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September 2020 | Design Inspiration

Spring is here and soon you’ll be caught up in a frenzy of seed sowing, growing, and nurturing your garden as it comes back to life. Spend this month organising your thoughts and get a head start on the new gardening year.

Here’s our useful guide for top tips on how to prepare you garden this Spring.

Clean up your act.

Over the Winter months, your garden has been exposed to all the elements and it’s probably a safe bet to assume it’s looking a bit sad and untidy. So, now is the perfect time to get everything shipshape again.

September 2020 | Design Inspiration

Tamara Hosken, Manager of the Spectra Showroom, Carlisle Homes

Gone are the days where the kitchen was just for preparing and cooking, with guests stayed tucked away in the living areas, not setting foot in the ‘work zone’. Today’s kitchen really has become the new living room, the nucleus of the home, a place where the family gathers for meals and friends get together over coffee.

July 2020 | Design Inspiration

How do you make a homemade bird feeder?

June 2020 | Design Inspiration

It's getting chilly outside, so it's time to start hunting comfort food recipes.  Annetha, our sales expert and all round favourite person has provided her families favourite chicken pie recipe.  Enjoy!

What you'll need - ingredients

1.8kg whole chicken

1 carrot chopped

1 onion chopped

2 bay leaves

2tbs olive oil

80g unsalted butter

2 leeks (pale part only) thinly sliced

1/3 cup (50g) plain flour

1 cup (250ml) thickened cream

2 tsp Dijon mustard

May 2020 | Design Inspiration

Growing your own edible garden isn't hard – it just requires a little time, patience, good advice and common sense.

Here are our top tips for getting started…

What to plant?

The very first thing is to decide what you want to grow. This can be as simple as thinking about what herbs and vegetables you like to eat and use often. Plus, it’s also a good idea to research which varieties grow best in your area.

May 2020 | Design Inspiration

As the days get shorter and colder and we embrace the idea of being warm and cocooned inside, here are some essential winter decorating and organising tips for your home that might inspire.

Layer it up!

Just like laying up our clothes during winter, we can also do the same with our homes. Adding an additional layer of soft furnishings during the winter months gives a space a sense of warmth and homeliness. Using a beautiful basket some additional cushions or throws to hold these when needed will remove the opportunity for clutter.

May 2020 | Design Inspiration

We all look forward to retreating to our homes from the busyness and chaos of the world. Your home should provide an opportunity to unwind and offer you an environment of calm to enhance your wellbeing and happiness.

It’s important to feel connected and calm within our homes and these quick and easy decorating tips with have you on the road to creating a space for optimal wellness.

Chaos to calm

May 2020 | Design Inspiration

Thanks to social-distancing regulations, we’re all spending way more time at home. So why not take advantage of the opportunity to roll up your sleeves and tackle a few value-adding DIY projects around the house.

Check out our top 10 easy home improvement ideas that you can start right now – from decorating to storage to lighting and more – which cost little, but yield great results, guaranteed to save you money in the long term and add value to your home.

April 2020 | Design Inspiration

So, your home needs a little TLC but you’re not about to splash all your cash on a renovation. 

Try these easy & cheap hacks to get your humble abode looking fresh & fabulous.

April 2020 | Design Inspiration


Easter and the school holidays are going to be a little different for many this year.  But there’s still plenty to do, explore and discover.  Your home and backyard are full of adventure and new discoveries.

Here’s just a few ideas to keep busy minds and bodies occupied.

NGV Kids


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