The house is secluded, set back along a drive. To the left, an open bar is stacked with logs destined for the fireplace. A trace of wintersweet hangs or the cold country air. It is a well-loved home, more lived-in than preened. Comfortably warm, the rich citrusy smell of Christmas fills every corner. Shelves packed with old books make a suitable foil for the seasonal decorations - small tealights and twinkling glass among piles of fruit and swaths of evergreen branches that bring the outdoors in.
This is the understated, private style of Shane Connolly, the florist and event designer in demand around the world from hostesses, corporates and everyone else that wants their parties to look au courant. It isn't necessarily what you'd expect from the man chosen to decorate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding last year.
Shane Connolly's event designs are in demand around the world but a tour of his home shows he likes to keep things low-key