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Home: Splash out and make a feature from your old garden fish pond; Your home makeover queries answered in Style File with designer John Amabile.

Byline: John Amabile

Q I have an old round fish pond in my garden. How can I make an attractive feature of it? A Wickes have a paving range called Wentworth, which is ideal for giving your round pond a facelift. This set of circular slabs is pounds 79.99 and looks great. You could also fill the pond in and make a round step.

Q I want new wallpaper for my hall that has a check pattern. Where can I find it?

A Harlequin's new Coast collection boasts a stunning but subtle checkerboard pattern that will really brighten up your hall. It is soft but with strong lines and costs pounds 22.95 per roll. For more information call 08708 300 050 or visit www.

Q I am laying a new floor in my open-plan kitchen but I'm not sure which material to use. What do you recommend?

A Carpet is never suitable for kitchens as it's not very hygienic and the heavy use means it wears too easily. Plus, the ones recommended for kitchens are horrible.

Choose a hard flooring such as ceramic or vinyl and add a rug, perhaps from the same carpet as your hall floor.

Q How can I make my living room look bigger? You advised using blue before and it has helped but do you have any other tips?

A Try putting mirror and glass shelves in an alcove and if you can, add spotlights or a lamp, too. This will reflect the room and the light. Also put a mirror over the fireplace or sofa.

Q I want to make my conservatory feel cosier in the winter by adding a rug. Where can I get one? A Visit They have a fantastic range of rugs, from modern patterns to traditional designs and all at competitive prices.

Q I've had a window seat fitted. Where can I get a good quality cushion for the seat?

A I would plump for one with feathers, which will give a luxurious, duvet-style seat. The Feather Co. have an excellent made-to-measure service. You'll find them in Leven Street, Edinburgh (0131 228 1254), or email

Q I have a small chair that needs re-covered. I'd like to use black and white striped velvet. Where can I find this fabric?

A Try Designs On You 2 in Dumbarton Road, Glasgow (0141 339 8829). They provide an excellent upholstery service and stock a great range of fabrics. Check out a range called Quattro - style reference Charles - which boasts some stunning velvets. Prices start from pounds 19.95 per metre.

Q I've been plagued by wasps all summer and can't leave my back door or windows open. Where can I buy a screen to keep them out?

A A simple answer is the Easy-Fit Fly Screen Kit (pounds 19.95) and the Flyscreen Curtain (pounds 34.95) from Lakeland.

Both are easy to fit and made from weatherproof UPVC-coated fibreglass mesh. Call 015394 88100 for your nearest stockist or visit www.lakelandlimited.comQWhere can I buy rattan baskets with lids I can use as seats in my kids' African-themed room? AAu Naturale have wooden framed baskets. They are strong enough for kids to sit on and provide storage.They're a bargain at pounds 9.99.
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 12, 2004
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