Today PHS visits PHS editor Michelle Styles
As several authors have asked about the ident, I can now confirm the campaign desk is mine. The lap top is my daughter's and my bulletin board is stowed underneath. wanted something that said -- a writer's area. The sewing box next to it belonged to my great grandmother. I keep my counted cross stitch and knitting in there. The desk looks rather neater than usual!
I have a study (it used to be the children's playroom but they grew...) so after we redid the upstairs and each child got a bedroom, I took over the playroom. Not having to share with my husband makes for a more harmonious relationship. The walls are coraline. I saw the colour in Sorrento and knew that I wanted my study to be that peachy pink colour.
he blocked up fireplace was unblocked and a cast iron surround put in. The fireplace had been blocked in the 1950s. We found old newpapers in the chimney dating from when the Queen lived in Malta.
On the manel piece sits various objects and cards I have collected over the years. The Harlequin mask came from a visit to Venice. The kissing figurine was a gift from several Dutch reader I met at the Berlin conference. The silver framed photograph is my husband and eldest two when my daughter was a babe in arms (a Christmas present from my daughter two Christmases ago). The stuffed mole was a joke from my husband when I had problems catching the mole who wrecked havoc in the garden a few years ago.
Over the fireplace is some crewel work I did when I was sixteen. Closer to the door are some of the Regency/Victorian prints I inherited from my great grandmother who was a collector. They have provided inspiration when I have been stuck.
As you can see my desk is used. The mug generally holds tea --Green tea today. It was a present from my youngest.
Michelle Styles writes warm, witty and intimate historical romance for Harlequin Historical. Her latest His Unsiutable Viscountess will be published on 1 August in ebook and print. out. For more information visit www.michellestyles.co.uk