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QI have had an extension built and plan to use it as a dining room. I want to create an African, safari theme. So far I have tented the ceiling, bought a rattan table and fitted wooden blinds. How can I complete the look? APaint your walls a warm sand colour to create a natural feel. You could also consider adding some deep red colours as a contrast. Plants will also help create a safari feel, especially palms. For the finishing touches, add some natural oak picture frames.

QI have decorated my bedroom with deep green walls and a seagrass carpet. I want natural, ethnic style furniture to match. What do you recommend?

AJohn Lewis have a great range of rattan furniture with steel frames that would look great in your room. love the texture of these pieces. Prices start at pounds 69 for a chest of four drawers. For clean, simple curtains, invest in natural calico at around pounds 4.95 per metre from most fabric shops. QI am looking for a quick and easy way to brighten up a very plain room. I have black leather sofas with white and cream walls and a beech floor. How can I make it more vibrant without spending a fortune?

AIn a room like yours, where less is more, just one funky lift can have a dramatic effect. For good quality and style without a designer price tag, head to Ikea. Try adding one of their pure wool rugsYour home makeover queries answered in Style File with designer John AmabileWrite to John at: Style File, sevendays, SundayMail, One Central Quay, Glasgow, G3 8 DA. Or e-mail Sorry, no personal replies.

to add warmth and act as a focal point. Prices start from pounds 30.

QI have a small kitchen but would like to add a table and chairs. I have beech worktops and slate floors. Where can I find something to match that won't take up too much space?

AI like the Bistro table and chairs from the Cotswold company. Made with rubberwood and chrome for a contemporary look, they are great for small kitchens and dining rooms. The table is pounds 119 and the chairs pounds 89 each. For a catalogue call 0870 550 2233 or log on to

QI collect coloured glassware and would love to display it on some floating shelves in my living room. I have a maple floor and would like something that would match. What do you suggest?

ABo Concept in Glasgow's Princes Square have a great range of simple styles. Two matchingmaple veneer shelves are pounds 94. For more information call 0141 204 3441.

QSince Christmas, my kids' rooms are bursting with loads of new clothes and toys. Can you recommend some storage solutions that won't require any DIY?

ASainsburys have great storage ranges. I like their hanging storage organiser at pounds 5 and their multi-coloured pop-up storage bins at pounds 8.

QI would love a huge, silver American-style fridge but they are so expensive. The cheapest one I have seen was pounds 1800 and beyond my budget. Do you know where I can find a cheaper one?

AArgos sell a Samsung American-style fridge for pounds 999. This is still expensive but well worth it. It boasts a water and ice dispenser at the front, builtin freezer and the interior has loads of glass shelves for storing food.

QI am redecorating my caravan and want to create a bold look as they are often bland. Where can I find some stylish and inexpensive soft furnishings? I'd like to use lots of different materials and patterns.

ATry Big W or larger Woolworths stores. They stock a wide range of good quality but lowpriced products for the home or caravan. I like their suede effect, circle motif curtains at just pounds 6.99 and think they will help make the bold statement you are looking for.
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Date:Jan 4, 2004
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