My design Christmas: Nadja Swarovski

Heiress to the crystal business founded in Austria reveals her secret festive shopping haunts, what gifts she hopes to receive and why she loves the capital at Christmas.
WHAT A LONDON CHRISTMAS MEANS TO ME
My husband Rupert [hedge fund manager Rupert Adams] and I love taking our children, Rigby 10, Thalia eight, and Jasmine, six, to the ice rink at Somerset House just before Christmas — it’s so festive.
 
I love British carol services and traditional Christmas markets, especially our recent local one in Belgravia, where there are real reindeer which always reminds me of home.
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Ice is nice: Nadja Swarovski enjoys Somerset House ice rink. Image: PA
 
BEST CHRISTMAS SHOPPING
I can’t resist the Christmas grotto at Selfridges. It’s a clever edit of all the best presents and they will gift-wrap for you, taking all the pain out of shopping.
 
I love gallery and museum shops, too, because they are where you will find some of the best presents for children, especially arts and crafts stationery and notebooks.
 
GIFT? GIVE ME THIS
An exercise band from Apple, such as the Nike+ FuelBand (£89.95).  
REAL TREE OR FAKE?
Definitely real and it’s a family tradition to decorate it together, getting out last year’s ornaments and adding a few new ones, either made by the children at school or some sparkly ones from the family firm.
 
MY HOME STYLE
We live in a mid-Victorian red-brick townhouse in Chelsea. My style is modern, while Rupert’s is more traditional, so interior designer Ann Boyd — whose schemes combine comfort and distinctive English taste — balance us out. We collect Picasso prints, so we have gone for Farrow & Ball’s Off-White on the walls to show them at their best.
 


WHAT LUXURY MEANS TO ME
The combination of travel, work and three young children means that I rarely get to sleep well, so luxury for me is a really good night’s sleep.
 
BEST DESIGN SHOP IN LONDON
The Conran Shop in Fulham Road has imaginative displays of furniture and objects but for sheer classy style, nothing beats nearby B&B Italia’s fabulous furniture, theatrically showcased in a beautiful, big space.

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