Friday 6 December 2019

Are You On Top of Your New Year Planning?

Whether you’re planning the office Christmas gifts, that enviable summer holiday, or you’re already filling up your schedule for the New Year, plan everything ahead of time with one of Collins Debden’s diaries. Their latest range perfectly encapsulates both style and sophistication. 2019 also marks the Bicentennial of Collins, as they celebrate 200 years of passionately curating stationery and diaries that are world renowned for their quality, creativity and innovation.

Perfect in time for Christmas and the New Year, Collins Debden has a diary that caters to everyone’s tastes and needs.

Candleriggs – Limited edition
To commemorate their 200th Anniversary, Collins Debden have released their limited edition tartan diary – Candleriggs; reflecting the heritage and ambition of their Scottish history. Officially registered with the Scottish Register of Tartans, the Candleriggs diary features the blue and white of the Scottish flag, while the smooth, leather cover alludes to the maroon cloth that was used in the early production of Collins diaries. Owners of this enviable limited edition product will notice that the colour palette is enhanced with a touch of green within the Tartan-themed spine and inner pockets, reflecting Collins Debden’s support for environmental sustainability and eco initiatives.
RRP $89.99

This diary is perfect for those looking for that classic style, with a new twist. Available in both desk and pocket sizes, Vanessa is ideal for those constantly on the move, with double wiro binding and a leather-like, dual- tone colour finish. It’s available in six colours and includes internal storage, card slot holders and pen loop. RRP from $8.99

The Elite range is the ultimate organisation tool for the working professional! Packed with a range of practical, convenient and sophisticated features, it includes a notepad, mylar-tabbed monthly pages, expenses summary, a 2-year pull out banner, business card pockets and a removable address book. With cream paper and a smooth finish, it is available in cherry red, navy and black.
RRP from $33.99 - $114.99

Featuring a soft to the touch cover with a matching elastic closure band, this slimline diary can be taken with you, wherever you need it to go. Never lose track of your important dates or documents again, with an internal ribbon marker for easy access and an expandable inner pocket to keep all those New Year resolutions handy! Available in six colours.
RRP from $12.99

Looking to add a pop of colour to your desk? Well, look no further than the brand-new Enchanted diary collection. Adorned in three foliage-themed, fabric colours and an eye-catching date stamp, Enchanted is the quintessential diary for managing the most hectic of schedules. With a day to a page format and flexible board covers, don’t head into any situation in 2020 without this colourful companion by your side. 
RRP $28.99
For the eco-friendly minimalist in your life, set them up for the New Year with the charming B6 week to view Serendipity diary. Externally, the textured and trendy cover is made from a water-resistant durable Kraft paper and internally it features cream Kinmari Japanese paper. Don’t leave it up to chance – buy this range now before they inevitably buy it for themselves! 
I have this and I absolutely love the beautiful paper!
RRP $25.99

Plan + Note Pro 
The Collins Plan+Note Pro is the perfect Christmas present for that special someone in your life who is obsessed with staying organised, in a stylish way! From the outside to inside, the Plan+Note Pro does not disappoint, with a week to view diary, a notes and do-to list section, hidden business card holders, pockets and elastic wrap closure. Available in a deep blue, grey and mustard yellow.
RRP $33.99

Whether 2020 marks the start of a new job role or just a new chapter in your life, be inspired and captivated with this B5 week to view Lifestyle diary. Completely unique and fully curated, this holistic diary is essential for anyone heading into a big year. With specialised planning pages that offer health, wellbeing, personal/professional tips and self-care encouragement, achieve your goals in 2020 and know that anything is possible!
RRP $32.99

Stay ahead of the curve with the stylish and minimalistic Metropolitan diary series. Inspired by major cities around the world, the London, Sydney, Melbourne and Glasgow ranges are available in an array of colours and textures.

· The Sydney and London bonded leather diaries have been crafted with the professional urbanite in mind. Available in B6 size and with a vertical week to view format, these two distinct styles come in a tactile (Sydney) or smooth (London) finish. RRP $37.99 - $52.99

· The Glasgow and Melbourne vertical week to view diaries are available in B6 size and feature smooth, Kinmari Japanese paper – allowing you to dawdle, daydream and jot down every thought. RRP $26.50 - $32.99

If you’re looking for that office Secret Santa gift under $25, look no further than the Edge A5 Diary. Available in three colours with a sophisticated and smooth leather-like finish, this professional diary will add a pop of fun into your recipient’s daily schedule. Featuring a range of crisp, easy to read graphics, a comprehensive information section and slick ivory paper, don’t break your budget this Christmas and get your colleague something they’ll use every day! Available in both day to a page and week to view layouts.
RRP $17.50 - $22.99

Whether it’s your wife, sister or friend, avoid the stress of not knowing what to buy that lovely lady in your life. The Spectrum range is the most accessible and female-friendly diary in the 2020 portfolio! Designed to bring the very best out of its owner, Spectrum A5 week to view diaries come in pink and blue iridescent covers with a silver shim gilt edging. Shine your way into 2020.
RRP $25.99

The Collins Debden range is available at Officeworks, newsagencies and quality stationery stockists across Australia, or online or

Till next time... get on top of your New Year planning!

Tuesday 3 December 2019

How to Achieve the Ultimate Luxe Bathroom for Less

Our bathrooms play a vital role in our daily lives; it helps invigorate us in the morning, and wind us down in the evening. This space should never be neglected and has so much more potential than just functioning as a practical place. What’s more, through small changes, it can be transformed into a refuge of relaxation and recuperation that doesn’t have to result in extortionate bills.

In 2018, the average cost of a major bathroom renovation in Australia was $17, 522, however this cost is due to varying factors and can fluctuate depending on your circumstances and needs. While a renovated bathroom can add nearly $20,000 to the value of your home, a few cosmetic changes and DIY jobs are really all it takes to get the luxe bathroom you’ve been dreaming of. Group Head of Design and Innovation, Andy Grigor, from leading designers and manufacturers of showers and taps, Methven, explains how you can create an inviting oasis without it costing the world.

Update your shower and tapware
Showers and tapware can define the theme of your bathroom. Combined with functionality, choosing a shower and tapware that looks stunning will transform your bathroom into a room you can’t wait to use.

Firstly, gather options together, take your time and do your research. Create a mood board or a scrapbook of design ideas and products. Then go and find those (or similar) products on display so you can feel the quality and get a sense of how the product feels as you use it. By simply replacing your tapware and shower you will transform the feeling of your bathroom.

According to Andy, remove the old and replace with matte black for a modern look. The Methven Aio Aurajet® Twin Shower in matte black is the epitome of imagination with its minimalist appearance and its uniquely engineered Aurajet® technology, it creates an efficient, luxuriously wide and even fan-like spray which will transform your showering experience,.

A lick of paint never hurt anyone
If budget is tight, there are some very simple aesthetic changes you can make to immediately upgrade your bathroom. Painting your tiles may sound strange but it is a very cost effective and simple way to completely and quickly refresh your bathroom. There are many tile paints available if you like to DIY, or you can hire a professional to do it for you.

Opt for light colours such as tonal aqua to make the room feel bright or more spacious offering a serene and refreshing ambience, or select a deep colour such as emerald green for a dramatic and modern finish that encourages nurture and regeneration.

Replace your vanity
Removing your old vanity and replacing it with a new one will instantly make your bathroom feel like it’s had a full renovation. A wall mounted floating vanity will also open up the feel of a small bathroom space by adding more floor area.

However, if your budget doesn’t allow for a purchase of a new vanity, then look to ways to repurpose your old one or even an existing piece of furniture. Keep in mind the size of the area and plumbing needs.

Sometimes the simplest tasks are the most rewarding 
According to Andy, you can renew your bathroom and give a sense of a complete upgrade, just by re-grouting your tiles. If your tiles are still in good condition, they may simply need to be re-grouted in order to make them seem brand new again and brighten your bathroom, as discolouration can show the bathroom’s age.

Add the spa-like touch
Decluttering your bathroom and adding storage where possible is key. Once you have a fresh canvas, adding little accessories, a few baskets for towels, fancy soaps and decorative accents is a great way to add your personal touch.

Incorporate plants and create your own indoor oasis, which will all contribute to the overall look of your ‘home spa’.

Till next time... are you looking to upgrade your bathroom?


Methven products are available through Bunnings Warehouse, Reece, and plumbing stores and showrooms nation-wide or check out
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