Our ex­pert, Celia Rufey, answers your in­te­rior de­sign ques­tions and dec­o­rat­ing dilem­mas

Homes & Gardens - - ADVICE - PRO­FILE Celia Rufey has been the Homes & Gardens dec­o­rat­ing ex­pert for more than 30 years. She has a wealth of in­te­ri­ors knowl­edge and has also de­signed her own range of fab­rics.


Some fab­rics are de­signed to be re­versible and oth­ers just hap­pen to be. Mark Alexan­der, 01623 750005, markalexan­, of­fers both in its neu­tral linens, 144cm wide, in­clud­ing Akata Re­versible, a jac­quard with graphic mark­ings, £125m; semi-sheer Cy­press with a pais­ley mo­tif, £74m; and chevron Cal­ima, £125m. An­other light­weight re­versible linen with sub­tle colour is Dana, dou­ble width at 314cm, £113m, Os­borne & Lit­tle, 020 8812 3123, os­borne­an­dlit­

For stronger colour, try Inez linen, 292cm wide, £100m, Romo, 01623 756699, For pat­tern, colour and drape, Drag­on­fly, 132cm wide, £235m, is one of sev­eral de­signs in the De­mure Drama col­lec­tion by de Le Cuona, 020 7584 7677, dele­, that de­liver im­pact which­ever side is viewed. Many wool checks and plaids, such as Ran­noch and Lomond, from £60m, The Isle Mill, 01738 609090,, look the same front and back, as do most plain linens, wools and felts. Which­ever fab­ric you choose, you may need to border the edges and hem the bot­tom for a neat fin­ish. Can you sug­gest a fab­ric to hang un­lined with an eye­let head­ing? JB, Wetherby, West York­shire.

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