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.
My metal chandelier is too deep for a room in our new house. The cable runs through a central support and needs to be shortened and re-run. I’ve asked at several outlets to have this work done but without success.
Lighting shops may not take on an alteration like this but, if it’s simply a matter of shortening the cable, any qualified electrician can do it. If an adjustment to the central support also needs to be made, you could take the chandelier to lighting repair specialists W Sitch & Co, 48 Berwick Street, London W1F 4JD, 020 7437 3776, wsitch.co.uk. This workshop takes on any adjustment, from re-wiring to more complex alterations, on every kind of light fitting.
How to submit your questions
Read our interiors expert Celia Rufey's answers to decorating problems and conundrums free every month at Your home & garden. 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.
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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.