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Tricks of the Trade; I don't want it to be all white on the night.


I'VE 9 always had plain white duvet covers and pillowcases but have decided to add some colour to my bedroom. I still want a white duvet cover but with a small pattern in a subtle colour, not an all over pattern. What do you suggest? - Katie Jones, Chesterfield, Derbyshire ZENA SAYS: 2 A white cover with a trailing floral pattern or embroidery running along the top or sides is so simple, pretty and timeless. Bath, Bed and Home (, fronted by pop star Paul Young, has a lovely fresh green design which I think you'll like as the dominant colour is white. Their website has many designs at good prices. They also offer a colour-matchi ng service which makes it easier to choose bedding, bath and living room products by colour and suggests accessories to match.

Size does matter in the bedroom WHERE 9 can I buy a 3ft 6in divan with drawers and a decent mattress? - John Board, by email ZENA SAYS: 2 Finding a 3ft 6in bed can be difficult as standard singles are 2ft 6in and 3ft. Mr Mattress (, 0191 233 2203) sells the Highgate silk 1000 divan at pounds 329.95 with a pocketsprung mattress. If you order from them and mention the Sunday Mirror they will send two free Silent Night Luxury Hollowfibre pillows.

I want to cause a stir at tea time WHERE 9 can I find a mug which has a split handle for holding a spoon and no writing on the sides. - E Beer, Saltash, Cornwall ZENA SAYS: 2 How about these? The first is a set of three ceramic mugs in a paisley design with spoons and lids for pounds 9.98. The second is a red and white heart print mug with a spoon for pounds 5.38 for two. Both sets are from Amazon (, 0844 887 4999).

So what's the goss on gloss these days? ABOUT 9 five years ago I wrote to you about a high gloss vinyl for my kitchen.

You recommended Nairn Cushionfloor Reflections Pure Indulgence and it was lovely. The gloss never faded no matter how many times I washed it.

I have now moved and want to use it again but it has been discontinued. Is there something else that you know of which is similar? I hope you can help as I now have twin grandsons who rush in and out bringing everything in from the garden! - Pam Connell, by email ZENA SAYS: 2 Unfortunately, as you say the range has been discontinued and there are no high-gloss finishes available in other ranges from Nairn, or even anything close. I tried all the major vinyl manufacturers and I couldn't find anything with a gloss finish. If you are keen to stick with this look you will have to forget about vinyl and choose ceramic tiles or laminate. Installation costs are higher but you'll get a tough finish that will last for years. I like Moradillo high gloss laminate flooring, pounds 18.79 per sq m from uk or on 0845 077 8888.

LAST week you had a letter from someone who didn't like the idea of a slop bucket to collect leftovers to put out for the binmen. I'd like to suggest an idea. Put leftover food in an old ice-cream tub and keep it in the freezer until collection day. That way it won't smell. - Alison Kittle, by emailZENA SAYS: Excellent low-tech, affordable idea, Alison. Thanks.


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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 15, 2012
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