Lucia van der Post book launch – Celebrate The Art Of The Special Occasion

Lucia van der Post has just launched her new book 'Celebrate The Art of The Special Occasion' (John Murray, £8.99). To mark the occasion, Lucia van der Post, the Queen of Luxury and Associate Editor of the Financial Times’ How to Spend It magazine, invited the ACHICA Living team and a number of first-class interior designers to hear her speak about ‘Making Your House Your Own’.

Lucia van der Post’s new book - Celebrate The Art of The Special Occasion - is packed with essential little black book advice on themes such as how to throw a weekend house party, how to create a fabulous Christmas without fuss and how to plan the perfect Easter treasure hunt. If you've read her last book - Things I Wish My Mother Had Told Me - you'll know how fun and informative her written style is.

With gale force winds striking Imperial Wharf all evening long, we were all very thankful to be tucked away inside the newly designed JAB Anstoetz showroom, surrounded by luxurious fabrics and wallpapers and a very welcoming glass of champagne.

Wallpaper and fabric from JAB Anstoetz

Post storm, the evening began with everyone working the room, chatting about Lucia’s newly published paperback edition of ‘Celebrate: The Art of Special Occasion’ a perfect pre-Christmas read for any discerning host.

Lucia began her talk by telling us about her childhood and how she felt that even though the house she lived in during her upbringing in South Africa was small, it was always welcoming to guests and really felt like a home, with the help of flowers, fruits and her mothers favorite, chocolate.

Guests then had the privilege to view a number of images of Lucia’s London home that was designed with the help of Christopher Chanond Interior Designers and of course Lucia’s natural flair. (Top and below: Lucia van der Post's home)

When the talk came to a close, I got to chat to Lucia. Her home tells a story, with an array of statues and artifacts collected on her travels. Her home really is unique and fitted in seamlessly with the title of her talk.

I left clutching a copy of Celebrate The Art of The Special Occasion to read on my way home and to makes notes on how to plan the perfect weekend house party…

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Hamish Batchen, ACHICA

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