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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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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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...

 
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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. 

 
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"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 – The ‘mattress in a box’

 
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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!

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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!

 
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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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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.

 
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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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