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Q Is it possible to create a spa-like environment in an average sized bathroom? R Fox, Dundee A Wellness products are no longer the reserve of spas and hotels. No matter what size or shape of bathroom you have, there are products to suit. While freestanding, oversized tubs might be out of the question, there are many baths available that can be fitted with hydrotherapy systems. Teuco sells whirlpool baths that would fit into a standard sized bathroom. You can even select ‘Hydrosilence’ technology to ensure your relaxing soak isn’t disturbed by noisy jets. Its ‘Coralya’ corner tub is also great for utilising floor area (

If space is at a premium, why not remove the bath or shower altogether, depending on which you use the least? These days, showering can be just as invigorating or relaxing as bathing. Wall-mounted body jets, steam functions, aromatherapy options and chromatherapy lighting are a few features that will help to maximise the experience. Underfloor heating, large fluffy towels and scented candles will add the final luxury touches to your very own pamper parlour.

Fusing chrome and white for serene designs that will suit a spa-like ambience, Hansgrohe’s Pura Vida brassware comprises basin and bath mixers, showerheads with various flow modes, and even a touchscreen to control lighting, music, flow rate and temperature. £824 for the showerhead shown. 020 7739 4644 |

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Q I have the February 2010 issue and would be most grateful if you could advise me of the suppliers of the lampshade on page 94 and the chair on 110. Sue Mattinson, via email A We’ve hunted high and low for you and are pleased to say we managed to track these items down! The pendant would make a fantastic feature for any contemporary scheme, creating an interplay of light and shadow from the patterns on the shade. It’s called Camouflage and was designed by Swedish designers Front for Zero in 2007 ( It’s available in 80cm and 50cm diameters on 3m cords,

and is made of white lacquered laser-cut aluminium. You can buy one online at priced £1,244 or £2,202.

The seat looks like it is the Velina chair designed by Hannes Wettstein for a company called Accademia Italy (, which offers a variety of similar styles. It is stackable and made of hand-woven natural rope, and is available with a polished chrome frame, or in a mono colour version with matte PVC rope and a lacquered steel frame in white or grey. It can be order through PS Interiors (0161 926 9398 |

STAR PRIZE This month’s star letter winner receives a stylish Brabantia 25 litre Rectangular Touch bin worth £133. Designed to fit snugly against a wall for maximum space efficiency, the bin is made from corrosion-resistant materials and features silent soft-touch opening for easy operation. It is available in Matt Steel, with an innovative fingerprint-proof finish to keep the bin looking spotless. For more info and stockists, contact 0844 873 5848 |

Do you have a question about your kitchen, bathroom or interior design? Write to Lesley at Utopia, The Old School, Colchester Road, Wakes Colne, Colchester, Essex, CO6 2BY or email her at


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