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

 
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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’

 
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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!

FOR $150 OFF USE CODE: MATESWITHDOTANDPOP

 
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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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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
R L Foote Design Studio
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R L Foote Design Studio
R L Foote Design Studio
 
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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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fetch pet collection adairs
 
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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!

1 –

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

 

2 –

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. 

3 -

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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4 –

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.

5 –

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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6 –

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!

7 -

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
ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING
& CARLTON GARDENS

 
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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.

 
Melbourne Design Week
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.

EXHIBITION TIMES AND DATES:

Thur 15 – Sun 25 Mar, 10am–5pm daily

FREE ENTRY

 
 
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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 Reedgiftfairs.com.au/register 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! 

 
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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!

 
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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

...like 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

...it'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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