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13 Oct 2015

How to arrange a Living Room

A living room should be one of the most comfortable rooms in the home, because it is an area used by the whole family and guests. There are a few tips on how to ensure your living room has the right recipe for making it a comfortable living room in your home that is correct furniture sizes for the space, adding memories, storage spaces, and soft rugs for the space.

Study your space first. Look at the true shape of your space. Is it square, oval, round? Take measurements of your space as well to ensure you get the right pieces for the right spot in that space. Staying true with the shape and size of your space will help with picking the right furniture. Do you have a small corner in the space? There are many ideas for a corner space if you have the right measurements and find the right furniture piece to fit in that corner you can create a small cozy nook.

When setting up your furniture set up to allow for a flow in conversation. If you were to have a group seating in the living room think of how would you like your family and friends to face each other while sitting in the space to ensure easier conversation. Thinking of how you would want family and friends to sit in the space helps when arranging your furniture. You would want to create your own comfortable areas that all flow together. Image a square shaped room now think of the corner spaces add to one corner a large footstool with cushions that faces the main couch place along the a wall and in another corner of the room opposite the couch and same side as the foot stool place a large occasional chair for someone to sit also facing the couch and the couch centers the room; the main sitting areas end up forming a circle making it feel inviting and easing conversation.

Creating a gallery wall is a creating and cheap way to decorate a home and it looks really interesting and stunning when done well. There are many ways to create the look in elegant ways. One is by getting black or white frames in different shapes and sizes and printing your own photos in black and white. If you prefer a more funky look adding different colours with the same square shape and bright quotes and images is another way to create a gallery wall. Adding a mirror is must for making allowing light to bounce through the room and really making a space pop with sunshine and adding a mirror in your gallery wall is a great way to do this.

Baskets are a great add for busy areas as they help keep the clutter at bay. Wicker baskets are a great basket to use for hiding clutter. There are many options of baskets styles to explore depending on the current style of your home.

Rugs are worth spending on not only does it tie in the whole room, it adds colour and texture. There are so many different shapes of rugs, some are more organic shapes, round, and the square rug. An organic shape rug alone adds a lot of interest to a space creating a more comfortable, stylish, and cozy space.

Last, but not the least important is lighting. Lighting creates atmosphere and atmosphere is essential for a highly used spaced. Add different lighting options to your living room space not only one to make different atmospheres in the same space. Add a pendant light to balance the room and some reading lamps dropped around the space. If you prefer lighting you can re- arrange try a very large floor lamp over with some other small reading lamps. Find your favorite lighting styles at Andrew Lights Up there aremany options for this.

Hope these tips will help you create your comfortable living room space and that you enjoy creating your space with all the stores offered at Aspley Homemaker City. To help you get started picking comfortable furniture that looks stylish in the top right corner is Plush occasional chair and in the bottom left hand corner is Nick Scali gorgeous white couch.

07 Oct 2015

Colour Trends for Spring

Are you in the mood to make your living room a bit trendier for spring? Are you just curious on what trends are popular right now that would look great in spring?

Every year there is a release of the hottest colour trends for the year. There are some inspiring colour inspirations for the year of 2015 that would look great for a spring makeover. Here are the top colour trends and combinations for interiors this year that could inspire you for fresh new look for the warmer weather.

Deep blue ocean water is a hit this year. Think of Santorini homes with that soothing white and deep blue combination. The freshness of these colour combinations are great for welcoming spring in your home. The white and blue pair has been a winning combination for many years, but this year adding a very light pink adds that interest and contrast to make your space pop. Pairing a suede colour deep blue couch with some light pink cushions is a nice way to try this trend. See the bottom left corner of the image that was inspired by mixing shades of calming blues with pink.

Olive colour is on trend and with spring around the corner adding some green indoors helps bring the outdoors in. Deep olive green causes a soothing effect for people just as blue does, which is why it is a nice colour to add to your home if you are looking for a calming affect in your interior. A colour duo on trend right now is pairing olive green colour and vibrant blues for an impactful look. See the image from Nick Scali above in the bottom right corner.

Southern California colours are on trend as well, which is combining pastels with bright colours this is a great look when wanting to freshen your home for spring. It’s a very bright and bold look and energizing in a home. See the image at the top left corner for an inspiration on how to create this look.

A look that has taken over the magazines and definitely the hottest colour trend is trading white for grey as neutral. Soft grey allows you to pair your furniture colours in many ways. Soft grey and charcoal have been the duo for this trend that has taken over runways and interior design. If soft grey and charcoal is a little too dark for your personal taste the look can always have a pop of colour added in, just pick your favourite colour to add. In the top right corner there is an example of soft grey wicker chairs paired with bright blues to create a look worthy of warmer weather.

Have fun trying these colour trends in your creation of your living room. Check out Aspley Homemaker City and see their collections of trendy colours in homes this year. Featured in the image is Nick Scali, The Furniture Shack and Plush.

28 Sep 2015

Wicker Furniture for the Outdoors

The Outdoor Furniture Specialists | Aspley Homemaker City

When you think of outdoor furniture, wicker is regarded as the best material for many reasons. It’s plant origins made of rattan, grasses, thin tree branches and willow make it an ideal furniture choice as sustainable furniture option, which will also endure outdoor weather conditions

Wicker furniture has been popular since the 1800’s, it has proven to pass the test of time in style, and it has remained popular for many years in front and back yards and even in an indoor space. Wicker furniture is beautiful furniture to look at, because its made from plant origin material that is woven into the braided shape we see, which is what gives wicker furniture such an organic outdoor feel. Because of the material wicker furniture is made of it makes it a very durable outdoor furniture option. All these qualities make wicker furniture a great choice for any space in your home. Are you considering adding wicker furniture to your outdoor setting? Aspley Homemaker City has so many great outdoor furniture stores that have many different colours and styles of wicker furniture. If you like the wicker set from the image, check out The Outdoor Furniture Specialist.

If you prefer your wicker pieces to be a neutral color, which most wicker pieces are, but would like to add a pop of colour, colourful outdoor cushions and accessories pair nicely with wicker furniture. Wicker furniture because of its style and material can act like a blank canvas allowing you to have a chance to play with bright colours like cherry red, apple green, orange and bright yellow. Bold Colourful cushions and accents is an easy way to add style and comfort to your wicker furniture set and possibly making it the new favorite lounge area.

Colourful cushions and accessories will not only add style to your wicker set, but will make it more comfortable as well, that you just may be tempted to spend more time outdoors. If you want a pop of colour in your cushions and accessories as seen in the image, check out The Furniture Shack to spruce up your wicker furniture. The Furniture Shack has so many bright colourful cushions for your outdoor space and with the gorgeous wicker sets that The Outdoor Furniture Specialist has you’ll be well prepared for when spring arrives.

17 Sep 2015

Design Trends for Outdoor Spaces

Design trends are a fountain of inspiration for our living spaces, and there are some fun and unique trends for our outdoor settings this year to inspire us. This year outdoor spaces are shining with ideas that encourage us to spend a little more time outdoors. Here are some of the hottest trends for outdoor spaces right now.

Creative lighting for outdoor spaces is a big trend right now in design. There are some unique lighting ideas like lining the bottom of your furniture with strip lighting for a nighttime glow, or adding LED light plant vases to light a walking path. Lighting in outdoor settings is a fun trend to research. If you are interested in trying the trend, Andrews Light Up has some great options to achieve your favorite trend style for outdoor lighting. Outdoor spaces are transforming into entertaining areas day and night, which is why the right ambiance has become so important.

Another trend is fire pits. Fire pits have become more popular, since people want the option to get some fresh air even when its cold outside, and fire pits solve this issue. Fire pits give the space a very cozy and natural look, while adding the benefit of being able to entertain outside all year long.

Another trend with a healthy twist that is regaining popularity is growing herb gardens, in any outdoor space size. There is nothing like cooking with fresh herbs grown by you, that is as organic as it gets. There are wall gardens now that allow for any sized patio or balcony to be able to grow a garden and it also looks very stylish. If a low maintenance herb garden is what you aim for, try getting an outdoor metal shelf, small various pot sizes in ceramic or clay to plant your herbs, and place each individual pot in one of the shelves. Place the shelf garden on a wall outdoors, making it a very low maintenance wall garden, which is in style as well. Wall gardens combine nature and man-made materials giving it a unique and nature friendly look. Nature has taken over in design in a great way, raw materials for seats and decorating outdoors has become popular, giving it a rustic and modern look and perfect for the outdoors. It’s the beauty of creating a seamless mix between nature and man.

These trends lean towards blending outdoor living with nature, helping make your outdoor space into your little at home get away. Trends are motivating ideas that we can try in our own home and if you liked any of these trends head over to Aspley Homemaker City to see their creative inventory.


08 Sep 2015

Multi-Purpose Furniture

Multi-Purpose furniture is a trend that has been gaining traction for a few years now, and it is definitely here to stay. Multi-purpose furniture allows for our home space to be maximized by having one piece of furniture serve many needs.

The beginning of how multi-purpose furniture began is quite interesting. It began to get traction from minimalistic design, which is a design that as the title states is to maintain your space with as minimal furniture as possible. But as rising cost in homes rise, ideas like tiny house have begun to become movements. Tiny house is a movement where small homes have been creatively built, for those who want to downsize from their big home and lower their bills. The trend of multi-purpose furniture will stay because more and more people opt to downsize by living in smaller homes or apartment living due to schedules becoming more hectic, city living costs, and people are enjoying the low maintenance of smaller homes and apartment living. With smaller homes and apartment living there is less space and therefore having furniture that can add usefulness by being multi-purpose, becomes more valuable and needed.

Multi-purpose furniture has stayed because of tiny homes and small apartment living necessity for multi-purpose furniture, but multi-purpose is convenient and practical furniture in any sized home. This allows us to be comfortable in the space, but also leaving space to be able to add other features to our space to make it more comfortable and cozy. For example, for an outdoor patio we can choose small chairs and side tables to give more room for a BBQ, and even be able to add a wall garden as well.

Multi-purpose furniture gives us flexibility and the chance to get all our needs from less pieces of furniture leaving us more room to move. The purpose of this type of furniture is to be practical and functional and to utilize the space wisely. There many creative multi-purpose furniture options at Aspley Homemaker City, like an expandable table from Outdoor Furniture and BBQ. By adding some foot stools that double as chairs to the adjustable table and a stand-alone umbrella you have already created a flexible outdoor space. If you are looking for an outdoor umbrella as seen in the image head over to The Furniture Shack for more options. Multi-purpose furniture makes sure that all your outdoor needs are met without losing any valuable moving space.

01 Sep 2015

Tips For Keeping Your Outdoor Furniture Looking Better For Longer

septemberblogimageOutdoor spaces are our little haven on earth, but keeping it that way can be difficult as not every material is suitable for the outdoors. Investing in the right material for outdoor furniture is vital, since the furniture material gets tested with weather and time. The tougher the material the longer it will remain looking beautiful.

You may wonder what furniture material should I get and what steps can I take to ensure my outdoor style stays looking good for as long as possible; well here are some steps we can take to ensure your outdoor furniture lasts. One of the first steps is to invest in furniture material that is known to last outdoors like metal, cedar, and wicker pieces. These materials are known to last through the fluctuating weather conditions and remain intact, which is all we can ask for in our outdoor furniture. When shopping for outdoor pieces talk to your store consultant and ask the type of material that the furniture is made of, as the material makes all the difference for your outdoor furniture being able to stay as beautiful as the first day you bought it.

Season’s change and so can the colour scheme of your outdoor space to suit the season, which is a great thing if you want your outdoor cushions and rug to last, while adding comfort and colour. To have your outdoor cushions and rugs last buy two sets one for the upcoming spring/summer season and one for winter season. During winter season your spring/summer cushions and rugs can be put in storage adding many years more to the life of your cushions and rugs, while being able to change your style with the seasons. These tips will add years to your outdoor furniture.

When we invest in the right material for the furniture and add removable items to ensure that weather doesn’t hurt those items too much, your outdoor furniture will last much longer. Easy care outdoor furniture is essential for keeping your outdoor space picturesque, no matter what weather hits them. Having two sets of cushions, rugs, and accent pieces one for spring/summer and one for winter will ensure that you keep those cushions, rugs, and accent pieces for twice as long.

There are so many fun patterns of outdoor rugs in various colours at Rugs a Million, as seen in the image. Also, if you are shopping for tough and stylish outdoor furniture and like the one in the image, head over to The Outdoor Furniture Specialist and check out their many styles and materials. The Outdoor Furniture Specialist also has some wonderful wicker pieces and if you enjoy a pop of colour in your cushions head to The Furniture Shack to see their colourful selection.

31 Aug 2015

Pizza Stone Terms and Conditions


1. For customers to receive a free Pizza Stone valued at $24.95 (“free gift”) at The Outdoor Furniture Specialists Aspley Homemaker City, located at Shop 22 & 23, they are required to sign up to the Aspley Homemaker City database via the supplied redemption form and spend $75 or more at participating retailers within Aspley Homemaker City.

2. The receipts must be dated from and including Saturday 29 August 2015 to Sunday 20 September 2015. Receipts dated outside of these dates will not be accepted.

3. Participating retailers for this promotion include: Andrews Light Up, Barbeques Galore, Beds n Dreams, Bedshed, Bonfire Yoga, Brisbane Eye Clinic, Bubs Baby Shops, Carpet Call, Snooze, Creative Curiosity, Deco Rug, Gilmours, Comfort Shoes, Global Furniture Gallery, Howards Storage World, Kitchen Connection, Kitchen Connection, Nick Scali, Orange Theory Fitness, Outback Steakhouse, Outdoor Furniture and BBQ’s, Oxmar Properties, Pillow Talk, Plush, Recline Furniture, Red Rooster, Rice Furniture, Rugs A Million, Sheridan Outlet, Solomons Carpets, Team Taekwondo, The Crepe Café, The Furniture Shack & The Outdoor Furniture Specialists.

4. Customers can only receive one ‘free gift’ per person on any one day even if multiple purchases over and above $75 at participating retailers (in one transaction) have been made. No balance amount or part thereof can be used for future redemptions.

5. ‘Free gifts’ are available from The Outdoor Furniture Specialists store only from 9.00am on Saturday 29 August 2015 to Sunday 20 September 2015 or until a total of 600 ‘free gift’ (have been claimed, whichever is earlier). There will be a registry of all ‘free gifts’ claimed at The Outdoor Furniture Specialists. Once 600 ‘free gifts’ have been redeemed the promotion will cease.

7. Entry is only open to residents of Australia. Employees of the Promoter and their immediate families are ineligible to enter.

8. The Promoter reserves the right to refuse this offer to any person.

9. The Promoter assumes no responsibility for lost, misplaced, destroyed or stolen ‘free gifts’ once they are claimed and these gifts are not redeemable for cash and cannot be transferred or exchanged.

10. The Promoter reserves the right to cancel the Promotion at any time. Should the Promoter cancel the Promotion the Promoter will:

(i) advertise that the Promotion has been cancelled by placing a notice at Aspley
Homemaker City;

(ii) promptly destroy all redemption forms received; and

(iii) the personal information you have provided on the entry form will not be used in
any manner whatsoever.

11. The Promoter will not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever which is suffered (including but not limited to direct or consequential loss), or for personal injury suffered or sustained, as a result of taking the ‘free gift’, except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law.

12. The personal information you have provided to Aspley Homemaker City by completing the sign up form may be used for the purpose of administering Aspley Homemaker City to contact you on an ongoing basis for market research or with the information on any products or services you may be interested in at Aspley Homemaker City. Contact may be by any means of communication including telephone and electronic messages (eg. email). If the information requested is not provided, you may not join the receive your ‘free gift’. From time to time this information may be used and disclosed to our service providers (such as mail houses, delivery companies, market research). The use and disclosure of this information will be subject the restrictions imposed on us by the Privacy Act 1988.

13. The Promoter is Aspley Homemaker City Corner of Gympie and Zillmere Road Brisbane QLD 4034, Arkadia Property Services Level 1, 202 Military Road Neutral Bay NSW 2089 ABN 99111115961.

14. Participating in this Promotion is deemed acceptance of the above Terms and Conditions.

20 Jul 2015

Kitchen makeover: lighter and brighter

Kitchen makeover: lighter and brighter | Aspley Homemaker City

With a bit of careful planning and some hard work themselves, the owners of this kitchen managed to lighten, brighten and make better use of their space.

This kitchen renovation cost about $16,000, including all new appliances, and the result is far more user-friendly.


The original kitchen was quite cramped, with narrow benchtops and dated appliances. The owners wanted to make the space more functional, and enable it to flow through to their living area.

On the up side

Lifting items up off your benchtop frees up valuable bench space in a small kitchen.

Your kitchen's sink, fridge and oven should be no more than 7m apart, and should form the shape of a triangle.

When planning a kitchen renovation, work out what is frustrating about your space – such as not enough light, limited bench space and cramped cupboards – then attempt to remedy those problems in your new design.

Floating floorboards are a relatively quick and inexpensive way to update a room. You can install them yourself, and they are easy to maintain.

 A strip of tiles is a good way to add colour to a kitchen and we continued the theme with a teal feature wall in the laundry.

 Clean corner

The laundry nook at the side of the kitchen didn't have any storage space prior to the renovation. Originally, the washer and dryer were mounted on top of one another, with a door concealing them from view. To make the space more practical, the appliances were moved to stand alongside one another, running into the wall, with a benchtop fitted over the top. Handy laundry appliances include the Sunbeam Accura Digital Resilium iron, which automatically switches off if left unattended, and this Pressa ironing board from Ikea – ideal if space is limited.


07 Jul 2015

The Master Bedroom

The Master Bedroom | Aspley Homemaker City

As the space in which you start and end each day, your master bedroom should make you feel at your most comfortable and relaxed, by surrounding you with the colours and style that you love. It should be a noticeably personalised space, a space that feels like an extension of your personality.

When styling a master bedroom, be reflective about what colours and materials make you feel at ease. Try combining neutral tones for furniture and bedding with vibrant or patterned throws and cushions to create contrast. Give your bedroom a unique edge by buying modern designer lamps, or a brightly coloured artwork to serve as a focal point on a feature wall. And most importantly, have fun with it!

07 Jul 2015

The Child's Bedroom

The Child's Bedroom | Aspley Homemaker City

Childrens’ rooms should be vibrant, lively spaces that foster originality and creativity. Ask your child what their favourite colours are, and try to tailor the room’s décor to their tastes. Consider colourful, character-themed quilt covers for young children, solid primary colours for school age and more neutral, patterned manchester for teenagers. Reversible quilts can save money, and allow children to change their bedroom style on their own.

A child’s room needn’t be consistent with the rest of the house. Get creative and have some fun with it! They’ll love a bed that looks and feels like their own.





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