I very often help out as a room steward in an old house that opens to the public. They also hold fund raising events there, including lots of weddings and bridal showers. The house was built in the 1700s and it didn’t have any sophisticated things like running water or toilet closets for many years. In fact it was only in the 1920s when a wealthy tenant leased the place that central heating was introduced. The house is famous now for its gardens and they are fantastic – always featured throughout the year in magazines for the borders and fabulous big shrubs. The lighting schemes help enormously – for the evening guests to be able to make the event very special, it needs the most perfectly placed lighting. Getting this right makes all the difference and the photographs show that a bit of thoughtful planning can turn ordinary into absolutely magical.