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Homestyle: Kay Ward answers your questions

PUBLISHED: 08:41 27 August 2010 | UPDATED: 17:46 20 February 2013

Interiors specialist Kay Ward answers your home style dilemmas

Q: Help Our small porch is literally filling up with my husbands sports shoes! There are numerous pairs of golf shoes, running trainers, football and walking boots, and without any space for a designated boot room I need an immediate stylish solution.


Mrs T Rees South Derbyshire


A: Defined shoe storage and a spot of male discipline is required to solve this common dilemma. A church pew with a box-lid would provide a perfect solution for your porch in terms of both function and style. Sweetings Interiors in Belper has an excellent selection. The pew provides a comfortable seat while removing footwear and shoes can then be stored effortlessly within. Why not complete the look by hanging stylish coat hooks above.


Q: Help Im trying to recreate a Maine/New England style bedroom. I saw a picture in a magazine and loved it, but have no idea where to start?


Mrs Roberts, Ashbourne


A: The key to this American style is simplicity, images of driftwood and the ocean set the scene. White painted bedroom furniture with bleached wooden floorboards, complemented with simple flowing white sheer curtains and crisp white bed linen. Use bold red and blue accents in cushions, throws and accessories. Choose artwork depicting colourful waterfront scenes such as beach huts and deckchairs. Try Zing Furniture in Shardlow for a wide selection of painted bedroom furniture and accessories.


Q: Help I have two large dogs and am looking for hardwearing but stylish flooring for my kitchen, any suggestions?


Mr P Longford, Hilton


A: I would recommend Karndean Flooring. Providing both durability and comfort, it is extremely practical and very easy to keep clean and maintain. Lewiss Interiors in Spondon stock a huge range of samples. Most importantly, in answer to your question, it is also incredibly stylish and is available in an extensive range of both traditional and modern designs and colours. You can even add borders and motifs to your flooring for a truly individual look.


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