Zebras and florals, vivacious tapestries and vintage lamps in Turks Road II, Africa calls as loudly as London does. With its refined Belgravia setting and worldly interior, this home pairs the traditional with the tropical. Cream carpets are graced with leopard-print armchairs, dove-white sofas are cosied by bright blue cushions, and the artwork displays a safari of animals. But there's no need to cross continents to reach Chelsea's galleries, Victoria's restaurants, or the boutique shops of Sloane Square they're beyond the doorstep.
Your hostess once called Kenya home, and she brought many mementos to London with her. She spends part of her time on the Isle of Wight and has a grown-up child in Monte Carlo, but still considers Sloane Square the centre of her world.
Find the gracious sitting room's red-woven tapestries brightened with accents of tropical blue and you can take it all in from the cushioned sofa or the bay window's table for two.
And if the lavender posies and twin lamps are beautifully British, the paintings depict a distant land. You'll spot zebras herding in one and porcupines snuffling in another. And with their blue-check and rosy floral patterns, the bedrooms are all traditional elegance.