Monday, 15 October 2018

Tips to Give Your Home a Relaxed & Stylish Vibe!

How do you feel when you walk into your home? Do you get stressed out by the clutter, disarray and general lack of organisation? Are you yearning to transform your space into one that brings you peace and serenity when you walk through your front door instead of one that makes you feel a sense of chaos? If so, then this is the article for YOU! 

Today, we will look at how you can go about creating a more relaxed vibe in your home. With specific decor and design ideas, you’ll be able to transform your space into a calm oasis that you can rest, rejuvenate and recharge in. Read on to find out more!

Freshen Up The Furniture!
Do you have mismatched furniture strewn all around your living room or bedroom? If so, perhaps it’s time to engage in a weekend of DIY crafts. A fantastic way to calm the disarray in a space is to ensure that you have a consistent colour palette going on, from your couch, to your rugs and tables. You don’t have to go out and spend thousands on new furniture - consider painting your furniture, purchasing a new rug and reupholstering your couch with upholstery fabric from Wortley Group. Some fantastic, soothing colours to look into would be whites, light blues, blush pinks and any muted shade that isn’t too bold or out there. 

Conquer The Clutter
Clutter is something that can send anxiety levels through the roof! In fact, there are even scientific studies that have proven this to be a fact, so don’t worry, you’re not just imagining it! One of the best ways to bring peace and serenity into your home is to conquer clutter. This may seem like a daunting task if you live in a big house, but our advice is to tackle it room by room, and to take your time doing so. Do you have items and belongings that are collecting dust? Why not hold a garage sale, or give things away to family and friends who may actually make use of them? Aside from giving things away, you can also conquer clutter by being organised with your storage system. Opt for closed shelves, storage furniture and anything else that hides clutter away from both your eyes and guests’ eyes. We guarantee that this simple yet essential step will completely transform your environment from chaotic to zen in an instant. 

Add A Touch Of Freshness
Nothing is more relaxing that a slow stroll down a park or the botanic gardens on a spring afternoon. You can bring this very feeling of relaxation into your home by introducing some freshness to your space in the form of freshly cut flowers and green plants. Always ensure that you select plants that are low maintenance, in order to prevent visuals of unsightly wilted flowers and leaves which are the complete opposite of relaxed and inviting! Succulents and cacti require little to no maintenance, as do orchids which can last up to three months from bud. Low maintenance plants ensure that you don’t have to stress about watering them on the daily, whilst at the same time bringing a splash of serenity into any space.

Can You Smell That?
Did you know that certain smells can induce a sense of relaxation and reduce anxiety and stress levels? This is why so many massage therapists and spas always resort to lighting scented candles, incense and having stashes of potpourri all around the place. To bring that very same feeling of relaxation to your home, consider purchasing a scent diffuser that keeps your space smelling fresh all day long. You can also incorporate scented candles in your favourite scents into your home decor, keeping it smelling like paradise all year round. Some soothing scents we recommend are Lavender, Jasmine, Vanilla and Rosemary. 

Incorporate Elements Of Nature
Aside from flowers and plants, another great way to breathe some serenity into your space is to incorporate a few elements of nature into it. Natural materials foster a sense of inner calm and peace in us, so look into rustic wooden furniture, natural stone benchtops or even a mini fountain in your backyard to really up your zen levels!

We hope this article has given you some insightful knowledge into how you can make your home a more relaxed environment! 

Till next time... keep it casual!

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Tips to get your dream renovation finished before Christmas

The festive season is fast approaching and so too is the deadline for getting those last-minute home renovations underway before the endless run of summer soirees begin.

However, according to Beaumont Tiles Ambassador and Rapid Renovation Expert, Naomi Findlay, all too often Australian homeowners get overwhelmed with their renovation plans and find it difficult to get started.

According to Naomi, whether it’s finances, time, organisation or simply not knowing where to start, it’s easy for DIYers to find themselves ‘stumped’ before they even start their renovation.

If you're feeling overwhelmed or unsure of where to start your much needed reno, then these tips might help…













Get planning
Before you start any renovation, make a plan and stick to it. Planning is also likely to pull you out of your pre-renovation slump and keep you focused.

Experts also recommends identifying what style you’re looking to renovate the project in from the start, to help quicken selection processes, and turnaround times.

If you're unsure what your style is, Beaumont Tiles has a great two-minute quiz called What’s My Style, which helps identify your style from the top ten global interior design trends and at the end provides a mood board full of suggestions, all curated from trusted local retailers.

According to Naomi, having a vision of the full extent of the renovation with goals of how long you want it to take, how you want it to look and how much you are willing to spend before you pick up a sledgehammer will really help quicken the process and help you hit that Christmas deadline.

If you know you only have a certain amount of days until the festive season kicks off, prioritise what you want to get done and then stick to it.

Timing is key
The rooms that have the most extended lead times from the planning phase to the finish are the kitchen and bathroom, says Naomi, so these should be planned first, and your trades should be lined up.

Having everything you need finalised before you start will make the execution phase as short as possible, which, when you’re on a tight time frame, is a must! If trades aren’t available to complete the job within your specific timeframe, consider taking on some smaller DIY projects yourself such as retiling your splashback or revamping your tapware. For those smaller DIY projects, look at seeking advice from your local suppliers.

Speak to the experts
There is an endless amount of support for home renovators in the market, so use it, says Naomi. Anything can be a DIY project with the right support – the sky is the limit. If you’re attempting to tile a kitchen splashback or bathroom feature, speak to the experts in store and get advice from them.

Beaumont Tiles stores are staffed with tiling experts, plus they also have a dedicated DIY section on their website with loads of great tips and tricks. In order to manage your DIY effectively, use renovation apps like the ‘Rapid Reno Mate’, which will keep your project on time, on budget and stress free – exactly what you need when you’re trying to complete a renovation on the clock.

Look at financing options
A great way of ticking all your DIY projects off your wish list in the lead up to Christmas is by leveraging the finance options offered by retailers. While it’s great to have the money upfront for your renovation, it’s not always realistic, so take the time to do some research and find the best finance solution for you.

Naomi recommends looking at your local suppliers and ask if they have any financing options available. Sometimes all you need is 6 or 12-months grace to get you by.

Save time by seeking referrals
Word-of-mouth is a big thing when it comes to renovations, so speak to your friends and family and get recommendations for trades from them.

Finding suitable tradespeople can often be a challenge for even the most experienced of renovators. Speak with friends, work colleagues, and your trusted retailers to find out who they have used in the past. Referrals are everything in the renovation game.

The lead time for DIY renovations can range from 8 to 12 weeks, so it’s time to get moving on your project. However, whether you’re revamping the kitchen or getting the patio or poolside pergola ready for the family Christmas, there’s still enough time to get your renovations completed before the busy festive rush. It’s all about using the right tools and with the right support, creating your dream space will be as easy as one, two, three.

Till next time... are you ready to get into the renovation swing? 

xox
Rani


About the company
Beaumont Tiles is Australia’s biggest retailer of tiles and bathroom ware with 114 outlets across most states. An innovative market leader, Beaumont Tiles buyers travel the globe to bring back the best in tile designs. Beaumont Tiles has company owned and franchised stores servicing trade, home builders and renovators, and the commercial sector. www.tile.com.au

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Tips and Tools for the DIY Mover

Moving house often tops the list as one of life’s most stressful and also expensive experiences, and Aussies are on the move more than ever before. The Australian Bureau of Statistics states that 90 per cent of young households have moved at least once in the last five years, and 40 per cent having moved three or more times. Nationally, Aussies spend $863 million each year on moving, with the average cost around $1,600 per move, frequent relocations are likely to break the bank. Apart from a rental bond, the next biggest expenses are fitting out a new pad with furniture, followed by removal companies and utility connection fees.

However, with the right equipment you can significantly decrease the cost of moving by doing some of it yourself, and with some careful planning. We spoke with James Lomax, Merchandise Manager at Kelso for his top tips for the DIY mover.

Create a list and tick it off 
Start off on the right foot by putting your plans on paper. Create a detailed checklist and timeline that covers each stage of the moving process at least four to six weeks prior to moving day. Then give yourself a day to actually get all this important stuff done.

This includes purchasing packing supplies, booking rubbish removal with your local council, updating your bank and transferring utilities to your new address, redirect postage, review your insurance policies, booking a cleaner and arranging the inspection day with your real estate agent if leasing.

It’s also helpful to create an action plan for moving day and share this with your family to make sure everyone knows what they are each accountable for and you can work to tighter deadlines with the removalists (to help save costs), as well as help avoid any unwanted fines from unpaid bills that didn’t reach your new address in time.

Get the right equipment 
You can cut down costs by purchasing packing items directly from a supplier, such as bubble wrap, cardboard boxes, tape and marker pens, instead of getting the removalists to purchase it for you – as this will generally include an admin fee.

Trolleys are also a vital piece of equipment in a DIY move as they enable you to easily move heavy loads safely. For example, the Kelso small or medium folding trolleys ($69 and $119) have 125kg and 150kg load capacities respectively, and can be folded and stored in small storage spaces in the car or home. They feature a lightweight, durable steel frame and flat-free poly-rim wheels to suit any home moving so you can leave only the largest of furniture to the professionals.

Depending on what you’re comfortable with moving, the Kelso large folding hand truck is specifically built for moving large furniture and white goods over staircases in a safe and reliable manner to help you save even more on professionals. It has a 250kg load capacity, 8inch flat-free wheels, folding ergonomic handles and a lightweight aluminium frame for extra strength and can still be folded for easy storage.

Just in case you're thinking of getting a Kelso hand trolley for your big move, they are available from independent hardware stores, including, Mitre 10, Home Timber & Hardware, Independent Hardware Specialists, Vetner and Trade Tools.

Prepare your current home 
Start to prepare your current home at least four weeks prior to moving day by getting rid of things you don’t need, as this can also help you make money.

By de-cluttering early, you can look to sell any good quality items online before moving day, rather than throwing it away at the last minute. Start in the garage or storage spaces where you are more likely to have unwanted items.

Also start to use up the food in your freezer and food items that will reach their use by date by the time you move to avoid unnecessary waste.

Carry out any maintenance or required repairs at the property so that it’s in good condition when you leave. This is especially important for renters who will need to cross-check with a condition report, as one in eight renters surveyed have lost their bond due to insufficient cleaning and rental arrears.

Time to pack! 
Gather all of your packing supplies and start in a room that you use less often and keep track of things you might need to access before you move. Label every box clearly with the corresponding room and details of the items inside, as this will save you a lot of unnecessary confusion later.

Pack lighter items into large boxes and heavy items in small boxes. This helps keep the weight of each box more manageable, making it easier to pick up and load onto trolleys, as well as preventing injuries to your back.

Be resourceful when packing by making use of things like socks, towels and blankets to securely wrap small or fragile items. This will not only save you having to pack them, but also help reduce costs on bubble wrap.

Moving day
Moving day will creep up faster than you would have liked, but luckily you have your action plan to refer back to. It’s best to start early on moving day to get the most out of the daylight hours. Load the truck with large items first, such as mattresses, washing machine, fridge- freezer, and then boxes. Load your kitchen boxes last so they are first into the new home to help prevent food spoilage in a hot vehicle.

It’s also a good idea to place boxes straight into the corresponding room in your new home for easy unpacking once everything has been unloaded.
If you are looking for more moving tips, tools and guides, check this or this one out or if you're moving in with someone, here's a great article on 'How to blend styles without bickering'

Till next time... have a smooth moving day!

xox
Rani
Since its inception in 1972, the name Kelso has been synonymous with wheelbarrows throughout Australia. Kelso is widely recognised for its premium trade range across its categories of wheelbarrows, cement mixers, hand trucks and construction equipment. Kelso Trade Tools are “Built Stronger to Last Longer”.

Friday, 31 August 2018

Renovation Revival - Creating a Stylish Home

With television shows such as The Block and House Rules gaining immense popularity in recent years, it comes as no surprise that the renovation bug has bit hard in Australia. No longer are homeowners content with the decor left from the past, and are instead putting all their disposable money, time and effort into creating a stylish home. There are many reasons why people are renovating, whether it be lack of satisfaction with where they live, or sprucing up a house for sale.

According to Brisbane architect Stephanie Skyring, “a beautifully renovated home will add more value”, and considering the property values are already increasing, an exponential profit may be earned. Unfortunately, while some homes look incredible after renovation, others look disjointed. The combination of old and new rids the house of a specific style, and leaves it looking unfinished. So we've put together four ways you can avoid this and create a stylish home.

Get the big jobs out of the way
A huge aspect of renovation is determining what the necessary changes are, and instituting them first. You need to create a solid foundation in order for your home to be perceived as stylish. Surface renovation without a solid base can create many problems in the future, so take your time to get these things fixed first.

This may be a fresh coat of paint on the walls, fixing any plumbing issues, or even updating some parts of the house for a stylish version. This could mean a new kitchen, counterweight garage door or even a fresh driveway! All of these things will make a huge difference to your overall style. Do a thorough check of your home and make a list of things that need to be fixed. Contact the appropriate people and get on your way to implementing a solid foundation.

Know your budget
The housing renovation market in Australia is worth a whopping $32 billion according to a report by the Housing Industry Association in 2017. The number of renovations each year is forecasted to increase, so it is important to make a budget that you can stick to. With redecorating becoming hugely popular, it is very easy to get carried away and needlessly spend money.

Know your timeline and budget but be flexible. There are always hidden costs, and unexpected roadblocks that you may have to pay for. Consider these early, and set a budget accordingly. Another important thing to consider, is your budget of time; renovation is greedy, and will attempt to suck all your time away. Proceed with your plans at a steady rate, not too quick that you burn yourself out, but also not too slow that you lose momentum. It won’t be over overnight, so be ready for the long haul.

Keep it simple
This is a great way to make your renovation last through style changes and crazy trends: keep your base simple. In the past, patterns were a huge trend. Patterned wall, rugs, furniture, all of which created a cacophony of colours and noise which somehow represented houses in the latter half of the last century. Reduce the noise and opt for a simple and neutral colour scheme that will stand the test of time. Partnering a simple base with accent pieces will create a stylish and modern finish. For inspiration, visit the Dulux website, they have many wonderful examples of stylish and modern homes. Alternatively, browse Pinterest for some great ideas!

Make it yours
Your home belongs to you, and should reflect who you are. Don’t be afraid to go against the trends, and break the rules every once in a while. If you would like to paint your front door a crazy colour, do it! Be brave, be bold, and recognise that your space does not have to appeal to everybody. Coco Chanel said “in order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” Allow your home to reflect your individuality and irreplaceability. That is the true essence of style.

So, there we have it, four ways to create a stylish home. Renovating a home is quite an undertaking, so be ready to embrace the challenge. If you have any tips or questions, do share with us in the comments below.

Till next time... create a stylish home!

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

How to Make Moving Home a Positive Experience!

Moving to a new house is such an exciting time. I love the opportunity it brings to reorganise all of my things, declutter drawers and closets, and begin daydreaming on redecorating in a new space. But let’s be honest, moving isn’t all filled with positive emotions. Stress, anxiety and even dread are emotions that may come up for some when the topic of moving house is brought up.

If you are about to move to a new home and are feeling a bit stuck on how to move forward with a positive attitude then this article is for you. Read on for top tips on how to make moving to a new home a positive and fun experience.

The Actual Move
Moving into a new home would probably be a far more positive experience if you didn’t have to actually move all of your stuff into a new home. I should know, I have moved countless times in the last twenty years. Four of those moves being International. The last time we moved we did something that I now know I cannot live without - we hired removalists in Melbourne.

I can’t think of another service that is so worth the money. I did all the organising and planning, and someone else came in and packed up all my stuff then unpacked it on the other side! I am still in shock of how enjoyable this made the whole moving experience.

Seize the Day
Maybe you are like me and find yourself moving often. Or maybe you have been in the same house for 30 years. Regardless of your situation, try to view moving as the golden opportunity to tidy up your life. Set aside a lot of time to go through your things and declutter. Receipts you have been holding on to for a decade, a flyer from a nature cruise from three years ago, a shirt that you haven’t worn in five years - toss or donate these items. Your new you in your new home with your perfectly organised drawers and closets will thank you!

Moving Day Survival Kit
This is something I did on the most recent move and it was such a hit! Often moving day is a bit chaotic and all of your stuff is, well, packed up and you can’t use it! You would be surprised how many times during moving day you will try to reach for something only to remember, yet again, that everything is boxed and packed. Here enters the moving day survival kit. Pack a kit with things like toiletries, snacks, drinks, cutlery and plates if needed and a phone charger. And cold beer, obviously you are going to need a way to get beer cold for this survival kit or a bottle of red!

Start Early
Preparation is key! If I had to move in the next couple of months, the old me would look at that as heaps of time to prepare. But the seasoned mover knows that I will need those two months to adequately prepare for a smooth sailing moving day. My preparation begins now, and I would tackle each corner of the house until everything left in the old house is a total necessity in the new house. 

If a new house is on the horizon, then don’t wait until the very last minute to get the ball rolling. Moving day doesn’t need to be full of stress and anxiety. Just the opposite. It should be full of opportunity and excitement. Planning, preparation and hiring the right help on the day will see you floating effortlessly into your new abode.

Till next time... make moving home a positive experience!

Monday, 27 August 2018

DIY Friendly Paving Patterns For The Perfect Home Exterior!

With spring around the corner, now is the perfect time to spruce up your outdoor entertaining area. The best place to start is from the ground up and for that, things like pavers, turf and pebbles are key. Pavers are a key element for both design and practicality – creating a solid foundation and starting point for your backyard.
While the ease of installation is one thing that makes paving a great choice for DIY projects, it also gives you the ability to get creative with different patterns. For variety, style and impact for your home, the flexibility that pavers provides is hard to beat. According to Adbri Masonry’s Brand Ambassador Jason Hodges, with any one paver, you can create four to six different paving pattern styles allowing you to find the right match for your home.

Another important consideration is the colour and texture, as this will set the scene for the entire area. Consider which paving colour will best complement your existing space by matching them with roof tiles, guttering, bricks or render.

Here, Jason shares his tips on paving and an array of DIY friendly patterns.

When laying a paver, it’s important to leave a 3mm gap between each paver – this is for jointing sand that is swept over the surface once you’ve finished the job. This sand will help to avoid the pavers from rubbing and chipping.
The most important element for those looking at DIY paving projects is the fact that some areas and paving patterns require half pavers to fill gaps and this involves cutting. According to Jason, some paving patterns will require cuts via the use of a brick saw which can be hired from Bunnings or a local hire shop. While the hiring is easy, the operation of the saw requires caution and all of the required safety gear, so take your time or better still, engage the help of a tradesman.

If you are using pavers that will be cut, there’s one great tip Jason recommends to help ‘hide’ the smaller paver throughout the overall space; “I like to run a header course around all of my paving which means you won’t end up with a little paver on the edge.”

Stretcher Bond
Stretcher Bond is the most common paving pattern as it’s DIY friendly, requires minimal cutting and leaves little wastage. It’s a traditional pattern that replicates the classic look of brickwork and can easily hide imperfections in the pattern.
Stackbond
This pattern is an excellent choice when paving feature spaces such as entertaining areas and patios where the finished look is important. Stackbond is a great paving pattern choice for large format pavers and can make smaller layouts appear bigger – a great design hack. The pattern is simple to install by carefully laying each paver down by one corner, once laid you will see that all four corners of the pavers will meet. Keep in mind that lines do have to be straight, as this pattern will show up any imperfections. 

Herringbone
The Herringbone pattern is a savvy design choice that is making a stylish comeback. Using a smaller format sized paver, interlock the pavers on a 90-degree or 45-degree angle. It’s an eye-catching pattern that will make a great first impression.

Basket Weave
The Basket Weave pattern is a design that adds character, dimension and complements existing brick surfaces. To achieve a Basket Weave pattern, simply lay two pavers the same way each time, swapping in direction every “set” of two pavers and repeat. When choosing a paving colour, be sure to take a close look at the bricks in your home, as they will be flecked with a few different colours. You need a rectangular paver to achieve this.

Mixed Euro Stone
This is a new trend for both residential and commercial applications that incorporates mixed pavers of different sizes and colours for a modern paved look. It’s a great option for families as the colour variation can easily hide any stains as opposed to one solid colour.
So which one's your favourite style of paving? Do yo have pavers in your driveway or your backyard? If you're looking to pave, here's a great DIY paving pattern video
Till next time... pave your way to the perfect home exterior!


About the company
Adbri Masonry is Australia’s leading masonry manufacturer supplying quality concrete bricks, blocks, pavers, retaining walls, erosion control products, architectural masonry solutions and reconstituted stone veneers throughout Australia’s East Coast, South Australia and Tasmania.

Friday, 24 August 2018

The Renter's Revisions - A Guide to Upgrading Your Rental Property

As any landlord can attest to, a high turnover of tenants can be a huge drain on your bottom line. Property left vacant for weeks or even months, is simply money down the drain. For this reason, retaining long term tenants, those who pay on time and maintain a property in an respectful fashion, are gold to property owners.

A recent ‘softening’ in the rental market has meant that tenants with solid references and rental history are able to bide their time to select the best possible rental deal. By initiating a few affordable upgrades, property owners can go a long way to luring desirable tenants to come and stay a while…

So, what are some affordable upgrades landlords can implement to retain tenants and ensure a long and successful rental partnership?

Getting a good reception
Research has shown that, as a nation, we spend more of our leisure hours watching television than being on the internet. In fact on average, we dedicate around eighteen hours per week to watching the television.

At every level of the rental market, tenants demand good television reception; devoid of pixelation, static interference or signal loss. No matter how high-end a tv is, picture quality will suffer without an functioning, quality antenna. A TV antenna in Melbourne, among other things, must:

● Have solid digital reception
● Be manufactured from durable materials to withstand our extremes of climate
● Boast superior reception range
● Be strategically-placed by a professional installer to optimise reception

Methods which can be implemented by experienced installers to optimise reception include:
● Detection of any potential interference issue (LTE/4G) that may disrupt digital TV reception
● Identifying signal impediments, including physical obstructions such as trees or buildings, which can cause interference
● Remedial work on damaged or poorly fitted antennas
● Identifying optimal mast height for unimpeded reception

Connectivity - Wi-Fi
Running a close second on Australia’s favourite pastimes list, is internet use. Research indicates that we spend an average of thirteen hours per week on the internet, outside of work. Many tenants will spend some percentage of their home life working and with the rise of remote offices and work from home options, demand for high speed internet is increasing at a rapid pace.

This means that fast, functional and reliable internet connectivity is almost mandatory for anyone hoping to attract and retain long term tenants.

If NBN Broadband Access Network is available in your area, contact them to discuss the types of equipment and technology required to enable connection to your premises.

Creature comforts
New legislation is currently under consideration which will see landlords obligated to provide adequate heating in rental properties. If your property currently has no sufficient heat source, it may be time to investigate safe heating options. It pays to do some number crunching here. A stand alone gas heater can cost upwards of $2,000 whereas ducted heating with 6 vents can be as little as $3,000 to $4,000.

As any leasing agent can attest to, tenants list ducted heating as a priority when looking for a rental home and will pay a premium to get it. This is particularly the case if they are elderly or have young children in their care.

Not only does adequate heating benefit the tenant, proper heating and ventilation reduces the risk of mould and dampness. Alternatively, reverse cycle air conditioners which have both heating and cooling capacity can be an attractive option for tenants - particularly in warmer states.

Security
No matter which neighbourhood your property is located in, security will be a high priority for attracting tenants. New laws are being considered which will see deadlocks becoming mandatory in rental premises. Video surveillance cameras or alarm systems can also be an asset, particularly for those with families or in areas recognised as having a high crime rate.

Landlords neglect tenants at their peril. Attracting and retaining quality tenants should be a top priority for those seeking to invest in real estate for a secure financial future. By providing tenants with simple and affordable conveniences such as those mentioned above, you are giving yourself an edge to achieve a stress-free, successful tenancy. 

Have you ever rented an apartment or a house? Or have you ever rented out a property? What has been your experience? Do share with us in the comments below.

Till next time... have a great weekend!

Sunday, 29 July 2018

How You Can End Weeds & Waste the Eco-Friendly Way!

Australia is famed for expansive gardens, backyards and unique plant life; however we all know that the maintenance of lush outdoor spaces and beautiful gardens can come at an economic and environmental cost. 

To help reduce single-use plastic in managing these outdoor spaces, gardening specialists, Nylex, are urging homeowners to switch to re-usable products when fertilizing, and managing pests and weeds. We all know how important the planet is to all of us and since almost every nation has a heavy reliance on plastic, there is an urgent need for every individual to consider their personal contribution to waste and landfill that could take thousands and thousands of years to break down. According to the ABC’s data, Australians are generating waste at twice the growth of our population every year. One of the largest contributors to this waste epidemic is single-use plastic items, including water bottles, straws and grocery bags, yet reducing the amount of plastic consumed is often easy to implement through small habitual changes.

According to the Product Manager at Nylex, ready-to-use weed and pest sprayers are notorious for being thrown in the bin after mere minutes of use, yet one bottle of concentrate lasts the equivalent of 32 on average single-use spray bottles – significantly decreasing the amount of plastic you throw away. These single-use sprayers also cost on average 76 per cent more than buying a good quality sprayer and concentrate, so in choosing an environmentally friendly option you also get more bang for your buck.

The same sprayers can also be easily washed and re-filled for different tasks. The beginning of spring is the best time to fertilize your fruits, as a good fertilizer should hold effect for up to four months, while winter is the best time to get rid of weeds to avoid them taking over in the warmer months.

Woody weeds like blackberries or vigorous vines such as ivy or lantana are tougher to remove, however, clever ergonomic design means serious gardeners can easily get the job done quickly. For example, the Nylex 16L Heavy Duty Sprayer can be worn like a backpack so garden enthusiast can easily cover large areas of tough vegetation in a single session.Alternatively, the Nylex 500ml Trigger Sprayer is ideal for spot maintenance of prized blooms and maintaining indoor plants.

Nylex sprayers are available nationwide at Bunnings Warehouse stores and all good garden and hardware retailers. 

So take a look at the Nylex website and think about how you too can reduce single use plastics in your garden!

Till next time... end weeds and waste the eco-friendly way!

xox
Rani


About Nylex
Nylex watering products are the product of choice when looking for durability, reliability and affordability. From market leading anti-kink garden hoses to a multitude of watering accessories, Nylex has a product to cover all your watering needs. Every item in the Nylex range has been specifically designed to make watering a breeze and are sure to add beauty to every Australian garden. Visit their website to see the full range of products: www.nylex.com.au

Monday, 16 July 2018

We're Open - 8 Tips for Moving Into a New Office!

Growth and expansion are critical components of any business plan. Business expansion means new opportunity, new staff members and often, new premises in which to fit them! It is a heady and exciting time but can also be costly. To avoid potential pitfalls and protect your investment, here are eight tips for moving offices successfully.

Office Design
Picking the right space is a crucial and critical step. The right office plan and design can motivate employees and increase productivity, creativity and collaboration. Office spaces also needs to be stylish and contemporary to create a formal but comfortable environment. Ergonomic furniture, plenty of natural light and a neutral and industrial colour scheme and accessories are all important elements of a good office design.
Secure the Premises
Securing your new office space is of paramount importance. Not only is there significant value to the equipment and infrastructure in your office space, but your intellectual assets are the heart of your business. It is a wise move to invest in a high-quality business security system. Many companies choose to combine door security and an office alarm with a card access system. This allows you to manage staff access throughout the building.

Prepare Your Staff
A happy employee is an engaged and productive employee. Studies have found that when staff enjoy being at work, they are 20% more productive! Some important considerations for employees include available parking and public transport, nearby facilities for coffee and lunch and the office interior. Consider introducing some plants, creating a comfortable chill out zone and making sure you have a welcoming lunch space to boost employee morale.

Update your OH&S Procedures
Protecting your staff in their new environment and ensuring that you are legally compliant is vital when relocating. Has an ergonomic assessment of the new workstations been completed? Do staff know where the emergency exits are and the location of fire extinguishers and first aid kits? It is probably worth scheduling a fire drill in the first week, so everyone feels confident about the new procedures. 

Set Up and Test Your New Systems
Downtime is costly for any company, so the last thing that you want is to get to the new premises and find that the phones or internet aren’t working! If possible, have them up and running a week beforehand and check the systems thoroughly so you can iron out any issues. 

Move Like a Well-Oiled Machine
Most companies will hire a professional moving company to carry out the move for them, but even so, a lot of work generally goes into the pack up and set up. It is worthwhile appointing a Relocation Coordinator to manage the project. They can check who will supply boxes and labels, what packing and prep need to be done prior, and all the small details that might get overlooked.

Set Up New Staff Access
If you are relocating because your business is growing, chances are you have new staff members joining the team. Remember to arrange both their physical office space and their computer set-up – do they have a login, an email, data security and access to any specific programs required for their role? Smooth and professional staff onboarding has a positive impact on the ongoing relationship with new employees, so start out on the right foot! 

Tell the World
Now you have all your relocation ducks in a row, make sure you communicate with your clients! It is worth giving them as much notice as possible, with several reminders just before the move. You can also communicate via social media. Make sure that your website is updated in a timely fashion and that you have new business cards printed and ready to go. 

With some careful planning and forethought, you can minimize disruption to your business and be fully operational in a new and chic location in no time.

Till next time... have a great start to the work week!

Friday, 13 July 2018

5 Table Styling Tips To Make You The Envy At Home & Online!

I recently invited my closest girlfriends over for a Christmas in July outdoor luncheon and as much as I love entertaining friends and family at our home, let’s face it – entertaining is no longer just about guests and food. It’s also about table settings, cutlery, place cards, decor, linen and of course instagramming your beautiful tablescapes. So, you want to make sure not only your food but your table settings really impress as well.

Corelle, known for their super durable, easy to stack yet stylish tempered glass dinnerware, have released three unique new designs, Modena, Dalena and Florentia – three unique styles to suit every foodie’s taste. With so much to choose from (Corelle has over 2000 patterns!), it can get difficult when it comes to picking dinner sets and table styling. So today we have Corelle’s Vice President of Global Design -Tania Aldous sharing her five key tips for choosing and styling your tableware.

Throw the rule book out
According to Tania Aldous, an industrial designer who grew up in Australia and now works in the US, it’s so much more fun mixing and matching patterns and shapes for casual dining.

Many patterns can be blended together on one table, or mixed with white ware. It is however always easier to start with a blank canvas- plain white table settings and then build using different shapes, squares and rounds on the one table. Bring in other patterns for bread and butter plates, serving bowls and accessories to create a visual feast.

Tania's top tip: Put two table settings together and mix with vintage finds of the same colour as the patterns for a truly unique tablescape!

Pick a theme, colour family or occasion
For a contemporary feel you may wish to choose a geometric design such as Corelle’s new look Modena, inspired by natural fractals and angular contemporary elements or a particular colour.

Modena’s geometric design paired with soft pink or peach colours and natural materials such as linen to juxtapose the angular lines with softer elements creates a luxurious Scandinavian feel.

Tania's top tip: It’s easy to mix and match when you have a theme in mind, then other accessories can be added such as complementary serviettes or glassware.

Invest in different tablecloths or table runners
According to Tania, a long centre table runner of brown paper, or even colourful wrapping paper can be used to set the mood of the table for a special themed dinner. It can also be rolled up later and recycled.

Corelle’s Florentia design is inspired by travels through Spain with its classic navy colours and is perfectly paired with strong, bright coloured tablecloths and contrasting serviettes, or it can bring sophistication to outdoor dining when the setting is paired with washed natural linens, oversized Sangria pitchers and weathered cutlery.

Choose an unusual centre piece
You can use something from another part of the house or even use holiday travel souvenirs and build a setting around them for a special occasion.

Tania's top tip: Travel finds paired with vintage silverware can become conversation starters for beautiful meals shared with friends.

Say it with flowers
Flowers are always the perfect accessory to dress a table, even a simple garden posy makes a meal special.
Corelle’s Dalena pattern was inspired by a trend called “Ethereal”, a dreamlike, watery floral on a contemporary shape. Since Corelle's always exploring new ways to capture floral beauty, this design celebrates the mystery of flowers in ever popular blues and aqua colours.

Tania's top tip: Use succulents as table decorations for their subtle colour and intriguing shapes or you can just choose tableware with a floral pattern.
I hope theses 5 styling tips inspire you to craete a table setting that will make you the envy of every guest  at your party and also of those on social media! If you do use any of our tips, please tag us by using #lmjtableenvy.

The new Corelle dinnerware designs are available through Big W nationally. The Modena 16-piece dinner set is priced at RRP $59, Dalena 16-piece dinner set at RRP $89 and Florentia 16-piece dinner set RRP $59.*

Till next time... do share your tablescaping tips with us and have a wonderful weekend!


xox
Rani

Corelle
Ultra-durable, ultra-light Corelle dishware made its pioneering debut in the kitchen in the early 1970s. For more than four decades, inspired cooks have been using it to make a statement about how much they care about the people they serve — even when it’s a Tuesday night dinner at home.

Corning recognised the practical qualities of Vitrelle glass when they created the Corelle brand — its light weight and combination of thinness and strength were sure to be appreciated by households. Yes, it’s durable, but Corelle dinnerware has earned a reputation as a premium product because of its in-touch style and design. For more information, please go to https://corelle.com.au/about-us/

*Some individual plates and bowls sold separately
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