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Velvet will spread a little happiness; ask amabile.

Byline: John Amabile

QI don't have much space in my garden for a traditional outdoor dining table and chairs. Is there anything more compact?

A Living It Up have just launched their new contemporary design Patio Set. Measuring 110cm x 76cm x 110cm, it seats four and tucks away into a cube. Available in natural and black (with cream cushions) it costs pounds 549. Visit www.livingitup.co.uk

Q My two daughters share a bathroom and I would like to find a nice rug for it. They love anything girly, any suggestions?

A This delightful Lilac Heart Snip Rug - pounds 15.95 from Heart & Parcel - may be just the thing for your girls.

With its lovely tufty textured finish, it looks great and will feel great under foot too. Visit www.heartandparcel.co.uk

Q I'm on the lookout for a funky wine rack for my contemporary-style kitchen.

A Take yourself to www.hiccupgifts.com where you'll find this great wooden Grape Vine Wine Rack. With its quirky abstract design it may look like something straight out of the Tate Modern art gallery, but once fitted to your wall this crafty little number will keep your drinks collection stacked and in good order, leaving those surfaces clutter free. The Grape Vine Wine Rack is priced at pounds 19.99.

Q I am looking for a velvet bedspread to add luxury to my bed but one that will not be too dear. Any ideas?

A The Astrakan velvet bedspread range is only pounds 38.17 - luxury on a budget - and should fit the bill.

Q How can I get black scuff marks off my flooring? They look awful.

A The best way is to rub them off with a rubber - that's an old school eraser, folks. This will remove them with ease and leave no stains.

Q Where can I buy a wooden pendant light? I have come across large drums but am looking for a slim cylinder for my dining recess to go above my oak-effect dining table.

A House of Fraser sell a really stylish oak-effect light fitting at pounds 99.99. It is well made, slim and elegant with the added feature of the texture of real wood.

Q I am looking for a velvet bedspread to add luxury to my bed but one that will not be too dear. Any ideas?

A The Astrakan velvet bedspread range is only pounds 38.17 - luxury on a budget - and should fit the bill..

Q I don't have much space in my garden for a traditional outdoor dining table and chairs. Is there anything more compact?

A Living It Up have just launched their new contemporary design Patio Set. Measuring 110cm x 76cm x 110cm, it seats four and tucks away into a cube. Available in natural and black (with cream cushions) it costs pounds 549. Visit www.livingitup.co.uk

Q How can I get black scuff marks off my flooring? They look awful.

A The best way is to rub them off with a rubber - that's an old school eraser, folks. This will remove them with ease and leave no stains..

Q My two daughters share a bathroom and I would like to find a nice rug for it. They love anything girly, any suggestions?

A This delightful Lilac Heart Snip Rug - pounds 15.95 from Heart & Parcel - may be just the thing for your girls. With its lovely tufty textured finish, it looks great and will feel great under foot too. Visit www.heartandparcel.co.uk

Q I'm on the lookout for a funky wine rack for my contemporary-style kitchen.

A Take yourself to www.hiccupgifts.com where you'll find this great wooden Grape Vine Wine Rack. With its quirky abstract design it may look like something straight out of the Tate Modern art gallery, but once fitted to your wall this crafty little number will keep your drinks collection stacked and in good order, leaving those surfaces clutter free. The Grape Vine Wine Rack is priced at pounds 19.99..

Q Where can I buy a wooden pendant light? I have come across large drums but am looking for a slim cylinder for my dining recess to go above my oak-effect dining table.

A House of Fraser sell a really stylish oak-effect light fitting at pounds 99.99. It is well made, slim and elegant with the added feature of the texture of real wood..

Q I am looking for a feature bath for my new all-white bathroom. I need a really unusual bath that won't break the bank.

A A truly sensational bath (excluding taps) is the acrylic and glass bath at pounds 303.98 from B& Q (visit www.diy.com).This will make it look as if you have spent your entire paycheck on the bath..

Q Can you suggest a light fitting for my new dining room? I have floral black wallpaper and glass and mirror furniture. I want the room to look romantic.

A The rose ball pendant light fitting from BHS should do the trick. At pounds 130 it's made from rose shaped petals. Call 0845 196 0000 or visit www.bhs.co.uk

Q I'd love to get holiday snaps put on my roller blinds. I have rubbish views and people can see in. I thought this might cheer me up when I pull down the blinds in the evening.

A www.photorollerblinds.co.uk are a company who can literally give you a room with a view. You supply the image - they make the blind. The costs vary according to the size of your window. Call 01225 702938..

Q I'm on the lookout for gadgets to encourage my kids to cook. Any ideas?

A Get the kids mashing with the fun and funky Spudski (from www.ezstyle.co.uk). Based on the oldfashioned ski pole, this is a truly inspired potato masher. The easy to grip rubber handle is ideal for little hands and it comes with Martin Blum's Swiss gran's recipe for mash. The Spudski is available in lime green, orange and black. They cost pounds 11 each..
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