Living through a renovation - The life saving Hoover React Advantage Handstick


I have lived on many a building site and let me tell you that it is not at all glamorous… my Instagram pics may suggest that I’m having a great old time but constantly walking dirt, dust, concrete, saw dust and everything else into the house is tedious to say the least.

Which is why I am so lucky to have been able to review the Hoover React Advantage Handstick from Godfreys and I promise you that when I say that it is a life saver, I mean it! How did I ever get through the day not having a cordless vacuum cleaner? It is actually a miracle, especially for someone who has to vacuum multiple times a day… that dust just doesn’t give up!



Apart from it being cordless, my favourite feature is the FloorSense™ Technology. Floorsense means that it instinctively detects a change in floor type and changes the brush roll speed automatically for optimum cleaning performance. Tiles, floorboards, carpet, concrete - it just knows, and isn’t convenience all we ever want these days?!

Easily and effectively tackle deeply embedded dirt and dust with the specially designed WindTunnel SurgeTM, it’s quite amazing how much this beast picks up (especially when you thought your carpet was actually quite clean!).

It has a 23 minute battery life to easily vacuum your house - and as a special offer, for a limited time when you buy a Hoover React Advantage Handstick you will also receive a bonus battery for FREE valued at $149.95! So you will always be charged and ready vacuum!

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Botanical styling made easy with Lily Urban...



Lily Urban - Changing the face of faux, one pot at a time.

Lily Urban is a boutique, botanical inspired décor business that creates potted faux indoor plants & botanical accessories. Their designer potted faux plant collections are an essential homewares accessory for all people living crazy, busy lives who love a touch of indoor greenery.

Lily Urban are not your typical potted artificial plant business. They don't mass produce generic, fake looking plants in ordinary pots, they create botanical beauties that are uniquely different.....curated & made to order using only first class faux and each one comes styled in a beautiful, handmade vessel. 



"It started with a home renovation….

Having completed a major extension, we continually had people unexpectedly dropping-in for a bit of a look and although the building was done, our fit-out wasn’t yet complete, we still needed furniture and other key pieces to make it a home. So to give it the quick lift it needed to make it more inviting, botanical's were my first thought!

With fresh flowers not lasting long, and knowing that the quality of artificial's had dramatically improved since 'my gran's days', I knew that this could be the thing to fill the void.

With many compliments from friends at my new faux botanical's (one even asked if they were from my garden!) and repeated queries about where I got them from, I looked into sourcing and started selling locally through word of mouth.

Fast forward a few years and house plants had started to explode in popularity, mainly because of our crazy, busy, urban lifestyles along with shrinking backyards and the growth in medium/high density apartment living. And all of these reasons meant the desire for indoor garden sanctuaries was on the rise.

Identifying a gap in the market for high-end potted faux botanical's, I turned my attention to plants. My idea was to create a designer potted faux botanical collection that appealed to people with an eye for quality.

Blown away by the life-like features of some species but hugely disappointed in the quality and style of vessels they were displayed in, I decided to source, curate and pot up my own... and so started my journey to 'change the face of faux, one pot at a time...'"

Sally - founder of Lily Urban



SHOP online here or from the Lily Urban studio in Bayside Melbourne (open by appointment only).

If you book an appointment with Lily Urban make sure you take along photos of your home or office that needs green-scaping and they will transform your space!

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Life Instyle 2018 is back and bigger than ever!



Melbourne’s most stylish trade destination for retail, Life Instyle, is already proving a hot favourite for 2018. Now in it’s 17th edition, Life Instyle Melbourne runs over four days (August 2nd - 5th) at the heritage listed, Royal Exhibition Building.

Life Instyle's continued relevance and popularity is largely due to the event’s strong focus on creative and innovative design, from emerging brands to big retail names. This year’s event encompasses the recent addition of a dedicated Men Instyle area, specifically catering to the growing demand for retailers to offer more men’s products and fashion, as well as the much loved Kids Instyle zone, and the designer launch pad that is First Instyle.

Committed to showcasing cutting-edge brands, Life Instyle has become a destination for design-focused buyers and an invaluable business opportunity for designers, makers, sellers, and importers across a range of categories; with a specialised focus on curating brands that are Australian made, handmade and ethically produced.

Visitors can expect to discover over 430 premium brands including the likes of Lightly, Inartisan, Rock Your Baby, Husk, Band of Boys, Telegram, St Barts, Corporate Art Co, Rollie Nation, Write to Me Stationery, Alice Pleasance and Hunter Lab.

Also amongst the exhibitor line up will be 170 new brands to the event, guaranteeing attendees will uncover a range of new and innovative products. New additions not to be missed include Kapow Kids, Juno and Ace, The Study of Colour, Matt and Nat, Axel and Ash and The Escape Co.

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Returning to the stunning Royal Exhibition Building, Life Instyle has also expanded its Conversation Series for the upcoming event to focus not only on operations and trends, but also the most pressing issues for retailers currently.

Sessions include practical advice on how to cut through and remain profitable in what is a rapidly changing marketplace, from pop-up shops to online stores to selling via social. Sessions will also advise on how retailers can remain not only relevant and on trend, but also operate within an industry that is facing increasing scrutiny around ethics and sustainability. This year’s Life Instyle has it all!

Life Instyle Melbourne 2 – 5 August, 2018

Where - Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

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Lust worthy yoga studios...



Is your Yoga Studio nicer than your house?

Yoga and pilates studios are now renowned for their stunning interior design and sense of calmness. Refined palettes of whites, creams and nudes prevail and encourage not only a sense of well-being but also a overall sense of calmness upon entry. We loved finding these beauties for you.. so get your yoga mat and get googling for your local spot!  

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HOW TO: Get the Bohemian Look In Your Home



If you have always wanted to achieve that sought-after Bohemian look for your bedroom, or even for a stylish addition to your home, we have a selection of stunning products from ZanuiLaForma and BlackArrow to help you get started!

TOP TIPS - to create the Bohemian look in your home by the BlackArrow Co girls, Jessi Deakin and Sarah Yarrow.

Break the rules. You don’t need to coordinate every colour, piece or pattern. Don’t be afraid to improvise - the more the merrier (to an extent)! Layers of texture, patterns and colours is what makes it so eclectic and charming! The key is knowing when to stop and pull back so as to not have every single piece overpowering the next. You want to ensure key elements are still able to stand out and act as a focal point in the greater scheme.

Create a story. Choose colours, patterns and textiles that have a history and tell a story. The bohemian style is all about global-inspired and collected elements. Pair treasures from your travels with vintage Moroccan rugs and cushions to nail the spirit of Bohemia!

Get creative with your wall art. The traditional framed artwork certainly has its place in the bohemian home, but you can mix things up and take your bohemian vibe to the next level by adding other types of wall art such as shell necklaces, macrame wall hangings, rattan display shelves and Juju Hats.

 Black Arrow Co | Macrame Wall Hanging - $160

Black Arrow Co | Macrame Wall Hanging - $160

 Black Arrow Co | Yoko Leather Cushion - $200

Black Arrow Co | Yoko Leather Cushion - $200

 Zanui | Casas Oriental Round Rug - $109.95

Zanui | Casas Oriental Round Rug - $109.95

 Zanui | Macrame Outdoor Hanging Chair - $119.95

Zanui | Macrame Outdoor Hanging Chair - $119.95

 La Forma | Ellipse Mirro - $349

La Forma | Ellipse Mirro - $349

 La Forma | Ment Basket - $89

La Forma | Ment Basket - $89

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SleepX - the mattress in box that comes in 3 different feels!


When was the last time you got a new mattress? I got one a few weeks ago and wow, can I tell you how amazing it is! The brand is SleepX, it’s a bed in a box and I was lucky enough to try it out and give you heads up on why they are just so so good!

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Firstly, as I’m sure you have heard somewhere along the way, we humans spend 1/3 of our lives in bed, that’s a long time right? And being someone who has a deep love for bed I probably spend even more than that, so it makes sense to have a mattress of the highest quality as well as comfortable! And that’s where SleepX comes in, they are the only mattress in a box that comes in 3 different 'feels' and 6 different sizes, so there is literally the perfect level of comfort for everyone!

Some of us like a soft mattress (that’s me, I love to feel like I’m drifting off to sleep on a cloud), others prefer a firm mattress, and some want something in between - and SleepX offer all 3! And if you and your partner struggle to decide on the perfect ‘feel’ do not fear, SleepX also has a ready-made customised mattress for couples with different bedding needs, providing alternate feels on each side of the mattress surface, allowing you and your partner the opportunity to get the best sleep possible.

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I went for a soft mattress as I love feeling like I’m sinking into a cloud and let me tell you that this felt exactly like that. Made from a combination of memory foam and high-resilience foam, SleepX mattresses are comfortable and supportive. Designed and made in Australia, you know you are buying a quality long lasting product as SleepX offer you a super generous 10 year guarantee.

And SleepX don’t just offer you a choice of ‘feels’, there are also six different sizes available to suit everyone in your house, single, long single, king single, double, queen and king.

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In addition to mattresses SleepX also offer therapy pillows, a therapeutic pillow that contours to the shape of your head and neck, helping reduce neck aches and promoting a great night’s sleep, and if you are a phone/laptop/iPad addict like me resting that sore neck of yours is extremely important!  As per their mattresses, SleepX therapy foam pillows come in different sizes to suit different sleeping styles and your personal needs; low, medium and high profiles mean there is a pillow for everyone.

Therapy pillows are Australian made using environmentally sensitive processes and from only the highest quality materials. They are a combination of non-allergenic memory foam and high-resilience foam, which means they are super comfortable and also extremely supportive as well as having a unique shape, which allows for airflow while you sleep. They come with a removable, machine washable cover and you can feel confident knowing that they will last the distance as they have a 5-year warranty. I hadn’t bought myself a new pillow in a long time (I bet a lot of you are the same) and it was life changing sleeping on a supportive but also comfy pillow, do yourself a favour and try one of these guys out, you will not regret it!

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So if you are in the market for a new mattress but are unsure of this ‘mattress in box’ innovation, take comfort in knowing that SleepX trust their product as they offer a 120-night free trial. What that means is if you don’t fall in love (or asleep) in the first 120 nights you can return it for a full refund! And if you’re reading this now and have come to the realisation that this is it, you are ready to order yourself a new mattress you can have your SleepX delivered within 4 hours (metro areas), yes that’s 4 hours to a new mattress and a new you!

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IN BED opens flagship store in Paddington...


Launching in 2013, Sydney based homewares & lifestyle label IN BED create thoughtful home essentials for everyday life. Inspired by creative people and homes from all over the globe, IN BED focuses on classic, utilitarian products made to be lived in and loved for years to come.

And this month they opened the doors of their first retail flagship store in Paddington, Sydney. The concept store brings the label’s eCommerce site and much loved journal to life. The space invites customers to step inside and feel at ease, simultaneously offering a sense of discovery and intimacy similar to that of entering the home of a new friend for the first time.

“Our aim was to create a destination that is warm, welcoming and character filled but still elevated. A space that makes you want to linger, enjoy and drink it in. A space to inspire”, explains founder Pip Vassett.


The interior design is the result of a collaborative process between IN BED and long-time co-conspirators and friends We are Triibe, and was inspired by the vast array of past Journal features, IN BED campaigns and the homes of real, creative people (an inspiration for the label since its inception).

"We worked with our long time friends and collaborators We Are Triibe on the design of the store. Our aim was for the space to feel like walking into a friends home, allowing our customers to feel a sense of warmth and familiarity. We want to encourage our customers to hang out, linger and explore." Pip Vassett, founder and director of IN BED.


“We incorporated carefully selected natural materials that are layered through the kitchen, dining and living areas of the store with a variety of timbers through wall panelling and custom joinery. We also used Olive green textured tiles for the point of sale and bathroom area to further apply the natural palette”, explains design duo We are Triibe.


The design is cosy, warm and works with the space’s existing natural light, which floods the store through a glass wall and exposes a striking leafy view from the treetops outside. One of the focal points of the store is a custom made dining table built from camphor laurel timber which was hand selected, milled and created in order to retain its natural beauty (by the joiner commissioned for the store, Exit Eighty Six), whilst another is the refurbished staircase with it’s curved railing rendered in a textured paint to differentiate it from the warm and muted tones used elsewhere.

A full range of IN BED’s bedding, bath, kitchen & home textiles, as well as a thoughtful curation of items from brands such as Walk In The Park, Wingnut & Co, Henry Wilson and Tara Burke are available in store. 


"We are excited to be able to meet and directly communicate with our customers through our Bricks and Mortar space and receiving immediate feedback and responses to products. We also look forward to hosting in store events and workshops for our customers in the near future, allowing us to strengthen and personalise our relationships with our customers even more." Pip Vassett, founder and director of IN BED.

 IN BED STORE - 72B Oxford Street, Paddington



Design - We Are Triibe
Build - Verdecon
Joinery & Custom table - Exit Eighty Six
Store imagery - Terence Chin


KOALA - Introducing a bed base that’s beautiful, strong and simple to assemble.

Dot + Pop KOALA

Our favourite KOALA mattress in a box has released a bed base and it’s SO GOOD! When you pick a KOALA bed base you don’t have to choose between beautiful, durable and affordable as this baby is all three! Koala has spent two years developing their first bed base which treats your mattress right… each panel of the bed platform is precisely cut timber, with ventilation that ensures airflow and the perfect sleep environment for your mattress. It’s made strong to last long the test of time, inspired by nature's technology and engineered from 100% recyclable natural timber. It can handle weights of up to 600kg and remains supportive for years to come, no matter how many times you move it.

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The design is aesthetically pleasing (we give it a big thumbs up!) and we love that it has integrated smart storage solutions. The bedhead is positioned so you can tuck extra pillows and blankets out of sight when you’re not using them, it has ‘cable holes’ built in to keep your cables hidden and devices charged, all within your arm's reach.

Their oversized platform design is a thing of luxury, it gives the illusion that your bed is floating in space and at just the right height. Currently the base is available in both Queen and King sizes and is compatible with all mattresses.

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When your koala bed base arrives it’s so easy to assemble, it literally takes 4 minutes to build! Each box is labelled, has large clear instructions, it is tool-free to assemble, it’s slat-free and comes together just like a jigsaw puzzle in under 4 minutes. It's simple for one person to assemble (although I did get a little help!) and is durable enough to build again and again.

Koala offer a 120-night trial – so if you don’t absolutely fall in love they will pick it up and give you a full refund. It has a 5-year warranty and when you purchase a bed base they adopt a REAL KOALA with the WWF and you will receive the cutest Koala toy and adoption certificate – now if that doesn’t make you want one of these babies I don’t know what will!

So far Koala have adopted 37,000 Koalas, planted over 5000 trees’ and have donated over $500K to charities – and that’s another reason why we love them!

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KOALA – The ‘mattress in a box’


Who doesn’t love being in bed? Sleeping, scrolling Instagram, reading, just relaxing in general… and how much more enjoyable is it when you have the perfect mattress?! Koala have unlocked a deeper sleep with their renowned mattress – the perfect blend of comfort and support that puts you to sleep and keeps you there.

I was lucky enough to test out a Koala mattress and I promise you that the comfort level is divine, it is the perfect amount of ‘soft but firm’ and I am sleeping like a little baby… koala!



Ordering a mattress is so easy… order online HERE, if you are located in one of their same-day delivery areas (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth) they can deliver your order within 4 hours and if you order before 2pm they can deliver it on the same day. Outside of their same-day delivery areas delivery is still 100% free, you will receive your mattress within 1-5 business days and receive a text message on the day it is due to arrive so you know it’s coming. And did I forget to mention that it arrives in a box? Yes, it’s compressed in a box which means it’s easy to move, apartment friendly, light weight and expands in seconds.


Koala have engineered Kloudcell – a comfortable, breathable, open-cell foam that is refined into the ultimate comfort layer. Their unique foam has been tailored to give the lush feel of memory foam and latex, but with breathability and bounce which avoids that ‘sinking feeling’ and the heat that comes with mattresses made from those materials. The open-cell structure of their Kloudcell creates channels in the foam, which provides airflow and enables heat to escape keeping you cool and comfortable. And I think we have all seen their wine glass test – which is made possible by their Zero Disturbance Technology – not only is your body properly supported from head to toe, you also won’t be woken up by your partner, or if you’re the restless one you won’t be waking them up either!


Koala offer a 120 night trial – so if you don’t absolutely fall in love they will pick it up and give you a full refund. Some more pretty incredible facts about Koala is that their mattresses are 100% Australian made, have a 10-year warranty, when you purchase a mattress they actually adopt a REAL KOALA with the WWF and in your box you receive the cutest Koala toy and adoption certificate – now if that doesn’t make you want one of these babies I don’t know what will!

So far Koala have adopted 37,000 Koalas, planted over 5000 trees’ and have donated over $500K to charities – wow, we love them!


Sponsored by Koala.

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R L Foote Design Studio - Australia's newest ceramic design studio!

R L Foote Design Studio

Australia's newest and most progressive ceramic design studio has just launched.


Delicately crafted in Melbourne R L Foote Design Studio has officially been launched. Brainchild of Melbourne installation artist, designer and chef Ryan L Foote, his collection focuses on creating contemporary ceramic flatware that re-imagines how food is served with intriguing, beautiful and fun tableware.

Foote works mainly with porcelain to achieve the precise, crisp, sculptural forms and finishes; with these sculptural pieces bringing art to your table.

Foote's diverse background provides a unique source of knowledge and inspiration for the studio's original ranges which are often inspired by his travels and cultural observations. Foote’s journey began when he studied Sculpture and Spacial Practice at the Victorian College of the Arts, he then moved onto designing sets for fashion shows across Australia as well as large art and event installations. As his careers collided, Foote's art practice became more immersive with elements of sound, lighting, fashion, food and drinking combining.

 All pieces are crafted and finished by hand in Foote’s Hawthorn East workshop in Melbourne and available through selected stockists in Australia and online at 

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It's time to make your pets bedding as on trend as your own... introducing Adairs Pet Collection!

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The luxe bedding collection your furry friends have been waiting to get their paws on: Fetch Luxury Pet Bedding.


Introducing Adairs exciting new Fetch pet bedding and accessories collection, a luxury collection of pet accessories - because they deserve super gorgeous and on trend pieces too! 

Adairs believe that every family pet needs a special place of their own, a comfortable place they can retreat to at night, or a safe place to nap throughout the day, and we couldn't agree more - and personally I love that you can choose pieces that will compliment your own interiors! 

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The Fetch Comfort Collection of pillows and blankets are suitable for all pet sizes – small to large, whilst the Snuggle Mat is suitable for pets up to 25kg’s. With the accessories including a warm blanket for them to snuggle into, and soft pillow for them to rest their small heads upon after a big day of playing.

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Each product available in the  range is affordable, conveniently machine washable and made from materials of the highest quality - ensuring the ultimate comfort and durability for your pet day in and day out.

Shop the entire Fetch Comfort Collection online or in selected Adairs stores.

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You want to buy your first home, but when is the right time to take the plunge?


The time has come. You have your deposit, you’ve decided on your dream suburb, you know the type of house you want - you are ready to buy your first home! But when should you take that almighty plunge?

From my own experience, I can say that there is never the ‘perfect time’ to buy your first home. There will always be personal, family, financial or career obstacles to overcome. But what I can say is that you will not regret it. It’s worth the wait, the effort and worth taking your time to ensure that your first home is your dream one.

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Artist’s Impression subject to change.


To help you along on this super exciting and sometimes a little daunting experience, in collaboration with Stockland, I have put together my top seven tips to help you take that leap of faith and become a home owner!

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Money, the least fun item that we will address, but it’s the kicker isn’t it! And my biggest tip is making sure that you have shopped around for the best mortgage out there. It’s so important to do your homework. It is 100% worth exploring your options for the biggest purchase you will ever make in your lifetime. I know that the thought of changing banks is daunting – but take it from me, it’s achievable. We have moved our mortgage to a new bank before and yes it was a lot of work, but totally worth it for the savings we made. After all, more money in your own pocket it always a good idea.

 Stockland’s Mainwaring Collection at Brightwater

Stockland’s Mainwaring Collection at Brightwater


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There are always other costs involved when buying property, the sale amount is not the only cost you are up for, so ensure that you are aware of every single additional cost that may be coming your way and factor that into your budgeting! Even moving house can be super expensive – so take into consideration things such as stamp duty costs, mortgage insurance, conveyancing fees and more. 

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Are you eligible to receive a first home owners grant or any government concessions? This varies in each state, so be sure to do your homework to know what you are entitled to. Imagine how good getting a little helping hand would be, not to mention the boost to the budget!

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Have you ever considered buying a brand new home? In some cases, buying a new home means that you are less likely to have unexpected costs and outlays, like things breaking down when you move in. You won’t need to replace old and faulty fittings or update any paint work or carpet. Lots of little fixes can end up costing a lot and a new home is not only brand new with zero wear and tear, but there may also be builder’s warranties to provide you with extra comfort.

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Is building an option for you? If you are ready to buy but you’ve been looking and looking and still can’t find the perfect house in the perfect suburb, maybe looking for a piece of land and building your perfect home yourself is a great alternative? Buying a piece of land, or buying a completed home or townhome in a new Stockland community can open your eyes to things you have never even considered. It also means you have more choice in terms of a home design and layout that will best suit your family’s needs.

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Have you researched your dream suburb? If you are planning on a specific suburb to be the location of your ‘forever’ home, you need to think long term. There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing where you want to live – inner city versus the suburbs, are you happy to compromise on house/land size to live close to the city, is having a big backyard important to you, do you have kids, and if so, what are the schools like, what will your work commute be like, is there sufficient public transport? Do your research!

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Sometimes expanding your suburb search area will bring up new and exciting places you had never considered living.  New communities in fast-developing areas are popping up everywhere and are great for growing families. They generally offer exciting new facilities such as parks, schools and shopping centres - as well as a host of potential friends who are at a similar stage of life.

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To help first home buyers, Stockland has created ‘my place’ – a helpful online guide to shed some light on the most important issues facing first-time buyers. Be sure to check it out!

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Fun for everyone - 2018 Cubby House Challenge

  Block Party  – The District Docklands Shopping Precinct in conjunction with NH Architecture and APM Group

Block Party – The District Docklands Shopping Precinct in conjunction with NH Architecture and APM Group


Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show - 2018 Cubby House Challenge!


The Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show is on now and the Cubby House Challenge is back and better than ever! With FREE entry for Kids aged 14 and under it's the perfect place to spend the day with so many fun activities on offer.

Kids and adults alike will not want to miss the Cubby House Challenge® – which is the annual auction of five spectacular cubby houses created by leading Australian design and architecture firms.

Coordinated by Kids Under Cover, the official charity partner of the 2018 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, all funds raised from the auction of the expertly designed cubbies will go towards youth homelessness prevention initiatives. You can register your interest to bid HERE

  Eyrie Cubby  – Porter Davis

Eyrie Cubby – Porter Davis

  Heads Up  – Buildher Collective, Beirin Projects and Bellemo & Cat

Heads Up – Buildher Collective, Beirin Projects and Bellemo & Cat

  Rocky   Road  – Becon Constructions and Watson Young Architects

Rocky Road – Becon Constructions and Watson Young Architects

  The Dream Catcher  – Figurehead Constructions and The Bayley Ward Studio

The Dream Catcher – Figurehead Constructions and The Bayley Ward Studio

21ST - 25TH MARCH 2018

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HONG KONG DESIGN POP-UP - at Melbourne Design Week


International Melbourne Design Week runs from March 15 to March 25, 2018 and features a 10-day celebration of talks, showcases, design tours, workshops, industry events and networking opportunities.

This premier event is a coup for Melbourne, attracting 120,000 leading international designers, businesses and public from around the world

As part of Melbourne’s 2018 partnership with Hong Kong Business of Design Week, this month's Melbourne Design Week will play host to a group of visiting designers from Hong Kong, showcasing Melbourne as a centre of design capability and leadership.

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Melbourne Design Week

The NGV Design Store will curate a series of in store pop-ups, developed in collaboration with the Hong Kong Design Centre presenting a group of standout designers from Hong Kong in the fields of fashion, product design, furniture and fashion accessories. The designers will showcase their work under the theme “Pocket World – where Big Things Happen in Small Spaces”. 

This exciting showcase of Hong Kong talent in Australia is the second leg of the Hong Kong Design Centre’s BODW initiative “DXHK Melbourne 2018” which is a pilot design exchange programme that aims to establish Hong Kong as a centre of design excellence in Asia. 

Entering the league of design capitals such as Italy, Chicago, Barcelona and Sweden, Melbourne will be the first city in the southern hemisphere to be chosen as the partner city at this premier event.

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Melbourne Design Week
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The Hong Kong showcase will be prominent throughout the 10-day event and will also be on display at the National Gallery of Victoria Design Store until mid-April 2018.


Thur 15 – Sun 25 Mar, 10am–5pm daily


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Sydney’s biggest retail Gift Fair – what you need to know!


Sponsored by Reed Gift Fairs


If you’re a retailer looking for your next bestseller, Sydney’s Reed Gift Fair is your one stop ‘fair’ to source the latest that the interiors and homewares world has to offer!

With over 500 wholesalers showcasing 1,000’s of new release product ranges, you will be inundated with countless well-known and brand new exhibitors from across Australia. Meeting the incredible people behind the brands you will be able to find out even more about their innovative new collections and new season ranges.

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Reed Gift Fair Sydney

Exhibiting brands across homewares, gift, fashion and jewellery, Reed Gift Fairs offers a multi-sensory experience to be able to see, touch and feel the products – enabling you to source the latest and greatest for your business’s online and physical shelves.

Make sure you wear your comfy shoes as the show spans two levels with hundreds of retailers and they are expecting thousands of retailers to visit the show... there were approx. 13k visitations last year!

Reed Gift Fair Sydney
Reed Gift Fair Sydney

It’s categorised by Homewares (including Home, Furniture & Interiors / Kitchen & Dining / Body, Bath & Fragrance), Gift (including Books & Stationery / Kids, Toys & Games / Gadgets) and Jewellery, Fashion & Accessories, in a department store style layout – so even though it’s big, it’s super organised and you can plan your days down to the T… so if you’re a super planner like me, this will make you very happy!

And do not fear, the show comes complete with wine bars (YAY), pamper massage zones (HEAVEN), charging stations (SO SMART) and multiple food and beverage outlets for the ultimate retail trade sourcing experience… they’ve thought of everything!

Reed Gift Fair Sydney
Reed Gift Fair Sydney

In a retail world that is constantly evolving - Reed Gift Fairs offers retailers the opportunity to learn from some of the industry’s best minds with their Retail Therapy Education Series which takes place between Sunday Feb 25 – Tuesday Feb 27.

The education sessions cover social media boot camps, how to create digital content, tips for smartphone photography as well as how to get your website front and centre on the big world wide web! As well as the education sessions the show offers practical, take home tips and tricks to provide the skills needed for you to take your business to the next level!

Registration is free and easy, so head to today to make sure you get your ticket before you arrive!

Reed Gift Fairs Sydney | February 24 – 28 February 2018

ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour

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My tops tips - ‘how to be a secret domestic goddess with the new LG twin wash’.


When 2018 was still in the near future I had grand plans to organise my life - clean out cupboards, give away clothes, re-organise my pantry, file away all the piles of paperwork lying around the house, change my insurance companies, go through my direct debits (because who even knows what all those debits are for) and obviously eat like a super model and exercise like an athlete - but let’s be honest, 2018 came along and I drank all the margaritas and I ate all the food and I haven't call the insurance companies to negotiate new fees but what I have done is become a secret domestic goddess in the Laundry Department and that’s because of the new LG TWINWash, the first of it’s kind in Australia - and it does all the work for you, I haven’t changed a thing! 

Domestic Goddess Tip #1

Smart ThinQ - The LG TWINWash smart phone integration feature means you can manage your laundry anytime and anywhere through your mobile phone with the LGSmartThinQ app! You can remotely start and/or monitor the wash cycle while you are absolutely ANYWHERE!

Domestic Goddess Tip #2

Dual Wash Cycles - yes that’s right, you can wash TWO loads at once! The Front Loader for your regular loads and the smaller Mini Washer for your speciality loads - both of these can run at the same time, so you can wash your delicates at the same time as your towels, yes, that’s what I’m talking about! 


Domestic Goddess Tip #3

Washer/Dryer Combo - The front loader in the LG TWINWash also doubles as a dryer - so you can set your load to wash/dry with one click and return to clean and dry clothes, it’s a miracle, I know!

Domestic Goddess Tip #4

True Steam - The LG TWINWash combines both water and steam which gives a deeper and gentler clean. The TrueSteam function fluffs up fabric fibres which allows for the steam particles to clean on microscopic level… I didn’t even know I needed this feature until I tried it out, now it’s the only way!


Domestic Goddess Tip #5

Mid Cycle Pause - Even though this baby is a front loader, you can still pause it mid-cycle to add that missing sock, genius!

Domestic Goddess Tip #6

Style - I love a sexy appliance, it makes cooking, cleaning and laundry SO MUCH better. The LG TWINWash is a stunning Laundry appliance let me tell you and it has been designed with an Anti-Fingerprint stainless steel finish, amazing right? You don't even have to clean your own or your kids grubby finger prints off this! 

Domestic Goddess Tip #7

Reliability - This won’t make your house or your clothes cleaner but piece of mind makes life so much better, therefore the LG TWINWash comes with a 10 years parts warranty!


Disclaimer -  LG gifted me the TwinWash to trial and review, all views and opinions are my own.

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My top tips - 'how to throw a garden party like a boss!'

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Summer is the celebration season... and if there's a time to throw yourself a garden party, it's now! The sun is out, the grass is green, the drinks are flowing and the food is delicious - so all you need are the perfect tips to bring it all together!

1 - Location

...if you have a deck, courtyard, terrace, grassy backyard or if you are lucky enough to have a country abode, you're ready to go... and if not find a park, community garden or ask a friend if you can borrow their space! Pick the perfect spot out of the wind, with a picturesque backdrop and a cosy feel.

2 - Set the Scene

...choose your colour palette and use that throughout your setting, think soft pastels, green and white or bold and bright. Add pops of these colours into your flowers, table settings, decorations and even your drinks! 

3 - Add touches of personality the pictures below, try adding a fun touch with fresh flowers in unexpected places like ice blocks, hang flowers or decorations from above your table, make cocktails that match your colours or make a flower crowns for each of your guests (keep that last one for a small party!).

4 - Furniture

...if you already have great outdoor furniture you are one step closer to completing your party! If you don't, try your luck at an Op Shop for some vintage pieces, borrow from friends or make a low table from a piece of board on some bricks and cover it with some gorgeous linen and add some rugs and cushions.. this last option creates a sense of intimacy and is super on trend!

5 - Place cards and invitations

...these add a personalised touch which will be appreciated, I promise! For the invitation there are so many great places online where you can make customised e-vites, try Paperless Post, they are my favourite! Again if you are feeling crafty or want to go that extra mile, a handwritten invite will always be a winner.

6 - Create spaces

...on top of your main seating area, try and create one or two pockets that encourage cosy and intimate chats. Huddle some chairs around a fire pit, make a pile of cushions on top of a gorgeous blanket or group some stools around a nice table, spots where people can break away from the crowd.

7 - Dedicated Bar's not always possible but creating a dedicated bar or cocktail station is a great way to get guests up, moving and mingling... and of course it looks super pretty too! Deck it out with the colours, flowers and doecartinos from your theme and add a 'make your own cocktail' section for everyone to have a bit of fun... more is always more with drinks!

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