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Home improvement ideas from the experts

From buying some new furniture to rebuilding the bathroom, “CityNews” speaks with Canberra experts who specialise in improving the home. This is a sponsored post.

WITH the holiday season on the horizon, now’s a great time to think about bringing some of those dream home ideas to life.

From buying some new furniture to rebuilding the bathroom, “CityNews” speaks with Canberra experts who specialise in improving the home. Here’s what they said…

Christmas storage and home office furniture solutions

JAMES Fullerton, co-owner of Ex-Government Furniture says they’re getting quite a few desks, chairs and storage options in store at the moment, and it’s good timing.

“We’ve got sit-stand desks, chairs, upholstered chairs, ergonomic chairs and brightly coloured chairs in yellows and blues.”

He says they’re busy at the moment because now everybody’s got their office at home.

“The home office is definitely the key, and trying to do it without breaking the bank. Whether you’ve got three days at home or one week on and one week off, we’ve got some nice solutions for you,” he says.

There’s also plenty of “nice and neat” cabinets and drawer units for the garage, says James.

“Everybody’s expecting people over this Christmas so it’s somewhere you can put things away for neat storage.”

Ex-Government Furniture, 6 Yallourn Street, Fyshwick. Call 6280 6490, visit or search exgovfurniture on Facebook.

Fabric library offers eclectic range of styles

THE Art of Frippery at Ebsworth Upholstery features one of the biggest fabric libraries in the Canberra region, with products ranging from casual in style to luxury designer brands, says office manager Robyn Ebsworth.

“There’s beautiful velvets, linens, heaps of different prints – we spend all day working with beautiful fabrics and have access to all the new release products and current trends,” says Robyn.

She says customers can choose from a range of quality products such as  lampshades, cushions, throws, rugs, furniture and bedding or can customise products to suit their own taste and ideas.

“As far as custom-made products go we can custom make most things,” she says.

“Say there’s a certain lamp you like and a certain fabric you like and you want to combine them, we can do that.

“This can be done with almost anything – cushions, a bed head, an ottoman, chairs, quilts – whatever you can think to apply it to.”

The range also includes products from Hides of Excellence, ethically sourced animal hides that Robyn says make for beautiful gifts.

“These include cowhides, reindeer hides, rabbit furs, sheep skins and more and the great thing is that they are all ethically sourced,” she says.

And, with a designer working out of their showroom, Robyn says people are always welcome to ask for advice and ideas from the experienced team.

“We love to facilitate people’s creativity so that they can bring their ideas to life,” she says.

The Art of Frippery and Ebsworth Upholstery, unit 4, 1 Alumina Street, Beard. Call 0434 982708, visit or

Pat Morella of PFM Plumbing.

Reliable and experienced plumbing services

Founded in 1989, PFM Plumbing is an established, well-respected and trusted business in the Canberra community by offering customers reliable service for all types of plumbing, says owner Pat Morella, pictured.

“PFM Plumbing is equipped with the right tools to find the cause and correct the issue for blocked drains,” says Pat.

“We specialise in the replacement, installation and maintenance of hot-water services at properties throughout Canberra and the servicing, installation and replacements of gas appliances including hot-water units, cooktops and heaters.

“We also install all manner of appliances like tapware, hot water systems, toilets and more.”

A licensed plumber and gas fitter, Pat says he prides himself on providing customers with a great experience through his reliability, knowledge and commitment to quality work.

“When tasked with a job, you can be assured I will be there working to complete the task from start to finish,” says Pat.

“If required we also have qualified team members to assist.”

Pat says it’s all part of PFM Plumbing’s quality service that they’ve been proudly offering Canberra and the region for more than 30 years.

PFM Plumbing, call 0412 628538, visit or email

Building bathrooms with confidence

THE community can be confident that The Bathroom Company knows how to do renovations well, says owner Andrew Finn.

Established in 1993, Andrew says they’ve become quite “embedded in Canberra”.

“Our team are specialists in bathrooms, and sit down with clients to listen to what they want in order to design the bathroom they want,” he says.

Offering a smart, stylish and stress-free experience, Andrew says they can help with all decisions, from colour to tiles and baths.

He also says clients will have one dedicated staff member who will help them the whole time.

“We offer a complementary shopping service with our designer to assist in selecting the client’s tiles and bathroom fixtures,” he says.

It’s extremely busy at the moment, says Andrew, “there’s about a six-month wait for bathrooms.”

The Bathroom Company also custom-makes vanities, is available to do stone work and can incorporate modern modicums such as LED shower lighting or full-body showers, says Andrew.

Their designs complement the home, he says.

The Bathroom Company, 7 Murray Crescent, Manuka. Call 0418 628693, email or visit

Solace Creations show room.

Double glazing products that look good

SOLACE Creations’ newly renovated showroom displays a huge range of double glazing products that can keep homes cool in summer and warm in winter, says owner Karen Porter.

“We are not just focused on double glazing and all the benefits it provides, we are also focused on how to make your home more beautiful,” she says.

“A lot of our clients report they’re saving about 60 per cent of their energy bill and they draw on our expertise to custom-design windows to look great with their home.”

The longest running uPVC double glazing company in the ACT, Solace Creations has been helping Canberrans for more than 15 years, says Karen.

“Our dedicated in-house installation team manages the professional installation of the new windows that are all Australian made and meet Australian standards,” she says.

“We’ve got the full service. We visit homes, do a measure and quote, take the old windows out and put the new ones in.

“For those happy to go ahead it’s usually only 4-6 weeks before they’ve got a comfortable home.”

Solace Creations, 17 Townsville Street, Fyshwick. Call 6260 1621 or visit

Handyman’s Trading post staff, from left, Joe, Mark and owner Chris Perkins.

Chris has shed loads of building materials

CHRIS Perkins never knows what building materials will be coming through the front door at Handyman’s Trading Post.

“We’ve got two sheds packed to the brim with new and used building materials,” says Chris, who took over the store in 2015 but has been working there for nearly 25 years.

The store itself has been around for 36 years, and Chris believes it’s the only one of its kind in the area.

“We have a variety of products but we do get a lot of doors in such as sliding doors, french doors, hinge doors, and front and back doors,” he says.

“We also have doors with brass handles that you can’t source anywhere else.”

At most furniture stores, Chris says it usually takes about six to eight weeks for customers to get their order but at the Handyman’s Trading Post they don’t have to wait.

“The beauty of our shop is you can see what you’re buying and take it home right away,” he says.

And Chris says if they don’t take it home that day, it might not be there the next day.

“We get things in daily so you’ve got to get it while you can,” he says.

As for the service Chris and his team deliver, Chris says they haven’t had a complaint in 36 years.

“Just have a look at our Google reviews,” he says.

“We treat everyone the same and we tell it how it is so they know exactly what they’re getting before they leave with it.”

Handyman’s Trading Post, 34 Geelong Street, Fyshwick. Call 6280 4036 and email

Market day returns to nursery

Karen Brien, owner of Cool Country Natives is excited to start hosting market days again. She says prior to covid the market days were happening eight times a year, four in Spring and four in Autumn.

“We have different growers from the local region, they come on to our site and sell their own products and customers can talk to and buy directly from the grower,” she says.

The first market day back will take place on the first Saturday of December (4th), and the second won’t take place until February.

“Normally it’s quiet because it’s hot and dry, but we’ve had so much rain and it’s been pretty mild. We haven’t had one for all of lockdown so it should be quite a good day, and there will be people around,” says Karen.

“I didn’t think they were going to happen again until February but the growers are keen to come in December.”

Cool Country Natives, 5A Beltana Road, Pialligo. Call 6257 6666, email or visit

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