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Essex Life interiors expert Antonia Edwards answers your questions

PUBLISHED: 00:17 21 January 2012 | UPDATED: 20:16 20 February 2013

Essex Life interiors expert Antonia Edwards answers your questions

Essex Life interiors expert Antonia Edwards answers your questions

Essex Life interiors expert Antonia Edwards answers your questions

Q Im looking for the perfect fabric to make a blind for a window in our farmhouse kitchen. Where can I find something bright and cheerful but modern too?


I would check out the illustrated range of fabrics by Jim Lawrence which have charming, colourful motifs of chickens and fruit and veg (see the Blue Sussex Chicken pictured).
Jim Lawrence makes Roman blinds to order within 14 days, from a range of more than 200 fabrics. The blinds are generally interlined to give a more luxurious look to the fabric as well as to reduce draughts and heat loss. They are also finished with a hand-forged toggle. Blinds can be made with a Velcro heading option that fits onto a batten or with tape headings to take curtain rings. If youre looking to use a blind in combination with voiles or curtains, Jim Lawrence also has a hand-forged double bracket to accommodate this.
Sheena Lawrence, co-founder and buyer/designer for soft furnishings at Jim Lawrence, adds: Blinds can be made to fit inside or outside a window recess. Fitting the blind outside the recess creates the illusion of a larger window, while fitting the blind inside the recess is a neat solution in a small space.


Essex Life interiors expert Antonia Edwards answers your questions

Q Where can we find fitted furniture for a luxury walk-in wardrobe in a period property?


Many of us dream of having our own designated walk-in wardrobe, a shrine for a beloved shoe collection or neat, colour-coordinated rows of socks, ties and crisp shirts. My first port of call would be Clive Christian. Pictured is the magnificent Clive Christian Regency dressing room finished in antique cream with gold leaf detail. The room has open wardrobes, bevelled glass-fronted drawers and a dressing island with marquetry inlay. Also available is an extremely smart Limed Oak dressing room with Victorian pilasters, frieze and cornice. The design layout combines shelves, open wardrobes with internal drawers below and a central storage island for shoes. Hand-painted finishes include antique cream or ivory with optional gold or silver leaf detailing, honey oak antique, warm walnut antique, black walnut and antique yew. Contact Clive Christian Brentwood on
01277 223016.

Q Were looking for interesting floor tiles to liven up our new bathroom, what would you suggest?


Because many of us like our bathroom to be streamlined and free of clutter, colourful or patterned tiles are great for introducing a bit of character to the room. Take a look at some of the ranges from Villeroy and Boch such as the pictured New Tradition range. This is a striking monochrome design reminiscent of classical architecture. Details such as the corners, trims and skirting offer a high quality feel that would work in both a contemporary or traditional bathroom. Villeroy and Boch also has a stunning range of wall tiles, available from KSL Sudbury (01787 378250). Another great product worth checking out is the flush-to-floor Bettefloor by Bette which covers the entire shower area. This is a large, flat, angular tile and comes in a wide range of colours that can be harmoniously integrated into the overall floor design. Youll find them at Ripples Chelmsford (01245 287977).

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