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Charlie Albone

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Charles Albone

Being a business that is based around a love of outdoor living one of our absolute favourite Australian garden designers is Charlie Albone. The talented garden designer from the Lifestyle channel’s Selling Houses Australia never fails to pull a rabbit out of a hat, with what is most of the time a shoe string budget, and creates some remarkable outdoor spaces on the hit series. Having been a viewer right from the first series I am amazed at what Charlie is able to achieve in some of these homes being responsible for the buyers first impression and the street appeal.

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Stone Table from Inspired Exteriors

Charlie has been in the landscape biz for the last 14 years and also owns Sydney based landscape design business Inspired Exteriors. Charlie’s business offers an extensive range of services that encompass landscape design, project management, garden styling, outdoor furniture including bespoke pieces, preparing your house for sale and our personal favourite veggie patch installation! anyone who is willing to get Australians growing food from scratch for their families has our vote.

Whitehaven day bed from Inspired Exteriors

Whitehaven day bed from Inspired Exteriors

One of the services that Inspired Exteriors offers are green wall’s, these are are brilliant if you are short on space or have a courtyard garden. Charlie has done a few on Selling Houses and they always look brilliant.

Greenwall by Inspired Exteriors

Greenwall by Inspired Exteriors

We look forward to the next season of Selling Houses Australia to see what magic Charlie can perform outdoors to get some more unsellable houses sold and also to give us some tips we can use for our own backyards.

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Flameless Wax Candles

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enjoy lighting candles

I must admit I have always had a serious addiction to candles. In the time that we refer to now as B.C. (before child) there was hardly a flat surface in my home that didn’t have a candle on it, but once my daughter got to toddler age the candles became something that had to be kept far out of reach and definitely not  for ambience on a coffee table.Caribbean Collection Candle Duo

I then came across flameless wax candles from an Australian company called Enjoy Lighting Australia and these seemed to fit the bill perfectly. Some of the earlier candles available on the market in Australia had an almost ‘flashing’ flame effect but these candles were made of real wax and used a triple LED light source to make the flicker as realistic as possible, at last there was something on the market that would give the effect of a real candle burning without the obvious safety issues that come with using the real thing.

flameless candles

The candles from Enjoy Lighting also came equipped with a set and forget timer, a range of colours and on some sets a remote control, we were so impressed that we decided to buy these for our online store and haven’t looked back. I realise this may look like a shameless plug for a product that we stock and no doubt we are impressed with these but I would encourage anyone who hasn’t tried these to get one and see for yourself, the ambience is amazing and the effect so realistic it will save you a fortune in buying candles and the safety aspect alone is worthwhile with so many house fires started from candles.

Candles in Glass Bowl

Celebrity designer Shaynna Blaze star of Selling Houses Australia and The Block was so impressed with the product that she put her name to her own range of Enjoy Lighting candles in Classic Ivory. The candles also just won best product at the Melbourne 2013 Reed Gift Fair.

Shaynna Blaze Signature Collection

If you try one thing different in your home this year, make it one of these candles, trust me you wont regret it!


Some ranges of these candles available through us at Urban Spice Homewares and wholesale enquiries and stockist info from Enjoy Lighting Australia