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Become The Favourite Party Host With Barbeques Galore At Nunawading

If you’re planning to host a gathering with friends or family soon, then you need to head into Barbeques Galore Nunawading for all the essentials. They have a great range of barbeques in all shapes and sizes, outdoor furniture, fire pits, gardening supplies and entertaining necessities to suit all your needs. When planning a gathering it is not only important to think about the food and drink, but also how you are going to create your delicious menu and what is going to allow you to do so. It is also about crafting the perfect ambience and having enough comfortable seating to ensure your guests are relaxed and taken care of. Today we are going to be sharing all our top tips for how to build the perfect ambience, the best cooking essentials and creating a gathering your friends and family won’t forget.


Barbeques For Large Gatherings

When planning your next gathering, the first thing we recommend doing is creating the guest list and working out how many people you will need to cater for. Australia is the perfect place to host outdoor soirees as our weather is beautiful many months of the year. A BBQ is the great all-rounder when it comes to at-home entertaining as you can cater to many dietary requirements and cook large amounts of food in quick succession. At Barbecues Galore Nunawading we have a huge range of barbeques that are perfect for large gatherings with burners ranging all the way up to 8 plus! Ziegler & Brown have a huge range of 6-8 burner barbeques that will become the communal hotspot at your next gathering and allow you to feed plenty of hungry mouths.


Space Saving Barbeques

Our homes are intentionally thought out to ensure we make the most of every square centimetre and that is why space saving barbeques are a hot talking point when it comes to outdoor entertaining. Often, we (understandably) prioritise large outdoor dining tables and plenty of seating options for our friends and family, which leaves limited space for other items in our outdoor entertaining areas. This is why at Barbeques Galore Nunawading they offer a range of space saving barbeques to suit your requirements. With a range of compact 2 or 3 burner barbeques you are sure to find the perfect barbeque to suit your small space. There are also options for countertop portable barbeques or barbeques that are on wheels to easily store out of sight. We love the compact Ziggy Classic Twin Grill Natural Gas BBQ in gunmetal grey for a great portable solution.


BBQ Cleaning Tips

At Barbeques Galore Nunawading they know that cleaning your barbeque and maintaining its condition is just as important as preparing delicious meals. That is why Barbeques Galore offer a wide range of products to help you in keeping your barbeque looking pristine. A great starting point is the Beefmaster 5-Piece Cleaning Set that comes with a stainless-steel scraper, scouring pad handle and a variety of sponges to suit your cleaning requirements. They also offer plenty of stainless-steel spray cleaners to ensure your barbeque stays sparkling clean at all times. And to ensure you can not only house all your delicious food, but make cleaning up a breeze, they offer a huge range of aluminium trays and drip trays in every size you could possibly need.


Furniture For Outdoor Entertaining

Lastly, when creating the perfect outdoor entertaining space for your next gathering, it is essential to think about your furniture and ensure you have enough seating options and table space to suit your needs. Barbeques Galore Nunawading have a great selection of outdoor dining tables, chairs, lounges, umbrellas and so much more. With dining sets in a variety of sizes, colours and materials they are sure to have an option to suit your home style and design preferences. We are obsessed with the Palade 9-Piece Dining Setting with it’s gorgeous timber design and beautifully padded chairs for ultimate comfort.


So, the first step to take when planning your next gathering is to head into Barbeques Galore Nunawading. It is a one stop shop for ensuring you have the perfect barbeque to suit your requirements, cleaning supplies to ensure it stays in pristine condition and an array of outdoor furniture to set the scene. Head in store this weekend to check out their amazing range to see for yourself!

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How to experiment with style this spring

There’s no denying that your home is like a blank canvas and you’re responsible for painting it. But what if you find yourself drawn to more than one artistic style? Well, you’re not alone, and with so many interior style trends out there (rustic, traditional, coastal, minimalist and the list goes on) it can certainly be difficult to stick with just one. Perhaps you might love the opulence of vintage décor while your partner leans towards a more minimalist aesthetic. Sound like you? Then you may have found yourself wondering if it’s possible to mix and match interior trends, while still having a home that feels cohesive. The answer is a surprising yes! Keep reading to find out how to blend decorating styles and transform your space into your own. Spoiler: the secret is all about balance, repetition, and compromise!

Find the perfect balance

Blending decorating styles isn’t about throwing random furnishings and décor pieces together, it’s about striking the right balance. Start by identifying the main style you want to embrace – this will serve as your anchor, providing a base layer amidst the other various styles. Let this chosen style guide your larger furniture choices and overall layout. Once you’ve established your foundation, it’ll be easy to layer in elements from other trends and styles. Some great foundation trends include traditional, minimalist, and industrial, whereas great layered styles could include art deco, coastal, and rustic. Why? Because the foundation styles are more about the furnishing and colourings and the additional layered styles are all about small décor pieces.

Embrace repetition

Repetition is essential when it comes to blending interior styles because it’s going to create a theme that runs throughout your home, making the space feel purposely designed rather than disjointed. To ensure your space feels cohesive, simply incorporate repeated patterns, colours, and textures across various rooms. This could be a large statement like wallpaper in a standout print, or it could be in the subtle details like light fixtures or handles.

The art of compromise

Compromise doesn’t always mean sacrificing, it means creating a space that honours various tastes (which is especially important when decorating as a couple). Be sure to opt for pieces that bridge the gap between your preferred styles, ones that won’t overpower the other. For example, steer clear from any major statement furnishings and rather find common ground, even if this means the piece is more pared back.

Although it’s clear there’s certainly no one-size-fits-all approach to home styling, if you stick to these three simple rules then your home is going to look and feel amazing! By embracing balance, repetition, and compromise you’re bound to achieve a space that reflects your taste. Remember, your home is your canvas so blend, experiment, and enjoy styling it!

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Rugs 101

You step into a room, and it instantly feels homely and inviting. How? Well, chances are that the answer lies beneath your feet – a show-stopping rug, of course! Somehow rugs have this amazing ability to transform any room into one that’s filled with style, artistry, and warmth. But how do you chooser the right one for your home or needs? If you’re eager to check out the array of great rugs in Nunawading, but have no idea what to choose, you’re in luck. We’ve asked interior stylist, Kylie Tyrrell, to fill us in on all things rugs.

Why We Love Rugs

Rugs are a great way to create cohesion between furniture and homewares. They can protect flooring, and add a touch of sophistication to even a sparsely decorated space.

Rugs are even fantastic insulators that are going to keep your home nice and warm, especially in the colder months. And, if you’re an allergy sufferer, you’ll love this one – they’re great at trapping allergens, preventing them from floating through the air. What’s not to love?

And while there is a plethora of great rugs in Nunawading, choosing the right one can be a daunting task. That’s why we’ve called on an expert: with over 12 years of experience in the interior industry, Kylie is the master of making rooms look and feel great. She’s here to let you in on everything worth knowing about rugs. Let’s take a look at what she recommends:

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Kylie’s Rug Tips

“Ok, I’m going to let you all in on a little secret, DecoRug Nunawading has an amazing range of on-trend rugs in various sizes and absolutely great prices. I’ve worked with lots of rug retailers and these guys are truly doing great things. If you are on the hunt for rugs in Nunawading, they are the place to go!

Surprisingly, a rug can transform a room – but you need to get the basics right first. Here are a few of my tips:

1. Make sure the rug is big enough for the space. The most common size is 2m x 3m, I use this size in almost all living spaces. I like to sit the furniture on the rug. That means couch legs on the rug. So, take the time to measure your space.

2. Contrast is key, if you have a dark sofa, it’s best to go for a lighter rug and vice versa. This helps define the space.

3. I love to use cow hides, especially in small spaces or living spaces that are irregular in size. They help define the space and can look pretty groovy. Consider a cowhide when space is at a premium and you don’t have the traditional rectangular or square-shaped living space.”

Ready To Find The Perfect Rugs in Nunawading?

So, you’ve done your rug research and you’re equipped with tips and tricks from a pro stylist. But what’s next? The first thing you need to do is measure your space like Kylie recommends, think about the aesthetic you’re after, and consider the colour palette of the room your decorating is. Once you have a rough idea of what you’re working with be sure to take your search for rugs into Homemaker Nunawading. With over 25 stores you’re bound to leave with a rug you love (and maybe a few extra goodies too).

Looking for more inspiration just like this? Be sure to check out our what’s on page. It’s filled with all sorts of inspirational content from makeover tips and family-friendly storage solutions to home office styling and mood-boarding.

5 Ways To Design For A Calming Home

Here at Nunawading Homemaker HQ, we believe that the home should be a calming and restful oasis that provides you with an escape from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. When decorating your home, there are certain ways you can create a calming environment that encourages rest and rejuvenation. Today we are sharing with you our top tips for creating a calming home and how focusing on natural textures and the colours of nature promote this.


Use A Natural Colour Palette

To create a calming and relaxing flow throughout your home it is essential to choose colours that encourage this. Avoid using too many bright and bold colours and instead opt for neutral tones that are pleasing on the eye. We love using a variety of neutral tones throughout our furniture and homewares pieces in tones of soft beige, warm grey and a clean white, whilst bringing colour in through a pale sage, olive green or terracotta. Selecting colours that are found in nature will create a sense of calm, so we recommend sticking to tones found in plants, trees, and the colours of the earth. Head into stores such as Adairs and Provincial Home Living to see their beautiful homewares and decorative accessories in these colour tones.

Carefully Select Your Scents

Scent can make a huge difference in your home and can evoke different emotions and moods. We love using natural scents that create a calm atmosphere and leave the house smelling beautiful at all times. Try using fresh scents such as jasmine and rose or opt for a more natural scent of sandalwood or sweet basil. Place diffusers and candles in rooms that you relax in such as the living room and bedroom to ensure they are always smelling fresh. We love using room sprays in lavender or peppermint to create a calm and tranquil atmosphere too. Bed Bath N Table have a great range of home scents, so be sure to check them out next time you are at the centre!

Soft and Natural Textures

Textures have the ability to change the look and feel of a space not only in soft furnishings and linen, but furniture too. To create calming spaces, we recommend choosing furniture in natural timbers and linen-look fabrics that are soft to touch and have a textural element. For soft furnishings we love using natural linen throw rugs in the living room and bedroom paired with soft cotton cushions in a neutral colour palette. For a calming space, we recommend avoiding textures that are too shiny or embellished and instead choose soft and relaxed fabrics and finishes. Be sure to head to into Adairs and Bed Bath N Table to view their great range of bed linen and soft furnishings to touch and feel them for yourself!


Add Foliage & Plants

Bringing the outside in and reverting back to nature will always create a calm and relaxing environment in your home. To achieve this look we recommend adding plants or foliage to most rooms in the house. This could be in the form of a large vase of greenery on an entryway table or dining table, trailing plants on open shelves, large floor plants in the corner of a living room or a beautiful potted plant on a bedside table. Greenery not only adds a pop of colour to the space and brings life in, but creates a calming and tranquil environment for you to relax and unwind.

Encourage Wind Down Time

When decorating a home to inspire a calm and relaxing space, it is essential that you allow for ways to encourage ‘wind down time’. Of an evening, we love creating a peaceful space by dimming the lights and preparing the body for sleep. This is the time to switch off your electronics, grab a good book and curl up under a cosy blanket. We can’t get enough of Adairs beautiful range of plush blankets for Winter that are perfect for snuggling down under after a busy day at work. Don’t forget to spritz your pillow with a lavender sleep spray and turn on the diffuser to create the ultimate oasis to relax and unwind in.

We can’t wait to see you soon at Nunawading Homemaker HQ and help you find everything you need to create a cosy and calming winter oasis ready for the cooler months. If you are struggling to decorate your space, be sure to book in for your free virtual design session with our stylist Eliza Grace, simply click on the ‘Style Board’ tab on our website.

The Best Practical Styling Advice For Your Home

Your home is not just where you live, but it is a place to relax, to entertain, to build memories and even to work (thanks COVID). This focus on our homes means that it’s now more important than ever to create a space that is not only multifunctional and practical but stylish and beautiful too. An area that makes us feel comfortable, but also makes us happy to spend time there.

One of the easiest ways to change the feel of your home is with styling. We’ve put together a list of practical styling advice that you can use when decorating or designing your home.

Finding the right furniture

Furniture is probably the easiest place to start when styling your home. It’s also one of the most important because the type of furniture you choose can dictate how you use the room, and the style of furniture will dictate the style of the room too.

When buying furniture for a space, measure twice and buy once! Furniture that is too big will impact how you use your room and will make it feel small, but furniture that is too small will make the room look unfinished.

Also, consider choosing furniture that is timeless and won’t date. Trends come and go, but good quality furniture that is simple but classic means that you can enjoy it for years to come, only needing to update the décor around your furniture to suit the latest styling trends.

When it comes to furniture, it’s always good to try before you buy so you can make sure you’re comfortable and it fits its purpose. Sit on dining chairs to see if they are the right height, lay on a bed to see if it’s big enough and look inside wardrobes to see if there is enough storage space.

Styling soft furnishings

A great way to change up the style of your home is with soft furnishings like throws, cushions and bedding. Easily changed and updated, use soft furnishings to dress up your room or refresh a tired space.

The trick to styling cushions is to consider pattern, texture, shape and colour, and layering them up to pull the look together. Pick a colour palette and then choose your soft furnishings with those colours in mind, mixing and matching textures and styles as you go.

The same goes for throws and bedding. While these don’t need to match each other, or your cushions, they should at least be complementary and be part of the same colour palette to create a cohesive room.

You can update your soft furnishings to suit the season. Florals are fantastic for spring and summer, while moody colours like plum and emerald green are best suited for Autumn and Winter. Also, think about colour combinations that work well together. We love blush pink and olive green, neutrals and burnt oranges or black and white with a pop of colour.

Choosing artwork for your home

There are lots to consider when choosing artwork for your home. While it can be an investment, you should think with your heart when choosing the right piece. Spend lots of time viewing different artists and note down artwork that grabs your attention. You may find you like abstract art more than realism, or you want a simple illustration rather than a splash of colours.

You should also think about the colour palette of your room when selecting artwork. As a general rule, you shouldn’t reference more than four different colours in your room, so look at paintings with similar colours to your wall colours or soft furnishings or neutral colours that won’t be too harsh in an already colourful space.

Also, think about sizing and placement. Always measure your space before you buy artwork and even consider using paper or masking tape to mirror the size of the piece on your wall. Oversized artworks (1m wide or more) will act as a focal point in your room while smaller artworks can be grouped together for the same effect.

Upgrading your lights

Changing the lighting in your home can give it an instant makeover. Even if your room has downlights, adding feature lighting like a pendant, wall light or floor lamp will provide you with more illumination and act as a feature for the room.

When placing lighting, you should measure your room to ensure it isn’t impeding on your space but will still provide the light you need for the purpose of the room. Pendant lights in a living room should be hung 30-50cm from the ceiling (on a standard 2.4m ceiling) while pendant lights over a dining table should sit 70-80cm above the dining table. If you’re choosing pendant lights over your bedside tables rather than table lamps, make sure they hang 35-50cm above so you get enough light for reading a book, but they don’t get in the way.

Floor lamps and table lamps can be added to your room if you don’t want something permanent. You can change the shade to complement the style of your room and move them around to create cosy reading corners or stylish décor displays.

Adding decorative accessories

We love using home décor accessories to style a room because although they may be small, they have the power to change the look and feel of a room in an instant! Think vases, candles, pot plants, baskets, mirrors and trinkets that can be placed on shelves, coffee tables, side tables and any surface that is bare.

When decorating with accessories, be careful not to overload the space. Group accessories with similar themes and varying heights to create beautiful displays and choose quality over quantity! Group items in odd numbers such as threes or fives so that your arrangement feels authentic and not too staged.

Plants add life to every room, so play around with different types of plants. A large Ficus Fig or Rubber plant in a statement pot will act as a feature, while succulents or a string of pearls will complement a smaller space. If you want more colourful plants, you can’t go wrong with an orchid or two. If you don’t have a green thumb, you can always use faux plants instead – don’t worry, we won’t tell!

Decorating with rugs

Rugs are often thought of as entirely functional, used to hide undesirable flooring or prevent furniture scratches, but you’d be surprised at how much a rug contributes to the style of a room, often tying the entire space together.

When choosing a rug, think about your lifestyle and the area where it will be placed. High traffic areas will need a hard-wearing material like sisal, jute or seagrass, while bedrooms won’t receive so much foot-traffic so tufted or shag rugs are suitable. You should also consider how easy your rug will be to clean, especially if you have children or pets.

When deciding on the best size, it is a general rule that part of your furniture should overlap the rug so that the space flows. Rugs under dining tables should be large enough so the dining chairs don’t come off the rug when being used and a rug in a bedroom should be positioned from the bottom 2/3 of the bed and extended out to the sides and end.

Play around with patterns and colours. If you already have a lot of features in your room, choose a neutral rug that won’t draw the attention away from those pieces. To avoid a clash, pick out a secondary colour in your rug and match it with a piece of furniture or the soft furnishings in the room.

Want to see your home styling come together? Check out our new Digital Mood Board Tool! You’ll be able to mix and match products to create a mock set up of your space while exploring different styles and colour palettes from the retailers at Nunawading Homemaker HQ. It’s free, and you can share your mood board with family, friends or design experts to get their opinions on your styling.

With over 25 stores, you can find everything you need to style your home at Nunawading Homemaker HQ. Shop from the best homewares, tech and furniture brands like Adairs, Bay Leather Republic, JBHiFi and more. If you’re looking to style your home from scratch, give your home a makeover or want to browse our wide range of stores, visit Nunawading Homemaker HQ today!