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Beauty, fashion and home: Bamboo lights add a torch of class to garden parties; Your home makeover queries answered in Style File with designer John Amabile.

Byline: John Amabile

QI plan to have outdoor parties during the summer. How do I light my garden at night? A like the torches you just stick in the mud. They're easy and cheap. Homebase have lovely garden torches from pounds 4.99 each. My favourites are the ones with bamboo bases.

QMy family love having barbecues but my crockery keeps getting smashed. Where can I get plastic plates and glasses we can use outdoors? ATesco have a lovely range of plastic tableware in either a plain clear plastic or bright, fun designs of pink and orange spots or blue stripes. All are dishwasher safe and prices start from as little as 97p each. I've got them and they are super.

QI love taking my kids camping and on day trips during the school holidays and need an easy-to-carry, fold-away picnic set. Where can I get one?AArgos have great value fold-away table and stool picnic set at the bargain price of pounds 24.99. It's blue and folds into a handy case. Catalogue number 340/4892.

QWhere can I buy a brightly-coloured desk and chairs with storage for my childrens' bedroom. I'd like something that is stackable and washable. AThe designs in Ikea's kids range are second to none in my book great styling at great prices. Check out the Glis table, pounds 5, and bench, pounds 5. The colours are great and they can be joined together to make larger units.

QI love flowers and want really unusual glass vases to display them in. Where can I get some? ARuby Flowers in Hyndland Road, Glasgow (0141 334 8666) stock fantastic glassware. Prices start from pounds 15. QI'd like a clock for my mantlepiece but can't find a style I like. I want a traditional look but with a modern twist. Any ideas?

AJohn Lewis's dome mantle clock is a combination of old and new styles. It's made from mineral glass with a white and chrome face. It's very stylish and costs pounds 55.

QMy lounge is very plain and cold. I have a blue sofa and wooden furniture. How can I bring the room alive?

AI'd bring out the warmth of the wood by adding a wooden floor to match your furniture. Add a rug with warm tones and paint the walls soft cream. Add blue touches such as accessories but keep it cosy.
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 6, 2004
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