Agents in PINK!

Breast cancer research has received a welcome boost after Century 21 Wentworth Real Estate turned pink for the Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon fundraising campaign in October.

For the third year running, staff at the company’s Frankston office last month joined all Century 21 offices throughout Australia in swapping their famous gold jackets for pink – as well as their ties, scarfs, websites, signboards and marketing collateral.  They also held a breast cancer morning tea and lunch, at which they donated to the appeal, and placed Cancer Council products for sale at reception so members of the public could also support the fundraiser.

Their efforts helped raise more than $150,000 for the appeal, easily eclipsing the record $140,000 raised last year.

It is estimated that every day about 50 Australian women are diagnosed with breast or a gynaecological cancer, and one in eight women will be diagnosed within their lifetime.  With no proven method of prevention or cure for this disease, charitable donations are imperative to raise awareness and to fund more support services, prevention programs and vital cancer research.

A: 126-132 Young St, Frankston
T: 8781 4888

From Barcelona to Bedshed Mornington by Liz Rogers

The Bedshed is an Australia-wide company that has been in operation for more than 30 years. The Mornington Bedshed’s friendly, top quality service means all your bedroom needs are covered and you can sleep tight.

Bed linen and accessories are a growing part of this well-regarded local business. With the introduction of the world famous Barcelona brand Desigual to the store, their already impressive range of high quality linen, pillows, doonas and quilts has just become even better.

Desigual is well known for bright and eye catching prints, imaginative graffiti art and vibrant washes of colour. Bedshed Mornington is currently the only stockist on the Peninsula of this young, fresh and funky brand of linen and offers a small but eclectic range (The Spanish brand also makes clothing, bags and accessories).

“Our range of Desigual linen is purpose made to fit Australian beds and is impossible to buy online. The collection is contemporary and represents classic Southern European style, while the colours and designs are ideal for relaxed beachside living. Bedshed Mornington will stock four designs of this premium linen per season, so if you’re after exclusivity, high quality and innovative design, Desigual delivers,” say the team at Mornington Bedshed.

Stop by to see the Bedshed Mornington team, take a look at this gorgeous brand of linen and refresh your bedroom for summer - with a splash of Barcelona’s summer sunshine.

Open 7 days, Fridays to 8pm
A: Crn Nepean Highway and Bungower Rd, Mornington
T: 5973 6333


The Edible Gardener

Now is the perfect time to sow seed for your first warm season crops.

Beans, corn, cucumber, eggplant, pumpkin, squash, tomato and zucchini can all go in now along with continual sowings of year-rounders such as beetroot, broccoli, carrot, radish, turnip, lettuces and other leafy greens.  And don’t forget the spuds.  If you’re not too keen on raising your vegetables from seed you can purchase seedlings from most good nurseries, but the range you can get from seed is both vast and economical.

Companion planting involves grouping plants that will support each other’s growth, deter or confuse potential pests and make the most of your available soil space.  Common examples are planting basil and marigolds around tomato plants, sowing onions with carrots and the popular ‘three sisters’ (corn, beans and squash), but there are many other planting combinations that work well. Mixing up your plantings can lead to some really creative and productive gardens.

Many of the crops we grow during this period are heavy feeders, meaning they will require some additional nutrition.  There are many commercial organic fertilisers on the market but it is just as easy - and cheaper - to source and make your own. Our favourite is a combination of worm juice from the trusty worm farm mixed with a green compost tea made from comfrey, nasturtium and stinging nettle leaves.  You can apply your liquid fertiliser once a month during the growing season. Be sure to water in well if it is a strong brew.

Happy gardening.

Drew Cooper

Edible Gardens

Wavefold curtains for sheer elegance

Dollar Curtains & Blinds’ Wavefold sheer curtains are a beautiful addition to any home. They soften the link between your indoor and outdoor living areas while enhancing the ambience of a room by adding movement and texture.

Wavefold sheers drape with a smooth continuous wave effect, creating a relaxed and elegant look, and the floating fabric adds softness and warmth to a room.  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.

Contact the Fountain Gate or Mornington showrooms to book your free in-home measure and quote.  Both are open seven days.

A: 10/44 Victor Cres, Narre Warren
T: 9704 8654
A: Shop C4, Peninsula Home Centre,1128-1132 Nepean Highway, Mornington
T: 5975 3655

Entertain at home this Christmas

Alfresco Christmas entertaining at home in the outdoor oasis of your dreams – it’s possible, if you start designing your new space now.

Landscape designer Andrew Whyte, of Andrew Whyte Landscape Design, can work with you to create a dream outdoor transformation that will leave your guests in awe. Stunning outdoor spaces with established gardens, he explains, need to be designed, built and planted now in time for Christmas.

Andrew Whyte is a peninsula local and has been project managing and crafting custom outdoor spaces for more than 20 years. The key to a beautiful result, he says, is the design, and the role of the landscaper designer is to bring all the elements together with precision.

“The design starts with a wish list – and that might be a pool, cubby house, entertaining area – and then we expand on that,” he explains. “We talk about structure and function. We always talk about the size of the table and the number of chairs required on a weekly basis and a yearly basis.”

Andrew Whyte Landscape Design specialises in contemporary outdoor spaces. The team can advise on swimming pool design, from shape and location to intricate tile selection to suit the space, slope, the client’s personality and lifestyle.

If alfresco entertaining at home is on your Christmas wish list, contact Andrew Whyte Landscape Design now, and make it a reality.

T: 9017 4344
E: [email protected]

Service you can trust

Having been in business for over 30 years, Sam Elaridi of Bayssour Painting & Decorating is a true professional. “I work on trust and honesty,” Sam says. “All work is guaranteed.”

Sam transforms homes and commercial properties from Portsea to Melbourne.  “I can also give advice, if needed, on new trends and fashions, colours and what will look good.”

And Frankly Frankston can highly recommend Sam – he did all the painting at our new office earlier this year!  Fabulous job, fabulous price.

Phone today for a free quote.

A: 2/46 Fairway St, Frankston
M: 0414 741 203

Time to get your garden growing

Spring might still seem a long way off yet, but the warmer weather will be here before you know it and that means the garden will soon be craving your attention.

That’s where Crown Lawn & Garden Services can help.

Greg and his team will transform your outdoor space in time for spring, whether the lawns and gardens just need a little freshening up or whether a complete makeover’s in order.  Greg has more than 25 years’ experience in the gardening industry and has been taking care of Peninsula properties for more than a decade, so you can be confident your garden will soon be looking its best.

Holiday homes, rentals, investment or residential properties all benefit from a Crown Lawn & Garden Services blitz. Greg’s team will mow your lawn, mulch the garden, trim the hedges, take care of the overhead pruning and remove all garden waste. They can also install paving or put down your new turf ready for long lazy days in the sun.

Don’t leave it to the last minute – give Greg a call today and prepare to watch as your garden is transformed.

M: 0417 415 417
E: [email protected]

Kerb appeal

Plantation shutters from Dollar Curtains & Blinds offer you complete flexibility with light control, privacy and insulation, and adding them across the front windows gives your home extra kerb appeal.

DCB’s shutters are hand-crafted specifically to fit your window, door or alcove.  They offer excellent thermal insulation and help block road and traffic noise.

Dust does not collect on shutters in the same manner it does on fabric, making them the ultimate low-maintenance window covering. And with no cords, they’re child-safe.

To book your free in-home measure and quote, contact DCB’s showrooms at Mornington or Fountain Gate. Both are open seven days.

A: Peninsula Home Centre, Shop C4, 1128-1132 Nepean Highway, Mornington
T: 5975 3655
A: 10/44 Victor Cres, Narre Warren
T: 9704 8654

Switch to LEDs for free

Kingston Electrical Services specialises in all types of electrical work with a team of dedicated electricians motivated to provide the very best solutions for all your electrical requirements.

Owner Peter Hudson will deliver an on-time electrician to meet your specific electrical needs. “Whether you need rewiring of your home or office, installation of power and appliances, lighting, maintenance or repairs, our team is here to help.”

Kingston Electrical Services recently received accreditation to swap your old halogen downlights for LED lights at no cost as part of the State Government’s rebate scheme. You can save up to 88 per cent on your electricity bill by making the switch to LED lighting.

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

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

A: Factory 2, 3 Interchange Way, Carrum Downs
T: 9587 4906
M: 0413 753 925

Kristen England

Kristen England Interiors offers the full package, from concept design to selection of materials and finishes and furniture styling.

All projects are different in size, style and budget and Kristen’s services cater to all of them.

With 15 years in the industry, Kristen’s experience can go a long way, and her eye for detail, creative vision and the knowledge of contacts and suppliers within the industry is of great assistance to her clients.

Having only lived in the Frankston South area for a couple of years, Kristen can see a lot of potential for homes in this area to be re-designed, refurbished and extended where possible.

“While most people have good intentions, it’s often knowing where to start or having the confidence that holds us back from making the changes.”

A: Frankston South
T: 0416 050 188

Pawsome Paws is much more than just a business for owner Tara Bashford.

“My passion is all about animals,” Tara says. “I am the biggest animal lover.”

At Pawsome Paws you can be sure your dog is in the best possible hands. As well as a full range of services - grooming, nail trimming, flea rinse, maintenance grooming, ear plucking, clipping, and a warm hydro bath – Tara also offers a pensioners’ discount.

Pawsome Paws is also launching a mobile service within the next few weeks so she’ll be able to come to you.

M: 0433 719 445
E: [email protected]

Legal help for the building industry

With qualifications in both building - B.Build at RMIT - and law - LL.B (Hons) at the University of London - Kelvin Oldridge’s advice is benefited by his building experience and, in turn, understanding the needs of clients from within the building and construction industry.

Kelvin is a key player in Melbourne’s projects and dispute resolution fraternity both as a member of the Building Dispute Practitioners Society for more than six years, including editing its newsletter, and as a regular judge for the Master Builders’ annual Excellence in Construction Awards.

Kelvin regularly provides a legal and advisory service to construction and project management businesses, property developers, contractors and insurance companies, including drafting and amending contracts standard forms of construction and development contracts in Australia, including the Australia standards suite of contracts. He also provides commercial advice and litigation support to clients in arbitration, litigation and the defence of insurance claims. 

As a Frankston resident, Kelvin has situated his practice midway between city and home to provide accessability for clients from Bayside to the Peninsula.

A: Suite 11, 18-34 Station St, Sandringham 3191
T: 9598 6444

Furnish your home like a pro

Are you looking to furnish your home as if you’ve consulted a professional stylist but don’t have the budget to take it to that level? Frankston Auction Mart has an exciting new range of ex-display home furniture and décor direct from Melbourne’s top display homes that will have you styling like a pro at prices you can afford.

There is a vast selection of amazing and fashionable pieces available at a fraction of the retail price.  Owners Michaela and David Wilson say the pieces sell quickly. “You’re saving big money,” they explain. Frankston Auction Mart sells quality furniture and décor in seven factories in New St, Frankston. Items range from new to old, retro to antique. Now, with ex-display home furniture and décor, clients can buy the pieces the professionals choose.

A: 42 - 54 New St, Frankston
P: 9783 9613
FB /Frankston Auction Mart

Plastic fantastic

With more than 40 years’ experience in engineering plastics, Datco Industries offers an ever-expanding range of specialised products and services in the field of plastic production.

One of Datco’s most popular products is its laser-cut acrylic splashback range, which has been a hit with builders and DIY renovators alike due to its versatility and ease of installation. Drop in or phone for more information.

A: 11 Leah Grove, Carrum Downs
P: 9775 1530

Blitz your backyard

Crown Lawn & Garden Services has been blitzing backyards across the Peninsula for more than 15 years.

Whether your backyard is a wasteland that needs transforming into a wonderland or whether it’s simply a spruce-up you’re after, Greg and his team have the experience and the expertise to tackle any task, big or small.

A backyard blitz can take care of your lawn mowing and edge trimming needs, as well as tree pruning and chipping and removal of green waste, or you can opt for a whole new design that incorporates turf and paving. The transformation begins with Greg and his team sitting down with you to discuss exactly what you want and the most economical means to achieve your desired garden.

Book your backyard blitz today and watch your property come to life.

M: 0417 415 417
E: [email protected]

Your Leaking Shower Specialist

Owner operator Jorg Melzer from Bayside Grout Solutions can cater to all your tile and grout maintenance needs.

And the results speak for themselves!

Jorg particularly specialises in repairing leaking showers and rejuvenating worn-out showers and tiled surfaces.

All work is done without the removal of your existing tiles and most standard showers are rejuvenated in half a day with your shower back in service 24 hours later.

Bayside Grout Solutions also offers you the unique option to restore/recolour or rejuvenate your existing grout surfaces. Jorg says one of his fastest growing services is the shower rejuvenation.

Real estate agents are recommending this process as a pre-sale makeover for tired bathrooms before putting homes on the market and for rentals before tenants move in.

In just four hours, Jorg can have your shower looking like new with all the mouldy grout removed and replaced with new grout, new silicone seals, tiles polished and shower screens cleaned.

Jorg also has solutions for leaking showers causing water damage to their surrounds, bath and vanity seals and indoor or outdoor tiles that need a good clean and seal.

His solutions are cost effective and hassle free.

Jorg offers a FREE, no obligation quote and report on repairs.
You only need to try his service once and you won’t be disappointed with the results.

Call now on 0424 843 358.