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Strictly Come Dancing judge Alesha Dixon can’t wait to settle into her new home, and Location Location Location presenter Phil Spencer tells us about his London pad
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Alesha Dixon
Alesha Dixon

Strictly’s Alesha quicksteps around the building site

Strictly Come Dancing judge Alesha Dixon can’t wait to settle into her new home, but it sounds like the solo star will have to be patient. When we caught up recently, she revealed: “The house I am moving into looks like a building site. It is getting worse before it gets better.”

The MOBO ambassador, (right) who announced that the black music awards will be hosted in Glasgow this year, spends much of her time travelling across the UK and Europe, but it sounds like she loves nothing more than returning to her relaxing Hertfordshire pad.

The Boy Does Nothing singer currently lives in a four-bedroom “oak-themed” detached property with her two dogs. As far as decor is concerned, she pays particular attention to colour schemes.

“I have a pink kitchen and a red bathroom. My front room has quite neutral tones, lovely purples and pinks. It is very feminine. I also have lots of precious stones that I collect scattered around the place,” she says.

Daisy Lowe
Daisy Lowe

You can hold an eco-candle to model Daisy

Ever wondered what Daisy Lowe’s signature room scent is? Ponder no more. She has revealed that her latest must-have home fragrance comes from the Black Rose Love soy candle range.

Handmade and ecofriendly, its hedgerow oils give off a potent “wild bramble berry and blackcurrant leaf smell”.

The 22-year-old model, who is dating Dr Who star Matt Smith, bagged her latest fixture for £45 from black and couldn’t resist the vintage fairy lights from the same collection.

Phil Spencer
Phil Spencer

Wandsworth is the location for Phil

Location, Location, Location and Phil Down Under’s Phil Spencer is often seen on TV advising others on which pads to buy, so it’s about time we found out more about his home. “I live in Wandsworth, near the Common,” he tells me.

“The house is old but the décor is fairly contemporary. Most of the original features had been ripped out before I moved in but I’ve retained those that were left. All the colour comes from soft furnishings and art. It is very light with lots of natural wood, stone, glass doors and light wells.”

The Spencer household is very family-focused: “The kitchen is where we spend most time and where the children do their homework. The room I’m proudest of is the basement. It has 15ft walls and enough room for the kids to kick a football around.”

Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris

Buy the ranch and live the LA life

How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris has put his Los Angeles home on the market for £978,000. With stunning mountain and valley views, the ranch-style house in the affluent Studio City area is sure to be snapped up.

The openly gay Hollywood actor has ensured that there is plenty of outdoor entertaining space, including a swimming pool with spa and barbecue patio. He must be a popular host.

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