Gorgeous garden opens to public


Green thumbs and garden lovers will have the chance to explore a fascinating coastal garden at Balnarring Beach this month as part of Open Gardens Victoria.

Over the past 19 years, Illyarrie owners Louise King and Brian Henderson have transformed an uninspiring quarter-acre block into a garden full of richness and year-round interest, and on Saturday, September 16, and Sunday, September 17, they will invite members of the public into their labour of love, which by then should be ablaze with colour.

The sandy soil of this garden provides the perfect environment for difficult to grow West Australian species, including rare banksias and unusual grevilleas.  The rear garden, overlooked by decks, is a true carpet of colour under a canopy in the natural, open woodland style admired by the owners. Many plants – from eucalypts to native orchids in beautiful pots - add a very different dimension, especially to the intimate front garden.

The garden extends beyond the fences and boundary to a beautifully planted nature strip enjoyed by the Balnarring community. Through a gate in the back fence, visitors can wander through an extension to the garden, where three and a half years ago neighbours encouraged Louise and Brian to begin developing a garden on their land. This new garden is different to the low-profile style of Illyarrie and includes some remnant indigenous trees and larger eucalypts. Many banksias as well as thomasias, lasiopetalums and prostrate coastal banksias provide a seamless connection to the older garden. The spectacular Acacia leprosa ‘Scarlet Blaze’ is a lovely feature of the new garden and may well be in flower at the opening.

Illyarrie was featured on the ABC's Gardening Australia in November 2013, although the garden has of course been expanded since then. See abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s3881958.htm


Contemporary stunner on the water’s edge

Situated in one of Mornington's most desirable streets, this stunning residence at 11 Bath St is seconds from Mills Beach and a short stroll from Main St’s world-class shops and cafes. 

The contemporary, split-level design has timber floors and feature high ceilings throughout, a gas log fire with stunning limestone surround and louvre windows to let in the breeze. 

Ideal for indoor/outdoor entertaining, the living area opens to a 16m solar/gas-heated swimming pool and spa that can be operated remotely and is self-cleaning. 

The kitchen is a chef's delight with thick stone benchtops, a walk-through butler’s pantry and Miele appliances, as well as a coffee machine, built-in wine fridge and a plumbed refrigerator.  

The master bedroom opens to the pool area and has a sleek ensuite, extensive wardrobes and a retreat that could also serve as a second study. 

There’s no chance of missing your favourite TV show with televisions in all four bedrooms and both living areas, and the hydronic heating system and split-system airconditioning means you’ll enjoy total comfort year-round whatever the weather.  There’s also a Miele washing machine and dryer in the laundry and automatic blinds inside and out.

The house is set on approximately 574sq m and includes a double garage and rear access to a private laneway providing space for a boat.

The property is for private sale.  For details and to arrange an inspection, contact David Cowie at Nicholas Lynch on 0414 674 963.


A: Suite 8, 1A Main St, Mornington
T: 1300 487 469

W: nicholaslynch.com.au

Elders finds new home on Peninsula

Trust, values, respect, transparency, innovation and results are the principles that define Elders Real Estate. Now Craig and Karen McDermott are inviting you to experience the Elders way with the opening of Elders Real Estate Mornington Peninsula in Dromana.

“Our personalised service is friendly and warm, and we believe you will love our point of difference,” Craig says. “Our coverage is immense. We service the entire Mornington Peninsula, north to south, east to west and everything in between and even beyond.  We offer a comprehensive real estate experience, providing residential, property management, commercial, rural, lifestyle and specialist/unique properties, including vineyards etc, along with traditional land sales services.”

Craig describes Elders as Australia’s oldest and most trusted real estate agency. Founded in 1839 by Alexander Elder in Adelaide, the company has grown to approximately 300 offices nationally, and the principles on which it was built remain steadfast today, 178 years later.
“Throughout Australia, people engage Elders when they want a real estate service that can be depended upon - after all, we are the pioneers in real estate in Australia. The Elders model is one of covering large geographical areas, and our vast experience has perfected our knowledge of everything real estate.”

Currently, the Mornington Peninsula is providing excellent results for vendors.  Demand is high so there has never been a better time to list your property for sale.

Craig and Karen invite you to experience “the Elders way”, so give them a call or drop into their new home base and see what 178 years of experience can do for you.

A: 3/277 Point Nepean Rd, Dromana
T: 5981 4402
W: eldersmorningtonpeninsula.com.au


Create your own style temple
 By Liz Rogers

If you’re searching for that individual statement piece for your home this winter, then look no further than Style Temple. The team of experienced design consultants will custom search for any product to create your perfect wintry weather escape.

Style Temple’s consultants are experts in selecting home furnishings and accessories. Keep out the cold and stay warm inside with their wonderful range of domestic interior solutions that are as distinctive as you are. Cook up a storm with the beautiful hand-made Mud Australia range created from French Limoges porcelain, which comes in a gloriously extensive range of colours. All pieces complement each other and are designed to emphasise natural lines, functionality and longevity.

Snuggle up to Style Temple’s latest range of French linen cushions, which are inspired by original artworks. These luxurious laid-back cushions combine comfort with art to add a touch of relaxation and escapism to everyday life. Crafted with a passion for detail, these gorgeous beach and palm scene creations transport you to a place where calm and beauty reign.
Style Temple’s popular Chilewich mats are cutting edge in design and technology. They are extremely durable and easy to maintain, which makes them great for wet weather wanderers. You can hose them down, give them a wipe and hang them up to dry, and they come in a vast array of sizes, colours and designs.

Give your home the Style Temple treatment this winter and create a place full of warmth, love and distinctive design. 


A: 5-7 Diane St, Mornington

T:  HYPERLINK "javascript:void(0)" \o "Call via Hangouts" 5975 7432

W: styletemple.com.au

Instagram: styletemplemornington

Passion for craftsmanship and design By Liz Rogers

Every piece of furniture in your home tells a story. Sorrento Furniture custom designs fine furnishings to express your personal narrative with locally handcrafted pieces that speak of quality, beauty and innovation.

Cynthia and Gerard have been in the industry for almost 30 years because of their attention to detail, use of premium fabrics and superlative one-on-one manufacturer-to-client service. They guide you through the complete process from beginning to fruition, offering expert suggestions while catering for each client’s individual expression. 

They thrive on the thrill that their clients get from seeing ideas come to life. Turning a house into a home is a top priority. They are passionate about their craft and are driven by the recognition that their clients are delighted and inspired by the pieces they create together.  

Sorrento Furniture’s core concerns are integrity, quality, respect and being socially conscious. The business is all about building trust and relationships by always delivering what’s promised, while expert Peninsula-based craftsmen bring the highest quality and attention to detail that is guaranteed. Nothing leaves the workshop until it has the Sorrento Furniture stamp of approval.  The business has been built on customer satisfaction and old-fashioned service, which is proven by the fact that long-standing clients keep on coming back for more.

Operating on the principle of ethical and sustainable production and constantly looking for ways to reduce waste, Sorrento Furniture creates furniture that is designed for both beauty and longevity by using eco-friendly renewable plantation timbers and sourcing local materials and suppliers to support the community. 

Stop by the Sorrento Furniture showroom today to view the wide range of ever-changing fabric choices and to discuss your furniture vision with Cynthia and Gerard. They deliver free of charge to anywhere on the Peninsula and always put your furniture where it should be. Job turnaround takes four to six weeks.

Create your perfect interior space with Sorrento Furniture – first for care, flair and made-to-last comfort. 



A: 10 Bennetts Rd, Mornington 

T:  5975 0344

W: sorrentofurniture.com.au

Smart security systems for home and business

Protection Pacific Security is a full-service security company that is celebrating 25 years operating in Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula.  Protection Pacific specialises in commercial and residential security systems, alarm monitoring and CCTV systems and the integration of your business or home to your smart phone or device.

With the NBN rolling out over the Mornington Peninsula it is timely to ask advice as to how your existing alarm or security system may be affected. The disruption of existing cabling and/or cabling configurations in your home or business can prevent your back-to-base alarm working correctly. The eventual removal of copper to the premises and other facts such as the lack of appropriate back-up power to the home via the NBN means that many systems will no longer comply with the Australian Standards.

Many customers are finding that bypassing the NBN for their security services is a more reliable solution. GPRS monitoring allows your existing alarm to be connected to the monitoring centre independent of the NBN. The system derives back-up power capability from your alarm and can be controlled from anywhere in the world from your smart phone or device.
Up to 10 users can install the app on their devices, and upgrade features can include panic alarms that notify the group and give the location of the user on a map. Alarm activity and information regarding who has turned the alarm on or off and any alarm conditions can also be “pushed” to your phone.

For further information, phone 1300 793 911.

T: 1300 793 911
E:  [email protected]
W:  www.protectionpacific.com

Spring your oven back to life

Spring is just around the corner, so now’s the time to check all cooking appliances are working at full capacity. Perhaps yours are looking a little worse for wear and they need some specialised care. 

If so, did you know there is a local service that can restore your oven, range hood, cooktop and barbecue to near-perfect, showroom condition for the warmer months ahead, without any nasty chemicals?

Ovenu Mornington Peninsula technicians use an exclusive range of biodegradable, non-toxic, non-caustic products that are completely safe for you, your oven and your family. Importantly, their technicians are fast, reliable and professional. They can also separate the glass panels in your oven door for a result you won’t believe! Call Nathan and Kim on 1300 683 681 for a quote.



T: 1300 683 681

W: ovenu.com.au/mornington-peninsula




Clean up with Jim’s

If you’ve ever dreamt of being your own boss in a franchise that offers full training and support and enjoys widespread exposure, you need to talk to Jim’s Cleaning Group.

Jim’s is one of Australia’s most widely recognised franchise groups, and right now there are exciting opportunities across the Peninsula for Jim’s Cleaning Group franchises.

Nothing could be easier than owning your own franchise business with Jim’s. In one easy step, Jim’s provides you with all the equipment, training and ongoing support you need to ensure you can enjoy success.  Jim’s Cleaning Group boasts a trusted brand name that’s recognised by more than 96 per cent of the public, offering instant credibility.

 As your own boss you’ll be in control of your work, your time and your life, growing your business as large as you want by networking with other Jim’s franchisees.  So what are you waiting for?  For a great lifestyle, excellent income prospects and complete work flexibility, give Jim’s Cleaning Group a call.


T: 13 15 46
W: jimscleaning.net.au

Connecting through gifting
by Kate Sears

Tui and Nyree are two best friends who loved travelling the world and connecting with people, all the while having fun and searching for the meaning of life.  They believe gifting is all about connecting with others, and in turn this connection brings meaning and purpose to everyone’s lives. 

“Receiving a gift that has meaning to us makes us feel that we are important to the giver and that we belong,” Tui says.

And so their mission to help people connect through meaningful giftware was born. 

 Koh Living’s vision is to create a safer, more caring and more connected world for generations to come. Tui and Nyree aim to achieve this by inspiring 5000 people every day worldwide to connect through gifting via their social media pages. That's almost two million moments every year where people have been inspired to be grateful, loving and generous.



A: 59 Main St, Mornington
W: kohliving.com.au

FB: @KohLiving
INSTA: @kohliving 

Great service at Huddo’s 
by Liz Rogers

Huddo’s Electrical Services specialises in all types of electrical work and provides electricians who are experienced, reliable and get the job done right - on time, every time. 

Huddo’s Electrical Services is an accredited electrical service provider under the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target and offers superior lighting at a fraction of the cost.

“We can help you whether you’re rewiring your home or office, installing power or appliances, lighting, maintenance or repairs,” explains Peter Hudson, who knows electrics like the back of his hand. 

Working with a team of dedicated electricians, this reliable and safe electrical service provider finds the best solutions to all your electrical requirements. Huddo’s Electrical Services also offers advice on how to save. “We’ve received accreditation to swap old halogen downlights for LEDs at no cost as part of the State Government’s rebate scheme,” says Peter.

“LEDs last up to 20 times longer than halogen downlights while using up to 80 per cent less energy.  If you want to enhance your workplace, brighten your home and lower your electricity costs, then make the switch – and it’s free.”

Why not save up to 88 per cent on your electricity bill and address environmental concerns at the same time?

“LEDs are safer, stronger and longer-lasting. We take pride in our workmanship and provide a 100 per cent customer satisfaction guarantee.”

Be smart, safe and savvy with Huddo’s Electrical Services. Their down-to-earth savings and advice on how to save on energy costs will help you reduce your energy bills. Check out their Facebook page to find out more. 

It’s a no-brainer with Huddo’s Electrical Services.  

A: Factory 7/81 Miles Grove, Seaford

M: 0411 316 180
FB: @KingstonES

Interior envy with OZ Design Furniture

Transform your interior space this season with OZ Design Furniture Mornington. 

OZ Design Furniture is filled with sleek designs and on-trend homewares - there is no better time than now to create an enviable living space.  The divine Coco sofa upholstered in velvet along with the Hermon coffee and side table are just some of the stunning pieces that will bring sophistication and style into your modern home. 

Embedded within the new winter collections are stunning furniture and homewares ranges varying in size, colour, material and style. OZ Design Furniture Mornington offers a wide range of choice to ensure various interior needs are met. 

The sofa range is extensive, offering endless fabric and colour options suitable for small or large living spaces, while the casegood ranges are unique in design and offer practicality and style.  Household guests are bound to envy OZ Design Furniture inspired interiors this winter season. 

OZ Design is open seven days a week with free parking and offers a local delivery service, so shop now for stunning collections and be inspired this winter at OZ Design Furniture Mornington.


A: 1132 Nepean Highway, Mornington
T: 8560 1137
W: www.ozdesignfurniture.com.au

Home is where the heart is

For owners Peter and Tatiana Craven, I Wanna Go Home is so much more than just a business.

“We strongly believe that every piece of furniture and home accessory should enhance your way of living and bring you joy,” Tatiana says.  “We also believe that having quality items does not mean having to pay premium prices.”

The couple started I Wanna Go Home seven years ago, but their business is backed by 20 years of experience in furniture design, manufacturing and interior décor.  They work directly with their manufacturers to ensure each piece is made and hand-finished with care, and that priority is given to quality.  

“Our Halifax range comprises pieces that invoke the Hamptons charm, creating a space that is stylish, relaxed and inviting,” Tatiana says.  “Our Provence collection encompasses a French country style with an edge of sophistication that keeps it perennially fresh.” 

Tatiana and Peter have recently added home decor pieces to their collection.  “We try as much as possible to work with Australian suppliers; for our items that are imported, we work closely with home industry suppliers.  All our rattan pieces, baskets, placemats and little home decor items are hand-woven by women’s co-ops, where the women in the villages have a source of income of their own and are not dependent on their husbands who are out working the fields.”

With free shipping to all metro areas, check out their incredible range online or visit their new South Yarra store. 


A: 565 Chapel St, South Yarra
T: 1300 791 512
W: iwannagohome.com.au

Luxurious linen on call By Liz Rogers

Who’s got the time or inclination to get the sheets unpacked - let alone washed and dried - when they’ve reached their holiday destination?

BayLinen Hire & Laundry Services, that’s who. 

Take the fuss out of renting a private property on the Mornington Peninsula with this professional and reliable linen hire and laundry service that ensures your downtime is topped up with fun and relaxation – not washing and organisation! 

BayLinen Hire & Laundry Services offers a door-to-door pick-up and delivery service which includes the washing and ironing of all linen for bed and breakfasts and holiday homes across the Peninsula. BayLinen also has a full range of luxurious linen available for hire and will have your beds ready to go when you walk through the front door. Now that’s what I call a real escape. 

Make your next holiday easy with BayLinen Hire & Laundry Services. 


M: 0458 231 232

W: baylinen.com.au

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

Second-chance buying at Bedshed by Liz Rogers

Have you ever researched a product and found that once you’ve decided to purchase it and taken it home, it isn’t what you’ve wanted?

Bedshed Mornington knows that purchasing a mattress is all about comfort and support. It’s like Goldilocks and the Three Bears – finding the one that is just right can take time. 

That’s why Bedshed Mornington offers its customers complete peace of mind with a 60-Night Comfort Guarantee option that gives clients the opportunity to return a mattress that doesn’t feel perfect. 

Not too hard, not too soft, but just right!

And there’s more good news. As well as Bedshed giving you a second chance on mattress decision-making, it will donate each returned mattress to the Salvation Army. 

Bedshed Mornington is proud to offer this service to its clients and the community, and to provide real purchasing peace of mind. 

Come in to Bedshed Mornington to see why “No one’s better in the bedroom”. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. 

Terms and conditions apply; see in store for details.



A:  HYPERLINK "https://www.google.com.au/search?client=safari&channel=mac_bm&biw=1067&bih=920&q=Peninsula+Home&ludocid=2154308244135733215&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiBtMTWmezUAhWBabwKHTuLC5gQ8G0InAEoADAP" Peninsula Home C1, Bungower Rd, Mornington 

T: 5973 6333

W: bedshed.com.au

Views thrill from the Hill

From its prized Olivers Hill setting just moments from the beach, 48 Cliff Rd, Frankston, enjoys views that will quite simply take your breath away.

Floor-to-ceiling glass brings the outside in so you can enjoy spectacular sunsets and the stunning panorama of the bay, city skyline, the You Yangs and The Heads in total comfort from most rooms.

Situated on the cliff side of the road, the elevated three-bedroom property on approximately 825sq m has a master suite that includes a walk-in robe and an ensuite with marble vanity and a shower that looks out to the bay.  Two further bedrooms are both generous in size, with one includingan ensuite that most Hollywood stars could only dream of. The third bedroom is currently used as a second living area and has a study nook and a pretty picture window that ensures the garden vista is never far away.

The new kitchen is a cook's delight with stone bench tops, stainless-steel appliances and a walk-in pantry complete with an integrated coffee machine and warming drawer. Gas ducted heating, split-system airconditioning, ceiling fans and a 2.5 car garage with workbench are among many other features.  The lounge room has a gas log fire and there’s an outdoor terrace for alfresco dining.

Privately set behind remote-controlled iron front gates and surrounded by landscaped gardens, this special property offers plenty of potential in a stellar location, with shops, schools and other amenities close by and the beach just a few minutes’ walk away.
It’s listed for sale for $1.75 million.  For inspection times, phone Leanne Williams on 0412 725 526 or Nicholas Lynch Mornington on 1300 487 469.

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
W: gardenstudios.com.au

Vintage winter magic at Style Temple

Here’s something to kick your interior design mojo into gear this winter – gorgeous vintage statement pieces for your home, right on your doorstep at Style Temple in Mornington.

Mix the old with the new at Style Temple this month. Liz Todd and her team have a selection of glorious vintage pieces in the showroom right now. Head instore and see how you can blend a unique vintage piece with modern art and striking fabrics to bring a new look to your home.
Be quick to view an old eclectic African dugout canoe previously used for transport down an African river, or give pride of place to a vintage Zambian grain stomper which can be repurposed in your home as an ornament, a stool or even a table.

Style Temple is an exclusive stockist of the wonderfully ingenious and quirky range of Minehart art. All Minehart art is surprising and delightful.

Style Temple also has a stunning range of mirrors. Browse a delightful mix of materials, shapes and sizes including aged wood, glorious glass, bronze, cement and much, much more.
If you are looking for that hard-to-find piece for your home, look no further than Style Temple, where the team will custom search for any product in their endeavour to find exactly what you want for your home.

Winter at Style Temple is magic.
A: 5-7 Diane St, Mornington
T: 5975 7432
W: styletemple.com.au
Instagram: styletemplemornington

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