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feng shui bedroom ideas

How to design a feng shui bedroom

Want to turn your bedroom into a calming space where you can rest and reset every day? You’re in luck! Our top feng shui bedroom ideas will help create a space that’s as beautiful as it is peaceful.

But first, let’s get back to basics: what even is feng shui? In a nutshell, it’s an ancient Chinese philosophy to do with harnessing the power of energy (or “chi”) to create a space that feels super balanced. The word ‘feng’ means wind and ‘shui’ means water – so, together, these symbolise the way of wind and water (aka the flow of life).

Ever since the 1970s, feng shui has evolved in Western culture and has become a thoughtful approach to designing spaces through balancing furniture, décor, and layout to maximise the flow of good vibes (and minimise the bad).

We bet you’re wondering how exactly to design a feng shui bedroom. Simply read on and follow our eight essential feng shui design tips. Let’s get started!


feng shui bedroom furniture and decor ideas


Adairs Belgian Vintage Cushion $109.99, Adairs Sorrento Retreat Candle $44.99, Early Settler Cochin Hand Stitched Tassel Rug $99, Freedom Elora Framed Artwork $79.95, Freedom Palm Beach Collection Aromatherapy Diffuser $99.95, James Lane Lola Bedside Table $399, James Lane Seseh Table Lamp $99.95, Oz Design Willow Collection Queen Bed $3,199.


Tip 1: Choose the right bed and placement

According to the feng shui principles, your bed influences wealth, health, and relationships. To harness its full potential, place your bed at the farthest point from the door, facing south, without directly facing any doors. Ensure your bed is at a comfortable height, allowing energy to flow freely underneath. This placement will promote restful sleep, vitality, and a deeper connection with yourself and your space.


Tip 2: Invest in a supportive headboard

In feng shui, a headboard represents stability, security, and support in your life. Be sure to choose a solid headboard with a smooth, perforation-free design. Opt for soft, rounded edges to promote energy flow and ensure it’s securely attached to provide a further sense of safety and comfort.


Tip 3: Buy a bedside rug

Use a bedside rug to absorb energy and create a cosy atmosphere. Place one on each side of the bed if two people share the same room.


Tip 4: Opt for a neutral colour palette

Create a peaceful ambience with a neutral colour scheme. Feng shui experts recommend warm earth tones like cream, peach, and tan, plus calming blues and greys. Be sure to avoid bright colours for a more calming atmosphere.


Tip 5: Focus on balance and symmetry

Use identical bedside tables and lamps to create symmetry and balance. Ensure you leave equal space on both sides of the bed so that the room remains aligned and even.


Tip 6: Incorporate soothing scents

Scented candles enhance the senses and create a warm, healing atmosphere. They also clear energy and uplift the bedroom’s feng shui. Be sure to regularly cleanse your bedroom with sage or sweet orange oil for a refreshing boost.


Tip 7: Minimise electronics

Remove any technology such as a television or computer as they give off a lot of unwanted energy. Instead, the bedroom should be a distraction-free zone for relaxation and contemplation.


Tip 8: Be mindful of mirror placement

Avoid bedroom mirrors, as they reflect and bounce energy, causing restlessness. If a mirror is an essential, consider placing it behind a closet door instead.

And there you have it! By incorporating these simple yet powerful design tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating a space filled with good energy. Ready for more? Check out our latest seasonal trend report, featuring centre stylist Eliza Graces’ perspective on feng shui.

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End of Financial Year Sales at Homemaker The Valley

As the end of the financial year approaches, Homemaker The Valley is gearing up for its biggest sales event of the year. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your living room, refresh your bedroom, or find the perfect kitchen gadgets, this is the time to score incredible deals on high-quality home goods. 

For those who may not know, the end of the financial year sales are a prime opportunity for savvy shoppers. Big retailers like Adairs and Snooze are looking to clear out their current stock to make room for new arrivals, which means significant discounts on a wide range of items. 

Here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect from this year’s end of financial sales!



Sleepy’s is currently offering a fantastic end of financial year sale with discounts of up to 50% off on mattresses. This special offer is available until Sunday 14 July, providing a limited-time opportunity to upgrade your sleep experience with premium mattresses at a fraction of the price. Terms and conditions apply, so be sure to check the specifics to take full advantage of these incredible savings. 



Snooze is offering up to 50% off on a wide range of mattresses and up to 40% off on stylish bed frames. This means it’s time to upgrade your sleeping arrangements with high-quality products at significantly reduced prices. Whether you’re in need of a new mattress for better comfort and support, or a new bed frame to enhance your bedroom’s aesthetic, Snooze has you covered.



Save up to 40% at Adairs until Wednesday 3 July. With this sale, you can bring your wishlist items straight home with you! Plus, if you’re a Linen Lovers member, enjoy an additional 5% discount on all purchases. Terms and conditions apply. Be sure to visit in store for more details. 


Provincial Home Living

From Friday 7 June to Tuesday 11 June, enjoy 20% off storewide at Provincial Home Living. Be sure to get in quick for huge savings on furniture, homewares, bed linen, bathroom accessories, kitchen and dining, and so much more.



On the hunt for a new rug to cosy up your space? Luckily you can enjoy up to 80% off a wide selection of clearance rugs and cushions at DecoRug until Sunday 30 June. 

Don’t miss out on the incredible EOFY sales at Homemaker The Valley. With substantial discounts across all departments, now is the time to invest in your home. Mark your calendar, set your budget, and get ready to shop smart and save big!

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Three winter colour palettes you’ll love

Selecting the right living room colour scheme for your home is going to set the tone for the ambience of your space, making this one of the most crucial design decisions. From wall paint to furniture fabrics, the colours you choose impact how you feel in your space. 


How to choose a living room colour scheme

Warm hues create a sense of confidence, making them perfect for entertaining areas like dining rooms, while cooler tones promote relaxation, ideal for bedrooms and bathrooms. This phenomenon is known as colour psychology, and we’ve got all the details you need to know right here.

In this guide, we showcase three winter living room colour schemes, each evoking a range of emotions, from snug and welcoming to refreshing and invigorating. Keep reading to find your perfect match!


Bright and vibrant colour palette

When the winter blues start to set in, it’s only natural to crave the warmth of summer. So why not add vibrant colours that radiate energy and vitality into your home? With bright hues reminiscent of summer, you can create a space that feels lively without sacrificing comfort. Opt for thick textures like wool and faux fur to add layers of cosiness and pile up the cushions and throws. 

Adairs Citron Ripple Vase $49.99, Adairs Enzo Stripe Coffee Table $749.99, DecoRug Lomond Striped Rug $499, Eureka Furniture Vieste Left Hand Chaise Sofa $7,299, Freedom Cosh Table Lamp $69.95, Freedom Urban Road Campari Spritz Canvas $599, James Lane Phalaenopsis Orchid in Vase $27.95, Sheridan Outlet Naut Throw $349.99. 


Natural and warm colour palette

For those who lean towards a classic winter aesthetic, an earthy colour palette is for you. Rustic browns, soothing greens, and creamy neutrals evoke a sense of comfort and nostalgia that’s hard to resist. Be sure to embrace traditional winter patterns like tartan and flannel to add a timeless charm to your space. With this palette, you’ll create a space that feels like the warm hug of home.

Adairs Herning Rug from $349.99, Early Settler Dream of Clouds Framed Print $79, Eureka Furniture Grange Coffee Table $999, Freedom Aero Fabric Sofa $2,299, Freedom Coast To Coast Home Taylorp Floor Lamp $389, Plush Alder Armchair POA, Provincial Home Living Nomad Footed Bowl $139.95, Provincial Home Living Talia Basket $69.95. 


Faded and muted colour palette

Faded and muted tones offer a subtle yet sophisticated option for winter interiors, particularly if your home leans towards a more minimalist aesthetic. Soft pinks, sage greens, and muted greys serve as winter’s interpretation of pastel hues. These gentle shades evoke a sense of freshness, perfectly complementing the crispness of the winter season. 

Early Settler Paloma Vase $99, Freedom Wonboyn Ceiling Pendant $399, James Lane Floral Daze Framed Canvas $499, Nick Scali Nora 3.5 Seat Sofa POA, Nick Scali Papilla Coffee Table $1,899, Provincial Home Living Parisi Bud Vase $89.95, Provincial Home Living Yashi Cushion $74.95. 


Shop your favourite furniture and decor at Homemaker The Valley

Whether you’re drawn to the vibrant energy of bright colours or the timeless feel of earthy tones, there’s a winter colour palette to suit every style and mood. So go ahead, experiment with different hues and textures, and transform your home into a cosy retreat with products from Homemaker The Valley.

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Winter table decor: how to create the perfect Sunday roast experience

As the chill of winter settles in and we retreat inside, it creates the perfect opportunity to gather your family or friends to enjoy a cosy Sunday roast. Picture this, the living room is filled with lively conversation and the table is set and waiting while the aromas of a home-cooked roast waft from the kitchen. Sounds enticing right? 

With a few simple tips and tricks, you can enjoy all the deliciousness of this beloved tradition with minimal stress and effort. We’ll guide you through setting your winter table decor, preparing hearty recipes and creating a sense of occasion for the whole family to enjoy. Everything you need awaits at Homemaker The Valley. 


Setting a warm winter table with decor 

There’s something to be said for setting a winter table. While summer is all about bright colour palettes and the outdoors, a winter table is defined by a warm, moody atmosphere. The best way to achieve this is to play with colours and shadows. 

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Provincial Home Living Hayman Napkin $9.95, Provincial Home Living Tilly Ribbon $14.95, Freedom NINA Candlestick Holder $14.95, Kitchen Warehouse Chasseur Rectangular Roasting Pan $219.95, Adairs Sicily Collection Pack of 2 Natural Round Placemats $24.99, Domayne Ribbed Grey/Clay15cm Taper Set of 4 Candles $14, Freedom SOHO Cutlery Set $69.95, Kitchen Warehouse Salisbury & Co Classic Gravy Boat with Saucer 325ml White $9.98, Kitchen Warehouse Ecology Ottawa Dinner Set 12pc Calico $99.95. 


First up, you’ll want to choose your colour palette, think deep blues, rich burgundies or forest greens. Don’t be afraid to mix and match! From there, the key to a balanced tablescape is layering. Start with placemats as the foundation, then build upwards with dinnerware, silverware, glassware, and napery. This strategic layering adds depth and visual interest to the setting. Finally, tie it all together by adding a centrepiece. This could be a vase with seasonal flowers or a collection of candles to add an extra element of warmth and height. 

With these simple steps and your own personal touch, you’ll create a winter table setting that will wow your guests and turn any meal into a special occasion. Now that the table’s set, it’s time to plan the menu!


Preparing hearty recipes 

We can all relate to the stress of hosting, especially when it comes to balancing cooking duties with entertaining guests. That’s where the beauty of a Sunday roast lies. By minimising the time spent in the kitchen, you can focus on enjoying the company of your loved ones without compromising on flavour. 

Start by choosing a quality cut of meat and season generously with your favourite herbs and spices. While that’s in the oven, cut up your vegetables like carrots, onion and potatoes and place in the oven alongside the meat. While they’re cooking you can mingle with your guests, and before you know it, it will be time to serve up! Of course, no hearty meal is complete without a sweet treat to round off the evening. Indulge in the comforting flavours of the season with decadent desserts like a warm fruit crumble or a rich pudding. The best part? These desserts can be prepared ahead of time and left to cook while you enjoy your roast.


Create a sense of occasion 

Transforming an ordinary dinner into a memorable occasion is easier than you think, and it’s all in the small details that make the difference. 

Add a touch of personalisation to your winter table decor with handwritten place cards, or sprigs of greenery tied with ribbon to each place setting. Not only does this thoughtful gesture add a touch of practicality to the table setting, but it also makes each guest feel appreciated. Another effortless but effective way of creating a sense of occasion is by structuring the meal itself. This might mean pre-dinner drinks and nibbles, setting the stage for lively conversation, followed by the main course – a hearty roast and finished off with a dessert to savour the conclusion of the evening.

By paying attention to these small yet significant details, you’ll create a sense of occasion, setting your Sunday roast apart from every other dinner. So go ahead, embrace the art of hosting, and watch as your guests’ faces light up when they see what awaits them. 

Now all that’s left to do is embrace the cosiness of the indoors with a warm Sunday roast! Don’t forget to experiment with a palette of rich, seasonal colours and textures to complement the cosy atmosphere of your dining space. For more home inspiration, join the Homemaker Collective to stay in the loop.

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cosy winter living room

How to cosy up your living room this winter

There’s no denying that the living room is one of the most lived-in areas of a home, especially during the winter months when it needs to be ready for two things; hibernating and hosting. Whether you find yourself curling up on the sofa with a warm blanket, a favourite book, or in front of the flickering glow of the TV with friends and family, your living area should be gearing up for a busy season ahead. This means it’s time to work out how you to decorate your living room for winter!

So, to get you inspired, we’ve rounded up five tips to cosy up your living area – from the right lighting to use to the best accessories to style with. Keep reading and prepare to feel toasty.


Winter Living Room Product Grid Homemaker The Valley

Adairs Supersoft Checkerboard Washable Rug from $279.99, Adairs Willow Silver Green Hanging Fern $29.99, Eureka Furniture Cove Folding Screen $679, Eureka Furniture Sorghum Pot $89, Freedom Malvern Table Lamp $229, James Lane Bon Travertine & Acacia Coffee Table $1,299, Nick Scali Lenxy 6 Seat Corner Terminal Sofa POA, OZ Design Lazuli Canvas $799, Plush Elanor Swivel Armchair POA, Sheridan Outlet Caral Cushion $79.99, Sheridan Outlet Millbrook Faux Fur Throw $329.95.


Use Warm Colours

First up, consider the colour palette – we recommend choosing warm and inviting colours such as deep reds, earthy browns, or warm neutrals like beige and cream. These shades will make the space feel warmer than it actually is and help make your living area feel cosier. This is because warm hues are associated with passion, joy, and playfulness making them a good choice for rooms that see a lot of activity.


Incorporate Ambient Lighting

Set the mood with the correct lighting. During gloomy days when you need to get work done, then a natural glow or overhead white light can be energy-boosting and help you stay focused. When nighttime arrives and you’re wanting to relax, a warm light will help you unwind. We recommend using soft, warm lighting to create a cosy ambience in your living room. Opt for table lamps, floor lamps, or string lights with warm-toned bulbs rather than harsh overhead lighting that is more suitable in the daytime. You can also use candles to add a flickering, comforting glow.


Add Layers

The secret to a cosy living room? Layering! There’s nothing quite like sinking into a plush sofa with soft cushions and warm throws to snuggle up in. Be sure to opt for a mix of throws and cushions in chunky knit, faux fur, wool, and linen fabrics. The blend of textures will not only enhance the visual appeal of the space but also contribute to a delightfully snug environment, promising both style and comfort.


Decorate With Natural Elements

Since we’re bound to be spending more time inside during winter, why not bring the outdoors in as much as possible by using natural-inspired décor? Think driftwood, branches, stones, and botanicals. By incorporating these organic touches, you can create a serene atmosphere that reconnects you with the great outdoors.


Create Cosy Seating

Design your own reading nook within the living area for ultimate comfort and relaxation. Select a plush armchair, cosy cushions, and a soft ottoman for added comfort. Arrange the reading nook furniture thoughtfully to maximise the cosiness. We recommend having the chair face towards the warming glow of a fireplace or out the window. This arrangement invites you to sink in and escape into the pages of your favourite book. Watch us create a reading nook here.

Now that you know how to decorate your living room for winter, your living room is about to become the heart of your home this winter. Don’t forget to swing by Homemaker The Valley to gather all the essentials. Let’s make this winter your cosiest yet!

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Image: Provincial Home Living

Samsung Neo QLED Smart TV in a green living room

The Ultimate Guide to Creating a High-Tech Home with Domayne

The future is now when it comes to incorporating high-tech gadgets, devices and fixtures into your home with Domayne in Fortitude Valley. Over the past few years, we have been seeing a huge rise in technological advancements in reference to the home and developers are prioritising the improvement of how we live day to day in our spaces. We spend so much time in our homes that it is essential they are optimised to their full capacity and are working efficiently to suit our busy lifestyles. Domayne is at the forefront of offering technologically advanced products such as Smart TVs, heating and cooling options, tech accessories, computers and printers to suit all your needs. Next time you are at Homemaker the Valley shopping for your furniture and decorating pieces, be sure to check out Domayne for their tech savvy ways to up-level your spaces too.


Staying Warm with Dyson Heaters

As the weather is cooling down here in Brisbane, we are looking for ways to make our homes feel cosy and warm in the Winter months. Domayne not only provides on-trend soft furnishings such as blankets and cushions to style your home for the cooler months, but high-tech heating solutions too. Our favourite way to add a modern touch to your home and to keep you warm throughout winter is with a beautiful Dyson heater. Dyson’s technology is state of the art and distributes heat throughout the entire space evenly. The purifying fan comes in a stylish white or sleek black option to suit any interior.


Dyson bladeless fan and heater in a modern living room

Keeping Cool with Dyson Fans

The cooler months don’t hang around too long here in Brisbane, so it is essential we have optimised cooling systems in our homes that help us get through the relentless Queensland summers. One of our favourite products is the above-mentioned Dyson heater as it can quickly modify to a bladeless fan at the touch of a button. We also love the Dyson Purifier Cool Gen 1 Fan as it is a state-of-the-art solution to not only cool your space but to purify the air too. The sleek design creates a subtle statement in any room and matches perfectly in a modern interior with its curved edges and metal detailing.


A High-Tech Home Office

The perfect home office not only looks aesthetically pleasing and has ample storage but contains the best technology to make working from home a breeze. Domayne has a great range of computers and printers in the most popular brands to suit your requirements, lifestyle and budget. Whether you are after a simple printer that is chic and blends seamlessly with your office design or a multi-functional all-in-one printer that allows for all your printing requirements, Domayne has got you covered. While in store, make sure to check out their range of monitors, laptops and tablets to create the ultimate high-tech office.


Up-level Your Viewing with a Smart TV

Televisions are still a staple in every household with technology advancing every year and sizes getting bigger and bigger. When decorating a living room or media room we often start with the TV to ensure the layout is placed for optimum viewing potential and the entertainment unit is the correct size. Domayne has a great range of Neo QLED TVs on offer in every size you could dream of to suit your living room perfectly. The sleek design, smart tv capabilities and crystal-clear quality of the Samsung Neo QLED TV make for an easy solution when searching for your next upgrade. Domayne is a one-stop-shop when it comes to TVs as you can easily purchase your TV brackets, cables, surround sound and media players at the same time in store.

Whether you are upgrading your home office, looking for the latest technology to heat or cool your space or making your next big TV purchase, Domayne has got you covered. Head in store this weekend to check out the latest technology and speak to the friendly staff that will help in finding you the best solution to suit your home.


Mother's Day gift guide, mother and daughter, Adairs

Living in Luxury: Your Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Adairs Goldie Soft Sage Taper Candle $14.99, Adairs Sherpa Mule Slipper $24.99, DecoRug Karus Turquoise Designer Rug from $1,599, Freedom Dome Table Lamp $299, Freedom Ecology Ottawa Dinner Set $149, Freedom Urban Road Family Gathering Canvas $149, Howards Storage World Stackers Cable Organiser Bag $49.95, Howards Storage World Yamazaki Tower 4 Tier Jewellery Box $29.95, James Lane Apothecary The Scent Scented Candle $59.95, Kitchen Warehouse Smeg 50’s Retro Style Espresso Coffee Machine $369.95, OZ Design Santi Feather Fill Cushion $82.46. 


Not sure what to get the woman who has it all this Mother’s Day? Here at Homemaker The Valley, we’ve made gift-giving easy by curating a collection of luxurious Mother’s Day gifts so you can treat the one you love. Below, find lavish gifts for every mum from delightful décor to soothing self-care items and entertaining essentials. All you have to do is select the items you know your mum will adore and head in centre to purchase.  


For the interior design mum

If your mum has an eye for design and wants her home to be a sanctuary full of eye-catching wall art and decorative pieces, then when it comes to Mother’s Day gift ideas, you can’t go past home décor from Homemaker The Valley. First up, you’ll need a fresh and exciting piece of art to add a lovely pop of colour to any space. Then head to OZ Design and Adairs to shop their selection of incredible throws and cushions. Last up, a lamp from Freedom will help your mum wind down after a long day by creating the perfect mood lighting.


For the homebody mum

Self-care doesn’t just mean maintaining a beauty routine. Sometimes, self-care simply means wrapping yourself up in a cosy robe, lighting a candle or two, and relaxing on the couch (or in bed) with a good book or binge-worthy show. If this sounds like heaven to your mum, then why not upgrade her self-care routine with a plush robe from Sheridan Outlet, and slippers from Adairs? Adairs also has a selection of home fragrances and candles that’ll make your mum’s home smell amazing.  


For the entertaining mum

If your mum’s a bit of a social butterfly and you’re searching for Mother’s Day gifts she can share with her friends, then we recommend gifting her some sturdy glassware, platters, plates, or dinnerware she can use while entertaining guests. Provincial Home Living and Kitchen Warehouse’s vast collection of servingware will ensure every spread looks like a restaurant-ready masterpiece, while glassware and table décor from Freedom will make every table feel grand. 


For the organised mum

Everyone loves an organised and functional space, especially if what you’re using to store your belongings is just as aesthetically pleasing as your furniture and décor. Howards Storage World has so many wonderful storage solutions that can help organise jewellery, cables, clothing and more. Their cable organiser bag can help hide pesky cords, and their four-tier jewellery box will be able to store all of Mum’s jewellery effectively. Mum’s space will look so good that she’ll never want to leave the house!

It can be difficult to find the perfect Mother’s Day gifts each year but with our curated list of luxurious home décor, self-care items, entertaining pieces, and organisational saviours, you’re guaranteed to bring a smile to her face. Happy Mother’s Day!

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How to choose the perfect Adairs rug for your room

In today’s post we are going to be sharing with you our top tips and tricks for selecting the perfect Adairs rug to suit your home and lifestyle requirements. Rugs are a key component of any room and interior designers consider them an essential when designing spaces such as the living room, dining room or bedroom. Rugs can have many benefits including softening the space, defining zones, creating a focal point and brining the room together through forming a grounding point. There are many aspects to consider when shopping for the right rug including finding the right size, ensuring it is suitable for pets and children, selecting the perfect colour and caring for your rug long term. We will be covering all of these essential steps to ensure you select a rug that is perfect for you, your home and your lifestyle.


Finding The Correct Size

The size of a rug can completely change how your space feels as it creates balance and harmony to complement your furniture. Before purchasing your rug, it is essential to measure the space you will be using it in and ensuring you purchase the correct size. Start by measuring the room as a whole and then measure the sofa length if you are in the living room or the bed width if you are in the bedroom. The rug should be placed approximately halfway underneath the furniture piece and extend beyond the edges. Once you have your measurements you can head into Adairs to find the perfect rug to suit your space.


Consider Your Lifestyle

When selecting your Adairs rug it is essential you consider your lifestyle and the people and animals that will be using the space. If you have pets or young children, we recommend opting for a rug that has some pattern in it to hide any stains that may occur and avoid any rugs that are too light in colour. Adairs have a great range of washable rugs that are super soft underfoot but can be popped in the washing machine for easy cleaning should any mishaps occur. Washable rugs are a great solution for being able to have a beautifully put together living room, without compromising on style and function.


Create Contrast Or Blend Into The Background

Now that you know the correct size and what style of Adairs rug to choose to suit your lifestyle, you can think about the perfect colour and design to suit your space. When selecting a rug, we suggest choosing a colour that will contrast with the larger furniture pieces in the room to create depth and balance. If you have a medium toned sofa, then we suggest going either a few shades lighter or darker in the rug to create the perfect look. You can go bold with a colour such as green or blue and choose a geometric or intricate pattern to create a focal point within the space. If you would like the rug to blend seamlessly into the surroundings, then we suggest choosing a simple pattern seen in a flatweave or jute rug and opting for a neutral tone like this Dream Beige Rug from Adairs.


How To Care For Your Rug

To ensure your Adairs rug looks beautiful for the long term it is essential to understand how to clean rugs and maintain them. If a spill occurs, we suggest using a stain remover or natural solution as soon as possible to avoid the stain seeping into the fibres. With regular vacuuming your rug will be brought back to life and avoids it looking flat or lifeless. If you have chosen a washable rug, then these can be washed in a machine when any large stains occur or you start to notice odours, however over-washing may depreciate its quality over time. We love this gorgeous checkerboard sage washable rug from Adairs to add a pop of colour to your space.

These simple steps should arm you with the confidence you need to head in store and purchase your Adairs rug. The friendly staff will be able to answer any questions you have regarding the perfect colour and style to suit your space. Head in store this weekend and don’t forget to check out our other retailers to pair your rug with the perfect homewares and furniture pieces too.


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Harvest home: how to achieve an Australian farmhouse

As the air takes on a crisp edge and autumn hits, there’s something inviting about the idea of nestling into a space styled with a modern farmhouse aesthetic – it’s homely, cosy, and above all else, comfortable (all of which are exactly what one needs during the autumn months).

At its core, the farmhouse style is all about celebrating the beauty of imperfection. Reclaimed wood, industrial fixtures, and vintage-inspired décor come together to create a space that feels lived in and loved. While the term farmhouse might make you think of rolling fields and rustic barns, you don’t actually need to live anywhere near a farm to pull off the trend. With a few key elements, a keen eye for detail, and a trip to Homemaker The Valley, you can transform any space into a harvest home.

australian modern farmhouse styling, paddle, painting, lamp, occasional chair, bookshelf


Eureka Furniture Farmhouse Paddle $99, Eureka Furniture Ravenswood Bookcase $1,299, Freedom Ulla Table Lamp $349, Freedom Westport Fabric Armchair $1,499, Provincial Home Living Loch Barn Print $199.95, Provincial Home Living Campaign Image.

Defining farmhouse style

Before hitting the store it’s important to understand exactly what modern farmhouse style is so that you can easily identify pieces that will work for you.

Farmhouse style is refreshingly uncomplicated with a homespun charm that instantly puts you at ease. Décor pieces are to be chosen carefully, with a nod to history and antiques. Think barn-style furnishings such as wooden chairs combined with industrial-inspired fixtures like lights, trims, and handles. The beauty of farmhouse style lies in balance, so be sure not to go overboard and remember to keep a minimal approach.

Key elements for the Australian farmhouse

If you’re on the hunt for some key furniture pieces to suit this trend, be sure to select items for their durability and comfort. Practicality is key – comfortable seating and ample storage solutions will make everyday living a breeze. Whereas for décor, less is often more. We recommend keeping patterns simple and understated, opting for some open shelving that displays natural elements like dried flowers, woven baskets, and pottery.

Colour palette: a nod to nature

The farmhouse style tends to favour natural hues inspired by the great outdoors. While white and black are always popular choices, there’s plenty of room to explore shades of brown, deep greens, and soft beige. You can showcase many of these colours through furniture made from natural materials like timber and stone. Find out how you can use colour to create various atmospheres and moods within your home in our colour psychology lowdown.

Now that you know the basics of modern farmhouse style, it’s time to transform your space! Be sure to head in centre at Homemaker The Valley to discover an array of furnishings and décor that can help you bring this trend to life. 

Looking for more home styling advice? Check out our latest seasonal trend report filled with décor inspiration, interior trends, tips and tricks, and so much more!

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Little wonders: how to prepare a nursery

Expecting parents have a lot to consider when waiting for a baby to arrive. There are hospital bags to pack, car seats to install, baby showers to plan, and diapers to buy – and that’s all before there’s a tiny human to raise! However, one of the most exciting tasks to ponder before your newborn arrives has got to be the baby nursery decor; the design, theme, and purchasing all the essentials. 

The nursery is about to be a place where you’ll spend many hours of your time for feeding, changing, or putting your little one to sleep (or should we say attempting to). So, you’ll want to invest some much-needed time, effort, and funds into ensuring your nursery is decked out exactly how it should be. 

We want you to have one less thing to worry about when your newborn arrives, so we’ve compiled everything you need to know into one place. Read on to learn all about navigating your new nursery.

baby nursery decor, rocking chair, storage baskets, cot, dressing cabinet, rug

Adairs Boucle Rocking Chair $699.99, Adairs Trip Triceratops Chair $79.99, Baby Bunting Boori 3 Tier Changer $269, Baby Bunting Ergopouch Cocoon $49.95, Baby Bunting Living Textiles Cotton Rope Storage Set $39.95, Baby Bunting Zazu Nightlight $59.95, DecoRug Luka Shaggy Colour Rug from $199, Forty Winks Boori Corindi Cot $649, Freedom Mornington Dresser $1,699, Harvey Norman Owlet Cam $249.


Designing your baby nursery

There are four main factors to consider when designing your nursery – the placement of the cot, glider, changing table, and storage drawers. 

Furniture Placement

The cot should be positioned first and should be placed away from any windows or doors to limit temperature changes, air drafts, and light exposure. Next up, place your glider (aka feeding chair) into a corner nook, ensuring it has enough space around it to rock. Once the cot and chair are placed, slot the drawers and changing table in the leftover space. 

Tip: For those who are working with a smaller space, we recommend using your chest of drawers as a changing table as well. 


Now that all the key pieces are appropriately placed, it’s time to sort out the lighting. Having a dark room will promote the release of melatonin (the hormone that helps us to both fall asleep and stay asleep). So, be sure to purchase block-out blinds as these will keep the room dark for both nap time and night time. You’ll also want to limit any artificial light such as baby monitors – place these away from the cot so that the light isn’t in the baby’s line of sight when they’re in the cot. 

Our guide to baby nursery décor

Now onto the fun part – the décor! Before getting carried away with an elaborate theme, it’s important to keep in mind the top priority of a nursery and that’s for it to be conducive to sleep. You’ll want your newborn to be exposed to as little stimulation as possible, so avoid using too many decorative pieces that can distract them. Refrain from placing toys or hanging mobiles in and above the cot, in fact, we recommend no toys in the cot until four months of age, which also happens to be the optimal time to introduce a comforter. 

This doesn’t mean you can’t have a super stylish nursery – you can still stick to a colour palette so the room is cohesive with the rest of your home. Start with a neutral base for the furniture and then add accent lighting, wallpaper, artwork, rugs, and more. Even if tastes change, your accent pieces can easily be swapped out while keeping large investment pieces the same. 

Tip: incorporate thick pile rugs and drapes throughout the room to help absorb outside noise. 

The nursery essentials

Lastly, it’s time to ensure you have all the essentials for a functional nursery. First up, it’s important to baby-proof the room – secure blinds and electrical cords, keep any medicines out of reach, and set up a baby monitor. 

Next, purchase a white noise machine (this will help silence your baby’s built-in alarm clock by drowning out all outside noises during vulnerable phases of light sleep), a swaddle (to make your baby feel safe and comforted), a dim nightlight (to help navigate night time feeding), and of course, nappies, bedding, toys, and clothes. 

There you have it! We hope this helps you style your nursery for your newborn. Be sure to download our first-time parent nursery checklist here to better prepare you for the arrival of your little one.