Living so close to the sheltered harbour of Lyme Bay, a Marine House felt like a very good fit for our nautical inspired artist open house. Nick produced hand-painted ships matches with pirate motifs and primitive tug boats to sell at the event, as well as small sculptures from re-purposed hand-cast lead fishing weights. I took my visual cues from a trip to the French fishing port of Marseilles, where I bought up original postcards and magazines of sailing craft and spent hours trawling through the famous merchant chandlers, Maison Empereur established in 1827 – around the time our Lyme townhouse was built. The atmosphere is always really important to any event experience, so I had fun creating a Marine House soundtrack with everything from sea shanties to La Mer by Charles Trenet to set the mood. I also hung Nick’s fabulous oil on panel views of the Cobb in all-weather conditions from the top to the bottom of the staircase in a nod to Turner’s salons at his home by the sea in Margate.