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ALL THAT GLITTERS With a muted scheme such as this, it's important to add sparkle to ensure everything remains fresh and clean. Here, two large gold framed mirrors flank the fireplace while the mantelpiece is transformed thanks to three mirrored sections . Crystal lamps add to the drama. The Chopin 12 chandelier would add high impact, pounds 199 from Litecraft and the Cut Jewel Beaded lamp, pounds 35 from M& S, would also be perfect.

FAB FLOORING The parquet was tired but sound so we sanded it to prepare it for staining. Ebony stain brings richness and depth and doesn't cost as much as a new floor, so check under your carpets in case there is a great floor waiting to be rediscovered. Several light coats will see beautiful results. Use Sadolin Advanced One Coat Woodstain in Ebony, pounds 10.49 for 500ml from Homebase,

EXTRA SEATS Dining rooms tend to be a luxury because they are used only occasionally, so we added easy chairs to provide an alternative spot to relax or read and add further 'value' to the home. We often use this principle in bedrooms or even hallways to make sure every inch of space is utilised. For similar chairs try the Moulin Noir range as before from Dooleys Furniture at

FAMILY PORTRAITS When it comes to selling, it makes sense to edit family pictures, but if you're nesting rather than investing, then get the family photos out or off the computer and frame them up to add interest. Here, a family gallery draws attention to the sideboard wall with mismatched frames adding to the antiquarian feel. Inexpensive art store card mounts transform your humble photographs into works of art.

COLOUR SCHEME The wall colour was only two years old, yet it looked as if it had been painted 50 years ago. We used greys, taupe and black so, with a few gold touches, the look is classic without being old fashioned. The wall colour is Dulux Chalk Blush three,

NEW TRADITIONS To create a modern take on classics, use furnishings with ornate detailing such as the scrolling and antiquing on the sideboard, the bow legs of the chairs and buttons of the armchairs. Using plain fabrics such as linen on the dining chairs instead of floral adds modernity while black oozes modern style. Try the Moulin Noir range at Dooleys or the stylish range from Pure Chic Interiors, www.

This week the balance of power lies in the kitchen thanks to these retro style food scales. But just how much cash are you willing to weigh in?

SCRIMP SALTER 5kg SCALES pounds 9.95 from www. This stylish set features a very easy-to-read 5kg max dial and a large dishwasher-proof weighing pan. Also available in cream and green. A great buy for the money.

Product code: 135WHDR

SPEND TYPHOON ITALIAN JOB SPRING SCALES pounds 35 from John Lewis, An all-metal spring loaded set is just the thing to brighten up your kitchen thanks to the design and stainless steel styling. Weigh up to 4kg in a stainless steel litre bowl and easy-to-read dial face. Strong, smart and stylish.

SPLURGE BENGT MECHANICAL SCALES AND CLOCK pounds 99 from www. This fellow feels typically 1940s with a modern twist as the scale doubles up as a handy kitchen clock when it's not in use.

Measuring is easy and the tray is dishwasher safe. Timelessly efficient design classic.
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 19, 2009
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