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27 Feb 2017

A beginner's guide to using metallics in the home

It might be the beginning of a new season, but trust us - metallics are not going anywhere in 2017. They’re an easy way to add instant texture, glamour and interest to a home.

While you may worry that adding gold to your home may give it a heavy, old-fashioned look, there are lots of modern, metallic products in the market at the moment and gold, silver and copper are showing up in the most unexpected of places, from wire fruit baskets to drink trolleys.

A bit scared to try the trend? Here are some of our top tips for adding some shimmer to your space - without going over-the-top.

Start small

While an oversized gold mirror can be a glorious thing, kick things off with small, metallic accessories, like an antique silver tea set, a gold hanging planter, copper vase or a cushion, like this one from Rice Furniture. They’re easy to move around or change.

Experiment in the bathroom

It may be less intimidating to add some fabulous metallic accessories in your bathroom, plus the bright lighting will help them shine! 

Keep the palette neutral

Bold colours can look fabulous with metallics, but if you’re just starting out, work with a neutral palette and natural fibres for easy glamour. Copper works really well with dark colours and jewel tones while copper looks lovely combined with pastels and neutral colours. On the other hand, metallics really shine when back with a white-on-white palette.

Let there be light

Metallic lighting looks fabulous when it’s all lit up.  It looks like something straight from The Great Gatsby.

Decide on your finish

Depending on your style, you may like a different finish on your metallic items. Brightly polished, glossy metals will look more luxurious and glam, while a brushed or hammered finish will look more industrial and rustic. We love this side table from Freedom.

Mix and match

Want to take things up a notch? Don’t be afraid to mix silver, gold and copper together in the same space. Consider separating the items by height or spread them throughout a large room. For example, use a silver photo frame for some artwork on the wall, while placing a copper vase on your coffee table and rolling your gold drinks trolley nearby - they’d be in the same room, but not competing with each other.


31 Jan 2017

Interview with Interiors Addict Editor

From her passion for luscious velvet to stunning overseas hotel interiors, we had a chat with Jen Bishop from Interiors Addict about her favourite design trends, and her tips on how to babyproof your home - in the most stylish way possible. Profile photo: Photography by Melissa Histon

1. How would you describe your own personal interiors style?

As much as I'm always reading and writing about the latest trends, my own style is relatively classic. I do like a touch of luxury, so I have quite a few touches of gold throughout my home (sofa legs, gilt-edged coasters, lamps). I also love colour but stick to one palette, which for me, always includes navy and some kind of pink!

2. What are some of your favourite interiors trends at the moment?

I'm loving velvet and I have a deep inky blue velvet lounge at home.

3. Are there any trends that you're happy to see go?

I don't dislike copper and marble per se, but the mass market proliferation of homewares in these materials is starting to bore me! I'm also completely over monochrome nurseries and kids' rooms.

4. What are some of the biggest mistakes people often make when it comes to styling their home?

Not planning first or trying to replicate something out of a magazine. Make sure your home is a reflection of you; it'll make you happier!

5. How did your home change when your bub arrived and what tips would you offer other parents-to-be when it comes to styling the home?

My home didn't change as much as everyone told me it would and I stubbornly hung onto all my nice things until Sebastian was able to crawl and grab them! Coffee table displays have become a definite no-no and I have to be careful where I put candles! I have definitely become more minimalist but that's mainly because there's so much extra stuff that comes into your home when you have a child! I store Seb's toys in nice looking lidded baskets. I haven't really changed things that much other than make them safe. That velvet sofa is surprisingly forgiving. There's not much you can't get out with baby wipes! I'd advise other parents that storage is key to keeping your home looking half decent. There needs to be a place for everything to go back at the end of the day. I'm a big believer in packing away the toys (or getting them to do it themselves when older) so mum and dad can enjoy a clutter-free, calm environment every evening! Oh, to have space for a playroom! That is my dream!

6. What's your favourite room in your home and why? My bedroom. It's our grown-up, cosy sanctuary and pretty much the only place without kid's stuff in it. That said, it's not unusual to find the odd toy car on the bedside table…

7. What are some of your favourite spaces in the world and why?

Being a massive interiors addict, I love staying in hotels which are a bit different inside. The newly renovated Primus in Sydney is just gorgeous if you love Art Deco and I'm a big fan of the QT in Sydney too. Two of my favourite hotels overseas are The Hotel D'Angleterre in Geneva (the epitome of luxury boutique hotel) and Culloden House in Inverness (with its sweeping driveway, walled garden, four-poster beds and roaring fireplaces, it's historic and elegant, not to mention the bagpiper who plays before dinner).

19 Dec 2016

How to Set the perfect Christmas Table


Do you want to add some festive cheer to Christmas lunch or dinner at the table? Here are a few easy ways from the experts at Aspley Homemaker City on how to style your table this season.

  • 1. Start early. Head to Aspley Homemaker City for some inspiration. Freedom has a wonderful assortment of string lights, glamorous metallic cutlery and rustic wooden boards to cater for every taste. They also have a great range of little extras to get you and your guests in a festive mood such as FALALA tea towel sets and Bon Appetite apron. A table setting with festive flair sets the scene for sharing a meal. Add candles, fresh flowers and bon bons as final touches for a fresh, crisp setting.
  • 2. For a fresh and inexpensive way of dressing up the table is by bringing in natural foliage into the home - think eucalyptus, gumnut branches and wattle.
  • 3. Get the family involved in decorating the table. Not only does it mean you have extra help on hand, it lends a personal touch to your settings. For example, ask your kids to write the place settings or create homemade decorations and ask them to scatter decorations or arrange napkins.
  • 4. Lastly, you don’t need to come up with a fancy, complicated theme for your table, just a few key items will make it sparkle like Pillow Talk’s range of napkin rings and Christmas crackers. At the end of the day, the most important thing is that your family and loved ones are enjoying themselves - not whether or not your glasses and napery match.


25 Nov 2016

Outdoor Living is Now Open at Aspley


  • Outdoor Living is a family owned, Brisbane based, Retail business specialising in Weber Barbeques and Outdoor Furniture.
    They are a Weber Specialist Dealer, stocking the complete range of Weber Q, Weber Charcoal and Weber Gas BBQ's as well as a wide range of accessories.
    On offer is a wonderful selection of quality Kwila and Teak Timbers, Aluminium and Wicker Furniture at affordable prices with outstanding quality and service!


23 Nov 2016

Style your home with Recline Furniture


Is your home feeling a little dull, empty, or out-dated? With just a couple simple style techniques, you can completely transform the old into new. Give your living space a modern makeover that won’t date anytime soon.

Let’s start from the beginning: colour palettes. Finding a complementary, neutral balance of colours, textures and materials will set you up for style success. Think off-whites, greys, marble and stone, exposed timber, leather and black accents.

Step two is to select the feature piece of the room. It could be a fireplace, an ornate lighting fixture, or it could be your new sofa. In Australia, it can be hard to come by a gorgeous, well-maintained fireplace in the average home. So selecting a statement sofa for the room is the next best thing. At Recline Furniture you won’t be short for choice exploring our La-Z-Boy range. But if we can make a suggestion, a sofa like the plush Westminster 3 seater will have the Queen envious of your living room! Choosing light leather tones in either a white, beige, or light grey will give you plenty of design variety when it comes to complimentary furniture and accessories.

If you’ve been wanting to update your living space then now is the perfect time! At Recline Furniture they’re currently offering 24 months interest free*! Their friendly staff can assist you in finding the perfect furniture for you.


14 Oct 2016

Rice Furniture Leading the Modern Industrial Trend


Rice Furniture believes in the philosophy of "happiness begins at home", because a room is unique only when its nature reflects that of its inhabitants. With this in mind, they have travelled the globe to source unique, exceptional and authentic furniture and homewares to enrich your home and nourish your soul.

With this in mind Rice are spearheading the current Modern industrial look with their extensive and range of furniture.

“Everyone is asking for a mix of iron and wood” said Brad Wegner Rice Furniture’s Managing Director. “Pieces are often framed with iron or have iron features, often finished with iron wheels, using reclaimed timbers up to 100 years old. We focus on quality with a multi stepped Quality Control process to ensure the end product is exceptional” said Brad.

By venturing off the beaten track and working with traditional craftsmen who often are third or forth generation specialists skilled in their field provides us with unique, authentic and natural furniture. The majority of our pieces are entirely hand made using bygone skills.

Rice Furniture is also taking responsibility when it comes to helping the environment, by sourcing reclaimed or plantation grown timbers and environmentally friendly finishes plus partnering with suppliers who share this philosophy. We also take care in store by recycling or reusing the cardboard and wrapping at store level.

“We spend a lot of time researching trends both overseas and locally – from this we design many of our pieces in Brisbane. This is a very exciting part of the job to go from a concept on paper to the finished product in customers homes”.

The team at Rice have exceptional attention to detail and have a passion to assist customers in creating a look for their home they will enjoy for years to come. Living is about actively connecting with your environment, creating a space to suit your own tastes and our mission is to help in this process. We are not satisfied until you are satisfied so we look forward to helping on your journey to bring comfort and harmony into your home.

Rice Furniture has everything from leather sofas, to barstools, bedsides, rugs, cabinets, homewares, dining and bar.


20 Sep 2016

Place Real Estate Now Open

We're excited to announce the opening of Place Real Estate and welcome Tristan and Samantha Rowland to Aspley.

Their wealth of experience across sales and property management combined with an unflappable passion for the clients’ needs, desired outcomes and a drive to be the best has delivered several industry awards;Tristan being awarded the #1 agent in Place Group, the most vendor recommended agent in Australia on Ratemyagent and runner-up for REIQ sales person of the year.

Samantha is a Property Management focused Director with a constant focus within the business to ensure our clients homes yield their optimum. Make sure you pop in to see why Place is Queensland’s most awarded Real Estate Brand.



12 Sep 2016

Spring Time at Aspley

Whether you are looking to spruce up your home for the new season or kick start your health and fitness for the warmer weather - you'll find just what you need at Aspley Homemaker City.  Check out the great specials in our Spring catalogue now!

31 Aug 2016

Father's Day

Happy Father's Day

It's not too late!  Aspley Homemaker City has lots of great Father's Day ideas!  Outdoor Furniture and BBQ's carries a range of Weber bbq's and accessories as well as Barbeques Galore, The Outdoor Furniture Specialists offer recliners and great ways for Dad to relax.  Try Howards Storage World for loads of clever space saving and practical ideas or any of our bedding specialists for a luxury pillow to give Dad endless great nights of sleep.  Happy Father's Day!

03 Aug 2016

Five Fabulous Winter Interior Trends


Winter is the perfect time to add extra warmth and glamour to your home, whether it’s by picking up a few new cushions in a luxurious velvet texture or rolling out a handwoven rug. Here are some of our favourite trends for the home this season.


Adding touches of gold, copper and silver to your home is a fabulous way to create interest and some shine to the space. It’s also surprisingly easy - simply start small. Maybe head to Pillow Talk or Freedom and pick up a copper soap dispenser for your bathroom, then gradually move onto larger pieces for your home.

Deep and moody colours

Dulux recently released its colour trends for 2016, which heavily featured deep, luxurious jewel tones like forest green, dark purple and passionate blues. They evoke a sense of glamour and decadence in the home and especially look best in rich textures like velvet and faux fur.

Chunky knits

Cosy oversized knits are not only practical for the cooler months, but stylish and sophisticated, as they add an interesting texture to the home. We love the range of fabulous locally manufactured handwoven rugs at DecoRug and the lush knitted cushions and throws at Pillow Talk

Natural timber

Of course, Australians have had a long love affair with well crafted timber furniture, but it’s now popping up in surprising places, like vases, bathroom accessories and the pendant timber lights at Andrews Light Up. With a slight nod to simple Scandinavian design, adding timber creates a warm, down-to-earth vibe to your home.

Statement mirrors

Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Why opt for a plain rectangle when there’s such a wide range of mirrors available in all manner of shapes, styles and sizes? Head to Freedom, Rice Furniture or The Furniture Shack for some great ideas.



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