Are you moving into a new home, or just want to zhuzh up your existing one? Have you been watching House Rules and The Block and feel the need to upgrade your home to make it a little more modern? Yes, me too. These popular TV shows make it look so easy to throw a cushion here, or position a pot plant there and everything looks beautifully-styled, like in a magazine. For the style-challenged people of the world (like myself!), it may look easy - however when you try it for yourself at home, it somehow doesn't have the same effect. This is one of the reasons why I enjoy visiting homewares shops, so I can get some ideas from the displays and then make it work in our own home.
Where do you like to browse for homewares in Canberra? If you have a favourite place that you go back to each time, please leave a comment at the top of this article and share your discovery. These suggestions below are some of my personal favourite places to browse, as they aren't too painful on the hip pocket - which allows you to buy a few more items! The first idea below is the most obvious, but it really is the one-stop-shop for everything you need for your entire home...
Find the latest trends at low prices at IKEA. Image: IKEA Facebook
IKEA at Majura Park opened in November 2015 and every day since it has opened, it has had a constant stream of cars turning into the car park. For those of us who may be style-challenged, it makes choosing everything much easier as they show everything in such attractive displays. Be warned however - with interesting mini-homes to walk through, great prices and a kilometre of pathway to follow - you may find yourself in there for hours! See here for details.
Kmart is another good choice, with a wide range of "on trend" homewares at affordable prices. This is a good place to look for artificial succulents, cushions and accessories. Kmart stores are located in Tuggeranong, Belconnen and Gungahlin. See here for details.
Pillow Talk is another favourite, as it also has all the homewares displayed in themes, colours and ideas. Look out for sales and clearance lines throughout the store, as one season finishes and another begins. Although it may look like a more expensive shop, you can pick up clearance lines for a few dollars each at sale time. Pillow Talk is located at both Woden and Majura Park. See here for details.
Choose your theme and colour scheme at Pillow Talk. Image: Pillow Talk Facebook
The Canberra Outlet Centre in Fyshwick is another one-stop-shop for homewares, with a variety of stores to check out all in the one area of the centre. Although there are bargains to be found all year round, ensure you visit at the change of season as they reduce their prices to make room for new styles and stock. Check out Freedom, Lincraft, Harris Scarfe and TK Maxx for specials, sales and clearance lines. TK Maxx is a particular favourite, as you often see their styling team grouping together displays to tell a story. If you like to follow the designer trends from Europe, they are ahead of the game - at reduced prices.
Follow the trends at reduced prices at TK Maxx. Image: Canberra Outlet Centre Facebook
Ishka is the perfect place to buy homewares if you love to see some colour and international influences in your décor. Find a table made in Peru, candles made in Burma or light fittings from Lima. Walk around and be amazed by the textures and range of colours that will brighten up your home - at usually 50% off the marked price (see in store for details). Ishka is located at South.Point Tuggeranong, Westfield Woden and Westfield Belconnen. See here for details.
Large Bargain Shops around Canberra have a great range of homewares at affordable prices - many with whole aisles dedicated to homewares. Personal favourites include Homebase at Gungahlin Marketplace, Top Bargain at the Canberra Centre and Homebase at Woden Westfield.
Second Hand Markets and Op Shops are great budget options, where you can pick up unique items for your home that you won't find anywhere else. Check out the Trash and Treasure markets in Woden and Belconnen, the Green Shed and op shops near you. Who knows what you will find?
Do you have somewhere that you love, that isn't on this list? Then please leave a comment at the top of this article and share your favourite homewares secret. Everyone has a different style to shop for such as boho, modern, eclectic, antique, the Hamptons, Scandinavian, industrial and more. What is your style?
Happy homewares hunting!
Colour and international flare at Ishka, at 3 locations across Canberra. Image: Ishka Facebook