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11 reasons to love Spring!

11 August 2014, by Forrest Chase

We’re counting down to Spring… and while you begin your spring cleaning, we’re working away at inspiring your new home furnishings!

Beginning with the top left and going clockwise, we have the Laura Ashley Whitstable Lamp with a brass metal birdcage inspired base $199.00 – lighting can make all the difference and can completely transform a room!

Adding so colour is also a simple trick! For the kitchen the 4 set high ball tumblers by Bormioli Roccocan bring a rainbow to the table for just $24.95 (Myer). Made in Italy, the set is generously sized at 490ml so you don't have to constantly refill, and the soft dimpled texture adds a touch of fun. These glasses are dishwasher safe, making cleaning up a breeze!

Spruce up the living room with the Tamali Cushion with Pleat Trim by Morgan and Finch! They come in a range of colours and prints, you can browse the range at Bed Bath n Table ($39.95). In the same way a new quilt cover can reinvent your bedroom design. We love the Denver print by Morgan and Finch again from Bed Bath n Table. Prices range depending on the size.

Does anyone remember Tetris?! Plug in the blue Tetris light block and watch in wonder as each Tetris piece illuminates upon contact. Construct your own combination with 7 individual pieces to ensure endless stacking possibilities. The Tetris stackable LED desk lamp is a fantastic talking point to liven up any room with its colourful iconic design and it’s fun! You’ll find it at Myer for $49.95.

Cook up some fresh recipes with seasonal ingredients in the Maxwell and Williams Grabbers Milk Pan and Lid. Purple perfection for $16.95 at Myer – we can’t ensure the meals will turn out as good as the fresh kitchenware though!

Given that spring is time that flowers bloom we thought it was only logical to invest in a fresh vase to showcase the new gift of nature! The Salt & Pepper Gallery 49cm Blue Glass Bottle $49.95 from Myer works great!

Chop off those flower stems (that are going in the vase of course) with cheer when you use the Debutant 6 mixed steak knives ($69.95 from Bed Bath n Table) and then look for some new and innovative ways to display other household plants, inspire table settings and odd leftover containers with ‘The House Gardener’ from Myer ($49.95). With beautiful photographs and clever tips Isabelle Palmer will show you how to bring the outdoors in. With the increase popularity of DIY and beautifying your home this is a handy and inspiring book to have on the shelf!

Now to the important stuff… refresh yourself! Have a long shower after all that spring cleaning, shopping and innovation and dry off with the Manhattan Towel Range in Peacock! Part of the Jayson Brunsdon Home Collection at Myer, they range from $12.95 to $59.95. We’re sure you probably got engrossed in that process you so best you check the time with the Morgan and Fitch William Smith wall clock on silver, ($179.95 from Bed Bath n Table) cause before you know it… it will be Winter again!

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Tags: Homewares, Kitchen, Trends

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How to make the most of your home wares

27 February 2014, by Rachael Ciccarelli

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After a weekend spent moving house, I’ve been in heavy re-decoration mode: seizing the ability to breathe new life into an existing space and shuffling all my home wares about, finding holes that need to be filled. I’m big on home wares – they’re an oft inexpensive, very easy and always effective way to revitalise your house and add a sense of personality to the space. They are to the house what accessories are to an outfit, and unsurprisingly, I can’t get enough of them.

Colour blocking

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Image sources: Salt and Pepper Oink money box, $9.95, from Myer; Trinket dish – fox head, $25, from Pigeonhole; Chevron camomile throw, $69.95, from Laura Ashley; Salt and Pepper Fiesta plate, $9.95, from Myer; Cube vase, $12.95, from Pigeonhole; Ladelle Mila Jacquard tea towels, $8.95, from Myer.

A failsafe tip for effective home styling? Colour blocking. Grouping objects like vases, books and crockery of the same colour together in a book case, or picking a vivid accent colour for your room and incorporating it through furniture and homewares is an always-stylish way to revitalise your living space – and to display pieces that might have been hiding away in cupboards.

Prints and patterns

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Image sources: Orla Kiley House lamp, $499.95, from Myer; Red Southsea Stripe mug, $19.95, from Laura Ashley; Peony Garden cushion, $49.95, from Laura Ashley; Pattern blanket, $79, from Pigeonhole; Sorrento floor rug, $34.97, from Laura Ashley.

Be it feminine and sweet, wild bohemian or graphic and bold, be not afraid of prints in the home. Printed home wares are an especially easy way to add serious life to a room without committing to a major piece of furniture – just make sure that you pick one loose theme and stick to it, or things can get a little crazy.

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Electric dreams

13 February 2014, by Rachael Ciccarelli

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Being the savvy, hyper educated humans of the 22nd century that we undoubtedly are (yesterday I tripped on a piece of paper by getting my bare toes caught in it!), I know there’s no need to extol the virtues of electric appliances in our lives. Computers, washing machines, mobile phones that we can use to answer email and awkwardly transfer funds on the spot? We’d be lost and significantly dirtier without them. But you already know how great those are: I’m here to reveal the unsung heroes of the electric appliance world – the little gadgets that are just waiting patiently on shelves to make your life better if you would only notice them. And once you make first contact, believe me: you won’t be able to live without them.

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Image sources: Breville Ikon 2 Sandwich press, $69.95, from Myer; High speed HDMI cable 5m, $55, from Dick Smith; Logitech Pure-Fi Express plus, $59, from Dick Smith.

  1. You think your jaffle has got it all worked out with its scalding hot pockets of liquid cheese? No, my friend. The flat press is where it’s at. Not only can you use it to toast sandwiches to your heart’s content, this Breville number has adjustable height, so you can grill open faced sandwiches, make cheesies, re-heat pizza without it going soggy or dry, toast your banana bread (or anything else that’s too wide to fit in your toaster, like croissants) and if you’re me, use it as a hot plate to cook buttermilk pancakes because the clean up is so much easier.
  2. I’m going to be honest: I didn’t know the HDMI to HDMI cable existed until my housemate brought it into my life, and now it’s definitely something I can’t live without. Simply put: the HDMI cable is something nifty you can use to connect most modern TVs to your laptop/computer. Check all the plugs – sometimes converters are required (Dick Smith has all the converters you need, we have one that plugs into our macs). Now that I can plug my laptop into the TV – I can use it to watch all of the legally downloaded content my heart desires, forever. No transferring to an external hard drive. I can watch stuff on YouTube or use it to pump out music if I want – it just creates a mirror of what is on your computer to the TV. And I especially love the 5m cable length – essential for having your laptop on your lap, so you can use it like a gigantic remote.
  3. If you don’t have an iPod speaker yet, what are you doing with your life? You’ve got all that music trapped in your little rectangle and no way to share. The Logitech dock makes it so easy – it’s just plug and play, but what’s even better is that this one is battery operated, so you can take it to the park, or on a boat, or anywhere else where mains power is just a little too far away and still fill your life with music. You’ll be the hero of the party – trust me

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Top 10 tips for great picnics

11 October 2013, by Rachael Ciccarelli


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Get excited, Perthies: we're finally swinging into picnic weather! Bring a plate and bask in the gentle* sunlight and catch some vitamin D without going Full Monty in a bikini and blinding the other folks on the beach with your winter pallor. It's a special time of year.

I'm all for a good picnic. It's a wonderful feeling to be surrounded by nature's bounty as you stuff your face; even better if there are kids/dogs in the mix - a day of running around like mad in a park will ensure a sound sleep that night. But the key to a great picnic and a good anything, for that matter. Being prepared. Lucky for you, I've gone all Boy Scout and have got my favourite tips for you:


Image sources: 1. Wild & Wolf V&A Daisy 500ml flask, $39.95, from Myer; 2. Vue thin stem clear wine glass, $7.95, from Myer; 3. Near Field Interactive (NFI) Speaker, $24.98, from Dick Smith.

  1. If you bring no other implements, bring a sharp knife and a board to cut on. Whether it's making a cheese board or dicing up charred sausage for your pooch, you will need these.
  2. Blankets (non itchy) are all very well and good, but as the champagne bottle draws to an end, what are you going to prop yourself up on? Give your lower back a rest and bring plenty of pillows.
  3. *UV rays are not that gentle. If you care about your face place, always wear sunscreen. Bring a bottle for re-application.
  4. Chopped, frozen fruit like grapes, orange, banana and mango are a great treat for kids and will help to keep your cold stuff colder. Spear them on a shish kebab stick for ease and wrap them in alfoil to keep then frozen for longer.
  5. If you're going to bring a salad, try and keep the wet bits (like tomato) separate. Don't dress it until you get there. Do not even think about cheese squares, by the time you get to lunch they will melt. Eugh.
  6. Bring a hand fan and receive the undying gratitude of the person in your party who can't stand the heat (there's always one).
  7. Portable speakers and an iPhone will definitely liven up proceedings - the NFI speaker works wirelessly: just put your iPod or anything with an external speaker on top and it'll amplify! NFI speaker, $24.98, Dick Smith.
  8. Are we not humans? Do we not walk upright and on two feet? If you're going to bring bubbles or wine, make sure you've got appropriate vessels. I've heard "oh, I should have brought plastic wine/champagne glasses" one time too many. Everyone likes drinking out of the right shaped glass: it's science. The glasses from Vue at Myer are $7.95 each and can be used time and again.
  9. A thermos of hot water and a box of tea bags are probably going to save the day for at least one person. Team with the outdoor theme: the adorable Wild & Wolf V&A daisy flask is $39.95 at Myer.
  10. Bring insect repellant. If your sweet, delicious blood is anything like mine, those suckers will attack the minute you walk into the park.

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