But when, late last year, we went to stay at the house of some of my boyfriend's oldest friends in the Wye Valley, I was almost swayed. In our bit of London, we often hear drug deals being done outside our windows. There, as we discovered when we stayed, the noises outside are usually inquisitive deer.
The pair have some really lovely things and Jill is quite the car boot and charity shop fanatic and has a good eye for gems. Like these birds...
"We are always looking out for bits and pieces from charity shops and markets and second hand places... and we much prefer buying second hand furniture and paintings and fabrics as they are much more interesting to us. I love Etsy too." And if you're wondering about that striking wallpaper...
Olibradley.com and click on 'paintings' to see other work from the same time."
One of the things that really struck me about Jill and Terence's place was how many plants they have indoors. I was inspired to try harder to stop killing my poor house-plants. They really do give you a nice feeling.
This one is in the hallway. The photograph you can see a little bit of was taken at one of Jill's birthday
parties out the back of the house. They had a scarecrow-making competition. These were the entries.
The office: "The painting on the easel is a print of Hindsgarth summit, we bought it in the Lake District. The framed photo behind is by Gary Hulme, one of a series created for the London Paralympics 2012.
The bathroom: "The black and white photo is of the Norwegian Church on Cardiff Bay, where we
had our wedding reception. The plant pot is from a garden centre."
"We have always loved having lots of plants in the house. We have a big palm tree sort of plant downstairs that we bought about 20 years ago and one or two that friends have bought for us as housewarming gifts."
"The piano is mine," says Jill, "I've had it since I had piano lessons when I was about 10. It is now out of tune and a bit mouldy and it has a broken leg and is always a pain to move. But it is very special to me as my mum and dad bought it for me and I really don't have much furniture now that belonged to them or us as a family. The wicker chair with the high back is from a second hand shop in Ross on Wye. I like that sort of style – retro conservatory or garden furniture."
"We have struggled to grow things in the garden," Jill says. "The deer come in regularly and will eat anything that isn't protected with wire fencing and netting. We now have a 'no deer area' as our friends' children call it; a veg patch and a flower bed full of colour in the summer. We must remember to lock the gate to keep them out.
Photography by Jill Dixon. Post by Kate