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05 Dec 2017

Shop and Pop it today!

Popcar is a great alternative to owning a vehicle. Enjoy all the benefits of a vehicle, without the costs and hassles of actually owning one. Plus – join today for free, allowing you to shop and pop it home today. Smart move. Get your starter pack in the centre and follow the instructions or Click here to join, choose any membership plan and type in the code: shopandpop

Valid till 01 Mar 2018


25 Oct 2017

Products that will revamp your bedroom this season!

As you add the finishing touches to your bedroom, we at Alexandria Homemaker Centre have compiled a number of products that caught our eye and we just had to share them!

  • Bedside table
    This classic Mandalay bedside table from James Lane is a perfect fit for any bedroom style.

  • Geometrical Desk Lamps
    Scandi inspired, the simple modern lines of this Ledlux Blakely Table Lamp from Beacon Lighting makes a great addition to your bedroom desk. 

  • Bedspreads

    We are well into spring so it’s time to swap out the quilt for lighter bedspreads. The fresh cool colours of the Poppy spread from MyHouse, reflect the hues of the season brilliantly.

  • Textured pillows

    We love the look of this Balmain Square pillow from Forty Winks. It is the perfect combination of colour, pattern and texture.

  • Timber Mirrors

    Introduce some texture into your bedroom with this Marrakech Mirror from Snooze. Easy to handle, it can be hung on your bedroom wall or placed on your dresser. 

Plus we’ve got so much more bedroom accessories in a variety of styles at Alexandria Homemaker Centre For more style tips and tricks, make sure you follow our Facebook page or sign up to our online newsletter for the best deals in all things related to home.

05 Oct 2017

Bye Bye Old, Hello New

Spring is the season for cleaning and starting fresh and our style expert Carol has a few tips and tricks on renewing your home. Each week Alexandria Homemaker Centre will be sharing some advice from Carol that will help guide you to having your home in tip-top shape for Christmas and of course that all important Summer entertaining!

The first tip – bye bye old, hello new! Carol encourages you to take the time to conduct an audit on your home. Go from room to room and ask yourself – ‘What can be removed? What do I need?’ These simple questions will help removing old items a lot easier. As soon as this is done you will experience the ‘3 R’s’ and have your space feeling refreshed, renewed and ready for a revamp!

The best part of decluttering? You can donate, pass on, resell, upcycle or recycle the old items to make room for the new! When you feel ready to start finding those new statement pieces in your home, Carol stresses the importance of making sure you plan and have a clear direction of the look you are trying to achieve (never start without a list!) so that you can shop confidently. To do this, create a mood board. Next week we’ll share with you some tips on creating your mood board for more efficient (and savvy) shopping. Watch this space!

In the next couple weeks we will share with you Carol’s top 5 SS17 Styling Trends to inspire you and make your shopping trip all that much easier!

27 Sep 2017

Products that will make your home sing this Spring!

Spring is fast approaching and your home refresh should be nearly complete. To help you put the final touches on your new and improved home, we thought we would feature our top 5 products for this season:

  • Lighting
    Beautifully delicate and completely on trend, this Mara II Drum Pendant from Beacon Lighting is a steal at $89.96.

  • Outdoor Dining
    A contemporary and chic design, this Bird’s Nest picnic style bench from Osmen is the perfect outdoor dining set to entertain in style.

  • Accent Chairs & Ottomans
    Introducing patterns & textures is easy with the fantastic range of items from Plush! From Sofas to Ottomans, they beautifully feature crafted patterns – we especially love this Nova print!

  • Modern Decor
    G&D Home has all the spring décor you could dream of! From statues to rustic mirrors, we couldn’t go past this beautiful copper lined Teak Fruit Bowl – a wonderful addition to your living space!
  • Clean Crisp Bedding
    This 400 thread Count Cotton Sheet set from Snooze is a must for any Spring refresh – there’s nothing better than walking into a room with glowing white sheets!

And of course the list goes on! For more design tips, be sure to visit Alexandria Homemaker Centre this season, follow our Facebook page or sign up to our online newsletter and enjoy your Spring styling adventure!

19 Sep 2017

FREE Spring Style Workshops

Book now for our Free Home Styling Workshops and become a style expert in 30 minutes! Don't miss this exclusive event!  Join us on Saturday 30 September and Saturday 7 October and meet style guru Carol Bagaric as she talks you through the Spring trends and shares tips on how to transform your home.  Every attendee receives a gift bag with retailer offers and gifts valued at over $30 and there's over $1500 in prizes.  Pick a time that suits you!


13 Sep 2017

The freshest colours of the season!

Spring & colour go hand in hand – after all pops of colours and a bit of greenery is all it takes this season.

When introducing colours to your home, remember that they should be an extension of your style. This will create a seamless refresh throughout your house. Focus on key pieces that you have and love, then work out what colours will work well with those pieces before you introduce them.

Key colour trends this season are:

  • Minimalist pastels

Think mint greens & sandy pinks – simple yet modern design. FortyWinks is right on it with their fantastic new range!

  • Serene shades of blue

Making you feel at peace, casual & calm blues are channelling the coastal theme. Snooze features these shades perfectly with their stunning bed sets.

  • Metallics

They are back and here to stay! No longer a dramatic colour choice, the metallic is the new neutral, adding breaths of freshness and glimmer. Check out Beacon Lighting, they have a range of pendant lights that are right up this trends alley!

Featuring these pops of colours can be as dramatic or minimal as you like, just remember to start small and then build as your style becomes more apparent.



12 Sep 2017

Free Kids' Workshops at Alexandria Homemaker Centre!

Get your kids into gardening this spring, with our free plant pot decorating workshop.
Not only will they have a blast painting and planting their own pot plant, they will also get to take it home at the end!

Dates: Wednesday 27 – Friday 29 September
Time: 11am – 2pm
Location: First Floor, next to Baby Kingdom


06 Sep 2017

Spring into style!

Bright, bold and most importantly stylish Spring refreshes are easy to achieve at Alexandria Homemaker Centre. This season we are giving you everything you need to Spring into style! From tips and trends to products, and even the chance to win – this season you can count on Alexandria Homemaker Centre to help you achieve the look you love with just a little inspiration!

Spring is all about the warmer weather, especially when it means we can spend more time outside. So to start off, why not update your outdoor living space for those sunny afternoon lunches with friends. We love Osmen’s unique range of outdoor decor while Coppola Home’s outdoor rugs are giving us the perfect resort-style vibe! Plus, this month we are giving you the chance to win a stunning outdoor lounge set from Osmen – the perfect prize! 

While it’s important to make sure your outdoor retreat is refreshed, inside your home should also give you that feeling of revitalisation. That doesn’t mean you need to do a complete home overhaul, but just a few simple tasks that will have your house feeling like Spring has sprung. To kick you off, follow these quick tips: 

  • Declutter! 

It’s time to clean out those shelves, organise that pantry and style that bookshelf you always use as a storage unit. Lincraft has a great range of products that will help you find the right storage solution for your home.

  • Farewell Winter 

Put away anything that alludes to a winter vibe – that means all that heavy fabric, faux fur pillows, throw blankets and rugs. It’s time to make room for your fresh spring décor! MyHouse has a great selection of affordable homewares and fabric flowers that will have your house looking and feeling lighter.

  • Add pops of colour! 

Reflect the bright shades of Spring with vibrant colours or powdery tones. This can be in the form of larger pieces of furniture like sofas and lounges, or smaller items such as woven rugs that will introduce texture to your layout. Visit James Lane for their fantastic furniture options. 

By all means don’t try to do this all at once, just knock it over bit by bit and over the next few weeks we will continue to help you get your home ready for Spring.

29 Aug 2017

Win this setting from Osmen!


Spring is finally here! To celebrate the warmer weather, Alexandria Homemaker Centre is giving away these beautiful lounges from Osmen to one lucky Facebook fan. Set your outdoor living space apart and entertain your friends and family in style!

To enter, simply spend $50 at any retailer at Alexandria Homemaker Centre, fill in an entry form and place it in one of the entry boxes located on Ground Floor.

Don’t miss your chance to create the Spring refresh of your dreams and enter today!

Promotion ends at 5pm on Monday October 2, 2017.

For full terms and conditions click here.


08 Aug 2017

3 things to think about before buying a rug

Choosing the perfect rug can be the cherry on top of your home – it can uplift the space and help define certain areas in the room. But how do you know what size rug you should get? What colour should it be and how do you choose something that’s both child-friendly and stylish? Here’s how to get it right.

1. Size

Of course, the shape and size of your rug will depend on where it will be placed in your home. If you live in a small space, small rugs will make your place look cramped.

If your rug will be placed under a seated space, it should fit the entire seating area, so that when you sit on your sofa, your feet are on the rug, not the floor. If your rug is under a dining table, your chairs should be able to pull back and still be sitting on the rug.

Another thing to think about is the shape of your rug. Round rugs are a great contrast in square rooms and square and rectangular rugs are perfect for defining a certain space, like a dining room.

2. Colour

By all means, if you love colour, go forth. If you’ve chosen a fabulous rug, it can really take your home to the next level. If you do want a patterned rug with great colours, if you can, it’s easier to buy it first so you can coordinate your furniture around it. Decorug has a great range of prints and patterns to choose from.

But realistically, you’ll get more wear out of your rug if you stick with neutral tones. Whether your home has a sophisticated coastal vibe this season or if it moves towards a boho feel later down the track, neutral shades are flexible for all styles and tastes.

And if you’re worried about neutrals being boring, don’t – there are some fabulous rugs out there with interesting weaves, textures and prints.

Whatever colour your rug is, be aware that a dark rug will make a space feel more intimate, so if you have a small apartment, it might be something you want to avoid. In comparison, a pale rug won’t look as heavy.

3. Texture

Think about where your rug will be placed in your home before choosing what materials you’d like. If you’ve got kids, you’ll need a rug that will go the distance, maybe something with synthetic fibre in it. Alternatively, a wool blend is another great option. Don’t forget to Scotchguard your rug so those inevitable messes can be cleaned up easily.

If your rug is going to be placed somewhere there’s heavy foot traffic, again, consider choosing something more durable like natural fibres or wool blends. If you want something more luxurious, consider choosing a longer, plusher pile. Just check out Coppola Home, Carpet Call and Bay Leather Republic for some great options.




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