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Tropical Island Resort Style Living – Fiji

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Royal Davui Fiji
http://royaldavuifiji.com/

Royal Davui Island Resort is an exclusive adults-only sanctuary situated in Fiji’s spectacular Beqa Lagoon.

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“Barefoot Fijian Luxury at it’s finest”

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Bula Vinaka! – Welcome to Royal Davui Island Resort Fiji

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This amazing resort also shares a love of Beach Abode Living Outdoor Cushions because they are UV, Water and Mildew Resistant. They add colour and a relaxing feel to any outdoor area. Bring a little bit of FIJI style living to your home.

Enjoy Tropical Island Resort Style Living and shop for tropical cushions and floral cushions or cushion covers online today!
http://www.beachabodeliving.com.au/

Love Coastal Style? Checkout our Coastal Style Decorating Guide

Become a stockist
http://www.beachabodeliving.com.au/wholesale/home-wholesale

Beach Abode Living – “Colour In Your Outdoors”

 

My Island Home – The Cook Islands

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Rarotonga Daydreamer Resort – Rarotonga, Cook Islands
http://daydreamer.co.ck/

Located on the main Island Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Rarotonga is a quiet, friendly, beautiful place that simply commands you to relax. There are no shopping malls here! Only the town markets on a Sunday offering unique local handmade goodies and if you fancy adventuring, the bus will pick you up anywhere along the circular route (one that goes clockwise and another that goes anticlockwise) and you can jump off at regular intervals to explore the many secluded beaches and waterfalls it offers.

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Beach houses here are cool. They are not fancy or precious. They are practical and authentic. Outdoor areas are surrounded by tropical plants and flowers. Even though it is a simple life in the Cook Islands, the consistent warm weather and breathtaking surroundings make it impossible not to love.

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Outdoor living is an integral part of Cook Island living. Its not uncommon to have an outdoor shower or bath as well! Isn’t this beautiful.

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Strolling along the beach at Rarotonga, you’ll be forgiven for mistaking this place for Heaven. The protected lagoon is teaming with hundreds of tropical fish and you can even swim across to “MOTU” The little Island.

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Tropical Island Resort Style Living is about creating the feeling you have when you’re on holidays at a place just like this. Our outdoor cushions feature designs that are not only inspired by the lifestyle, but also the relaxed nature of the locals. “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” is their motto. The best way to bring that philosophy into our cushions was to make them UV, Water and Mildew Resistant!
When you’re in Rarotonga, you’re on Cook Island time!

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Adventurous? Take the walk up the mountain to their one and only waterfall. You’re sure to see a few pigs, cows, dogs and chickens along the way!

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Stunning tropical flowers by the side of the road – My favourite – Orange Hibiscus!

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Our Orange Hibiscus Outdoor Cushions inspired by the tropical, coastal lifestyle of the Cook Islands

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Make sure you checkout the Sunday markets in town and immerse yourself in traditional Cook Island culture. There’s plenty of fresh produce, handmade wares and traditional dancing.

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Coming soon! – Sneak Peek!!!
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Designed in Australia, Inspired by Cook Islands.
Shop NEW Outdoor Cushion covers
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Send us an email and we’ll contact you when these brand new coastal style tropical cushions arrive.email: info@beachabodeliving.com.au

Create your own “Island Home”
Beach Abode Living – “Colour In Your Outdoor Living”

Tropical Island Resort Style Living – Soloman Islands

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Have you ever been to a tropical Island Resort? Sounds divine doesn’t it? There’s nothing quite like thought of the untouched, natural beauty of a tropical Island where crystal clear waters meet pure white sandy beaches lined with coconut trees that gently sway in the breeze…

Tavanipupu Island Resort is a Luxury Island Resort in the Soloman Islands
www.tavanipupu.com

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Located in Marau Sound, Soloman Islands, this pristine magical place has been called “The Last Paradise on Earth”. Built on the site of a former coconut plantation, the exclusive 13-hectare island features just 10 bungalows. Tavanipupu is an island resort that has all the amenities and facilities for your ideal moments to enjoy in paradise.

Follow them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tavanipupu/

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10 Breathtaking bungalows…

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Right on the beach…

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You may even spot some of our new floral cushions and tropical cushions
http://www.beachabodeliving.com.au/new-products.html

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Shop Hibiscus outdoor cushions

(Floral cushions include – Pink Hibiscus, Frangipani and Strilitzia Flower Designs too!)

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Enjoy Tropical Island Resort Style Living and shop for tropical cushions and cushion covers online Australia today! We specialise in coastal style outdoor cushions. Checkout the entire range:
http://www.beachabodeliving.com.au/

Looking for waterproof cushions? Learn about the water resistant properties of our outdoor cushions here: http://www.beachabodeliving.com.au/benefits-of-the-best-outdoor-cushions

Beach Abode Living – “Colour In Your Outdoor Living”

Summer Styling – Your Outdoor Room

Its Summertime again and without a doubt, there will be plenty of outdoor entertaining and end of year festivities coming up.

For most Aussies, Summer brings with it school holidays, Christmas parties, loads of family and friends popping in and spending time just relaxing and ‘hanging out’.

Perhaps your place is the nominated destination for Christmas lunch or perhaps you’ve got a couple of weeks off and planning a to relax at home. Whatever you have in stall, I’m sure you’ve started thinking about where you’ll be spending most of your time. IMG_6212#InTheGarden

If its your outdoor room, garden, the deck, poolside, backyard, verandah, cabana, boat, or caravan where you’ll be spending a lot of your time, retreating for relaxation or sharing a meal with loved ones, you’ll want it to be inviting and to feel nice.

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Is your outdoor room ready?

Thinking of updating or re-styling?

If you love the beach, you may want this space to have a holiday vibe, inspired by coastal living and be a reflection of your personality.

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The easiest and most cost effective way to create a fresh and visually stunning difference in your outdoor space is to add decorative accessories such as cushions!

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If you find the choices overwhelming, just remember, if YOU like it, it is RIGHT.

There are no rules when it comes to outdoor styling. Its all about colour and fun.

Free your inner child and have some fun with different patterns and colourful designs.

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Already got cushions but need new outdoor cushion covers?

Shop for NEW outdoor cushion covers online now at www.beachabodeliving.com.au

or checkout our stockists for a store near you.

For your chance to WIN 3 of these awesome outdoor cushion covers, checkout our Facebook Giveaways (Click on the link below) and answer this question:
“What do you love about the end of the year?”

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Good Luck & Have a brilliant Summer!

Cheers,
Nicki

 

Beach Abode Living Joins TOFS

Exciting news for all you Spring loving, outdoor entertainers!

Beach Abode Living has now joined TOFS (The Outdoor Furniture Specialists), nationwide as one of their preferred outdoor cushion suppliers.

We’re even featured in this season’s new in-store magazine! Check out their beautiful new outdoor furniture pieces (they’re seriously to die for).

This is enjoying outdoor living at its best.

Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 1.54.03 pmThe front cover above features our most popular Mykonos Blue and Yellow collection including Yellow Palmapple, Mykonos Blue Fishscale, Mykonos Blue / Yellow Chevron, Mykonos Blue Yellow Stripe and Yellow Fishscale.

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The Outdoor Furniture Specialists – Find a TOFS store near you : www.TOFS.com.au
Checkout our full range of outdoor cushions online : www.beachabodeliving.com.au

Stress Free Outdoor Living!

 

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“House Rules” Features Beach Abode Living Outdoor Cushions

ANY new deck comes alive with BRIGHT, OUTDOOR CUSHIONS

On House Rules Channel Seven June 7, 2015 Whole House reveal, Ryan & Marlee decorated their custom built timber seating with Beach Abode Living outdoor CHEVRONS and FISHSCALES.

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Trending Colours For Spring Outdoor Homewares

THE IN COLOURS FOR SPRING!

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THE TREND IN HOME WARES THIS SPRING 2014 / SUMMER 2015

  • Brightly coloured cushions and accessories
  • Block colours – Yellows, Oranges and Lime Green predominantly
  • Geometric, simple, uncomplicated patterns
  • A two-colour palette and reversible designs
  • Tropical prints such as Flamingos and Pineapples are also popular

Limited Edition Designer Pineapple Cushions will be available early December 2014…Facebook icon

Like us on Facebook to be the first to know!

New Palmapple design

‘Palmapple’ (Palm trees on the front / Pineapples on the back) 45x45cm and 60x60cm look great in a range of colours – Orange and yellow are our HOT PICK

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Pink Flamingo – 45x45cm & 60x60cm are ALL THE RAGE

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(As seen in Lilyonlinemagazine – Christmas issue Gift Guide).

For a FRESH LOOK: Orange and Limegreen orange

For a COASTAL LOOK: Mykonos Blue and Yellowblue yellowFor a SOPHISTICATED LOOK: Pink and Aquapink aquaFor a CLASSIC LOOK: Red & Blue

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Checkout the range of ‘Yellow’ products available online now

Checkout the range of ‘Orange’ products available online now

How Do Retailers Bounce Back After The ‘DFC’?

Beta_testingDue to overwhelming response to our last blog “Let’s Talk About Your Saftery – AZO Dyes”, as a supplier of textile products, I’d like to offer some advice to retailers on how to claw back buyer confidence in relation to AZO dyes and reduce the risk of being subject to a product recall which could be financially devastating. Don’t fall victim to the DFC – Dye Financial Crisis

Recently, due to the enormous and very public recall of over 270,000 textile products from major retail chains that contained unacceptable levels of Azo or benzidine-based dyes, retailers and consumers are asking the question:

“Does this product contain AZO dyes?”

Since AZO dyes are not banned in Australia, in fact acceptable levels of AZO dyes are 30mg/kg or 30 parts per million, it is difficult to ascertain just by looking at a product or its labels to determine if it harmful or not, but it is the ethical and moral responsibility of all sellers to ensure the safety of their customers and not provide goods that could potentially cause harm.

For this reason I urge retailers to contact their suppliers of textile products (particularly of products that come into contact with the skin ie bedding, clothing, soft furnishings etc), and ask if they are tested for AZO dyes and if their products are AZO FREE. You are entitled to ask this so you can then confidently pass this information on to customers.

Customers who are unsuccessful in obtaining such information from retailers should contact the supplier of the product directly.

The government body Product Safety Australia have information on their website for consumers as well as businesses including retailers, online retailers, wholesalers, importers, hire companies, property managers and more. I recommend visiting this website for more information and subscribing to email alerts for changes to the product safety system, bans, standards and product testing, law and conduct, legislation, penalties and consequences, media releases, news and to check recent recalls.

Visit Product Safety Australia:
http://www.productsafety.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/970225

For businesses:
http://www.productsafety.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/970798

For Consumers:
http://www.productsafety.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/970797

Report an unsafe product:
http://www.productsafety.gov.au/content/index.phtml/tag/ReportAnUnsafeProduct

Check recent recalls:
http://www.recalls.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/952401

make safe—buy safe—use safe

The excerpt below has been copied directly from the Product Safety Government Website

Retailers: Selling safe products

As a retailer, there are a number of steps you can take to make sure the products you sell are safe.

Ensure you buy compliant products

When ordering products, make sure you specify to suppliers the need for compliance with Australian safety standards and regulations.

Ensure necessary product tests have been done

Many products need testing to check that they are safe. As a retailer you must ensure that the manufacturer or your distributor has done any required tests before supplying the products.

Check the section on mandatory standards to see whether products you intend to sell require testing. If so, ask your supplier for proof of independent testing and certification as well as test reports. You may also need to get copies of relevant standards and other documents to check this.

Check stock before you put it out

You can visually check some safety aspects, such as safety devices and labelling. Check your stock before putting it out on the shop floor or for sale online to ensure all products are safe and comply with mandatory standards.

Be cautious when advertising and marketing

It is illegal to make claims about a product that exaggerate or misrepresent what it is designed to do, so consider all of a product’s key safety aspects before advertising or marketing it.

Advertisements, catalogues and displays

Make sure that any statements about a product and any photos or displays of it show the product exactly as it is when a customer buys it. If a product comes with mandatory safety features or labeling, it may be illegal not to show these.

Marketing and sales

Don’t overstate what a product is capable of, even though it might be tempting to do this when trying to sell it. This can have safety consequences as well as legal ones. Make sure your sales staff members know to avoid this.

Work with your customers

A key difference between retailers and other suppliers is the opportunity to work directly with consumers on product safety.

In the shop

Sales staff can talk to their customers and find out what their product needs are. This way they can help people buy safe products, as well as help them understand how to use the products safely. Many hazards relate to how consumers use products.

You can advise your customers about product safety by having good product knowledge and/or providing printed information at the point of sale.

Online

Retailers selling online have an even easier way to help customers understand the safety of their products. Links to this website and other product safety websites can help make everyone aware of product safety.

Respond to recalls

You can stay aware of product recalls by subscribing to the Product Safety Recalls Australia website.

Remove stock immediately

You must quickly remove any stock affected by a recall. Take the product off sale immediately and store it away securely, so that you or staff do not return it to the floor or website.

Alert your customers

As the interface with consumers, you can help alert customers to any product safety recalls by clearly displaying recall notices in your store and/or on your website.
 

Let’s Talk About Your Safety – ‘Azo’ Dyes

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“AZO Dye Recall Hit Major Aussie Retailers”
“Recall of Thousands Of Textiles After Testing Of AZO Dyes”
“AZO Dyes Linked To Carcinogen Causing Cancer”

What are AZO Dyes?

According to the ACCC Product Safety Information: “Azo dyes are a large class of very effective synthetic dyes used for colouring a variety of consumer goods such as foods, cosmetics, carpets, clothes, leather and textiles.

A small proportion of azo dyes contain, or can break down to form, a class of chemical substances referred to as aromatic amines.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) have classified some of these aromatic amines as known, or suspected, human carcinogens. A carcinogen is a substance that is capable of causing cancer.”

What are the hazards?

Benzidine and other aromatic amines may be absorbed through the skin from dyed clothing and articles where there is direct and prolonged contact.  The amount of aromatic amines released from dyed articles can increase with body heat, sweat or saliva.

Some recent ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) testing on common textiles prompted the recall of over 207,000 products that were found to contain unacceptable concentrations of certain ‘AZO’ dyes.

The ACCC takes the view that the total maximum level of hazardous aromatic amines in articles in direct and prolonged contact with the skin should be 30 mg/kg (which is 30 parts per million). Some expert authorities recommend ZERO Exposure to certain ‘AZO’ dyes and have advised consumers should stop using textiles containing ‘AZO’ dyes immediately.

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Ask if products contain AZO dyes or check the register for recalled products.

* Beach Abode Living products are ‘AZO’ FREE !!

We continually engage independent inspection agencies to inspect and test our products to ensure they do not contain harmful substances including ‘AZO’ dyes. Our testing has recorded NIL harmful chemicals.

Read: 10 Incredible Benefits Of Our Products
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References:
http://www.accc.gov.au/media-release/accc-testing-prompts-clothing-recalls
https://www.productsafety.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/1006626
http://www.recalls.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/952401

Chill Out & Relax – 12 Ways To Reduce Stress

Pin Point Your Stress Trigger: Stress is often caused by worry. If you can pin point the actual cause of your major concerns & act to resolve them you will reduce your stress levels.

“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.”

Get organised: Have a plan, write a list, delegate, manage your time and set achievable goals. If you fail to plan, you’re really planning to fail!

Goals keep you focused and motivated. Reward yourself when you achieve the things you set out to do and don’t beat yourself up if you don’t succeed the first time.

Have a positive mindset: If you think you can, you’re right and if you think you can’t, you’re right. If stress is making you negative, try to see the positive side of life. Practice the habit of being grateful for all you have. For example: Rather than focusing on what went wrong today, think of one good thing that happened today.

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Try a hands on approach: Get a massage! Naturally reduces tension held in the common areas of the shoulders, neck and back. If you belong to a private health insurance, you can even get about half of the cost back! Brilliant.

Breathe: It seems ridiculously simple and obvious that we all need  to breathe to survive, but when we are stressed we tend to tighten up & hold our breath and not breathe as deeply. Practice taking slow deep breaths and feel the calm it brings to your whole body.

Find some peace & quiet: Sure, you could listen to meditation tapes or crashing waves if that’s your thing, but if you can simply find a quiet place for around 15 minutes a day (after the kids are finally asleep) to close your eyes & clear your mind, you will find that it refreshes your perspective on the world. If you can actually take the time during the day to go to the beach or down to the park and be surrounded by a beautiful natural environment, you may feel even better for it.

Decorate your home in a way that promotes relaxation:  There’s no home more relaxing than a Beach House! If you work all day in a stressful environment, imagine how nice it would be to come home to a beach side paradise! You’ll feel like you’re on holidays everyday. You don’t have to go crazy and repaint your walls or get new expensive whitewashed furniture to obtain the look, just redecorate with a few quality beach style homewares, light a coconut & lime scented candle or bring a potted golden cane indoors for an instant beach house makeover.

Make time for a little exercise: Happy hormones called endorphins flow through your body when you exercise. They really do make you feel more positive and can significantly reduce stress.

Wake up early: A disciplined person is a happy person. Not only is there an amazing energy in the earlier hours of the day, but you’ll get more done which will ultimately reduce stress.

Eat a balanced diet: If we don’t get all the nutrients our bodies need, it could cause poor health and affect our mental state. When you are in a reduced state of health you are more prone to stress.

Be sociable: People who talk, laugh and share their feelings with others are more able to handle stress than those who don’t

Consider getting a pet: Studies have showed that people who own pets are less likely to suffer symptoms of stress than those who don’t own pets. If you are pretty disciplined and already do most of these things most of the time, it might just be Time For A Holiday! Give yourself a break.