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Top five design shops: hidden gems in Fyshwick

Sarah Nolen

Once only home to Canberra’s brothels and car yards, Fyshwick has undergone a transformation in recent years.

Where it really comes into its own is when you’re looking to find something amazing for your home. Whether you’re wanting supplies for a major renovation, or just a funky pendant light, you don’t need to travel outside the 2609 postcode.

If you’ve ever said you can’t find good furnishings in Canberra, you haven’t been to my top five design shops.

MMM Interiors

After 24 years of creating beautiful homes for Canberrans, MMM has found their niche. This is a unique one stop shop that will get your creative juices flowing. Beginning in the bathroom renovation market, they have now expanded their wings and have become a successful multi award winning design company – from bathrooms, laundries, kitchens to full home redesigns and extensions there is no job too big or small.

Their extensive showroom showcases everything you’ll need for your bathroom and home with future plans to include kitchen displays. Here you’ll find all of the top designs from Europe including brands such as Duravit, Kaldewei, Paco Jaanson and the best of Italian tiles. They also support local Canberra businesses with all of their custom made pieces made right here in town.

If you’re lacking imagination or inspiration then you’ll find everything you need here. With trained Interior Designers guiding you every step of the way, you can successfully get the room of your dreams through their project management service. From design to completion they offer only the best in designs, products and quality workmanship. This is proven in their latest award for the HIA/CSR Australian Bathroom Design of the Year 2013.

the essentials

Where: 51-55 Kembla St Fyshwick
When: Tues- Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-12pm
Phone: 6280 9980
Web: www.mmminteriors.com.au

Inside Story

Inside Story is my magical haven for all things wallpaper and fabrics. You will find me nestled in one of their corners surrounded by pages and pages of dreamy patterns, textures and colours.

After 15 years in Canberra Inside Story has made a name for itself for its exclusive fabrics and wallpapers and now offer everything in the way of soft furnishings for your interior. Be it custom furniture, window treatments, rugs, lighting and lifestyle accessories (the new ‘in’ word for cushions, lamps, vases etc).

Not only do they provide an amazing showcase of products which you can touch, flick through and sit on, but they also provide a window consultation service along with inhouse interior decorators to help you if you need a hand in picking out the perfect finish to accompany your windows and home furnishings.

Here you’ll receive a comprehensive service with all of the manufacturing done inhouse so you can rest assured you’re getting the best of quality control. If you’re looking for something unique with a designer edge then this must be your next port of call. Keep an eye out for their work in Parliament House and the Diamant Hotel.

the essentials

Where: 27-29 Collie St, Fyshwick.
When: Mon- Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-2pm
Phone: 6280 5434
Web: theinsidestory.com.au

Appliance Gallery

After years of sending my clients to the Appliance Gallery and having a kitchen full of their appliances myself, I can personally vouch for the exceptional service you will receive here.

They hold exclusivity to the Swiss V-ZUG and German Siemens brand and are also major retailer for Miele and Qasair. Whether it is a fridge, cooktop, dryer or vacuum cleaner you will find the right appliance that suits your needs here. The staff have impeccable knowledge about the latest and greatest technologies so your questions of whether or not to have integrated appliances, induction cooktops, steam ovens, combi-ovens and any other type of oven will soon be answered.

The home economists from V-ZUG and Miele even offer teaching sessions on how to use their appliances. It’s a great way to see firsthand the benefits and to taste what can be made.

With 22 years in the business this appliance showroom has learnt how to be the best, with the top of the range appliances one should only expect to have the best service in town.

the essentials

Where: 72 Gladstone Street, Fyshwick.
Where: Mon- Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-12.30pm
Phone: 6239 2877
Web: www.appliancegallery.com.au

Dream design furniture & upholstery

Formally known as Wai Wurri, Dream design furniture & upholstery have been in the business since 1983 first starting off in the waterbed market.

This is the place to go if you’ve been on the hunt for that special piece but are yet to fall in love with anything. Dream design are an inhouse furniture and upholstery shop. Here you can have your dream lounge, arm chair, bedhead, cushions, acoustic and decorative wall panels or ottoman custom made to your exact requirements. They offer a large range of fabrics and even those environmentally friendly options such as eco wool and chemical free vinyls and leathers.

The best part about this is that they can also spruce up your tired looking furniture. The staff are well trained with an exceptional attention to detail and with having everything done in-house you can expect only the best service and value for money. The team work to deadlines like a well-oiled machine from the basic to the most complex designs. Dream design can cater for anyone whether you want a bedhead or an entire lounge suite. These guys even made the chair that sits in the Queens bedroom at Government House. See…they’re even good enough for royalty!

the essentials

Where: 6 Yallourn Street, Fyshwick.
When: When: Mon- Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-3pm
Phone: 6280 4464
Web: www.dreamdesignfurniture.com.au

Sympatico Interiors

Sympatico Interiors will make you swoon you with its unique designer furniture, wallpapers, fabrics and accessories.

The showroom is on the smaller size but what they lack in space is only made up with their divine products and displays. With gorgeous fabric and colour combinations you’ll be well on your way in creating a beautiful home. If you can’t find what you need in store they offer custom made pieces with the help of their inhouse interior decorator.

the essentials

Where: 80-82 Kembla St Fyshwick
When: Wed- Fri 10am-3pm, Sat 9am-1pm
Phone: 0451 955 514
Web: www.flashinteriorsact.com.au

Sarah Nolen

Growing up in Canberra, interior designer with BIRDBLACK Design, Sarah enjoys nothing more than having people put their trust in her to transform their homes from drab cluttered boxes into beautiful masterpieces. She is a true believer in what you get is what you pay for. Constantly on the lookout for new trends and innovations she could never get bored with what she does. Find her at http://birdblackdesign.com.au More about the Author

  • Sounds like Canberra has plenty to offer!…Thanks for the insight. Bronnie

  • Kristie Szabo

    Thanks for these top tips, very helpful. I have had a few things made @ Dream Design and was very impressed with their service & design but didn’t know of the other places!

  • Sarah

    Glad you were able to find some new shops Kristie. Canberra has a lot to offer but sometimes it helps to know where to look. Sarah

  • Thanks for these, I will have to check them out. I never knew they existed.

  • Jesinta

    That is an impressive list! I found another great one- Signature Upholestry. http://signatureupholstery.com.au/ They are filled with beautiful antique pieces that could give any house a beautiful touch.

  • StuFaz

    Good list, some broken links though now. If you want beautiful solid wood furniture, try Uneke Furniture. You can customise wood used too. http://www.unekefurniture.com/

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