Empire strikes back with Christmas savings By Kate Sears

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The Roman Empire is more than just a supplier of beautiful custom-made products for the soft furnishing industry. Its staff members also offer valuable product knowledge that they’ve gained from years of experience and an underlying passion for design.  

The festive season is the ideal time to get a taste of their style and offerings by getting in before the Christmas rush to guarantee New Year delivery of your window coverings. Embracing the seasonal spirit of giving, they are offering you 20 per cent off until Saturday, December 15, when you mention this editorial. 

Priding themselves on providing a high standard in everything they do means you’re in the safest of hands. Everything they offer is tried and tested before it goes out to the client. This includes testing their roller blinds and hanging their drapery before installation so that they can ensure the product sits exactly the way it’s supposed to.

Selecting the right soft furnishings for your home can be daunting but we spoke to Lloyd Bradshaw, senior sales consultant at The Roman Empire, about his knack of picking the right options for his clients. 

“I’ve learnt over my 40 years that if I take three samples to a client after speaking with them on the phone, most of the time I get it right,” said Lloyd. “With blinds, I have the full range in my car. The client can also come into the showroom and look at our full range. And we give honest advice.”

Go on, the Empire awaits. 

THE ROMAN EMPIRE

A: 91 Brunel Rd, Seaford
T: 1800 671 456
W: romanempire.com.au


PROPERTY OF THE MONTH Immediate lease reflects property’s appeal

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This gorgeous family home at 22a Bembridge Ave, Frankston South, is on approximately 705sq m of picturesque gardens within the sought-after Frankston High School zone. Leased after just one open for inspection, it will easily accommodate the largest family, with three living zones including the family room close to the timber kitchen with wall oven, dishwasher, plenty of storage and hotplates. With a delightful conservatory-style living room overlooking the front garden, the house has a massive rumpus room, a master bedroom with an ensuite and french doors opening to a private sundeck, and a study that could become a fifth bedroom.

There are two light-filled bedrooms upstairs — one opening to a private balcony — and an extra bathroom, which creates a brilliant zone for children to call their own or for in-law accommodation.

Complete with a tranquil treed outlook over the Sweetwater Creek reserve and great walking tracks, the home has hardwood floors, high ceilings with decorative cornices, ducted heating, a double lock-up garage and a paved visitors' parking bay, with the beach just a 15-minute walk away.

HARCOURTS CENTRAL

A: 4/454 Nepean Highway, Frankston

T: 1300 503 000

FB: harcourtscentral3199

INSTA: harcourts_central


Get set for summer with DC+B’s roller blinds

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Fuss-free and low maintenance, sunscreen roller blinds from Dollar Curtains + Blinds are streamlined and contemporary. They allow you to enjoy your views while providing privacy, heat control and glare reduction.

Sunscreen roller blinds are a technologically advanced window covering that creates softly filtered light and provides 80-97 per cent UV protection — exactly what our homes need throughout the summer months. 

The beauty of DC+B’s roller blinds is that they are highly functional without making their presence obvious with their sleek and slimline fit.

DC+B’s extensive and exclusive range of fabrics are available for you to choose from, all of which are designed to withstand Australia’s harsh climate and the Peninsula’s coastal conditions. 

All blinds are manufactured in Victoria by DC+B, ensuring value for money, no hidden costs and the highest Australian-made quality. 

Ensure you opt for true custom blinds like those from Dollar Curtains + Blinds, which are designed and hand-crafted specifically to fit your windows perfectly. 

Dollar Curtains + Blinds has specialised in manufacturing custom window coverings for more than 50 years. Make sure you book your free in-home measure and quote in November for pre-Christmas installation.

Find Dollar Curtains + Blinds at Store 15, Kingston Central Plaza, 288 Centre Dandenong Rd, Moorabbin Airport. Call the team on 9566 8200 for your free in-home measure and quote or to arrange a complimentary in-store consultation to view the large range of indoor and outdoor window coverings. 

DOLLAR CURTAINS + BLINDS

A: Store 15, Kingston Central Plaza, 288 Centre Dandenong Rd, Moorabbin Airport

T: 9566 8200 

FB: dollarcurtainsandblinds

INSTA: dollarcurtainsandblinds


Stop summer heat and glare in its tracks with Ziptrak®

Would you like to use your outdoor entertainment area all year round regardless of Melbourne’s ever-changing weather? With a custom-made Ziptrak® solution from Camerons Blinds & Awnings, you can.

Camerons Blinds & Awnings can create a new indoor-outdoor room in your home that’s perfect for entertaining family and friends at a moment’s notice no matter what the weather. Also ideal for cafés, restaurants and pubs, made-to-measure Ziptrak® blinds are made in your choice of high-quality clear PVC or hi-tech mesh PVC. Offering protection from UV rays, sun, glare, wind and rain, you’ll be covered for every season.

Camerons Blinds & Awnings owner Norm Lees says customers choose Ziptrak® blinds for their all-weather versatility, sleek design and ease of operation. Customers can choose from manually operated or motorised blinds. Motorised options are operated with the touch of a button on your remote control and can also be operated via your Google Home; it’s as simple as that.

Now in its 33rd year, Camerons Blinds & Awnings offers a free no-obligation measure and quote during which you’ll be given all the advice and solutions required to turn your outdoor area into another room. Your blinds are then custom-made by Camerons’ specialist manufacturing team. You are able to choose from a huge range of colours and transparencies to control the elements and retain your view with Camerons’ magnificent sunscreen mesh fabrics or marine-grade clear PVC and tinted PVC. 

Whether you’re searching for rain or sun protection for your home or business, Camerons also manufactures and installs an extensive range of outdoor and indoor solutions that are custom-designed to protect your windows, doors, glass roof and alfresco areas. With quality finishes and designer fabrics, Camerons also specialises in automation systems offering ease of use so you can control the weather.
If you would like to try Camerons Blinds & Awnings’ Ziptrak® range for yourself, along with the huge range of awnings, blinds, canopies, shades and shutters custom-made locally, you can visit the showroom in Carrum Downs Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, or Saturday from 10am to 2pm. 

CAMERONS BLINDS & AWNINGS

A: 3/700 Frankston-Dandenong Rd, Carrum Downs

T: 1800 GOOD AWNING (1800 466 329)

W: cameronsblinds.com.au


Buying your first home made easy

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There are a multitude of questions when you decide to buy your first home. No doubt you will be thinking about how much deposit you will need, what the repayments will be and if you qualify for a loan.

These are the most commonly asked questions at Yellow Brick Road Frankston. Fortunately, the expert and caring staff are passionate about helping first home buyers get into their own home. They have the combined experience of more than 50 years and access to many lenders, which means you’ll get the right advice and competitive rates. Trying to find the right bank and loan product yourself can be very daunting, so why not seek their professional services today and let them do all of the leg work for you.

For the chance to be rewarded with up to $10,000 just for being inquisitive, enter the two Crunchy Competitions on the Yellow Brick Road Frankston Facebook page. It’s a chance to ask about a better home loan rate and go into the running to win $10,000 or apply for a new loan for a chance to win $5000.

YELLOW BRICK ROAD FRANKSTON

A: 445 Nepean Highway, Frankston
W: ybr.com.au
T: 9783 3300
M: 0408 181 188 (Phil)
FB: YBRFrankston
INSTA: ybrfrankston

* Full terms and conditions at www.ybr.com.au/crunch. Promoter is Yellow Brick Road Finance Pty Limited ABN 33 128 708 109 of Mezzanine 1 Chifley Square Sydney NSW 2000. Competition starts 6AM (AEST) 6/8/18 and closes 11.59PM (AEDT) 30/11/18. One entry per prize draw is permitted per person. Prize draw 1: entrants must register at www.ybr.com.au/crunch to enter the draw for AUD$10,000. Prize draw 2: entrants must apply for a loan at a Yellow Brick Road branch to enter the draw for AUD$5,000. Entry is open to all Australian residents 18 years of age and over. Winners will be decided by computerised draw at 2PM (AEDT) 10/12/18. Winners will be notified by email and phone within 2 business days of the draw. Authorised under NSW Permit No. LTPS/18/26516; ACT TP18/01420 ; SA Licence No. T18/1310

 

Sofa inspiration at Plush Frankston

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With more than 100,000 combinations available, the sofa specialists at Plush Frankston will help you create a sofa that is the perfect fit for your home. You can choose from the extensive Plush handcrafted sofa range, selecting your configuration in 100 per cent genuine cowhide leather or a premium fabric cover. Your sofa will be custom-built to suit your home and be as unique as you are.

At Plush the sofas are built to last and come with an amazing Plush 10-Year Peace of Mind Warranty® which covers the entire sofa, not just the frame.

Be inspired by the latest sofa collections, with design, theme and colour palette ideas for your home. Visit the Plush Frankston showroom to view the range.

PLUSH FRANKSTON

A: Frankston Power Centre, Shop 6, 111 Cranbourne Rd, Frankston

T: 9770 2922

W: plush.com.au/plush-frankston

FB: plushsofas

German precision and premium comfort at Luduco Living By Liz Rogers

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Luduco Living has achieved yet another milestone with the introduction of superior German recliner brand Himolla to its beautiful range of luxurious living merchandise. This is a major achievement — Luduco Living is the only retailer ever to stock this amazing recliner manufacturer’s range in Australia, and as such can deliver exceptional quality recliners to its clients exclusively. 

Himolla is the largest recliner manufacturer in Europe, producing 5000-6000 seats a day and employing 3000 people. All its exquisite recliners are made in Munich and shipped to more than 70 countries. Himolla is recognised as one of the best recliner manufacturers in the world because of unsurpassed engineering and mechanism design and comfort that comes from using only the highest quality leather hides and fabric. Its many accolades include eco awards for environmentally friendly production and the Blue Angel Health Award for materials used, which stands testament to the quality of a premium product coming direct to you through Luduco Living.

Himolla is an EMAS (Eco Management Audit Scheme) award-winning manufacturer that adheres to very strict German environment regulations. Merge this environmentally conscious intent with premium materials and construction and you have a recliner that will surround you in comfort for life. Luduco Living now has a purpose-built Himolla showroom on site that displays a wonderful range of manual and motorised recliner sofas and chairs in many of the six grades of leather and ‘easy care’ German Rohleder fabric, which carries a unique five-year guarantee.

The Luduco Living sales team have been fully trained by Himolla too. Come in today to begin enjoying the supreme Himolla recliner way of life.

LUDUCO LIVING

A: Peninsula Home, 1128-1132 Nepean Highway, Mornington

T: 5973 4899 

W: luduco.com

 

 

Order your plantation shutters before Christmas

If you’re on the lookout to update your window coverings, you can’t beat plantation shutters from Dollar Curtains + Blinds — and now is the time to order to ensure you have your shutters installed before the festive season. 

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Dollar Curtains + Blinds shutters are an ideal choice for thermal insulation. Open the louvres to stream light into rooms and close to insulate, offering you a more energy-efficient home through summer. 

Choose from the large range of timber and PVC shutters. DC+B’s PVC shutters have the added benefits of being UV, water and moisture-resistant, making them ideal for all high-use areas and wet areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and laundries.

Extremely practical, you will have excellent control of light and airflow and also peace of mind with no cords, making the shutters child and pet-safe.

Adding shutters across your home’s front windows can also make a huge impact to your home’s façade and kerb appeal. Along with these aesthetic benefits, shutters also add sound insulation from outside road and traffic noise.

Ensure you opt for true custom-made shutters from Dollar Curtains + Blinds, which are designed and hand-crafted specifically to your windows’ dimensions for a perfect fit.

Dollar Curtains + Blinds has specialised in manufacturing custom window coverings for more than 50 years. Make sure you book your free in-home measure and quote in October for pre-Christmas installation.

Find Dollar Curtains + Blinds at Store 15, Kingston Central Plaza, 288 Centre Dandenong Rd, Moorabbin Airport. Call the team on 9566 8200 for your free in-home measure and quote or to arrange a complimentary in-store consultation to view the large range of indoor and outdoor window coverings.

DOLLAR CURTAINS + BLINDS

A: Store 15, Kingston Central Plaza, 288 Centre Dandenong Rd, Moorabbin Airport

T: 9566 8200

FB: dollarcurtainsandblinds

INSTA: dollarcurtainsandblinds

Help your children out of your home By Kate Sears

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As finance brokers, the caring team at Yellow Brick Road have helped many young people purchase their first home with assistance from their parents. How? A family pledge guarantor loan. This loan allows people who do not have a deposit or sufficient savings to purchase a property with the support of a family member.

To understand how a family pledge guarantor loan could work for your child, come in and speak to the savvy team at Yellow Brick Road Frankston. Or, kids, why not take a step towards some independence and speak to the team yourselves? They’re passionate about bringing good ideas to life.

Yellow Brick Road Frankston’s team have a combined experience of more than 50 years so you’re in good hands as these local experts endeavour to go above and beyond. With access to multiple lenders, these specialists can see which lender best suits your needs.

For the chance to be rewarded with up to $10,000 just for being inquisitive, enter their two Crunchy Competitions via their Facebook page. It’s a chance to ask about a better home loan rate and go into the running to win $10,000 or apply for a new loan for a chance to win $5000.

YELLOW BRICK ROAD FRANKSTON

A: 445 Nepean Highway, Frankston
W: ybr.com.au
T: 9783 3300
M: 0408 181 188 (Phil)
FB: YBRFrankston
INSTA: ybrfrankston

* Full terms and conditions at www.ybr.com.au/crunch. Promoter is Yellow Brick Road Finance Pty Limited ABN 33 128 708 109 of Mezzanine 1 Chifley Square Sydney NSW 2000. Competition starts 6AM (AEST) 6/8/18 and closes 11.59PM (AEDT) 30/11/18. One entry per prize draw is permitted per person. Prize draw 1: entrants must register at www.ybr.com.au/crunch to enter the draw for AUD$10,000. Prize draw 2: entrants must apply for a loan at a Yellow Brick Road branch to enter the draw for AUD$5,000. Entry is open to all Australian residents 18 years of age and over. Winners will be decided by computerised draw at 2PM (AEDT) 10/12/18. Winners will be notified by email and phone within 2 business days of the draw. Authorised under NSW Permit No. LTPS/18/26516; ACT TP18/01420; SA Licence No. T18/1310

 

It’s not too late to get LEDs for free

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Huddo’s Electrical Services has accreditation under the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target to swap old halogen downlights for LEDs at no cost as part of this State Government rebate scheme.

“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,” says owner/operator Peter. “LEDs are safer, stronger and longer-lasting and we take pride in our workmanship and provide a 100 per cent customer satisfaction guarantee.”

Peter finds the best solutions to all your electrical requirements and can replace lights in commercial and industrial installations, including fluorescent lights, hibay lights and spotlights. He also specialises in all types of electrical work and provides electricians who are experienced, reliable and get the job done right —on time, every time. Call Huddo’s Electrical Services, where the person you speak to is the one who carries out the work.

HUDDO’S ELECTRICAL SERVICES

A: PO Box 342 Braeside

M: 0411 316 180

FB: huddos electrical services

Rustic retreat with mezzanine magic

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Rustic charm and modern flair unite with dazzling effect in this red brick Lakewood Estate beauty at 258 Heatherhill Rd, Frankston. This modernised four-bedroom retreat showcases timeless elegance on a 717sq m (approx) allotment a short drive from the Frankston CBD.

A character-filled façade gives the nod to classic farmhouse design with an exterior chimney, herringbone brickwork detail, a gabled roof and an entrance porch. A sparking interior with a soaring cathedral ceiling, dormer windows and bold feature lighting draws the eye skyward, where two mezzanine bedrooms with spiral staircases offer sanctuary above. Stargaze from the northern mezzanine via roof windows. The second mezzanine features floor-to-ceiling mirrored robes and a powder room.

Two light-filled living rooms (one with an open fire) and a renovated galley kitchen anchor the gleaming entry level. The kitchen includes stainless steel appliances, a walk-in pantry with an appliance bench, a gas cooktop and sleek counters. Two ground-floor bedrooms with generous robes (one including a walk-in robe) are located near a largely original bathroom with a separate bath tub and shower.

Entertain alfresco on a covered deck with new ModWood boards, overlooking a big backyard with ample lawn for space-seeking children.

HARCOURTS CENTRAL

A: 4/454 Nepean Highway, Frankston

T: 1300 503 000

FB: harcourtscentral3199

INSTA: harcourts_central

 

On-trend Wavefold sheer curtains

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You don’t have to look far to see sheer curtains throughout interior magazines and being featured on renovation shows such as The Block. They are the on-trend window covering to update your interiors, and with Dollar Curtains + Blinds they are now also affordable.

Dollar Curtains + Blinds’ sheer curtains gently 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.

DC+B’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 Dollar Curtains + Blinds’ blockout roller 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 coverings for more than 50 years and handcrafts its curtains and sheers in its workrooms in Melbourne. 

Find Dollar Curtains + Blinds at Store 15, Kingston Central Plaza, 288 Centre Dandenong Rd, Moorabbin Airport. Call the team on 9566 8200 for your free in-home measure and quote or to arrange a complimentary in-store consultation to view DC+B’s large range of indoor and outdoor window coverings.

DOLLAR CURTAINS + BLINDS

A: Store 15, Kingston Central Plaza, 288 Centre Dandenong Rd, Moorabbin Airport

T: 9566 8200

 

Volunteering for active ageing

 Impact Volunteering Volunteer of the Year 2017 award-winner Ada Fletcher with Community Support Frankston staff member Nancy Jurisic.

Impact Volunteering Volunteer of the Year 2017 award-winner Ada Fletcher with Community Support Frankston staff member Nancy Jurisic.

Volunteering is a fantastic way to contribute to the local community, and when it comes to seniors, the benefits of giving something back simply compound.

Older adults who volunteer find it brings them a sense of purpose, connection and inclusion as well as helping them build lasting friendships. But there are also many health benefits as well. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to keep your mind and body active and is well linked by research to improved mental health and a reduction in the symptoms of depression. For those suffering from a chronic illness, it’s reported to act as a great stress reliever and distraction, particularly for seniors with conditions such as arthritis, diabetes and high blood pressure.

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved with volunteering during Seniors Week from October 8-13. If you’ve always been interested but aren’t sure how to get started, Impact Volunteering holds Volunteering Information Sessions at the Frankston Library from 10-11am on the second Tuesday of every month.

To find out more about how you can volunteer to improve your health and well-being in later life or for more information about the many volunteering opportunities available, head to the Impact Volunteering Information & Referral desk located at the Frankston Library from Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm, or visit the Impact Volunteering website at impactvolunteering.org.au

IMPACT VOLUNTEERING

A: 20 Ebdale St, Frankston

T: 9770 6492

E: info@impactvolunteering.org.au

FB: ImpactVolunteering

INSTA: impactvolunteering

 

PROPERTY OF THE MONTH Dual living and bay views on Olivers Hill

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With two self-contained dwellings complementing the three-bedroom, two-bathroom main house, 9 Plummer Ave represents a suite of opportunities for the new owners. Set on approximately 1451sqm with northerly bay views and terraced gardens adjoining Sweetwater Creek, this circa 1930s estate is just four doors from the beach.

As well as the main residence, there is a one-bedroom, one-bathroom retreat and a one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit. Largely original, the property includes a double garage with remote-controlled doors, heating/cooling, water tanks, and a mini-orchard.

Enjoy dual living with your extended family, work from home atop gorgeous Olivers Hill or make this property work for you with its income-generating potential. The choices are yours.

HARCOURTS CENTRAL

A: 4/454 Nepean Highway, Frankston

T: 1300 503 000

FB: harcourtscentral3199

INSTA: harcourts_central