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19 Jul 2017

This Month's Top Deals at Alexandria Homemaker Centre

Forty Winks

Upgrade your mattress with a visit to Forty Winks at Alexandria Homemaker Centre.

Get ANY SIZE mattress across selected leading brands and best-selling Forty Winks mattresses for the price of a Single mattress .  

The ANY SIZE mattress sale is available across Serta, King Koil, Sealy, Silent Partner and Tempur brands.
from a Single to a Double, Queen, King or even a Super King mattress for the price of a Single. (This offer ends 30/7/17)


Save up to 50% from Shack's exclusive range of solid Mango Hardwood furniture and French Provincial collections. Enjoy 20% off full price homewares including a range of beautiful cushions, clocks, lamps, artwork and greenery. Be quick, offer ends 31/7/17.

Bay Leather Republic 

SIGN UP AND SAVE 20% OFF ALL SOFAS at Bay Leather Republic

Purchase any full priced sofa between 11/07/2017 to 30/07/2017 and receive 20% off the purchased price, plus a free leather care kit and free metro delivery for purchase over $1000.






05 Jun 2017

5 ways to style your home this winter

Autumn is now well and truly over and there’s a chill in the air as the wintry season sets in. It’s time to bring out the blankets, get the fireplace up and running and put on the Ugg boots at home. 

Now is also a great time to change up your interiors this season and add some stylish warmth to your space. Here are five easy ways to get started.

Experiment with layering and texture

Not only will layering different textures keep you warm and cosy this season, it also brings visual interest to your home – think of overlapping a couple of textured rugs on the floor from Decorug or mixing a chunky knitted blanket with a faux fur cushion or two from Coppola Home. It’s a really simple way to add style to your space.

And obviously, don’t forget to switch to warmer bedding too – My House has gorgeous flannel and jersey sheets worth checking out.

Play with jewel colours

Glamorous and moody, deep jewel tones are a big hit this season, like emerald greens, sapphire blues and dark plums. Metallics continue to be on-trend too, and they make great accents for dark colour palettes, like a gold picture frame or a rose gold vase.

A velvet crush

Rich, sumptuous velvet is one of the latest trends this season and it instantly injects some Hollywood glamour into the home.

However, do not to overdo it, or you’ll run the risk of your home looking over-the-top and gaudy rather than chic and stylish. To start, you may want to just invest in a couple of different cushions to throw on the couch or even some bedding, before you start investing in larger pieces like a bedhead, curtains or a sofa.

Note: It makes sense to keep velvet in the bedroom or lounge room, rather than the bathroom or kitchen, as it’s not an easy fabric to clean.

Embrace natural timbers

The minimalist Scandi look is still going strong this season and introducing beautiful natural timbers into the home is a classic look that will last for years to come. Think oak and ash wood, mixed with marble and granite.

The scent of winter

Imagine relaxing at home at the end of a long day with the delicious, comforting fragrance of a woody or spicy oil burner or candle. Now’s the time to switch your summery, fruity scents for something warmer like a beautiful vanilla candle or pear and ginger diffuser from MyHouse.



25 May 2017

Forty Winks VIP Sale


Join us this weekend for Forty Winks Alexandria’s VIP Weekend!

Come up the red carpet, grab a glass of champagne and a bite to eat - it's the best weekend of the year to get amazing deals across all our leading-brand bedding and furniture!

What's on offer?
30% off all Single mattresses and bedroom furniture - NO EXCEPTIONS!
40% off all Queen and Double spring mattresses - NO EXCEPTIONS!
50% off all King spring mattresses - NO EXCEPTIONS!

No ifs, buts or maybe's - that's incredible discounts all with no exceptions.

And all with free delivery if you spend more than $1000!

Everyone who comes through the door goes into our major prize draw!
FIRST PRIZE: King Koil Queen Deluxe medium mattress with a motorised adjustable base valued at $4199
SECOND PRIZE: Sleepmaker Queen Elm Mattress valued at $1099
THIRD PRIZE: $500 store gift voucher

Drawn at 5pm on Sunday – don’t miss out!

THIS WEEKEND ONLY! See you there!


09 May 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.



02 May 2017

Beacon Lighting Winter Sale Catalogue Out Now!


Beacon Lighting are proud to launch their new season Winter Sale catalogue featuring exciting new looks and 30% off your second light* 

*Discounts are off RRP. 30% off your second light discount applies to the lowest priced light purchased. Sale ends 4.6.17


12 Apr 2017

Easter Opening Hours

Everyone at Alexandria Homemaker Centre would like to wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday this Easter. Our centre trading hours this long weekend are:

Good Friday: CLOSED
Easter Saturday: 10am–5pm
Easter Sunday: CLOSED
Easter Monday: 10am–5pm

Specialty store trading hours may vary, please check with individual stores for trading hours.

27 Feb 2017

A beginner's guide to using metallics in your 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 can turn it into a heavy, old-fashioned space, 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 or a copper vase or two. They’re easy to move around or change.

Experiment in the bathroom

Your bathroom is the perfect place to begin, by adding smaller, metallic accessories to your space, plus the bright lighting will help them sparkle and shine. This glamorous gold bathroom set is from MyHouse.

Keep the palette neutral

Bold colours can work well with metallics, but if you’re just starting out, stick to a neutral palette and natural fibres for easy glamour.

Having said that, copper can be surprisingly flexible in the home, whether it's paired with dramatic, dark tones or combined with chic pastels and neutral colours. On the other hand, metallics really shine when working back with a white-on-white palette. Who knew?

Let there be light

Metallic lighting looks sensational when it’s all lit up. We love this copper pendant lamp from the Josh and Jenna range at Beacon Lighting.

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 has a more industrial and rustic vibe.

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 spreading 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.


20 Feb 2017

Winners of the Chinese New Year Promotion


Congratulations to the following 12 winners of our Alexandria Homemaker Centre Chinese New Year competition.

You all have won a $100 Alexandria Homemaker Centre Gift Card to help you roost in the New Year! Thanks to all who have entered! Stay tuned for more chances to win some amazing prizes!

Our lucky winners are:
Bani A, Eleanor G, Mike C, Jenna W, Stephanie B, Daina B, Joeyee Y, Harmony H, Shun L, Julie W, Rom R, Natalie L.

Your prizes are ready and available at Centre Management from 12pm this Wednesday 22nd February.



31 Jan 2017

Win 1 of 12 $100 Alexandria Homemaker Centre Gift Cards this Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year is upon us and this year marks the year of the Rooster! As part of a long living tradition in Chinese culture, decorating your home in bursts of red is believed to bring a prosperous year of good luck into your home!

At Alexandria Homemaker Centre, find the perfect accent pieces to bring good luck into your home. To help spread the good fortune around, we’re giving you the chance to win* 1 of 12 $100 Gift Cards! Simply visit our Facebook page and fill in the details to be in the running. From throws and cushions to cutlery and table centrepieces, Alexandria Homemaker Centre can help you roost in the New Year!


View full terms and conditions here.

25 Jan 2017

Interiors Addict Insights


Jen Bishop Interiors Addict trends for Alexandria homemaker centre

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).

Jen Bishop styling room



                                                            Photo of room: Jacqui Turk for West Elm



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