Make those home improvement dreams a reality

In this sponsored post, “CityNews” has the insights from Canberra’s passionate home improvement experts.

WITH a new year in full swing, now’s the perfect time to turn your home into the one you’ve been dreaming of.

Whether it’s renovating, reupholstering or refurnishing, “CityNews” has the insights from Canberra’s passionate home improvement experts.


High-quality, home-office furniture

FOR many Canberrans, working from home has become the new norm and  Ex-Government Furniture co-owner James Fullerton says having a good piece of furniture to work at home with is invaluable.

“We’ve got a bunch of ergonomic, high-quality office chairs at a great price,” he says.

“Also popular at the moment is a range of manually adjustable sit-stand desks.”

It’s just the start of the range available at the warehouse, which James says includes both an extensive and affordable range of second-hand furniture for the office and for the home.

“We’ve got a huge range going all the way from budget items to really nice executive, designer items and everything in between,” he says.

“We pride ourselves on our eye for good quality.”

James says the team is always keen to welcome people into the store to browse what’s available and help them find what’s right for them.

“Come on in, see what’s here, try out some chairs and walk the length and breadth of the place,” he says.

“We charge fair prices and source the best, no-nonsense, quality furniture available.”

Ex-Government Furniture, 6 Yallourn Street, Fyshwick. Call 6280 6490 or visit


Custom made daybed by Ebsworth Upholstery.

Furniture restorations that focus on detail

FROM antique heirlooms to modern club lounges and TV recliners, Ebsworth Upholstery can assist with any furniture restoration or re-upholstery project, says office manager Robyn Ebsworth.

Robyn operates the business with her husband Mark, a skilled upholsterer with more than 16 years of experience, and together she says they work with designers, timber restorers, metal fabricators and frame makers to deliver attention to detail that’s second to none.

“We often have customers with furniture that once belonged to their grandparents that’s been passed down through generations,” says Robyn.

“When it’s restored for them, there can be a real emotional response. “These heirlooms are often a way to remember loved ones.”

It’s just one of the valued services that Ebsworth Upholstery offers, says Robyn.

“We’ve got one of the biggest fabric libraries in Canberra that includes soft furnishings, fabrics, upholstery and drapery, and customers can come and purchase fabrics for their own projects through that library as well,” she says.

“We have an interior designer whose services are free that can help you select your fabrics, too.”

They’re also proud to offer custom-made furniture, with the building process all done here in Australia, she says.

“With us, customers can add their own style and flair to their furniture, something you can’t get at the large furniture retailers,” she says.

Ebsworth Upholstery, unit 4, 1 Alumina Street, Beard. Call 0434 982708, email [email protected] or visit


Expert designers make homes more liveable

Duck Duck Goose Interior Design owner Emma Miles.

OWNER of Duck Duck Goose Design Emma Miles says she’s passionate about improving people’s lives by improving the functionality of their homes.

Leading a team of experienced interior architects and designers, Emma says their team focuses on turning the minor details of homes into major improvements.

“Interior design can sometimes be thought of as just choosing colours or cushions, but it’s much more than that,” says Emma.

“It’s about making the home more liveable and often the small details people might not think of can make such a big difference.”

Emma says she’s particularly interested in “space design”, which helps people to move through their living areas with more ease.

“People often think when they renovate they’re limited to the space they have, but there are ways to make effective use of the space you have so that it’s more functional and more liveable,” she says

“We can design around someone’s lifestyle or physical attributes so that their living space is perfect for them.

And, Emma says she’s never afraid to think outside the box to help clients achieve their dream home.

“Of course, we are always happy to offer our advice but ultimately, the client has to love their own space and that’s what we’re driven by – the client’s taste and what they want their home to look like,” she says.

“We work closely with people to make sure they get the results they’re looking for.”

Duck Duck Goose Design, call 0402 054203, visit or email [email protected]


Pat Morella of PFM Plumbing.

Reliable and experienced plumbing services

FOUNDED in 1989, PFM Plumbing is an established, well-respected and trusted business in the Canberra community by offering customers reliable service for all types of plumbing, says owner Pat Morella.

“PFM Plumbing is equipped with the right tools to find the cause and correct the issue for blocked drains,” says Pat.

“We specialise in the replacement, installation and maintenance of hot-water services at properties throughout Canberra and the servicing, installation and replacement of gas appliances including cooktops and heaters.

“We also install all manner of appliances like tapware, hot-water systems, toilets and more.”

A licensed plumber and gasfitter, Pat says he prides himself on providing customers with a great experience through his reliability, knowledge and commitment to quality work.

“When tasked with a job, you can be assured I will be there working to complete the task from start to finish,” says Pat.

“If required we also have qualified team members to assist.”

Pat says it’s all part of PFM Plumbing’s quality service that they’ve been proudly offering Canberra and the region for more than 30 years.

PFM Plumbing, call 0412 628538, visit or email [email protected]


‘Stunning’ furniture and photography for the home

OWNER of Timberland Furniture Tony Purdy says he has a range of beautiful furniture that includes almost anything the home needs: bedding, dining suites, TV units, coffee tables, buffets and more.

Included is a range of Tasmanian Blackwood, says Tony, one of Australia’s most beautiful and sought after timbers.

“Tasmanian Blackwood is a prestigious hardwood with a warm and natural colour,” he says.

“It can adorn different rooms of the house, and can be complemented by any piece of furniture. You can’t beat it as far as I’m concerned.”

While at Timberland, visitors can also browse a range of pictures from award-winning local photographer Rick Kramer.

Rick, who’s been a photographer for more than 20 years, says he shoots stunning natural environments as well as historical cityscapes and currently has some of his best work on display at Timberland.

Just some of Rick’s wins include taking out the “Calendar of Canberra” several times, as well as first prizes and multiple best-in-show awards at local photography competitions.

Timberland Furniture, 100 Barrier Street, Fyshwick. Call 6280 7411, email [email protected] or visit

For inquiries about Rick’s photography call 0413 133880 or email [email protected]


Market days at the nursery

Karen Brien, owner of Cool Country Natives, is excited to start hosting market days again.

The first market day will take place on February 5, with eight market days happening this year, four in spring and four in autumn.

“We have different growers from the local region, they come on to our nursery and sell their own products and customers can talk to and buy directly from the grower,” she says.

“This will be the first market for 2022 and we have some new stalls joining the markets over the next few months and our regular growers too,” says Karen.

Cool Country Natives, 5A Beltana Road, Pialligo. Call 6257 6666, email [email protected] or visit


Endeavour Carpets owners Ben and Taylor O’Brien.

Offering a large range of quality flooring

ENDEAVOUR Carpets offers the largest range of top-quality floor coverings in Canberra and Queanbeyan, with options that help keep the home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, says co-owner Taylor O’Brien.

Established in 1970, and still a family run business, Taylor says the business has maintained its original objective of displaying exceptional choices of carpet, timber, laminate and hybrid flooring, vinyl, vinyl planks and rugs.

Taylor describes their Fyshwick-based showroom as Canberra’s “greatest floor show” with thousands of samples on display, and an experienced team of flooring specialists to make the customer’s experience as easy as possible.

“Our showroom is so great that other retailers send their customers to view our huge range of top-quality floor coverings,” she says.

“As a family business, Endeavour Carpets appreciates that customers are spoilt for choice in a competitive market place, and so maintain an objective to offer the best service and products available and for the best possible price,” she says.

When customers visit Endeavour Carpets, Taylor says they experience a good, old-fashioned service from a long-standing, local family business.

“This is what really sets Endeavour Carpets apart from any regular carpet store,” she says.

“At Endeavour Carpets, we don’t just endeavour, we do.”

Endeavour Carpets, Corner Newcastle and Isa Streets, Fyshwick. Call 6280 6132, email [email protected] or visit


Experienced packers that save time and stress

THE local team at House to Home are experienced packers who have been helping Canberrans get their property ready for sales, renovations, insurance work, downsizing and relocating for over 10 years, says co-owner Renee Le Grande.

“Our expert team will save you hours of time and stress by packing all your personal belongings, household items, right through to packing up the shed,” she says.

“The team offers a personalised service and recognises every client is different and has different needs and expectations.

“Some people want the kitchen, bathroom and wardrobes packed, others want everything that is in a cupboard or behind a closed door.”

Renee says they also offer a full walk-in walk-out service, where clients hand over their keys and the staff completely clear the property, remove the furniture, take necessary items to a charity store, get the old property cleaned, and set everything up again in the new home.

House to Home, 40 Quandong Street, O’Connor. Call 0457 456767, email [email protected] or visit


Alexanders Furnishings owners Lew and Roz Rebbeck.

When it comes to curtains, choose quality

“QUALITY window curtains are the most energy-efficient way to keep the house cool and comfortable in summer, and come winter can save up to a third on heating bills,” say Roz and Lew Rebbeck, owners of Alexanders Furnishings.

When it comes to curtain systems, Roz and Lew recommend “EVO”, a curtain-heading system that, they say, is extremely effective at preventing loss of heat or cooling, whatever the time of year.

“You can choose any fabric you like, as the key is the EVO tracking system,” Roz says.

Roz says EVO has developed new track sections that incorporates a sleek and “invisible” pelmet system, replacing the traditional bulky pelmet, which gives better insulation from the window.

“It can be used as a double-track system to have sheers for privacy,” she says.

Alexanders Furnishings, which has been in business for more than 50 years, provides a free measure and quote. Roz says they also offer other curtain systems to suit personal preferences, and a wide range of blinds and accessories.

Alexanders Furnishings, Shop 5, Paul’s Centre, Hindmarsh Drive, Phillip. Call 6281 1611.

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