from one wall papered with wood effect wallpaper, where my desk is," he says.

"There are loads of bookshelves groaning with books and, of course, being a man's retreat, a sofa and a large TV. In one corner is a vintage Forties school desk, which I bought for my four-year-old son, Elliot.

"He's writing his own book about Big Ben, which he adores for some reason."

  • Get the look: Union Jack Big Ben Wall Clock sticker, £120, Nubie (www.nubie.co.uk); Irene reclaimed wood writing desk, £492, Sisters Guild (www.sistersguild.co.uk); Aged Driftwood Panel wallpaper, from £40, Decor Wallpaper (www.decorwallpaper.com).

Kirsty Gallacher, 37, Scottish TV presenter

"My kitchen dining area is a playroom, homework area and social zone, with glass doors which lead onto the garden," says the mother-of-two.

"We have a three-storey townhouse so the bottom floor is the hub of the house, with my sons, who are aged seven and three, and the dog running in out from the garden, especially in the summer.

"On the patio we have a hen house, a reminder of the time when we used to have hens and they came in and out of the house too. There's a country atmosphere to this room and I still have hen ornaments."

Get the look: Laura Ashley has a country-style Dorset furniture collection; Dining Table, £950 (currently on sale for £665) and Dining Chair Pai, £332.50 (www.lauraashley.com/0871 2390 2301).

Quail Ceramics Maran Hen Salt & Pepper Set, £15.99, Cotswold Trading (www.cotswoldtrading.com/01386 853 331)

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