Last minute Christmas Gift Guide - Top 10 under $100

 

Christmas is SO close… we have hit the under 1 month mark, and if you’re anything like me you haven’t even bought one present yet, ekkkkk! Strangely I don’t mind the mad dash to buy every single present at one… nothing like performing under pressure!

To help you start ticking presents off your list, we have compiled our TOP 10 UNDER $100 GIFTS for the design lover!


   LUMIRA CANDLE     - FLORESCENCE BY ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN SYDNEY $70

LUMIRA CANDLE - FLORESCENCE BY ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN SYDNEY $70

   Cotton On Foundation     - GIFTS THAT COUNT $20

Cotton On Foundation - GIFTS THAT COUNT $20

   DESIGNSTUFF GROUP   - NORMANN COPENHAGEN SALAD BOWL $65

DESIGNSTUFF GROUP - NORMANN COPENHAGEN SALAD BOWL $65

   MILK & SUGAR   - HUCK LOW TUMBLER SMOKE SET OF 4 $39.95

MILK & SUGAR - HUCK LOW TUMBLER SMOKE SET OF 4 $39.95

   TOAST & HONEY STUDIO   - DIPPED POT PETITE $70

TOAST & HONEY STUDIO - DIPPED POT PETITE $70

     THANK YOU     - ALL THE WONDERFUL THINGS $50

THANK YOU - ALL THE WONDERFUL THINGS $50

   COUNTRY ROAD   - NEOPRENE LOGO TOTE $99

COUNTRY ROAD - NEOPRENE LOGO TOTE $99

   SIMPLE FORM   - SILKY MIST BODY LOTION $40

SIMPLE FORM - SILKY MIST BODY LOTION $40

  HUNTING FOR GEORGE  -  HUNTER LAB  WORLD'S GREATEST DAD GIFT PACK $74

HUNTING FOR GEORGE - HUNTER LAB WORLD'S GREATEST DAD GIFT PACK $74

   IVY MUSE   - PLANT STYLE: HOW TO GREENIFY YOUR SPACE $34.99

IVY MUSE - PLANT STYLE: HOW TO GREENIFY YOUR SPACE $34.99

 

How to decorate the perfect Christmas Tree with Balsam Hill…

 
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I can’t believe that Christmas is literally just around the corner, 33 sleeps to be exact and you know what that means - it’s time to get your Christmas Tree decorating on!

With so many options for trees, decorations, baubles, lights, stars, wreaths, garlands it can be overwhelming.

So here are my top tips for creating a stand out tree…

 
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What’s your Christmas Style?

Once you have decided on your festive style it will make shopping and decorating so much easier! Are you a minimalist, do you like a natural look, are you a traditionalist, do you love all the bells and whistles? Choose something that works well with the style of your home and stick with it.

 
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Lights, Lights, Lights

Lighting up your Christmas tree will give it that extra bit of festive magic! Some people only use lights to decorate their tress, some trees come with lights already as part of the tree (life changing!), adding a touch of sparkle will complete your Christmas look and you will love switching it on in the evening and watching it glow.

I was lucky enough to style the amazing Canadian Blue Spruce Quick Set Tree from Balsam Hill which comes with lights already intertwined and can I just say that it’s gorgeous and SO much easier not having to wind fairy lights around it yourself!

 
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What is your colour scheme?

This comes down to personal preference… are you a festive green and red type? Are you all about the metallic? Are you inspired to take on a challenge and go frosty and white this year? Or choose a trendy look of pastels or copper?

All options are beautiful and with so many choices available you can literally do anything that your heart desires! This year I have chosen a colour scheme of metallic silver and gold – it kept the overall look of my tree paired back to match my personal style , but it’s still sparkly and gorgeous! I used Balsam Hill Silver & Gold Glass Ornament Set and Metallic Berry Picks in Champagne to achieve this look.

 
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The finishing details

Think about the extra elements that will really finish off your tree. Adding a star or a Christmas tree topper will add extra personality and sparkle to your tree, I loved using Balsam Hill’s Double Sided Mirrored Star Tree Topper to complete my look, it worked perfectly with the silver and gold theme I chose.

And don’t forget the bottom of the tree, covering up the stand will make your whole set up look 100% better. There are so many options to choose from nowadays… skirts, collars and stands! To keep my look understated I chose the Woven Tree Collar from Balsam Hill – it’s hand woven and creates a rustic textured backdrop for the presents under the tree which I love.

Find the perfect spot

Choose a position that is pride of place – when you have spent so much time making this tree beautiful it needs to be admired! A spot in front of the window is perfect as it ensures that it can be admired from outside too, especially gorgeous at night with the twinkling lights on!

 
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Over the next week a whole group of stylists and bloggers will be sharing their Christmas tree decorating tips, tricks and hacks… follow along here:


– Andrea at leatherandlattes.com
– Stephanie at justanothermummyblog.com
– Danni at designbydanni.com
– Carlene at cedarandsuede.com.au
– Chantelle at fatmumslim.com.au
– Hayley at mumlittleloves.com.au
– Connie at connieandluna.com
– Eve at dotandpop.com.au
– Carly at thesesonnydays.com
– Kyree at misskyreeloves.com
– Rani at lamaisonjolie.com.au
– Nicol at thebuilderswife.com.au

** Disclosure - I was given the Balsam Hills Christmas products to trial, I wasn't paid to write a review. 

 
 
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The Nest Cam IQ has a sleek minimalist design that can fit well in any home, whilst keeping you protected...

 
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Nest offers a range of smart home products that are designed to take care of your home, the people and the things inside it – providing ultimate peace of mind for you and your family. And the latest addition to the Nest family is the Nest Cam IQ, arguably the smartest home security ever.

The Nest Cam IQ is smarter and better looking than your average security camera (which you know we love), it keeps an eye on what matters most, sending alerts to your phone if it detects anything unusual – whether that’s an intruder or the dog getting up to mischief. Another great feature is that you can talk through the camera when you’re away from home and it also integrates with Google Assistant meaning it can double as your very own Google Home. It has fantastic scheduling features, home/away assist features meaning it knows when you leave home, smart sound detection and notification’s that really work!

And what we love the most - a with all Nest’s products, it has a minimalist sleek design which means that it fits seamlessly into any room – for a security camera it is a true interior dream. 

 
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Key features include:

Facial recognition — It can differentiate between a person and your pet. You will receive a phone alert if it sees a family member – or a stranger.

Supersight — It has a 4K sensor and wide 130-degree zoom, meaning it can follow someone around the room without losing quality, meaning you will never miss a thing.

Scares off intruders — It has a powerful speaker that can scare off intruders from afar – spoken from your mobile phone. It also notifies you when it hears the sound of a dog or person’s voice.

Google Assistant built-in — The Nest Cam IQ doubles up as your very own Google Home, meaning you can ask it questions. This is a particularly handy function for parents, enabling them to set reminders, alarms and tasks such as adding to grocery lists or playing music around the house.  

 
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So if you’re looking for a smart, reliable, easy-to-use and super stylish home camera, the Nest Cam IQ is a winner.

** Disclosure - I was given the Nest Cam IQ to trial, I wasn't paid to write a review. 

 
 
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New Sleepwear Collection by IN BED

 

 

One of our favourite bed linen and homewares labels IN BED has just launched it’s latest sleepwear collection and we LOVE. Launching not only new styles for women, but a dedicated range for men for the first time, the collection follows the brands ethos of understated luxury.

The mens sleepwear collection includes linen button up shirts and shorts with the new styles coming in a crisp white and earthy khaki. Whilst the new pieces are part of the sleepwear offering, they have been specifically designed to also be worn casually in or outside the house and will be perfect on a hot summers day at the beach.

“We decided to do men’s sleepwear mainly due to high demand! It has always been something we intended on doing, but since we opened our Paddington store and had face-to-face connection with our customer base, we have really noticed a steady stream of guys wanting us to create sleepwear for them as well. Along with this my husband Eddie (also our GM) has been hounding us to make them for ages, so he’s the driving force behind it!”, says founder Pip Vassett.

 
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The existing womenswear range has been expanded to include beautiful loose fitting linen slip dresses as well as light weight waffle cotton and ribbed cotton singlets, tees and shorts for the first time. The linen styles will be available in store and online from early November with the cotton styles launching in early December.

And what we love even more is that throughout November 10% of the profits from the sales of the women’s sleepwear will be donated to the Women’s Community Shelter, a local charity organisation which establishes and operates emergency crisis accommodation for women and children escaping domestic violence and homelessness, across NSW.

IN BED is proud to be working with Women’s Community Shelter and to be able to support them with fundraisers such as this as well as regularly donating sets of bed linen to women and children in need arriving and staying at the shelter.

 
 
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Summer Fun with The Print Society

 

 

The Print Society is a design studio that produces a range of homewares and objects with bold, modernistic and geometric hand printed designs. With a focus on pattern, colour and texture, The Print Society merges modern methods with India’s age-old craft traditions to create pieces with an adventurous spirit.

Founder and designer of The Print Society, Karen was inspired after her adventure to India. It was here that she saw ancient wisdom and traditional techniques, the finest materials and metallic threads being used to create pieces of art.

The Print Society's current range invites you to step into the desert. A barren land where earthy terracotta tones celebrate the outback’s dusty terrains.

Launching in Melbourne in August, the S/S 2018 collection includes textile wall hangings, acrylic boxed framed paper prints on recycled cotton fabric.  “Think purple haze and mist, mysterious portals and folklore,” says Karen. 

 
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Real Living brings the Amalfi Coast to The Daily Edited flagship store...

 
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Australia’s fastest-growing Homes magazine Real Living has announced a unique collaboration with popular Australian accessories label, The Daily Edited (TDE)… the people responsible for all the absolutely stunning monogrammed bags and accessories you see around!

In a one-of-a-kind partnership, the style experts at Real Living have designed and executed a stunning interiors concept within The Daily Edited’s Sydney flagship store. Revealed in the November issue and on sale now, the Real Living X TDE fit-out coincides with TDE’s new season collections and draws inspiration from summer’s hottest interiors trends.

Last year, TDE expanded their retail presence to open two flagship stores, in Sydney and Melbourne. Homed inside Westfield Sydney in the CBD, the TDE store is laid out like an apartment, allowing the Real Living team to design, create and make it their own. The store transports the consumer to Italy’s stunning Amalfi Coast, and is a showcase of the relaxed, holiday vibe woven through Real Living’s latest issue.

Real Living Editor, Elle Lovelock, commented; “Coastal Italy is trending right now, which you’ll see from the fruit motifs on TDE’s new collection and the Positano vibes within Real Living’s November Entertaining issue. We translated this into the TDE Apartment by styling with suntan hues, wrinkly linens, hand painted dinnerware and LOTS of citrus fruit! The aesthetic is inspirational, lush, and it makes you want to party. If Aperol Spritz was an interior style, this is what it would look like.”

The Real Living X TDE Apartment will be in store until November 12th at TDE Store, Level 4, Westfield Sydney.

 
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Exotic Homewares by Luxotic...

 
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Created to bring the finest fashion trends to the home, LUXOTIC blends understated luxury with the taste of the exotic to produce quality textiles to suit discerning tastes and personalities. The LUXOTIC collection is finely detailed and uses the highest quality finishes to deliver a range that is both innovative and on trend. 

Creative Director and Co-Founder Edward Li has designed textiles for all the leading Australian brands including KAS, Morgan & Finch, Cotton House, Freedom, Sanderson (Australia), Harlequin (Australia) and Real Living.  He was the lead designer at KAS Australia for more than a decade and also produced designs that were sold as well known international brands such as Macys, Bed Bath & Beyond and JC Penny in the USA, House of Fraser, Selfridges and John Lewis in the UK and Simons in Canada.

Edward is one of the textile industries leading creative forces, with an international reputation as a style maker and designer of truly beautiful products, his new designs are now exclusively available through LUXOTIC.

 
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Yeseco... Eco Solutions for Everyday Essentials

 
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Yeseco is the Australian Eco brand striving to reduce unnecessary plastic waste.

It’s a terrifying thought that in the last 10 years alone, we have produced more plastic than in the last century. And with less than 5% of plastics being recycled worldwide, there’s a very confronting reality ahead of us.

Sometimes the challenge seems so big; it’s hard to know where to start. Well, for design specialist Jamie Phillips, it was about creating a solution rather than just talking about one. So he took it upon himself to launch Yesēco: a privately owned company who strives to reduce unnecessary plastic waste by creating eco alternatives for your home.

The first target? The kitchen.

“I wanted to make a difference,” said Phillips. “I wanted to be part of the solution rather than just talking about what was wrong with the world. I realised consumers aren’t the problem; it was the lack of alternatives in the market. I wanted to start solving small problems on a big scale. The idea for Yesēco came from my own frustration of seeing my kitchen bench covered with unnecessary plastic items that would taint the environment forever.”

Yesēco Kitchen Essentials Kit is made from 100% natural, biodegradable and compostable materials and has all of the washing up and cleaning tools you need, including:

1 x Bamboo Bench Organiser

2 x Bamboo & Sisal Fibre Dish Brushes

1 x Broomcorn Scouring Brush

4 x Woodpulp Expanding Sponges

1 x Hemp & Organic Cotton Tea Towel

Stylish and considered, Phillips says he wanted something that could sit out on a benchtop and complement a range of household styles.

“It might seem like a small gesture, but every household and office has a kitchen, and it’s something small that can work towards a bigger solution.”

Shop the Yesēco Kitchen Essentials Kit here.

 
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StylecraftHOME'S new Melbourne Showroom...

 
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StylecraftHOME Melbourne is set to become a new favourite destination for premium residential furniture, lighting and accessories.

StylecraftHOME launched in February 2017 in Sydney with the opening of its first dedicated showroom. The design community quickly embraced StylecraftHOME as a first choice for luxurious furniture and lighting, spurring the rapid growth and development of the brand and the opening of a second StylecraftHOME showroom in Melbourne CBD.

Centrally located on Flinders Lane and surrounded by other exclusive luxury retailers, StylecraftHOME is in the historic building that has long been home to Stylecraft. Having expanded upward into the building, the StylecraftHOME residential collection is displayed on the lower two levels, and Stylecraft’s commercial collection on the three floors above.

HASSELL designed the fit out, adapting the airy, blush-toned aesthetic of the Sydney showroom to the character of the iconic building and Melbourne design community. Described as luxe industrial, the space features a portico with copper archways that encircles the central staircase and evokes a European courtyard. Gold bannisters are draped with greenery, floors are terrazzo and white mesh screens define more intimate settings.

“StylecraftHOME offers us the opportunity to delve deeper into our international and local collections to feature otherwise unseen pieces alongside familiar classics reimagined for the home environment,” says Tony Russell, StylecraftHOME Brand Director.

The new Melbourne showroom is located at 145 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

 
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Interior Designer Lorena Gaxiola's colourful homewares collection...

 
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Lorena Gaxiola is a luxury lifestyle brand that creates meaningful objects for the home, a collection of modern bedding, dinnerware, glassware, rugs and gifts. The Lorena Gaxiola Collection embraces holistic designs for homewares and décor symbolic of spiritual elements and positive messages for the mind, body and soul that are made to be collected, as well as to be used.

Each piece has an unexpected and theatrical spirit; exaggerated pieces that work to honour’s Lorena’s Mexican heritage and fine-arts background.  It is a brand with integrity and rich in exotic- influence that captures a colourful essence. After being named the next big thing in the USA by Lonny Magazine, the brand has just launched in Australia.

“Holistically, I like to bring balance to interior spaces applying the same rule of connecting the mind, body and spirit through our senses. One needs to be able to function in a given space yet be stimulated and at the same time feel serenity. Emotionally, I care to be surrounded by objects that matter to me because they tell my story.” says Lorena Gaxiola.

 
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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!

 
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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...

 
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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. 

 
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"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

 
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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

www.lifeinstyle.com.au/

 
 
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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

 
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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

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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...

 
IN BED STORE 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.

 
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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.

 
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“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.

 
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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. 

 
IN BED STORE PADDINGTON
 

"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

 
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CREDITS

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.

 
Dot + Pop Koala Bed Base
 

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’

 
KOALA x DOT + POP
 

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!

FOR $150 OFF USE CODE: MATESWITHDOTANDPOP

 
KOALA x DOT + POP
 

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.

 
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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!

 
KOALA X DOT + POP

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 www.rlfootedesign.com 

 
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R L Foote Design Studio
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