Sheer delight

Dollar Curtains & Blinds’ sheer curtains softly filter light through windows and soften the link between your indoor and outdoor living areas while enhancing the ambience of a room by adding movement and texture. 

DCB’s Wavefold sheer curtains drape with a smooth, continuous wave effect, creating a relaxed and elegant look. They are also surprisingly easy to operate - with the flick of a wand, and minimal effort, your curtains can glide easily from side to side.

If functionality is as important as aesthetics, opt for a combination of sheers to filter the light and blockout blinds to block out the sun. This is a popular layering option to ensure flexibility over your windows’ privacy and light control.  

Dollar Curtains & Blinds has specialised in manufacturing custom window furnishings for more than 50 years, all made right here in Melbourne. 

Call 5975 3655 to book your free in-home measure and quote, or drop by the DCB showroom in the Peninsula Home Centre, Shop C4 1128-1132 Nepean Highway, Mornington.  It’s open Monday to Friday 9am-5.30pm, Saturdays 9am-5pm and Sundays 10am-4pm.


A: Shop C4, 1128-1132 Nepean Highway, Mornington
T: 5975 3655

Too good for Granny

The idea of building a granny flat in the backyard for your elderly parents has been around for a long time. It provided children with the comfort of knowing their parents were close by and could be cared for.

The studio is a new take on an old idea. Instead of a drab, grey, dour building in your backyard, you consider an architecturally designed bespoke studio that is not only pleasing to look at but adds value to a property. Garden studios will generally yield a 50 per cent return on investment at a time of sale because the perceived value to any buyer is much higher when presented with a second abode that is functional as well as aesthetic.

Backyard studios are also a solution for millennial and Gen Y housing. With 19 to 25-year-olds faced with 31.5 per cent underemployment and home ownership rates of less than 28 per cent, we have to realise the luxury of a backyard is a selfish appendage for ourselves, when it could very easily support the start of the life of a young adult.

A: Unit 10, 26-28 Roberna St, Moorabbin
T: 9555 1132
M: 0403 553 976

New Stock at Obtainium!

Obtainium Antiques & Vintage Wares is the place to shop for one-off items that will bring your home, business and even your event to life. Think vintage, quirky and eclectic. And the ever evolving stock has to be seen to be believed! Wander in now and view an amazing new collection of war memorabilia including British WWII medals, Navy uniforms, a bosun’s whistle and more. There’s also a great new collection of Russian and Chinese propaganda posters. For a standout piece, check out the beautiful carpenter’s workbench that has been restored and repurposed as a dining table or even a unique shop counter! Obtainium Antiques & Vintage Wares is celebrating its one-year anniversary and owner Karine wishes to thank all her regular “loyal” customers. “The response from the local community has been great,” she said.

A: 2/15 Progress St, Mornington
T: 5975 3169
FB /Obtainiumantiques


Inspiration and Ideas

A trendy inner-city design studio in the heart of Mornington
Amazing new ranges just arrived from Italy

Lifestiles Design Studio has a vast range of decorative architectural, artistic and mosaics and large format porcelain tiles that allow you to create the perfect design for residential or commercial projects.

They source their beautiful tiles from around the world. They have stunning new ranges arriving constantly, if they do not have it they will source it for you. They can provide more than beautiful, unique tiles:
    •    Reclaimed Timber Vanities with Blum fittings – locally made
    •    Kitchen and Bath Tapware and Accessories from Faucet Strommen – Australian made
    •    Custom made concrete baths, basins and benches – a range of colours – locally made
    •    Limestone and resin baths and basins - matt and gloss finish
    •    Moroccan Render finish for wet areas – variety of colours and finish
    •    Kestel & Quill Design – Custom made reclaimed timber tables – Vanities - Cellars – Staircases – Architectural Joinery

Tapware comes in an assortment of 17 finishes, including Aged Brass, Brushed Rose Gold and Matt Black – to name a few. Lifestiles Design Studio’s qualified Design team will help you with all your requirements – big or small. They are there to work closely with customers to help them achieve their dream homes.  They tailor their service to suit the individual needs of each client.

For innovative ideas on all aspects of interior and exterior design, stop by and check out the fabulous displays, seek practical advice or simply be inspired.

A: 4/5 Torca Tce Mornington (Just off Mornington-Tyabb Rd near Audi)
P: 5976 3507
M: 0439 224 888
E: [email protected]
Mon – Thurs 9-5, Fri 9-4 Sat 10-2 or by appointment


20% off Winter Warm Up Sale

Whisper Cellular Blinds by Dollar Curtains & Blinds are more than your average blind.

Their unique cellular construction creates its own layer of insulation by allowing air to be trapped within each cell, resulting in savings of up to 32% on heating costs through winter.

For a limited time Dollar Curtains & Blinds is offering a winter warm up sale of 20% off Whisper Cellular Blinds in their Sabelle, Dusk and Daybreak fabric ranges. Offer ends July 31, 2017.

Along with the energy efficiency benefits, Whisper Cellular Blinds also have no visible seams, cords or cord holes, creating a beautiful, streamlined solution. They are also available in a variety of easy to use and child safe operating systems and specialized shapes, including a skylight system, providing the ideal solution for your windows.

Dollar Curtains & Blinds has specialized in manufacturing custom blinds for more than 50 years, all made right here in Melbourne.

Call 5975 3655 to book in your FREE in-home measure and quote or drop by their showroom in the Peninsula Home Centre, Shop C4 1128-1132 Nepean Hwy, Mornington. The showroom is open Monday to Friday 9am – 5.30pm, Saturdays 9am – 5pm and Sundays 10am – 4pm.


Custom-made on the Pen by Liz Rogers

Luxe Outdoor Living is a unique furniture space where reclaimed and sustainably sourced timbers are transformed into indoor and outdoor contemporary works of art.

All statement pieces at Luxe Living are designed with longevity in mind and remain true to the material’s organic origins. Luxe’s innovative designers create one-off dining and coffee tables that get people talking, plus they love working one to one with their clients to create the most magnificent tables. Why not pop in store with your own design and see what the collaboration brings?

A locally crafted piece of Luxe Living furniture becomes more beautiful over time. It’s time to create your piece of beauty today – with Luxe Outdoor Living. 

A: 303 Main Street, Mornington
M:  0417 518 322
Instagram: @luxe_living

Winter woolies like no other

Quality winter garments and accessories that last for years, look amazing and are genuinely warm – Kiwi House in Mornington specialises in winter woollies unlike anything else.

This family owned and operated business stocks beautiful products from New Zealand, including luxurious possum/merino clothing. It’s “everything Kiwi and more!”

Owner Debbie explains: “There’s nothing better than possum/merino in winter. It’s lightweight, super warm and top quality. It is made to be worn for years, it’s an investment.” Sizes range from XS to XXL.

Kiwi House has been in business in Mornington for almost seven years, the past three of those at 7/90 Main Street in the walk-through mall. Pop in for gorgeous gift ideas that are different, possum/merino knitwear you’ll love for years, gloves, scarves, socks and more (think Manuka Honey and skincare, jewellery, and bags!).

A: Shop 7/90 Main Street, Mornington
T: 5973 4233

The Edible Gardener June 2017

Winter is considered by most home owners as somewhat of a ‘downtime’ in the garden. If you are an avid or an aspiring food grower, however, this time of year is when we can not only continue to grow many crops but also get prepared for future harvests.

While the cool season may see many of our favourite crops fade away, there are many abundant fruit and veggies that can be planted, nurtured and harvested during this period. Vegetables such a leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, peas, broadbeans, garlic, onions, among others, and many herbs, thrive during these wintery months. Several fruits are also providing nature’s goodness now, in particular the huge range of citrus that we can grow here on the Peninsula.

Keeping up with successive plantings of your vegies is an important step in linking growing seasons and ensuring that you and your family are receiving the year-round pleasures of edible gardening. Depending on the crop and your available space, you will want to be planting new seedlings every two to six weeks to keep up with your meal requirements. Crop rotating is one tool that we use to determine how this process works in the garden, and it is worth familiarising yourself with the process, but it’s not ‘the be all and end all’. If you are relatively new to edible gardening, what we want to focus on is simply getting new plants in the ground on a regular basis. Even if you have a small patch, there is always room to squeeze in the next plantings. For a few brief examples, broccoli or broccolini can be planted every four weeks, lettuces and radishes every two to three weeks, and dark leafy greens such as spinach and kale every six weeks (depending on your usage, of course).

Perennial vegetables including rhubarb and asparagus can also be planted now as bare-root crowns that will spring to life again as the weather warms.

The cooler months are also the time when we maintain and plant our deciduous fruit trees. Structural pruning, feeding and disease control are all carried out at this time of year. We can grow an extraordinary range of fruit trees on the Peninsula, including apple, pear, quince, peach, nectarine, apricot, plum, mulberry and fig, to name a few. Also many nut trees. While caring for these during winter is most important, it is a great time to expand your small home orchard or begin the journey with your first trees. And it’s not just fruit trees that can go in now. The deciduous cane-berries (raspberries, blackberries, etc), currants and gooseberries can all be planted now also, and planning for space in your garden for a range of these beauties will surely add some flavour to your summer harvests.

When planned, planted and cared for well, many people are surprised the amount of food you can produce around your home. It’s not so rewarding when you don’t harvest much. But if you manage your garden cleverly, regular harvests will become your new norm. And if there’s an oversupply? Well, preserving aside, sharing your excess brings its own joys.

Get inspired. Happy gardening.

Drew Cooper
Edible Gardens

Tom and Jan Hearn at the Tyabb Packing House

In business for more than 40 years, specialising in Georgian and Victorian furniture in walnut, mahogany and cedar, Tom and Jan Hearn are familiar faces at the Tyabb Packing House. With the experience gained from their first venture in the hills and their time in the serious High Street Antique shops, this English couple finally joined the Tyabb Packing House 20 years ago.

Here they have created a place where genuine antique collectors can source rare pieces and discuss their passions and interested passers-by can gain a wealth of knowledge on the craftsmanship and skills of the 18th and 19th Centuries. Whether it is a Burr Walnut card table, a Mahogany barley twist bookcase, or a dining table to seat 10 with matching chairs you may fancy, this is where to find it. Perhaps instead you may be interested in an exquisite writing desk with beautiful marquetry work, all made without the assistance of modern machinery. In addition, you can admire pieces with intricate inlay work in ebony, ivory or mother of pearl and discuss how boxwood stringing accentuates the delicacy of a finely worked piece of furniture.

To complete the picture are beautiful chandeliers and candelabras, opulent serving dishes and stunning glassware including silver topped decanters and claret jugs and a range of ‘Mary Gregory’ and coloured glass. But this is just a small selection. Here too you will find many more interesting items, especially chosen to complement the styles of the Georgian and Victorian periods.

Make it a Mornington Peninsula priority to visit Tom and Jan Hearn at the Tyabb Packing House and indulge yourself in an atmosphere of elegance from a bygone era, surrounded by beautiful antiques.



Open Thursday to Sunday 10am-5pm
and public holidays
A: Tyabb Packing House, 14 Mornington
Tyabb Rd, Tyabb
M: 0409 350 315 or 0435 031 666

Oh la la, Style Temple in winter…

Oh la la, the cooler weather is here and there’s no better place to help you transform your home into a haven for winter than Style Temple in Mornington.

Rug up in style with Style Temple's luxuriously warm and woolly winter throws. They are available in a variety of colours and fabrics Including luxurious wool, wool/cotton blends, micro mink and wool look-a-like man-made fibres, for those of us with sensitive skin.

Liz Todd’s gorgeous selection of linen bedding is available in a multitude of colours and her stunning range of cushions will brighten up any area in your home.

Style Temple also has a wonderful and eclectic range of mirrors in store this winter, from emerald green glass (which brings the outdoors in) to vintage mirrors in a variety of shapes and sizes, concrete mirrors, shell mirrors and much more.

For a bespoke addition to your home, feast your eyes on Style Temple’s striking poly resin ‘See no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil’ monkey candelabra and their highly sought after, limited edition Charles Blackman artwork (Liz is pictured with both).

No matter the complexity of your decorating needs, Style Temple can help, from the most complex home decorating needs to a fun, original gift idea. And, take advantage of Style Temple's off-street customer parking and make shopping a breeze. 

A: 5-7 Diane St, Mornington
T: 5975 7432
Instagram: styletemplemornington