www.lesleytaylor.co.uk Q: It's my turn to host the Christmas dinner but I'm unsure our current dining table and chairs will last another year. Can you help? A: If ever there was a good time to replace a worn-out dining set for a lovely new one, it's this time of year! There are so many options available, depending on the style of your home, be it classic, contemporary or traditional. From antique shops to high street chains, there's an option out there for every taste and budget.
Be inspired by this Taylor's Etc project in Wychwood House, www.taylorsetc.co.uk, 029 2035 8400.
If your dining table is still in tip-top condition but the chairs are a little weathered, put your creative skills to the test and reupholster chairs with a beautiful fabric. This is the perfect way to customise your dining set and inject a sense of personality, without breaking the bank! Or, for a quick fix, you could simply re-paint chairs or add a range of seat cushions for a new look.
Q: I recently went to a Moroccan restaurant with friends and although the food was lovely, it was the decor that impressed me most. I'd like to incorporate elements of Morocco in my home. How can I do this? A: Moroccan inspired interiors combine rich, earthy tones that combine colours found in the desert such as terracotta and burnt orange, with vibrant blues and greens which can be found in an African oasis.
The key to adding elements of Moroccan design to your living scheme is to be selective and keep it simple.
Work to create a bold statement, so, instead of opting to incorporate the trend through the use of paint or soft furnishing, why not introduce a Moroccan inspired tile design in the form of a kitchen splashback? Whether you go all out and cover each wall of the room for maximum impact, or go subtle with bold edging to a plain tile, Moroccaninspired design will instantly lift any room.
At Taylor's Etc we stock a number of Moroccan-inspired tile designs and have just launched the Vintage tile, www.taylorsetc.co.uk, 02920 358 400.
Q: My husband and I are planning to sell our house in the New Year but we're worried our bathroom looks a little dated. Does this matter? A: Traditionally the kitchen sold a property and this is still partly the case, but more recently, an increasing amount of importance is being put on the bathroom as the clincher.
It's unlikely you're going to want to re-decorate the space if you're moving on but it is definitely worth incorporating a few luxury elements into the room to make it appeal to potential buyers.
A well designed bathroom effortlessly combines functionality with style, resulting in a sanctuary in which to relax and unwind but also a space that facilitates daily grooming and bathing.
Make sure potential buyers can envision how the room works by incorporating a mirror and, if possible, storage space. Finish the room with fresh, soft towels (matching of course) and a scattering of candles to give it that spa-like feel.
Designers Guild stock beautiful finishing touches such as the Coniston towels pictured that will really work to finish off the space, www.designersguild.com, 020 7893 7400.
Lesley Taylor is an interior designer, author, full member of the BIID and design director of Taylor's Etc.
Call 029 2035 8400 or go to www.taylorsetc.co.uk