My haven: BBC sports presenter Gabby Logan, 38, in the lounge of the London home she shares with her family
Gabby and her husband spent 18 months renovating their house, which now has a leaner look
1 HOME SWEET HOME
When my husband Kenny and I bought our home, the interior hadn’t been touched for 60 years. It took us 18 months to renovate, but gave us the chance to throw a lot of stuff out for a leaner look. The finishing touches are the paintings. We spent about 1,400 on this one at a Glasgow gallery in 2005. It’s not very glamorous – it’s of a local council estate – but the artist specialises in urban landscapes. It’s so life-like everyone thinks it’s a photograph.
2 TWIN SET
Our twins, Reuben and Lois, are six now. We liked the name Lois, but we struggled to find a boy’s name. Then I saw the film The Hurricane, about boxer Rubin Carter, and discovered the name means ‘Behold, a son’. I rang Kenny and he said, ‘That’s it… that’s the name!’ Becoming a parent changed my life dramatically, my focus, my priorities, everything. Now all my children need is love, and routine for things to run smoothly.
3 FAMILY TIES
We moved around a lot during my childhood because my dad, Terry Yorath, was playing for different football teams. We’re from Wales but we put down roots in Leeds when I was 11, where mum’s family is from. My granny, aunt and uncle lived on three parallel roads and we were in and out of each other’s houses all the time. These photos – including formidable 96-year-old Auntie Lily – remind me what a close family we still are.
4 OLD JOANNA
I’ve been renting this piano from a local music shop for a year now, with a view to buying it. I wanted the children to learn, but I didn’t want to be lumbered with a piano if they didn’t take to it. Then I started lessons and enjoyed them so much I carried on and it ended up being a gift to myself. I’ve tried Bach, but mainly I play little jazz pieces. It’s very relaxing because you can’t think about anything else when you’re trying to learn.
5 THE CAP FITS
Kenny played rugby for Scotland 70 times and this cap was for his 50th appearance, against France in 2001. When we first started going out Scotland won the Five Nations, as it was then, and Kenny was Player Of The Season. His last match was in the 2003 World Cup, but he ended when he wanted to and retired with no regrets to be a commentator. It’s awful for sportsmen who are forced to give up early through injury.
6 LOCAL HERO
If you want to know how famous masterpieces were created, read Secret Knowledge by David Hockney. I’d love to own a Hockney. He’s a Yorkshireman and shows his work at Salts Mill in Saltaire, near where I grew up – I go a lot when I’m home. My uncle manages a restaurant nearby and Hockney eats there too. He drew a birthday card once for the man who owned Salts Mill – it’s probably worth 100,000 now!
As told to Peter Robertson. Live With Gabby continues on Channel 5 in the New Year, weekdays at 11.10am