Our expert Celia Rufey answers your questions
Celia Rufey has been the Homes & Gardens decorating expert for over 30 years and she also has her own range of fabrics.
I am renovating a harbour-front cottage and looking for coastal-themed material, ideally in blue, to dress my large windows.
Have a look at embroidered Coralline J578F05 (right), £54m, or printed Oceana J590F01 (middle, right), from £32m; both by Jane Churchill at Colefax and Fowler, (020 8877 6400; janechurchill.com). The oversized shells of Nautilus 4645/01 (above right) would lend drama to large windows; this costs £59m and is by Manuel Canovas at Colefax and Fowler (020 8877 6400; manuelcanovas.com). For a heavier fabric, try Beachcomber PF50074, a woven shell design in Navy or Denim, around £69m from Baker Lifestyle (01202 266999; bakerlifestyle.co.uk). On a smaller scale is Seashells & Sand, £39.84m from Vanessa Arbuthnott (01285 831437; vanessaarbuthnott.co.uk).
How to submit your questions
Read our interiors expert Celia Rufey's answers to decorating problems and conundrums free every month at www.homesandproperty.co.uk/yourspace. If you want to ask Celia a question, you can do so free if you are a Homes & Gardens subscriber. Email your query to Celia at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your full address and subscriber number.
For non-subscribers, there is a £12 fee per query. Cheques and postal orders are payable to IPC Media Ltd. Send query, payment and a self-addressed envelope to the address below. This is a subsidised service. We are unable to answer more than one question per reader each month.
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Do you need help with your home? Supply us with the details and, for £85 per room, Celia Rufey will send you samples of suggested fabrics, wallpapers, paints and floorings. Allow a month for a reply; please include your name, address and telephone number.
Tell us how the room is to be used, giving dimensions, plus the number of windows and which direction they face. List any furnishings you wish to retain, and supply swatches or colour references for fabrics. Outline any particular preferences or dislikes you have in terms of colour, style or pattern.
Are there children or pets to be considered? Provide a budget for any furnishings that you wish to replace.
Send your letter, a colour photograph of the room, plus a cheque or postal order for £85 per room, payable to IPC Media Ltd, to: Decoration Service, Homes & Gardens, Blue Fin Building, 110 Southwark Street, London SE1 0SU.