Enamelware in pretty pastels

I saw a pretty collection of pastel-coloured enamelware in a house I viewed recently. I am not putting in an offer on the house and feel too embarrassed to ask the owners where they bought them.

I saw a pretty collection of pastel-coloured enamelware in a house I viewed recently. I am not putting in an offer on the house and feel too embarrassed to ask the owners where they bought them. Do you have any idea?

We think they are Austrian painted enamelware from Cucina. It sells jugs, saucepans and milk pots in pretty pastel colours (blue, mint, aqua, pink and yellow). Prices range from £9.95 to £11.95 per item. Its number is 0870 4204300 and its website is www.cucinadirect.com.

We are looking for an old-fashioned clothes airer, which hangs on a ceiling and works on a pulley system. Can you help?

This type of airer is made in Scotland by a company called The Sheila Maid. Log on to www.sheilamaid.com or call 01307 467051.


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We want to rent out our second home. Can you recommend a company that can quickly deliver reasonably priced sofas with loose covers?

Oakridge sells to the public direct from the manufacturer, which means it can keep its prices reasonable. You can buy an attractive two-seater sofa from as little as £199. There is a good range of fabric and colours to choose from and the company will make as many sets of loose covers as you require. It usually delivers within four weeks. It is on 01685 844944; www.oakridgedirect.co.uk.

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I have been told to use a good beeswax furniture polish that has turpentine in it. Where can I source this?

Turpentine makes an effective base for polish as it rehydrates and feeds the grain and helps the wax to penetrate the wood. The Still Room Company specialises in household products made from natural materials and has a beeswax polish called Apis Wood Food. Call 01886 887760.

Where can I find a company that can make a Welsh slate house sign to my specifications?

Contact The Slate Sign Company on 01443 225224. It will make a bespoke sign, send a proof for your approval and deliver within 14 days.

I have moved to Walsingham and am seeking a local company that could repair and recover an old chair. Can you recommend one?

Spaldings of Fakenham, on 01328 864428, is efficient and helpful.

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