meI’ve just moved to a new house and we inherited a lot of curtains from the previous owner, which look like good quality fabric and are thankfully quite plain. We’d like to keep them in some of the rooms but need them to ‘fit’ existing furniture. What can we do?
Beautiful curtains are like the shoes, or handbag, of an outfit. They need to match or contrast to make a statement. The fabric can be remade into new curtains, re-headed and trimmed with fringing or braid and hung from new pole. You could also add a new Roman blind and some co-coordinating accessories such as lampshades, cushions or throws to ‘tie’ the window treatment to the other items in the room.

We are looking for some very striking unusual wallpaper and have searched high and low on the internet and in our high street shops, but nothing is quite right. Any suggestions on where else we can look?
Yes – come to me! You would be amazed what is on the market that is not available to the high street. I have a large selection of specialist wallpapers, ranging from beaded, embroidered, flock, block printed, photographic murals, glitter, metallics, and pleated finishes. Companies such as Cole & Son will even print a special batch of your chosen design and recolor it to suit your requirements at a surprisingly low surcharge.

At no.16 we are used to dealing with specialist companies, such as bars and restaurants that always want something different and bespoke, often approach us. If you’re looking to make a statement, then come and have a chat over a coffee and see what’s available.

I have a 5 year-old three-piece suite, which fits my room perfectly, but my hectic family has damaged it! Is it worth re-covering or should I buy a new one?
This totally depends on the quality of the furniture. If it was solidly made and doesn’t need any structural repair work then yes, it probably is worth re-covering. Depending on the fabric you choose, you could save up to a 1/3rd on the cost of buying a new sofa and you already have the advantage of know it fits your room perfectly! There are some amazingly tough fabrics on the market at a good price and they should stand you in good stead for a few more years.