Serving to, professional arms with dwelling enhancements

Whether or not you want some new furnishings, a complete renovation or simply some assist with shifting to your new place, “CityNews” is lending an in-house hand by introducing you to Canberra’s passionate home-improvements companies.

THEY say house is the place the center is, so why not take advantage of your loved one property?

Whereas enhancing the house might be extremely thrilling, it might additionally grow to be costly, tiring and time consuming. 

This week “CityNews” talks with a few of Canberra’s companies with a ardour for making your property higher. 

Whether or not it’s new furnishings, a complete renovation or simply some assist with shifting to your new place, listed below are the individuals who like to assist with dwelling enchancment.

The Artwork of Frippery retailer at Soiled Janes Canberra.

New store presents extra materials than ever earlier than

THE Artwork of Frippery now has a store in Soiled Janes Canberra, offering much more materials to the area than ever earlier than, says workplace supervisor Robyn Ebsworth.

“It’s stocking the whole lot from gorgeous chairs, distinctive lamps and lampshades, stunning cushions, luxurious throws, high quality furnishing materials, leather-based, trims and even lampshade making kits,” says Robyn.

“The gathering and merchandise are up to date frequently. The very talked-about offcuts drawer is presently full to the brim and a goldmine for crafters. When you have a much bigger mission in thoughts there’s a myriad of material items from half a metre to 2 to a few metres in dimension at low cost costs.

The brand new store will probably be working out of Soiled Janes Canberra, a market in Fyshwick that’s described as “excellent for classic collectors and creatives alike and is a wonderful expertise of purchasing”.

Robyn says the Artwork of Frippery additionally nonetheless has their cloth library in Beard for {custom} orders and consults.

“The retail house offers our clients entry to discounted materials and leather-based hides with out the necessity for a particular order in addition to uncommon classic chairs and one-of-a-kind furnishings,” she says.

“Clients can observe us on Instagram to see new merchandise as they grow to be out there at Soiled Janes.”

The Artwork of Frippery at Soiled Janes Canberra, 80 Collie Road, Fyshwick. Go to

A long time of flooring and window expertise

HAVING operated in Mitchell for greater than 20 years, Carpet One co-owner Leonie Gann says their skilled staff know the right way to assist clients with all kinds of flooring, from carpeting to timbers, laminates, vinyl planks, via to wools and polyesters.

“Beneath the identical umbrella we do blinds and awnings together with curler blinds, romans, verticals, shutters, out of doors awnings, retractable roofs and extra,” she says.

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Leonie, who runs the enterprise along with her companion Paul, says that collectively the staff at Carpet One have greater than 50 years of flooring and window expertise. 

“Our guys are one of the best in the case of situations in your set up,” she says.

“We do on-site measures so something which may be a difficulty might be mentioned with you first and we have now an in-house journal that gives a visible information to assist discover the fitting type for you.

“We can assist you match what’s within the showroom to what you’re attempting to realize in your house.”

Carpet One, 141 Flemington Highway, Mitchell. Name 6241 5666 or go to or


Now’s time for all issues eating 

LEADING second-hand furnishings retailer, Ex-Authorities Furnishings, sees dwelling enhancements as a latest necessity “now that folks spend much more time at dwelling”, says co-owner James Fullerton.

He says the enterprise, which 

has been working for greater than three many years, has grow to be a effectively recognised a part of Fyshwick providing a variety of eating, out of doors tables and wall equipment for any dwelling improver. 

“We’ve received a broad vary of stackable chairs as little as $5 for the tremendous budgeter in addition to good designer items,” he says.

“Now’s the time for eating!”

And for Christmas purchasing, James says he has fascinating objects and objects spanning all kinds of time durations, budgets and designer type.

To make a home, a house, Ex-Authorities Furnishings supplies home-style prints and wall equipment serving to to personalise any house. 

Ex-Authorities Furnishings, 6 Yallourn Road, Fyshwick. Name 6280 6490 or go to

Thor’s Hammer proprietor Thor Diesendorf with workshop supervisor Ziggy.

Excessive-quality timber that doesn’t value the planet

AFTER 28 years of salvaging and recycling timber, Thor Diesendorf, founder and proprietor of Thor’s Hammer, says he has seen a surge in demand for high-quality, recycled, Australian hardwood timber that doesn’t value the planet.

“We’ve seen folks’s strategy to dwelling enchancment and renovation shift dramatically as folks grow to be extra conscious of the inventive potentialities of recycled timbers and desirous to supply sustainable supplies for his or her properties.” Thor says. “It’s nice for us as a result of that’s precisely what we reside and breathe!

“Our clients love that we supply our timber from outdated buildings, factories, bridges and warehouses, as a result of every bit has a singular historical past and story to inform.

“At Thor’s Hammer, we worth the historical past and provenance of the timber and we construct to final a lifetime – the longer a bit of timber’s life, the longer it stays out of landfill.”

Thor says the enterprise has an skilled staff of designers, recyclers and joiners, expert in working with recycled, Australian timber and captivated with their mission to divert demolition timber from landfill.

“We offer personalised options for DIY dwelling enchancment and renovation initiatives, whether or not that’s supplying recycled floorboards, cladding or posts, serving to to match and patch current floorboards with related species, or custom-milling timber to your required profile and end,” says Thor.

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Thor’s Hammer, 10 Mildura Road, Griffith. Name 6282 9900, or go to


Dwelling enchancment ‘magic’ is within the element

XHIBIT Interiors had been in enterprise half time for 12 years, however director Nicole Mackay just lately determined to “take a leap of religion” and made it her full-time profession.

“At Xhibit Interiors, we rework areas into harmonious environments,” she says.

“Providers we provide embody design, business workplace furnishings fitouts, residential renovations, property styling and simply easy property decluttering and organising. We do all of it.

“I’m extremely captivated with all issues property, so I can provide a number of companies that complement one another to my purchasers.”

Nicole says she has been doing this type of work for round 15 years.

“I selected this profession path as a result of it’s in my blood,” she says.

“I really like working with my purchasers to create stunning, functioning workplace areas for folks to thrive in, or dream dwelling interiors for homeowners to loosen up in.”

The motto of Xhibit Interiors, Nicole says, is “the magic is within the element”.

Xhibit Interiors. Name 0412 481133 or go to

Bedding constructed to go well with each physique

THE Australian Bedding Firm is a family-owned enterprise that has operated for 25 years, says workplace supervisor Stephen Dinn.

“We’ve greater than 35 beds and bed room suites on show in our showroom,” he says.

“We really provide ‘quaint service’ the place your private wants are catered for.

“We match your beds and furnishings to your necessities. Our extremely educated gross sales employees have time to spend with you and actually discover out what you need.”

Stephen says the corporate sources a excessive proportion of Australian-made merchandise.

“We’ve our personal supply drivers, so fast supply of inventory objects might be achieved by employees, not contractors,” he says.

“Being a long-running, family-owned enterprise up in opposition to the large boys and franchises, we delight ourselves on being the chief in customer support.

“Folks can examine costs simply on-line and we’re aggressive on value, however we gained’t be crushed on service.

“We’re in a position to have bed room furnishings tailor made to go well with bespoke necessities of dimension, form and color (painted or stained).”

Stephen says the Australian Bedding Firm additionally has a big business division that provides to its shopping for energy.

“We provide lodging, bedding and furnishings throughout Australia, to universities, federal and native authorities companies, quite a few accommodations, motels, B&Bs, hostels, backpackers and extra.”

The Australian Bedding Firm, 2/78 Hoskins Road, Mitchell. Name 6262 3260, or go to

Ayden takes delight in concrete sharpening

RUFF ROCK is predicated in Queanbeyan West and delivers high-quality business and residential concrete sharpening within the ACT and surrounding area.

Co-owner Ayden Tait says the enterprise has been working for greater than a decade and over that point has constructed a popularity for specialising within the “whole-polish course of”, together with the preparation and the pouring of  concrete to realize one of the best polished-concrete end doable. 

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“The concrete we create is the completed product, we don’t simply put merchandise on prime of concrete flooring,” says Ayden. 

Ruff Rock’s years of expertise delivering superior sharpening outcomes throughout a variety of initiatives all through Canberra together with the Nationwide Museum, Grease Monkey Café, Canberra Outlet Centre, Little Nationwide Resort in addition to the Espresso Guru and Zambrero’s franchises, to call a couple of. Ayden says purchasers might be assured of the supply of a high-quality product to Australian requirements.

“We’re specializing in residential properties for the time being – new builds or renovations – and may provide merchandise to fit your price range and desires,” says Ayden. 

“Concrete is low upkeep and very sturdy and we offer plenty of choices each exterior and inner. I encourage folks to present us a name and focus on their plans.” 

Ruff Rock, 60 Paterson Parade, Queanbeyan West. Name Ayden on 0456 644 521. 


Kim’s captivated with enhancing your property

AS the proprietor of Renovation Issues, Kim Persson says her love of renovating has seen her take her ardour from a pastime to a profitable enterprise.

And with greater than 40 renovations underneath her belt, she’s received the expertise and know-how to remodel properties to one of the best impact.

Renovation Issues director and founder Kim Persson.

“I can assist people who find themselves pondering of downsizing, or renovate so as to add in bathe rails or seats and issues like that,” she says.

“Or we are able to renovate a household dwelling to get folks cash when shifting into the following chapter of their lives.”

Kim says she’s seen a change within the present market, and having a handsome property helps it promote.

“I’m listening to from some actual property brokers that homes which can be unrenovated or needing repairs are sitting in the marketplace and never shifting,” says Kim.

“It’s presently a purchaser’s market slightly than vendor’s market, so you must be very strategic with the areas you renovate and never overcapitalise,” says Kim.

Renovation Issues presents a “repair up, revenue and pay later” course of wherein they’ll cowl upfront renovation prices earlier than settlement.

Kim says she works with specialised tradespeople who she trusts to deliver their experience and talent to purchasers’ renovation initiatives.

“If we’re wanted to assist a consumer, there’s nothing we are able to’t do to assist make the renovation a stress-free expertise. We will take stress away,” she says.

Renovation Issues, go to or name Kim on 0427 696662.

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Ian Meikle, editor