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re­cently in­her­ited a few pieces of vin­tage fur­ni­ture – they have sen­ti­men­tal value and I don’t want to sell them, but I can’t see how to make them work in our mod­ern home. Can you

sug­gest any­thing? Lisa, via In­sta­gram “Mix­ing older, sen­ti­men­tal pieces with new items is one of the eas­i­est, most fun ways to cre­ate a home rather than just a house,” says in­te­rior de­signer Suzanne Gor­man of Stu­dio Gor­man (stu­dio­gor­man.com). “If you feel a piece is chunky or too dark, em­brace its unique­ness rather than shying away from it. Give it space and con­trast it with a mod­ern pen­dant, art or ar­chi­tec­tural chair. Smaller sen­ti­men­tal pieces, such as vases, lamps or bowls, are great ar­ranged in a vi­gnette on a min­i­mal­ist, clean-lined ta­ble. Work with com­ple­men­tary ma­te­ri­als, tones and shapes, and play with heights and sizes. Re­uphol­ster­ing vin­tage fur­ni­ture is an­other bril­liant way to re­store life to a piece and make it work with other items.”

rec­om­mend­ing I in­stall an in­duc­tion cook­top. Will I have

to re­place my pans? Dani, via email “In­duc­tion es­sen­tially works on a mag­netic pulse that trans­fers from the in­duc­tor zone through the glass to heat the pan,” ex­plains Daniel Ber­tuc­cio, mar­ket­ing man­ager [Ilve] Eurolinx Aus­tralia (eurolinx.com.au) “It’s fan­tas­tic for flat pan-fry­ing, sim­mer­ing and slow cook­ing (such as sauces and stews), as the heat re­mains con­sis­tent. It’s not so great for wok- cook­ing or stir-fry­ing as a high-in­ten­sity heat won’t rise around the side of the pan. If a mag­net sticks to your ex­ist­ing pots and pans, they’ll work with in­duc­tion. Most cred­i­ble brands are in­duc­tion com­pat­i­ble, so any­thing bought in the last five to seven years should be OK. How­ever, if the mag­net test doesn’t work, you may need to re­place your cook­ware, as this mag­netic base is es­sen­tial for it to con­nect with the mag­netic pulse of the cook­top.”

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