I need to have a feather eiderdown cleaned. Who can do this?
Unless fragile or covered in fabric other than cotton, it?s preferable to wash feather eiderdowns on a cool wash in a large launderette machine. After washing, the feathers will be in lumps but the tumble-dryer will fluff them out again. Dry the quilt quickly and thoroughly or the feathers will smell. To have an eiderdown cleaned professionally, take it to one of 469 branches of Johnsons, who can wash it or, if the casing is delicate, clean it with a low-odour, eco-solvent. (Never iron an eiderdown).
I’m looking for a chunky four-poster bed in white. The ones I’ve seen are too spindly, can you help?
The Mandarin in white lacquer by Orchid is similar to your description of a white four-poster bed. Also try, The Four Poster Bed Company, as they have a contemporary canopy four-postered bed which is 5ft-wide in natural wood; just add white paint to complete your look.
Mondo Orange combines the colours in your room. A 100 per cent lambswool throw would also complement the feel to your room. This design would also look great with cushions with pads, which can all be found from Melin Tregwynt. Or you may prefer a Sand/Apricot mohair throw, from Atlantic Blanket Co. If you choose this throw, cover the cushions in a silk that works with the carpet, such as Imperial Taffeta 31252-70 Copper Tan, by James Hare.
Most fittings are designed for specific wardrobe systems, so look carefully at the measurements and fixings to see if they work inside yours. IKEA sells shelves and wire baskets, among the Komplement fittings for its Pax wardrobes. Also try, Store, as they distribute Elfa wardrobe storage, which includes double shoe racks. Simply Bedrooms, offers fittings such as internal chests of drawers.
I bought a set of antique cut-glass cupboard knobs, but there weren’t enough for all the cupboards and drawers in my bedroom. Where could I find similar ones to complete the set?
A number of companies supply cut-glass cupboard knobs, and I’m sending you a selection so that you can decide which design is the nearest match to yours. Willow & Stone, provide Glass Crystal and Brass cupboard knobs, and Charles Edwards stocks Star cut-glass cupboard knobs at your own preference. Chloe Alberry offers several cut-glass cupboard pulls. Locks & Handles stocks all its cupboard knobs in a range of sizes and variations such as, the Glass Pumpkin, Cut Glass Ball and Cut Crystal with a chrome base.
Can you suggest a company that will make up my own fabric as a quilted, padded bedcover to match curtains I will be making myself?
There are three companies I can suggest where clients supply their own fabric; cotton, chintz, satin, silk and synthetic silks are all suitable. Louis Moreau, has designs from squares to triple diamonds and also hand-guided outline quilting, which uses stitching to outline elements of the design. It can take two to three days to outline-quilt a large bedcover. Cliq Designs, has computerised quilting designs, but it also does hand-guided outline quilting. Outliners, also offers computerised quilting patterns as well as hand-guided outline quilting and bespoke designs.
Can you help me find a large wardrobe, up to 2.5m wide, with matching bedside tables that will work with a Georgian mahogany chest?
You might consider the Louis-Philippe three-door wardrobe in acacia wood by Willis & Gambier. This is 175.5cm wide and offers full-height hanging space occupying two thirds of the interior, a half-length hanging rail for jackets and shirts, and a stack of four drawers in the remaining third. There is also a two-door version of this wardrobe with a full-width hanging rail and shelf; it measures 117cm wide. A pair of these would give you more hanging-rail space than you have now. Another example is the mahogany three-door Belgravia wardrobe by Frank Hudson, which is 195cm wide. Hanging space extends to the full width of the interior and there are three drawers.
Milly in Sage, complements the greens in Dancing Rose. The double duvet and pillowcases can all be found from Ditton Hill. Also, try Turandot from And So To Bed, they provide a woven damask in gold or apricot that picks up the colours in Dancing Rose too. Finally, try Bedeck, which has Talia in Olive, which will always look great with your Dancing Rose theme.
Can you help me find large square black glass handles for my newly painted cream wardrobes?
Pulls for wardrobe doors come in 35mm to 40mm sizes; larger sizes are for room doors. Handles With Care, also have an elegantly simple Black Crystal Glass Cube pull (also in clear glass) in three sizes. The 35mm pull, code 200795; the 50mm door size, code 222035. Also worth a try is Aaronson Noon, they can colour any of its handles in black to order. Its Dallas ice cube pull in black comes in the size of 40mm size. However, if none of these take your fancy try Haute Déco at The Door Knob Shop, they make pulls that look like glass, such as black nickel and cristalle Mini Eclipse designs.
Our study/guest room is too small for a standard sofa bed, leaving only enough space for an armless chair bed. Guests find futons low and uncomfortable, and we don’t want a folding bed in foam. Can you suggest a comfortable, attractive alternative?
A substantial armless chair bed is the Shapiro from Sofa Workshop. The bed works well as a chair, and easily unfolds into a bed that is highly elevated off the floor. Another neat model is the Dizzy, from John Lewis, although the mattress is quite close to the floor when the chair converts to a bed, therefore this may be a drawback. Other chair beds that may be of interest are the Turin and Como by Slumberland.
My daughter has a lit “la polonaise”, but I can’t work out how to curtain the top and sides. Can you help?
Andrew Ginger at Beaudesert, makes and dresses beds in period styles. These beds were particularly popular in France, from the mid-18th century. Polonaise beds have curved metal arms sweeping up to coronas, which allow the curtains to be swagged when they are tied back. Metal campaign beds were made to be easy to assemble and transport and would usually have had much simpler lightweight curtains for privacy and insect protection in striped cambric or voile. The curtains would have been flat, and sewn in panels to cover the frame, with a split up one side for access. The ball finials on the top of the frame unscrew and the cover would go over the threaded spikes, through button holes and finally would be anchored on by the finials.
To dress this bed, make the top, head and foot in one piece and lay it over the frame. Then make side curtains on a rod pocket. Suitable fabrics are sprigged or embroidered voiles or batistes ? the best are Swiss from Simon Playle, or Chantilly hand-printed voiles, which replicate the effect of antique lace, which can be found from Beaudesert.
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